Where should I start?
Pros about this series:It is a lighthearted series which you can watch it to enjoy and relax. I kinda struggled finish the last five episodes of this series though. The ending was a happy one but a pretty normal one. It’s fresh to see Calvin Chan and Lin Xia Wei since TVB always use the same casts.
Cons of this series: This series have weak casts such as Jason Chan as the main lead, and there are some newbies too. It can be a pros to have many supporting stars since this series mainly focuses on the cases. If it were focused on the relationships,then I would want a stronger lead. Jason’s acting is so wooden in this drama. His looks is alright but he doesn’t have enough chemistry with Linda Chung.
The cases are heart touching and a bit different since it is about searching for the people you love and you miss. The cases had some flaws that it always end up with a happy ending and people can reunite with their kins so easily and fasts. It’s TVB’s way of finishing many cases so fast and on time. :P. The most memorable case for me was the Helena Law cases about helping her siblings finally and got fifty years in jail for killing Master Keung. Helena got misunderstood by her siblings for cheating on them and runaway with Master Keung. The other memorable case for me was The Charmaine Li’s case about not accepting her biological daughter. Other cases were not that memorable for me.
There are many guest stars in this drama such as Susan Tse, Power Chan, Raymond Wong, Elaine Yiu.
Yan Ming Federation staff are Ram Chiang, Jason Chan, Linda Chung, Calvin, and Cilla. There’s not much close up scenes about Jason Chan which is fine with me. Jason plays a good guy who likes to help people.Linda Chung plays is observant. On the first day of the interview, she saw detective books in Ram Chiang’s office and she told him she also likes to read mysteries genre.I like how there’s always a food scene in this drama. The part where Cilla took Calvin to a rich restaurant was funny. Calvin helps Cilla to learn to be thrifty. Calvin is pretty funny in teasing Cilla. Ram Chiang always go on a bus because he used to have a crush on this girl who sat on the bus. The bus has purple and yellow colored chair. Ram Chiang helps Cilla understand that the friends she hung out with are based on materialistic.Ram Chiang helps Jason to figure out what careers he wants, as an accounting or a social worker. Ram Chiang told Jason that he will be richer being in the office but there are many people who needs his help. Ram told Jason to look down on the bus and said there needs a kindhearted person to help these people. Ram persuaded Linda not to quit her job because of Jason and she is capable of being a social worker.
Linda’s family: Patrick Dunn cooks for the family. Linda’s mom opens a store of Cosmetic. Linda’s brother Brian Chu performs in a band concert with Fred Cheng and other band members. Brian doesn’t like to go to University and is pressured about his family’s demand. Brian also likes to read comics.
Matt Yeung and Lin Xia Wei adds to the subplot. It’s nice to see Matt again after seeing him in Master of Play and Last Steep Ascent.Lin Xia Wei’s acting needs more improvement but she’s still new and has time. I thought Lin Xia Wei’s face looks weird but not bad. Matt plays the role of a liar who wants to be promoted fast. Lin Xia Wei got jealous of Linda for liking Jason. I don’t really care about Lin Xia Wei’s family.
I like how this series has some morals. When I was reading Ginny’s Missing You’s review in TVB’s Perspective, I had the same thoughts about Moral when watching this series. It has the moral of:
-Don’t give people too much hope because the more hope, the more you get hurt. I think that’s a good moral. When Linda told the client that she can definitely find her son on her first case. Ram Chiang and Cilla knew that The client’s son was dead.
-What you see may not be the true: When Matt Yeung keeps on lying to Lin Xia Wei about Jason and Linda has an affair. When Susan Tse lied to Jason about Mary being the third party and she lied about her cancer. When Helena impersonated Chef Long Gor’s sister and said she wanted to revenge him.
This series is alright to watch during your own time but not a must watch. It is one of the better series so far.
Suggestion: Don’t watch this series for a cute love stories or casts. Watch it for the plot and cases. I like how it is mixed of cases and subplot. Watch it for Linda Chung too. 🙂
I would give this series a 3.5 out of 5 stars for a good start of the beginning of 2013.