Sunday, July 21, 2019

Overview - Justice Bao: The First Year

During the reign of Emperor Renzong of Song, Shaun Tam takes office as the magistrate of Kaifeng. Shaun, his adviser Raymond Cho, bodyguard Owen Cheung, and four bailiffs work together to combat crooked trends. Nancy Wu, the daughter of a merchant, is an eloquent speaker and receives guidance from Raymond as she becomes a lawyer. Elaine Yiu, a maid from Gaochang, is skilled in autopsies. The two women help the seven men of Kaifeng solve many cases. But there are many dangers lurking within Kaifeng. The tyrannical Henry Li repeatedly tries to harm Shaun. Shaun and Elaine have common interests and slowly develop a romance, until he discovers her real identity, which is concealing a huge conspiracy... Nancy's father (KK Cheung) has unloyal ambitions and accuses the Emperor of not being the rightful emperor! Shaun faces his most difficult case. Will he bury his consciousness for the sake of society or reveal the truth?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Overview - Our Unwinding Ethos

Urban legends, seemingly true yet seemingly fantastical, connect the past and future. Folklore professor Rosina Lam encounters locals being haunted when she is researching the legend of Bride's Pool. She discovers that someone is using the legends to commit crimes. She investigates with reporter Edwin Siu and they reveal the secret past of bride-to-be Moon Lau.

Rosina's mentor has been missing for seven years; his son turns out to be Edwin. The two of them decide to finish her mentor's unfinished paper on Hong Kong's urban legends. During their research, they encounter cases that are similar to the legends. They begin to think that her mentor's disappearance is suspicious. As they investigate, Rosina and Edwin meet police officer Jonathan Cheung, whose family happens to be the main characters in the legend of the fox spirit killing an infant. Rosina is asked to investigate the incident from years ago, which ends up leading her to her mother's pawnshop! At this time, Edwin discovers that his father is still alive.

Monday, July 08, 2019

7th Anniversary

Casual TVB turns

Wow, Casual TVB is 7! Thank you to readers who have stuck around, even though I barely post nowadays - only 44 posts this year. To be fair, TVB is not exactly inspiring a lot ideas for posts either. But as TVB trudges on, I will be here as well.

A little while ago, I tossed around the idea of starting a new blog for non-Chinese historical posts. The idea of running two blogs seems daunting, so I haven't committed to it yet. If you have any thoughts about this, let me know! I do have some ideas for more Historical Context posts, but have never found the time to do them yet.