After being disappointed by the first 10 episodes of Three Kingdoms RPG, I stayed on board this sucker due to my (obviously) blind affection for Kenenth Ma, Raymond Lam, and Tavia Yeung.
The drama becomes a tad more enjoyable, just a tad in the second half. Wan Shun becomes a bit mature, finally, but, I still did not like his character. That’s just sad because he’s kinda important in the drama, y’know as the lead and all. This is the part where I should say Ma tones down his overacting, but NOPE, Ma DID NOT take his acting down a notch at all as the storyline progresses (except for that one poignant moment at the very last episode, more on this later). The much expected brotherhood bonding does happen between Ma’s Wan Shun and Raymond Lam’s Chu-kot Leung, but sort of late in the game. This is SUCH a frequent flaw among A LOT of TVB dramas: the story starts picking up a little too late (see, No Good Either Way and every other mediocre TVB dramas out there). Speaking of Lam, he sticks to being nothing particular, and his acting is nothing to run home with. Hm, maybe I should give him some credit for attempting to look like Chu-kot Leung with the beard, yeah? Tavia Yeung continues to be an utter waste in here. To a point, it even baffles me what she saw in this sucker to agree to be a part of it. Let’s add ANOTHER underutilized actor to the list, shall we? Ruco Chan (who plays the well known Chau Yu) has always striked me as someone who can handle light-hearted as well as intense materials. He can effectively play the villain (as he‘s proven almost all his roles prior to The Other Truth) and still make you root madly for him once he picks up a protagonist role (namely, Keith of The Other Truth). Chau Yu of Three Kingdoms RPG really gives him very little to work with and adds nothing to his acting resume.
By the way, another jarring flaw I’ve forgotten to mention in the impression: the CG effects. Wow, has TVB gradually gotten worse throughout the years or what? Man, these graphics are as bad as the ones you have to watch for those online traffic school courses. I can’t help but snerked when during an interview, Sharon Chan (who plays the Three Kingsoms beauty Xiao Qiao) claims she is honored to be a part of such a big production, even as a cameo. Such a grand production, I see:
The bottom line: I remained unattached for the remainder of the drama, sometimes even missing out an episode or two in between and not even bothered by it.
OK, with being so uninterested and meh about this drama, I would say I am pretty ready for the ending, no matter how bad it is. HOWEVER, the fact that I am nonchalant and I was spoiled of the ending but the ending STILL manages to make me go “WTF!” is a wonder of its own. So, I knew that Wan Shun will get a heart attack and dies in the embrace of Song Yau. What I didn’t expect was for Wan Shun to be THAT in love with Song Yau that he spends every day pining for a typhoon to get back to the Three Kingdoms period and to her. Unexpected that it is, I still have to credit his yearning for Song Yau for giving us one of the BEST acted scene from Ma (or anyone) in the whole entire drama (seriously, where have THIS Kenneth Ma been this whole drama?). See:
Now the ending: well, what the hell was that? And I am not talking about the waiting-30-years-and-then-gets-heart-attack shenanigan (even though I think death is really unnecessary for a drama that established itself as a bundle of slapstick silliness). I am talking about the part where the mysterious blue light shows up at some secluded mountain in HK, and…Song Yau appears? Not only does she mystically drift down from the blue light, she is not a single day aged, while Wan Shun is 30 years aged. Does not compute. Could you at least try to explain this before the credits roll, writer? Did Song Yau travel through time as Wan Shun did, or is she some holy figure? Ah, an ending that leaves for questions than answers.
And that’s it, folks. If you asked for a drama with Raymond Lam, Kenneth Ma and Tavia Yeung recollabration a la The Mysteries of Love, you got it. Is it good? NO! But beggars can’t be choosers. Last, I conclude this post with the one character I liked from the drama: Fan Gan. Aw, such an adorable, loyal, idealistic little supporting character, you.