Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>
TVB Series 2013
Cast: Francis Ng, Chilam Cheung, Myolie Wu, Fala Chen, Ron Ng, Kenneth Ma, Elena Kong, Him Law, Nancy Wu, Rebecca Zhu, Eliza Sam, and Kelly Fu.
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.
“I feel even in her angriest scene she is so.very.uptight! When will Summer breakdown? When?”
When Jayne emailed me and said ep 14 recap posted, I was like “Oh I finished it already? Yeah!!” and then I remembered, that was ep 14, I meant to say ep 15!! So I kinda like panicked because hey I am 2 days behind and ran to find my notes. I wrote 5 pages of notes, with dialogues and all since I feel this is one worthy of recapping the dialogues and over the weekend I misplaced those notes. I feel heart sick because I wrote the dialogues down, line by line! Especially the whole Jayden-Summer scene, much like I did for Sam-Summer scene!!! Arghhhh!!!!!!!!!
WHY?! WHY?!?!?! WHY DID THIS HAPPEN TO ME?!!?! WHY?!?!?????????????????????????
Calm down! CALM DOWN!!
So here I am, kinda like flying blind. I am sure there will be many face palms here and also many misplaced scene. Only 2 days and my mind is fuzzy but I will concentrate on the important ones.
This will be a short recap.
And none more important than Jayden-Summer’s story. And this episode has that. But before that, the episode starts with PPP. Or maybe not. Memory is fuzzy.
Our heroine, Holiday and her favourite study group together and after some discussion with her group who also muses perhaps Jayden should give clearer tips, she finally understands what he means as they are going through the various tests which also involves weather, engine, etc. So she thinks perhaps what the test requires is a cooperation with both groups. She or Hero or someone in the end convinces both groups and they come up with a report. At the class, it is revealed Jayden deliberately destroyed the data and gave Holiday the tip so as to shake things up, to give them a bit of pressure and confusion. See! I told you Jayden ain’t that terrible! Anyway in the end everybody realises cooperation is the only way to succeed or some great golden conclusion like that and Holiday does wonder about her missing notes and Sam holds up her notes and she realises Sam is into the whole charade as well! Jayden explains he approached Sam as he thought the whole test was rather boring and to shake things up and Sam agreed to assist Jayden. Holiday sort of teases Sam for being sly or something but yeah, everyone is happy that they can fly and all.
A bit of momentum killer next.
Coco (why is she there?!), Heather and Roy, having lunch at a super nice open air place. Heather wants to surprise Tony, remember? Coco goes to get the wine whilst she is off to do something when she sees far away, Tony hand in hand with a gwaipo whom I assume is Jessica. Definitely not just friends, by the look of the intimate behaviour. Heather stares, and Tony looks back and sees Heather and looks distressed as Heather, face a bit surprised and then rushes away with Roy following and Tony apologises to his lady friend and rushes for Heather and poor Coco left alone to pay for the very expensive meal.
Heather stands by looking the sea or whatever and Roy approaches and Heather telling Roy her would be lover but now her confidante; “I thought I will be angry when I saw them together but… I felt… relieved. I felt happy for him, that he finally found someone he loves. I felt like all my burden is gone”
and Tony hears her as he is there and Roy tries to persuade her that is what she saw was not what she think but Tony and Heather have a heart to heart talk and in the end agrees that their marriage is over because there’s no loving feeling anymore and they part as friends.
Anyway, next is heart breaking.
Remember Jayden says he will go with Summer to the museum? There’s Summer, waiting with Isaac. She pretends she isn’t eager but in actual fact she is very eager, as she herself says she is half an hour early and Isaac suggests buying coffee and drink and wait which she is ok with.
Jayden is running very late. He is with a gwaipo and the gwaipo got him the museum’s ticket and I think he agrees to fly her around. Frankly I can’t remember much except to say by the time Jayden is running to the museum, he is past his half hour mark.
Summer is very very upset, and after just half hour, Summer in her mind hears the voices of her past, where her voice is a little girl begging her big brother not to leave her and Jayden, with a young man’s voice promises “I will be back for holidays, you’ll see” and I suppose he never did and suddenly she stands up and angrily says “I won’t wait any more!!” and Isaac as usual tries to calm her down but Summer is also very disappointed as she feels Jayden has yet again disappointed her and abandoned her. This girl has abandonment issue, I won’t blame her. Same time we see Jayden running into the museum huffing and puffing and a gwailo walks out and says “The museum is closed sir” and Jayden asks “Did you see a young lady waiting here? She might still be here!” but the gwailo basically confirms basically everyone has left. And Jayden knows he screwed up, big time.
I was very disappointed with this scene. It never explained WHY Jayden was late. At least show some traffic congestion or something. Or better yet, when will be the best time to play a haunting Adele song? NOW! That’s the time. Why not show Summer silently waiting, expression getting more and more disappointed as Isaac looks at her with concern and inter cut with Jayden involved in some major traffic congestion, getting panicky, getting out of the taxi and run for his life as again inter cut here, inter cut there, with a scene of Jayden running and intercut with the memory that Summer had (you know, those voices as a child and all that) and finally Summer says enough is enough and back to the scene as TVB showed us. I mean why not just go for the emotional punch? Why waste such a great opportunity? Instead of wasting it on Holly who can’t even fake-stumble right as she ran up the hill and cry a tearless cry, why not show it for Jayden and Summer to give us that emotional punch where we know Jayden wanted to be there but couldn’t and that we will cry that Summer and Jayden won’t be reconciled just yet?
Because I do care if Jayden and Summer reconcile but I couldn’t care less if Daniel rises from the dead and haunts Holly and unleash the meteor shower on her as she fake-stumble-run-fake cry her way to the end of the scene.
Jayden alone in the hangar sitting by the 2 seater plane and Holly walks in and sees him looking miserable and asks what’s bothering him and Jayden says solemnly “I always thought promises aren’t that important. Now I know it may not mean much to me, but others, it might mean the whole world” and Holly saying something about promises are important or that sort and Holly says “Why not I record this? You make that solemn promise, so that you will be bound by it” and she takes out her phone and records Jayden who plays along with her and solemnly swears “I swear, I will never make another promise I can’t keep, from now on, I will make promises I will follow through”. And he did some jiggy with his body (I swear he did!) and he had a good laugh with Holiday.
And I think this is where the episode ends. Or maybe not. When I finished this I suddenly remember the freaky singular love story between that cafe girl whose name I forgot and Isaac. I think I forgot this because I saw Apple and I mind went blank. Anyway Isaac got a very direct confession of love when he was given a cup of coffee and on the coffee cut paper-holder something, she wrote her feelings like she fell for him by the time she made him his 2nd cup. She met him face to face and confessed that she was always nothing him, looking at him, made his favourite coffee, etc. I can say, she has taste! Anyway in the end she approached Apple who eagerly asked what happened and in the end she showed Apple that paper thing she wrote on and Apple felt sorry for her but cafe girl cheerfully asked Apple to keep it at Lost And Found hoping maybe one day Isaac or herself will retrieve it from that Lost And Found dept. Another momentum killer only because we ALL know Isaac will fall for Summer. But since it is a long way to go, along the way maybe he will you know really like this cafe girl’s heart and then break it.
And that’s it!
Short hor? Very short right? But this episode, quite an emotional punch except could have been so much more of a PUNCH you know? I knew Jayden is not that mean a person so the PPP thing I know is a fake. I know he will never miss an appointment with the woman of his life that is Summer so he must have a good reason. Turning gigolo for the day (I mean flight instructor for the day) for the gwaipo from the museum is noble but Summer doesn’t know. What will make them reconcile? Something dramatic that perhaps Jayden will reveal? Or Isaac will help them mend? Because Isaac is a huge help by the way. This episode could have had Ep 14’s emotional punch where Sam cried and said he is sorry to Summer who is acting as Zoe and I am sure even Adele herself will say “Why can’t you put my song THERE instead of THERE?”
As for Heather-Tony, I really couldn’t care less (or more or whatever percentage).
Performance wise, not much comment for everyone except Myolie.
Myolie’s role as Summer is too restrictive for her. And the more restrictive, the more I am NOT convinced. At least she had real tears and it is sort of a desperate sort of crying scene but somehow like all her other crying scenes in other series minus what everyone loves to call the “gwing” factor? I just feel her expression is just “I cry because I am told to”. I feel not much emotional connection. I in fact felt Summer is too harsh on Jayden. Only half an hour and she can’t wait. She waited for more than a decade for her brother to come home, why sell yourself so high? Now that will be easily fixed if we are shown the way I was imagining it should be shown. That way I as a viewer will feel pain for Jayden who is trying very hurt to win back the love of the only girl who matters in his life whilst I will feel for Summer and her anger and ultimately the utter disappointment for having to wait another 30 minutes only to know that the guy who matters in her life does not show up and so makes her feel as if she does not matter. You get what I mean? That I will feel for more Myolie’s crying. I feel even in her angriest scene she is so.very.uptight! When will Summer breakdown? When?
Everyone else, NO COMMENT!
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This Episodic Thoughts was written by Funn Lim, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com, and was originally posted at http://p2e-tits2.blogspot.com/.