• @anon @jjwong I finally wrote up a post about OCTB on my blog..feel free to discuss over there if you'd like: https://llsmusings.blogspot.com/2017/10/hk-web-series-octb.html?m=0
  • @anon @jjwong (and whoever else is watching OCTB currently) Just FYI in case you have trouble accessing OCTB on Youtube. Over the weekend, Youtube actually blocked access to the series and took it down for a period of time. When the production company inquired with YT why they did that, YT told them that someone had “reported” the series to them and so they took it down. The series has since been put back up and all access has been “unlocked” however the version they up there at the moment is some crappy low-res version rather than the original HD version that was up there before. The production company is working with YT to clarify all possible misunderstandings so this doesn’t happen again but you never know. Call me a conspiracy theorist if you want but I kind of feel like TVB has something to do with this….currently the series only airs in HK via Youtube (in Mainland, it airs on Youku, since Youtube is banned in China), so it had to be someone in HK who reported it (overseas audiences are watching too but highly doubt they would care enough to report it)…unlike TVB series, which other people put on YT illegally, the production team for OCTB intentionally put the series up on their own YT channel so HK viewers could watch for free, so of course they have no reason to “report” the series either.... coincidentally, there has been a lot of coverage in the media recently about OCTB actually doing better than Line Walker 2 in terms of overall popularity and hype….so if it wasn’t the production company or anyone associated with the series, it wasn’t Mainland audiences, and most likely it wasn’t HK audiences who are currently “chasing” the series, who else does that leave? Hmmm….
  • @jjwong Sorry for the spam filters error. We approved all your comments. Hope you come back to our site in the near future.
  • Sighs. My comments keep getting awaiting mod... yet someone with copy and paste messages able to post over and over and over and tag a whole load of people... So JS, I'm giving up on you. Peace out! @llwy12 see you on AF. Whoever else can find me under same screenname there. OCTB FTW!!!
  • @jimmyszeto @jjwong Looks like the media is catching on to the fact that LW2 is a carbon copy of Infernal Affairs II, as I’ve already read several articles today that talk about this, with one article doing a side by side comparison of the characters, their backgrounds, mannerisms, actions, dialogue, various plot points, etc. and how similar they are. How “un-creative” of TVB to blatantly copy Infernal Affairs so closely (though of course not surprised given this isn’t the first time that they’ve done this kind of stuff)…and as usual, TVB is denying that there are any similarities whatsoever (even though the similarities are so glaringly obvious). And yes, the die-hard, delusional TVB sheep fans are still trying to defend TVB, which is ironic, since it's quite obvious TVB still thinks their audiences are idiotic fools who will just blindly lap up whatever they churn out, no questions asked. Talk about being brainwashed....
  • @jjwong @anon @elizabeth (sorry if I missed including anyone else...too many people commented about watching this series, hard to keep track, plus the more people I put, the likelier my comment will get put in the awaiting moderation queue)... The LATEST UPDATE from today (literally hot off the press) is that OCTB’s internet 'ratings' have officially exceeded LW2’s! OCTB’s internet hits (I think the official term for it is 'real-time playback') was at 179 million as of last night while Line Walker 2 was at 176 million – as of today, OCTB has broken the 200 million mark, thus placing them in the number 2 spot as the most watched series in Mainland China currently with Line Walker 2 having to settle for third place (1st place is a 100% Mainland series that also has similar cop - triad theme).
  • @jjwong Ok, here’s the more clear-headed answer, lol. Mainland audiences are actually able to watch OCTB via Youku and LW2 via Tencent. When the media judges a series’ popularity nowadays, they are mostly taking Mainland audiences into consideration (makes sense, since HK is small potatoes in terms of population comparison) and also comparing against broadcasts on internet platforms rather than traditional TV (also makes sense given most people don’t watch traditional TV anymore).
  • @jjwong My comments are awaiting moderation again...argh...
  • @llwy12 I got you what you meant now. No worries. All are good. Makes sense. I can see why people compare the two. On the surface, they're similar. Both about triads and police trying to to take them down. Further look, they have different direction and take. LW2 is all about UCs operating behind the scenes. OCTB is actual cops vs triads face to face. I rather watch the latter than a remake and recycled from 2-3 years ago.
  • @jjwong Not sure about how OCTB is airing in China but in HK, it's airing only on Youtube from what I can tell. But it premiered around the same time as LW2 and even though LW2 is currently airing on TVB's regular Jade channel, it's also on myTV Super, which is what TVB is counting more than traditional TV, since myTV Super is paid subscription and their regular Jade Channel is not. Plus TVB is not blind to the fact that most HK audiences nowadays watch programs on the their mobile phones and tablets and on the internet more than they sit in front of the TV...also there's the Mainland audiences who watch primarily through internet as well -- so when the media says that the 2 series are going head to head, they are mostly referring to the "web" part, not traditional TV...perhaps "timeslot" wasn't the most appropriate word, lol...it's more like both series are HK series being aired around the same time and with similar genre / theme (UC, triad / gangster theme, etc.), which puts them in direct competition with each other despite the technically different platforms (hope I'm making sense....sorry for the long-winded explanation, lol...it's late and my brain is kind of fried from overuse today, hahaha)
  • @passingby Youtube. Title OCTB. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNORTw_uosRNGgdEjwdHvuw @llwy12 and other who's watching OCTB, the flaws come out glaringly started eps 7 when they introduced the Big Boss George. I wonder if that's really THE boss or just another facade pawn. I reall yhope it's the latter. The assistant could've been someone with more oophm too. At least they have a good voice to do her English dub voice over, lol. Also, their make-up department needs to be a little better. Scenes with blood are really fake xD I do like the "swan song" at the end of each eps from the characters. It's like their last words of the wise.
  • @anon There are ads played throughout an eps on YT. Also, I haven't really looked but there might be product placements in the series. It might not pull in as much as traditional ads, no immediate ROI, but in the long run, it'll probably benefit the production company if/when the series becomes a hit. On top of that, I like to think these vet actors agree mostly to entertain, for the audience sake and for better good of HK entertainment industry *pumps fist*
  • @llwy12 Hrm, I only get 3rd party websites like JS, AF, so forth, and not actual news media or artists social media accounts. So no wonder I haven't heard much about OCTB. Glad I ran across and gave it a go! How are the two series playing at the same time slot? OCTB is air in the regular convention TV medium too? I thought it's only YT.
  • @jjwong There are articles out there and plenty of exposure, just none on this forum. Most of the info I posted about the series in the other thread were gleaned from news articles, magazines, artists' Weibo and other social media, etc (after being put through my "common sense" filters of course, lol), also from the series itself of course. It IS a bummer though that JS doesn't have anything on this series so the comments have to be on a technically unrelated article (though I wouldn't say this is completely off topic, since OCTB is being constantly compared to LW2 in the media at the moment, mainly because they are going up against each other in same time slot, especially in Mainland China).
  • @jjwong I think Cecilia was one of the rare few who found acting natural as soon as she made her debut. However, her reputation went pretty much downhill after the Edison scandal, divorce and movie flops. As far as movie goes, she is pretty much unemployable. If she wasn't occupied then I think she can still make money in China. If Nicolas Tse was such a big name I doubt there will be any reports on her to be honest.
  • @elizabeth Agree it's a very decent series thus far. I only finished eps 2. Very nostalgic. Love seeing old, I mean old actors. There are fresh ones too, fewer but good mixture. They are no "TVB actors" in this series however:; unless they popped in at later eps after 2. Some of these filmed for TVB before and even had a TVB contract but none belongs to TVB currently. Pretty certain TVB has nothing to do with the series. Like you, hopefully there'll be some article or exposure for this series. It's strange to discuss about it on a none related article lol. Oh well.
  • So this is BS because my posts are waiting for moderation now... @jayne do something please. A lot of recent posts are hung up the black hole. Very annoying...
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