The first 3 episodes of KO ONE: RE-CALL (終極一班5) ain’t so bad. They got the right level of humor, solid fighting choreography, and decent special effects (tho’ I do think they used it too liberally.)
I’m particularly psyched that Wes Luo is making his comeback after a year hiatus to convalesce from his foot fracture. I’m mighty grateful that the show wrote in his leg injury as part of the story, cuz I do not want this boy to be jumping up and down, kicking left and right, or putting any kind of pressure on his fragile leg. Please, keep him in a wheelchair for as long as possible. As such, I can forgive that most of his scenes are done in front of a green screen and/or with a stand in.
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.
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.
The love lines are very satisfying in a non-intrusive way. We are really there for the bonding moments.
I am so loving the show’s ending theme song: Janice Yan’s “The Gaze” (閻奕格 – 凝視).
I’m gonna add Luo Hong Zheng to my list of “Men Who Look Good As Women.” OMG, he is a natural!
The transition between his diva persona with Gu Zhan is so smooth, it’s very eye-opening. The boy got potential.
The story of KO ONE: RE-MEMBER (終極一班4) picks up where The X-Dormitory (終極X宿舍) left off. Xiu is escorting King back to the Gold dimension while Wang Da Dong remains in the Silver dimension. Zhong Wang Jun is still missing. Hua Ling Long is in the military. Yan Li Li has transferred to another school. Gu Zhan is dueling with Zhi Ge for the leadership spot. Jin Bao San has two new lackeys. What’s His Name’s hair is now blond. Qiu Qiu is the same as before. And now you are all caught up.
One of the reasons I keep coming back to the Zhong Ji series is their unapologetic attitude toward the shallowness of their shows. They unabashedly poke fun of their over the top, eye-rolling, fist banging on table absurdity. I also enjoy the occasional moments when they break the fourth wall (actually, I only like it when Na Wei Xun does it). So in RE-MEMBER, as in their proud tradition, the characters complained about the show’s overused gimmicks: The sleeping beauty routine. What’s His Name’s disappearing act. Jin Bao San’s obnoxious commentaries. And, of course, the pooping flying cow. To wrap up the self-dissing, they made fun of the cast for being so incredibly old (with average age of around 31 for a show about a group of high school students).
In part 3 of Zhong Ji Series, the good folks from different dimensions got fed up with Mojie’s attacks and decided to take the fight to the big evil’s home world. Their best fighters packed up their bags and left for war. And… never to be heard from again. As for the people who stayed behind, they were trapped in a time bubble with their abilities greatly diminished and their aging slowed.
KO One Return (終極一班2)
In part 2 of Zhong Ji Series, we circled back to the class of KO One. Wang Da Dong was thrown ten years into the future by an inter-dimensional quake. He arrived home to discover his friends and family had mysteriously disappeared, along with everyone with special abilities. It also meant that a whole new set of students now controlled the class of KO One, which didn’t sit well with him. To make matters worse, he seemed to have lost his special abilities, which only made him more determined to find his way back to the past. He wormed his way into his old class and got to know the current leader, a girl known as King. A powerful but fair leader with her very own devoted posse, and a shocking secret that only her shadow/bodyguard/childhood friend Zhong Wan Jun remembered. As it turned out, her forgotten past was the key to solving the mysterious mass disappearance. Unfortunately, Wang Da Dong literally faded away before they could solve the mystery. While he might be gone, his friendship with the new class galvanized them to continue to seek the answer and to bring the missing people back. King and Zhong Wan Jun made the ultimate sacrifice of jumping back in time to stop the person who wiped out the special ability folks.
To celebrate the filming of KO One Remember (終極一班4), the newest installment of Zhong Ji series airing in 2016, let’s take a look back on the characters we’ve met and the places we’ve been.
Zhong Ji Universe is a fantastic world where special ability folks live among the regular folks doing extraordinary things. There are 12 parallel dimensions that exist side by side with Mojie, a dimension where evil resides. In every dimension the special ability folks are fighting the forces of evil. Some dimensions have fallen, some are making their last stand, and still some have yet to recognize the evil among them.