A new show for me again! This time, it’s cable channel, JTBC’s ‘Knowing Brothers’ — a super crazy variety show. Crazy, because the cast is made up of crazy peeps that are not afraid to dig into each others wounds (don’t worry, they’re still buddies offscreen…I hope) and give no mercy to the guests. Airing since Dec. 2015, we have now just reached episode 90.
Brother School: High school concept where the cast members are students in a classroom while the guests would come as newly transferred students.
“Entrance Application”: Guests have their application form read by cast members and the others would comment on them. A highlight of this segment is the guest’s preference for desk buddy among the cast.
“Guess About Me”: Guests ask prepared questions about themselves and members would have to guess. Usually reveals previously untold stories.
TVB is back again, with another “blockbuster” following the success of My Unfair Lady (不懂撒嬌的女人) — sort of, since both were technically pre-produced as always with HK dramas. Vincent Wong is definitely in for his second heyday (if heydays do technically exist with TVB), but his role as Hope Man/文申俠 the blind lawyer is quite a performance.
I typically don’t watch Taiwanese dramas because they make me cringe. Aegyo can make someone cringe, but the Taiwanese version is on a whole different level — the way Taiwanese girls speak tho -_-. Refresh Man is a 2016 Taiwanese drama starring Aaron Yan, Joanne Tseng, Lene Lai and Jack Lee, and it follows the story of how an underperforming department finds their motivation again and the success they once had.
Okay. So I am old enough to have watched the original run of Triumph in the Skies (2003), but in my defense, I was still a kid. Triumph in the Skies is one of the best dramas that TVB has ever had to offer, boasting intricately woven stories of pilots working for the fictional airline, Solar Airways (based on Cathay Pacific). With its success, obviously TVB wanted to make a sequel in 2006, but this did not happen until 2011-2012, when TVB finally found an airline willing to do this partnership, thus producing Triumph in the Skies II that aired back in 2013 — a whole 10 years later.
Samuel Tong (Francis Ng) puts his career as a pilot on hold after the death of his wife, Zoe. After encountering Holiday Ho (Fala Chen), he finally succeeds in recreating the cake he promised his late wife, and he returns to Hong Kong to Skylette Airlines and flies again. He meets Captain Jayden “Captain Cool” Koo (Julian Cheung), and the two become rivals in love and in style as pilots.
Holiday arrives in HK for pilot training (PPP — Pre-pilot Project), after resolving her lingering regrets about her boyfriend who died in an aviation accident.
Jayden’s younger sister Summer Koo (Myolie Wu) is an aircraft maintenance technician, and she bears 20 yr grudges against her brother. Samuel’s younger brother Issac (Ron Ng), due to Summer’s uncanny physical resemblance to dead his sister-in-law Zoe, takes special interest in her and helps repair the relationship between Summer and her brother. They fall for each other, but the resemblance to Zoe causes problems for them.
First Officer Roy Ko (Kenneth Ma) is unable to find his path in love, even going as far as dating two girls simultaneously. After finding a confident in Heather Fong (Elena Kong), a senior purser, Roy and she become close associates, and their relationship even takes a more romantic turn.
Jim Jim (Him Law), who used to be a star HK swimmer retires and decides to enroll in PPP to find a new passion while he is in his youth. He falls in love with CoCo Ling (Nancy Wu), who is to be a surrogate mother for her friend.
I usually don’t list the directors in the little chart I grab from the Wikipedia article, but ‘The Best Hit’ aka ‘Hit the Top’ has directors that are noteworthy; actor and 1N2D member Cha Tae Hyun, 1N2D PD Yoo Ho Jin, and Kim Sanghoon.
Given the Variety element, The Best Hit promises fun 🙂
SPOILERS ALERT: DO NOT READ IF YOU WISH TO AVOID SPOILERS FOR EPISODES 355-359
Running Man ‘I Go Sticker Race’ EP 355-359 (?) Thoughts
Recent episodes 355 to 359 that have been airing after the conclusion of the ‘Most Dangerous Tourism Sites’ Race, the splurging on plane tickets by the RM production team seems to be continuing with the ‘I Go Sticker’ Race, where the member and his/her selected buddy who has acquired 3 I-Go stickers will have to go to a destination recommended by 1% of viewers who submitted an exciting attraction. These attractions are not only fairly unknown, but also guarantee a frightful adrenaline rush — with the exception of the Crater of Diamonds Park in Arkansas. Is all this money being spent on such global races worth it?
355: Find no.1 places, complete the missions and obtain as many stamps to avoid receiving I-Go Stickers
356: Complete missions by being discordance with other members to retain as much money as possible and avoid receiving I-Go Stickers
357: Get the most amount of money by completing missions to avoid receiving I-Go Stickers
358: Prevent the thieves from eliminating the sheriff and acquiring 2 ‘I Go Stickers’ that can be assigned to any member(s) upon their discretion.
I normally don’t watch Mainland Chinese dramas because the ones I see around are based in time periods that are so out of touch with me (be it the 60’s, WWII era, or 1910-ish) and also I have heard that some of them are blatantly forms of propaganda. However, I came across ‘Dr. Qin’ on YouTube, and I was like – wow, forensics? Chinese? This is different. So, I gave it a try, and here’s my
‘My Father is Strange’ is a 50 episode weekend drama. Yes, it is long, and not one of those “hip” dramas that have a weekday timeslot. However, with enough youthful romance and concerns relevant to those in their teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, and so forth, this family drama is solid as a family drama — it lives up to its genre.