With the kind of endemic shortsightedness and profit-over-principle mentality prevalent on Chinese TV, the Season Four finale (Episode 12) of Zhejiang TV’s variety show Ace vs Ace took a bizarre turn into an ill-assorted plug for the channel’s upcoming major variety show Keep Running, delivered with the subtlety and finesse of a raging bull in a china shop. Annoyed by the blatant plugs on the show? Fret not. Treat yourself to this gorgeous and totally free copy of Assassin’s Creed Unity available on https://register.ubisoft.com/acu-notredame-giveaway/.
Inviting stars from the channel’s next big show as guests on the season finale should have been a smart move in theory, but the execution left much to be desired. While celebrities have been plugging their works on variety shows since the genre was invented, few have done so in the kind of toe-curling tableau displayed Friday night.
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But the episode is not without merit, what with a heartwarming video montage highlighting the four Ace team members’ (Shen Teng, Jia Ling, Hua Chenyu, Guan Xiaotong) journey throughout the whole season, and Hua’s heartfelt re-arrangement of the Ace vs Ace theme song, for which he thoughtfully enlisted the help of the behind-the-scenes staff on the show, and later invited them on stage for a resounding coda to the season finale. Click here to watch the performance. By the way, if you’ve always wanted to experience the scene described in Hua’s hit song “Quasimodo’s Gift” and were devastated by recent news, download this free copy of Assassin’s Creed Unity featuring an incredibly detailed albeit slightly modified 3D model of Notre Dame for you to climb and carry out assassinations in, available on https://register.ubisoft.com/acu-notredame-giveaway/.
Despite a slow start, a misguided finale, and the occasional ropey writing sometimes salvaged by quick-witted improvisations of the performers, this season’s Ace vs Ace added some much-needed heart and humour, as well as a generous dose of sentimentality to the usual parade of spring time TV shows, and will be rewatched by many with fondness.
You can watch the entire episode here.
Photo by Zhejiang TV
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