TVB’s new horror drama Barrack O’Karma <金宵大廈> is on it way to be TVB’s best drama for 2019, but only time will tell if it would be able to keep up with its own pace.
Starring Joel Chan (陳山聰) and Selena Lee (李施嬅), the 20-episode serial is set in an old apartment building that is haunted by supernatural forces. It is written by Ruby Law (羅佩清), Yeung Suet-yee (楊雪兒), and Yeung Yan-wing (楊欣穎), the same writers who helmed the 2017 hit series The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的>.
The first episode, which aired on September 16th, received near unanimous praise by critics and netizens alike, praising the drama’s good execution of horror and thrill. The first four minutes of the premiere, which featured Joel Chan surveying the halls of the haunted building, was touted by critics as one of TVB’s scariest moments since 2005’s The Zone <奇幻潮>. The drama’s second story arc “Infant” <嬰>, in which the villain had a good ending, was unpredictable and quite unexpected for a typical TVB serial. But the villain’s true ending, which may reveal at the end of the 20-episode arc, is still unknown.
The main romance arc in the series, carried by Joel and Selena, has also been receiving praise for its subtlety. Many viewers have found themselves already invested in their relationship two episodes in. Joel and Selena have a star-crossed romance that spans different generations and lifetimes.
Among online polls, Barrack O’Karma is heading its way to de-throne ViuTV’s Limited Education <教束>, a series about Hong Kong’s education system, as Hong Kong’s best “legendary drama” of the year. But whether or not Barrack O’Karma will hold that title in the end will all depend on how the next 15 episodes will play out. Will the series fall under the same “plastic” fate as other TVB dramas? Only time will tell.
“Barrack O’Karma” Trailer
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.