Woohoo! I have finally completed [Beyond the Realm of Conscience]! I just sat through the 90 minute long finale thinking “Woah, so much happens- how am I going to write all of this up??” lol. I worry sometimes, too.
I’ve decided to truncate this synopsis as much as I can and focus more on my thoughts. (I know, it’s still very long but I hope you find it a good read :)) ENJOY!!
Susanna, Vin, Michelle- The Resolution
Through the blood test, Susanna realised Vin is not her biological son….My heart skipped a beat. When Michelle suggested for them to do a blood test, I had a moment of doubt and wondered if she really betrays her! It came as a real shocker.. but when I thought about it longer, it became quite apparent that Vin was simply not her real son. It just doesn’t make sense for Michelle to harm Susanna now that they are best friends, and even stops her from “admitting” the truth before it was proven. While it was a REALLY big relief she was able to overcome this pinch, I can’t help but find the whole “lie” a bit disappointing. I mean really- all the pain and torture Susanna went through for someone who’s unrelated. She did take the whole truth quite well, surprisingly, but I guess she’s understanding and knows that Michelle lied to her not when she was at her best.
Michelle admits she had lied to Susanna about Vin
Back then, Michelle saw it as a way of getting back at her for killing Ram. However, this mistake has brought upon some happy times… Susanna was hopeful, she had a good connection with Vin and showed him much love he was lacking all his life. Susanna also felt better for herself thinking she was giving him what she didn’t all those years of neglect. It’s a bittersweet moment. At least Vin was a good and filial (to her at the end anyway).
This reminds me of the scene in episode 27 where Vin was beating up Susanna. Back then I had hoped lightning would strike him for beating his poor mother! HAHA, obviously that couldn’t happen if Vin wasn’t even related to her XD
Now looking back at episode 30, Michelle did show a few signs of guilt when Susanna told her how happy she is to have Vin as her adopted son. When Susanna was saddened that Vin will never know she is his real mother, Michelle tells her finding out the truth isn’t the most important part. What’s important is that she’s happy and there’s no harm in a lie like that. Now we really know what she meant!
There was another subtle hint when Kwok Keung took Vin for lunch. He notices that Vin likes to eat hot/chilli food, something different to his own tastes. Wow, all these little details used throughout the drama that I didn’t pick-up- I’m amused 🙂
There’s only one good thing that came out of this… at least her real son is alive somewhere, probably with kids (something Vin wasn’t able to have as an eunuch) 🙂
I have really come to admire Michelle, ever since she turned back “good”, realising Susanna did not kill Ram. I just wish she didn’t have to put us through all the pain in watching her be a complete annoying bitch. How is it that she (who isn’t considered really ‘evil’) was able to annoy us more than Tavia, hm? She was without a doubt the most irritating character of Beyond. Thank goodness she is reverted in the end.
Tactics and Power
Moses pretends to commit homicide
Meanwhile Moses was able to trick Kwok Lun (and the audience!) into thinking that he wanted to commit homicide but failed, only killing himself in the process. Very smart move on Mose’s part! Kwok Lun’s guard lowers drastically thinking his victory was on the horizon. Moses actually ceases this opportunity to find help from a blood-related Prince to assist him in fighting against Kwok Lun. It turns out Kwok Keung is also alive (yay :D!) Unfortunately, the young Prince wasn’t very interested in helping out and still seemed to have some grudge against him.
I was quite relieved Moses was portrayed as someone intelligent from the beginning to end. In episode 1 when it showed the scene above, I thought Moses was dumb and actually trusted Kwok Lun, unaware of his evil motives. However, I was quickly proven wrong when we saw the constant power-play between the two through the entire drama. Did you guys enjoy watching all the politics? Or did you feel it was just a side-story?
During his absence, Kwok Lun pretends Moses is planning to stay at a Temple indefinitely, claiming Moses has given him power and authority over all Palace matters!
Tavia Allies with Kwok Lun
Finally..Tavia allies with the demon. About time, don’t you think? When Kwok Lun realised Tavia’s intention of poisoning Mary, she is left crying and begging for him not to tell. To her surprise, he lets her off, wanting her to help him gain power in exchange. Blackmail? Not quite.. Tavia seemed to really enjoy the idea. Her tears turned into laughter within seconds! What do they both have in common? They both want Charmaine dead.
Kwok Lun and Tavia has a evil laugh competition 😀
Anyone else amused by their evil laughing session? XD XD XD Tavia sure is simple minded, it seems her only goal in life now is to see Charmaine dead.. She doesn’t care about Moses or the Country at all…
Charmaine’s Rise in Power
Charmaine challenges Kwok Lun
I really admire Charmaine’s strong and brave character in the finale. She is so courageous facing off with Kwok Lun and Tavia all on her own. It was quite impressive when she interrupted Kwok Lun, walking in with the Emperor’s official seal! She portrays herself as someone who is confident and strong- not backing down or letting others tread on her. It was probably the most enjoyable part of watching her character, since for once she wasn’t supported by Moses, Kevin, Mary, Susanna or Michelle. She was on her own in a one woman army. During most of the drama Charmaine seemed to get through many obstacles through luck and help from others. This was also one of the reasons Tavia despised Charmaine so much, why everyone just loves and favours her. This factor annoyed me a lot too, which made me really feel for Tavia for quite some time.
I really feel sorry for her. I’m actually not sure WHY Tavia hated her so much.. Mary has always treated Tavia well and favoured her over Selena. For some odd unexplainable reason, Tavia suddenly hates her guts and wants her dead. She deliberately feeds her poison, disguised as medicine which only makes her feel worse overtime. (Boy, doesn’t this tactic sound familiar? XD) There was only one time where she directly told Tavia off, and it was when she gave her the phoenix hair piece Krystal created. Other than that, Mary seemed quite fond of Tavia and treated her well. Is it because she’s nice to Charmaine? It sounds like a Tavia logic to me.
Tavia kills Mary
I thought Mary’s death was also rather pitiful. Tavia is just ridiculously scary and good at killing people.. She blabs out all her evil plot like most villains, telling her Moses is actually dead and kills her. Due to all the poison she has been fed, Mary easily falls especially when her servants have also been killed 🙁 This goes without saying that Tavia looks extremely bitchy and hateful… nothing new there either, hehe.
I gotta say though.. at which point did Mary realise Tavia was evil? How come all of a sudden, she is really scared of her? When Tavia walks into her room at night, Mary says “Why are you here?! Charmaine forbids you to enter!!” Does this indicate Charmaine has told her about Tavia’s evil heart? If so, why was she so surprised finding out Tavia was feeding her poison? Shouldn’t she already know?
Charmaine is blamed for Mary’s death
Charmaine looks for Mary the next morning and finds everyone missing. She wonders into Mary’s room and finds her dead! Just as she cries, Tavia knocks her unconscious from the back. Hastily setting her up to make it look like she had killed Mary- Tavia and Kwok Lun were quick to point fingers at her. Wow, it’s so obvious how can anyone not think she killed her? lol. -Note the sarcasm- It’s quite silly.. for onlookers, it just doesn’t make sense for Charmaine to kill Mary. Kwok Lun and Tavia alternates and takes turn accusing Charmaine, as though they are 100% positive it cannot be anything else. How stupid! Nevertheless, Charmaine stays strong and says they cannot kill her because she has the Emperor’s baby. This alone leaves Kwok Lun and Tavia rather speechless, hahah!! Gooo Charmaine!
Soon, Kwok Lun’s army falls when Moses successfully gains the respect and trust from the young Prince. Moses had promised him he would give up his Emperor title to him if he promises to aid him against Kwok Lun! Wow, Moses sure is a righteous hero 🙂
Tavia gets desperate and Kills Kwok Lun
I loved this scene. How funny is this, really? I didn’t see this coming at all and it makes me proud of Tavia XD Yeah you go girl. Kwok Lun was the big bad villain and you out of all people killed him. lol It’s pretty ironic yet believable seeing as Tavia has killed many others without hesitation. Moses had returned with the army and Kwok Lun was ready to make a quick getaway. Tavia was again pushed to her limits when Kwok Lun decided to abandon her, leaving her desperate and helpless.
Tavia kills Kwok Lun after he slaps her twice
It was also in this scene that Tavia reveals he had forced her to kill Mary, and all the other horrible things she did. Had she known Moses was not dead she would not go to such extremes.. do you think Tavia was being honest here? Did she really get blackmailed or is she once again just blaming others for her failures and bad decisions? Either way, Tavia needs to start taking responsibility for her own actions.
Yoyo saves Charmaine
I wondered during the whole drama if Yoyo was going to turn “good” and in the end, she somewhat redeemed herself for betraying Tavia. This doesn’t make her a genuinely good person, she just fears for her own safety. Seeing as Tavia was heading to a dead-end road, what better way to escape than to back stab her plan? During the later part of the drama, we see Yoyo really fearing Tavia’s ways, sometimes even wondering if what she’s doing is wrong (especially after Ram’s death). However, very quickly we see her being bad ass again and assisting Tavia in killing many people. Gotta give credit to her in terms of “loyalty” it lasted quite a bit- didn’t think Tavia was able to keep her till the end. Somewhere along the episodes I was hoping Tavia would dispose of her. That means when Tavia took Yoyo as her servant, she really didn’t have any grudge against her ? o_o Oh well.
Yoyo backstabs Tavia
For someone who didn’t care much for this couple, I thought the ending was predictable and a bit boring, too. I laughed when I saw that Charmaine’s daughter was the same actress as when she was young. From beginning to end, I still rooted for Moses and Charmaine.. they by far surpasses Charvin in terms of chemistry and compatibility.
Charmaine reunites with Kevin
To get straight to the point, Kevin started off boring, and ended off quite boring. When Charmaine rejects Moses, I just pity Moses so much…because you know, we all love Moses XD I have never heard of a Emperor that sweet and devoted to one lady before, and yet so selfless … To him, Charmaine has always been his everything. That’s where Tavia loses. She failed to realise that the only reason she became the concubine was because Charmaine NOMINATED her to Moses, and because Moses couldn’t have Charmaine. She obliviously thought she became the concubine using her own tactics and charm… How could she expect real love and passion from someone who never truly loved her to begin with?
It’s a shame that Tavia wasn’t able to really “wake-up”, and her ending really made me laugh out loud. What the heck…? She becomes somewhat crazy and thinks she’s Lau Sam Ho?? XD XD That’s fuuuunnnneeeeehhhhh..and weird. I don’t know if I really liked this ending for her… mainly because it references Lau Sam Ho again and her motto which I’m pretty tired of by now. The good thing is that she is alive, and appears to be genuinely happy. It’s been so long since we saw Tavia being that happy so it was a nice change. Her ending is sort of bittersweet. I hoped she would turn good in the end..but not like this XD She needs her real conscience! This seems like TVB’s way of saying “You have to be like Lau Sam Ho to get a good ending!” =__= Oh dear.
Tavia believes she is Lau Sam Ho
By the way.. did any of you hate Tavia so much you preferred her to be killed in the end?
And of course, Susanna and Kwok get their happy ending, but Kwok Keung remains disabled.
Susanna and Kwok Keung live a peaceful life outside the Palace. They also find their real son 🙂
And that concludes the entire [Beyond the Realm of Conscience] episode synopsis and thoughts! I know- their length and detail suggests it’s more than a synopsis, but I hope you all enjoyed what I had to say 🙂 Thanks very much to everyone who has been following these posts and leaving comments along the way! It was a lot of fun discussing the drama with you lot, and your encouraging feedback has been appreciated. Please drop a comment and tell me what you thought of the ending! What was your favourite scene? Post as many spoilers as you wish here! 😀 Yay, that’s new.
(Oh, I’ll let you on a little secret..there’s going to be 1 more related post on Beyond the Realm of Conscience coming up.. Wonder what they could be?? Well, check back soon and find out :D)