[TV Commentary] “Eye in the Sky” Episode 14
Eye in the Sky <天眼>
TVB Drama 2015
Executive Producer: Catherine Tsang
Genre: Crime Thriller
Number of Episodes: 20
Cast: Kevin Cheng, Ruco Chan, Tavia Yeung, Tony Hung, Vivien Yeo
The following is not a recap but a commentary on the particular episode in the title. Major spoilers and Ruco Chan-love alert. Originally posted at www.point2e.com.
Obligatory eyecandy pic of the day …
I decided to take a break from Lik and eyecandy pics of Lik because he is not that eyecandy anymore. Not that he is terrible but Lik’s descend is expected and not that sudden but totally understandable. So I am posting Ruco as Ruco himself in a rare nice photoshoot.
As for Episode 14, epic. Absolutely epic and I am not sure it is in a good way.
Let me gather my thoughts for a while …Just a snippet for now… Ruco blames Law Lan for his predicament and declared;
“Ho Yee Ku ruined my life!!”
Quite true… but I shall say Jan played a huge part in it and he doesn’t blame Jan when he should. Maybe he will. Or maybe his mind will be so twisted he just doesn’t know why he hate in the first place.
Ok, let me think first how to recap this epic but not always in a good way episode …
Ok thought about it and let’s just summarise as this;
Ep 12 is Ruco at his happiest, Ep 13 is Ruco at his saddest/angriest and so Ep 14 is Ruco at the start of what will become the worst of him.
He is still angry in the morning and it isn’t helping that his parents, very worried opened a chatroom with just Kevin to discuss about Ruco and Ruco being self conscious thinks they were backstabbing him. Kevin tried to explain, he did, he really did but at that point Ruco was beyond any persuasion and quite simply said with a hint of malice;
“You all have never really accepted me into this family. If you have, you wouldn’t be talking behind my back. But I can’t blame you nor father and mother. Who can live with a stranger? No I don’t blame you all for my predicament. I blame Hor Yee Ku. She is the reason why we are separated for over 30 years. She is the reason why I could have had your life, your education and an equal chance in life instead of living as I did. It is her fault!”
Kevin is very alarmed. Later Ruco asks Tony to do something for him; he wants revenge, he wants to hurt Hor Yee Ku, not to kill her but to maim her cat. Tony feels that is too much, they have already stole her savings and she is living a miserable life, enough is enough but Ruco so angry tells Tony if he isn’t helping so be it. The scene stops there.
Kevin still worried remember Ruco’s words and worries for Hor Yee Ku and goes in search and finds her stroking her cat, all well. She remembers Kevin and asks;
“Have you found your twin yet? (Kevin says yes) Oh he must look like you doesn’t he? I am truly very sorry for my greed, for my selfishness. But you know, I am getting my just desserts. My son? I thought he is accepting me again and treating me kindly but in the end it is just pretend. He just doesn’t want to be blamed and questioned by relatives for ignoring me so he pretended to be good to me. How can I complain about his treatment? I deserve it. I deserve it all for the sins I have done to your brother, the anguish to your family. I am old now and all I have as my companion is my cat. I am fine, I will have my punishment waiting for me after I am dead as well. I can never repay my sins, and I blame no one for the state I am in now. I deserve it all”
And Kevin was moved by her sincerity and asked for her phone to put his number in it and told her to call him if anything.
Meanwhile Kevin tells the agency, Samantha and gang he is not going to be their consultant anymore for personal reasons. Tavia knocks some tea or something and he wants to hand her a tissue but decided not to and then leave. Tavia runs after him, angry and shouting;
“Why won’t you admit it? Why won’t you admit you like me too? Why are you running away?!”
Kevin calmly explains why; his love for her was through his telepathy link with Ruco when in actual fact he doesn’t feel that way. Tavia couldn’t believe it, she argues about her memory and how she saw how concerned he was when the tea poured on her, etc etc but Kevin was done talking when he finally said;
“I admit I may have thought I liked you but no, I don’t anymore”
Or something to that effect. Tavia looks sad. And here I was thinking, errr what do you expect? You just dumped his long lost brother he just found after 30 plus years of separation and the dumping part was so ugly you expect to have him confess his love and marry you and then for the next few decades endure the most awkward reunion dinners ever? Who wrote this script? How juvenile is this? How shallow Jan be?
Back at home, Kevin sees Ruco but his face a bit bruised. Flashback; basically Ruco punches Tony, Tony punches Ruco, Ruco see Law Lan and wanted to do something terrible and police nearby and so they had to leave. Ruco now very angry with Tony refused to take his calls and even deleted Tony’s number from his phone.
Kevin again tries to persuade Ruco not to go the wrong way but Ruco hates Law Lan so much he tracks her and poisons her cat. Law Lan so distraught ran with the cat to find a vet and she remembered Kevin’s message and so tried calling him when a van nearly hit her, she fell back, hit he head on the wall or something and laid there dying for the next 5 minutes or so. Ruco was there, he was surprised when she fell and he never intended to kill her but when she was on the floor, twitching and dying, looking very pitiful, he stared at her satisfyingly and did nothing to help her and in the end walked away after watching her die.
Back in office, Kevin is approached by police. It seems they’re checking Law Lan’s death and asks Kevin why she called him and the revealed the eye in the sky aka CCTV showed clearly how her death was accidental BUT Ruco stood by looking at her die. Ruco was interviewed and he simply said he didn’t see the blood and thought she was a vagabond sleeping on the streets. Kevin couldn’t believe what he heard and went to pay final respect to Law Lan at the mortuary and cried his heart out for all the innocence lost;
“I… am .. I am so sorry for what he did… if he had called the police earlier, you may not have died… I am very sorry”
He sees Tony and threatens to punch Tony and asks if Tony participated and all that but Tony was shaken as well and cried how Ruco could change so drastically, how he couldn’t let go, how he just wanted to poison the cat but never realised he could have gone so much as to see her die, etc etc. Tony then reveal their past fully to Kevin so basically Kevin knows Ruco’s background now, as a thief, smuggler, Mr Pittman and the necklace.
Back at home, Kevin confronts Ruco but wears the most patient but boiling look, that inside he is ready to scream but outside, he tries very hard to appear calm as he asked Ruco why can’t he just let go? Ruco sneered;
“Easy for you to say. She caused my misery and please don’t blame her death on me. I didn’t kill her, she fell and that was her comeuppance, a repayment for her sin to which I am absolutely not sorry”
The parents notice both brothers seem cold to each other. Kevin confronts Ruco again and again and this time Ruco smiles menacingly as he said;
“So you know about my past? Fine. There is no need to pretend anymore. I will do what I do, get my revenge, get back the necklace and then I will come home and be the dutiful son.”
And then something happened that made me question the sanity of the writers.
But first, blind owner and Vivien correctly deduces who is Ruco and his relationship with Kevin. You know what? Except for shallow Jan, everybody knows who is everybody except they have no proof.
Back to the insanity of the writers.
Jonathan is broke so he is in a tenant’s apartment to steal watch and handphone when Ruco catches him in the act and is willing to let him go. Why?
This is the insanity part.
Kevin finds a watch and a handphone in his drawers. SEE!! SEE!! Crazy!
Owner comes complaining, suggestions are made to use some tracking app, calls made and phones ring and Kevin is accused except that is his own phone and the owner finds his phone and watch back in his own place!! Ruco looks at Kevin, sneering, as if applauding how smart Kevin is. Yeah… but I weep for how idiotic this is making Ruco look!! Oh come on, if you wanna frame someone, especially someone like Kevin who doesn’t need the phone or watch, can’t you think of a better way?!
At the rooftop Kevin meets with Ruco and full of strained patience says;
“Can’t you stop now?”
And Ruco immediately goes right up to Kevin’s face and looking very threatening says;
“Once a thief, always a thief eh? Well guess what? That’s not the case. You made a wrong assumption about me. Remember, you won’t always be at the top, I will get there soon enough to displace you! Remember that!”
Ok… now is ALL OUT WAR!!!!!!!!!!
Kevin looks even more … strained.
Meanwhile, Tony sits alone in the dark park and Samantha finds him and asks him what’s wrong and Tony cries his heart out as he laments;
“I have lost him! I have lost my best friend in life! I have lost him forever!”
And he cried and cried and cried.
So… the descend of Ruco and it is mighty interesting. I love the interaction between Kevin and Ruco. Ruco makes Kevin a much better actor than the other actors in this series and they play off one another very well. Kevin in particular looks strained, sounds strained, is probably strained acting wise. However, far too many times in this episode Kevin quite simply overacts. He is so deliberate, you can see he is counting himself when to move here, when to bite his lips. All very unnatural BUT this is Kevin at his best even if compared to others, he is at best mediocre. It is just too much of OTT acting for me.
Ruco is in fine form. His sudden lurch at Kevin, his sinister smile, his menacing sneers, the way he removed his glasses as he said to Kevin they need not pretend anymore. He is making Nik into quite a morally questionable character. I get his anger over Hor Yee Ku, frankly I don’t pity her. That is her comeuppance. Kevin could have the bigger heart to forgive her because he didn’t lead the life Ruco did who justifiable hates her. But it goes to a matter of character when someone wants to kill the pet of another, to strip the other of any dignity in life and to stand there to watch that someone die even if he didn’t pull the trigger so to speak, he in a way lost his innocence and anything good in him when he did just that. So Ruco isn’t wrong, legally or even morally but he is condemned. It takes an embedded badness in someone to do what he did and maybe he is beyond redemption. Yes he is getting quite disgusting but I feel for him. I also feel for Kevin of course who is trying to do everything right except he shouldn’t have said “I will not let you lead a life of crime. Don’t you dare do any crime” to which Ruco retorted what can he do? Well arrest him of course. But I don’t like how it is going. I like the strained patient Kevin but I don’t like TVB’s need for a clear moral conscience like ABSOLUTELY NO CRIME AT ALL IS JUSTIFIABLE that is exhibited by Kevin’s character. That can be quite annoying because sometimes a crime is a justifiable crime.
That is until this episode went insane with the frame up by Ruco to Kevin. What was on the writer’s mind? Already we have Shallow Jan and her ridiculous expectation, then we have stupid unnecessary subplots about her father selling the house to buy some franchise right which doesn’t fit into the story, then we have OTT reaction of Ruco’s parents sms-ing one another in chatroom like so obviously doing something and now we have this stupid scene.
Luckily Ruco and Kevin’s scenes dominated this episode and to see the warring brothers is like watching a would be epic Hindi/Tamil movie of a brother who is a cop and another a robber and in between dancing to some songs with some pretty girls with beautiful snow covered mountains as backdrop. Except with such stupidity, it may not get that epic.
And yes, I really dislike Jan who to me is half of the root of the problem. Perhaps the show should have shown Ruco as a more violent boyfriend prior to her breaking up with him but it didn’t. So we are given a shallow girl who just made all the wrong moves and broke the heart of a guy who really really likes her and is at that point, still a decent fellow. In a way Jan helps to turn Ruco into a monster he probably will be.
Except he isn’t quite yet. This series shows Ruco’s descend by killing the cat and watching Hor Yee Ku die. I feel the start of his evilness should have been killing the cat in front of Hor Yee Ku and KILLING Hor Yee Ku. Why go half bucket? Make him a super villain and there is no better disgusting super villain that one who kills pets and old people.
Which is why I said this episode is epic but not in the way it should have been. The writing is to me pretty bad at this point and doesn’t make sense. The only 2 people that keeps me from losing interest is how much more strained Kevin can look and how much more in your face Ruco can get. The rest are quite simply forgettable although Tony gave a fine performance tonight.
- [TV Commentary] “Eye in the Sky” Episodes 1 to 3
- [TV Commentary] “Eye in the Sky” Episode 4
- [TV Commentary] “Eye in the Sky” Episode 5
- [TV Commentary] “Eye in the Sky” Episode 6
- [TV Commentary] “Eye in the Sky” Episode 7
- [TV Commentary] “Eye in the Sky” Episode 8
- [TV Commentary] “Eye in the Sky” Episode 9
- [TV Commentary] “Eye in the Sky” Episode 10
- [TV Commentary] “Eye in the Sky” Episode 11
- [TV Commentary] “Eye in the Sky” Episode 12 and 13
This commentary is written by Funn Lim, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com and was originally posted at www.point2e.com.