Sum up of 2012’s TVB series I have watched.


TVB 45th anniversary celebration brought its curtain down yesterday with the awards presentation. Overall, the result is very satisfying except for the last two main awards, best actor and best series. You can read the full result of this prestigious awards and check out my analysis and comments over the result in my previous post. And now, it’s almost the end of the year, and I wish to have a post to sum up all the series in 2012 that I have watched. Out of 24 series released in 2012 and included into nomination for the TVB awards presentation yesterday, I have watched 11, almost half of the total number.

Here listed below are the series released in 2012 that I have watched along with a link of my review, my rating and lastly my final general comment over the respective drama in this blog too:

1. Wish and Switch

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/wish-and-switch/

My rating: 6.2

General comment: Great idea, but not of good drama material. Plain and boring most of the time, and Johnson Lee’s appearance made it worst.

2. Queens of Diamonds and Hearts

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/a-drama-on-legendary-wu-yen-queens-of-diamonds-and-hearts-2012/

My rating: 7.4

General comment: An entertaining drama especially with Roger Kwok in it as the emperor. I don’t like Fala Chen in ancient drama, including this one.

3. The Greatness of a Hero

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/tvb-drama-review-the-greatness-of-a-hero/

My rating: 7.5

General comment: An interesting drama revolving fight between Wayne and Kent. Rebecca Chan did very well in this drama as Wu Ze-tian. I find Bernice Liu a bit annoying in this drama.

4. Three Kingdoms RPG

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/starting-to-get-back-to-tvb-series-just-finished-the-whole-series-of-three-kingdoms-rpg/

My rating: 6.7

General comment: A highly potential drama ruined. Kenneth is quite awkward while Raymond is too ‘wood’ in this series. Low-budget visual effect. Touching but poor ending.

5. King Maker

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/king-maker-%E9%80%A0%E7%8E%8B%E8%80%85-a-wonderful-and-thrilling-series/

My rating: 7.5

General comment: Another drama on battle between Wayne and Kent. This time, Kent is the villain, and I find this arrangement is weird. Anyway, a very exciting and interesting drama.

6. Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/my-thoughts-on-silver-spoon-sterling-shackles/

My rating: 7.0

General comment: Interesting setting with several social issues raised. Solid performance by all casts, and quite touching in the end. Too bad, this drama is a bit too long.

7. The Hippocratic Crush

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/the-hippocratic-crush-a-very-impressive-tvb-drama-that-caught-my-surprise-and-attention/

My rating: 8.0

General comment: Impressive script and very likeable performance by casts. Kenneth and Tavia as on-screen couple steals the show. Touching, memorable, great theme song and definitely for me the best series of the year.

8. Daddy Good Deeds

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/daddy-good-deeds-a-fun-family-drama/

My rating: 6.9

General comment: A light, warm, fun and entertaining drama revolving on two families. I like Steven Ma’s series and this is not an exception.

9. Ghetto Justice 2

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/ghetto-justice-2-quite-an-effortless-sequel/

My rating: 6.2

General comment: Quite an effortless sequel, which is so bad compared to its predecessor. It’s like a sequel forced out without considering quality and substance.

10. Highs and Lows

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/wow-highs-and-lows-definitely-had-the-best-ending-for-a-drama-i-have-ever-seen/

My rating: 7.7

General comment: A good drama to watch. There is thrill in the beginning and at the ending. Kate Tsui had breakthrough here while Raymond did a good job too. This drama had a touching and intense ending.

11. The Confidant

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/my-thoughts-on-the-confidant/

My rating: 7.7

General comment: A very beautiful drama with strong plot involving friendship between eunuchs, romance of no future, jealousy and hatred. Solid performance by huge ensemble of casts. Had a plain yet meaningful ending.

So, within these 12 series, this is the order of their standing in terms of my rating: (top three in bold with their official series poster)

1. The Hippocratic Crush (8.0)

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2. The Confidant (7.7)

the confidant (TVB)

3. Highs and Lows (7.7)

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4. King Maker (7.5)

5. The Greatness of a Hero (7.5)

6. Queens of Diamonds and Hearts (7.4)

7. Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles (7.0)

8. Daddy Good Deeds (6.9)

9. Three Kingdoms RPG (6.7)

10. Ghetto Justice 2 (6.2)

11. Wish and Switch (6.2)

In the end, it is unexpectedly ‘When Heaven Burns’ that won the Best Series Award yesterday. Unbelievable. I didn’t watch this series because I find it really boring even in earlier episodes already. Anyway, looking forward to TVB series next year like ‘War and Beauty 2’, ‘Triumph in the Skies 2’, ‘The Hippocratic Crush 2’, ‘Rosy Business 3’, etc. Wow, it seems like there is a lot of sequels planned next year.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web, but still to credit tvb.com)

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