Other than a few parts in the last episode, and the last few episodes leading towards the end, the series was enjoyable to watch overall. The graphics were pretty bad as expected, but the fighting scenes were quite decent I think. I was rooting for the The Blood Shadow Clan the whole time because of Sharon~ and because I didn’t like the so-called “good” side. As I’ve predicted after the first episode, Bernice’s father (the Wulin leader) was not as ‘heroic’ as he tried to perceive.
I felt the storyline was rather short (perhaps like the length of The Price of Greed?) It seemed a bit narrow focused, but then again, aren’t most series like that?
In short: Bosco and Kevin join the School of Sacred Swords. The Blood Shadow Clan rises, but after their one and only attack, that’s it. Sharon finds out that Bosco is her brother, and Bernice’s father uses Bosco to defeat Sharon because Bosco was so loyal to him. Bosco sees Bernice’s father’s true face and escape in hope to save his severely injured sister. At the end, Kevin and Bosco fight Bernice’s father and defeats him.
Favourite character: Sharon’s Mok Mun
I pretty much liked her from the start. I also like all her costumes, think they all looks great on her! She’s was also the most powerful character/villain in the series, and if it wasn’t for Bosco, she could have kill Bernice’s father way earlier. She also has more of a personality and despite being evil, she grew to have a soft heart and slowly changed. She treasures family and remember those who have saved her (e.g Kevin’s mother). Even though she threatened Bosco, I believed she wouldn’t hurt those people important to him. Unfortunately, Sharon dies in the series..
I thought Kevin’s character was rather ordinary and didn’t have much screen time. I felt that Kevin’s character didn’t really trust people and that Bosco treated Kevin like a closer friend than the other way around (only until later in the series after episode 17) I ended up liking Kevin’s character more when he was on screen with Sharon because I thought they were quite cute together. Also gives Sharon a romantic plot and we get to see Kevin a bit more emotional. I actually would have liked to see their wedding..such a shame that Sharon couldn’t live..I also would have liked to hear Sharon’s last words..but that didn’t happen.Sharon’s character is pretty much the only one with a personality, while the others were quite ordinary. Her character is also probably the only one who changes and develops from the beginning till the end~ I have to say I liked Sharons’s portrayal in this series =) She did a great job!
Favourite on screen couples:
- Bosco and Sharon
I really liked their brother/sister relationship (hence the banner). I always wanted to watch them reunite and how Bosco ends up accepting and loving his twin sister after being separated for 20 years. I was also looking forward to the time they would be able to fight on the same side. I thought these two as siblings share a greater chemistry than Bosco with the other leads. And Sharon does look older than him.
- Bosco and Wayne
‘Si Fu is always right’
I liked how Wayne was always looking out for Bosco, how he taught him Martial Arts and played around with him. There were times they argued and I felt sorry for Wayne because Bosco didn’t believe him (i.e about Bernice’s father). Even though Wayne argued with Bosco a lot, you can tell they really cared for each other; and I liked the part where Wayne saves him from Sharon’s servant’s attack and how Bosco went to find Sharon to find the cure. At the end, Wayne dies for Bosco..
How Bosco looks up to Bernice’s father so much..much like how Bosco’s character looked up to Michael Miu’s character in Dicey Business. I hated it how he wouldn’t listen to Wayne or Kevin’s warning (not even being cautious around him?) and constantly defending him and ultimately chose to believe him over his own twin sister. Bosco also claims The School of Sacred Swords did so much for him and he owes them as if they saved him before or something, when they really didn’t do much for him..its great that he’s a loyal disciple..but have they really given him anything? They hardly taught him any martial arts..
- Bernice Bosco and Shirley
I think Bernice looks older and bigger than Bosco in the series which made think the two didn’t look that good together. Shirley looks way young so she looks cute with Bosco, but I wanted Bernice to end up with him mainly because its those two that have been focussed on throughout the series. It seems like Shirley’s character is trying to get Bosco’s sympathy, that she sacrificed herself for him. She knows Bosco loves Bernice, so I can’t help but think she was being selfish and only using the excuse of wanting to save Sharon to justify her actions. Shirley wanted Bosco..and its just happens that there’s the great opportunity. How does she know Bosco would be happy being with her? She can’t just force him if you get what I mean. That’s just slack to Bernice..and she/Bosco can’t really blame Shirley =x I didn’t like the final pairing..I just feel that the female lead should end up with the male lead.
There wasn’t much of an emphasis about Bernice not being about to be with Bosco because of their identity.. it didn’t seem to be a real problem for them.
Devil’s Disciples or Face to Fate? .Both Wuxia Warehoused Series.
I would have to say I enjoyed Face to Fate a lot more (from memory). I loved the romantic plot namely, but I guess the romance in Devil’s Disciples wasn’t really the focus..or was it? I didn’t feel it was anyway because the characters liked each other, but I didn’t feel they absolutely loved each other. There was high chemistry between Raymond and Selena/Nancy and Derek~ they were willing to do anything for the other… I think they wanted to point this out in the characters in Devil’s Disciples too but I guess their acting just didn’t express it well enough. It wasn’t convincing.
Bernice and Bosco liked each other because they got along well from the start. There were a short little sequence clip of the two going out for a day. After Bosco finds out about his past, the two seem to have gone distant and there appears to be a lack of trust for each other.
Their wedding day is delayed, and after all the battles, Bernice finds out that Bosco has married Shirley. There wasn’t any conflict that arose about them being about to be together because they were enemies even though Bosco had the thought in his mind. Bosco ends up killing her father, and several years later, the two going out once in a while…? Shirley has a crush on Bosco but Bosco only loved Bernice. After Shirley sacrificed herself by sleeping with him to save his sister Sharon, Bosco feels that he owes her, so learns to like her and ends up marrying her. And now it appears at the end that Bosco is cheating on her by going out with Bernice +_+? He’ll probably end up marrying both of them..
- What happened to the Blood Shadow Clan in the end?
- Where did Sharon learn her powerful techniques from?
- Where did Bosco, Kevin and the other disciples learn their martial arts from before entering Scared Sword School?
- How come Michael and Anne put the pressure points in Bosco (so that he won’t be able to learn more powerful techniques) and not on Sharon?
- How did Bosco and Kevin learn so many techniques in two days?
- Did Bosco give Wayne a proper new buryl? It looks like a different location
- How did Kevin get Sharon’s ashes after burying her?
- Why did Kevin and Bosco leave the martial art techniques/methods lying all over the ground after defeating Bernice’s father?
- I’m sure here’s more..but can’t think of any more for the moment..
A little offtrack or misleading?
The chinese title of this series “Kerng Gim” literally translates to Strong Sword (I believe), but there wasn’t much emphasis on the sword at all. There are also shots of it at the beginning of the theme video, which I think is also the one Bosco was given by Bernice’s father. Perhaps its supposed to be symbolic for something? If its the right sword I’m thinking of, its the one Sharon said that the evolution of the sword was linked to the killing of the Blood Shadow Clan.
The English title “Devil’s Disciples” I believe is referring to Kevin and Bosco, with the devil being Bernice’s father.
The promotional image also tend to indicate the main characters of the series. Judging from the poster, Kevin seems equally main (if not more than) with Bosco, but in fact, Kevin only appears to be a side-character with a lot less screen time compared to Bosco. Bosco is the main character in the series much because of the focus on his life. The other misleading thing is the pairing of the characters.Usually in a series, the main lead ends up the with female lead. With Shirley’s character significantly further back and smaller , who would have thought Bosco would of end up being paired with her? I would have thought she would have merely been a supporting character, a friend to the main casts..
Furthermore, in the themevideo, we see shots of Bernice fighting with Sharon and when they both fell back, Bosco catches Bernice and Kevin catches Sharon, and we see this rivalry between Bosco and Kevin. Would have been interesting to see the two girls fight each other (both being the daughters of rival groups, i.e School of Sacred Swords v Blood Shadow Clan), but they don’t really have anything against the other in the series. Bosco and Kevin are also friends throughout the whole series.
A little inconsistent?
The guys’ hairstyles..why are some short (i.e Kevin, Bosco) while some others have long hair (Bernice’s father, Sword brother, other disciples of Sacred Sword)?
It’s not a “must watch” series but I think its still pretty decent series if you have time on your hands. Bosco and Kevin’s acting here is pretty normal though~ And for the ending, if you like to see lightlighted stuff with humour, you’ll like the ending. It felt very out-of-place when I watched it though. Just don’t take the last episode seriously ~