TV Binge: Who’s The Murderer 明星大侦探4 (Season 4, 2018)

Who’s The Murderer (Season 4, 2018)
明星大侦探4

Cast: He Jiong, Benny Sa, Angel Wang, Bai Jing Ting, Emma Wu, Liu Haoran, Zhang Ruo Yun, Wei Da Xun, Justin, Seven Tan

No. of Episodes: 13

**With that said, instead of the poster, I added in the full playlist of the series. Its backwards to scroll to the second last video to see episode 1 and turn on the CC for English subtitles.**

Let’s start off right away that I have never seen Who’s The Murderer Season 1 to 3. Its only been since last year in July that I started getting into the TV series/dramas & variety shows from China. With that said, after watching The Chamber of Secrets Escape (Review), Who’s a Murderer was even more up my alley. The best part is that it had these twists and turns in their stories and the investigations was cool. Plus, the set and stories they always did added intrigue but also a lot of logic and problem solving and analytical sort of thinking. It relied especially in the final episode on (what I believe) an unscripted way to twist and turn throughout the situation for the murderer to not be discovered with whatever tactics they can use. Who’s the Murderer is a lot like an elaborate version of this party game called Wink Murder or Killer (whatever you call it, I’m not too sure…) but instead of a circle, it adds in these Clue elements and sometimes, escape room elements.

One great element of this is its setting. They build these fantastic sets as a backdrop for each of their things. Sure, its mostly just rooms mildly divided in some cases to show the different characters and their rooms. The structure of the game is also quite good. The first part is establishing and discovering the “body”, then introduction of the characters and their timeline, the first collective search, the first collective analysis, the detective’s solo (secret) vote on who’s the murderer, the second round of collective search, 1 on 1 with detective, final collective analysis and final vote for everyone and then the reveal whether they successfully voted the murderer to go to “jail”. Its usually the search and the analysis that makes for a lot of fun moments. The other part of this which is great especially being a variety show (and something China does particularly well) is the focus on society and how each of these stories focus on some element of society and people whether its relationships, idols, love, families in regards to revenge, trust, loyalty, etc and how a lot of these cases sprouted from an extreme negative thought or self-preservation or whatnot and they reflect on these cases at the end.

who's the murderer

As for the cast here, there are a few regulars and then every episode has some guests that only pop in to participate. He Jiong is a super popular and talented host for Happy Camp and an array of variety shows in China, prominently on Hunan TV so since that is mostly where I watch variety shows, I’ve grown to really appreciate him and in this, he is really talented especially when he is the “killer” he can almost always avoid being caught. The other is Benny Sa who I’ve never seen in anything before but he is also quite comedic and very analytical but sometimes has this silliness to his theories and guesses. The younger semi-regulars is one of the reason that I started this and that is Bai JingTing who I first saw in a TV drama (which I haven’t written up yet) and through this I’ve known a few other semi-regulars that I honestly really like a lot too.

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There is a lot of after editing on these shows and probably a lot is cut out of the whole episode but there is a great post-editing effect for it to make it very mysterious and suspicious. A lot of the mysteries have a lot of twists and the character have their own depth. It also brings up a lot of questions on right and wrong and morals and ethics. For a variety game show style, it definitely has more depth than most. Plus a lot of times, it also gives the audience watching an outlet to analyze the case with what they have found and always reveal at the end whether they found the evidence that solidifies who the “murderer” is. The first two episodes and the final episodes are the most awesome ones. Its nice to see how they incorporate some spinoff on popular movie backdrops as well as different genres such as time travel elements and whatnot. Its a very colorful show to say the least and while there are a few little stumbles and some episodes are slightly more predictable (which is a rare occasion), its one that, I would assume, has gone through  a lot of polish and it shows because its highly entertaining and really fun to get involved to make your own guesses while watching it. I like that element of it the most as it becomes very immersive.

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What’s Up Week 11: TV Binging Through Staycation

Welcome to Week 11 of What’s Up! This week has been a little bit mixed. Some things happened more than others. Its what happens when I spend a lot of time having time off. I’m going to be super honest that I have massive TV binge tendancies that started the earliest so it is my best destressor. So, no doubt its a huge part of what I do when I go on staycation (regardless of the backlog).

READING

two sisters of borneo

  • The Two Sisters of Borneo by Ian Hamilton (Review)

Currently reading: Obsidio

I am focusing on getting back to book series that I have put down. Finishing The sixth installment of Ava Lee series, The Two Sisters of Borneo, was a great reading experience. Still a pageturner series, which is always great. While I have the next book released which was the prequel to the series (odd, right?), I decided to go back to The Illuminae Files final book in the trilogy, Obisido. I loved the first two books so much that I just couldn’t resist. I’m still fairly early in the reading for Obsidio but the book tends to go pretty quickly due to its immersiveness.

PLAYING

  • Candies ‘n Curses
  • Liar!
  • Mortal Kombat X

I went lazy on gaming this staycation. Probably shouldn’t because well, we do have a game to review but I didn’t end up starting it until late. Prioritizing things that probably could have been pushed later in the schedule. Oh well, what’s done is done. I did a lot of mobile gaming. To be accurate, I played Liar! which is a visual novel sort of game which I’ll talk about in the next Mobile Games Roundup and went back to play Candies ‘n Curses that I talked up in the last Mobile Games Roundup (HERE) and also went back to polish some MKX skills. There’s not a whole lot to talk about there.

WATCHING

a monster calls

  • A Monster Calls
  • Battleship

Movie watching has definitely slowed down and I’ve hinted it enough. I did need a little break from it after the immense blogathon and marathon craze. It will pick up after I get through some piled up backlog, which should bring forth at least 2 more double features. With that said, the highlight movie (not that we had a lot to choose from) is A Monster Calls. I had a few issues with pacing for it but there is a lot of style and visuals to it and a nice twist to it all that I appreciated more and more as I watched further into the story. As for Battleship, I’ll talk about it when I do the double feature when we get there in a few weeks.

BINGING

queer eye

  • The Big Family Cooking Showdown (Season 2, 2019)
  • Queer Eye (Season 3, 2019)

Currently binging: My Amazing Boyfriend 2, The Singer 2019, Mr. Swimmer, My Little One 2

The currently watching (that I haven’t discussed too much of in the last two weeks) has been pretty good. Some of them are nearing their final episodes. There is 8 more episodes of My Amazing Boyfriend 2 to go, 2 to 3 more episodes of The Singer 2019 and probably the same for My Little One 2. As for Mr. Swimmer, everything is out but I’ve slowed down as the drama has intensified but I’m about 10 episodes  more to go to wrap that up. As for what I did finish, I binged some newer shows (which I’ve prioritized TV binges on…or trying to) and that’s The Big Family Cooking Showdown Season 2 and Queen Eye Season 3.  The latter was almost a one day binge and that is just because its so awesome.

That’s it for this week’s What’s Up!
What have you been reading/watching/binging/playing?

What’s Up Week 10: There is never enough TV series…

Ten weeks have gone by this year! Its incredible to think that a lot of happened. March is a bit two-fold. On one hand, everything has balanced out as the movie watching blogathons and marathons have both simmered away, leading to a shift in finding other little things to work on. I have a pretty good idea on what to tentatively schedule in for a lot of these sections to clear out a lot of commitments that have been just sitting in the background. I’m catching up with stuff and also trying to stay current and minimize backlog. Hopefully in due time, you will start seeing a lot of these things pop up in written form (or video format. I realize I’ve been neglecting it and not going to lie that I forgot…).

READING

two sisters of borneo

Currently reading: The Two Sisters of Borneo by Ian Hamilton

The Two Sisters of Borneo is still a great ride even at three quarters into the book. There’s this really great thing but for once in a pretty long while, I finally figured out a part of the twist from the clues in the novel. Its something to be happy about mostly because this one takes some unique turns in the plot usually . Its still very fast paced so I’m looking forward to see how the last quarter goes.

PLAYING

gunhouse

  • Gunhouse

Currently playing: Eastshade

Talking about gaming, I always take little breaks from open world games here and there so its a bit slower but the husband wanted to give Gunhouse a whirl. We got it for Playstation Plus free games and its something that looked like its right up my alley. We both ended up playing it on our own accounts. I’m putting together a video for it soon for the Game Warp channel.

WATCHING

pacific rim

  • Wall-E (rewatch)
  • Up (rewatch)
  • Knowing
  • Pacific Rim (rewatch – Review)

Lots of great movies rewatched this week. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the only film that I walked in on my husband watching (and have no desire to start at the beginning after finishing it). Knowing is really quite a let-down, mostly when it has the twist which is too far-fetched for my liking. Either way, the double features for all these random movies are coming up soon. They are in the works. As for Wall-E and Up, you should have already seen it go up as my blogathon finale triple feature HERE. And as for Pacific Rim, that is for the next Movies and Tea episode…well..we’re a bit ahead of the game because I’m going to be coming up to a busy time so it’ll be in 2 episodes. In the meantime, I did link an older review for when I first watched Pacific Rim. It probably isn’t too good in the writing (but I didn’t check so who knows.)

BINGING

mr. swimmer

  • Lipstick Prince

Currently binging: My Amazing Boyfriend 2, The Big Family Cooking Showdown (Season 2), The Singer 2019, My Little One 2, Mr. Swimmer

I know it sounds kind of crazy and you’re asking the heck is Lipstick Prince. To be honest, I’ve watched only all the episodes I had access to and could find on Youtube. There are few that I haven’t found yet but I already have a very good idea of the show itself. It is pretty funny and cute to watch. Its structured a little like the idol dramas centralizing around four young male celebrities as they get distributed tasks to put make up on one female celebrity and try to charm them throughout. Its only 10 episodes but very hard to find everything as its not through the normal channels. I’ll do a little write-up on it soon.

On the other hand, what’s life if not adding on even more TV series, right? I’m starting to feel like I have some TV series attention deficiency issue. I promise you that I started Mr. Swimmer for a reason. Well, one reason…because I was looking up Mike Angelo because of My Amazing Boyfriend 2 and that is also how I landed on Lipstick Prince. I’m almost halfway through Mr. Swimmer (not quite) and while it has some very comedic bits, it is also very dramatic and nearing the halfway point, the drama is getting a bit high, the situation is getting a bit frustrating and some characters are genuinely pissing me off. So I’m taking it a bit slower as to not raise the blood pressure too much on my end.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
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What’s Up Week 9: The Rare Two Great Films In A Row…

Week 9 of 2019 was a pretty productive one. Busy to say the least but still a lot of things accomplished. Still a lot of writing in the backlog waiting to be done but things are moving along. Especially now that we’re part of the way through the blogathon and February is finally done so romance films are (almost) behind us.

READING

two sisters of borneo

  • The Princess and the Peacock (Birds of Fae #1) by C.S. Johnson (Review)

Currently reading: The Two Sisters of Borneo

With the first half of the year being as busy as it had been and I’m on the verge of just absolute fatigue and almost burnout (I’ll talk about this in the next Weekly Adventures post), reading on the bus has been fairly slow. If you are my Goodreads friend, then you probably see that I’m falling a tad behind on the Goodreads challenge but I’m fairly confident that I’ll make it regardless. Finished up the novella The Princess and the Peacock which is a decent fairy tale retelling of sorts for the blog tour and that review is up. I’m finally diving back into Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee series, which I absolutely adore so its a nice change in pace and The Two Sisters of Borneo may be the sixth book in the series but man, its still so fantastic and I’m only 15% or so into the book.

I don’t have any concrete reading obligations in March (yet) so I might just dig through my book shelves and get back to some franchises that I love but have put down for a while.

PLAYING

39 days to ,ars

  • 39 Days to Mars

Currently playing: Eastshade

As I play a bigger game in the background, the husband and I finally sat down to play co-op adventure game 39 Days to Mars developed by It’s Anecdotal. Its about two silly men who construct a rather silly spacecraft to go to Mars. Pretty much, its a fun game with a lot of hilarious dialogue as you go through all kinds of puzzles from the different parts that break during the travel. I’ll be working on the review soon-ish..seeing as there are about 3 more reviews sitting in the to-do list (that I’ve started but didn’t finish for various reasons).

WATCHING

Us and Them

The final week pretty much for Valentine’s marathon was a crazy affair mostly because I had a lot of movies that I enjoyed and two that I absolutely loved to absolute death. Then there was some that were quite meh. But then that is what happens after extraordinary films and it explains my reluctance for the last 4 films of the marathon. Two still need to be watched and written up as double features outside of the marathon but I will still see it through. With that said, I started preparing for the blogathon conclusion post as well which usually is a double or triple feature. With that said, my highlight (if you haven’t read that double feature for T & U) is This Is Not What I Expected and especially Us & Them. It got me thinking about a lot and feeling all kinds of feelings. Its just so fantastically structure with all the little details and how it is filmed. If you have Netflix, you should definitely check out this Chinese Netflix Original film. I can’t look at that poster without my thoughts going back to the movie.

BINGING

miss rose

  • Miss Rose (rewatch)

Currently watching: My Amazing Boyfriend 2, The Singer 2019, My Little One 2, The Big Family Cooking Showdown (Season 2)

I finished rewatching Miss Rose which puts it in priority for the next TV binge (at least thats the plan). Everything else is still in progress. This is an alright Taiwanese series and I watched it mostly for Roy Chiu since he’s a pretty decent actor (and also the male lead in the recently released Netflix Original film, Dear Ex). My Amazing Boyfriend 2 runs from Thursday to Saturday for 6 episodes per week, My Little One 2 and The Singer 2019 are the Saturday new episode shows and well, The Big Family  Cooking Showdown Season 2 finally got released on Netflix with a whole facelift in judges and only some small themes similar to the first season. I’m only 4 episodes in so also watching this slowly. There’s not a whole lot to report here. TV binges are still piled up like a mountain (surpassing the game reviews pile now) so I’m going to focus on it now that marathon is done (and blogathon is ending soon). However, no problems on that because TV is still bringing me a ton of joy!

That’s it for this What’s Up!
What have you been up to?

What’s Up 2019 Week 8: Slowly back to normal…

What's Up

Welcome to Week 8! February’s almost over and its incredible to think about that. As the Valentine’s marathon is more of a romance marathon in its last leg, movies have slowed down a little as I got back into the groove of both gaming and TV series again. Reading is doing pretty well also. Things are back to their normal balance and its pretty refreshing even if it feels like the Valentine’s marathon’s  last leg is a bit hindered. However, I am enjoying the themed month and thinking of doing that more frequently.

READING

one flew through the dragon heart

  • One Flew Through The Dragon Heart by C.S. Johnson (Review)

Currently reading: The Princess and the Peacock

Wrapped up One Flew Through the Dragon Heart finally. It really had nothing to do with the book itself as you can see in the review (link above). The blog tour is currently happening. The book had a nice subgenre that I don’t read enough of: steampunk. There was really one thing that bothered me a lot but then in the sum of things, it turned out to be a fun little adventure. Its the first book in a series so it’ll be nice to see where it heads next. The current read is also from C.S. Johnson but is a novella so I’m blasting through it rather quickly. So far, The Princess and the Peacock is interesting to say the least. I’ll gather more thoughts probably in the second half (which I’m about to get to).

PLAYING

mortal kombat x

  • Mortal Kombat XL [Story mode]

Currently playing: Eastshade

After a few weeks, much longer than anticipated, of having my playing game as Mortal Kombat X, I have finally moved on with life. Its been a fun game though and a fitting one which helped decrease a lot of frustration via video games. It did have its difficult moments because I’m not good at fighting games but then, its kind of obviously seeing as I took a 4 hours campaign and doubled the time to finish it. Oh well, its how things are. As long as it had its entertainment value.

WATCHING

Secret

  • Remember Me (Review)
  • Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho!
  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
  • Secret

Look at this list! I almost am not used to seeing it so short however, it was nice to take a moment to not just watch movies everyday on turbo mode. Its always nice to catch up with newly released comedy shows. Ken Jeong is a comedian that I do enjoy more and more over the years. He’s not my favorite but this comedy show was pretty good. There were some bits that truly worked out very hilarious. As for movies, things were fairly average. Every movie had their issues that broke it a little but as low as 2007’s Jay Chou directorial debut Secret was rated, I connected with it the most and appreciated what it was trying to achieve. Review coming up for that one in the next double feature (probably later today).

BINGING

super-vocal

  • Super-Vocal (Season 1, 2018)

Currently binging: My Amazing Boyfriend 2, The Singer 2019, My Little One (Season 2), Miss Rose

The big binge was finally catching up with Super Vocal, which is a new Chinese operatic music competition that just ended in January 2019. I’ll do a binge of it soon but all the factors work out really well here. I do hope that they keep this as annual thing because it has so many cool things. I found it through the Super Vocal quartet that joined into The Singer 2019. However, the entire thing is pretty fun and I’m a big fan of this type of music even if I don’t listen to it very often.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
Its been colorful and fun to say the least!
What have you been reading/watching/binging/playing?

TV Binge: Nailed It! Mexico (Season 1, 2019)

If you’ve missed my reviews of the original American Netflix version, here are my reviews:

Nailed It! (Season 1)
Nailed It! (Season 2)
Nailed It! Holidays

Nailed It! Mexico (Season 1, 2019)

Nailed It Mexico

Hosts: Omar Chappuro & Anna Ruiz

Hosted by Omar Chaparro and head judge Anna Ruiz, home bakers in Mexico with a terrible track record take a shot at recreating edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize. It’s part competition, part hot mess. – IMDB

After the massive success of Nailed It! on Netflix Original series that has gone through 2 seasons, brought in a special Queer Eye episode and then a holidays version, it has now expanded internationally with its first stop with Nailed It! Mexico. I’m always a big supporter of Netflix working around its own Netflix’s international grab and expanding its show, just like how it did the international cooking show, The Final Table or obstacles competition, Ultimate Beastmaster, which proves that its a foundation that has endless possibilities and a way to truly expose the world to different cultures and well, just each other. Plus, Nailed It! is a great idea because it breaks out from the professional version of things and takes a more relaxed and amateur approach to things while still keeping itself educational.

nailed it mexico

Nailed It! Mexico honestly was a lot of the same as Nailed It! for USA. That is a good and bad thing. The good is that it keeps a certain type of humor and joke that runs throughout. It makes it more united and keeps it fun to watch. It uses Nailed It! signatures, like the golden hat for the winner of the first round or the same trophy design. However, going international as I mentioned gives a look at culture and while pop culture and its guests go hand in hand to expose some of their talents there in the baking and celebrity and/or foodie world, the baking designs are also with Mexican culture and themes for example something as simple as incorporation a pinata or the quinceanera. What also works here is that the first episode sets up the Mexican version to be on a higher baking knowledge especially looking at the same structure but more seemingly complicated desserts and designs.

nailed it mexico

There are a few “bad” things here. The bad is that it lacks a uniqueness other than location and language to give Mexico’s version its own distinction. Its something that is important to for someone like myself who watches all of it.  It likes reusing the bits like having those funky buttons like having Omar Chaparro take over the nagging duties and inviting Sylvia Weinstock as a foreign guest to link the two together while doing her little “stealing” things from the pantry bit and her witty remarks; also the trophy never being there for the announcement and reappearing from weird spots, etc. This all works well enough except when doing something like that, it becomes Nailed It signatures and yet, its easily going to be compared with its US original, which has an upperhand (in my opinion, because of Nicole Byers having that charisma she brings to the show).

With all that said, looking at both sides, Nailed It Mexico is a lot of the same, but that isn’t a bad thing because I had the same criticism about the second one going into an odd direction which didn’t work. In comparison, the complexity and different humor might sometimes get lost in translation however, the entertainment of Nailed It has always been looking at the funny failures (and learning from them) and with that, the Mexican version still delivers in spades.

What’s Up Week 7: Marathon and Blogathon!

What's Up

Welcome to week 7 of 2019. We’re halfway through February and its crazy! Time sure does fly and then its super busy as well. Some of the categories have been very quiet but February has been a month full of movie-watching.

READING

one flew through the dragon heart

Currently reading: One Flew Through the Dragon Heart (Favan & Flew #1)

Still reading One Flew Through the Dragon Heart. I’m about three quarters done with the book. At this point, I’m enjoying the setting and adventure aspect of it. Its a lot of fun to read although I have some little issues with it, and its something I feel that seems to persist since the beginning.

PLAYING

mortal kombat x

Currently playing: Mortal Kombat X

It was weeks ago that I started up the campaign of Mortal Kombat X and then never found time to get back to it. I powered through a good part of it this weekend. While its supposed to only take 4 hours, this will definitely take me more as I have issues with combat games and just executing combos which causes problems. But I’m getting better, I think… The hope is to finish it up in the coming week.

WATCHING

SPL: Kill Zone

  • Nappily Ever After (Review)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl (Review)
  • Prince Charming (Review)
  • The Bullet Vanishes (rewatch) (Review)
  • Permission
  • SPL/KillZone (rewatch) (Review)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (rewatch)

A bit less crazy on the movie watching front but still the category that I spent the most time doing. With Ultimate 2000s Blogathon kicking off and Movies and Tea podcast recordings really amping up, two of these movies were for those respective purposes. The Bullet Vanishes was another rewatch for recording as a guest with Asian Cinema Film Club. As for the others, they were all for the Valentine’s Romance Double Feature, whatever you want to call that which I extended to the entire month to finish off the Netflix Alphabet theme. I’m enjoying it so far and have discovered some interesting films. Nothing has been so bad that I regretted watching just yet, some definitely were lackluster but I’ve also discovered some true gem. However, as much as you want to say that I’m doing a shameless plug for Ultimate 2000s Blogathon, SPL: Kill Zone was my fave movie of this batch. I always love to find a reason to rewatch that one and its probably why the review was so out of control long. I haven’t written a review that lengthy in a long time.

BINGING

my amazing boyfriend 2

Currently binging: My Amazing Boyfriend 2 (2019), The Singer 2019, My Little One (Season 2), Miss Rose (rewatch)

My Amazing Boyfriend 2 starting up on Valentine’s Day. It runs 2 episode releases on Youtube every week from Thursday to Saturday. 6 new episodes a week is usually pretty normal. If you were here a few weeks ago, I had just finished up My Amazing Boyfriend and talked about how they were using a main leads to do the sequel. After watching the first 6 episodes, its funny but the new girl does capture a lot of the original actress, Wu Qian’s style and in some shots even look a bit like her. I’m also enjoying Mike Angelo play the male lead also. He brings a slightly different vibe in his expressions but I might actually like it even more than the original. Not sure quite yet.

As I mentioned before that I’m slowly going through all the series that I watched last year and never reviewed so I ended up rewatching Miss Rose. No worries. I’m working on the stuff wrapped in 2019 as priority as a lot of stuff I’ve been stuck on got written out so I’m hoping it’ll get me out of this writing rut. The Singer 2019 went on as usual and it was a nice episode full of fantastic performances.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
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