I don’t usually do impressions on merely one episode, since TVB dramas always take a few episodes to find their footing. However, I am equally dreading and excited about this drama that I am eager to share my thoughts.
As you all may or may not know, this sequel to the famous 2003 aero-centric drama is touting a storyline I have a few issues with. I have thought of completely boycotting this sequel to leave the best of Triumph in the Skies in my memories, but I just have so much goodwill for Sam Gor, Zoe, Issac and the likes that I am willing to sit through a shipwreck (if this will truly be a shipwreck) to see these characters alive and interacting on my small screen again. And so here I go with this drama.
So far, I see traces of what I like from the original series present in episode one, which is definitely a good sign. Our beloved characters are as playful as they were 10 years ago. The bromance of the S4 is only half present (with only Ron Ng and Kenneth Ma reprising their roles as Issac Tong Yik Fung and Roy Ko Chi Wan, respectively) but they are as entertaining to watch. And can I please just say how much I adore Roy’s goofiness already?!
As expected, there isn’t much going on in the first episode since it was mostly a medium to to introduce the two new main characters, Jayden Koo Ha Yeung (Chilam Cheung) and Holiday Ho Nin Hei (Fala Chen). In short, Jayden is a ladies man and pilot with skills up to par with our legendary Sam Tong Yik Sum (Francis Ng), only he’s sorta the opposite of Sam’s safety first strictness with his risk taking ways. Meanwhile, Holiday is a backpacker with a scarred past involving something of the likes of a dead boyfriend. I think the latter is more interesting that the former ’cause god knows I actually rolled my eyes at Jayden…quite a few time.
Due to the fact that the episode was quite Jayden and Holiday focussed, I was left disappointed with only a small glimpse of my Sam Gor not to mention Zoe So Yi (Myolie Wu) is nowhere to be seen. But with the way the group vaguely discusses Zoe, it’s not good news. I’ll admit, I mostly came into this drama expecting a few happy episodes of Sam & Zoe before they kill her off (and maybe then I’ll decide to stop watching) but she’s already dead from the first episode?! What the…You can’t even friggin throw me a damn bone, TVB?
In any case, I still remain adamant that I much rather not have a sequel at all if it takes killing Zoe and creating a new character with a Zoe-face to continue the storyline (that ended quite perfectly in the original, may I add). Here’s to hoping this sequel is actually damn good so that I can forget and stop caring about the original. But that’s a hard feat. Maybe I should just go into a cave and watch Triumph in the Skies again while the rest of you watch the sequel. You know, be all counterculture. But rest assure, this is NOT be the last you’ll hear from me about this drama, because I am sure there are MUCH to talk about. MUCH MORE. Oh, just you wait.
P.S. I know this is redundant since everyone and their mothers have been saying this, but, BRING THE OLD THEME SONG BACK! Nothing against George Lam (who is actually my dad’s idol) but the song really just doesn’t go well with the drama, AT ALL. I am not even asking that you recreate the same magic of Eason Chan‘s Years Like Songs/歲月如歌, but did you have to pick a song that is totally totally irrelevant?
A moment of silence for this perfect theme song: