The Ultimatum (双子星) – Comments After 15 episodes

I’m so sorry everyone. I promised some reviews last week but I just can’t squeeze time to do it..

Seeing that the serial will end in 15 days, I decided  to just write a full review then.. Meanwhile, here’s some of my comments for the 1st half (if any of you interested in it =D )

* What?

The Ultimatum (双子星) – Mediacorp’s midyear blockbuster.

* Who?

Most of the big names @ Mediacorp Studios that you can think of. Li Nanxing (李南星), Zoe Tay (郑惠玉), Fann Wong (方文芳), Tay Ping Hui (郑斌辉), Terence Cao (曹国辉), and the list continue on… I’ll put up their characters as I go on with the structural reviews.

* When?

Start in 1974 and span through 2009.

* What is the main plot?

Interesting enough, I found the first three episodes quite dry, despite of all the big names. I suppose it’s necessary to set up the plot. Zhang Wenyu (Hong Huifang) worked for Ye Songnian (Chen Shucheng) as his secretary. A drunken Ye Songnian made a mistake of raping Wenyu even knowing she’s already pregnant with her husband’s child.

1974, both Wenyu and Songnian’s 2nd wife, Suzhen (Lin Meijiao) gave birth to daughters. Nurse’s carelessness and a twist of fate gave a classic storyline of “swap at birth” for “The Ultimatum”. After being raped by Songnian and the death of her father, Wenyu suffered from depression. When she realized that the nurse gave her the wrong baby (she recognize the birthmark at baby’s foot sole), she wanted to confront the nurse. It was then she saw that Songnian holding the baby. The bad memories came at her at full force and on the top of it, with her baby suffered from heart disease, Wenyu made of her mind to let the mistake continue.

Obviously, the main focus of the 30 episodes drama will be the life of the 2 daughters. The side focus is of course is the romance between the leads. So far in 15 episodes, we already see the budding romance between Songqiao – Sun Jie – Chaoqun; Yuchen – Zhang Feng (or is it A-da); Songqing – Sun Min….and that only half way through the serial.

* Worth watching?

With all those big names in Mediacorp, I’ll say definitely! Here’s some other reasons worth mentioning:

– The “Unbeatables” duo of Li Nanxing and Zoe Tay pairs up once again. The chemistry is still sparking at high rate.

– It has been 14 years since “The Golden Pillow” that Zoe Tay and Fann Wong graced the screen together in same drama (“The Hotel” didn’t count =P)

– A ‘comeback’ for Li Nanxing after his last drama “The Golden Path” almost 2 years ago.

– Tay Ping Hui, Li Nanxing, Zoe Tay, Fann Wong are all the main leads. What is the chance of that?!

Full reviews to follow after the series end in 15 days… =D