Kaen Sanaeha (Furious Love) Episode 1 Impressions
Posted on July 2, 2013
This year must be an aristocratic year. From the Khunchais of Juthatheps to our newest installment of Mom Ratchawongs of Rangsiya Palace, Kaen Sanaeha (Furious Love) is taking over our Monday-Tuesday primetime slot, bringing yet another interesting story to chase away the Monday blues.
Who&Who Production team is spearheading this lakorn, bringing in veteran actor Nok Chatchai (also a director for Khun Chai Ronnapee), another veteran actress Lalita Ponyopas (original Wanida’s leading lady) and our newest addition to the nang’ek roster, Patricia Good from Mr. Farmer and His Hi-so Sweetheart (Noinah), not to mention Son Yuke an X-Act actor. This blend of old and new, and a hint of the drama susceptible to X-Act lakorns but backed by Channel 3, we shall have a very stimulating lakorn on our hands.
We open with the story of a noble couple in Rangsiya Palace. Than Chai (Nok Chatchai) is married to Than Ying (Lalita Ponyopas) but has also endowed his mistress with a noble title, Mom Bulahn who is pregnant with his first child. Than Chai is madly in love with Bulahn, who is a docile and sweet woman, and who also gives Than Ying her utmost respect. But her existence is a pain in Than Ying’s hide. She cries to her royal maid about her husband’s love for only Bulahn, her jealousy that Bulahn can have his child when Than Ying herself has been married to him for five years, but is barren, in which she attributes this to his absence in her bedroom. Than Chai attributes his MIA to her coldness and unwillingness to do the dirty with him.
So we have some furious love in the making already. Than Chai has to go on a business trip, which opens the door for the loyal maid to wreak her vengeance, and this particular maid, Feurng is more than a right hand woman, she is the brains and mentor for her princess. Than Ying listens to pretty much everything she says. Feurng promises Than Ying’s mother before she passed away that she will care for her and protect her until her last breath. She has witnessed how much internal pain this mistress has caused her lady, so she decides (while Than Chai is away) to take care of her for good. While Than Ying is none the wiser.
Than Chai and Bulahn are excited parents-to-be and plan to name their child, Khun Chai Sakdina if it’s a boy or Khun Ying Wimonpayom if it’s a girl. By now you should be familiar with the title Khun Chai and Khun Ying, these are Mom Ratchawongs. Little did the parents know that there is a surprise in mommy’s womb.
As Feurng contrives to get rid of Bulahn, the girl’s water breaks. Feurng helps Bulahn deliver the baby, and steals the infant for her Than Ying. She claims that Bulahn ran away and wanted Than Ying to raise her child. Despite being unconvinced, Than Ying does as her maid bids. Thereafter, Feurng plots for everyone to believe that Bulahn ran away with the gardener, Yord.
But things don’t always go according to plan. Yord is supposed to drop Bulahn’s body in the river, but he chickens out when he realizes that she’s still alive and in pain. She’s about to delivery yet another baby! Ha, and this time it’s a girl.
Yord ends up rescuing her as their body floats to a nearby mansion. In this particular mansion lives a wealthy family whose lady boss is currently going through labor as well. The family has an eldest son by the name of Chat (Son Yuke), who is wise beyond his years. His mother has a heart disease so the labor weakens her until it claims her last breath. Because this is the same time in which the household discovers an unconscious lady in the pond, with a mute man and baby in tow, Chat believes that his mother’s death is the newcomer’s fault. His mother died in their place. Yeah, it’s a kid’s logic. But I’m sure it’s one of those things he’ll remember and use when he grows up.
Bulahn hides her identity from the family and goes by Jan, while the gardener pretends to be mute. The owner of the house allows her to stay with them and she takes on the role as nanny (milk nanny) to the baby girl whom lost her own mother the day she was born. We have a conflict in the making, Chat despises the newcomers- and the youngest one who’s only hours old happens be our nang’ek, Rung (Patricia Good).
Meanwhile the twin brother, Khun Chai Sakdina (Pop Tagore from Khun Chai Ronnapee) is raised in a tense household. Than Chai does not believe that the infant is his biological son, so he ignores the poor baby. He doesn’t trust Feurng and believes she is capable of kidnapping another child and pawn it off to him. He consults with his friend Khun Luang Wiset (Dom Hetrakul from Neur Mek 2) on how to go about uncovering the mystery of Bulahn’s disappearance. Than Ying agrees to adopt Khun Chai as her own, because her maid tells her that this baby will keep her company, he will be the only person in this world who will truly love her. A mother can carry a child for 9 months, but she cannot compete with a mother who raised a child for years. There is a ring of truth to that.
That’s our first episode and an intriguing setup thus far. Fast paced, good acting, and detailed plot. I can foresee a very sad environment for Khun Chai Sakdina, who is going to grow up very rich but lacks the emotional warmth- a happy family they are not. I wonder if his father will ever figure out if the infant is really his son, I hope so for the sake of our second pr’ek. As for his twin sister on the other hand, I am speculating that she may grow up not knowing her true identity, because I doubt her mother would tell her the truth until the time is right. Meanwhile Chat will probably give her a very hard time growing up.
And where does the scary ghost factor in all of this? If the preview for upcoming episodes is any indication, she’s going to be punished for hurting Bulahn and perhaps she may even kill herself in front of Than Chai. She will return to the palace to watch over and protect her Than Ying. But she’s no Casper the friendly ghost, have you seen her face?
Supposedly this lakorn will have plus or minus 14 episodes. I’m also curious to see the young Patricia playing a nang’ek role, this lakorn should offer an excellent opportunity to act alongside a strong cast. I also like the fact that we are still on this Khunchai boat, haha, even though it doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye to our notorious Khunchais, we can still enjoy an extension of the period and culture.
At least the beginning of my week is looking up.
Tagged: Kaen Sanaeha, Patricia Good, Pop Thagoon, Son Yuke
Oh my .. so much in just one episode. So tempted to watch, yet don’t know if I can stomach the drama that is to come. Do you know if someone is subtitling this in English ? Otherwise, I will just stick to reading your updates and skip watching the series. Sometimes an interesting story is better read than watched :).
I agree ” sometimes an interesting story is better read than watched.” I sort of want to wait this one out and will keep reading p`fia’s recap/reviews. P`fia’s impressions are so well written and very enjoyable to read.
I like the main couple, I’ll dig around for eng/chi subs! Thanks for the heads up on this lakorn P’Fia. I’m looking for something new to watch~
Bulan characters is so overrated!
I just want to watch when Son and Patricia come, hehe. 😀 But since I do need to understand the story, I read your caps & thanks so much! I love your caps! <3
We definitely have a lot of characters to keep track of. The storyline looks to be compelling, so we shall see how all of the actors play off one another. Thanks for all of your comments guys!
There are many newbie actors here! But anyway the storyline seems quite interesting. I just have to keep on watching! By the way, Fia, Are you going to recap Dao Ruang? I hope you will!
It depends on when it’s airing and whether I’m already working on another project. So stop by occasionally to find out if I’ll be covering Dao Ruang 🙂 Thanks for your feedback!
Hi, Fia, I’m not watching the new lakorns Kaen Sanehar and Dao Reurng but I’m watching another period story ‘Sood Sai Pan”, (Ch5) starring Toomtam Yuthana and Vill Wannarot set in the same period as the Khunchais. ( I’m giving Ch3 a rest this time. ) I’ve watched the first 2 episodes and was surprised to see, a lot of lip kissing, face slapping by Toomtam and Vill. Not that I’m complaining! Both look adorable, especially Vill in her sexy dresses. She is incredibly beautiful in these 60’s fashion. She plays twins, one is evil and one is sweet and Toomtam plays Mom Luang. I have a feeling the storyline is not going to be great according to the trailers I’ve seen ( a lot of bed scenes and rape scenes..same old typical Ch5 soaps) I don’t think I will watch this lakorn till the end but right now I’m just feasting my eyes on handsome Toomtam and vivacious Vill. Just curious…how come Ch5 gets away with all these kissing scenes and bed scenes ? Ch7 has been showing them a lot too.
I’m watching ‘Wan Nee Tee Ror Koy’ Ch7, too but just to see Om Akapan moments and nothing more. I didn’t care for the rest of the cast including the nan ek. Tired of following the storyline and getting emotional! 😀
Lovefia, are you Thai?
Fia, I would like to know if you can recap SOOD SAI PAN. I really love this lakorn.
Hi Amy- I’m not sure yet as I have a few other projects (specifically regarding the blog, not recapping) left on my queue. I do like Toomtam after seeing him in Pan Rak Pan Rai, but will keep you posted.