1000 Walls in Dream 夢裡的一千道牆

Two episodes into Q series’ 1000 Walls in Dream (夢裡的一千道牆) and I still don’t know what the drama is about, except ghost is everywhere, be it friendly, indifferent, or plain nasty. They stay around because they can’t let go of whatever it was they can’t let go when they were alive.

But I got to say this drama has one of the cutest ghost ever! It wants to be a real boy. So it follows Taoist teaching to successfully transform from an orb to a translucent baby. A few more episodes, I believe it will grow up to be a proper poltergeist haunting our heroine.
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In the meantime, its friends are doing the job for it.
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I have no idea where the story is going, but I’m already hooked on their theme song Broken Dream.

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Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark 天黑請閉眼 Part 6

I had my eyes on one suspect since episode 3. Then, in the last episode they did something that made me doubt my choice. Even as denials flow out of their mouths, I was thinking, “Oh no, maybe it was her.”

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My belief for my suspect was so strong not even a straight-faced statement, “You will be the next I kill,” could shake my conviction. But those two women’s tearful admissions got me questioning my suspect choice. Good job, show!
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Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark 天黑請閉眼 Part 5

One would think, they will be safe once the police shows up. Killer will get arrested and everybody goes home happy. If only…

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While the police did correctly identified Bai Xinyi’s killer, he fell for the same misdirection as our group when it came to the other killer.

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Eternal Love 三生三世十里桃花 Part 1

Eternal Love (三生三世十里桃花) aka Three Lives Three Words Ten Miles of Peach Blossom aka San Sheng San Shi Shi Li Tao Hua does cliché like nobody’s business. Amnesia, missing body parts, deaths, resurrections? That’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The lovey dovey pillow talks? That’s dessert with extra whip cream on top. I love every moment of it.

To say nothing about the show’s just-the-right-level melodrama, it impressed me with how well they use the special effects, costumes and makeups to create their epic universe. Those elements successfully enhanced the show instead of crippling it as they did with many of its fantasy drama peers (I am looking at you, xxx Aspiration and xxx Flower). It’s a pity they can’t maintain movie quality level for all 58 episodes. I can clearly see where they spent the big bucks and where they skimped out. The difference is a bit jarring.

Good thing the show is so good I can overlook their inability to seamlessly merge high tech with low tech effects. This drama’s world makes sense. There is internal logic to explain the outrageous things they do (finally in a Chinese fantasy drama!) And most importantly, I am 100% invested in the main couple and their many reincarnations.

Ye Hua’s behavior toward Bai Qian reminds me of a poem by Margaret Atwood: I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.

I love Ye Hua to pieces but I blame him for most of the crapazoid things that befall on them. He is a great man. A man of few words. A man who really needs to stop sheltering his wife and keeping vital information from her. If only he had talked to her about the things that was going on around them, she wouldn’t have broken his heart the way she did.

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Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark 天黑請閉眼 Part 4

The content of Zishuo’s time capsule recording shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. I have never considered him as a murder suspect so I only feel intense sadness that his secret is used to blackmail him into silence. Instead of a hope for the future, the message is now his shame. Yet, he is not the only one torn between wanting to believe and agonizing with doubts.

I am beginning to think Chengfang didn’t know who the killer was but is now having her suspicions. When the group turns a blind eye toward an injured enemy, she unexpected becomes the voice of compassion.
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High 5 Basketball High 5 制霸青春

To think I had dismissed High 5 Basketball (High5 制霸青春) as a testosterone-fueled, egomaniac show about an underdog basketball team (filled with super tall hunks) going all the way to the finals under the leadership of a newbie female coach. Good thing I stuck to it. I might have FF through the beginning, skip some in the middle, but I was glued to the screen from episode 9 onward. I laughed. I cried. I was so proud of them at the end, I laugh cried. I was a mess.

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This show tells me that, sometimes, the journey is more important than the destination. It is not weakness to accept help, nor is it ungrateful to ask for space. Knowing when to praise is just as crucial as knowing when to take out the whip. It is okay to cry, so long as we are surrounded by people who don’t judge us. Respect is what makes the world go round. And finally, it is certainly not wrong to have realistic expectation of our abilities, but nonetheless, try to better ourselves every single day.

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The love lines are very satisfying in a non-intrusive way. We are really there for the bonding moments.
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I am so loving the show’s ending theme song: Janice Yan’s “The Gaze” (閻奕格 – 凝視).

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Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark 天黑請閉眼 Part 3

I’ve never played the Mafia party game and I think I should. The rule is as follow: Get 8-20 people together, assign a player with a secret mafia identity, have the mafia kill an innocent person in the darkness of night (eyes closed). When day breaks (eyes open), the surviving innocents are to name the mafia’s true identity. The game ends when the players ID the right killer or when the mafia finishes killing all the players. It seems like alot of fun.

If only our ex-friends had finished playing the Mafia game when they were in high school, then they wouldn’t have to resume the game ten years later with Xinyi being honest-to-goodness dead and not fake dead. And now, with another friend joining her corpse rank, the need to find the killer is more urgent than ever.

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If we make it out of here alive, I’m going to make some changes to my life.

As “all-is-well” facade begins to disintegrate, paranoia takes hold. And fear tends to bring out the worse in people.

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