真相 The Other Truth

22 Nov

I had this written a while back but my work avalanche happened and I forgot about it. XD


Synopsis and cast information
Eng sub Download links / Watch online

Ahh, good to be back in the fast paced world of HK dramas where the only thing I fastfoward is the opening credits. The Other Truth is labelled as a legal drama and in the initial episodes, I thought it would be one that explored the limitations of the judicial system in meting out ‘true justice’ (going with the title of The Other Truth) but as the series progress, it became more like standard TVB case-based drama with lead characters who happen to be lawyers. The cases featured were definitely a marked improvement from those in Mysteries of Love but loopholes still abound in the last couple of cases. It’s best not to have too high expectations of the cases in HK procedurals because they deal better with character relationships than with logic but overall pacing is brisk and light-hearted moments are nicely balanced with intense ones.

I love watching the characters interact and their sharp, witty lines make even the most casual conversations fun to watch. I’ve been watching mostly foreign language dramas of late so it was a nice change to be able to understand the dialogue and puns, with help from Chinese subtitles of course since my grasp of Cantonese is only mah mah dei (so-so).

The Keith-Mavis-Wallace love triangle was a tad unsatisfying because I felt Keith-Mavis had a lot of potential but the scriptwriters chose not to play out the romance part. Still, I’d rather they do it this way than have it all drawn out and melodramatic as HK dramas are wont to do with their love triangles/rectangles/pentagons. I appreciate that though falling for the same woman added a dash of competiveness between the boys, it never affected their friendship and they would always have each other’s back. Friendship takes centre-stage instead of romance and I really enjoyed the bromance between the guys in the two offices. They like taking jibes at each other but when it comes down to the crunch, they’ll be there for you.

I rate this: 3.5/5
Could’ve been a 4 if the ending cases were better written.

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