“The Other Truth” is a bit different from other TVB series. The focus of the drama is not on the relationship of the characters, but “Justice & Truth”. I’m not saying that I don’t prefer watching a series for its love plot, but the interesting part of the drama was actually the cases they dealt with 🙂 The cases (and series) are more serious than “Ghetto Justice”. They both have a different feel to it so I like both series for different aspects.
It gave me a very satisfying feeling watching the characters find out “the truth”. It makes it feel like they will always find out what the truth is, and fight for that, not simply defending for whoever pays them the money. Such heroic characters xD
Cases I liked:
[Keith -Ruco]Louise’s Domestic Violence Case
It was very touching to watch the bond between Louise and her son! There were scenes which made me teary- I felt so sorry for the two of them! Her husband is such a total jerk!!.. why in the world would you marry someone to treat them like that?? It was very comforting to see her son love her so much, and would do anything to protect her. Ruco really impressed me through the extremes he went into and crossing the line to prove the boy innocent! I also thought it was very clever how he was able to pick up “fresh injury” and bring forth the truth- the boy wasn’t the one who actually killed his father, even though the boy initally thought so too. He had no intentions of killing, i.e self defense, but ultimately, his father’s death occured after he had woken up and slipped, causing the second patch of blood stain on the skateboard. I thought it was a well defended case and happy to see Ruco able to redeem himself 🙂 It brings hope to the world XD
[Mavis -Tavia] Chima Case: The first TVB series I’ve seen where the case is driven by the jury. TVB once again pushed the theme of society being responsible for bringing justice. They showed us the procedure and thought process the jury went though to come with their conclusion. There were many factors going through their minds which influenced their decision.It was interesting to watch the clash between the generations xD (and the various TVB cameo appearances XD). I also thought it was pretty funny having Louis’ mum there haha- such a “see lai” having a mind of her own XD
Given it was a rape case and only those who were involved knew the truth, it required a lot of thought.. it wasn’t just about how convincing the barristers were, but the evidence which was brought out. The truth made Tavia realise she had incorrect judged the situation and things may not always be the way it appear. From this episode onwards, she started to see where Keith was coming from- things were not solely black or white and she had to think outside the box. At first, I had suspicion of Chima too- but then later seeing him appear so geninue in court with his crying scenes and Aimee’s attitude in court made me dislike her. I really pitied Chima, but glad everything worked out in the end!
[Keith] Keith’s mum pushing lady down the building
This would have been so intense!! So much dilemma for Keith..(if only Keith’s mother really pushed her down the building) xD. I really thought that lady was kind-hearted and all… but TVB decided to take the easier way out by saying she was actually the evil one plotting to suicide with her. It makes me wonder if Keith’s mum didn’t try to take back the property from them, what scheme/revenge would she make.
I liked this case because it brought Keith and his mother together after all those years of misunderstanding. I thought she was completely weird- she was so unlikable, especially after she tried to sue her back after Ruco convinced Leanne’s mum to let his mum off..
[Wallace -Raymond] Corrupted Cops Case
Very intense- so much action! It made the police force seem so dark and scary >< They would beat up the suspects, shoot innocent citizens and get away with it… such abuse of the system!! It brought a dark side out and I was so proud yet scared for Raymond for sticking up to what he believes is right and just. He stood firmly on his values, and I really feared for his character when they started threatening him- his friends and family. I wouldn’t know what to do if I ever was in his situation…Such dilemma!!I thought it was surprisng and fresh to see an undercover lol (not that he did a good job XD) I didn’t expect it and felt bit disappointed with Wallace (although I would fully understand) when he backed out when Tavia continued to insist on investigating further. She was brave and courageous but she didn’t see what Raymond saw how the gangsters beat up their friend- can the legal system really do something about it? The case ended quite dramatically with a killing scene/Wallace saving Mavis!! Awwwwww <3 He protected Mavis with his life! It was this scene which really made me root for Wallace! I thought the case resolved nicely. The “I love you too” bit was cute too XD They were in such a dangerous situation!! (and I can’t believe Tavia would still dare to enter her home after she saw someone broke into it..)
[Cecilia -Natalie] Kenneth’s Case
Kenneth (Alex) finally makes his awesome appearance in episode 20 for the final case! He seemed like such a nice guy and he was sooo sweet toNatalie! It looked like he fell in love with her at first sight and the two quickly got together. He appeared to be an innocent guy at first and was unwillingly involved with mafias..but it turns out he was such a jerk!! He lied to Keith and Cecilia and when he revealed his truth self- he was so scary- his whole face changed. I then thought he was only using Natalie, but then he still appeared so in love with her. He really seemed genuine towards her and wanted to leave with her to the UK to start their life together. I don’t know what part to believe…I don’t know if he was really “forced” to setup the murder or whether he was just doing it for money. If he was forced, then why was he so cocky and proud of admitting it in front of Keith? When Natalie slapped him across the face he looked so upset- is that normal?!? They’re almost like two different people..I really did pitied him when he mistakened Natalie to have betray him and sent someone to kill her >< (Just like how Michael Miu’s character killed Kathy in EU). Poor Natalie !! What a tragic ending for her… I can’t believe she just died like that! I liked watching Keith and Mavis trying to protect her (as her mentors) and then later grieving over her death to arresting Kenneth for all his crimes. I never really thought much of Natalie’s character in the series until this final case… :< At the end, Kenneth gets stabbed in jail… I have mixed feelings for his character- I really hate him, yet pity him so much at the same time- maybe his death will finally bring a resolution to everything.
I felt the ending ended abruptly. It was like, life continues and they move on. Other than lucky James (Louis) and Madam Mui getting together (I’m happy for them XD) in the end, the main love triangle get no resolution- how is this an ending? I suppose Wallace and Norman did become barristers in the end..Yea, maybe it was just the love triangle that felt so incomplete. I had a feeling Tavia wasn’t going to end up with either. I’m not sure whether its because Tavia’s character always appears to be so indecisive when it comes to love triangles- That, and also the fact the main focus of the drama isn’t the love plot, but the cases. I just feel that it’s a bit of a waste for her not to pick either of them, and just leave the 2 chasing her. I’m glad that “Fei-jai” James found his happiness in the end but I also felt he had too much screentime in the last episode, and I just wanted to see more of Mavis, Keith & Wallace… Refer to my previous post for thoughts on the pairings.
All in all, a good series with some interesting cases. I don’t think this is a series I’ll watch for the 2nd time given its pretty case-driven. I’ll probably just look back and think of those coupley moments between the leads XD