[Update on K’s TVB series Progress]
Currently up to episode 12 of Forensic Heroes.
Initially I thought I’d be making a lot of posts on Forensic Heroes 2, but perhaps time wouldn’t allow me to. It turned out it was rather because I wasn’t enjoying the series as much as I hoped. I didn’t have much I wanted to say except it wasn’t meeting the expectation as I had hoped from its prequel.
I started to feel sorry for Yoyo’s character when Charmaine appeared. It was like she suddenly had a rival at work. Then, in her private life, Linda kept bragging how lucky and happy she was because of her wedding, while Bobby was so ‘stiff’ towards her. Bobby doesn’t show much affection towards her so Yoyo often appears unhappy because she doesn’t understand what he is really thinking, or how much he really loves her. The time I felt the worst for her was when she thought Bobby was going to propose to her, but she got disappointed again and again. I guess Bobby’s character hasn’t changed much since Forensic Heroes 1.
When Bobby was going to propose to her with the ‘bus’, she hadn’t realise and was not in the mood for it. She rejected the ‘bus’ present (which secretly had a ring inside) I felt sorry for her character again after the explosion incident where she became half deaf and her right arm became semi-disabled ='( She could no longer lead her team, or hold a gun anymore nor ‘look after herself’. It was then Bobby finally told her how he really felt since he has always been keeping everything inside making Yoyo uncertain about how much he really cared about her. Bobby finally gets the chance to propose to her, unfortunately this time, she refuses to marry him because she believed he was only doing it because he felt sorry for her *sigh*
I didn’t feel much for Linda’s death in episode 4. Perhaps it was because I already knew she was going to die before I even watched it. It was also on the opening theme video and up until the point where she gets killed from an explosion, Linda’s “Ding Ding” character does not do much for the series. Most if not all her scenes are showing how ‘happy’ she is because of her wedding and it was just building up towards the death scene. The tragedy didn’t really work on me because I saw it as TVB merely removing her character off the series to change the overall casting of the series, with Yoyo no longer able to lead either.
I did, however enjoyed watching how close Yoyo and Linda’s characters have gotten since Forensic Heroes 1.
I wasn’t a fan of the Frankie and Linda (Dr. Koo and Ding Ding) coupling in the original series because I always felt their romantic storyline was rather dull (Actually the romance storyline in Forensic Heroes 1 with all couplings in general weren’t that good). Nevertheless, I thought Frankie did well for his crying scenes~
Like the other characters in Forensic Heroes 2, I disliked Charmaine’s character when she initially appeared. I did not accept her taking lead of Yoyo’s team and how she was always acting more superior with that outer attitude towards others. I’m starting to like the series a bit more now that things have gotten a bit better with Charmaine’s character (after knowing the way she treats her mum and I guess the ‘nicer’ person she is on the inside). Like the rest of the characters how they are starting to see the other side of Charmaine and growing to like her character more, I have also grown to accepting her as the new female lead of FH2. (Episode 10/11) Yoyo’s team is starting to respect her, but they still equally respecting their ex-leader, Yoyo.
I like watching the team spirit and always found Yoyo’s team quite cute and funny. I like the bond and interaction they share with each other and with Yoyo (Madam Leung) , for example how the four were having grudges against Charmaine and Mathew Ko together and how the four were so nosy to find out what three words the women was referring to in an argument with Charmaine. XD With Linda’s death fading away and Yoyo being able to ‘get back up’ from her fall,I think I am starting to get used to the new cast for Forensic Heroes 2.
The other side plot/back story for Charmaine’s family is also quite interesting. I enjoy watching the family matters but it does reminds me a lot of A Journey Called Life with Linda’s family and about her ‘Step mother’, where Charmaine’s father had two family/wives. I like watching the filial side of Charmaine but I do hope the story turns out differently because I don’t want it to be too predictable.
With the loss of Linda from the Forensic Team, the new addition of Kevin’s character is refreshing. Kevin’s character here is more likable compared to some of the other roles he plays because he smiles more here XD He’s a pretty happy guy and I like watching his friendship with Frankie. His character doesn’t do much yet but I can already feel some little love triangle thing building up between Charmaine, Kevin and Frankie. When I first heard of this idea, I was a bit skeptical but I’ll keep an open mind on that idea and see how that plot will unfold.
I liked Astrid’s appearance because I felt the link with the prequel =) I was curious to find out more about the ‘Matt’ guy and the reason he was beating up his wife.
The thing I loved most about Forensic Heroes 1 was the cases but so far, I think this is the biggest let down. The cases are not that interesting and I often felt bored. I remember the first case they tried to link a few cases and victims with each other to the point it seemed like it was dragging on and I couldn’t see where things were heading. It was quite messy and all over the place. Some of the evidence also seemed bizarre. Some of the later cases weren’t that interesting either, like Matt’s death with the bald guy with pimples. It just felt so random. They also spent a whole episode about a father and son running over a lady crossing the road. To me, it seemed a bit far-fetched for them to investigate into that area, getting out of their way to find out the truth to help reduce penalties. As I watched the cases, it was also obvious they were trying to inform the HK audience of consequences of committing a crime, like how the man was burying his dog in the forest and illegal actions. I hope the cases get better because they haven’t been very engaging.
So far, overall the series is disappointing and not really engaging. At times I even felt like giving up on the series because it wasn’t meeting my expectation that was built from the original series. I will force myself to watch on to see if it gets any better. I thought it would be a good idea for it to air in Australia on 7pm time slot but some of the stuff can get gruesome and not very appetizing to watch during dinner time XD Still better than watching “The Money-Making Recipe” I guess. (That series has started airing in Sydney at the 8:30pm time slot)
What do you guys think of the first 10 episodes?