HK Dramas

Eye in the Sky Episodes 1 to 5 thoughts

When you say ‘TVB series’ nowadays, the response tends to be – well, not so complimentary things. Whether it’s the low budget, or the recycled plots, or a bunch of newbies with questionable acting skills, or the same few people singing the theme songs… I can go on. However, Eye in the Sky is THE series a lot of people have been waiting for right? I mean, a series with Kevin Cheng, Tavia Yeung AND Ruco Chan? I don’t even need to read the synopsis to at least check out the first 5 episodes!

 

But here it is anyway (source – TVB):

Former regional crime unit officer SZETO SHUN (Kevin Cheng), who is suspected in connection to an alleged arson, has to resign from the police force and change his career to join a security company, where he encounters CHENG NIK-HANG (Ruco Chan).  Although SHUN, the former elite cop, seems a bit aloof, he is very observant, and often recognizes rarely-known clues from surveillance videos to help solve criminal cases.  NIK-HANG’s thoughts and tenor of his ways are similar to SHUN’s, and he is also excellent at work.  Gradually, the two become good friends.

 

Their supervisor KONG WUI-HOI (Lau Kong) also considers the two as his right-hand men until a private detective NG CHUN-NI (Tavia Yeung) appears.  CHUN-NI mistakes SHUN for her old friend, triggering a dispute between the two.  That makes SHUN reflect on the past event that he almost forgets about, which turns out to be involving the suspected arsonist.  CHUN-NI, who is gifted with an eidetic memory, goes to probe into the matter together with SHUN and NIK-HANG.  Unexpectedly, the closer they get to the full truth, the more intense the conflict between reason and law becomes.  On top of that, the relationship among the three also undergoes a drastic change……

 

If you are looking for a recap of the series, Drama For Real and Hong Kong TV Series Critic are recapping it. I also enjoy reading Funn’s Ruco-centric commentaries on this series.

The Story

Despite TVB’s not so great reputation nowadays they can still manage a decent beginning, especially for crime solving / police dramas. (Think: Line Walker, Lives of Omission). However, it can also descend to crazy town right at the end so let’s just say I’m not holding my breath. There was a lot of story covered in the first week though, stuff which usually happens over 20 eps?

 

Szeto Shun (Kevin Cheng) was born for investigative work. In the police force, he was able to use the vast CCTV systems to observe and catch criminals before everyone else realise what’s even going on. He believes the ‘eyes in the sky’ are the evidence he needs to catch criminals. No one can escape if they’re caught on camera.

 

However, Szeto was the prime suspect in an arson case – because security cameras caught him (or a guy who looks exactly like him) on the premises before the fire started. Despite having an alibi for the night of the arson, his colleagues at the police force doesn’t really believe him. So Szeto quits in order to investigate on his own.

The ‘real’ Szeto Sir vs The ‘fake’ one (before he became Ruco)

 

In his new career as the chief security of a luxury serviced apartment building, Szeto hires the bright and capable Cheng Lik Hang / Ah Lik (Ruco Chan). Despite Szeto’s high expectations and not so friendly personality, there seems to be a ‘connection’ between Szeto and Ah Lik. They share similar interests and motivations so they become friends very, very quickly. Szeto’s mum even commented this is the first time Szeto brought a friend back home for dinner. Suspicious much? That’s because it was revealed in episode 5 that Szeto and Ah Lik are actually long lost twins!

 

I think it’s fairly obvious that Ah Lik was the arsonist. After an 18 month disappearance, Ah Lik changed his appearance completely so he no longer looks like Szeto. Of course the question is – why did Ah Lik come back? What are his motivations? Is he the evil twin?

Noticed I haven’t mentioned Jan (Tavia Yeung)’s role in this although she is quite critical here. I thought we were in for the quickest OTP in history when she and ‘Szeto Sir’ (not the real one) spent some sexy times together in the FIRST episode. I also thought their interactions in that little tryst were rather cute and I was quite ready to jump on that ship already. Except it’s rather confusing because that was the fake Szeto. I’m guessing the real Ruco Ah Lik can’t be as playful now as he is hiding his true identity. Damn. Who can resist a handsome bad guy?

 

The Cast

I’m not sure the percentage of viewers who tuned in especially for this cast but I bet there’s a lot of them. Afterall, Kevin Cheng hasn’t appeared in a TVB series since 2012’s Ghetto Justice 2. In addition, Ruco Chan and Tavia Yeung are both established leading actors in their own right. So this trio is a win. I didn’t realise how much I missed Kevin Cheng on my screen! (Didn’t watch the dramas he made in China…) My little confession here is that I used to like him back in the 90s, when he had the nickname ‘Baseball Boy’… OMG I feel old. Not to mention The Seventh Day is one of my favourite series forever… AND he made some of the better TVB series in recent years (Last One Standing, A Fistful of Stances, Ghetto Justice etc).

 

However, despite my long, but not crazy history, in my opinion Ruco Chan has the slight upper hand (at least in week 1) because Ruco’s character is the ambiguous one – is he good or bad? (I’m assuming he is the evil one but at this early stage, it’s not very clear.) There is a lot of potential in Ruco’s character, not to mention bad guys are always more interesting. So at the moment I want to see more of Ruco’s backstory – what happened in the missing 18 months? How does he actually feel about Tavia? LOL.

This flashing memory recall thing could get annoying later

This flashing memory recall thing could get annoying later

Now Tavia is an actress I’ve always feel quite neutral about. I wouldn’t consider her ‘beautiful’ but her acting is quite natural. Her role here, Jan, reminds me a lot of Sai Lei Mui (from The Mysteries of Love)? Maybe it’s the styling and the personality? Not very ambitious and happy to stay in the background.  The difference here, is that she is very talented. Since the use of CCTV hasn’t really been that prominently featured in this series (yet), maybe Jan is the real ‘eye in the sky’. Every single detail she sees, she stores it in her memory. She’s like a human video camera and can even go back years to find some obscure detail. The synopsis describes it as ‘eidetic memory’, which according to Wikipedia is “an ability to recall images, sounds, or objects in memory after only a few instants of exposure, with high precision for some time after exposure.” Interesting. Never heard that word before. Who says dramas are not useful?

 

With three strong main cast members I can’t be greedy and expect all the supporting actors to be good. I probably watch 2 or 3 TVB series a year and Samantha Ko seem to feature in a lot of them. Despite her high appearance rate, her acting isn’t all that great. She’s becoming more watchable though, and doesn’t offend.

 

In contrast, this is the first time I’ve seen Tony Hung in a series and… so far, he’s doing nothing for me. When he was trying to chat up Samantha’s character (Agatha), he’s just coming across as creepy and pervy. Not a great combination. He doesn’t have much to do yet which could be a blessing. The best thing about Tony’s character… is his fake name! The one he used to check into the serviced apartment. (Lun Tai Lun) OMG, I almost died laughing. The joke is a bit old now, but it’s still hilarious.

 

 

 

Looking forward to…

 

More smirking from Ah Lik – it’s funny to see the look on his face when Jan recounts her night with ‘fake’ Szeto. I wonder how long it’ll take the real Szeto to discover the truth though? Will it be in week 2 since everything is happening so quickly?

The love triangle – So far, I see potential in both couples. Especially when Szeto starts to mentor Jan to develop her investigative skills. Not to mention, Ah Lik must’ve felt *something* for her if they slept together right?!?! If Ah Lik is really the ‘bad guy’ though the ending is only going to head towards one direction (see the poster?). But there was a lot of chemistry between Ah Lik and Jan, at least in episode 1. But hang on, that was Kevin playing Ruco… but Ruco’s ‘real’ character is rather charming… hrm. More confusion!

 

 

Overall

After watching 3 HKTV series I definitely noticed the difference. That supposedly ‘luxury’ apartment building had such bad (and cheap) decor and the supposed rooftop has appeared in so many series now (I can think of Bounty Lady and Overachievers just off the top of my head) it’s becoming very unrealistic. However, the most important aspect of a drama – the story (the cast follows closely behind lol) is interesting and after 5 episodes, there’s enough to hook the audience in.

 

It is looking rather promising so far, but as usual, I don’t want to get my hopes up!

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Rachel
    March 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    This is the one TVB drama i’m interested in in the recent months. I love all three leading actors, but I especially have a soft spot for Kevin and have been a huge fan of him for forever! So glad he’s back in a Cantonese speaking drama! (The Seventh Day was also my favorite, Kevin/Niki was my OTP for theee longest time)

    I also agree with you, no matter how lame TVB dramas have been recently, they seem to have a knack for making decent police dramas and i really like this one…more so than Line Walker…because of the pacing and the serious/mysterious scenes and the occasional comedic scenes.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing how Ruco’s character unfold and definitely agree that he has a lot of potential to shine with the character Ah Lik. but i’m also interested to seeing how Kevin deals with the conflict of turning in his own twin brother or going against the laws and his beliefs and letting him go. Really excited to see all that!

    • Reply
      kat
      March 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Kevin/Niki!!!! I love them too… it is sad what happened to them since, and it would be weird now if they collaborate again so we’ll have to live with the good ol’ memories.

      Yeah~ I just watched eps 6-8 last night and they were so intense! Ruco is definitely the most interesting character at the moment. Kevin is still a bit flat but I guess his character is not very expressive. (and we’re more forgiving of him LOL.)

      Not sure whether I like this more than Line Walker right now (since LW was quite good in the middle), but it’s definitely very exciting and enjoyable!!! 😀

  • Reply
    Anna
    March 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for the blog mention! I’m really enjoying watching and recapping this drama…and staring at Kevin and Ruco’s beautiul faces. And It definitely helps that there’s SO much plot development in just a few episodes.

    I feel the same way about missing seeing Kevin in TVB dramas, so this was a very welcomed reunion haha. “Fistful of Stances” will probably always be my fave Kevin drama (and of all time). Was never the biggest fan of Tavia, but she’s definitely been better in the past couple of years. I totally get that “Mysteries of Love” vibe with her Jan character too, but I really hope that she doesn’t turn out as ridiculous and irrational as her MOL character. Love Raymond, but that drama was not for me. I’m so confused as to how I’m supposed to feel about Ruco’s character in this though because they are obviously setting him up to be the bad guy of the show…but he’s just so freakin’ charming!

    Still not as good as “Line Walker” (for now at least), but so far, so good!

    • Reply
      kat
      March 13, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Love the recaps!! I 😀 😀 They’re entertaining and so much fun. Who doesn’t love watching Kevin and Ruco!! Ahh the eyecandy.

      You’re right that there’s so much going on. I was watching ep 6 last night and at the end of it though – whoa my head is spinning and wondered how they fit all of that in 45 minutes.

      I don’t remember much of MOL now, except I didn’t really like it. :S Even Ray couldn’t save it!

      About Ruco… was feeling SO BAD for him but then what he did at the end of ep 8 was… I don’t know how I feel about him anymore. It could just be the turning point.

      • Reply
        Anna
        March 14, 2015 at 12:54 am

        The mooncake box, right?! That was some MESSED UP stuff. The whole time I was watching, I was just like, “Wowww…Ruco, you crazy.” When even Terry is shaking his head, then you know that it’s not cool. I think that just showed the truer side of Lik, and not the charming guy we normally see.

        Btw, totally did not know that Terry’s name, “Lun Tai Lun,” was an inside joke. But hahaha that Louis Koo commercial! I love me some Louis…but it’s a no on the mandarin skills lol.

        • Reply
          kat
          March 15, 2015 at 1:47 am

          Yessss that scene! Although the more I think about it, I’m becoming more forgiving of Ah Lik… plus the old lady even benefited from it. Hmmmm so conflicting!!!!

          Haha that is why whenever I read rumours of Louis and Chen Qiao En I just can’t believe it~ If he was dating a Mandarin speaker surely he would’ve improved. There’re more vids on YouTube which are even funnier lool, poor Louis.

  • Reply
    pollytanwong
    March 16, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I think Kevin is just super duper in this series and will always give him my support! He gives a polished performance and with the other two very excellent leads the series is ‘mou tak deng’!

    • Reply
      kat
      March 17, 2015 at 12:31 am

      Hahaha yes this series is rekindling my love for Kevin, although Ruco is also very good here. I just can’t wait to watch the next episodes…

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