Beyond (2012 TV series)

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(X 元素)
Genre Mystery
Science fiction
Written by Peng Kaiyi 彭凯毅
Directed by Chia Meng Yang 谢敏洋(ep1-4)
Starring Jeanette Aw
Pierre Png
Li Nanxing
Xiang Yun
Shaun Chen
Opening theme 呼吸 by Huang Li Hui 黄丽慧
Country of origin Singapore
Original language(s) Chinese
No. of episodes 20
Running time approx. 45 minutes
Original network MediaCorp Channel 8
Original release December 24, 2012 (2012-12-24) – January 18, 2013 (2013-01-18)
Preceded by It Takes Two
Followed by It's a Wonderful Life
External links
Traditional Chinese X元素
Simplified Chinese X元素

Beyond (simplified Chinese: X元素) is a Singaporean Chinese drama which has been telecasted on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp Channel 8. It made its debut on 24 Dec 2012. This drama serial consists of 20 episodes, and was screened on every weekday night at 9:00 pm.

The series is the 6th highest-rated drama serial in 2013, with an average viewership of 834,000.


Welcome to the realm of the unexplained, where things are not exactly what they seem and where one can get sucked into an alternative reality or a different dimension.

Jeanette Aw plays the protagonist gifted with the extraordinary ability to see a person as the is inside. Together with Li Nan Xing, who plays an eccentric Private Investigator in search of his missing fiancée, the duo brave challenges as they seek to unravel mysteries of the unknown dimensions.

The intriguing investigative drama also stars Pierre Png as the psychiatrist with charisma, Shaun Chen and Xiang Yun. Each case covers 3 to 4 thrilling episodes.


Main cast[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes appeared
Jeanette Aw Yang Zhiqing
傻妹 (Silly girl)
Cuiyan's daughter
Love interest of Wenbin, but she is interested in Jiang Wei
Pierre Png Xu Wenbin
Zhiqing's best friend
In love with Zhiqing
Li Nanxing Jiang Wei
Private detective (former police officer)
Meichen's fiancée
Passed away three years ago in the parallel universe
Xiang Yun Zhang Cuiyan
Bee Hoon stall owner
Mother of Zhiqing
Wife of Yang Guoli
Shaun Chen Qiu Hanxiang
Jiang Wei's close and loyal friend
In love with Meichen
Married with Meichen and had kids in the parallel universe
1-8, 12-14, 16-20

Other cast[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes appeared
Pamelyn Chee 齐騛 Shen Meichen 沈美辰 A doctor, Jiang Wei's fiancée.
Knocked down by a car and killed 3 years ago in the actual dimension.
3-4, 11, 13-14, 17-20 (actual)
符和增 Chatterbox 口水公 Duck rice stall tenant.
Hong Damu 洪大目 Aunt Qin 琴妈 One of the coffeeshop tenant.
邱佳慧 Aunt Wanton 云吞嫂 Wanton stall tenant.
翁兴昂 Dong 老东
朱玉叶 Pan Baozhu 潘宝珠 Jiang Wei's mother.
王利秦 Jiang Han 江翰 Jiang Wei's father.

Ep 1-4: Storey 13.5[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes appeared
苏仪珍 Dong-sao 东嫂 1, 2, 4
李弘 Luo Weijian 罗伟健 Dong-shu and Dong-sao's son. 1-4
Pamelyn Chee Shen Meichen 沈美辰 Appeared in Jiang Wei's dreams. 3, 4
Scott C. Hillyard Marble boy 弹珠少年 A student playing marbles. 2-4
(in Storey 13.5)
林俐廷 Mahjong lady 打牌女 A lady "playing mahjong" there. 2-4
(in Storey 13.5)
陈欽焕 Singing man 唱歌男 A man who appeared to be "singing in a concert" 2-4
(in Storey 13.5)

Ep 5-8: Youth stealer[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes appeared
Rayson Tan Chen Dayu 陈大雨 Exchanged with Ye Rongguang's secret to immortality, where other people age rapidly while he looks younger by the day.
Caught in ep 8
Yuan Shuai Ye Rongguang 叶荣光 Appears to be 31 years old but claims to be 176 years old. Aged when Dayu first saw him.
Died as a 70-something year old in ep 5 after giving Dayu the secret to immortality.
Possessed his secret to immortality inherited from his master.
Jerry Yeo Zhao Shijie 赵世杰 (Jay) Colleague of Dayu, which he learnt about Dayu's secret to immortality.
Died in ep 7 due to rapid aging
Candyce Toh Li Zhenwei 李珍薇 Jay's girlfriend, looked 40 years older when Zhiqing first saw her, actually she is 27 years old. 6, 7
Dennis Chew Marcus Ang Executive of Dayu, he suddenly passed out due to rapid ageing. (cameo appearance) 5
Edsel Lim Younger version of Chen Dayu After stealing Jay's youth, Dayu found himself being turned into a boy. 7
Tracer Wong Wang Xiuli 王秀莉 Dayu's wife. 5-8
符嘉轩 Chen Xiaojun 陈晓君 Dayu and Xiuli's older daughter. 5-8
Lyn Oh Ling En Chen Xiaofang 陈晓芳 Dayu and Xiuli's younger daughter. 5-8
王昌黎 Zhou Wantai 周万泰 A billionaire, Dayu's customer 7, 8
Chong Ying Shi Wu Jiaqing 吴嘉庆 A mental asylum patient, he wanted to avenge his wife after Ye Rongguang stole her youth. 5, 6, 8

Ep 9-11: Kampong Mimpi[edit]

The villagers appeared in episodes 10 and 11. Scenes took place in Kampong Buangkok.

Cast Role Description
Henry Thia Yang Guoli 杨国立 Zhiqing's father, who went missing for 5 years.
He claims to be one of the villagers in Kampong Mimpi.
Decided to stay at Kampong Mimpi to save his actual family.
Li Yue Jie 李岳杰 Zhang Rencun 张仁村 Villager head.
Wang Rui Xian 王瑞显 Chen Ji Xiang 陈吉祥 A villager.
Cai Long 蔡龙 Li Ping An 李平安
Michelle Tay Chen Ba-mei 陈八妹 Guoli's said wife, and the village's sorceress.
Huang Ying En 黄颖恩 Xiao Mei 小梅 Guoli's said 7-year-old daughter, actual daughter of Ba-mei.

Ep 12-14: Back in time[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Jeanette Aw Yang Zhiqing 杨芷晴 Transported three years back after being choked unconscious by Zhiliang. She went to the other dimemsion unexpectedly to stop Meichen from going missing. See Main cast.
Li Nanxing Jiang Wei 江伟 Supposed to be Meichen's husband, but later caught in a love triangle. 14 (3 years ago)
Shaun Chen Qiu Hanyang 丘汉祥 Is also fond of Meichen.
Suspected Mingyao and Zhigang to be culprits behind Lixuan's comatose.
14 (3 years ago)
Pamelyn Chee Shen Meichen 沈美辰 Caught in a love triangle, Meichen chooses to run away from the marriage rehearsal. 11, 13-14
13, 14
(3 years ago)
Sora Ma
Shi Xiang Jun 施香君 (younger version)
Qiu Lixuan 丘丽萱 Hanyang's younger sister, an active long-runner before becoming a vegetative (a comatose person).
Saved Zhiqing three times.
Died in episode 14
Liao Yong Yi 廖永誼 (middle-aged version)
Zong Zijie 宗子傑 (teenage version)
Mingyao 名耀 Is also involved in kidnapping activities. 12, 13
Zhan Wei Jie 詹偉傑 (middle-aged version)
Deng Mao Jie 鄧茂傑 (teenage version)
Zhigang 志刚 Accomplice to Mingyao, is also involved in kidnapping activities. 12, 13
Luo Zhiliang 罗志良 Lixuan's ex-boyfriend, the real culprit behind Lixuan's and Zhiqing's comatose. 13
Chen Xiang 陈翔 Liu Guowei 刘国威 Knocked Jiang Wei down three years ago. 15-17 (actual)

Ep 15-17: Wenbin's inner soul[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Pierre Png Xu Wenbin 许文斌 A psychiatrist. (Main cast)
Wenbin's inner soul A punk rocker, appeared in a wedding in the opening theme. 16, 17
Ng Hui Xu Wenqian 许文茜 Wenbin's elder sister, who got mental disorder due to her father's high expectations upon her and her brother. 15-17
Zhang Wei Xu Huangzong 许煌宗 Wenbin and Wenqian's authoritative and dominering father.
Tao Ying 陶樱 Bixia 碧霞 Wenbin and Wenqian's mother.
Li Nanxing Jiang Wei 江伟 (main cast).
Jiang Wei's inner soul A vagrant who is "living in the past",and talks backwards. 1, 2, 17(real)
Li Shao Xiong 黎少雄 Ghost 鬼手 Rock members of Wenbin's band. 16, 17
Liao Zi Xiang 廖子翔 Slash
Liu De Wei 刘德伟 Adder

Ep 18-20: Another dimension / "Déjà vu"[edit]

(Storyline formed as a result of the events in 'Back in time')

Cast Role Description Episodes appeared
Li Nanxing Jiang Wei 江伟 Came to the new dimension with Zhiqing where he was supposedly dead in episode 14, three years ago.
He had a daughter with Meichen, called Jiang Nian
(Main cast).
Shaun Chen Qiu Hanxiang 丘汉祥 Jiang Wei's close and loyal friend,and
Meichen's boyfriend in the new dimension
18-20 (new)
Pamelyn Chee Shen Meichen 沈美辰 Hanxiang's girlfriend in the new dimension.
Had a daughter with Jiang Wei, called Jiang Nian
Killed in a car accident 3 years ago in the actual dimension
18-20 (new)
Xiang Yun Zhang Cuiyan 张翠燕 Moved house with Zhiqing after becoming famous. 18-20 (new)
Pierre Png Xu Wenbin 许文斌 Psychiatrist. Zhi Qing's boyfriend. 18-20 (new)
Jeanette Aw Yang Zhiqing 杨芷晴 Came to the new dimension with Jiang Wei where she was supposed to be a rich celebrity. (Main cast)
Yang Zhiqing 杨芷晴 A celebrity who hosted reality show Beautiful Psychic, however in comparison with the Zhiqing from the actual dimension, she is a scheming woman and is always jealous of others.However,she is more kinder after realising her mistakes in episode 20 18-20 (new)
Chen Shi En 陳詩恩 Jiang Nian 江念 The three-year-old daughter of the late Jiang Wei and Meichen 18-20
Su Cai Zhong 蘇才忠 Hu Haoming 胡灝明 A doctor, also one of the missing people who went into the new dimension three years ago
The only person other than Jiang Wei to know the truth behind Meichen's disappearance in the actual dimension
Chen Xiang 陳翔 Liu Guowei 劉國威 Knocked Jiang Wei down intentionally three years ago in the new dimension in an act of revenge for his son.
Attacked Zhiqing from the new dimension,causing her to be inable to look into other people's souls
Killed in a car accident in Episode 20
19-20 (new)


  • This drama's Chinese title was originally meant to be called 异能元素.
  • Li Nanxing's 2012 drama after On the Fringe.
  • Jeanette Aw's first breakthrough drama after cancelling her role in Absolutely Charming.
  • Dennis Chew's return to acting on TV after 10 years. He last acted in the sitcom My Genie 2 in 2002.
  • Filming for this drama started on end Apr 2012[1] and completed its filming in early Jul 2012. As there will be special effects used in this drama, it will be broadcast at the end of the year. This results in filming the show at an early period.
  • Jeanette Aw will play two roles as Zhiqing. She will play in both the real dimension and the alternate dimension.
  • Wenbin plays the guitar. 爱到 and 一个地方 sung by Leon Lim (林昱志) were played as inserts as Wenbin sings.
  • While the special effects were used in episode 8 when Zhiqing confesses her love to Jiang Wei, they were not used in episode 15 in the flashback.
  • Episode 19's ending shot was suddenly changed to episode 18's ending shot at the copyright.

Overseas broadcast[edit]

This drama is one of the first dramas to be broadcast exclusive in Malaysia after its first telecast of two weeks.[2]

Country of Broadcast Broadcasting Network Debut Finale Preceded by Followed by
 Malaysia Astro Shuang Xing 9 January 2013 at 4.30pm, weekdays
(encore on 10 January at 3.30pm, weekdays)
5 February 2013
(encore on 6 February)
It Takes Two It's a Wonderful Life

2014 Accolades[3][edit]

Beyond won one award in the Asian Television Awards. The theme song, 《呼吸》 by Huang Li Hui 黄丽慧 won the Best Theme Song "Highly Commended" award. It is also nominated for 5 awards for the Star Awards.The other dramas nominated for Best Drama Series and Best Theme Songs are The Dream Makers , The Journey: A Voyage , C.L.I.F. 2 & 96°C Café

Nominee / Work Award Accolade Result
《呼吸》 sung by Huang Li Hui 黄丽慧 Asian Television Awards 2013 Best Theme Song Highly Commended
Star Awards 20 Show 1
Best Theme Song
Loo Li Min 卢俐敏 Best Programme Promo
Phang Kai Yee 彭凯毅 Best Screenplay
Xiang Yun 向云 Star Awards 20 Show 2
Best Supporting Actress
Beyond X元素 Best Drama Serial

Episodic Synopsis[edit]

For a more comprehensive synopsis, see List of Beyond episodes.

Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "Episode 1"
"The vagrant who talks backwards(把话倒着来说的流浪汉)"
24 December 2012 (2012-12-24)
PG Some Disturbing Scenes
A woman falls from the roof. Jiang Wei saves Zhiqing in the nick of time from being crushed by the impact of the fallen body. Zhiqing sees a vagrant when she looks at Jiang Wei. Zhiqing possesses a paranormal sight which allows her to see into the inner souls of others. Why does she see a vagrant in Jiang Wei?
2 "Episode 2"
"A pair of strange eyes(一双古怪的眼睛)"
25 December 2012 (2012-12-25) PG
Dong-shu and Dong-sao's son, Weijian, went missing after he entered the lift. Zhiqing takes the lift repeatedly in hopes of finding a clue regarding Weijian's disappearance. With a stroke of luck, she ends up at a space on the 13.5th level and finds Weijian there.
3 "Episode 3"
"Welcome to 13-and-a-half floor(欢迎来到十三层楼半)"
26 December 2012 (2012-12-26) PG
In order to locate Zhiqing, Jiang Wei studies the CCTV footage of the day she went missing. He discovers that both Zhiqing and Weijian had gone missing at 13:13 (1.13pm) in the afternoon. Cuiyan often complains of noise coming from above her flat at 13:13 even though no one resides above her. Jiang Wei concludes that Zhiqing and Weijian's disappearance has something to do with the number 13.
4 "Episode 4"
"The weeping clown(哭泣的小丑)"
27 December 2012 (2012-12-27)
PG Some Disturbing Scenes
Jiang Wei manages to escape the parallel universe and throws himself off the building onto the safety float erected on the ground level. He previously threw out a handphone that was fortunately picked up by Hanxiang and Wenbin, who guessed his predicament. They had the safety float erected in time to save Jiang Wei. But will Zhiqing be able to find a way out of the 13.5th floor…?
5 "Episode 5"
"The immortal freak?(长生不老的怪物?)"
28 December 2012 (2012-12-28) PG
Chen Dayu is a failure. From Ye Rongguang, he learns the special ability of stealing youth. Dayu is unhappy with his management and decides to steal their youth. Is it really possible to steal youth…?
6 "Episode 6"
"Your age, my vitamin(你的年龄,我的维生素)"
31 December 2012 (2012-12-31)
PG Some Disturbing Scenes
Zhiqing officially joins Jiang Wei’s private investigator firm, and begins to investigate Ye Rongguang’s case. They receive news that yet another two patients had contracted Ye Rongguang’s aging disease. Upon investigation, they find out that both patients are Dayu’s superiors, and had aged drastically within a few days while Dayu had become much more youthful.
7 "Episode 7"
"A wretched stealer of age(狼狈的岁月小偷)"
1 January 2013 (2013-01-01)
PG Some Violence
Zhiqing comes to after passing out. She is worried that Dayu had stolen her age, but is relieved to know that she is still youthful. Unknown to her, she started aging over the next few days. It was obvious that her youth had been stolen. Jiang Wei desperately seeks Dayu out for him to return Zhiqing’s youth to her.
8 "Episode 8"
"What beautiful snow(这场雪下得好美)"
2 January 2013 (2013-01-02) PG
Jiang Wei and Zhiqing finds Dayu and pleads with him to save Zhiqing. Dayu feels bad when he sees that Zhiqing had aged so much, but he still refused to admit that he has the ability to steal youth and decides to ignore their plea. Jiang Wei does not give up pleading with Dayu, but is finally stopped by Wantai’s bodyguards.
9 "Episode 9"
"Do not rouse a sleepwalker(不要叫醒梦游的人)"
3 January 2013 (2013-01-03) PG
Having gone missing for 5 years, Zhiqing’s father, Yang Guoli, suddenly reappears at home one night and gives Cuiyan a shock. Cuiyan and Zhiqing questions him about his whereabouts for the past 5 years. Unfortunately, Guoli denies having been away for 5 years. Instead, he claims to have just fallen asleep for one night and was awoken by Cuiyan.
10 "Episode 10"
"The queer smile of the moon(月亮笑得很诡异)"
4 January 2013 (2013-01-04)
PG Some Violence
Jiang Wei and team decides to accompany Guoli back to his said "reality" of Kampong Minpi, but the team gets lost in the forest, and hence they spend the night there. The next morning, they awake to find Guoli missing.
11 "Episode 11"
"What scary devils from the dream(梦境里的恶魔真可怕)"
7 January 2013 (2013-01-07)
PG Some Disturbing Scenes
Zhiqing removes her glasses, and verifies that they were indeed in a dream. Nothing existed in that world. In order to save Wenbin and Cuiyan from capture, Zhiqing and Jiang Wei takes Ba-mei and Xiao Mei hostage. Guoli insists that he does not know them, until…
12 "Episode 12"
"Where goes the soul of a comatose person(植物人的灵魂去了哪里)"
8 January 2013 (2013-01-08) PG
Hanxiang’s little sister Lixuan is involved in an accident and goes into a coma for over a year. He suspects that the culprits responsible for the ‘accident’ are Mingyao and Zhigang, both of whom had just been released from prison. He starts to tail them. Jiang Wei gets Zhiqing’s help to look into Lixuan’s inner world. Zhiqing instantly recognizes Lixuan as the person who had saved her three times.
13 "Episode 13"
"The pain of love is like a palpitation(爱是一种让人心悸的痛)"
9 January 2013 (2013-01-09)
PG Some Disturbing Scenes
While Zhiqing was taking care of Lixuan, an uninvited guest, Luo Zhiliang, appeared. Love turned to hatred, and Zhiliang lost control of himself resulting in the accident. Zhiqing attempts to stop Zhiliang from taking Lixuan away, but is knocked unconscious by Zhiliang. In her unconscious state, Zhiqing is transported to three years back and even meets Meichen!
14 "Episode 14"
"The comatose patient who travels through time(穿梭時光的植物人)"
10 January 2013 (2013-01-10) PG
Zhiqing returns to three years ago, to the eve of Jiang Wei’s wedding. In order to prevent Meichen from disappearing, Zhiqing attempts to find her, but Meichen does not understand Zhiqing’s gibberish, and chases her away. Zhiqing decides to go to the church to prevent Meichen from running away, will she succeed?
15 "Episode 15"
"The Bed should never face the Mirror(镜子不要对着床)"
11 January 2013 (2013-01-11)
PG Some Disturbing Scenes
Jiang Wei receives a phone call from a mysterious man that claims he knows of Meichen’s news. He demands twenty thousand dollars from Jiang Wei. Jiang Wei and Zhiqing sets off to the meeting point and sees a man, Liu Guowei, behaving suspiciously. Jiang Wei rushes up to him and pins him down, forcing him to spill the news about Meichen. Guowei is visibly shaken and denies knowing anything.
16 "Episode 16"
"Be yourself, Bro! (兄弟,做回自己!)"
14 January 2013 (2013-01-14)
PG Some Disturbing Scenes
Wenbin had been suppressing his feelings and unhappiness for years. He finally snaps and shows his true colours. Unfortunately, he is unable to accept the changes in himself and struggles to stop the devil in himself from taking over. He is unable to take the pressure and is sent into the mental hospital.
17 "Episode 17"
"A punk Guitarist VS A brokenhearted Vagrant(狂野吉他手VS伤心流浪汉)"
15 January 2013 (2013-01-15)
PG Some Violence
Wenbin discovers that he possesses a supernatural power that allows him to use music to hypnotize the people around him. He uses this ability to control those around him. Zhiqing is hypnotized by him and blindly falls for him. However, Wenbin realizes that Zhiqing’s words are like a robot, and he cannot feel her love for him.
18 "Episode 18"
"So close, yet So Far away(这么近、那么远)"
16 January 2013 (2013-01-16) PG
In the midst of investigations, Jiang Wei and Zhiqing comes to an MRT station.[4] Much to their surprise, they lose each other and end up in a different world. In this alternate dimension, everything has changed.
19 "Episode 19"
"When Silly Girl met Beautiful Psychic(傻妹碰上天眼美女)"
17 January 2013 (2013-01-17) PG
Zhiqing meets another Zhiqing in this alternate dimension, and celebrity Zhiqing at first assumes the old Zhiqing is an imposter and knocks her out. Initially, the celebrity felt that Zhiqing’s presence was amusing. However, she gradually grew jealous of the Zhiqing and was afraid that the Zhiqing would replace her and take away the attention of all her loved ones.
20 "Episode 20 (Finale)"
"The Outcomes of Two Worlds(两个世界的结局)"
18 January 2013 (2013-01-18) PG
Celebrity Zhiqing is unable to accept that she has lost the power to look into the inner world of others. She wants the original Zhiqing to be responsible for her loss. Zhiqing has no choice but to help the celebrity see through the intentions of her guests at an event. Unfortunately, they are exposed and the ‘new Zhiqing’ is branded a cheat.

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