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.
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