TVB Anniversary series [Can’t Buy Me Love] recently finished airing in Hong Kong and there is already talks of a possible sequel! With such a similar cast and reuse of costumes and locations, one can easily mistaken [Can’t Buy Me Love] as a sequel to [Beyond the Realm of Conscience]. They are considered two separate dramas, though parodies and references are apparent (Gotta love the parody of “Windmill”)
Personally, I preferred the genre of [Beyond The Realm of Conscience] and I can’t get enough of it’s backstabbing and juicy bitch slapping. We just have to love Tavia’s breakthrough role as the evil Yiu Gam Ling, which left a much deeper impression than any of her roles in 2010. Even though many have risen eyebrows at Charmaine Sheh’s ‘Lau Sam Ho’ for being overly too perfect, I can’t help but only find the serious Chiu Yeung interesting to watch. I found the story and direction of BTROC to be much stronger than CBML because many scenes were useless & exaggerated for laughs. Half the time I felt it was aimed at little children… but perhaps this is the way TVB comedies work?
Of course, this is only my opinion and I’d love to hear about yours! CBML must be doing something right if it garnered rather high ratings (peaked around 51 including online viewers)
If a sequel was to be filmed for CBML and BTROC, which one would you like to see most? Is a sequel even a good idea? Charmaine Sheh has expressed she prefers CBML because it was more enjoyable to film and it also brings happiness to the audience. However, it will be more challenging to make it funny since Chiu Yeung is already “good” and not spoilt like how she first appears. Interestingly, Fala Chen (who plays Ngan-Ping) expresses there’s no need to rush for a sequel, it’s better that TVB comes up with something fresh and interesting. I couldn’t agree more 🙂
Which drama did you enjoy more? Please cast your vote and share your thoughts 🙂