It Wasn’t A Sequel To Begin With
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My 3rd novel wasn’t meant to be a sequel to the 2nd novel in the first place. Then something happened. Characters began to beg to be included in the story. Thus, a sequel was born.

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Drama Review: Death Investigation Extension – D.I.E.

Submitted by on September 29, 2009 – 14:25No Comment

My favourite TVB drama series of the year! And I am looking forward to Season 2 of it. Nevertheless to say, Death Investigation Extension (D.I.E.) is a must-watch drama!

Synopsis from D-Addicts
The “Death Investigation Extension (D.I.E.)” in the police force was established to accommodate those who have been sent away by their supervisors. As everybody knows, members of the Extension are to investigate unsolved cold cases. YUE CHI-LONG (Roger Kwok), who has cracked a large number of difficult cases by extrasensory means, is assigned to the D.I.E. believing that he will get promoted soon. Later LONG finds out that his supervisor still has a long way to go before he reaches retirement age. Hoping to leave the Extension as soon as possible, he gets to solve a lot of intriguing cases. New appointee YING CHING-CHING (Sonija Kwok) is a good-looking girl but she means to act tough and sassy in front of others. She takes an uncompromising stand over every case she deals with, which leads her into constant quarrels with LONG. The relationship between the pair is deteriorating day after day.

LONG’s elder sister, YUE CHI-CHING (Margie Tsang), has been living with him. While investigating an old case, LONG gets to find his long-lost father YUE TAI-HOI (Leung Ka Yan). Through close collaboration with LONG, CHING-CHING has gradually developed affection for him. As she is still torn between LONG and her two-timing boyfriend SHING KA-TSUN (Kenneth Ma), LONG has started to try to avoid her without rhyme or reason. Feeling so confused about what is happening, CHING-CHING decides to do some probing and is shocked to discover that LONG has been dogged by a female ghost called SIU SIN (Kitty Yuen).

The drama starts off very excitingly as we watch the first meeting moment of Chi Long and Ching Ching – They hated each other. But fate always bring two hearts together when they are destined to fall in love. During the first ten episodes of the drama, the story highlights on their life as individuals without a hint of them falling in love with one another just yet. At this point, as an audience, I kept asking myself if I have missed out the hints (if there are any) which the director placed along the way of revealing the story.

The story gets more interesting as their love story blooms in the next ten episodes. Keeping me at the edge of the seat is the fact that I can’t wait for them to realize that they are in love, and the interesting police cases they are handling together. The chemistry between both characters are captivating on the screen. Their bond strongly felt in the drama.

Then comes the last five episodes of the drama. This is where I felt a slight pinch of disappointment. The story has been driven with suspense and excitement right until the last episode – when the ending was revealed – it was disappointing. It was like a joke. It felt like the writer didn’t know how to end the drama, thus ending it in the most comedian approach that didn’t blend well with the entire drama concept.

The last episode was disappointing, but I don’t think I’ll mind watching the rest of the episodes again. Why? Because of its great cast, good acting skills, and believable characters in the story. The concept is good, the story telling is fantastic. Just that the ending is a disappointment. Could have been done better!

Note: Reviews are based on foundations stated HERE.

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