In Review: Kung Fu (S2 – EP1) Year of the Tiger: Part 1

After a break-in at the Shen residence, Nicky begins to suspect that Russell Tan may be involved.

Synopsis: In part one of Year of the Tiger. After a break-in at the Shen residence, Nicky begins to suspect that Russell Tan may be involved. Althea begins to question whether she made the right decision reentering the workforce.


The Story

Having defeated Zhilan in the first series. Nicky now has to deal with a much more dangerous adversary in the form of Russell Tan. When there is a break-in at Nicky’s family home. She suspects that it might be Tans hired muscle , Sasha. But when her investigation leads her to find her Cousin Mia, who Tan is after. Things become personal. Nicky is charged with looking out for her vulnerable cousin.

Meanwhile, in a Chinese Prison Zhilan is struggling to adapt to life and finds herself the victim of the prison’s top dog. It appears that Zhilan may well be on a journey of redemption in this year’s show. As her dead older sister Pei-Ling Zhang chooses her moment to appear before a stripped back Zhilan and make her face up to her crimes.


The Acting

Olivia Liang pretty much picks up from where she left off and is now pretty much protecting her neighborhood from crime in the opening scene. However, the crooks in this instance are just teenagers. One of which Nicky knows and tries to give a break too. It isn’t really until she catches someone breaking into her parent’s house that Nicky is challenged and begins to feel concerned over Russell Tan’s operation.

Kee Chan manages to give a somewhat menacing presence to Russell Tan, but I don’t feel that we have really seen enough of him as yet to really get a handle on just how much more menacing he can be. But he does get a few good scenes here and we get to see him speaking with Sasha (Luvia Petersen). In a scene where he is asking Sasha if she has tracked down Nicky’s cousin Mia yet.



Year of the Tiger part one is pretty much just setting the stage for what this year’s story arc will be. Although it is a fairly safe bet that Russell Tan is after Nicky’s Cousin because of the Shen bloodline that can make use of some of the ancient Chinese Weapon’s that he has. That is assuming that he managed to keep hold of some of them.

Vanessa Yao in her role of Mia makes a pretty strong entrance into the series and I look forward to learning more about her in the weeks ahead.

The chemistry between the main cast remains solid. Overall a pretty solid start.

Kung Fu (S2 - EP1) Year of the Tiger: Part 1
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  • Incidental Music

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