Last week, I had a little TVB marathon, watching the 15 episodes of Queen Divas and 20 episodes of Swipe Tap Love. And honestly speaking, there was not much plot to either storyline.
Queen Divas, in the perspective that I saw it, was about a woman (Nancy Sit) who led the family company well, but was only “liked” by her family members out of respect. The drama opens up to her two sons (Evergreen Mak and Pierre Ngo) marrying actresses: queen of comedies (Angela Tong) and queen of tragedies (Joyce Tang). As the two actresses were rivals in the showbiz, they naturally continued to fight over the smallest things in the family. At first, their mother-in-law triumphed in the battle of the wits, but soon the two daughter-in-laws teamed up to fight back against her. And this was when she realized that she did not possess the perfect character that she thought she had. She starts to change for the better, and this time her family accepts her for who she is. I probably phrased the dramatic version of the series, because after all, this was supposed to be a Lunar New Year series, so it is supposed to be lighthearted, funny, and with a good ending.
And the other one, Swipe Tap Love was kind of pointless in how I viewed it. 2009 was a big year for many Hong Kong people. In the series, Raymond Wong loses his sister and brother-in-law in a building fire and Priscilla Wong loses her father to cancer. Raymond married Elaine Yiu to give his niece a complete family. Skip forward, four years later to 2013. Priscilla breaks it off with Tony Hung, after realizing that they have lost their love for each other. Raymond finds out that Elaine has actually been stressed out mentally and psychologically because of work and his niece, who they call their ‘daughter’ now. Raymond and Elaine file for divorce. Now, both main characters are single. Where does the link between them come in? Two years ago, Raymond accidentally dialed a wrong number and this resulted in Priscilla’s mother being the babysitter for his niece. The two singles start texting each other over the smallest thing, and of course the niece favors Priscilla too. Let’s rush to almost the ending and they finally get together. Their sparks came through texting. Lame or not, you decide.
Both series were not dramatic, as they lack a plot. They were just lighthearted series.