Ramping up its variety show programs this year, TVB premiered its new variety show Case Unclosed <死因有可疑> last night, in the same 10:30 p.m. time slot as ViuTV’s All Suspicious <嫌疑事件簿>. As both shows are first attempts in the detective variety show genre, they displayed different weaknesses and have room for improvement.
TVB’s “Case Unclosed”
Case Unclosed is inspired by South Korea’s Crime Scene and Mainland China’s Who’s The Murderer <明星大偵探>. Each case features a different mystery, and six guest stars play a different character. One of them is the real murderer, and will try to confuse other players in order to conceal the crime. The players are led to the crime scene and related areas to uncover evidence. Throughout the investigation, each character’s back story will be unveiled.
The first episode of Case Unclosed features Alex Fong (方力申), Sammi Cheung (張秀文), Moon Lau (劉佩玥), Matthew Ho (何廣沛), Kayan Yau (游嘉欣), and Arnold Kwok (郭子豪) as they attempt to solve a campus ghost murder.
Although this show is definitely a breakthrough for TVB, as the detective genre can be very engaging as the audience tries to hypothesize the identity of the killer, Case Unclosed is criticized for its obvious lack of budget and its many flaws. The case content is condensed into three episodes, with a large amount of evidence presented. The poor planning and errors found in the first episode made it confusing to follow, especially for viewers who have never watched this type of show.
The first episode also received criticism for the players not treating the case seriously despite the relatively simple game rules. The players were not invested in their characters enough, and did not even know which items belonged to themselves. Viewers felt they should have familiarized themselves with the props beforehand, instead of picking it up and waving it around before realizing it is theirs.
TVB seems to see Case Unclosed as an experiment, and cheekily put a disclaimer at the beginning stating that the show had few crew members and little budget, so there are definitely a lot of plot holes and errors. “We’ll have to trouble all our netizen friends to take screenshots and laugh at us. Sorry for the inconvenience!”
ViuTV’s “All Suspicious”
In comparison, ViuTV’s All Suspicious had a different set of weaknesses. The premiere episode featured a resort homicide, and there were a total of eight players. While the players were more invested in the case, there were too many players and it was difficult to digest all the characters’ backgrounds and case details within the span of such a short amount of time.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.