Thursday, December 31, 2020

Year in Review

Escaping 2020

Can we all agree to pretend that 2020 never happened? This year has been filled many untold tragedies for so many people. My family and I are one of the lucky ones who made it through relatively unscathed, and for that, I am thankful. We spent a lot of time indoors together and even found time to watch a few TVB dramas. 

TVB Series 

Okay, we found time to start a few TVB dramas, but I didn't actually finish most of them. 

  • Forensic Heroes IV - Is it possible to create a more emotionless series? Discover crime scene, collect evidence, run a few tests, case solved. Rinse and repeat. 
  • Brutally Young - The best drama in a long while. I can't remember the last drama that had me at the edge of my seat and eagerly awaiting the next episode. Five stars if it had ended at episode 16. 
  • Airport Strikers - You would never know this was a police series because there was so little policing. 
  • Death By Zero - Nice to see TVB trying something new, but it was not my cup of tea.
  • Al Cappuccino - How this series got 22 award nominations is a mystery. It had too many annoying characters, which is too bad because I could not enjoy the few breakthrough performances. 
  • The Witness - Him Law and Kelly Cheung make a cute couple in the few scenes that I saw. 
  • Line Walker: Bull Fight - On my list to finish, but will probably move to the dropped list soon. 
  • Legal Mavericks 2020 - See above. 

American TV
  • Designated Survivor - The first two seasons were great. The last season can be skipped, unless you didn't get enough election talk this year. 
  • Kim's Convenience - A hidden gem that is set in Canada!
  • FBI - A routine procedural. 
  • The Queen's Gambit - I caught the chess craze even though I am terrible at.
  • Quiz - A 3 episode mini-series about a cheating scandal on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? I will gladly debate the verdict with anyone who has watched it. 


Remember when going to the movie theaters was a thing? At least I saw Tenet in theaters and didn't pay $30+ for Mulan
  • Parasite
  • 1917
  • Birds of Prey
  • Bad Boys for Life
  • Onward
  • Tenet 
  • Mulan 
  • I'm Livin' It
  • P Storm
  • Black and Blue
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • El Camino
  • My Spy
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Irresistible 

I skipped (forgot) my blog anniversary post this year, so to everyone still supporting my blog, thank you! May your 2021 be immensely better than 2020. 


  1. The only tvb show I saw is Forensic Heroes IV and yes, I agreed with you it was a little bland but I still kind of enjoyed it.

    I didn't seen any of the movies or american shows. I've decided I wouldn't see the live adaptation of Mulan, I think it will ruined the animated version for me. You didn't say if you enjoy any of these movies you've listed.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Good decision on Mulan. It’s a bland movie without comparing it to the original. But I couldn’t resist seeing how bad it turned out to be. Of the movies, I was most amazed by 1917. I watched in theatres pre-COVID and the cinematography was just breath-taking. I enjoyed the new concept in Tenet, but it’s really confusing and I still don’t fully understand it. It’s also very loud and probably better with subtitles. Onward and Crazy Rich Asians were surprisingly fun movies. Parasite is also fun, but the ending ruined it for me. I’m Livin’ It is more somber and poignant, but strong performances (I’m a little bias for Miriam, of course). All the others are good to fill two hours, except the last three are recommended skips.