Keeping up with the recent: Autumn, Tanchai & Tawan Tor Sang
Posted on September 26, 2012
Autumn is finally here in the Pacific Northwest, a welcoming change from the hot, drizzle free summer. I love the feel of the brisk, cool air that greets me every morning. Brown leaves, pumpkin spiced lattes and a thin scarf are endearing things to this time of year. Who doesn’t love Autumn?
I like how lakorns are steering towards an Autumn-feel trend too. Starting with The Sixth Sense where heightened senses are used to barter with ghosts and spirits. And for the coming month of October, more spirits and ghosts will endeavor to give us the chill: Qi Pao and Rang Ngao. Although the latter doesn’t literally have any ghosts, a twin playing the part of her sister, wreaking revenge for a life taken, sounds pretty darn scary.
Hong Sabat Lai has occupied my time but now that it came to a close (I’m already missing the names: Nay, Rabin and Siwat!) I finally had time to give Tanchai Nai Sai Mok and Tawan Tor Sang a gander. And unfortunately, both are misses in my book. I like “pretty” as much as any fangirl, but even that can’t keep me going.
I picked up Tanchai Nai Sai Mok to watch Louis Scott and see how he handles a pra’ek role. He plays Prince So from a make belief kingdom who recently graduated and is forced by his parents to wed so they can pass on their royal genes (oh and the throne). Prince So is a picky guy and not yet ready to shackle himself with a wife- his immediate wish is to explore the world. But what he really wanted to do is frolic the uninhibited land of BKK. Fed up with his son’s shenanigans, the King took it upon himself to make the selection on the prince’s behalf while the prince takes off to BKK on royal business and enjoys his bachelorhood one last time.
Not only does Prince So abhors the idea of marrying, he dislikes doing royal appearances as well. So he contrives for Peter, his sidekick and royal butler, to take on his role while he experience “life.” This includes looking for authentic places to eat, where he meets Punch Waragorn (sorry I don’t remember the character’s name) who is a peasant and a schemer. He had mistaken her for a man base on her appearance and immediately hires her to show him around town. Punch decides to use his misconception to milk her chance of making more money.
This is Punch’s second lakorn where she has to pretend to be a guy. I’ve never understood this plot device, especially when the “guy” apparently has a boob. Thankfully, this misconception doesn’t go on much longer- as Prince So discovers she is actually a female as they were running away from villains who would like nothing better than to kill the prince. I’m sure there’s more to this drama but I quit after the fourth episode. There is no argument that Punch is a gifted singer, but as an actress, I don’t find her compelling to watch, sorry. To top it off, her character is so unlikeable. How can I relate to someone who schemes innocent tourists for a living? As for Louis, his Prince So character is such a selfish idiot that I have no empathy for him. Oh you’re a Prince who must wed, boohoo. You’ve got it so bad. Clearly, this lakorn is not for me.
I believe all lakorns and movies are entitled to remakes. Why not? It offers the director an opportunity to spin a different perspective, or try to make an old lakorn better. Even though it can be tiring for the viewers to learn that a lakorn is yet another remake. So, Tawan Tor Sang is a remake which originally starred the super-hot Pete Thongjure and sweetheart Kob Suwanant. From what I remember, it was a pretty dramatic lakorn, wreaking of revenge (borderline incest) and lots of intense scenes between the leading characters. This time around, Dome Pakorn plays as Pakapong while Mai Davika plays as Rasa.
I’ve been wondering how Dome will fare in a lakorn that required more than stiff gazes or fangs baring ala Love Never Dies, and boy did I get that answer! The hottie needs some work. Although I’m not a fan of his new hairdo, I did like the one scene where his hair is brushed back, to showcase the fine sculptures of his face (it is the hotel scene where Rasa learns who Pakapong really is.) I’ve only seen episode one, so I shouldn’t be so quick to judge, but it is enough to keep me away. Mai is beautiful, but her character at first impression is too unreasonable for me. I mean, I get that she’s supposed to be a confident, strong person, but her character’s reactions just don’t work [for me].
Now, I’ve been known to fangirl and spazz over lakorns that has no great plot, but that would require some seriously good chemistry and loveable characters. Tawan Tor Sang, it is not. If you want to read the synopsis of this lakorn, check it out here, the basis should remain the same with just the director’s personal take and adjustments.
I will be continuing on with The Sixth Sense and await for the highly anticipated Qi Pao (don’t we all miss Anne), the remake of Rang Ngao and a curious Panyachon Gonkrua (Anne’s producer debut.)
[You can read recaps of Rang Ngao at Darkness lakorns, the link is located to the right of my page under “recaps.” Sousday mentioned a couple of months ago that she may sub Panyachon Gonkrua in English. I’ll be recapping Maya Tawan (which is a long ways away from being aired so I am open to writing something else in the meantime.) If anyone knows whether Qi Pao will be e-subbed, do share with the readers! Please feel free to vent/share some of your hits and misses of lakorns thus far!]
And finally, is it Autumn where you’re at or are you one of those who live in a land with only two seasons?
Tagged: Tanchai Nai Sai Mok, Tawan Tor Sang
Qi Pao is finally here! Do you know the exact air date? I’ll check out Rang Ngao if only because it’s the first time I’m able to compare the original with a re-make. Lol, but I’m not sure if I can hang in there for the long haul with Ken P as the p’ek.
As much as I went gaga over Dome in RMMWT, I believe it was his chemistry with Ploy that saved the day. TTS…. I don’t have high hopes for it, but might still attempt an episode when subs are out.
It will air after Tanchai, which is scheduled for Oct. 25th. So ecstatic! I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even mind that Smart is the p’ek anymore, gah, just can’t wait to see Anne on screen again. *Happy Dance!* As for TTS, I made it through most of episode 1.
What have you been up to? I’m sure you’re ready for your upcoming visit to BKK 🙂 Jealous!
*sigh* good lakorns are harder and harder to find. I’m going to take a break off lakorns for a while.
It certainly feels like that is the case. Hopefully there is a lakorn in the (near) future that will get you excited again na. What ever are you going to watch now? I know, life is not always about lakorns, heh.
Fia, long time no see because i havent been able to access wordpress at my place for a while, miss your writing hehe. I’ve seen some engsub cuts of tawan tor sang old version, and it looked really good, but a bit sad after seeing the new cast, Dome, the singer, sorry to say but he doesnt know how to act hahahhaha. Wish there would be some gud enough lakorns which you would like to write recaps of them hehehe
Hey welcome back, it’s so good to see your name again! I too hope for better lakorns that will inspire more postings. Dome is not totally horrible.. hah that’s my shallow side talking. I hope he gets better throughout the drama for the sake of fans who are watching it 🙂
Wooh, now I’ll have QP and my bkk trip to look forward to in Oct. I didn’t fancy the execution and overall pacing of Roy Mai, so fingers crossed that QP will work for me on its story.
My new job doesn’t offer the flexible hours of the old one so I don’t have that much time to check out new dramas/blog. Atm I’m only following a Sg drama Poetic Justice… Which you’ve probably notice from my tweets. Heeh.
Will you be taking a rest from lakorns now?
It’s a slow season at work (the pace usually picks up by December) so this would ideally be a good time to take on any project. Unfortunately, good lakorns these days are slim pickings. I’m just catching up with Sixth Sense now and well.. nothing else on the radar except for QP and Panyachon. It sucks when I’m in the mood to binge on lakorns but there’s not a lot to choose from!
The recent lakorns (summer and autumn) have left much to be desired in regards to plot line/interest-grabber, which sucks, because I could really use a fictional story and romance couple to spazz over at the moment, what with my droll classes going on and the cold weather ruining my mood ><
I'm kind of forcing myself to watch TTS and RN just because it's fresh pairings and all that (and I love my girl Mai Davika, along with having an adamant support for Kane P, who really needs more acting lessons imo, but whom I love looking at lol), but the chemistry and plots is not to my style much. *sigh*
Hope all is well!
I can certainly relate. I too wish for more engaging lakorns. But it’s not entirely lakorns fault, maybe I’m just not in the mood for the current offerings. It’s a good break, but certainly makes things very boring here hah.
Weather wise, it has been good. Nippy but sunny- perfect for fall. Good luck with school and I hope a lakorn will come along (soon) and knock our socks off.
I remember 2008-2009 there was a complaint about all the remakes happening between those two years. Well, it is overthrown by 2012-2013. They have now taken the crown. Repairing has also been a trend lately. I don’t mind as long as they are not back to back and worth reuniting as a team. Yadech and Markim has been doing back to back and I am sick of it. But thankfully there is Raeng Pratana and Nuea Mek 2 to give me that break I need. But it is still too soon. KAteam, Ateam, and Rteam the original 3 power house had many breaks in between before reuniting.
I can’t say I am excited for Autumn Tale/ Autumn Love/ Endless Love/ Autumn in my Heart and heck this drama has so many freaking titles. Coffee Prince Thai version left a nasty taste for Thai remake of Kdramas. On top of that, I heard Ananda (a great actor) will be taking charge of the directing and producing which scares me a bit since he is pretty much new to this world.
And me no like Tanchai. I like Louis but he doesn’t captivate me when taking leading roles. I adore Punch but I couldn’t watch her in Tanchai. As for Dome… OMG he LOOKS HORRIBLE. They made him so OOGLY (no joke and I’m being serious). He isn’t a great actor but he is good to look at. And when that is also being taken away, I honestly don’t know how to lie to myself to stay focus on the lakorn. Plus not too fond of the storyline. I find it icky.
So I am looking forward to Raeng Pratana, Nuea Mek 2, Punya Chon Khon Krua, and Tawan Chai Nai Marn Mek.
For 2013, I am excited for Ya Luerm Chun (hoping Tik will have a change of heart and ditch this project lol), The Rising Sun series 1&2 (not sure 3, it will depend on casting lol), and Ruk Sutrit (if it does exist lol another Punch lakorn).
What, you no like Tik? I heard that Anonyblue is trying to petition Tik and Ann for Ya Leum Chan. The old lakorn with Pete and Ann Siriam was so intense! I would love to see this lakorn remade starring Ann T. and anyone lol.
Lakorn excitement should start once again on Oct 19th, until then, I’m just taking a breather. Even Sixth Sense couldn’t seem to hold my interest past Ep 11, sigh.