I just completed this series so I thought I’d jot down some of my thoughts. (before I finish off my BR ones- sorry for the delay!) What made me watch this series was actually the official synopsis since the idea seemed kind of interesting (despite not liking the cast that much) . Hence, I decided to give it a go!
The series revolves around the entertainment industry which particularly caught my attention. Adding to that, Kate in the series was going to enter via a beauty pageant (a bit like herself I suppose? lol) It shows the life being an artist and a lot of ”behind the scene'” stuff- incorporating many acting scenes and NGs, directors, scene set up, scripting, stunts, about the “dogs” who go around capturing “news”, people creating their own “news” to grab attention, freezing artists, TV ratings, contracts to sponsoring artists and being various ambassadors etc . The impression I’m getting is that all the actresses, esp those more powerful and popular ones are ‘bitches” XD and always putting on that arrogant attitude- picking on the newbies. The characters in the series are pretty open when they bitch about each other- isn’t that kinda dangerous? It doesn’t look they they even bother hiding it in the studio.
There is a lot of scheming and back-stabbing to gain popularly and getting leading roles. Those were indeed the highlights for me which kept me watching XD It makes me wonder how much this reflects the real HK entertainment industry though. If it weren’t really like that, they wouldn’t make a show like that right..? Wouldn’t it create a negative impression to the audience about the industry then? XD Or is it purely for entertainment purposes since audiences love to watch stuff like this? Or do they assume everyone knows the entertainment industry is like that so it’s normal to “reveal”? It makes me wonder how the actresses felt when filming the series lol
I still do not like Kate after this series. Her acting was a lot like her usual and I hated her character more when she turned “evil” (A bit like KaMei in MoonLight Resonance). I think it’s her eyebrows/eyes/the way she glares. I don’t think Sharon has improved much but Christine and Kingdom were great to watch.
I liked the earlier episodes where the story revolved around the rivalry/past between Christine and Kingdom- I particularly liked the scene where they were re-watching the production of Empress Wu- they both looked very convincing! I really pitied Kingdom having her permanent leg injuries yet I was also shocked to find out what she was like as well! When I found out how Kingdom treated Christine, it sorted justified why she treated Kate the way she did (I still think she slapped her deliberately). Surprisingly after all that, Christine was still able to gain Kate’s trust and she starts using Kate to go against Sharon.
The other theme they heavily focus on in the series is the intake of drugs. Towards the latter half of the series I kept thinking this series is about how to stop drug consumption, the negative effects and consequences- how do deal with them etc- rather than about entertainment industry…(didn’t particularly find that as interesting although it’s supposed to be educational).
There’s something lacking in the series which makes it kinda unrealistic. It was predictable in the sense that at the end, they all learn their lessons and all three of them turn good. Uhm, found it a bit cheezy and I think the story did not flow very well lol
Kate justifies all her actions as mere self-defense (much like Tavia’s character in Beyond the Realm of Conscience? XD) She drugs Christine back when she learns she tried tricking her into it. She uses others feelings (Wong Cho Lam) to obtain photos of Christine’s affair and was willing to sacrifice her own boyfriend’s family to achieve her goals. To get what she wants, she also used her mother- Kingdom, and put her on the spot. Someone who went to such extremes..suddenly wakes up when slapped by her father…?
Thinking she lost her friends and family, Kate calls Mimi out (who she also said had betray her) to cry on- at that point it really made me wonder if her character was just “acting ” because I think the transition went a bit too quickly. Kate however, finally wakes up when Christine sent a man to scar her face for life. I think she “woke up” when she realised it was the consequences of scheming against Christine and her form of revenge. Hadn’t she seen it coming anyway?
It doesn’t really make much sense for her to turn completely good again- even being friends with Sharon again? I can see why she hated Sharon- and suddenly she’s forgiven? Why does Kate feel bad? For “stealing” her boyfriend? She wasn’t the one who gave Sharon drugs nor force her to do the bad things she did which made her boyfriend dislike her. Sharon herself felt threatened by Kate and started seeking drugs when things weren’t working for her and when her boyfriend started dating Kate. Can Sharon really blame Kate for her own drug addiction? I see everything which happened to Sharon was pretty much brought upon by herself. Sharon was the one who betrayed Kate several times. Honestly I would agree with Christine in that case. Sharon not only betrayed Kate once, but twice and three times..how can you ever trust someone so selfish as your best friend?? Sharon even betray her own TV company and joined the competitors because she felt it was the best way to compete with Kate? You can’t say the TV company did not treasure her since they were willing to give her a better contract and continued to promote her. There are so many other artists yet she leaves for another company simply because of Kate? Why was she so confident that their 30 episode series was going to be “so successful”?? The two different TV stations were both filming the same series, Sharon playing the same role as Kate, and the other lady vs Christine, while Kate’s series was 60 episode grand Production- a direct challenge. So what did Sharon learn that she did wrong? The fact she shouldn’t take drugs? Or her mistake of betraying her Kate for power?
Sharon’s downfall continues when the ratings were poor and her reputation/image was completely ruined when revealed to take too much drugs. She had diarrhea and publicly pees in her swim suit while doing a promotion!! I did pity Sharon though- it was totally embarrassing!
Sharon at the end, finally gets rid her drug addiction with the help of Kate, and after the sacrifice of her mother. Kate and Sharon revert back to their ‘old-self’ before all the drama happened. Sharon ends up with Chris in the end. Personally I don’t think Chris has much chemistry with either girls and I don’t particular feel for any couples so I didn’t really care who ended up with him.
As for Christine, the downfall in her career was when Kate released the photos of her affair to the media, destroying her image. It was interesting to see their come-back.
I felt the ending episodes were a bit boring and cliche lol It was obvious Christine’s character will win Best actress, but she brought along the misfortune upon herself by scheming, and not trusting her real skills.
I would not say this series is a must watch, but it’s not too bad. You could watch it for the cast if you’re a Kate, Sharon or Christine fan. There were some teary touching moments once in a while hehe. I think if you’re bored and have anything to watch you might like to give the series a go- it shows some interesting things about the entertainment circle. Be prepared for a lot of scheming and back-stabbing (Modern version of Beyond? War and Beauty? Maybe not AS grand) I can’t think of anything else to add at the moment, although there probably is! So feel free to leave your comments and your thoughts on the series and we can expand any other discussions/scenes etc you like 🙂