I think the soundtrack of “Noble House” got upgraded. It’s gotten better as it's gone along.
I finished the first of the four parts and just started the second. Lots of spoilers here but I’m going to do this stream-of-consciousness.
I find Ben Masters as Linc Bartlett to be a bit of a stiff. Deoborah Raffin as Casey Tcholok (his subordinate) is at least a little bit better. And nice on the eyes. But the best eye-candy of all is Julia Nickson as Orlanda Ramos. She wore a stunning plunging neckline outfit at one of Ian Dunross’ parties. This is a very poor quality picture but it’s the dress.
Cato’s son has completely betrayed his family. Cato was the holder of one of the coins. The son knew where it was and retrieved it. Coincidentally, he was kidnapped by a group of Chinese men just as he was retrieving the coin. They know nothing about the value of the coin but are ransoming the son for money. It’s unclear who they are working for but in this web of competitive contempt that everyone seems to have for everyone, it’s assumed that they are.
But one of the kidnappers clobbers the son with a shovel on the head a little hard. He looks to have killed him. I’m not sorry to see him go although, again, it’s not clear that he’s dead. But the kidnappers did find the coin but don’t consider it of any value.
Pierce Brosnan’s hair is still looking remarkable coiffed. I haven’t warmed to his character if only because (aside from the hair), he’s giving little indication that the is a Tai-Pan. His office hardly exudes power. He walks around with no security or an entourage. His suit and tie say anything but unique power and prestige (although it might say "ice cream man"). And when people call him Tai-Pan, it’s as if they are uttering an old school nickname rather than a rare title of honor. It just seems phony. Imagine Brando in this role. Woe. He would gave gravatas.
I’m sure the book is much better.