Just started watching the show....so I thought I might as well help Em out a little and translate this bit by bit as I watch. So far I enjoy the series(though it is rather brainless)....but probably because I'm interested in the Stephen Au-Leila Tong relationship rather than the couple of the above-named title......and it has rather better computer effects compared to, say, Whatever It Takes...(by the way, since I'm giving the episode detailed summaries, that means spoilers galore!!!)
Anyway, I'll provide a list of the characters as I know it....it's pretty short.
Cowherd( Ngau Long/Ling Fu)) - Deric Wan Siu Lun
WeaverGirl(Zik Lui/Zik Zik) - Sonija Kwok
Fortune Bird( Hei Ziok) - Leila Tong Ling
Fortune God (Choi Sun/Bei Gon) - Stephen Au
The narrator tells us about the famed Cowherd and WeaverGirl love story, but do we actually know who Cowherd really is? He was a baby found by the river by a kindhearted farmer and raised as his 'younger brother', given the name 'Wong Ah Ngau' or just called 'Ngau Long' for short. Once, to protect Ngau Long, the farmer was hit on the leg and henceforth he became a cripple. The duo are very close. They spend their days tending to their fields, as well as looking after their one and only cow, Gau Zai(little Dog). Cooking for them and looking after their household needs is Ah Fa (Flower), a girl who grew up with Ngau Long and secretly liked him. However Ngau Long only treated her as a little sister.
What about WeaverGirl? She was a fairy assigned the duty of weaving the colourful clouds of the Heavens and the beloved granddaughter of the Heavenly Queen Mother(HQM). Once, she was weaving some special clouds for the Heavenly Queen Mother's anniversary celebration, and she couldn't find the perfect colour she wanted for them. So she decided to go down to Earth to look for the colour she needed.
Ngau Long saw her walking dangerously close to a trap he set to catch some fresh meat for his brother's birthday. He shouted in warning and ran to her. Alarmed, Zik Lui flicked her fingers and magically sent him sprawling a few feet away. The trap clicked shut and almost bit off his head.
Stunned, he looked up, and was instantly entranced by her beauty. He wanted to talk more to her, but she had to go....
Zik Lui saw the pure gold of the wheat in the fields and took the colour, as it was exactly what she wanted. She flew up to the heavens and met up with her friends, Hei Ziok and the Earth Deities. Hei Ziok wanted to see the Heavenly celebration,but wasn't eligible because she wasn't one of the Heavenly fairies, although she's trying hard to be promoted by doing good deeds. So Zik Lui hid her in her sleeve.
But Bei Gon noticed and caught her during the celebration. Although ZL pleaded with HQM to spare Hei Ziok, Bei Gon was determined that she receive due punishment. HQM took away 300 good-deed beads from Hei Ziok.
Hei Ziok was very angry at Bei Gon, and was sad at the loss of her beads;she called him the 'heartless' Bei Gon. Suddenly,ZL discovered the loss of her weaving-shuttle. HZ and ZL risked HQM's wrath by going down to Earth again to look for it. While they were there, ZL was sorry to see that the wheat was black and withered b'coz she took away their colour. The farmers are in trouble as the wheat are spoiled and they could not pay their landowner the rent.
ZL found her shuttle, but stayed behind to help Ngau Long make umbrellas to sell. NL was overjoyed to see her again, and ZL helped to make it rain so that they could sell the umbrellas faster.She was touched by NL's kindness, especially when he gave her the last umbrella as a token of thanks.HZ teased her and said that her heart had been touched.She wondered what it felt like to fall in love.......
NL was dismayed to find that the landowner's men had come to take away Gau Zai as rent payment. He could do nothing but say farewell to his cow.
Alarmed, ZL and HZ tried to help him by conjuring some money in the middle of the road.An honest man, NL took it and helped some of his fellow villagers instead of getting Gau Zai back.ZL's impressed with his honesty.
HZ went to the elder brother in bird-form to try to get him some money.She managed to lure him into a gambling-den, but to her dismay, saw Bei Gon there in the guise of a dealer. She tricked Bei Gon with her magic power and won the elder brother money, but BG saw her leaving.....
Although NL's brother retrieved Gau Zai, BG appeared and took away all the silver, so that the officer saw rocks instead of money. The brother was captured and beaten severely. Desperate, NL decided to enter the Forbidden Forest to try and get some of the rumoured treasure there. The legend was that 7 people entered the Forbidden Forest, and only one returned with tales of demons.Despite that, NL still wanted to go.
Meanwhile, BG made a complaint to HQM, and HQM forbade ZL to go down to Earth anymore. She also deducted 300 more of HZ's good-deed beads.ZL complained about the unfairness of BG's duties, saying that BG only gave the rich money while the poor suffered. BG expressionlessly said that he'd always just did his duty as fate instructs him.HQM agreed with him. ZL was incensed.
ZL discovered NL's intention to enter the Forbidden Forest. In dismay, she decided to go with him.