â€œI donâ€™t blame you because I am that kind of women myselfâ€
I think the two female villainsâ€™ stood out the most of all characters in Brink. I liked their portrayals of their characters and think they did a pretty good job. I never really liked Shirleyâ€™s characters in previous series when she played as good characters, so I think this one really stood out.
Not surprisingly, my favourite character in the series goes to Michelle Yimâ€™s Song Gam Chi. She was a really interesting character; very evil, beautiful, ruthless, clever, yet she truly did everything for her family. Itâ€™s like thereâ€™s two sides to her. She loves her family and you can feel the motherly love. She loved her two sons; she loved her brother, her niece Shirley, and even Ron (until she found out who he really was).
Shirley’s Song Ga Yee, on the other hand was filled with hatred and jealousy. She was purely a selfish person, scheming so she could get the best out of the situations. She was able to hide all this for almost the whole series, appearing to be a kind, innocent, caring person. The two are always scheming and do whatever it takes to accomplish their goals.
Shirley and Michelleâ€™s goal in the series are different; they are evil in their own way. Michelle was involved in illegal off track gambling activities, and illegal weapons, one in which the police are after. She, along with her husband are the ones leading the criminal behaviour in Brink and are the ones that need to be stopped. Its the corruption its causes to society in general. On another note, Michelle’s motives were also driven by her “love” for her family.
Michelle is one dangerous women you would not want to mess with. When her brother was imprisoned, she hated Kenneth so much she hired people to kill him off. Sadly, her brother believed Michelle had betrayed him and purposely got him imprisoned; as if she didn’t care. This has also influenced the way Shirley saw her. When Michelle realised Ron was her stepson, she feared that Ron would take over the wealth of her family and the business when she wanted Stephen to have. She also blamed Ron in causing the accident Stephen was involved in. With more flaming from Shirley, Michelle believed Ron had known the truth earlier and planned for this to happen. Once again, she hired someone to try to kill him off while he was hiking along. When she learns of Ron and Kate’s baby, another ‘accident’ occurs.
With no doubt, Michelle is protective over her two sons. Stephen means everything to her and we never stop seeing the unconditional love she has for him. The first time he comes back from overseas, she found him in coming out of their swimming pool. In the last episode, Michelle found him dead there. I really did pity her. I know she would have been completely heartbroken and shattered when she saw what she did. It was a really sad scene. At that moment, she had lost everything. Nothing meant to her anymore.
I think her love for her family is also her weakness. For her childrenâ€™s sake, especially Stephen, Shirley managed to successfully persuade Michelle into negative thoughts of Ron. Shirley fooled Michelle numerous times in the series because she trusted her; she was her niece. Michelle wanted to give the best thing to Stephen, so Shirley started sticking to him, making it seem like she loved him so much. Steven successfully got close to Michelle because he had helped Stephen with his medical condition; then later successfully helping Vin escape from the police.
Even though Shirley was not involved in the illegal activities; Shirley was the character of selfishness- she only cared about herself . Shirley sought power. She wanted to be promoted. She wants the fashion Company. Jealousy sprouts when Kate enters the scene; yet she pretended they were really good friends. She tried many times to go in between the two, to get rid of her because she wanted Ron for herself. Even when they first met, Shirley deliberately bad-mouthed Kate to reduce her chances of getting employed. When Ron had rejected her, Shirley pretended she was ok with it. Kate was her arch enemy. Even though Kate treated her as a friend, Shirley did all to get back at her. She finally confronts Kate when she bursts out everything in episode 21.
Because Michelle is very powerful, she usually hires people to kill those in her way. On the other hand, Shirley does not have the power to do what she wants herself so she manipulates and uses people. She acts in front of everyone, lying and deceiving others while pretending she is innocent. Once she turns her face away, a different face expression can be seen. No one really finds out Shirleyâ€™s disguise; both times she ended up revealing her true self to Ron/Kate, and Stephen/Michelle. Shirley would pretend to cry to get people to pity her.
Shirley successfully used Vin to get back at Kate, used Michelle’s trust, used Stephenâ€™s feelings to gain a secure place in the family, allied with their business competitor to get rid of â€˜Anitaâ€™ so she could get promoted, then using Michelle again to kill of the business competitor when they had blackmailed her. Only until the last episode did Shirley show her true self to Stephen and Michelle.