A Boy Named Flora A 花甲男孩轉大人

Q Series’ A Boy Named Flora A (花甲男孩轉大人) is a dark comedy about a multi-generation family trying to get a handle on the dying (or, non-dying?) of their beloved matriarch and descending into “Lord of the Flies” instead. It is so inappropriate to laugh at some of the things they do. And if I were to watch this drama in public, I would’ve laugh-coughed in fear of offending the public sensibility. Good thing I watched it in the privacy of my own home where I could laugh all I wanted.

Like when the adults were discussing how lavish grandma’s funeral had to be in order to demonstrate their “prominent and upstanding” status in the village, grandson Huajia (aka. Flora A) discovered their “dead” grandma wasn’t quite dead yet. The funeral director knowing that his sale had tragically fell through, given that no one died, he nonetheless tried to salvage the business by inviting the family to come to him when they die in the future. (That is a comforting thought: I can pre-plan my funeral and get an early bird discount.)
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Or, when 2nd uncle’s family overslept and missed the life support removal ceremony, they had to crawl to the front door while wailing for the “dead” grandma, only to have 2nd uncle rush out to stop their filial piety act because grandma ain’t dead yet.
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Equally embarrassing was when local politicians, in their overzealous patronage, not only gift the family funeral flowers before grandma’s “time”, they came in person to pay their respect, complete with incense and all. Only to be told, again, grandma ain’t dead yet. Being a bunch of slick politicians they were, they immediately turned to the other side of the room and prayed to Buddha for grandma’s long life.
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Their death rituals/superstitions baffle me sometimes. So I always welcomed moments when regular old comedy appeared. Like two buddies reading manga on the bed, then one of them farts into the other person’s face.
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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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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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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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Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark 天黑請閉眼 Part 2

Okay… So the decade old high school scandal wasn’t what killed Xinyi. Her death was an accident. What a relief!

Or, is it?

While I was wrong about the killer and the motive, the intent to silence her still stands. And the cover up afterwards was anything but accidental.

Liar, liar, pants on fire. And our liar was the next to die.

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