Police Boundaries (警界線)[Entire first episode from Youtube]
A few days ago, HKTV put up a ‘poll’ on their Facebook page, asking audiences to vote for which series (out of the 8 teaser trailer clips they released so far) they would like to watch the entire first episode of – HKTV would then ‘premiere’ the entire first episode for the series that receives the most votes. Voting ended on Tuesday and the series that garnered the most votes was, not surprisingly, Police Boundaries (according to HKTV, Hidden Faces came in a close second). Therefore, HKTV kept their promise and broadcast the entire first episode of Police Boundaries on Youtube yesterday (Friday).
So far, the feedback for the first episode has been overwhelmingly positive (based on comments in Weibo, discussion forums, HKTV’s Facebook page, etc.). Since this is one of the series that I’ve been looking forward to watching since HKTV first announced the filming of it last year, of course I wasn’t going to miss the broadcast of the first episode (I don’t think I would have been able to forgive myself…LOL).
Anyway, below are my initial comments from watching the first episode – I will most likely have more feedback later on (tomorrow) once I get the chance to re-watch the episode again in more detail…
My comments (so far):
.— I don’t know what to say except for – WOW!! The first episode as well as the preview for episode 2 absolutely made me want to watch the rest of the series!
.—The episode was fast-paced, thrilling, suspenseful, and so full of twists and turns that it literally kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time I was watching! When the 11 minute teaser aired last week, I had already remarked how awesome that trailer was (reference this link for my initial comments on the episode 1 trailer) – well, the first episode was even better because we (the audiences) got to understand more of the plot as well as get a better picture of each main character.
.—I was actually quite shocked to find out the relationship between Dominic Lam and Liu Kai Chi’s characters (though from what was revealed in the first episode, it still isn’t 100% clear…but at least we know that, at minimum, the 2 of them, along with Dominic’s deceased wife, are very close friends). But I’m actually really curious about Uncle Chi’s character – it’s obvious that he was an undercover cop at one point, but is he truly a good guy or will it turn out that he’s actually the main villain? Whichever it ends up being, I am looking forward to seeing how this all unfolds – and with Uncle Chi’s top-notch acting, I am absolutely certain that his performance will be stellar!
.—Dominic was also absolutely brilliant in the first episode! After watching the initial 11 minute trailer, I remember commenting that he didn’t have much screen time, but it turns out he does – it’s just that majority of his scenes are concentrated in the middle and second half of the episode. The scene at the gun shop was quite intense – I will admit that I was so worried Dominic was going to hurt the little boy (Lawrence’s son)…the expression on his face was pretty scary (plus that little boy is just too darn cute and adorable…can’t bear to see anything else bad happen to him!).
.—I know the feedback to the initial trailer from last week was that Lawrence’s acting was subpar – but after watching the entire first episode, I actually don’t think he was that bad. Of course, when you’re up against such established veteran actors as Liu Kai Chi, Dominic Lam, Felix Lok, etc., anyone’s acting will seem like ‘child’s play’…however, if we put aside the comparisons to the veterans, I actually feel that Lawrence’s performance wasn’t really that bad at all. At the very least, I (as an audience member) was able to connect with his character on an emotional level (that’s half the battle right there) and also feel sorry for his plight in the series. Sure, some of his facial expressions, delivery of dialogue, as well as the way he handled certain emotional scenes still need some work, but overall, I would actually say that he did a decent job for such a heavy role.
.—I am definitely interested in learning more about Joman Chiang – her performance in this first episode was very impressive, especially knowing that she is a ‘newbie’ in the area of acting! She had good control over all of her scenes and even with the complicated dialogue (I’m assuming she is the female ‘military weapons expert’ character described in the plot summary), she was able to deliver the goods extremely well. I don’t know about you guys, but watching her performance, I absolutely could not believe that this series was her first attempt at acting! Looks like Joman has a bright future ahead of her as an actress….
.—Interesting that Lam Lei’s character dies in episode 1 – I actually thought that he would have a more significant role. Also, is it just me, or does Lam Lei look really really old in this series? His first few scenes were fine, but the ones later on in the episode weren’t – he looked way too old, thin, and sickly (so different from how he used to look). Not sure what happened there but I just found it a little hard to concentrate on his scenes because I couldn’t get over how haggard he looked. In any case, the plot twist involving his character was quite interesting and I assume that story arc is going to be an important one throughout the rest of the series.