Episodic Thoughts: “Bullet Brain” (Episode 1)

By on April 10, 2013 in NEWS, REVIEWS

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Bullet Brain <神探高倫布>
TVB Series 2013

Cast: Wayne Lai, Edwin Siu, Natalie Tong, Ngo Ka Nin, Sire Ma, Joe Junior, Corinna Chamberlain, Brian Burrell, Lau Dan, and Davily Leung.

Disclaimer: This is a watch as I write episodic thoughts and some information may not be accurate since this is memory based. Certain dialogue is reproduced with some creative license adopted. I apologize if there is any mistake. All opinion remains my own.

*Spoilers*

EPISODE 1

“I am Columbo, I am the best detective, why would I want to be an idiot simpleton again?! ”

Frankly.. seriously.. admittedly .. I am not impressed with Episode 1. I feel it is too set up, too much forced coincidences or rather too much forced intelligence like one guy thought of everything and showed us how and we are suppose to go “Yeah, he thought of everything”. For a series set in 1960, it failed to evoke a 1960s feel. It just feels too modern. Perhaps the dialogue is too modern, perhaps that van looks way too modern, perhaps the surroundings feel too modern, maybe not enough of hair gel, this is certainly not at the same level like Old Time Buddy. The production just felt out of place. But let me summarise the plot a little before I proceed any further and mind you, not much happened in Episode 1. The number 1 rule of any TVB series “Never judge the series by its first episode”, because if not I am afraid you might be tempted to switch off the TV.

We start with an introduction of a super cop or a super detective called Detective Columbo, real name is Ko Dai Hei but now known was Ko Lum Bo or something like that. He is said to have IQ over 280 and was the fastest rising star in the HK police force for his ability to solve 99% of the cases he handled. And mind you, 99% is really quite a record, but you kinda wonder, what was that 1% he failed to solve? That would be an interesting story, that 1% story. Anyway we are shown his brain got something to do with his super intelligence and he was some kind of a local hero to the locals.

And then we see a gwailo kidnapped by a bunch of bumbling kidnappers. I find it hard to believe this is 1960s, but the car looked 1960s although something wasn’t right. As they blindfolded the driver into the trunk of the old merc, the gwailo was bundled into another car with 3 other kidnappers and they drove and drove and drove, and they kept seeing signs like STOP and DIVERSION and they were given a runaround by the strangely placed signboards until they suddenly stopped when they realised they have been going round and round and they saw before them I believe a mortuary or a cemetery or something eerie in broad day light. They stopped suddenly because unknown to them, the car was leaking petrol (by an act of sabotage) but they thought the car just ran out of gas. So they needed another getaway car and the only one available was a hearse. So they bundled the guy into a hearse. Here I am a bit blur as to what happened in sequence. Anyway I believe again they drove I believe and saw faraway one girl and so they stopped to ask for direction or something. One guy went off to the girl with her back facing them and she tried to move away when suddenly we see her pulling her gun and pointing into the mouth of the kidnapper who approached her and we are introduced to a rather pretty looking Pierre Ngo, here as Sargent Pao Ping On. Warned not to make a sound, the 2nd kidnapper alighted the car and was suddenly shot in the stomach. He didn’t die and Ping On grumbled “Isn’t that sniper supposed to be a sharp shooter? Can’t even shoot right and missed…” and the third guy was in the car and suddenly the coffin at the back of the hearse exploded and spooked, the guy ran.

To cut the long story short, he ran into the jungle with the gwailo. Meanwhile we see Detective Columbo analysing the situation from a camp and he was in his best shiny suit, popping open champagne and ready to eat roasted duck when he screamed for his policewoman assistant to come in who did rushed in and he gave her a massive scolding for trying to cheat him into thinking the duck he was eating was bought from the store he wanted her to buy. She was very scared of him but he basically threw the duck onto the floor, threw things at her and shouted “YOU THINK YOU CAN LIE TO ME? DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM? I! AM! DETECTIVE! COLUMBO! NO ONE CAN EVER LIE TO DETECTIVE COLUMBO! I WILL ALWAYS KNOW!!!!” and poor girl was kicked out of the tent but he stopped her and said “On second thought, pick up the duck and save it for later”. He suddenly thought of the kidnapper who escaped and so began his pursuit and he knew exactly where the guy will run to.

And indeed the kidnapper with the gwailo were surrounded by cops, one of whom was Columbo and the other the solemn Ping On when kidnapper grabbed the gwailo and said “Come any closer and I will kill him” and kidnapper knew he was the famous Columbo. Columbo arrogantly said “Don’t you know who I am? Why are you lying to me? Don’t lie! I counted and I know how many bullets you have left. Exactly 1 bullet. So make your choice… Shoot the victim and I will shoot you. Shoot me and rest assured you still will be arrested. You have nowhere to run!” but the guy didn’t believe Columbo and to show how indifferent he felt, Columbo shot the gwailo in the leg and spooked, kidnapper ran and again Columbo was cool about it, because he KNEW the kidnapper will run towards that direction.

In the forest, kidnapper ran into a trap and was pulled up and imprisoned by a net and Columbo walked to him. Kidnapper still had the gun in his hands and here Columbo gave his long speech of supreme arrogance, how kidnapper can never escape from the great Columbo, might as well just give up, and go to prison. Frankly at that point I was hoping the kidnapper with 1 bullet left to feel so annoyed and just shoot Columbo point blank. Now that would be end of story. So he didn’t, he surrendered (how disappointing!). Columbo walked to the injured gwailo who cursed at him and was berating him angrily when Columbo said to the 2 juniors there “Stuff that cloth back into his mouth and do not remove it until the ambulance is here” and reluctantly the 2 juniors did it. Rather funny scene.

Ping On rushed to Columbo and confronted him on his harsh tactics and they were almost arguing when Columbo said “Look, there are press here. Do your job, clean up this place as I entertain the press” and he smiled to the press hiding behind the bushes and said loudly “It is safe to come out now! I am ready for my interview!” and the rushed out and happily he took questions and pictures as Ping On looked on disgusted. By the way the gwailo was a very rich man hence the kidnapping.

Back in the police room, he entertained more question and showed the reporters how he knew what would happen and in a overlong repetition of what we saw earlier, but this time from the police of the perspective, he told the reporters how he knew (he had information and he bugged them with the latest technology from Scotland Yard) and went on to elaborate such a long repetition that I was falling asleep. But interestingly, we see Columbo PLANNING the whole thing but it was Ping On who ACTUALLY DID the leg work by planting the bug, sabotaging the oil tank, pretending to be some girl walking alone, etc in various disguises. And guess what? Columbo referred to Ping On as “help by a subordinate” and did not care to mention his name. Ping On heard everything and walked away sulkily and Columbo didn’t care. Meanwhile he treated the reporters to that duck he threw onto the floor.

Needless to say just half an hour Detective Columbo is clearly established as a first class egoistical arrogant ungrateful douche bag.

2 Indian police chatting in Indian in the toilet and Columbo walked out and they looked scared and Columbo basically scolded them for talking behind their back and yes, he knew Indian!!!

Chief of the station, I believe is Ma Wai Lei was angry with Columbo. He scolded “Why I wasn’t informed of this news? Why I wasn’t informed of the stake out? Why I wasn’t even informed about the entire secret operation?” and Columbo coolly said “If you were informed, then it wouldn’t have been a secret operation” and chief angrily said “Don’t get smart ass with me! I can still report you for insubordination! I will in fact call the Police Commissioner Kam (I think that’s his rank) and I will get you cited for this!” and Columbo said “You are the one who speak disrespectfully to me first. I did my job and I did it well and I have my colleagues to back me up” and chief laughed as he said “Colleagues? You don’t even have a friend! You probably only have one friend left and that is Pao Ping On! You have no one!” but Columbo just smirked as chief was about to make the call Columbo said “Please, do try. But I just received a call from the Police Commissioner who was very impressed with the outcome and just given me a new medal and a new rank. I am forthwith to be known as …” .. I can’t remember the rank, but I believe it was assistant chief inspector, which is really big and that shut his immediate boss up. Columbo smirked and walked away.
Ping On went into Columbo’s room and slammed the door and without looking up, Columbo said “Ping On” and Ping On said “How did you know it was me?” and Columbo said “Because you didn’t salute me” and Ping On said “How did you know I didn’t since you weren’t looking?” and Columbo said “Because you are the only one who dare to come into my room and slam the door and since you can slam the door, I doubt you will salute me”. Ping On said “As a friend to a friend, listen to me! You must tone this down. Your attitude won’t get you anyway. If you get it fixed, you will the old you!” but Columbo angrily said “I know why you slammed the door, because you are jealous. I have joined the force not too long ago and look at me? Already at this high position (I believe assistant chief inspector? Not sure what’s the rank but 2nd to the chief of the station)whilst you, all your training at Scotland Yard and successes is still just a sargent”. Ping On angrily said “Yes sir, if it pleases you SIR” and he left angrily. But again he mentioned about a medical procedure to which Columbo said “CANCEL IT! I ALREADY SAID CANCEL IT!”.

Perhaps a surgery to remove the bullet in his brain.

Ping On went to a temple and before Buddha he prayed “Please let Ko Dai Hei return. Please bless him and let him be well”.

At home, Ping On solemnly walked in and there was Columbo, smirking again. You may wonder, are they living together? Answer is at 3…2….1…

“I bought your favourite roast duck. I remember you took me to that restaurant where I had my most delicious and first roasted duck. It was expensive and an experience that I owe to you” and Ping On looked at him and said “What’s with the duck? What do you want?” and Columbo began to look at Ping On steadily and said “Ping On, why do you pretend not to care about me? You obviously do care deeply for me. Look at the statues you brought home? The Buddha, the Kuan Yin, the Virgin Mary, the Cross, of all religion. I bet you were at the temple today, praying for me. Why pretend? When I asked you to live with me, you never hesitated. Admit it old friend, you do care…” and Ping On said “I do care, but I care about Ko Dai Hei, not this Columbo” and Columbo said “But I AM Ko Dai Hei, Ko Dai Hei is Columbo” and Ping On said “I beg to differ” and Columbo took one of the photo albums and said “Has it been 3 years? But I still look the same, I am still me” and Ping On grabbed the album and said “That’s mine! And you’re not the same anymore. If you just have the procedure, you can be the Ko Dai Hei again” and Columbo said “But I don’t want to have the procedure. Stop asking me to have any procedure. I am me..” and Ping On knew he lost the argument and he said angrily “Sir, may I be excused?” and Columbo shrugged and Ping On walked angrily into his room, with his album in his hands. In his room alone, Ping On smoked quietly. Wait… was he smoking? I think he was…

Ceremony day, everyone looked solemn as a smug looking Columbo got the award from Police Commissioner Kam when suddenly his head hurt so much he fell to the floor and everyone asked “Ko Sir, are you ok?” and I swear Ping On smiled a little (not out of malice but because he may think this time Columbo will agree to a surgery) when Columbo in agony looked at Ping On and said “Ping On, get me out of here! Take me to the hospital! I will do the operation!” and without hesitation Ping On basically piggy backed Columbo all the way and no cars despite being a busy street and they fell and as he heard Columbo begged “Ping On, take me to the hospital, please…”, he grabbed a cart and wheeled Columbo who was still in agony and they fell down the stairs and Ping On grabbed Columbo with concern when suddenly the pain stopped and Columbo, sweating profusely stood up straight and stared straight at Ping On and shouted “I do not want the surgery! I already said CANCEL IT! CANCEL IT!!” and Ping On said “I know that’s not the real you speaking. I heard the real you. You want the surgery!” and Columbo shouted “Why would anyone want to go from smart to dumb again? I will never go back to who I was! I am Columbo, I am the best detective, why would I want to be an idiot simpleton again?!” and Ping On knew the fight was lost for this time and he said quietly “You have an image to uphold, so hold that temper of yours in case the public should see you like this. You don’t want bad press right?” and Columbo realised he was in public as Ping On said “I better return this cart, I wouldn’t want to be accused of stealing” and as he walked to the cart, you can see his arm is hurt but he didn’t quite care and then he saw the public surrounding Columbo who entertained the adulation whilst Ping On, disappointed walked away.

And then blast to the past and we see someone running in the forest and it was a dirty looking Columbo and then much later, we see Ping On in goggles and he was a science enthusiast doing experiment. He was the boss of that dept then, all same people when one walked in and announced there was a dirty beggar out there looking for him. He walked out and he was Ko Dai Hei, dirty, smelly, timid looking and Ko Dai Hei timidly asked “Are you Comrade Pao Ping On?” and he said yes and Dai Hei said “I can’t thank you enough for helping me to gain access to HK so that I may see my father for the last time”.

Pause.

I think his father died already, see as in saying goodbye and arranging the funeral. Dai Hei’s father was a cop too and he is not related to Ping On but I suppose the station is small and everyone knew everyone. Or they came from the same village.

Continue.

Dai Hei was so touched by Ping On’s help, he wanted to kneel down to thank him and Ping On stopped him and became quite friendly with Dai Hei. He took Dai Hei to change clothes, took him to his first roasted duck meal, even introduced him to a GRO sort of girl who proceeded to cup Dai Hei’s errrr…. ermmmm… balls I suppose you can say that. Very innocent scene. Just suggested, didn’t actually see cupping and all. But what a shocker. Dai Hei aka Columbo looking so timid, so not confident and Ping On looking like the wise guy. Anyway Dai Hei was so timid he had to hold Ping On’s hands when walking and Ping On warned him “This is not China! This is HK! You can’t just grab my hand. What will people think, 2 men holding hands!”

But Dai Hei held Ping On’s hands when Ping On took him to see the Police Commissioner and upon seeing the Police Commissioner Kam who said “You are (***)’s son? I am very sorry for your loss…” and he did look regretful so many Dai Hei’s father was well liked and suddenly Dai Hei dropped to the floor to kow tow the stunned Commissioner and Ping On…

What happens next? Will have to wait for next episode!

Seriously, this is an interesting series. The performances are so far top notch.

Pierre Ngo fit his role like a glove but I am bothered by the age difference with Wayne. Are they supposed to be near each other in age? I can see Wayne putting tons of make up on his face so he does look younger but still, the age gap is obvious when Wayne looked so tired. I love seeing Pierre in disguise and he did those scenes well.

As for Wayne, what more can I say? 15 minutes in and I hated his Columbo. Towards the end when I saw the timid him, immediately I wanted to know what changed him to Columbo? Columbo is this Jekyl and Hyde personality and no one liked him but Ping On does so that made me wonder, why Ping On liked him so much? I did remember Columbo mentioned something about Ping On having a wife or something. Didn’t catch that. Anyway I am sure we will find out soon enough. However much I am confused by the 1st episode or remains unconvinced by its 60s depiction or the overlong first case analysis or the rather modern dialogue, I can’t deny, Wayne Lai is supreme in here as the supremely annoying, arrogant, egoistical and jerk of the century, Columbo. But yet Ping On still helped him and so it is intriguing to find out perhaps Columbo’s past life as Dai Hei was such a great guy, Ping On felt a sense a loyalty to even this bastard Columbo. By the way love Wayne’s hair in here.

I have to add a bit about the odd relationship between Ping On and Columbo. Sometimes I felt like I was watching 2 lovers quarreling, with Columbo being the chauvinistic husband and Ping On as the wife’s whose patience is snapping. It felt like.. at least one of them is in love with the other. It feels sorta weird when the dialogue can be what I call unisex, meaning it can be for a guy-guy-brother relationship or guy-guy-gay relationship. It almost felt like a caress, especially that scene where Ping On and Columbo again sorta argued and yet not arguing when at home. I know that’s not the intention, but you know it gave me that sort of vibe.

About other performances, so far no one else worth mentioning. I am afraid when Natalie appears, her age gap with Wayne is even more obvious. I do feel perhaps Wayne is just too old for this role. But he is such a great actor, I will just look past the age gap but will I cringe when he does kissy-kissy and huggy-huggy with Natalie or any other girls who are probably at least 15 years his junior?

Anyway so far as 1st episode goes, first half not very impressive but 2nd half gives it some momentum. Hopefully the story gets more consistent and better and maybe will tell me for sure, is this a comedy or a drama or a dramedy? Because looking at the poster and the contents of the 1st episode. I am not very sure.

This Episodic Thoughts was written by Funn Lim, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com, and was originally posted at http://p2e-bulletbrain.blogspot.com

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  • 59 comments to Episodic Thoughts: “Bullet Brain” (Episode 1)

    1. Ken says:

      It’s the same old crap that’s churned out of TVB every year. Like you said, it’s not really a drama nor is it a comedy either. I’m not sure what it wants to be.

      I’m really annoyed with that funeral truck in the first episode. TVB manages to get a fairly authentic looking escape car but suddenly decide to use a late 20th century van for the funeral truck. Do they really think the audience won’t notice?

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        I do agree. It feels odd, like the world is so modern but the people in there is stuck in the 60s look. Even the suits looked more 80s than 60s. Why not set this in 80s then? At least huge shoulder pads and major eye make up will give the funny feel.

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      • SD replied:

        Actually, Compact Vans were around in the 1960s so it’s very possible that they would have something like in the show. Granted it looks a bit more modern but you could pass it off as just being new or squeaky clean so I wasn’t too annoyed with that.

        It’s like the Flying Car, it’ll soon make its debut for consumbers but the first successful run from America to France was done nearly a decade ago. Yet, if they threw it in a drama about the 2000s people will think flying cars never existed because it wasn’t widely available to the public at the time.

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        • Funn Lim replied:

          Yes such vans do exist back then BUT that particular van I am sure is a modern or at lest 80s design. The entire series scream 80s to me.

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        • SD replied:

          I think that has to do with more of how things are presented nowadays, it needs to have a degree of modernism otherwise the connection can’t be made and won’t be appealing enough. Unless you go really far back in time.

          But who knows, maybe they were aiming for that since it’s a fictional 1960s Hong Kong.

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    2. yeung4life says:

      is there a female main lead?

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        Sire Ma and Natalie Tong. So far Sire Ma has appeared in ep 2.

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        • yeung4life replied:

          but they’re too young!!!!
          What eva happened to Sheren? or Tavia? why didn’t they accpet the role?????

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    3. Larry 3 says:

      I skip this series, not truly impress with the preview and now the disappointing news stories in Episode 1.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        But it wasn’t THAT bad! Episode 2 is better!

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        I regret it.

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    4. haha says:

      so much complaints on TVB series eh? seems like everyone is sure to come out with complaints. nothing but bad and negative comments only. even lipstick color also can be commented.
      Well, since you are all sooooo unsatisfied with TVB Series, why watch?! 🙂

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        You mean we can’t have an opinion?

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        • lkv replied:

          Why bother to have opinion? 🙂

          Nah I am just kidding. I just think it is a waste of time to write this kind of big analysis on something that you are not much interested in. Unless you like writing.

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        • Kidd replied:

          If Funn is not interested in the series, she wouldn’t have decided to do an episodic thoughts on it (Yes, this is not a single review/article. There’s more to come.)

          I used to write out my thoughts in details in forums too when I watched a series. It’s a very enjoyable activity :D. Funn just choose to do it in a more organise way for this series and Jayne finds them enjoyable enough to re-post them on this site as reviews.

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    5. sel_fi_wu says:

      getting bored of wayne’s heavy roles but wayne and edwin will hold the series fine and tim gor’s series can’t be bad.

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      • sel_fi_wu replied:

        *pierrre ngo and edwin

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        Well, there were some bad Tim gor series in the past….

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    6. P. Tan says:

      Although I’ve not watched the series in question and therefore not qualified to make any comments on it I would like to support Funn and say that she is very thorough in her assessments which are a joy to read. Carry on Funn!

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        Thank you and so I shall!

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    7. Ric says:

      I’m enjoying the series so far. Didn’t think I would like it watching the original sales presentation trailer but it’s not quite what I expected. I thought it would have one direct timeline but it looks like it will be a double timeline. It’s an increasing trend in American dramas to have past and present timelines together so I’ll see how BB goes with that. The series is definitely a dramady but I feel like most of TVB’s series are dramadies, especially modern shows. So nothing really different there.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        Make that triple time line.

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    8. sushiroll says:

      Watched first episode. Snoozefest. Wayne’s acting is so lazy these days. He pretty “choks” his way through series after series. It’s like winning 3 best actor gongs have left him complacent.

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      • Magic replied:

        Is he getting lazy or is the audience tired of seeing him act similar characters?

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        • tearfulheart replied:

          It’s TVB’s fault with sloppily written scripts and generic characters. None of the roles require high calibre acting skills.

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        • miriamfanz replied:

          I don’t think he’s a similar character here, like Chai Kau or Lau Sing. The closest similarity may be like Han Xin in The Conqueror’s Story where he’s an arrogant guy as well. But Columbo, he’s even more arrogant, which I find quite suitable.

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      • Kidd replied:

        I disagree. Wayne was great as the arrogant Columbo and sky Dai Hei. His mannerism is very 60s. And Columbo is supposed to be chok. He’s very image conscious and always wants to look good in front of the public.

        @ miriamfanz

        I also thought of Han Xin when I watch Columbo. 😀

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Totally agree!!

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    9. SY says:

      Watched the 1st episode and hate it. Not watching at all.

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    10. fatsy says:

      is this sh#! serie produced by tim gor? i cant believed it,first 2 episodes just fu#! up.its to boring and the that kidnap-bus,i thought they came back from the future! so lame.

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    11. gigi says:

      really suck this serie, after 2 ep… i will skip that too

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    12. GMessiah says:

      I think everyone, nowadays, have a real high expectation whenever they watch a series. But I’m just a little annoyed how everyone can bash HK drama but don’t seem to find anything to nit pick about foreign series/films, which are even more dire than this series.

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      • SD replied:

        I think it’s because when you keep doing the same stuff over and over again then people will compare it to similar samples.

        In comparison to the West, they’re much less restrictive and open-minded in their series. That’s not to say they’re all good but they have bigger production values, more genres to work with.

        Asian countries tend to stick to what works and youc an easily count the amount of genres they work with. Off the top of my head it would probably be Wuxia, Historical, Triad/Cop (HK) or some kind of love drama that’s predominant. Perhaps it’s because Asia is more traditionalist as it’s gradually opening up to more concepts that the West will import as they embrace Capitalism and consume Western Culture.

        In the West though, you can easily find all that and more genres allowing them to cater to even the niche audiences such as Science-Fi, Low or High Fantasy, etc. and that has certainly been reflected in their movie and drama sales.

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        I been watching TVB dramas since the late 80s. Nitpicking is now absolute normal because TVB is giving the same crap material to shove down the viewers through YEARS. Feedback is important nowadays since TVB has NO Quality Control and TVB doesnt even correct mistakes, they are going to suffer another cycle of next generation.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        You want me to write for CSI? Because CSI to me is Crap Series Infinite.

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    13. miriamfanz says:

      I don’t think this is a bad drama at all. Wayne’s acting is nothing but top-notch.. The storyline is moving along at a good pace. Definitely better than the other recent dramas. I’m glad I’m not the only to notice Wayne and Pierre’s love-like relationship 😛

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      • miriamfanz replied:

        Wayne and Pierre’s love story http://casualtvb.blogspot.com/2013/04/wayne-lai-and-pierre-ngo-love-story.html

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      • fatsy replied:

        no matter how wayne’s performance are top or not,he is too old for this role. tvb shouldnt have using so many old actors and actresses playing lead-roles. give the younger generation a chance.

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        • dd replied:

          And risk low ratings?
          Screw that!

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        • miriamfanz replied:

          Not sure whose else can play this role. Actually, I think age-wise, Wayne is okay for Columbo, but Sire seems too young as an Inspector. Not sure about Natalie yet. Her first appearance is in ep 3

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        • Larry 3 replied:

          Yes, he is too old in this role. Give younger TVB actor a big break.

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        • fatsy replied:

          dd,is the current ratings high then? no its just 28 point,haha.

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    14. vann says:

      Too much complaining about the series but I am interested to watch. I though that most people who said that the series “failed to evoke 1960 feel” were born before 1960 so that they think there were so much difference between 1960 and now but in reality it is not that much; When I recall those days in 1960 I see the same as nowadays. Anyway let’s enjoy watching the series because recently I have not seen any series interesting to watch more than this series. Please be fair when making comment and appreciate the effort that the producer , staffs and actors/actresses giving to the series to entertain us.

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      • clamine replied:

        I usually find Funn Lim to be fair in her reviews, even when I disagreed with her opinion I could see her pov.

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      • Kidd replied:

        I was not born yet in the 60s, but, I also feel that many younger people have a misconception of the 60s. They get to know the 60s through the movies filmed in the 60s. But, that might not be how the 60s people actually act, but, just the acting method of the day.

        I think this series didn’t want to go the exaggerated way like ‘Old Time Buddies’. I didn’t feel the series was out of time.

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    15. vann says:

      TVB did giving younger generation a lot of chance for example Ruco Chan has six series this year but his series were low ratings so that TVB must rely on older actor/actress to earn money. Moreover, the young ones do not know much how to act comparing to older ones.

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      • miriamfanz replied:

        Reason Ruco’s series has low ratings is because of crap script. Hoping Ruse of Engagement and Brother’s Keeper should be better because they’re bigger productions

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    16. vann says:

      Ruco Chan appearance is not attractive as Wayne even though Wayne is older and not handsome. I am really enjoying Wayne’s acting in Bullet Brain”; this series is so far so good.

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      • Jessica replied:

        Although appearance is subjective, I think Ruco is so much more handsome than Wayne, even though he may not have the same star power (which is what I’m thinking you meant to say?)

        I don’t see how it is disrespectful to critique the producer, staffs, actors/actresses and the show in general.

        It also gives a post to discuss this new series and will help people decide on whether to pass on this one or not.

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    17. a-pop says:

      if tis series retain their original idea from their sales presentation , tis series may be more interesting n better. The idea of Wayne character IQ increase to 280 after get shoot on head so ridiculous.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        What was the original idea?

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        • a-pop replied:

          http://hyn5-hyn5.blogspot.com/2011/12/detective-columbo-tvb-sales.html

          u can watch the sales presentation from tis link. Detective Columbus does not from transform from stupid person to super intelligent detective in sales prentation.

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        • Funn Lim replied:

          You know what? The sales presentation seems more fun! Why not that?! It could have been quite a funny comedy!

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        • a-pop replied:

          yup . sales presentations , the stories and the setting were 10 times better than original. More comfortable to watch than actual series.

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        • a-pop replied:

          *10 times better than current one

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    18. hmmm..... says:

      WAYNE IS AWESOME
      WAYNE IS GOD

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Wayne beats every actor in Hong Kong’s entertainment world. Right? Wayne’s big fan. I surely don’t agree.

        Wayne is a good actor, but he does not excel in every single role, only the characters that suit his age, face, and image.

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    19. smurf120 says:

      I really enjoy Funn’s episodic thoughts also. I didn’t enjoy the first half of the first episode and was glad I was doing something else at the time, then the second half became much more interesting. Pierre Ngo did really well.

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    20. marylnn says:

      I would skip this series. Whatever I read your comments, Funn, I dun feel like watching even though I haven’t start. I absolutely agree that sometimes are not the actors/actress faults in acting, it is because of the poor scripts.

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