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


Moonlight Resonance Thoughts

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I love Moonlight Resonance. Moonlight drama is a little lighter than Heart Of Greed, in my opinion. They still have drama, but its in a short amount of time and some new drama starts. I think I still like Heart of Greed a little more but MR is something totally new with a lot of comedy so I don’t think I can actually compare those two together.

Raymond and Linda was the best like… ever. haha. I love their scenes together in the beginning of the series. I love their flashbacks together when they were younger. I love Raymond in this relationship, he never gave up on her when she did. I felt bad for him at times since he had to live with Linda being with Bosco. I think their only problem was timing. If only they told each other how they felt, if only Bosco didn’t come into the picture.. if only… then they would have began a long time ago. They finally got together and they were very cute together, even though she left with Bosco soon later, to carried out her plan. Raymond never gave up on her and they got back together.

Even though I want Raymond and Linda together, I still enjoyed her scenes with Bosco. I recall when I first started to watch this series I was wondering when Bosco was going to appear, it felt like forever until he appear, but soon enough he did appear. From the moment Linda and Bosco met, they were friendly with each other and found out they were born very closely to each other. I enjoyed their moments together. I do wish they will actually last cause I like them together also. It kills me how Bosco hurt Linda so much especially with the Claire thing. It just sucked being her because Bosco just can’t leave Claire but he still wants to be with Linda. The scene where Bosco leave for England, I thought was the saddest scene of all in the series. I think I love them together more than Rayda in this series, just because I think they had a better storyline.

If only they had more storyline between them. I felt it was a pity on how they didn’t really talked about them in this series. They did here and there, mostly in the beginning where Moses was struggling with his stock market, and when Moses started to like Kate. That is about it. I find them awfully cute together, especially in the beginning of the series. In the end was cute to, when Moses gave her the teddy bear and when we see them having kids. Too cute.

I love the family bonding between everyone. The flashbacks of their past were quite enjoyable too. They are so happy and funny when they are together. In some way it kind of reminds me of the family in Kindred Spirit. They both have a living room where they gather and they would talk about everything and also joke around in. I love how they always make fun of people and how they would act as different roles to make fun of that person. I enjoy their playful like characters with each other. I think everyone wants a family like theirs, beside she Michelle Yim part behind it all.

It was a pity that Wayne left so early in the series. I thought he will be there for a long time, but I guess not. He was an alright character. He noticed what people had done for him and he was grateful to Lee See Kei, for everything she has done to help him in his career in the moon-cake business. I wish he sticked around for most of the series, I really like Wayne.

Susanna is such a evil person. Actually she is more of a mean head that doesn’t have a heart. In other words, it means the word that starts with a B. I think her character is a nice addition to the storyline to make a few laughs here and there, also some drama too. I get mad at her sometimes as she butts into people’s business. Her yelling is out of control, which makes her not that much different from her role in Heart of Greed. It is quite enjoyable when does start babbling about things. Her I guess payback for hurting everyone in the family, was when everyone know she wasn’t really related to them. I was like YES, payback. But as nice as the family was they still took her back into their home, and she started to change from then on. I also felt bad for her for having Kate as a daughter, and a husband that betrayed her. Well, at least in the end, she got it all back.

Michelle Yim. Evil, cunning and filled with jealously. In a way I feel bad for her and in a way I hate her and it was something that she deserved. I feel bad for her because Ha Yu is slowly leaving her and she is really all alone to fight against Lee See Kei, also because Linda is standing up for Lee See Kei rather then her own mother. I hated her, when she plot everything against the family and won’t stop taking revenge on Lee See Kei, it was pretty annoying. In the end she got what she deserved. By the way I hate her hair, why or why does she have to have that kind of hairstyle? was so forced to do that to make her look more villain like or something.

Moses was a very cute character in Moonlight, he is super funny and like-able. For some reason he doesn’t even look like an older brother to his siblings because of the childish ways he act sometimes. I think he is trying to give out a player feel to him, which I don’t think its working much because of his nerdy look. I always thought he would die sooner or later in the series from his heart issue, but I guess not which is a good thing. He is just so playful compare to his character in Heart of Greed. I like how he would always make jokes of Michelle and other people. His ring tones were priceless, very ingenious.

I would like her to get an award for this years anniversary. Her acting is unbelievably great. Her crying scenes, her sad scenes, her angry scenes and her dying scenes. Her scenes were very well acted. Too bad she die in the end, just because I really want to see her in the end, and how she would have reacted to the finally judgment of the moon cake shop. I never got really why she didn’t like Lee See Kei. Well anyways, at least in the end she realized that Michelle wasn’t a good person and left her lies.

Steward boy, is a cute nick-name, and Raymond is so cute in this series also. His character is very likable in many ways. He cared about his family more than anything in this world, and when it comes to love he sticks with that one girl, instead of moving on. For some reason he seems so weak in this series. It feels like he has a weak heart which makes him have a weaker character? Not sure. But I still like him and love his persistent for Linda.

As much as I like Linda, and how her acting has improve.. I still think she can’t exactly.. cry. Every time I see her cry it feels so fake in every way … its just not natural looking to me. Some scenes do look a little more natural. Well anyways, her character is very cute. Her smile is very cute every time she is around Raymond, Bosco or even when looking at the blog or email. I think her character struggles a lot of innocence, meaning that she doesn’t know what is going on a lot of the time. It feels like she shuts her mom out of her life a lot, we rarely get to see their relationship together. It feels like sometimes she would rather have Lee See Kei as her mom because she is always at her house instead of her own. Also she takes side with Lee See Kei too near the end of the series. All in all, I really like her.

I was so excited to see him on screen but it took him forever to appear!!!! Finally he did and he stole Linda’s heart along with that. He is very lovable and yet very hated too. Somewhat he reminded me of Raymond in Heart of Greed, for having two girlfriends at a time. I hate it when he couldn’t make up his mind on who he wanted to be with. I am like dude, it isn’t that hard, pick the one you love most. Yet, he doesn’t and chose to leave the one he loves to be with someone who is going to die. I don’t blame him for doing that since Claire, did do a lot for him. I felt so sad when he left.. but soon later he return, and I was hoping he might win Linda back, which he didn’t.

Fala Chen is so cute in Moonlight. I think with her being mute gives the storyline a little more emotional. For example when she was talking to her grandma saying how she was so great when they were young and she wanted that grandma back. Even though she couldn’t say it, and having Raymond translated felt more emotional then if she did say it from her own mouth. Also I was really interested in her relationship with Dexter, but it wasn’t much focused on , it was basically they got accepted and then they got married. I wish their storyline was a little more stretch out.

So evil….in so many ways. Her two faced character is very convincing. I wonder if she really did like Moses at all, or if she just wanted him to destroy Tavia. Her appearance was so late into the series, I didn’t really find myself growing into her character. I can’t believe she actually let the truth out in the end with Michelle. I guess everyone has a conscience of their own and we all will one day know who loves you the most.

The mother of them all. The wise one, the righteous one, and the one that tired to make everything right. Her character goes through a lot of struggles with her family and with their problems. I don’t think she will get best actress award this year, she had it last year and in Moonlight, I didn’t see that spark in her as I did in Heart, but who knows I can be wrong. She is too helpful.. too nice.. she is a mother that everyone wants.. because she is too perfect.

Tavia is a cute character, and the one that always get the blame. I feel bad for her when Kate does all these things to hurt her. It got so annoying when no one believed her, cause everyone would be against her. I hecka feel bad for her then. of course everything cleared up and she is always right. I love her character, how she stood up for herself for what she believed in. Her character is something that I always wanted to be.

The ending with all the court cases were annoying, just because of Michelle’s evil doing was just annoying. Seriously, how can that many people be on her side. Yet even though she won the case she still isn’t happy. When will this woman ever be happy!!?! She got what she wanted but yet she still doesn’t have what she exactly wanted with was Ha Yu. I was glad that everything worked out between the conflicts and she finally woke up in that she will never get what she wanted and she will have to live on. Everyone in the series, was happy in the end and Moses didn’t die. I love the ending, how they were singing together and the flashback would appear. It was great. I really saw the love of everyone throughout the series.