After several months of not watching any Hong Kong TVB’s series, I started to feel unusual on every night after work when I have no drama to catch. Then, TVB released quite an anticipating series last month, entitled ‘Three Kingdoms RPG’ starring Kenneth Ma, Raymond Lam, Tavia Yeung, Ruco Chan, Pierre Ngo, Sharon Chan and many other supporting casts. The story as clearly suggested from the title revolves on the three kingdoms back over thousand years ago, but begins with Kenneth Ma, an addicted online game player accidentally travelled back to three kingdoms era and met all those historical figures.
That is quite an interesting synopsis. TVB had not been using the idea of time travel on its series for many years already, after it had been adapted before in ‘A Step Into The Past’ and ‘The King Of Yesterday And Tomorrow’. It’s good to have the time travel idea back into its drama. ‘Three Kingdoms RPG’ also enabled me to learn a bit on the history of Three Kingdoms in ancient China, particularly introducing me to those historical figures like Zhuge Liang, Liu Bei, Guan Yu, Cheung Fei, Suen Kuen, Zhou Xou and many others.
The drama isn’t all only about telling the history. I like the part when Kenneth Ma whom is brought back to the historical era had to adapt to the environment and on the same time influencing the people in the past with modern stuff particularly in modern talks. It’s quite hilarious and entertaining to watch those parts. It has never been that funnier or interesting without the presence of his character. However, I find Kenneth’s character on this series to be a little bit annoying. The issue is not on Kenneth’s performance. He did very well on his acting. It is the poor handling to his character that makes him unlikeable. And I find that he looks much better on appearance in modern world rather than giving him historical character to portray. The ending showing him in the age of sixties waiting to return to Three Kingdoms era is quite interesting. But his singing of the song ‘You Are Always On My Mind’ which linked him to Tavia in the series is quite awful.
On the other hand, I’m disappointed with Raymond Lam’s performance. Luckily, this drama concentrated more on Kenneth Ma and his character’s development. Raymond Lam had been very ‘woody’ on his recent performance and I really get bored by his emotionless and ‘chok’ appearance which isn’t much suitable for the ancient time setting of the series. Zhuge Liang is a great war strategist but Raymond ruined that powerful character. Poor casting is a major issue for this series. Sharon Chan appears with not much of purpose on this series, available only in few short scenes. Selecting Pierro Ngo to act as Suen Kuen is a right decision. He gave a very impressive and solid performance as one of the influential and talented leaders in the Three Kingdoms era. Too bad, there isn’t a lot of emphasis on his character which can actually be developed further rather than having to share most of his on-screen time with Ruco Chan’s character that turned evil due to jealousy of Zhuge Liang’s knowledge.
I like the chemistry between Kenneth and Tavia after their on-screen couple presence in ‘The Hippocratic Crush’, a TVB medical-based drama released early this year. I find there isn’t anything much interesting going on between their relationship on this series and out of sudden, Szema Shun (Kenneth) had his unconditional love to Song Yau (Tavia) in the end after not having any feeling to her in most of the series. It’s disappointing that Szema Shun had not able to express his love to Song Yau after successfully travelled back to modern time while Song Yau couldn’t do so. The ending is quite touching and emotional eventhough the ending failed in a lot of other aspects, like not mentioning what’s going on to Three Kingdoms after the war. Many things are like unanswered in the end. What’s for letting Song Yau to arrive in modern world after Szema Shun had passed away? I am now guessing there must be some sort of strong response and reaction from those people in the Three Kingdoms era after Szema Shun suddenly went missing. There can be a very potential development to that point, but TVB couldn’t think of that direction to give a much better conclusion to the drama. Out of 10 points, I rate this drama 6.7. Ahh…and the visual effect is so awfully bad. Budget issue…
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