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.
No more obligatory eyecandy pic of the day. Things are getting ugly.
I forgot to add in Episode 14 blind owner basically forced Kevin to leave without explaining why but again this is a series where everybody know everybody’s secret so frankly, they need not explain why to one another. They just know.
So in this episode Kevin leaves and there is smirking Ruco waiting by the car and basically sneered sarcastically;
“I thought I had to think of a plan to force you to leave but in the end, I didn’t have to”
But Kevin explained he may have left but he is still there watching over Ruco, hoping he doesn’t take the bad route. Ruco of course told him to mind his own business, in a not so gentle way.
At home things are awkward between brothers and before Kevin can say anything Ruco rushes to Kevin and asks;
“Surely something can be done?”
And he explains to his parents he got Kevin fired because of a mistake he did. Kevin looks at Ruco, startled at Ruco’s ability to twist facts. His parents blamed neither. Alone, Kevin asked Ruco why he did what he did and Ruco sneered (a lot of sneering);
“I gave you a perfect excuse so they need not ask too many questions, moreover I gave you opportunity to look like the good guy”
Again Kevin patiently hopes Ruco don’t become bad but two factors will bulldoze that;
1. Shallow Jan who in this episode turns exceedingly shallow;
2, Angry Ruco who after this episode will become bad Ruco thus justifying Shallow Jan and Frowning Kevin to be together. Urghhh.
First, point 1.
Tavia’s father sold the house and wants to move to Philipines to open a detective agency and all I care is my precious time wasted at some useless storyline. Tavia had to move to Samantha and on the way, proving HK is indeed so very small, she bumps into Kevin and asks what’s wrong. There Tavia hiccups yet again which stopped being endearing like 5 episodes before. Anyway she told him to mind his own business and guess what? Ambulance passes by, Kevin runs towards it and inside is Tavia, very sick. Apparently got something to do with the hiccups, some hereditary thing which means it will happen again and Ruco will cause Tavia to die and Kevin to go full war on Ruco, I think. Anyway he stays the whole time and Samantha asks why he is denying his feelings and Kevin says it is personal and he leaves to go hiking and camping, alone. Very very solitary stuff.
Tavia waits for Kevin at the hospital but he never arrives. Samantha tells Tavia how concerned he was and finally Tavia said;
“I know what he is wary about. Let’s go, he won’t come”
So.. Shallow Jan finally smartens up.
Meanwhile point 2.
Ruco is now head of security and Vivien asks boss why not get rid of both brothers but he says;
“One was a cop and he will never bend the rules. The other one was a thief and once a thief, always a thief. Perhaps he will cooperate with us”
We are told who blind guy is when he visits an old accomplice. Apparently like Ruco and Tony, he was once a thief selling works of art. He became rich through own hard work and investment but when he can’t buy whatever he wants, he will steal for his own private collection. The friend has something he wants. Some painting and that is where Ruco comes in.
Ruco sees Vivien and old man having a drink at the cafe and at the same time smoke is coming out of Vivien’s room. He goes in and discovers the secret passage way leading to the old man’s room and a secret door and he tells that useless Jonathan to stall old man and he takes his gadget and get into the room and inside, collection of stuff and one of which is the necklace. He takes it and discovers it is a fake and that’s when Vivien walks in pointing a gun at him and this is where the most badass scene occurs.
The old man marvels at Ruco’s ability to get inside under 10 minutes and Vivien even compliments Ruco that his surgery was so very successful and “Your surgeon did a fine job”. I agree!! Anyway old man propositions to Ruco for one final job; to steal a painting and he will get the real necklace as a reward. Ruco sneers yet again and threw down the fake necklace angrily and says;
“Do you think I will help the people who ruined my life and my face?!”
Ahh old man says;
“I know you won’t so easily say yes. You’re still angry… Hon Sun, stand in front of me” and she obliges, he touches her cheek, takes out a pocket blade (which is a normal usual stationary so one wonders why anyone takes this around if not for sinister reasons?) and basically cut Vivien’s cheek deeply and she doesn’t yell, doesn’t flinch. He asks her is she ok and she grudgingly says she is fine and he tells Ruco;
“She ruined your looks, now I have ruined hers as payback”
And Ruco kinda looked surprised at the badass scene and says calmly;
“I will think about your proposition”.
Quite possibly the best scene in entire series because I don’t know, old man is so cruel, Vivien is so cool and Ruco is so calm. I didn’t expect that scene so kudos for originality in that sense.
Tony takes Samantha home to see grandma and grandma ensures Samantha agree to marry Tony. So Tony tells her the truth; that he is a professional thief. She feels cheated and leaves. Later she realises she misses him and he sends her picture evidence of his crimes and promises never to steal ever again or she can report him to the police with the evidence and then he appears before her, she tearfully tells him she truly loves him and will accept him and she realises she has to be brave to love and he promises he will never ever steal again and will find a way to earn a decent living. Tavia tearfully sees what she sees and says to herself that true, one has to be brave to love.
And so comes the stupidest scene next.
She goes to the hotel to find Kevin, carrying her art book (probably full of doodles of Kevin and hearts and Mrs Szeto Shun every where) and is shocked to see Ruco who sarcastically tells her surely being her mentor Kevin would have told her and if she has anything for him, find him at home and he looks pissed.
So she waits for him at home, Kevin on his way back so Ruco goes down and tells her Kevin is in Taiwan, not here and so she leaves reluctantly. Kevin returns and see Tavia despondently walking away and Ruco turns back and walks past him and sneered;
“And you want people to believe there is nothing between the both of you…”
Oh the sarcasm.
Must stop here for awhile. Yes, Ruco is selfish but come on Shallow Jan, you just dumped him in such a crude and cruel way and now you say you must be brave to love and now wants to convince Kevin to love you? Give it a break! Give the brothers time! Even Kdramas which is ALL ABOUT SA-RANG will say;
“ani, ani, ani , geugeon jeongmal jalmos ibnida!”
Google translates this from “no, no, no, that is so wrong!”
She is seriously annoying. Already this brother is trying to keep the other bro’s one feet from entering life of crime, if he starts dating her NOW, the other foot surely is in and Ruco will be lost forever! In real life, if you want to break a family apart, do that. Love isn’t about being brave Jan, this is not the case. Love is about being patient, just bloody wait!
It wouldn’t be this way if the story is tweaked a bit; that Jan doesn’t know Ruco is Kevin and that they’re twins. That way her actions are more innocent and therefore I won’t feel selfishness and disgust. Unfortunately she knows and all her actions thereafter seems to only concern about herself. Yes Ruco should grow up but come on, common sense! What poor writing or maybe we are supposed to dislike Jan? I mean Tavia is convincing with the hiccups but not for other factors. She reminds me of Princess Rachel from Brother’s Keeper. Oh how I hated that high maintenance girl.
Anyway Tavia calls Kevin and Ruco stares at Kevin who knows Ruco is watching but the one on the phone is Jade Leung.
Kevin sees Jade who cries her heart out at finding romance with all the wrong man and why can’t she find a man like him and she cries on his shoulder and he looks conflicted, a bit.
Nahhhhh his heart is with Tavia and I suppose we are supposed to go “Oh no Kevin don’t deny your heart’s desire, go for Tavia! Go for her and to hell with Ruco!!”
Well, now is too soon. Maybe in a few more episodes. Well, 5 more till the end so it won’t be long but I seriously hope Tavia dies and so Ruco’s end is no redemption but total immersion in his evilness.
Like this dude from My Love From The Star (one of the millions of variations of the title which frankly I am not sure which is the true one);
If there is one character that has the word EVIL chopped on his forehead, this man has it. I am not saying acting is fantastic because he is so obviously EVIL that it is painful to watch (but then K-drama acting is always the “Never Leave Any Doubt To The Viewers” school of acting so maybe he is excellent in that sense) but I wanna say this character has total immersion in his evilness that even when an alien with super powers dangles him on top of a building and threatening to throw him off the building, he laughed. Yeap, absolute evilness. I want Ruco to have this sort of badass total emersion in evilness but less comical in a sense. You know what I mean!
This far, I don’t see it that way. The villains in K-drama even when on the run has perfectly combed hair. In fact, good guys = hair down, bad guys = hair combed up, nerdy = centre parting.
Anyway Ruco was fantastic but I fear the writing may fail him. Kevin tries very hard to be very patient and Tavia is given a thankless role that shouldn’t even exist, more so given to a very capable actress and making her seem so very ordinary and annoying.
Blind boss role is intriguing but why he did bad things to me is you know.. shallow. I am not convinced but I suppose there are art collectors who will kill to get what he wants
Vivien may not be the best actress or prettiest but her scene in this episode is to me the best for a female character. I suppose she will hate Ruco from now on? You know what, I want Ruco to have affair with her Hon Sun as a play on 2 similar people with agendas of their own finding each other sexually attractive. Now that’s sexy.
Eye In The Sky has so much promise but I suppose whoever produced this knew 20 episodes may be a stretch hence why it is only 20 episodes and not 25 or something like that. I hope it ends on a good note; happy or not I don’t care. Just let Ruco kill someone so that he can be totally evil like the guy I posted above; maniacally evil beyond redemption.
- [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
- [TV Commentary] “Eye in the Sky” Episode 14
This commentary is written by Funn Lim, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com and was originally posted at www.point2e.com.