TVB’s “Bullet Brain” is Getting More “Plastic”
So what is the opposite of a legendary drama? Plastic drama.
Ratings for TVB’s Bullet Brain <神探高倫布> dropped dramatically last week, hitting an embarrassing all-time low of 20 points (1.28 million viewers) for a television drama that is not a sitcom or a “canon-foddler” drama. Episodes 11 through 15 of Bullet Brain averaged at 23 points, losing 200,000 viewers from its premiere week.
The drama’s ratings are even lower than Come Home Love <愛．回家>, a sitcom that is currently airing on TVB Jade’s first prime time slot of the evening. Dramas that air on the first-line usually garner the lowest ratings of the three time slots. It has been said that Bullet Brain’s viewership failure indirectly contributed to the popularity of Come Home Love.
Ridiculous and Illogicial
Criticized for its “morally offensive” plot and boring script, Bullet Brain has recently been dubbed by netizens as a “plastic drama” – a Cantonese cyberword to describe dramas that are “historically inaccurate, ridiculous, illogical, and boring.”
Bullet Brain is a fantasy drama about a peasant who transforms into a highly intelligent being after he is shot in the head by a bullet. With his newfound intelligence, the peasant becomes the infamous Detective Columbo. However, the remaining bullet fragments in his brain causes Columbo to become a morally questionable and cold-blooded crime solver.
On this past Wednesday’s episode of Bullet Brain, Pao Ping On (Ngo Ka Nin 敖嘉年), who inherited Columbo’s (Wayne Lai 黎耀祥) intelligent brain cells, threatened the neurosurgeons to transfer the rest of Columbo’s brain cells to him. When the doctors refused, Ping On tried to kill them, but he was stopped by Columbo, who has now reverted back to his compassionate pre-Columbo self.
Ping On strangled Columbo to death, but Columbo was miraculously revived after he was struck by lightning. In an action sequence, the black-dressed “hero” Columbo and the white-dressed “villain” Ping On battle it out in a flowery choreographed fight.
“What is going on?” was the reaction that netizens had as they watched their unusual fight sequence. Some viewers were immediately reminded of the fantasy black versus white battle sequences in ATV’s My Date with a Vampire <我和僵屍有個約會>.
As expected, the magical confrontation turned out to be an exaggerated fight imagined by Columbo and Ping On, but netizens did not seem to have appreciated the Street Fighter-esque sequences. “What was the point of all that?” a netizen remarked. “What did I just watch?”
Another user said, “I thought this was a detective drama, but everyone turned out to be schizophrenic psychos and have an obsession with death.”
“This is trash,” one finally commented.
Source: Apple Daily
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.