TVB’s “Slow Boat Home” Gets Positive Reception

By on May 14, 2013 in TV Dramas

pic

Taking over the time slot of Bullet Brain <神探高倫布>, a drama that many critics and casual TVB viewers seemed to have loathed, it seems that Leung Choi Yuen’s (梁材遠) Slow Boat Home <情越海岸線> may have the chance to become TVB’s next big breakout this television season. Although only two episodes of Slow Boat Home have aired so far, the reception has been nothing less than positive, with some netizens exclaiming, “Finally something to watch!”

Slow Boat Home, a romantic comedy drama that takes place in Cheung Chau, stars Raymond Wong (黃浩然) as 28-year-old Cheung Po Tsai, a sluggish and seemingly useless slacker who always causes trouble for his father. He is best friends with city doctor, Fit Wing (Ruco Chan 陳展鵬), and Cheung Chau mailman, Shuttle (Matt Yeung 揚明), since high school, and the trio are collectively known as the “Cheung Chau jewels.” Cheung Po Tsai’s life gets an interesting turn after Fit Wing’s high school sweetheart, Heidi (Selena Li 李詩韻), returns to Cheung Chau to work on a mysterious business project.

Netizens praised the drama’s sunshine, youthfulness, and glamour  noting that the positiveness of the series makes a great change from TVB’s past “schizophrenic” dramas. The online TV goers also praised the casting, gushing that Raymond, Ruco, and Matt “are being themselves rather than acting their roles.” The series was also praised for its well-written characters, decent pacing, and clever humor.

But critical reception was not one hundred percent positive. Slow Boat Home’s first episode garnered mixed reactions, with some critics expressing that the episode’s dialogue was “written like a commercial.” Others found the episode corny and unexciting.

The second episode, however, received a much more generous response. The appearance of Selena Li lightened up the so-called “testosterone atmosphere,” and some viewers are now referring to Selena as “BB” for her cute and sexy appearance. Ruco and Selena’s steamy make out session on the couch was also a “sweet eye-opener” for many netizens. Portraying their teenager selves, the flashback scene concerning Selena’s history with the Cheung Chau jewels during high school was laughable and unrealistic, but some viewers noted that the illogical portrayals were intended.

Produced at 25 episodes, Slow Boat Home also stars Aimee Chan (陳茵媺), Elaine Yiu (姚子羚), Elliot Ngok (岳華), Ram Chiang (蔣志光), Susan Tse (謝雪心), Oceane Zhu (謝雪心), Angelina Lo (盧宛茵), and Cheung Kwok Keung (張國強).

The premiere episode garnered only 26 points and peaked at 27 points, with 1.67 million viewers tuning in. Nevertheless, critics noted that its viewership performance is already outshining Bullet Brain’s lukewarm finale week, and it is predicted Slow Boat Home’s ratings and online viewership will eventually reach to a higher level.

Sources: Apple Daily, Yahoo.com.hk

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

JayneStars Media LLC reserves all copyrights. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. By using the JayneStars website, you accept and agree to our Terms and Conditions of Use.

44 comments to TVB’s “Slow Boat Home” Gets Positive Reception

  1. Coco Chan says:

    That’s good.

    Login or Register before you can reply to Coco Chan
    • Sue replied:

      An entertaining tv series!
      Too few showing on the channel.

      Login or Register before you can reply to Sue
  2. y2k says:

    I like this drama more than that boring drama war of beauty ,is more easy to understand and keep me a wake ,war of beauty shall cancel now if i was tvb owner.

    Login or Register before you can reply to y2k
    • Simba replied:

      Absolutely. My whole family condemns and dropped WAB sequel. The sequel failed to follow the greatness of the predecessor.

      Login or Register before you can reply to Simba
  3. Mlove says:

    They need to do more series like this.

    Jacky Wong is so big now. He was so cute when he was little.

    Login or Register before you can reply to Mlove
    • Christine replied:

      I actually wasn’t sure was that even him at first. Omg, he looks so different but he still has those baby cheeks.

      Login or Register before you can reply to Christine
  4. Hannah says:

    lol, any series can beat BAW and BB

    Login or Register before you can reply to Hannah
  5. Simba says:

    TVB need to make more cute series like this and less pretentious series like WAB and Bullet Brain. Ruco is the best. His character is awesome and he look amazing in glasses. Congrats to SBH! Thr first episode was amazing.

    Login or Register before you can reply to Simba
    • Coco Chan replied:

      Yes I agree with you. Ruco= HOT!

      Login or Register before you can reply to Coco Chan
      • Simba replied:

        Ruco indeed is hot and gentleman. His acting is magnificent so far in the two episodes and his glasses makes him hot.

        Login or Register before you can reply to Simba
      • win replied:

        Can’t agree more.

        Login or Register before you can reply to win
  6. Simba says:

    Selena Li looks great as a high school student. She’s very pretty and is a great actress.

    Login or Register before you can reply to Simba
    • doris lee replied:

      Of Course, Selena Li’s acting is 100% better than Sire Ma! I love to watch this drama too! Free, easy & catchable show – have actors like Ruco Chan, Raymond cho & Matt! Very good drama !

      Login or Register before you can reply to doris lee
      • Coco Chan replied:

        Selena has also been in the entertainment industry longer than Sire. But I hope to see more of Selena, Sire and Kaki Leung 😀

        Login or Register before you can reply to Coco Chan
      • Simba replied:

        Yes of course. What a good feeling to be free from Sire Ma’s acting and met Selena who not only gorgeous and looks younger than her age, but also acts naturally. How old is Sire Ma? She looks old in BB although she behaves like a brat.

        Login or Register before you can reply to Simba
      • Funn Lim replied:

        Selena acts naturally? Seriously?!

        Login or Register before you can reply to Funn Lim
      • dude replied:

        Selena equals hot.

        Login or Register before you can reply to dude
  7. Lol says:

    Great chemistry among the male leads. Liking it so far.

    Login or Register before you can reply to Lol
  8. sweetie says:

    I like the way these three guys interacting, natural and funny

    Login or Register before you can reply to sweetie
  9. Funn Lim says:

    Spin the PR wheel TVB, Spin it!

    Login or Register before you can reply to Funn Lim
    • Simba replied:

      SBH is great and Ruco is very handsome and looks like a white horse prince. All the male actors have great chemistry and Selena Li is great as the main female actress. If you don’t like, don’t watch.

      Login or Register before you can reply to Simba
      • Funn Lim replied:

        If everyone doesn’t like and never even watch, then that’s it for this series! I do not doubt Ruco and gang but Selena? All fluffy and pretty and sweet pop corn and all? Now I must watch!

        Login or Register before you can reply to Funn Lim
      • Simba replied:

        That means you just don’t like Selena. The series is mainly about the three guys so don’t worry much, Selena doesn’t get thaf much screentime so you can stilll gushing over the three hot handsome males. Finally TVB gives us a youthful and fun summer drama to refresh the day after the failure and pretentious script and acting of Bullet Brain and BAW which mostly contain 40 year olds.

        Login or Register before you can reply to Simba
      • Simba replied:

        SBH ratings will rise to 29-30s soon. Overall looks like great reviews for this series. Well done Ruco and the gang.

        Login or Register before you can reply to Simba
      • Funn Lim replied:

        “youthful and fun summer drama”

        I find it funny though to call this youthful drama when the actors are above 30. Nothing youthful but yes after the dread gloom and over serious series of the past few ones, I welcome a lighthearted one, especially since it features Malaysia!

        However Raymond Wong looks terrible.

        Login or Register before you can reply to Funn Lim
      • Coco replied:

        you can be above 30 and still be youthful.

        Login or Register before you can reply to Coco
      • Funn Lim replied:

        Young at heart, yes but youthful is stretching it.

        Login or Register before you can reply to Funn Lim
      • Coco Chan replied:

        I disagree.

        Login or Register before you can reply to Coco Chan
      • Simon replied:

        Definition of youthful: having the vitality or freshness of youth

        Login or Register before you can reply to Simon
  10. Shrimpboat says:

    TVB has always been good with Bromance storylines. Looking forward to watching this trio.

    Login or Register before you can reply to Shrimpboat
  11. Susan says:

    I like the cast and this series is indeed like a breath of fresh air after the airing of Bullet Brain and War At Beauty. So far, Slow Boat Home is my favourite after Inbound Troubles and Reality Check this year.

    Login or Register before you can reply to Susan
  12. Jessica says:

    I agree with Funn Lim on Selena Li. There`s something conceited and contrived about her, which is probably why she hasn`t made it in the entertainment industry yet. Franky, I`d rather watch Aimee.

    Funny enough, I enjoy her personality in her youtube beauty videos.

    Login or Register before you can reply to Jessica
    • Simon replied:

      definitely not Aimee chan._.
      shes about the same as sire ma… cant really act

      Login or Register before you can reply to Simon
  13. wooo says:

    I always liked selena li and her acting. I’m a girl but IMO she’s really beautiful, more than other actresses who are more successful. Hope she gets more projects in the future

    Login or Register before you can reply to wooo
  14. Daisy says:

    Yuppie! This is a good drama! I love Selena!

    Login or Register before you can reply to Daisy
  15. Joanne says:

    Aimee will have her trademark broccoli hairstyle again in the drama….is there any reason for her to have the same hairstyle again and again? Or is it because she is Moses’s girlfriend, that no one dare to cut off her hair. Im sick and bored of it.

    Login or Register before you can reply to Joanne
    • H replied:

      Maybe she looks way too young with long hair LOL like in Master of Play.

      Login or Register before you can reply to H
    • Larry 3 replied:

      You want her to shave her head bald to make it look better? :)

      Login or Register before you can reply to Larry 3
  16. Moon_blue says:

    Gosh, Aimee’s acting is really cringe-worthy. I actually found her quite refreshing when she first sported a short crop in “Off Pedder” and “Burning Flame III” but now that she’s being given bigger roles, her poor acting (or lack thereof) is really starting to show.

    In all her scenes with Cheung Po Tsai, she utters every line with this roll in her eyes, thinking that that’s how you play the part of a bickering couple, but there is no variety in her acting at all – just same tone and manner throughout. Her delivery sounds even more forced and unnatural with the mix of Chinese and English…and I partly blame the writers for this.

    Login or Register before you can reply to Moon_blue
  17. pic says:

    I don’t even think this is a good series. This is a 師奶剧, anyone can understand them. Selena is doing a great job so far. Aimee Chan sucks, she can’t act.

    Login or Register before you can reply to pic
    • H replied:

      It’s kind of a 師奶剧 but I think it appeals to a larger audience than let’s say, a palace drama.

      Login or Register before you can reply to H
  18. Ric says:

    hardly a breakout series with those ratings. Media being a tad extreme. It’s still not looking good for TVB if they are happy with these ratings.

    Login or Register before you can reply to Ric
  19. Jessica says:

    Its not even good to watch!!! Obviously viewers would like this new series cause they are comparing it to two other crappy series.

    Login or Register before you can reply to Jessica
  20. Lilly says:

    Yay so Raymond does end up loosing the horrible wig!!! I hope Selena will get most improved for this role

    Login or Register before you can reply to Lilly