Episodic Thoughts: “Triumph in the Skies 2” Episode 2
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.
“Poor Zoe. Dead before we even know it.”
This is not fair. NOT FAIR!! I feel cheated. I feel shortchanged. I feel like duped. Why I feel so? One word; Zoe.
Anyway remember Sam couldn’t buy that Arsenal shirt thing? Holly ran and then was greeted by Roy who bought the same shirt for $700. Can’t remember pounds or Euro. Point is, that lying cheating Holly!!
Birthday cake ready, gifts ready and someone announced “Zoe is here!” and everyone turned smiling and Zoe is… a white little girl?! WHAT THE HECK?! And so we are told, Zoe had serious heart disease. They married, happily, traveled, she took the risk and did some major surgery and… she died some years back. Sam heartbroken decided to retire and become a pastry chef. 2 years ago came to work at or with Manna, Holly’s mom who also fostered a young white girl called Zoe. Sam became very attached to this Zoe and treated her like his own and sees her as his guardian angel. He had some flashback of an ailing Zoe being cheerful and all.
And that’s what we got of the Zoe from TITS 1. A memory, a name and a namesake. I feel very cheated. How unfair, didn’t even see her die. Didn’t get to say a last goodbye. Poor poor Sam. His heart is broken you see.
Anyway back to our rock stars of Skylette and frankly at this point I am sorta lost as to where I was. Oh yes, a better chunk of this episode dedicated to…
1. Holly and her dream like meeting with the suave and flirtatious Jayden, like so cliche it hurts. Like she selling her probably very dead boyfriend’s jacket, regretting she rushes back to the shop only to see a guy wearing that jacket and emotionally she rushes to him and hugs him and says “Don’t leave me” and it is none other than a rather shocked Jayden and Holly says she wants the shirt back and Jayden says sure, pay me the price I paid and Holly can’t afford it and Jayden cheekily says “Ok, let me kiss you then” and our Meteorologist from NASA wasted her entire education and responded to this blatant sexual harassment (but hey, it’s Chilam, it’s an invitation!) and says “Ok, no tongue” and she puckers up… which sets up quite nicely to a fairytale ending of our guy giving her the jacket and walks away coolly, not even bothering with I believe the 1000 euros he paid for that jacket or something and leaves Holly happy and all that shit. Urghhh…
2. All these accompanied by no less than 2 Adele song. TVB really broke budget this time by probably buying the rights to Adele’s album, either 19 or 21. Can’t be both. I think 19 is the album. Not sure.
All the while we have views of London and of course Paris. Why Paris? Our heroine needs to fix her broken telescope or something and it seems England does not fix telescope so she has to rush to Paris and yes, she speaks French. Double urghhhh.
After all that nonsense, before that we are introduced to Sam bumping into Holly who sneaks into her mom’s house looking for warranty card and let me save you the trouble of wondering OH DID THEY FALL IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? No. She dislikes him for being a busybody when he dared say “How can you now sneak off just like that? Manna misses you!” and insensitively she shoots back “What’s this to you anyway? Don’t you have your own home to be busybody about?”
His Zoe died!! Zoe DIED!!!!!! And you dared ask that!!
But of course later we find out why she is so evasive with life and everything, because she too lost someone called Daniel (Sit). HAH!!! Daniel is true. Sit is of course my lame attempt at a joke. So we have 2 broken individuals destined for one another except our lady will be taking a detour first with a certain individual called Jayden. And what do you expect when first meeting our heroine rushes to him, hugs him from behind and whispers “Don’t leave me” whilst crying although she was thinking someone else. This is TVB’s idea of a romantic first encounter, in real life believe me Jayden will be spooked everytime he wonders “What if she had a knife?!”. Anyway he is charmed by her. And very gallant too.
Anyway back to Skylette, plane back to HK. Jayden is sick with flu so he sits out as passenger in first class and is treated like royalty by the lady stewardess who all love him for good reason. Here we see a new head stewardess, Heather who is married to the captain of the flight, Tony (by real life former pilot, Patrick Dunn). Now how tyhe heck she ended up in bed with Roy is a good question. Anyway Roy is the co pilot, with Isaac sitting behind together with the previously not known his name but now I know, Tucker. What a name. The cockpit is still very strange. Anyway nothing major happens, I don’t foresee a plane crash, not in 100% track record of Skylette anyway but they met some turbulence which Roy calmly flew through. Heather was impressed but Jayden was too sick to care.
Anyway poor Roy made the butt of joke when he was told he can choose the meal and he said “It’s ok, I am not choosy” but in the end Isaac says choose and he chose the beef meal and as he was about to bite into that beef chunk, Tony says “Oh I see you are having my meal”. BUSTED!! Poor Roy. Tony doesn’t mind and he says “You owe me 2 meals now my friend” and that’s when Roy finds out Tony married Heather whilst Roy was in Taiwan flying planes.
Meanwhile in episode 1 Jayden was flirting big time with a top model engaged to a rich man’s son and that model is played by none other than Oceane Zhu who should be in one of the main roles instead of in such a thankless role. The girl is pretty, she can act so why is she in this small role? Anyway she had an affair with Jayden and now on the plane she was making things difficult for Heather because Heather refused to let her see Jayden. Coco told Jayden to lie low and Heather acted like a spoilt princess, demanding Heather to find her missing ring which wasn’t missing. In the end Heather said to her “I can keep finding the ring which I suspect can’t be found. So why do you insist on something that isn’t?” and Jayden appeared to save Heather and Coco from more trouble and Oceane (can’t remember her character’s name) said “Why are you avoiding me?” and Jayden brazenly said “I am not” but she wasn’t convinced and says “He wants to marry me. I am ready to sacrifice everything for you” and Jayden once and for all quickly said “Alright, let’s get married. Once we landed, let’s marry” and suddenly, the girl is thinking twice. After all Jayden is a fling, no one would marry a fling and let go of a plump big fish like her ultra rich fiance even if he was sort of a jerk and suddenly girl disappeared and Jayden is left alone. Kinda realistic. Roy admires Jayden’s tactic and Jayden makes a date to meet the guys at pub.
Some side story of Coco’s boyfriend (also a pilot) wanting to propose but in the end chickened out when he heard how Coco feels about marriage (like not ready yet), we see Jayden and friends drinking and discussing about women and last we see is Holly typing a letter to Daniel saying “I couldn’t sell your jacket. But I can’t find the key pendant though…” and we see Jayden holding the key pendant, we see split screen of Holly one side, Jayden the other and we are all supposed to go…
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH TRUE LOVE!! THEY MUST MEET AND FALL IN LOVE BECAUSE … THEY!MUST!!!!
Help me! HELP ME!!!!!
What is a perfectly ok episode spoilt by so much cliches and unnecessary travelogue moments. Next time in London, remember to fix your telescope in Paris ok? And when you see Chilam in HK, remember, run up behind him, hug him and whisper “Please don’t leave me” preferably if you look like Fala but without Anita Yuen nearby. Urghhh…urghhhh…URGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
But the worst had to be the death of Zoe without letting me see the death of Zoe. NOT even a tombstone. I am really really angry at this sneaky way of killing off a major character.
Poor Zoe. Dead before we even know it.
Sorry to say this episode 2 lost a bit of momentum but thankfully Chilam and his Jayden at one point makes this episode good and another, contributes to the urghhhhhhhhh factor but I blame Fala and her impossible Holly character. And I hate the way she dresses. I hate the whole boyfriend-died-I’m-running-from-the-world thing like Same. We all know she is destined for Sam isn’t it? Until new Zoe appears.
I don’t mean to say Fala is terrible. She is not. I like her classiness, I like her aloofness, I like her I-am-way-better-than-you aura but she is a terrible miscast as Holly. Someone said to me Linda Chung. I say someone else but not Fala Chen. Fala Chen should play a sophisticated older colder meaner princessy daughter of the the owner of Skylette like those K-drama but more believable. Surely there must be a lady executive there somewhere. This series has way too many pilot involved with pilots or air stewardess. Of course Myolie will represent ground crew. This is like one pendulum swinging from one extreme end to another. But still there’s no executive represented here. Surely executives of Skylette deserves some love.
Performance wise, you know how I feel about Fala. Miscast.
Francis Ng is great except he has nothing to do. However he has one very good scene where he is in a pub and sees a pilot in uniform throwing his hat around and he catches the hat and he gently chastises the young pilot “This is your hat, it represents you profession, treat it with a bit more respect. And when are you flying? Remember, don’t drink before flight”. Ahhh the old Sam somewhere in there! I like that scene.
However it is Chilam who continues to dominate. Dresses great, looks great, some memorable scene but I really wished he was more Cool Mort than Jayden Koo. I have trouble with him buddy-buddy with his juniors. This series needs a bad ass and he was one in episode 1. He should continue to be one.
Nancy Wu smiles too much. Too chirpy. Elena Kong is Elena Kong. Nothing much to say.
One person who didn’t get much love is poor Ron Ng as Isaac. I think he is ok. But Chilam took his thunder away most of the time. Seriously, Ron wasn’t bad.
Kenneth is cute. However he takes over from Joe Ma as the guy with the god awful English. At least it isn’t gibberish.
I still wanna see episode 3. But please, less Adele and the whole fated-destined to be together B.S. And come one, no plane crash? At least one major emergency to highlight heroism wouldn’t die instead of flirting with air stewardess.
Also, where got Air Stewardess going to EACH passenger to say “Please, buckle up your seat belt” when realistically announcement would have been made and they checking but not to every one of the passenger? Skylette is truly a fictional airline.
This Episodic Thoughts was written by Funn Lim, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com, and was originally posted at http://p2e-tits2.blogspot.com/.