I just finished watching Beyond the Realm of Conscience episodes 4- 6 and I’m happy to say- wow! It is completely mind blowing!!
After completing episode 6, I’m not surprised it peaked at 41 points in HK. This episode rivaled many TVB finales! There were many moments which left me teary, in suspense, and extremely touched. I owe this all to Susanna and Michelle. Their relationship, conflict and resolution was very well put together. I loved watching them so so much! I remember thinking during episode 4-5 that they were a bit bland and Michelle was even on the brink of being annoying. My views have since completely changed.
Thanks to those reading/following my episode summaries and thoughts so far 🙂 In this post, I will go over specific scenes which left an impression on me, as well as my thoughts on the various characters. These thoughts may change as the story progresses. Well, let’s get started!
Charmaine as 劉三好 Lau Sam-ho
I watched Charmaine a little skeptical; thinking, how can she be so optimistic? Does her motto ring true in life? Can you really just do your part, help everyone you can and everything will be fine? Surely she has it better than Tavia, right? She has two handsome young men head over heels in love with her- who always come to her rescue. (Okay, maybe they’re not in love with her yet so to speak, but I think you get the general idea XD) I wondered, if she experienced the same things Tavia did, will she feel the same way? Would she still always act on good intentions? Upon looking closely, she doesn’t have it all that easy either. She’s made enemy with The head of army…and that in itself is pretty nasty! If it wasn’t for her gracious nature, she wouldn’t have people wanting to help her in the first place. I guess she deserves all the attention she does. It will be interesting watching her deal with obstacles and how she uses her head to overcome them.
Charmaine helps Moses in a pinch, and Moses saving Charmaine from the Head of Army’s evil doing.
Kevin as 高顯揚 Go Hin-yeung
I haven’t watched many TVB series with Kevin in it, and where he was, I admit I was never a fan of him. His characters seemed rather bland or they forcefully try to make him “cool”. However, I tried to look at his character in a fresh, unbiased view. I don’t really mind him too much at the moment. He’s pleasant to look at and has done his part of helping Charmaine in times of need. He seems to be your typical sensible good guy. This quality in itself instantly makes him compatible with Charmaine. I hope there will be more chemistry though.. I don’t understand the hype between Kevin and Charmaine, but maybe there will be more focus on them in the future. Why do people ship this pairing so much? o_o;? I really don’t know..XD
Charmaine & Kevin develop a friendship with Ben- a Japanese chess player after gaining his respect.
Moses as 李怡 Lee Yi
Moses is still lovingly adorable since episode 2. I’m glad Moses gets to play such a fun character since he pulls it off so well. I can’t think of any reason to dislike him. We really start to see the advantages he has being “dumb”. He doesn’t need to make excuses for doing the things he does. He can safely move around the palace and be unsuspecting. It’s quite a relief, really! He has helped out both Charmaine and Tavia time and time again.
Tavia as 姚金鈴 Yiu Kam-ling
She reminds me of Ah Yuet in Moonlight Resonance. She is open, honest but can be rather rash, which causes conflict with the people around her. There were many instances where it really looks like she’s asking for trouble. I found myself thinking “Uh-Oh..shouldn’t say that so loud” and then wham someone overhears! Nevertheless, I think many people can relate to her because of her sincerity. Most people in the palace put on a fake face, which puts her in a vulnerable position. She feels like a real person with emotions. I really feel for her, always getting picked on and used.
Tavia, who is upset after being scolded by Susanna, accidentally stacks it on the ground where Moses was nearby. He attends to her and she expresses her frustration about being bullied all the time. Thinking Moses was still “dumb”, she asks him if he thought she was beautiful enough to be a concubine. Being a concubine meant she wouldn’t have to be a victim of people’s bad temper. He agrees and says she’s really pretty. She pushes her luck and blurts out if he will marry her. Moses is reluctant to reply and slightly hesitates. Tavia becomes disappointed and says he could have said yes just to comfort her. To make her smile, he says yes! Tavia instantly brightens up and becomes cheerful. This scene was really cute and it was quite freshening to finally see the two interact! However, what looks like completely harmless fun turns out rather disastrous. 徐媽媽 Chui Ma Ma overhears the conversation and dobs her into the Grand Empress!
Shortly after, everyone gathers in front of Susan (Grand Empress) who reveals Tavia’s crime. She also uses this chance to hurt and humiliate Mary, blaming her for possibly being Tavia’s role model. It is revealed Mary’s background was a servant as well. Moses is extremely angry seeing his mother insulted but keeps it in. For Tavia’s crime, Susanna was ordered to smack Tavia’s lips. It was such an awful and painful scene to watch. You could see that everyone from the palace proceedings found it unbearable (including the bitches). It was exceptionally hard for Susanna who was told to “keep hitting” as Tavia was told “No crying“. Awww…poor Tavia :'( Moses puts a stop to it by saying Tavia looks ugly. Susan then asks Moses if he will still marry her, and he shakes his head in disgust (Mean, but necessary). This is definitely a sad scene, but a real reality check. One wrong word spoken could cost someone’s life.
I admire Tavia’s strong character though. Although it seemed like a life scarring moment, she is able to cope with it (more well than I thought).
At a later stage, Chui Ma Ma tries to sew her lips together! (Very disturbing!!) It was again, Moses who steps in and saves her. Both these scenes were quickly shown in a flashback in episode 1, and I recall Tavia blaming Charmaine for these mishaps. Is it really related to Charmaine at all though? I hope when Tavia turns evil, it’s clearly justifiable. Charmaine has been nothing less than her best friend who has always wholeheartedly cared for her.
Although it was all quite exciting to watch, I thought Susanna and Michelle really stole the spotlight in the 6th Episode.
Michelle as 鍾雪霞 Chung Suet-ha & Susanna as 阮翠雲 Yuen Chiu-wan
From episode 1, Michelle was always the one blaming, bringing up the past and hinting the terrible things Susanna has done. Susanna holds her tongue and keeps it to herself, but we can tell there’s a lot going in her mind. It’s as though the two of them have so many issues unresolved, words left unspoken…unable to forgive.
A turn of events occur when Chui Ma Ma deliberately sets up Michelle to cover up for her own evil-doing. Susanna discovers the piece of evidence pointing to Michelle and immediately confronts her. However, Michelle instantly bites back, claiming Susanna is the one intentionally trying to set her up! They both claim to be innocent while pointing fingers at the other. When Hor Wai, the Head of Proceedings finds out, she immediately tries to keep it low key until further investigation. Chui Ma Ma of course, overhears and dobs all three of them into Susan.
Consequently, both Susanna and Michelle get locked up in prison! The two sit inside the prison cell, and start questioning each others honesty. They start to figure out that someone else was behind this, using them to cover up.
Michelle: “Why out of all people, do they put the blame on me?!”
Susanna: “Probably because you make so many enemies, and not enough friends. Why don’t you think about who is your worst enemy instead?”
Michelle: “You’re my biggest enemy!” (lol, I found that so funny)
The two of them start bickering in the prison cell, but are suddenly interrupted..
Chui Ma Ma, being the bitch she is, acted on her own and tortures the two of them by crushing all their fingers! She was about to pull off their fingernails when Hor Wai interferes. Unfortunately, dobbing her into Susan for acting without permission; did her no good. Chui Ma Ma actually had Tracy (the concubine) backing her up and consequently, she also gets locked up! Looks like Tracy isn’t one simple women..
I really like how Michelle and Susanna are suddenly on the same boat and they are forced to feel each others pain. Blaming each other becomes meaningless. There’s no point in fighting if you’re about to die. We see a side of Susanna, Michelle never thought she’d witness. When Michelle suddenly passes out, Susanna did everything she could for her, even if it meant enduring hunger. It’s at these life-death situations when it’s time to put down your pride, differences and show the real side of you.
The bond between the two, as well as Hor Wai was very warm and touching. I really like Hor Wai! From episode 1, she was always the most reasonable, she would listen to her staff, maintain her judgment often with reason. I admire characters like that. The fact she put her life in danger to defend and help Michelle and Susanna really wins me over.
Villains? Rosanna as 胡素恩 and Kara as 譚艷裳
I have to admit, I was always a bit unsure whether the 4 heads of proceedings had good intention or not (especially Rosanna and Kara). A little while ago as I was surfing the net, I stumbled upon wikipedia, and- accidentally- saw that they were labeled as “villains”. I wish I hadn’t seen that, but tried to ignore that knowledge and watched them in an unbiased manner. I mean, what’s the point labeling them as villains before we even see them do something bad, right? Surely we can come to our own conclusions based on what we see. I personally thought they were going to be really annoying and nasty, but surprisingly they weren’t. I didn’t mind them very much. They did gossip here and there, and seemed to add fuel to fire- but it didn’t seem too harmful. There was one specific scene where I thought they were pushing it a little but I soon dismissed the idea. They really do care for each other!
Rosanne and Kara lead the group of girls, all determined with one heart to save Michelle, Susanna and the Hor Wai from the death penalty. They went into great lengths, kneeing on the ground for an excessive period of time, and didn’t give up. This was truly a remarkable scene!
You could say they feared for their own lives, but I’d like to think of them genuinely believing in working in unity. Rosanne and Kara did a great job!
In the end, it was because of Charmaine, Tavia, Kevin and Moses’s help that Chui Ma Ma’s evil plot was unveiled! Gotta say..the method of pretending to be ghosts seem to work in every TVB drama XD The method is always a little questionable, but oh wells.. XD (I mean, how did they get all the lighting and wind coming in? O_o?)
Susan furious after hearing Chui Ma Ma blurt out her evil intentions while being frightened by the “Ghosts”
Bye Bye Chui Ma Ma! At least that’s one devil out of the way. Oh how we’ve hated her for so long! XD
The three are finally released, who are accompanied by both Tavia and Charmaine by their sides. The group are reunited once again. Seeing how happy everyone was to find them freed was very heart-warming. For a moment, Michelle loses her stance but Susanna catches her. The two smile, acknowledging each other as friends who have finally come to accept each others differences. So so sweet!!
Susan as 郭皇太后 Grand Empress
I also wanted to give Susan a mention. She is great! Watching her in Rosy Business drove me crazy (she was extremely annoying). Her face, eyes, and mostly that voice… I dreaded seeing her every time. Watching her in [Beyond the Realm of Conscience] felt different though. She plays the villain damn well and I don’t mind! Can’t wait to watch more of her.
I hope this series will only get better! Just a thought though.. if none of the Palace proceedings people are really evil, then who is? o_o?
I guess I’ll have to watch more to find out!
Phew, that took up many hours to write up. Hope you enjoyed reading it 🙂 Once again, comments on Episode 4-6 are very welcome!