Reality Check review
This series stars Ruco Chan as a tv producer who was abandoned by his biological mom (Rebecca Chan) so he is grateful and loyal to his adopted mom (Louise Lee). The first 5 episodes centers around Ruco producing a reality series when he brings a spoiled young kid (Hero Yuen) to the countryside to see how he will survive without electronics. Stanley Cheung, Evergreen Mak, and Priscilla Wong are part of the tv crew that comes along. The story is very cliche and predictable, but I still found it very enjoyable. It was sweet and had a nice moral and I liked how Hero ended up changing and was able to appreciate his father more afterwards.
The other 15 episodes is a love triangle of sorts but it involves Ruco and his two moms. Louise's husband passes away suddenly and she tries to pretend that everything is okay while her 2 biological kids are trying to rush her into selling away the apartment so that they can split the money. This leads to Louise having a gambling addiction since she feels alone without the support of her kids. I think they could have done a better job explaining why her kids became such jerks even though they were raised in a loving and supporting family. I also think they could have stretched out Louise's gambling addiction in the beginning instead of having Ruco discover it so quickly. It just seemed like she gambled a few times and all of a sudden had an addiction. Her gambling did come back later on but I felt like it would have a bigger impact if it built up more towards the end. The whole storyline just seemed a little repetitive the gambling, kids being mean, and repeat.
This was Priscilla's first role since joining TVB and her acting is just okay. Her voice just quivers through everything and she seems like she's going to constantly cry, but at least her cantonese is good? This was also Owen Cheung's first big role and he is seriously an ugly version of Bosco Wong. Of the newer people, I was most impressed by Hero Yuen. I see a lot of potential in him and I really liked his relationship with his dad in this series. I wish they showed more of them throughout the series after he returns from the countryside instead of just towards the end.
Overall, this series was just okay but I did enjoy the first 5 episodes the most.