Tuesday, February 18, 2014

[O] TVB series roundup for 2013

I checked out Wikipedia for all TVB series' releases in 2013 and frankly, I can't believe I have watched most of them and for the better portion, wrote reviews or opinions or episodic thoughts. Wow! Anyway I've listed down the full series' release 2013 and my top 5 picks after the jump link.



ALL SERIES RELEASED IN 2013
Missing You
幸福摩天輪

Seen or not : Partially seen.
Reviewed or not : No.
Recommend or not :  Only if you want to see the worst chemistry between an actor (Jason Chan) and any bag in the history of TVB.

Inbound Troubles
老表,你好嘢!

Seen or not : Oh yes!
Reviewed or not : Interestingly no.
Recommend or not : Definitely. Best TVB series of 2013.

Season of Love
戀愛季節

Seen or not : No.
Reviewed or not : No.
Recommend or not :  No comment but TVB sucks at love stories.

Sergeant Tabloid
女警愛作戰

Seen or not : Yes.
Reviewed or not : No.
Recommend or not : Yes. Shelved series for reasons I do not know why, Michael Tse was fantastic in here. Niki Chow looks pretty.

Bullet Brain
神探高倫布

Seen or not : Partially until I couldn't stand it and tempted to put a bullet in my brain. Serious!
Reviewed or not : No.
Recommend or not :  Definitely no, not even for Wayne Lai. But fans of Natalie Tong may want to watch her performance in here.

Slow Boat Home
情越海岸線

Seen or not : Yes, unfortunately.
Reviewed or not : Yes, fortunately. Here.
Recommend or not : No! One of the worst series of TVB in 2013.

Awfully Lawful
熟男有惑

Seen or not : Yes.
Reviewed or not : No.
Recommend or not : Only for Raymond Cho and Roger Kwok and that nice blue car called Island.
Karma Rider
師父·明白了

Seen or not : Partially seen.
Reviewed or not : No but Kidd wrote a good one here.
Recommend or not :  Acquired taste. Not for my taste.


Always and Ever
情逆三世緣

Seen or not : Yes.
Reviewed or not : Yes! Read it here!
Recommend or not : Yes except until the last 10 minutes.

Brother's Keeper
巨輪

Seen or not : Yes, sadly.
Reviewed or not : No but wrote a few commentaries here.
Recommend or not :   For Ruco Chan, a definite yes. But overall, one of TVB's worst series in 2013. Fans of Linda Chung must avoid this travesty of her talent.

The Hippocratic Crush II
On Call 36小時II
Seen or not : A little.
Reviewed or not : No.
Recommend or not :  No comment.


Return of the Silver Tongue
舌劍上的公堂
Seen or not : Yes.
Reviewed or not : On the way.
Recommend or not :  Yes, especially for Jonathan Cheung and Kristal Tin's fans.

Friendly Fire
法網狙擊
Seen or not : Yes
Reviewed or not : Surprisingly I did not!
Recommend or not :  Definitely, one of the best series in 2013, watch it not for the silly legal arguments but for a very positive portrayal of a rape victim by the beautiful and talented Samantha Ko.


The Day of Days
初五啟市錄
Seen or not : Yes
Reviewed or not : No
Recommend or not :  No

Reality Check
心路GPS
Seen or not : Yes
Reviewed or not : Yes! Read here!
Recommend or not :  Of course! Ruco Chan's representative work in terms of dramatic acting and side by side with Inbound Troubles as TVB's best series in 2013, a pity so little recognition given partly due to the more publicised Brother's Keeper.


A Great Way to Care II
仁心解碼II
Seen or not : No
Reviewed or not : No
Recommend or not :  No comment

Beauty at War
金枝慾孽貳
Seen or not : A little, very little
Reviewed or not : No
Recommend or not : Not to my taste and too heavy handed in every way

A Change of Heart
好心作怪
Seen or not : Very very little
Reviewed or not : No
Recommend or not : Heard good things about it, just not for me because Michael Miu spoils it for me.

Triumph in the Skies II
衝上雲霄II
Seen or not : Yes, every episode.
Reviewed or not : Even better, I wrote episodic thoughts for it but stopped at episode 23. Read here in all its glory!
Recommend or not : Frankly, no except a few episodes for the sake of Francis Ng's Sam and Chilam Cheung's Captain Cool.

Sniper Standoff
神鎗狙擊
Seen or not : No
Reviewed or not : No
Recommend or not : No comment. Not interested.

Will Power
法外風雲
Seen or not : Yes
Reviewed or not : Yes. Read here.
Recommend or not : Yes. It was enjoyable.


Bounty Lady
My盛Lady
Seen or not : Yes, for Dayo Wong, always!
Reviewed or not : Strangely no but did write for episode 18. Read it here.
Recommend or not : Definitely. Dayo Wong deserved his TV King award. May Chan was exquisite and the funniest was ep 18 thanks to "Laura" and Dayo's impeccable comic timing.

Coffee Cat Mama
貓屎媽媽
Seen or not : Yes
Reviewed or not : Oh yes. Read here.
Recommend or not : Definitely, for the representative work of the fantastic Vincent Wong and also the ever wonderful Jonathan Cheung and May Chan. Bosco Wong's fans will also love this.

Did I miss any series? Wikipedia says these are the ones released in 2013. Basically 2nd half of 2013 produced better series than the 1st half, the winner being comedies. However dramas contain some very good acting even if we have terrible writing and plot development.

FUNN'S TOP 5 PICKS
In no particular order;

Inbound Troubles
Coffee Cat Mama
Bounty Lady
Reality Check
Friendly Fire

Best Comedy
2 clear winners; Inbound Troubles and Bounty Lady

Best Drama
Reality Check

Breakout star of 2013
Male
Vincent Wong

Female
Kristal Tin who is suddenly hot property

Most favourite performance by a male actor in 2013
Dayo Wong in Bounty Lady and Ruco Chan in Reality Check

Most favourite performance by a female actor in 2013
Samantha Ko in Friendly Fire and Kristal Tin in Return Of Silver Tongue. Kristal Tin especially showed how wrong I was about her.

Most favourite couple in a TV series in 2013
Bobby Au Yeung and Esther Kwan in Always And Ever

Hottest couple in a TV series in 2013
Ruco Chan and Ankie Belkie in Brother's Keeper and Ruco Chan and any woman above 45 in any series.

Worst written character in a series in 2013
Rachel in Brother's Keeper

Worst performance in a TV series in 2013
Jason Chan in anything and everything.

Worst series in 2013
Brother's Keeper because the plot and characterisation is simply inadequate,  Slow Boat Home because of the acting and the stupid ending and the fact that it wasted Ruco's talent and Triumph In The Skies II because it was insipid, slow, repetitive and bad casting.

Best written series in 2013
For consistency, Inbound Troubles. For dramatic value, Reality Check. For witty lines mixed with some very heartfelt moments that is romantic and life changing, it has to be Bounty Lady.

3 comments:

  1. Woah, great summary! Surprised at how little you watched On Call 36 Hours 2! What made you stopped watching?

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  2. I'm watching BK now. Up to episode 17. So far, not that bad lah. I quite like Rachel. It's Shun going ga-ga over her and love her so deeply from the first sight that I couldn't stand. It's definitely her beauty that attracted him and kept a strong hold on his heart. But, Rachel herself. I'm ok.

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    1. Kidd, watch some more! Her actions is infuriating, really like princess disease thing.

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