Since its broadcast in mid-September, The Line Watchers <把關者們> received mixed reviews. Despite its attractive cast consisting of Carlos Chan (陳家樂), Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), Mandy Wong (黃智雯), and Venus Wong (王敏奕), the conventional plot left viewers unimpressed.
Revolving around the customs department, the drama opened with Benjamin and C-Kwan (C君) investigating a drug smuggling case and both were caught in a shootout with the villains. Although the two successfully took down the drug ring, the opening lacked originality.
Even with the addition of the romantic storyline between Benjamin, Mandy, and Venus, viewers were still not pleased, especially since the drama is a show centered around police officers. However, some viewers pointed out, “If the romantic storyline is good enough, I’ll forgive the boring plot.”
In fact, a lot of Mainland Chinese viewers left harsh comments on social media and said TVB’s storylines have become as “boring as water.” TVB has been reusing the same ideas and plots with zero changes.
Although Mandy is an experienced actress, many grew annoyed with the fact that she has already played police roles in several series in the past. The typecasting left little surprises, as Mandy’s delivery is similar to past roles.
However, not all reviews have been negative so far, as compliments were noted for Venus’ striking new look and C-Kwan’s comedic performance.
“The Line Watchers”
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.