Bernice Liu as Lee Sum Ying
Although she has been criticized early in her career with lack of fluency in Cantonese and bad acting, she has improved heaps since she first entered the industry in 2001. Her character is perfect for her, a girl who's positive, nice, and loves to dance. Dancing is definitely one of her best talents which she was able to show off in "Steps." Her performance may not be award winning or a big breakthrough, but it was sweet, likable, and real. Overall, her performance gets a two thumbs up from me.
His character is likable, and his performance shined compared to his newbie co-stars Matthew Ko, Stephen Huynh, and Stephen Wong. However, it falls slightly short of long-time veteran Wayne Lai. His acting is solid though and was hilarious at times. The downside? His hairstyle in this particular series is rather unusual.
As he does in every series he's in, he stands out. His character is most amusing to watch. Although he's not young or handsome, he can out perform a whole cast of a series, whether he's playing a lead or supporting role. He delivers the best performance in the whole series, and was the most hilarious.
Kate Tsui as Yeung Sze Man
Fala Chen as Karmen
The Chemistry Factor
"Steps" had great chemistry among it's cast, and not just in love relationships, but brother/sister and best friend relationships too...
What kept "Steps" going was the dancing scenes and chemistry between Bernice and Steven. These two had so much chemistry onscreen, and were so entertaining to watch, from their romantic scenes to their comedic scenes, to their fighting scenes. I loved when they called each other Auntie and Uncle. Their relationship was another one of TVB's "Hate to Love" relationships where Bernice and Steven at first disliked each other, then became friends, then became a couple. I hope these two will have more opportunities to collaborate with each other again, now that their chemistry has improved more than ever.
Bernice and Wayne
For a series that started off so strong, "Steps" lost a good amount of steam after 12-15 episodes. You'll most likely keep watching, because it's still pretty great. Unfortunately, the storyline starts to drag, and the script becomes sloppy. Bernice, Steven, Wayne, and Claire if she was ever on screen, kept it alive. I will not blame these four talents, because it's definitely not their fault. I don't know about all of them, but here are a few factors that I think are the main reasons for "Steps" later disappointment in the second half of the series:
- Fala's character "Karmen's" transfer from bad to good.
- Too much focus on the Hei Yeung Yeung business
- Kate had too much screen time, she is the supporting actress, not the lead!
- Claire had barely any screen time :(
- The pathetic love triangle between Kate, Matthew, and Tracey. Heck, it's a love triangle by TVB, of course it'll be bad!
- Dancing is no longer the focus or theme of the series.
Overall, "Steps" is one of the best series of 2007, and the most refreshing series of 2007. However, it does not stay strong for the whole series, but is still a must watch. I definitely recommend it for it's freshness, but the supporting cast (except for Wayne and Claire) does drag it down a lot. Lastly, I absolutely love the theme song by Bernice Liu and the English subtheme by Noella Choi.
RATING: 3 3/4 stars
Entertaining dancing, great performances by the veteran cast, but poor casting on the supporting newbie cast and poor script in the last few episodes. Poor script in the later part of the series and poor acting by the newcomers is the only thing that kept me from giving it 4 stars.