A Year in Review: 2008


2008 brought us many great series. Many comeback starts, many rising stars and many new stars. Many sequels, many new series and even some outstanding ones.

Top 10:
10. Catch Me Now


This was a great series but it failed to make it high on my list. It had a very nice storyline and it was a police/crime story ahead of its time. It was awesome seeing the gadgets and the way Damian gets out of his crime. It also brought me to love Johnson Lee a little more and founded an actress that I like now Koni Liu. Fala Chen is also very pretty and outstanding in this series as Joe’s wife. The chemisty between Joe and Damian was pretty nice in working together even though they have 2 different standings. The ending was pretty great too, with 2 endings.

9. Your Class or Mine

I got to say that I quite enjoyed this series. I like the chemistry between everyone in the cast. I especially love Sharon and Bobby together. They are pretty cute when they had scenes together. The “kiddos” in this series weren’t that bad either. They are actually pretty good actors, considering that they are pretty much new. The storyline was great and can be relate-able to a lot of kids (like myself) struggling with sports and school at the same time.  I think I would like to re-watch this series again one day, since in the beginning I didn’t really pay attention in the beginning of the series.

8. A Journey Called Life

I think this was one of the best inspirational series out there. It was kind of ironic how it talks about life and making it through life when they have a business to crave tombstones. Linda’s performance was amazing as a rebel/bad girl, it got me ready for her other series Gem of Life. Of course her relationship with Steven was just too cute too. Other then Linda, Fala Chen had a nice performance too, it was a pity that she had to die off.

7. D.I.E

For the longest time, I thought that D.I.E would be a very high rated series for me,also thinking that only Moonlight Resonance could beat this out of first place. I was wrong, better series came on through the next couple of months after the airing of D.I.Ethat totally beat it down into 7thplace. With a creative storyline and concept, this was very much a new kind of series that was opened up in 2008. This series also brought me to be a fan of Margie Tsang and a stable fan of Derek Kwok. I can’t wait to watch D.I.E II but is sad because Margie won’t be in this one.

6. Moonlight Resonance

A lot of people might have Moonlight as number one this year or even at their top 3 if not even their top 5. I placed it near the bottom of my top ten for many reasons. Even though I was hooked onto this series, I didn’t felt as if it was good as Heart of Greed. I felt the surprise left me because I know this series will have a good ending. Along with that, their love stories were draggy and not expand enough. For example, the Bosco-Linda-Raymond issue was really draggy, it got me to a point where I didn’t care who she ended up with and Tavia and Moses was a couple that didn’t have much focus on especially on how they even got together. Even though I like the concept of moon-cake and family, this series wasn’t good enough for me. This might even be a series that I might not watch again since it is pretty long.

5. Best Selling Secret

I was glad that I did picked up this series late 2007. It wasn’t that bad after all and it made a very high ranking in my 2008 list. It was maybe Esther’s only series for a while but it was one of the best. Her love story with Geoffrey was a memorable one. It was cute and love-able and it just wanted viewers and me to get them together already. This was satisfied by the time Esther left BSS. This series also brought out the Elvina-Tsui Wing match and Florence -Stephen match, which left the viewer satisfied after Esther’s leave. Even though this series wasn’t exactly funny or dramatic, it was pretty much of a good series to lay back to watch. I will definitely re-watch this series one day.

4. Forensic Heros II

I remember rushing back to the hotel/house just to watch this series when I was in HK/China. I remember during its finale, I was staying at Disneyland and I was suppose to go get something to eat but I didn’t until very late, cause I wanted to finish watching this special hour for this series. In the beginning it was pretty boring and my expectations for Linda’s death wasn’t reached so I was disappointed. Near the end the series was much more interesting, with the dramatic cases and the storyline between Charmaine and Kevin, it kept me wanting more.

3. Silver Chamber of Sorrow

I wasn’t expecting this series to be so good. I picked it up after watching their 6th episode, cause after that I didn’t know how I was going to let this series go. It was like a different version of War and Beauty(something magnificent as well). I loved the fighting, the bickering the hatred with everyone. I especially loved Christine’s character. She was so innocent at first, but after finding out how she was tricked into this marriage of someone she doesn’t love, made her a bit evil. It was great watching her and Ng Wai Kwok scenes together, ‘an almost lover’ love story. The ending was great and unexpected to see how Christine lived through the fire. With the majestic theme song, captivating storyline and a period where woman has no standing, this series should have been promoted just a little more.

2. Last One Standing

An outstanding series of its time. It almost felt like as it this series was our modern day Secret of the Heart or like Cold Blood Warm Heart. Both Roger and Kevin did amazing in this series, but still unable to grab any awards due to the hype on Moonlight Resonance. This series had a different ending unlike a lot of normal typical series, this ending didn’t have a conclusion to Roger. I think that this series can be the most unrated series of all time. Honestly, I felt as if this series could have taken away a lot of things from Moonlight Resonance, but due to the fact that Moonlight really had to take most of the awards, Last One Standing was swept away in a little corner without any attention to it. If only this series had aired later, maybe in 2009, this series would have been a blockbuster at the awards.

1. When Easterly Shadows Fall on the Sunny West

Surprise Surprise. As I was thinking about writing the end of the year review a month ago, I never expected WESFOTSW would take the title as #1. I wouldn’t have even touch this series, if it wasn’t for bad engknowlegdement of Joe being within 20 miles of me each day. I needed to watch this series, on how I could have met him while he was filming…sigh. Other than that pity story, this series was pretty good in that I felt as if it was something different. It was different in the case that even though Joe did turn astray, he didn’t fall completely, he still had a son and the woman he loved in the end, which was a nice ending. I also didn’t expect so many people to die, which was a plus for the dramatic factor. It was nice to see how Joe falls every time someone dies. Which this also lead me to think, did everything that Joe did, was it because he wanted power or was it to please his family name and the title of being the head of the house. Sadly this series wasn’t a high rated one due to our economic times, but I believed that this series is pretty good, something definitely worth re-watching again.
  

Series that didn’t quite make it:


A series that I didn’t really care too much about. There was hype but I didn’t think it was all that great. Bosco hairstyle was very ugly in this series and it didn’t match him at all. All in all though this series was pretty cute and it was nice how they focused on magizine and the world of fashion. I think this might be a series that I would rewatch again.


I am still wondering why Gallen would do this series. It was cute and fun series but it is still somewhat pointless in its storyline. I guess it was still pretty much fun to watch this series with most of my favorite actors and actresses in it, and with my newly love actress Margie. 🙂


I was hooked onto this series from episode one. I guess it was the mystery of the deaths that got me hooked and that it was Michael Miu here 😀 As this series progress, it was exciting but in the end after looking back at this series I didn’t find it that great. It was not too extreme dramatic storyline but it was good enough to keep viewers watching and guessing.


It was sad, it was cute, it was funny and it was heartbreaking. Seventh day was a very nice modern love story about 2 couples. I liked how it had a storybook design and I liked the concept of the whole series.  Even though I felt like this was a fresh series, I felt that  it was pretty boring. In a way it kinda got repetitive. Getting back together, breaking up, getting back together. In the middle of the series I actually skipped many episode, due to its boring storyline. Overall I liked the pairing of Niki and Kevin, they are just too cute. For me re-watching this series, I am still iffy on it, since it was pretty boring but it was pretty cute.

Series that I didn’t watched:


I don’t know how many people that I told, saying I would watch this series by the time my summer vacationends. It never exactly happen. I have watched clips and bits of it and even got to watch the second half of the ending. I heard many praises and many non praises of this series, which left me wondering if I should watch it or not. After about debating for a month and leaving it alone. I think this series would be left alone forever. I don’t think I would have the energy to actually watch a series about a topic, I honestly don’t care about.


This series was airing a week before finals and with my trip to New York, and airing at the mid spot of the night when I was in HK /China. I just didn’t have time to watch it. I think I have only watched about 5 minutes in HK, when I was at dinner, just before we left the resturant. I don’t really plan on watching this series …anytime soon at least since it doesn’t look too interesting to me. Who knows maybe I will pick it up soon, but I highly doubt it.


Another series that was air when I was in HK/China, during the timeslot when I was going back to the house/hotel so I wasn’t able to watch this series. I only watched about 10 minute one time and that was it. I told myself that I will watch this series this winter break, but for my busy scheduele, I wasn’t able to pick it up. I do hope I get to watch this series soon because even looking at Kate and Ken’s pictures together I find this a very cute series already.


I have watch many bits and pieces of it when it was playing in my living room cause my dad was watching it. I quite like it but I never just picked it up since I didn’t have time and that kung-fu/police ancient series aren’t my type of thing to watch. I am pretty sure that I would pick up this series again since I do like the plot and from what I seen, it was pretty good.


I don’t think I will ever watch this series due to my lack of interest in fantasy,even though I like Sunny, Linda, and Benny.


As much as I liked the first gentle crackdown. Sunny and Wayne can’t pull me in  to watch this series. I just didn’t want to watch it cause my lack of interest in the storyline.


Another series that was airing when I was in HK on saturdays. I have watched snippets of it and I did enjoy those couple of mintues of it. I think I will picked up this series once I get the time. I like all these schooling mini-series, like their previous Heart of Fencing and Sunshine Heartbeat.

Dislike series:

This is one of the series that I didn’t like this year. It was also the first series that I wrote in this blog. One factor that lead to that was Louisa character bugged me a lot. The way she used people and everything disgusted me and the series in whole. I didn’t like how the series portray out the storyline withJapanese food as the center of attention with a character like Louisa. I felt like it didn’t match and the storyline was very boring to me. The things I did like about it was that character pairing.

Series that wasn’t finish airing in 2008😦 since it wasn’t finish in 2008 I won’t be judging them or talking about them until 2009 review)
Off Pedder,Pages of Treasures, The Gem of Life

Catch Me Now Thoughts (6-10)

In episode 6, we got to see how the people from Damien’s gang met him and how the gang was form. I thought it was pretty cool how each person met Damien and I thought it was nice that the writers took some time to write the background of the characters a bit. Even though saving people is pretty typical, I thought it was still nice to incorporate into the story.

In these epsoides, it seemed like Joe and Fala’s marriage might start to have problems. It started with Fala being the model for the dimond necklace and how Joe didn’t really like what she was doing for Evergreen. It also showed that Evergreen is also somewhat interested in Fala. I hate the parts with Evergreen in it but I guess he had to be in it to create the storyline. We also see that Fala can’t have kids, which is something she is afraid to tell Joe because they wanted kids.

Honestly, I like the friendship between Damien and Idy. I likit at  how they would talk to each other and care of each other. I think they should have kept it at that but I know they won’t in the future epsoide. I do like seeing them together as best friends and nothing more. They don’t look too well together if they do become more than friends. By the way, Idy is still iffy to me.

I also like seeing Johnson and Koni relationship. Its more playful and cute. They always made fun of each other and I thought it was nice. I enjoyed seeing them together more than Johnson and Sharon. I wished that he like Koni more than Sharon, but its pretty clear that he really likes Sharon. I feel that Koni do have feelings for him, he just don’t know it yet. They would have been cute together.

I felt bad for Joe once he knew about that Officer Lau’s death. Joe put him in such a high place, a decent man that would have never broke the law. He was his hero all along. Now that he knows what he thought was wrong, he didn’t know what to believe anymore, everything about his hero is now crushed.

Catch Me Now Thoughts (1-5)

The beginning was very “cool” haha. The theme video reminded me of the Angels of Mission? or something. I love the idea of this series, the modern day Robin Hood. I love how they planned the missions and everything. Damien is very smart in thise series, and also he was very cool about things. Joe is pretty smart too noticing things and he thinks outside the box.

I LOVE Fala Chan right now. I always liked her and everything but in this series I am really started to like her even more. Her accent is leaving her as I noticed. She is very pretty in this series, or at least I finally notice how beautiful she is. She looks more grown up in this series too. I also lover her character in this series, I find it as not as significant but it was great seeing her still as a wife of Joe. Her acting I notice did get better, since the very first time I saw her around a year ago. I can’t wait to see her more in this series and later in other series.

Idy Chan. I think she is alright and her acting is alright too. I guess I don’t hate her and I don’t love her, she is just okay to me. I did have high expectations for her since I heard a lot of people wanted to see her again so I thought she would be super good and I would love her like I did with Margie. I guess, I was wrong. I don’t really like her voice it sounds so dry. My dad said she was always like that so [shrugs]. All in all I don’t mind seeing her is just that I am not in the mode where I love watching her, maybe later, or maybe when I watch her in something else we will see.

Damien & Joe, I love seeing them together again. This time Damien is supposedly the “bad” guy and Joe is the good guy, compare to Drive of Life when Damien was the god one and Joe was the bad one. I like seeing them together again on screen.  I love both of them and it was nice to see another collaboration. These two make a very good major characters in this series. I love seeing how Joe is trying to catch Damien, I can’t wait to see what happens when one day he does finally catch him.

Joe and Fala is absolutely cute together even with the big age different you can’t really tell that their age are about 10 years apart. At the beginning I was very iffy about them not sure if they will turn out good, but once again I was wrong. They are adorable from the second I saw them together. I always thought they were going to go out first but I guess they were married for some time now and now they are trying to have a kid. It seemed like they are those newly wedded couples that don’t fight and still sweetly in love with each other. I can’t wait to see more of their scenes together and how they will develop in their relationship together.

I love the gang. Everyone is so smart and cool in here. It makes me want to do stuff like that. Everyone in there had a “power” ..haha. I love it when they get together, they are very funny. They are also cute together when they joke around.I love their chemestity together. I wonder if there are gangs like that these day, the one that gives to the poor.