It’s been a while since TVB last produced a youthful idol drama, the last being the Hearts of Fencing <四葉草> franchise. Wife Interrupted <救妻同學會>—starring Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞), Moon Lau (劉佩玥), Ashley Chu (朱智賢), and Alvin Ng (伍富橋)—is TVB’s latest attempt, and netizens haven’t been exactly impressed.
Wife Interrupted, which tells the story of a mysterious disappearance, stars Hubert Wu as the hard-working millennial Cyrus who gets kidnapped while he was going Christmas shopping. After waking up and escaping, he discovers that his wife Jill (Moon Lau) was also kidnapped. Cyrus is threatened to turn in HK$100 million to exchange for his wife’s life, but CCB officer Sun Leung (Alvin Ng) arrests him, believing him to be the true suspect. He manages to escape prison, but while on the run, Cyrus discovers that the true suspect may be someone close to home.
Wife Interrupted aired on Sunday to much fanfare and anticipation, but after the broadcast of the first episode, netizens rushed to discussion boards to express their disappointment. Marketed as an idol drama, the cast of Wife Interrupted consists of fresh new faces, but netizens pointed out that a majority of the main cast were born in the 80’s, with an average age of over 28.
Netizens also pointed out at the rawness and unpreparedness of Alvin Ng as the second male lead. The award-winning rookie singer was the replacement of Dickson Yu (余德丞), who had to drop out of the role due to health concerns. Wife Interrupted is Alvin’s first television drama, and his lack of training in acting showed through his wooden performance.
Another criticism that netizens have for Wife Interrupted is the confusing storytelling. The show unwinds its plot through both flashbacks and present day events, and the constant switch in the timeline makes it confusing and hard to follow.
Fortunately, not all is bad. 32-year-old Ashley Chu is earning praises for her sophisticated performance as Cyrus’ old classmate Milan, with netizens calling her the show’s “saving grace.” Rookie actor Telford Wong (黃庭鋒) is also earning positive reviews for his performance as Gino.
Source: Yahoo! HK
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.