After a long run the second most anticipated HK drama of the year (the first being Triumph in the Skies II), The Hippocratic Crush II (AKA On Call 36 Hours II) has finally come to an end. It has been a very tough adventure watching this but I do appreciate the goods that came out of it. This drama undoubtedly did not stack up to its predecessor but I enjoyed it as a sequel. I loved the flow between the two dramas, something that I haven’t seen in a sequel for a very long time. THCII held onto the theme and atmosphere that was from The Hippocratic Crush (AKA On Call 36 Hours) and although there were some changes here and there, the overall theme and atmosphere was retained. That is really important for a sequel because a sequel is supposed to be a continuation to the predecessor and if the theme and atmosphere is different, then it cannot really be considered as a sequel, can it? I also really appreciate the efforts to use the same settings as THC, such as the Gen Y house, Mummy Fan’s house, the bridge and the theme song.
I wasn’t all that happy with the finale. These final two hours were crammed with too much events occurring at once, thus lacking the climax that it could have delivered if it wasn’t so packed. The same effect could have been delivered in a more relaxed way. I see how it was trying to incorporate in some medical elements but it was overdone. Cheung Yat Kin/Yat Kin Tau (Kenneth Ma) getting injured was something that was needed to bring the drama together and show the strength within Fan Zi Ju/Yu Jai (Tavia Yeung). However, Lui Siu Yik (Derek Kok) falling ill was something unnecessary and of wasted screen time. The ending could have been brought up a notch if that storyline was not included or pushed further to the start of the drama.
I’ll say this again, but the biggest problem for the drama was the large cast and lack of focus on where it needed to be. There were a lot of unnecessary characters, i.e Ce Ce (Eliza Sam) (especially Ce Ce!), Sun Man Yuet/Moon (Louisa So) and Mou Yong Wai/David (Koo Ming Wah), who took away unnecessary screen time from where it mattered. The two main OTPs, Yat Kin Tau-Yu Jai and Lau Bing Chan/Benjamin (Benjamin Yuen)-Hung Mei Suet (Mandy Wong) had a lack of development to their storyline because there wasn’t enough focus on them, more so for Ben-Mei Suet. I constantly wanted to shift the focus on these two couples but it was always elsewhere. Ben-Mei Suet’s storyline was really lacking. They barely had any development between them except for the break-up, but that was very poorly written. I wanted to see more scenes of them dating and learning to understand each other but not like how it was portrayed.
Despite having a insufficient focus on them, I loved what Yat Kin Tau and Yu Jai was able to bring across, though I would have loved to see more development between them. Yat Kin Tau and Yu Jai complements each other really well. They understand each other in a way that no one else does. I loved watching all the sweet, cutesy scenes between them. It doesn’t even feel gushy watching it because they are so natural like that. The things that they do for each other just goes to show why the complement each other. The games that they play with each other and the letters that they write to each other are just the sweetest things ever! I just love them, it’s just ashame that there was not enough of them.
The drama didn’t live up to standard, but maybe that is because the standard was set up to high. Nonetheless, it was a good and enjoyable drama even though it made me really frustrated some times. As a sequel, I think it delivered quite well counter to what a lot of people think. It held onto what was THC and brought it across to THC2. That is something that should not be overlooked. I had a fun time with this but now I shall have to part with it. I wouldn’t mind seeing another sequel if only the focus is on where it should be and who knows, we might just get another sequel!
Cheung Yat Kin/Yat Kin Tau: Before I got crashed by a minibus and now I see you. Am I dead?
Mummy Cheung: You must bless your (older) brother.
Lok Man Sang/Lokman: His blood pressure is unstable. If the bleeding continues he will die of excessive blood loss.
Yeung Pui Chung/Onion: You must be really scared and want to hide (right now).
Fan Ji Yu/Yu Jai: I admit that I am very scared. I am just putting on a brave front.