• @oystergirl i agree the girls lately in any hk drama have been weak. I guess any decent one are either old or like too busy with kids :(
  • @oystergirl Other than Annie Liu once, I don't think the recent Shaw Brothers dramas have ever had a strong female cast. Certainly not for the Flying Tiger ones.
  • Might watch for Vincent and Chilam... Moses is tolerable, but the rest of the cast pales in comparison, especially the women. Chrissy and Samantha? Really?? -_-
  • @coralie Agreed. Just because childbirth is the norm, doesn't mean it should go unappreciated. Pregnancy often takes a huge toll on the body, so I see no problem with husbands spoiling their wives a bit (or a lot) during and after the fact.
  • @oystergirl Yeh. Blaming marriage which hindered her rapid progress. Would have made it to Hollywood by now if it wasn’t for the liability(her husband)
  • @coralie Right?? I kept watching, wondering when it would get to the interesting parts everyone was raving about. Selena had more chemistry with the cat than she did with Joel. Come to think of it, none of the couples in the drama had much (if any) chemistry, which was what made the stories feel extra forced. Agree that the narrative was a mess. Had all the characters been interrelated somehow, it would have given the show a lot more intrigue and continuity. Like if one character or storyline required the support of a previous to move forward, for instance... or if they made it so that all the mini stories actually connected with the main overall story. But I suppose we are asking too much from TVB. :P
  • Yeah, because that's the only thing standing in the way of her becoming a renowned actress... her marital status. lol
  • Meh, I was indifferent towards this series despite all the hype. The problem with dramas that contain multiple short stories (for me) is the lack of development. I didn't find myself particularly sympathetic towards any of the characters in the show, and thought the script was poorly written, per usual. Not to mention, the playboy story arc was a complete knock off of Hollywood's "Good Luck Chuck" (male protagonist is cursed, so any girl he sleeps with ends up meeting the man of their dreams). So much for originality. Joel and Selena did not strike me as a couple whose love was deep enough to transcend time either. What I did like about the series was the overall eerie ambience (very reminiscent of the 80s), and the representation of social issues. I found Exorcist Meter much more engaging and fresh in comparison. Kenneth was convincing as the charming, dorky Taxi driver, which made him easy to root for. Maybe I'm just so used to seeing Joel in sleazy roles that it's difficult for me to see him as the lovesick puppy. The Defected was another series I did not care for, and never got around to finishing. Big White Duel started off good, but fizzled at the half-way mark. Overall, still not a great year for TVB, IMO.
  • @oystergirl Interesting theory. I heard beautiful people don't look for other beautiful people because they don't want to compete lol. plus when they know they're beautiful, usually that comes with entitlement attitudes, which neither attractive partner would want to accede. there's also the theory that beautiful people are super insecure on the inside because they always wonder if they're worth anything outside of their looks. So that makes it easy for douchebags to take advantage by targeting these vulnerabilities. I want to say the latter is how this guy got Carman...but then again, he was rich too when they got together.
  • @coralie I once read that very attractive people typically end up with those who are comparatively less good looking because they already feel fulfilled in that regard. They look for other areas of compensation. I do think that Carman was, by far, the best looking LDG. She has prominent, deep set eyes and a chiseled facial structure which probably attribute to her rapid aging. Those with sharper, more defined features tend to look more mature. As for experiencing motherhood, she could always opt for adoption. Her initial reluctance towards raising a child as a single parent was a valid concern, since countless studies show that children who grow up in nuclear families are generally more socially & emotionally well adjusted. That's not to say that a single parent couldn't raise a perfectly normal child, but it isn't ideal.
  • @oystergirl I will never understand the diamond head either. Lol alien... It reminds me more like anime characters though. All males have that feminine pointy chin. I would bet that plays/played a part!
  • @jjwong I think the V-shaped jawline gives the illusion of a smaller head. It's one of those highly sought-after physical characteristics that I could never understand. Looks alien to me. And I agree about the femininity/metrosexuality, which is another trend I can't wrap my mind around. Apparently, it works, since some of these men are considered to be the best looking in the industry.
  • @oystergirl All kissing scenes by TVB artists all look bad. Maybe they just don't know how to kiss. But with cameras and people around its understandable and because they're conserved.
  • I remember shipping them so much as a couple in the early 2000s, haha. I can see what she's saying about the whole sexual tension/ambiguity thing, though. Sometimes, the tension is more compelling than the actual follow-through. Adds more suspense.
  • Not a fan of the monochromatic flower color scheme, since I think it looks dull and lifeless in photographs, but I do love her dress and the photos of them together. Very classy without being OTT.
  • @jjwong It always ends up looking so fake and unnatural. I get that they're trying to be more open and progressive, but it's a bit counter intuitive when the actors are obviously uncomfortable and reluctant to fully immerse (which is the case with a majority of these "raunchy" shots). For some reason, mainland actors seem to appear much more natural when acting out intimate scenes, so I wonder if TVB actors are perhaps more conservative or if they are just that bad. lol
  • @oystergirl agree, they should avoid all together. Unfortunately, TVB has more kissing scenes now aday AND they all look awkward af lol. Even in that drama with Joel and Selena. Their bed scene was cringy xD
  • His arm looks so awkwardly draped over her shoulder. Unless they can execute it right, I think TVB should avoid these types of scenes altogether.
  • @oystergirl Yeh Grace Chan is far better than Eliza. She is far younger so plenty of room for development and can speak Cantonese properly. I have seen shows where Eliza totally uses the incorrect chinese words but the interviewer pretends it’s all fine and does not correct her.
  • @snoopy Yeah, as if once wasn't traumatizing enough. TVB truly is a waste of Vincent's talent, considering how he typically overshadows his costars by heaps and bounds. Part of me wishes to see him venture into the movie scene but if he leaves, then TVB will really be screwed (although they appear to be a sinking ship anyway).
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