Similar to the title, the drama went haywire, like really haywire.
And this drama was the best that TVB has offered this year, so that has got to say something about TVB’s production qualities.
I was quite disappointed with what I received from A Change Of Heart only because I had expectations for it to do well, well on the level of TVB well. This was the first drama this year that I got excited for but I soon realised that it was for all the wrong reasons. It failed to impress me but it is definitely one of the better TVB watches in recent times.
A Change Of Heart had a good start but everything that occurred after the first five eps started to go haywire. The problem with the drama is a result due to three factors: a) there were too much coincidences, b) there were too much interpersonal relationships and c) the entire plot itself made no logical sense. All of this can be contributed to the writing, I guess the writers just had no idea where to head with the plot and decided to throw in whatever they could to fill up 30 eps.
Everything that occurred after the first five eps went downhill to absurdity land. The first five eps were the best that happened throughout the drama. It was well written and provided a very neat platform for plot development, which disappointingly was not put to good use. Those five eps were pure sweet moments and its development made logical sense. Those five eps really made me love Yiu Yat San (Bosco Wong) and Yuen Siu Gat (Niki Chow) as a couple. They were a couple in love but what made me truly love them was that they were already in deeply into their relationship. I just love his caring and tentative ways towards her; he is always so understanding of her and even waited entire nights just to see her! I also really loved the way that characters that Tong Sin Hang (Joey Meng) and Fong Ji Lik (Michael Miu) were introduced as. Their characters were given a concrete personality as well as reasons as to why they behaved the way they did. Right from the start it showed just how much Sin hang loves Ji Lik, and this was carried out into her character throughout the drama.
Arghhhhh, I was so disappointed with the way the plot turned out to be. It was very anti-climatic and everything happened way too coincidentally. That was the biggest blunder to the plot. The drama spent a lot of time trying to build up tension only for it to come tumbling down with an anti-climatic answer. This was especially with the case of finding Siu Gat’s mother’s murderer. Siu Gat spent 25 eps looking intensely for this murderer only to find that it was an accidental murder caused by none other than her best friend’s mother. Furthermore, the drama kept hinting at who was the murderer so that decreased the tension even more.
So after 25 eps spent on looking for this murderer, 5 was left looking for the murderer of Yat San. Again that was very anti-climatic because there wasn’t much tension built up towards it. I think this element would have worked better should the drama had led clues from the beginning of the drama that Yat San’s death wasn’t accidental. It was like this element just popped out of no where; there wasn’t anything clues and anything suspicious about his death until the moment it was introduced into the storyline. Furthermore, what happened with this element was that it suddenly caused Yiu Yuet San (Bosco Wong) to turn against Ji Lik. After the friendship that they had built up, it quickly diminishes; Yuet San just accepted the facts displayed before him and did not take the initiative to ever wonder if they were fake.
Where has this drama headed to? Everyone somehow dies or gets seriously injured throughout the drama. Here is the death count: Yat San, Jun Ping, Yat Fei’s unborn child, Sin Hang’s father, Oppa and finally Sin Hang. Now here is the injury toll: Siu Gat who has her eyes injured, Sin Ji who on top of his physical injury did not get to see his father for the final time, Sze Ga betrays Siu Gat which was caused by Sin Hang, Wing Yan’s mother who is in jail, Wing Yan has has to bear the pain of watching her mother being arrested and also endure the pain of watching her boyfriend lying in bed, Ji Lik who had his wife die in his arms and Yuet San who lost his brother. All of these happenings indirectly relate to one another causing a domino effect. There wasn’t one character in the drama who was not affected by this domino of events.
Crap plot aside, this drama managed to bring out some great acting, predominately from Joey. Her portrayal of Sin Hang was amazing! I really found her acting empowering and full of strength. Although Sin Hang might have been a bit crazy but it was quite well written in allowing her character to grow fierce and breaking the law. You could see that she did what she did because of love. She was jealous, jealous that Ji Lik was changing into a different man. She wants him to be the former Ji Lik, the one who was ruthless and loved her with all his heart. Each scene from Joey was very powerful and had a lot of charisma. She manages to hold you in with her scenes, and there was no doubt that she stole the limelight from Niki.
Bosco was another stand out performer. I found that he was great with his portrayal of the twins. What I loved about it was that he gave them both different personalities and characters. Both of the twins fell in love in Siu Gat but their love for her was very different. Both of the twins also handles their life differently with a different attitude. I found that Bosco handled it very well in portraying two very different yet similar characters.
One thing that I found myself enjoying about the drama was the narrations made by Yat San/Yuet San at the start/end of every ep. They always leave a sense of curiosity and opening/closure which I found suited with each ep. This is one thing that the drama managed to work well on.
I wasn’t a fan of the ending but I don’t think that it could have went any other way with the cascading revolving events. Though, I did find the very last few minutes a satisfactory closure. Life depends on how you want to see it; if you see it with hope then you get hope. However, that can’t be said about the drama itself.
[Credits: Pictures from http://programme.tvb.com/drama/changeofheart]