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Unriddle 2 – ep 20

31 Mar

Wow. Just wow. Mind totally blown by Rui En in the gripping finale of Unriddle 2. I can’t remember her exact words but Rui En mentioned in interviews that many on set were shocked by how ‘far out’ she went in portraying Xiao Man’s breakdown and I totally get it now. The emotions conveyed by Rui En were so raw and searing that it has gone beyond ‘acting’: Rui En has become Hu Xiao Man. No wonder Chen Liping said Rui En would go crazy if there was Unriddle 3!

I’m still catching up on earlier episodes that I missed and may or may not do a proper review later. Will definitely do a shippy post on Xiao Man and Yu Ze though! For now, xinmsn already has a review up and it’s mostly reflective of my thoughts on the show. The good, bad and questionable

Oh dear, work is calling … …

Unriddle 2 ep 19

29 Mar

Gosh, this episode had me on the edge of my seat. It was already revealed in the trailer that Jie Yu got to Xiao Man’s mom so I was expecting JY to harm Hu Mama. What I didn’t expect though was how Hu Mama was tied to the case and that she was the intended fourth victim all along. Well played show, it’s been a while since crime dramas surprised me. Not that there weren’t other things to pick on, like how Wanyi managed to leave the hospital after a very public stabbing spree. Where’s the security? How about the other people around?? Nobody thought to stop her? She was holding a scalpel, not a parang, I think she could have been easily overpowered and subdued.

Regular picking of plot holes aside, Rui En and Rebecca Lim’s performance were really a standout tonight. I’ve enjoyed Rui En’s Xiao Man all this while and she continues to step up her game to convincingly portray XM’s desperation as Jie Yu drives her into a corner. As for Rebecca Lim, she did alright as the manipulative psychiatrist but I wasn’t particularly wowed till the past couple of episodes. Oh, and how could I forget Ng Hui, the ever dependable supporting actress was spot on as Jie Yu’s deranged puppet from the very beginning.

Can’t believe we’re already at the last episode! Will Xiao Man and Da Bao make it out alive for Unriddle 3 to happen? We’ll find out tomorrow.


27 Mar

LOL, Dr. Gao Jie Yu and Hu Xiao Man knew each other back in 2007.

Shipping Xiao Man and Yu Ze in Unriddle 2 got me thinking about other actors I like watching Rui En paired up with and my favourite is Pierre Png. That may have to do with the fact that I started liking them both because of ‘Honour and Passion’ and they were a delight in ‘A Tale of 2 Cities’ as well so I went on trusty yt to relive their old dramas together … never expected to see Rebecca Lim in this random clip I picked! Heeh, after watching Jie Yu and Xiao Man scheme against each other in today’s episode of U2, it was quite funny to see Rebecca Lim as Wen Wei’s colleague here.

Unriddle 2 ep 15-16

27 Mar

The jumpy camera shots and accompanying swooshing sound effects have become Unriddle 2’s trademark but it’s still hella annoying. And then there’re the excessive flashbacks. I don’t claim to have a good memory but I can actually remember what happened 15 minutes ago in the show and gasp, even what happened last episode so there’s really no need for ’em flashbacks to keep popping up.

Ok, now that that’s off my chest, we can go back to the episode proper.

Plot wise, the twist of Lelin being the murderer wasn’t that surprising for me personally (all those crime dramas watched and detective novels read were not for nothing) but the overall case and character development – for Xiao Man and Dao Bao especially in the grand scheme of things – was well-written. The contrast between XM and DA is really interesting: XM as a police officer is supposed to stand for truth and justice but by now, she has already taken the law into her own hands three times by intentionally withholding assistance and causing the death of a criminal. Kudos to the scriptwriter for showing the gradual change in XM as she went down the slippery slope and a big thumbs up to Rui En for her portrayal of the different emotions in XM. DB is from the underbelly of society but time after time, she was the one who decided to do ‘the right thing’ of her own accord and hopefully when XM cracks in the finale, her 最火搭档 will be there to pull her back.

Hongbo was killed much earlier than I had expected so nothing much to show for Romeo Tan. Julie Tan though gave a fantastic closing performance as Lelin. She handled the split personality part well but what really wowed me was her portrayal of Lelin’s reactions to Hongbo’s death. Shock and anguish when Hongbo was shot in front of her, anger when she confronted Xiao Man, sadness when she wept at her brother’s photo … all crying scenes without any lines 不过情感都表达得很有层次。

Unrelated to these 2 episodes…

I’m watching Unriddle 2 from the beginning since I only picked it up again recently and it’s making me miss Yu Ze! I’m neutral towards Tay Ping Hui as an actor but I must say after playing a policeman on screen 13 times, he has gotten the role down pat and I find myself fangirling Yu Ze for his manliness. I love his scenes with Xiao Man and it’s such a shame the scriptwriter killed him off so that the impact on Xiao Man will be greater than if it were some other colleague. D: Another XM/YZ fanvid

Unriddle 2 – ep 13

22 Mar

I’m enjoying Unriddle 2 but that was some sloppy writing in last night’s episode. So, the police found a strand of hair in a cap left behind by a kidnapper. The forensics team tests the DNA on the hair and tada, matches it to a guy named Hongbo. Anything wrong with that?
You can glean certain information from a DNA sample, like the gender, or if the person has any genetic disorder etc but in order to identify who that DNA sample belonged to, you need to match it to another sample taken from a specific person. How in the world did the police trace the DNA to Hongbo when they didn’t even know who the guy was?? I’m not sure if the Singapore police have a DNA database and assuming that they did, I doubt it contains the DNA profile of the entire nation (unlike say fingerprints which the police will surely have a wider database of since we use a biometric passport). At least if Hongbo had been to prison or something I could take it that his data was collected by the system but he hasn’t so how in the world? Anyway, the police miraculously match the DNA collected from the hair to Hongbo when they don’t even have anything to do the ‘matching’ with but they can’t find out where Hongbo lives? Uhhh, ok.

Such technical complaints aside (I’m spoiled by CSI), I am intrigued by Hongbo’s family and their relation to the kidnap/murder case though they are very dysfunctional and creepy. Let’s see, Hongbo is crippled and wheelchair bound while his sister Lelin is a deaf-mute. Their stepdad is a scumbag who abuses his stepson physically and stepdaughter sexually and he makes Hongbo watch when he rapes Lelin. Someone please shoot this sorry excuse of a human already. Mommy is mentally unbalanced and spends her days in an incense-filled room chanting prayers while turning a blind eye to the abuses happening in front of her. However, as we find out more about Hongbo through Da Bao and An Ni, I get the feeling that the siblings are not entirely the helpless victims they appear to be. Is their mother right in suspecting them of murdering their youngest sister (mom and stepdad’s daughter) many years back? How is Hongbo linked to the kidnappers? What of Hongbo’s claim that he and Lelin kidnapped his mom and stepdad in their previous life which is why they have to pay for their sins in this life by tolerating the abuses?

I don’t know if it’s just me or what, but I get incestuous vibes from Hongbo and Lelin. The way she holds his hands, the way she stares at An Ni when An Ni gets too close to her brother, the way Hongbo strokes Lelin’s face when she sleeps … let’s just say I would freak out if my brother touched my face that way.

I mentioned in my previous post that I was pleasantly surprised by Elvin Ng’s performance and now, I must compliment Romeo Tan and Julie Tan (no relation) for their portrayal of the messed up siblings.

I know Romeo Tan has acted in a few dramas but I can’t name a single one because none of his roles made an impression. Well, this role in Unriddle 2 definitely has. The character itself is extreme for one and I think he managed to show Hongbo’s agony without being overwrought. I expect more dramatic scenes for Hongbo in the later episodes and hopefully Romeo Tan will handle them well.

I have a much deeper impression of Julie Tan from ‘A Tale of 2 Cities’ and ‘A Song to Remember’ where she did a commendable job for a newbie but I never really took to her perhaps because I didn’t fancy her characters in those dramas. As Lelin is a deaf-mute, Julie Tan has not spoken a single line so far but she manages to convey her emotions through her facial expressions without exaggerating it to a point where it’s laughable (unlike May in Roy Mai!).

Final random comment, I always laugh when Da Bao 大包(literally means big bun) introduces Xiao Man as her cousin Xiao Man Tou 小馒头 (means small bun). A nice pun on both their names!

Unriddle 2

16 Mar

Unriddle ended on a tense cliffhanger with Asura back to seek revenge for his brother but when the sequel finally came, the first couple of episodes didn’t meet my expectations. The shifty camera angles annoyed me and some of the action scenes were lame. Left the show alone for a while but I channel surfed onto today’s episode and Rui En wowed me with her acting to keep me watching and now I’m back on board Unriddle 2! With the Asura arc behind us, the vibe of the show feels more like part 1 with individual cases and a overarching mystery involving the main characters. The most surprising thing about Unriddle 2 is … I actually like Elvin Ng in it! I think he’s a nice guy and hardworking actor but I don’t hold a high opinion of his acting so I was pleasantly surprised by how well his Lang Feng is working for me.

Watch here with Eng subs

2012 sg dramas

12 Aug

2012 9pm dramas

I’m happy to know that Unriddle 2 is confirmed but at the same time disappointed by the casting of Elvin Ng as the new villain. He might also be the potential love interest since Yu Ze will supposedly be murdered if the posting on fb is anything to go by. In any case, love interest or arch enemy, Elvin Ng’s addition has put a dampener on my anticipation of Unriddle 2. I don’t doubt his efforts in improving his acting and he has improved but problem is, he’s still not a good actor. Meh, I’ll reserve my judgement till the show airs.
The only other 2012 drama I’m looking forward to is ‘Joy of Life’ which is about life in Singapore in the 60s. It follows in the same vein as ‘Wok of Life’ which I adored plus it stars Rui En so I definitely have high expectations for this!

I’ve also started watching On the Fringe without intending to. The cast is pretty solid and even the teenage actors are performing better than expected. I haven’t watched enough to comment on the storyline so the only bone I have to pick so far is on Kate Pang’s character Zhong Ling. She’s supposed to be an illegal immigrant from China but Kate’s native Taiwanese accent keeps coming through every now and then despite her best efforts to fake the Chinese accent and it’s quite grating. I know it’s a drama but every time I hear her speak I’m reminded of how fake this is and that’s quite the impediment to getting invested in the character. Perhaps they should’ve casted Michelle Chong for this because she’s da bomb when it comes to faking accents. :p

where they go from here

7 Sep

Question on fb: What are your must-have factors/cast if there is Unriddle 2?

I think it’s imperative that the core cast of Xiao Man, Yu Ze, Da Bao + family remains in Season 2 because the cliff hanger is related to them. They at least need to hang around for a few episodes till the case of Yu Ze/Dylan and Savage’s brother is resolved or it wouldn’t make much sense would it? I read that Joshua Ang has already left mediacorp, but I’m hoping he can return on perhaps a contract basis to reprise his role as Shisan. Although Shisan is not a major role, he is an important piece that makes up Da Bao’s family. As for new faces, someone suggested Bobby Toneili as a CIA agent and Dai Yang Tian as a China Public Security Bureau agent… good idea! But I’d have to disagree with that same person’s suggestion of Elvin Ng playing an FBI agent. hmm, I believe he is a hardworking actor, but it still pains me to see his wooden acting! The scriptwriters might need to take even more creative licence with the story if it involves security agencies from other countries??


1 Sep

Wow, first time I feel like blogging about a local tv show! Singapore tv productions have followed me through the years (well, duh) and there have been many great dramas and variety/info-tainment programmes that I enjoy, but in recent years, locally produced dramas have been increasingly family-melodrama oriented with over the top acting and weak plots. There’s really been a dearth of good stories and coupled with bad acting from some newbies, it’s been a while since I tuned in to a local drama. (The last one was “Little Nonya” but then practically the entire Singapore was following it. Side note, at least the info-tainment programmes have been consistently enjoyable.)

Anyway, the show I wanted to write about is “Unriddle”! The show is not perfect and there are definitely things the audience can pick on if we wanted to but overall, it’s one of the best productions in recent memory.


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