“Armed Reaction 2021” Will Be Airing Next Week

With The Offliners <堅離地愛堅離地> coming to an end this week, TVB announced on January 20 that The Runner <大步走>, featuring Joel Chan (陳山聰) and Elaine Yiu (姚子羚), will be airing next. The trailer was even broadcasted last night to build up excitement for the show’s premiere on Monday. However, TVB has suddenly decided to have Moses Chan (陳豪) and Jessica Hsuan‘s (宣萱) Armed Reaction 2021 <陀枪师姐2021> (previously known as Armed Reaction 2020) air on Monday instead.

This abrupt change to a drama lineup would not be TVB’s first time. Last year, Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) and Natalie Tong‘s (唐詩詠) Chinatown <唐人街> was supposed to follow Al Cappuccino <反黑路人甲>, but Samantha Ko (高海寧) and Kenneth Ma‘s (馬國明) Go! Go! Go! Operation C9 <C9特工> took its place instead. To this day, Chinatown has not been broadcasted due to scheduling issues.

This year, Charmaine Sheh‘s (佘詩曼) mainland Chinese drama The Legend of Xiao Chuo <燕雲台> was reportedly going to air for two hours daily from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., but TVB decided to leave the 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. slot open. Now, TVB has officially announced that Armed Reaction 2021 would take over that 9:30 p.m. time slot since The Runner was already broadcasted on myTV Gold last year.

This explains why Moses and Jessica presented awards during the 2020 TVB Anniversary Awards. They took the chance to promote their upcoming drama on the stage and even revealed that it would be airing soon.

Remaking a Classic

Armed Reaction is a TVB classic that first aired in 1998 and featured a strong cast comprised of Esther Kwan (關詠荷), Bobby Au-Yeung (歐陽震華), Ada Choi (蔡少芬), and Joyce Tang (滕麗名). Due to the high appraisal for this drama, three more installments followed.

Not long ago, TVB decided that it was time to come out with a fifth series since it has been almost 16 years since the last Armed Reaction aired. Despite plans to name it Armed Reaction 5, the production team eventually settled on Armed Reaction 2021 to honor the chemistry between new leads, Moses and Jessica.

Source: Topick

This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com.

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      1. @bubbles23
        can you name 1 tvb production in recent years that isn’t cliche other than the exorcist meter? every single one except for that is so predictable, if it isn’t predictable then it is illogical and filled w/ plot holes.

      2. @m0m0 Uhm. Barack o’karma? My ages apart, Brutally Young? I mean, depends on what you think is cliche. MAA is fantasy comedy, BY has a typical thriller plot I guess.
        I personally hate those overtly themed occupation series like Airport Strikers and those that revolve around a family run business . I didn’t watch Exorcist cause I don’t like KM. I do agree that a lot of plot holes are happening to force the story in a certain way though. It’s why I didn’t like Legal Mavericks 2 , it became a cliche legal case serial.

      3. @bubbles23
        i don’t get the hype w/ Barack o’karma. it’s such a 90s drama style. i recall watching ghost them anthologies series just like and a few others just alike one of which had liu sak ming and kwok ho ying as the lead.
        didn’t watch My ages apart entirely. i thought it was quite silly and i don’t like bobby au yeung. watched Brutally Young here and there. for a tvb production, it is okay. but it’s too tvb, from camera angel to storytelling so nothing refreshing.

      4. @m0m0 in that case, I don’t think there will be a tvb series that will really intrigue you. Maybe the pre-2000s dramas suit you better. I thought Bo’K had a very cohesive storyline and the leads fit the 60s look so well. My Ages Apart is long with many side plots but it was entertaining throughout without resorting to slapstick. Louis Cheung is better than Bobby here. If BY had better budget with more “cinema” feel that would be better, but story is solid, with excellent side characters. So far the past decade all the big budget productions have been what you’d likely call cliche.

      5. @bubbles23 I enjoyed My Ages apart!

        My love for Ali aside, the shows were lead by folks that can act and their storylines nicely intertwined.

        Though 50 episodes long, there were no dull moments

      6. @conan2209 MAA is very re-watchable, if that’s a word. Good dialogue + progression is what makes a drama re-watchable. I can’t stand dramas with a table of people chatting about nothing.

  1. Hopefully Jessica and Moses have more chemistry in this series than they did in LW2 which was such a dud…but I think that was because of Moses’ awfully boring character and ugly hairstyle there lol. I look forward to giving this series a chance. Hope it doesn’t disappoint.

  2. finally a serie being lead by veterans and good Joyce is back to play her role after many years… though her character went through many hardship from losing her kids and possibly the death of her husband, can’t wait to see how she turned into. Would have been great if Bobby had a cameo role.

  3. The Runner sux, I gave up after 10 mins…
    Glad TVB switched to Armed Reaction 2021…

    But this is not really a good time slot of the year, during Chinese New Year….you can forget and TVB awards coming out of this.

    1. @mulder99 well it’ll probably be like last year where (mostly) everyone is at home due to the pandemic measures, and tops out the viewership. Doubt they want this series to win awards lol

  4. I enjoy watching this drama , it is very entertaining so far. It keeps me wanting to watch more. Last nite I watched the last uploaded ep. 8. Was disappointed that there is none to follow. But hellooooooooooooo this morning more ep. is uploaded. I can catch up with what is going to happen next. I really really like Jessica Hsuan acting.

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