Note from KTVB 18/1/17: I found this entry I started in March 2015 but never finished or published. So here I am giving it a chance to surface on my blog, hope you enjoy!
It has been a while since I’ve watched a TVB series- the last one I watched from beginning to end was ‘Line Walker’. Nothing else really appealed to me but when I saw Kevin Cheng and Ruco Chan in a series together I thought it could be refreshing one and decided to give it a go. The synopsis does not really describe the series accurately, but I guess it’s TVB’s attempt not to give away too much of the story line (which made the synopsis sound kind of confusing). I found the series enjoyable overall, but not without its frustrations and eye-rolling movements. Below are some of my thoughts…
*Warning: Contains spoilers*
- The story is about Kevin Cheng’s character (司徒舜) who is an intelligent CID inspector, mostly quiet and reserved: the cool type who is often found thinking and analyzing situations. His thought process is reliant on his attention to detail and what is captured in security cameras. Unfortunately this backfires on him when he is seen lighting an apartment on fire on camera. Although Kevin is eventually let off for having other evidence proving he was elsewhere during the time of the incident, many of his colleagues didn’t trust him, including his boss played by Becky Lee. As a result, despite his passion for solving cases, Kevin decides to resign until he can find evidence to prove himself innocent.
- Tavia (Jan) is a private investigator whose talents seem to be held back by working for her old fashioned- father who doesn’t keep up with technology. Tavia has the special ability where her eyes are like a video recorder and she can “rewind, play-back” and “zoom-in” to everything she catches a glance on (haha..yea..sure). She gets saved by Kevin and develops a massive crush on him. She later meets Kevin again but his personality is quite different from the ‘cool’ inspector. This Kevin calls himself “Johnny” asking her to help him locate a drug dealer. He is more talkative and spontaneous. The two end up in some dangerous situation and he gets injured in attempt to save her. The attraction grew and the two end up having sex that night. However, the next day, she learns that he had lit an apartment on fire, bringing her into total shock, confusion and denial on what kind of guy he is. What’s worse is when she confronts Kevin (the inspector), and he claims he has no recollection of her.
- 1.5 years later, Kevin is working as head of security in a high-end Hotel operation. The remainder of the series revolves around the hotel. He ends up recruiting Ruco Chan in his security team and the two become good friends with many things in common.
- After realising that Kevin and “Johnny” were not the same person, the three of them (Tavia, Kevin and Ruco) go and investigate to find out that Kevin actually has a younger twin brother who was separated at birth; and their parents were led to believe he was dead.
- It turns out that Ruco was actually Kevin’s twin brother who lived a really hard life with his best friend and they grew up being thieves.. During an operation where they were stealing some famous jewelry, an accident occurred and Ruco’s face gets burnt and after countless number of stitches and surgeries, Ruco’s face completely changed (from ‘Kevin’ to ‘Ruco’). Ruco is now out to seek revenge on the other thieves who has taken the jewelry off him and caused his face change. Ruco and his friend took up new different identities and went into the Hotel operations in order to hunt them down to seek revenge.
- Later, Ruco eventually reunites with his Kevin and his family, but things start to turn ugly when he finds out that Tavia did not love him, and that she had fallen for his brother Kevin. He was only used as a rebound… Other misunderstandings occur making Ruco think his family doesn’t truly accept him and that he’s still an outsider. At the end, Ruco turns so evil to the point of no return…
- Overall, not one of the best TVB has produced but had some entertainment value. The theme song was quite catchy, I loved the tune!
- This series is quite light-hearted with some comical characters.
- I really like Ruco and Kevin’s characters and I feel really sorry for Ruco. It started to get interesting from around episode 5 onward where they reveal to us that Ruco is actually Kevin’s younger twin brother. The birthday scene was so sad where Ruco thought for once he could celebrate his birthday with his family, but then realise they excluded him. Turns out they knew Ruco and Kevin had the same birthday so the four of them celebrated together even though didn’t know Ruco was really Kevin’s twin brother. Kevin’s mum also acknowledged him as their god son. I was so happy and touched for Ruco and I enjoyed watching his interactions with his family. It was heart wrenching how they didn’t know the truth, and I was waiting for the moment for them to reunite. He seemed so happy just being with his family members.
- I like Ruco’s sidekick (played by Tong Hung), especially later in the series when he turns good. I guess he was never really that bad to begin with. He values his friendship, he knows what’s good and what isn’t. He had a conscience and he felt so bad after he helped Ruco take revenge on the old lady who sold him to another family for money. He looks after his grandma well, and it was cute later on. I really didn’t like his character at the start when he was playing that photographer loafing around the hotel, chasing every girl he saw, but when I found out later he was only pretending, and allied with Ruco in attempts to find the missing jewelry, I found him a lot more bearable and funny.
- I also enjoyed the mysteries behind the characters in the hotel. It was kinda fun and interesting and weird (although disjointed with random Susan Tse in there)
- I really disliked the scenes with Tavia’s dad and her other work colleague.
- Despite Tavia winning Favourite TVB Female Character (Starhub TVB Awards 2015) for her character as Jan, she didn’t win me over. She tried too hard to come off as a ‘cute’ and ‘clumsy’ with her constant hiccups. Sometimes I can’t even understand why the guys would fall for her lol
- Samantha Ko’s character comes off quite ‘dumb’ and was pretty annoying to watch, but I liked her more as the story developed and I liked her pairing with the photographerlater on in the series and hoped these two would have a happy ending. I find it quite unrealistic how Samantha who comes from a rich family background would allow her to marry a thief but her parents weren’t even shown in the series so he got that easy ^^;
- Kevin and Ruco are supposed to be twin brothers, but when they’re together they sometimes appear more like lovers?? Or I could be going crazy. Both of them just seem too feminine and not your typical brothers.
- I’m also quite skeptical on how they portrayed this set of twins. I’m a twin myself and can’t seem to relate to them. They have dreams of the other brother?? I mean, Kevin dreamt what Ruco saw. And then it got to the point towards the end of the series where Ruco would drug himself to stay awake without sleeping in hope Kevin won’t be able to see his plan in his mind. What the. lol
- I felt a lot of actors here needed to improve on their acting skills-Tony Hung, Becky Lee, Lin Xia Wei and Samantha Ko,
- I thought the ending was appropriate. Ruco’s mind was just so twisted it would creep me out if his character stayed alive. I thought the last episode was done pretty well, and was very emotional with the young twin brothers and when Kevin forgive him and the two embraced.
- I’m kinda glad there was no more ‘lovey dovey’ scenes with Kevin and Tavia at the end. Kevin just doesn’t seem that type of person so it was good they were just ‘together’ lols