Crime Busters x2 叮当神探
Mediacorp Channel 8 synopsis HERE
This drama stars:
Tay Ping Hui as Lu Daxiong aka ‘old maid’, Dawn Yeoh as Xia Jing Yi, Shaun Chen as Kang Jae Hee (Jiang Zai Xi), Paige Chua (Cai Qihui) as Yu Jie, Jackson Tan (from Star Search 2007) as Fu Da Zhi aka ‘big mole’, Richard Low as Lu Duo Fu, Mariana as ‘Cantik’, Hong Huifang as Feng Huixin, Huang Wenyong as Xia Mingda, Chen Guohua as Ah Fu, Joey Swee as Lu Baoliang, Nick Shen as Sun Ji Qing, Pan Lingling as Wang Yumei
The Surgical Demon (Part 1)
Jesseca Liu as Ou Fenni, Jerry Yeo as Lin Zhengwei, Michelle Chong as Isabelle (Yi Sha Bei), Desmond Tan (from Star Search 2007) as Hu Zhiyang, Henry Heng as Chen Xiazhong
Alan Tern as Tang Jiasheng, Rebecca Lim as Hu Huadie, Cecilia Wang as Hu Caidie
Wheel of Destiny
Zhang Wei as Liu Wenbao, Celest Chong as Margaret
Rayson Tan as Xue Youren, Candyce Toh as Bai Xiaoyun
A Pact with the Devil
Zhang Yaodong as Yu Qing, Brandon Wong as Du Min
The Surgical Demon (Part 2)
don’t expect it to be gritty like “C.I.D”, or as intriguing and full of drama as “Metamorphosis”. expect more D.I.E (HK-TVB; 2008) than H.I.T (KR-MBC; 2007), as this cop drama promises to have comedy working hand in hand with dramatic sequences and serious cases. i’ve also read that it has the characters of “Doraemon”, hence ‘叮当 (ding dang)’ and how Tay Ping Hui as Daxiong is Nobita and so on. i’m not sure about the details as i’m not familiar with the comic. haha :) [could anyone who knows tell me more? thanks! :D]
this drama has 1 major case – ‘The Surgical Demon’, and 4 other cases, each focusing on a few of the main characters. from the start, they already reveal who the real surgical maniac is – he is played by Shaun Chen. they will continue to develop his character as the show continues, first with his relationship with Yu Jie (Paige Chua), who resembles his deceased girlfriend (yes, another of those!).
Tay Ping Hui is Lu Daxiong, the high profile cop from major crime who screwed up 5 years ago, and caused his partner Doggy’s death (Joshua Ang’s cameo). he then asked to be transferred out of major crime, and is now in charge of the records department – the department in charge of keeping records of cases, and digging up unsolved cases to investigate further. He is a very cold man, who is neat and organised, and he likes to pick on newbies.
Dawn Yeoh is Xia Jingyi, a rookie cop who is assigned to be Daxiong’s partner. She is a very disorganised and messy person, who is enthusiastic and excited about her job. She often thinks of herself as a capable detective, and constantly quotes famous detectives, sometimes daydreaming about being a hero, like in manga/anime.
Daxiong and Jingyi progress from being at loggerheads (like how he hates her wearing colourful t-shirts, and disected an umbrella and made her wear it like a poncho) to another level. however, Daxiong starts the show liking forensic pathologist Yu Jie, and Dazhi (Jackson Tan) likes Jingyi (now nicknamed ‘xiaozhu’ piglet).
after 4 episodes: the first case has been solved. it was the case of a copycat murder, with the same M.O. as the surgical maniac’s (sounds so much like H.I.T!). the acting by Jerry Yeo as Lin Zhengwei was really good as he played a stuttering pharmaceutical assistant who was the copycat murderer. it was so different from his debut role in “”Beach.Ball.Babes”, where he was the blur, innocent undergrad. he was very convincing as a person who lacked confidnce and who was very unsure of himself. he was really good! and this is his second role! ONLY!
i’m also very pleased that actors whom have not appeared in a long time, like Joey Swee, Nick Shen and Alan Tern are back onscreen!
CURRENT RATINGS: 4.3/5.0 (VERY GOOD!)