Episodic Thoughts: “Triumph in the Skies 2” Episode 3
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.
“Each of you is a half bucket of water, combined you make 1 bucket of water… well… there are 4 seats in the cockpit anyway, I can fit you both in.”
Thank you to episode 3 for returning some sanity to the plot. Every time there isn’t Fala, the series gets interesting. With Fala, it just gets dragged down into the abyss of boredom. Mainly because Fala doesn’t have much to do except to emote, a lot. But this episode, first 45 minutes is pure heaven because it is seriously funny.
Anyway I was surprised to see Sharon Chan in here. And why is it every time there is Sharon Chan, there is also the obligatory scene of her bum close up? Because that’s what you get in first 1 minute, Sharon Chan and her bum. We see her taking pictures of a strutting Jayden and boy is he strutting. Then she lost him and in turn she saw him taking picture of her. Turns out she is a reporter who interviewed him for a magazine and he said slyly ,”I did remember we had breakfast thereafter?” Hint hint! Ahhh you devil you Jayden, do you sleep with EVERY girl you meet? Anyway she wants to interview him again but he knows she is only interested in him. Ahhhh yes, once with Jayden, you always want second helping don’t you?
Anyway finally we see some executive action, in the form of Pal Sinn as I think I heard Adrian, a purple suit wearing top executive of Skylette. I am assuming he is like the big guy there. Super close with Tony the pilot married to Heather. Assuming he is Adrian (I stand to be corrected but for this recap I shall call him Adrian), he was very thankful to Tony for being the senior taking on a lot of flights but Tony says “I am hoping you could cut back on my workload and give me more ground work…I have every intention of starting a family with Heather” and Adrian congratulates Tony for wanting to be a house husband! Anyway Adrian took out the magazine with a brooding supermodel that is Jayden on the cover and he says “I have been looking for our superstar pilot and I think I just found him. He can certainly front the promo for the new Airbus A330 we just bought” and Tony agrees.
He didn’t say Airbus but he did say A330 which is an Airbus.
So anyway Coco, Isaac and Coco’s boyfriend, Nick are standing together when Roy rushes in and says “Have you heard the exclusive news? That Jayden Koo will be…” and Coco finishes it for him “Captain for the maiden voyage of the new Airbus A380 for Skylette?” and Roy is like “How did you know?!” and Coco says “It is so exclusive everyone knows, mainly because Jayden himself reveals that in the interview in the magazine” and Roy sheepishly says “Oh I haven’t seen the contents yet…”. Isaac is pretty excited as he says “Guess who’s a shoo in as the co pilot for that maiden flight?” and everyone knows Isaac wants that seat and is a sure win since he is chums with Jayden.
At home, Isaac wears a Captain’s uniform (Sam’s uniform), looks in the mirror and remembers in TITS 1 how Sam scolded him for being impulsive, etc and Isaac imagines himself as the Captain and starts to talk like Sam when Coco overhears, rushes in and teases him for wanting to be a captain so eagerly. Isaac teases back that “Now if you don’t leave this room now, I will take off my clothes” and slowly takes off a piece at a time until Coco rushes out. Isaac contemplates the SIM exams tomorrow with Jayden and is confident he is the only candidate and choice.
Next morning Isaac walks into the errr.. hangar? Trainee pilot’s hangar? The place where there’s the flight simulator. He sees Roy and Nick and happily greets them and says “So you’re here to give me support huh?” when Jayden looking serious, cool and seriously cool says “So who will go first?” and Nick puts up his hand, then Roy and Isaac finds out that these 2 are his competitors and Jayden says “And…? You?” and Isaac takes him hand up as well and Jayden says “Ok, first, come in with me” and Nick follows him.
Inside Jayden is all serious as he says to Nick “Situation is hurricane warning no. 8”
I don’t know the technicalities so I just recap exactly what I heard.
“.. and you’re about to land…” and there’s wind shear, etc and Jayden says “35 knots…. are you ready to land?” and Nick nervously says “Yes..” and basically I believe landed very very badly. Jayden angrily but not very rudely says “Why bother to come in when you’re not ready?” and Nick looks apologetic.
Next is Roy, same situation as Jayden says “35 knots… are you ready to land?” and Roy looks serious as he says “No I am not” and Jayden looks at him and Roy did not attempt a landing.
Last is Isaac and again Jayden says “Are you ready to land?” and Isaac looking troubled says “…. Yes” and mid attempt he aborts the landing and flies up again and Jayden looks at him.
Outside, all 3 and Jayden asks Roy “Why did you not attempt to land when these other 2 did?” and Roy says “Maybe I worked under similar circumstances but under stricter rule when I was in Taiwan. The company policy was not to land in such situation and to be cautious so I was being cautious” and Jayden looks hard at Roy and says “Great job” and walks away and Isaac stares at Roy with dagger like looks.
At the resting area or whatever, Nick and Roy together looking glum when Coco rushes in and immediately scolded Roy “How can you betray Isaac? You know how much he wanted this and as a friend not only did you not encourage him you even slyly took the test as his competitor? How could you?!” and Roy getting a bit flustered says “Coco you can’t be this unfair to me. It was healthy and fair competition, it was equal opportunity and I just took it” and Coco says “But it is just for that maiden flight, why fight with Isaac over this?!” and Roy says “I am sure Isaac wouldn’t want to be handed the position just like that. I see nothing wrong in some healthy competition. Moreover, how can you be so one sided in your support? Isaac isn’t the only one who is unhappy. Let’s not talk about me, what about your boyfriend Nick? You didn’t even bother to encourage him or even console him, and you call yourself his girlfriend?” and Coco realises she forgot about Nick as Nick says “Hey I am ok, I am fine” but Coco apologises. Nick seems ok. He knows he flunked big time anyway.
Roy is right though. Coco seems a bit too supportive of Isaac and Isaac thinks just because he is good friends with Jayden he will get picked. I thought Roy did better.
At home, Isaac is upset. Very upset. So he calls Sam who is busy cutting strawberries and Sam knows about Isaac’s problem and all Sam has to say, and wisely I feel is “Isaac, remember, you only have one best friend but you have many opportunities. Let’s not fight over one of the many opportunities” and Isaac realises he was being a jerk to Roy.
And rightly so!
Next day Isaac asks Coco to check if Jayden has handed over his recommendation and he hasn’t and he quickly goes to find Jayden and says “Jayden, I am asking for a 2nd chance to prove myself” and Jayden looks at him as Roy rushes over and Isaac says “For us to prove ourselves, for you to choose the best between us” and Jayden says ok and so into the same cockpit thing and this time Jayden gives them a scenario about flying or parking the plane or something. Anyway this is probably the best scene tonight as Jayden reminds them “Rule no. 1, there are no rules. Rule no. 2 is remember rule no. 1 and rule no. 3 is do not crash the plane”. So both guys competently tackled the situation about some whatever I really don’t know how to say it, like parking the plane or flying from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time and both took exactly I think 5 minutes 1 second or something like that. They seemed rather proud of their achievements when Jayden frets and says “Between a snail and a tortoise…” and I was like laughing so hard when Jayden says “See me do it” and he did the same thing and both Roy and Isaac go bug eyed as they both said “1 minute 10 seconds?!?!?!”
I added the 10 seconds. I can’t remember exactly how many seconds. Anyway both ask “But how did you do it?!” and Jayden drew a diagram using another tactic or whatever and Roy says “But you said…” and Jayden says “Remember my rule no. 1?” and they both went “Oh right…”
Roy rushes to Jayden and says “Captain, choose Isaac. He is your biggest fan, he even sleeps hugging your picture” and Isaac says “Captain, choose Roy. He criticises you every chance he got, so with this chance he can observe up close” and both jostled with Jayden to choose the other as Jayden sighs “Each of you is a half bucket of water, combined you make 1 bucket of water… well… there are 4 seats in the cockpit anyway, I can fit you both in” and he walks away and Roy and Isaac realised what he meant and both smiled happily at being chosen for the maiden voyage.
This entire scene seriously is the best scene of this episode that had me laughing so hard. I may not understand the technical jargon but when Jayden says between a snail and a tortoise and he did it 4 minutes faster and lamented each is like half bucket of water was seriously the best dialogue thus far. For those who doesn’t understand Cantonese, when someone says half bucket of water it means you’re not good enough hence being at half a bucket. So Isaac is half a bucket, Roy is half a bucket which means both of them failed but combined together they both makes 1 bucket of water which to Jayden is good enough for now. After all Jayden is friends with both, friendlier with Isaac than Roy of course so in the end he chose both.
I absolutely lost it when Jayden said the snail tortoise comment. I don’t know why but just couldn’t stop laughing.
Anyway big day came and so they flew the airbus to great success and got a lot of photo opportunities. Jayden was busy taking pictures with the ladies when Roy quietly asked him “Seriously though, would you have chosen me or Isaac? I think you would have chosen Isaac. After all he went back to you for a 2nd chance and he even took me along and frankly I don’t think I would have been as generous as Isaac was” and Jayden just smiles. Later Coco asked the same thing and Jayden being more forthright says “Do you think I would choose someone taller than me in a photo?” and Coco smiled and said “You would have chosen Isaac!” I think in Jayden’s mind, Roy passed but of course, he would have chosen someone less remarkable than him so as to retaining his own limelight. Devious Jayden!!
Sam in London calls and leaves a message to Isaac to the effect of congratulating him and reminding him better to value friendship as there will be more opportunities to prove oneself in future. Manna sees the newspaper report on Skylette and she sees Jayden and she comments “Ahhh is this the trend nowadays? To put the handsomest pilot on front page to promote the company?” and Sam says nonchalantly “It is as expected, you would want the best face to represent the company” and Manna says quite carelessly “Don’t worry Sam, you’re a better pilot than he is at least” and Sam teases “Oh, so you mean I am not good looking?” and Manna knows she just said the wrong thing and excuses him. But Sam is ok, he doesn’t care. He just cares about pastry. Later he goes out to a chocolate shop and remembers promising Zoe that he will buy her a chocolate after each flight except my sister mumbled “But he isn’t flying is he? He is not qualified to buy that chocolate!”
Ahhh such wisdom… true! True!
Next 15 minutes is on Holiday and we shall discover a few things that restored sanity to the plot;
1. Sam knows Holly is not a meteorologist from NASA. She lied to Manna, Holly doesn’t deny that
2. Holly is depressed about her boyfriend who is not dead but just missing. She rudely dismisses Sam who tries to be nice and Sam follows him as she goes on a bus with her telescope
3. Sam advises her not to run away anymore and Holly rudely countered what has it got to do with him and Sam says Manna worries about Holly
4. They went to this field, Holly sets up the telescope which is broken and Sam chats with her as he fixes the telescope only that it isn’t really broken but Holly pulls out a ring. Sam by then knows Holly was having boyfriend trouble says “It doesn’t make sense that he could have been terrible to you when he put so much effort into proposing to you, I think he must have loved you” and Holly cries big time as she cries “Why did he leave? Where is he?” and she cries and cries as she says “He promised me that he will take me here to see meteor showers (or something like that) but where is he?” and Sam pities her and says “You want to see meteor showers? I can show you meteor showers” and at night took his camera took a picture and from the lights of the city in a blurred way kinda look like meteor shower and he showed it to Holly who smiled looking at the picture in the camera and..
that kinda reminds me why Zoe fell for him I suppose.
Now I am wondering how long before Sam goes back to being a captain because I am quite freaked out over his hairstyle and his hobo style of fashion. I want to see a sharp Sam and not a hobo Sam.
I tell you, best character thus far is Jayden and every time Jayden interacts with the super confident Isaac (who still thinks connection works better than hard work hence his self entitlement) and with Roy along. I like how he is darn serious at his work and yet when with women, he just love the attention. I don’t find him juvenile or such but rather he is a womaniser and an unapologetic womaniser who happens to be very good at his work.
Problem is still Holly. I find her a waste of space. I just hope she gets a move on with her storyline and Sam comes back to Skylette and everyone in one company and with some work tension along the way because right now, everybody is having a happy time, especially Jayden who is having a great time at work. He needs some tension, he needs a direct opposite like Sam who is reliable and dependable against Jayden’s superstar status and to shake his confidence a bit. Jayden can’t have such a smooth sailing career for 40 episodes.
Performance wise, everybody was good. Fala for all my criticisms about her Holly is a competent actress but I feel, a miscast. I just don’t feel she is that sort of a character. And right now I don’t like Holly. I find her immature, moody, rude, irresponsible and unnecessarily emo if you know what I mean. Her boyfriend better got a good reason for disappearing/absconding/dying/evaporating to explain all her angst.
A special shoutout to Chilam who has the best role and so far the best performance.
However let’s not ignore Ron Ng. He has got a big role here, he is in almost every scene and his Isaac is one cocky fella but like Roy says, Isaac is also a guy man enough to share the limelight and competition. He may sulk a bit but in the end he is a nice guy. I am liking Roy and Isaac.
Nancy Wu is not being stretched here acting wise and I find her Coco rather odd. Will she fall for Isaac later? Wait! Are they siblings? I forgot what’s the connection with Sam.
As for Myolie, no sign of her.
- Episodic Thoughts: Triumph in the Skies 2 (Episode 1)
- Episodic Thoughts: Triumph in the Skies 2 (Episode 2)
This Episodic Thoughts was written by Funn Lim, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com, and was originally posted at http://p2e-tits2.blogspot.com/.