“Always and Ever” Peaked at 31 Points in Premiere Week
Always and Ever <情逆三世緣> premiered last week and even though ratings were satisfactory, not all viewers are happy with the drama. Besides netizens who pointed out mistakes during last week’s episode, in which a metal fence was visible during an outdoor filming scene, TVB received six complaints on the plot being illogical.
JJ’s Death Was Not Mourned
In episode 3, the emperor’s (KK Cheung 張國強) son dies from a fatal allergic reaction to peanuts. Bao Zheng (Bobby Au Yeung 歐陽震華) and Han Sheung Sheung (Esther Kwan 關詠荷) are burdened with the responsibility of solving the mystery, and soon, evidence points to Concubine Yin (JJ Jia 賈曉晨). Thinking that Concubine Yin purposely put peanuts in the desserts to murder the prince, she is given the death sentence. Although Bao Zheng and Sheung Sheung believe she is innocent, they are unable to find evidence to save her.
During the process, it was revealed that Concubine Yin was the lost daughter of Kung Suen Chak (Ram Chiang 蔣志光) and in order to save his daughter’s life, he planned to break into prison. However, in the end, Concubine Yin could not escape the tragic fate and killed herself to protect her father.
Right after JJ’s character dies, however, not much is shown to mourn over her death, and instead, the storyline jumps to where the emperor reunites with his long lost son, Chiu Ching (Adrian Chau 周志文). The emperor, ecstatic about this reunion, awards Bao Zheng with a feast, while Kung Suen Chak, who recently lost his daughter, did not show an ounce of sadness and simply stated that it has been a while since they had a happy celebration. He also joked with Bao Zheng on how to pursue women.
The plot then jumps again. In episode 5, the entire episode was solely focused on an outbreak of smallpox in a village – making Always and Ever seem more like a medical drama.
TVB Receives Six Complaints
TVB received six complaints for having an illogical storyline, historical inaccuracies, boring and plagiarized details, and filming mistakes. Luckily, the Bobby-Esther power duo managed to save the show’s ratings despite complaints and earned high praises for their acting. Always and Ever averaged 28 ratings points and peaked at 31 points, drawing in over 1.99 million viewers, surpassing the earlier broadcast of Karma Rider <師父．明白了> by 5 ratings points.
Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II> increased by 2 ratings points, averaging 31 points and peaking at 32 points with approximately 2.05 million viewers.
Source: Apple Daily
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.