Warning: Ending Spoiler!!
[All my posts contain spoilers, but this is the ending, so an extra warning message ^__^]
Before watching the final episode, I’ve heard lots of comments saying the ending was very sad and tragic (shocking?) so I was trying to imagine the worse ending possible. I wasn’t looking forward to episode 20 after seeing the happy ‘ending like’ thing happening in episode 19 because I knew it wasn’t going to end that way. I think it might of been this thought I had at the back of my mind; I thought I would hate the ending.
It was sad and tragic ; but I liked the ending. Its different (a little odd), but it worked for me.
If the series ended with episode 19, the series would of had a happy ending but I wouldn’t be as satisfied. I guess its because Louisa’s character doesn’t end up dying yet and seeing all the bad things Louisa had done, I don’t think she’ll change for the better. She continued to speak as if she suffered so much but I personally don’t think she is tortured or had suffered enough for everything he has done.
Leila’s character faced a really sad tragic death scene. I had a feeling Leila wouldn’t accept Jack and this series would probably be its first I’ve seen where a main character girl doesn’t get moved by all the things the main character guy(for her) did for her. She rejected him again and again (from the first episode till last) , numerous times even after he waited for her for 4 years! (to get out of jail) His proposal failed after all they have been through together, but perhaps somewhere inside her she had already gotten used to having him by her side when she needed someone. So when Jack told her that he had to leave, going back to England and possibly never returning (because his mother had already found him a potential partner and he felt that he couldn’t win Leila’s heart), Leila becomes disturbed (it bothered her, if that was the word) and Krystal commented that it was because she was getting jealous. Eventually Krystal convinces Leila to consider him and Leila planned to go back to England with him. Why did she have to follow Louisa? ? ? Louisa lures Leila to follow her and attacks her from behind! After their final talk, Leila gets beaten to death!! Louisa threw Leila into a box
and nailed it…the sad thing is- at the time, Jack and Krystal didn’t even know. When Krystal arrived at the wharf and she saw Leila wandering around, she should have went out to look for her after seeing she didn’t
return for so long! Wouldn’t they think something might of happened to her? They do that a lot in other TVB Series =( Instead, while Leila was getting beaten and struggling to use her last breath to open up the nailed box she was in, the two did nothing except sit and wait!! T_T
They were waiting for Leila to show up, but for the audience, it was like they were waiting for her to die T_T Eventually, Jack leaves, thinking that Leila wouldn’t come, possibly because she changed her mind.
“Ma Hak (Jack Wu’s character) , all these years, no matter what happens..you’d always be by my side. But why aren’t you here this time..why?”-Leila
“Remember to help me say good bye to her“-Jack (getting ready to leave) to Krystal
*As Jack walks away into the ship, Leila uses her last energy and slips the marble out of the box.*
I really liked Leila’s final scene. I didn’t want Leila’s character to die or anything, but I thought it was well captured. It took Leila’s death before Krystal realised that Louisa had to die. It was Krystal’s “stupidity” of believing Lousia again and again that caused Leila to die. At the end, Krystal helps Leila take revenge by shooting Louisa at the execution place..
There were 2 parts in this episode I would have been really annoyed if they had left it like that. Firstly would be the part when the marble covered in blood rolled out to Krystal. If she was so dumb not to realise, especially seeing Louisa suspiciously run off from that direction that would have been very frustrating! Secondly would be the part Krystal said she’ll kill Louisa. If Krystal let Louisa go, that would have been one of the most annoying endings ever.
Characters looking 4 years later: I thought Krystal’s hair looked bad on her. It looks like she’s wearing a wig, yet still looked kind of bald. It’s just four years, but TVB seems to like to add a mustache on characters, i.e Jack just to make them look older XD
The series had kept me interested throughout but there’s just too many flaws for me to like this series. In a sense, it was annoying to watch yet I wanted to know what would happen. e.g characters like Krystal. She’s supposed to be one of the main character, the kind-hearted one whom we’re supposed to feel sympathy for but she becomes so “dumb” and easily tricked that it becomes frustrating to watch! It’s her character that causes other characters to get hurt, in danger, and sadly, even die. There were also lots of flaws in the storyline that made it feel unrealistic and appear too much of a co-incidence, jamming in lots of things in an episode which made it exciting yet lacking something solid.
- The blood trail left all over the floor in episode 20 was really messy. Did Louisa expect no one to notice?
- In a scene where Sunny gave Jack the document to free Krystal, Jack just held onto it in his hand and let Sunny’s wife see.
- Seems like its not extremely hard to wander around the prison or escape e.g Leila just “injures” her arm to they would take her to the doctors (to see Jack). Louisa and sisters seem to easily communicate with each other by going to the Church.
- There’s more but I’ll just leave it here~
I actually quite liked Sunny’s character and the complex situation he was in: trying to satisfy his mother, having to marry a women he didn’t love, constantly blackmailed having his status/position/reputation holding him back from being with Krystal or saving her (the women whom he loved). There were times I questioned how much he actually loved Krystal’s character but as you watch on, you can really tell he cares about her and their son. Because he was a filial son, his mother was the greatest force holding him back because he didn’t want his mother to die. At the end, Sunny kept his words and saved Krystal, gave up his position and was able to live happily ever after with Krystal and their son at Switzerland. I quite like Sunny in more serious series.
After completing the series, I still don’t know where the title came from. Maybe there’s a reference to something I’m not aware of, but I don’t see how that connects with anything..Who’s the Phoenix? Louisa? Krystal? o.0?