A gentleman, you are not, Khun Chat!
Posted on July 16, 2013
At what point do you stop blaming others for the unfortunate events that occur in your life? Apparently for Khun Chat, the answer is never. He’s still hung up with the mindset that the newbies (Jan, Rung and Yord) only survived because his mother took their place in hell, the one place they belong. When he’s snarky and bullying Little Rung, we can somewhat accept that perhaps in his twisted little mind, he hasn’t quite worked out the grown-up, reality rationale yet. But as Little Chat turns into Khun Chat, polishing up his schooling, it’s not cute anymore. His character just comes off as being nuts. Which makes you wonder how in the world will he get the girl (or whether we want him to get the girl after all) because he’s so belligerent and obtuse. When Jan and Rung get anywhere near this Khun Chat, they seriously, deep in their bones, fear him. Who knows, he might go ape crazy on them. Haven’t you seen the show Snapped?
He is the weakest written character in this drama. Usually there is a motive or depth that allows us to understand why he is the way that he is. It gets perpetuated over time and we get (even if we don’t agree) as to why he hates the things that he hates. Yet, Khun Chat grew up in a warm household, his father is a Magistrate, his grandmother is wonderful, and all of the servants and maids are nice. There isn’t anyone who blows his ears as to why he should hate Jan and Rung. There is no reason to hate Jan and Rung, these two are so accommodating, so sweet to everyone. You would think they would kill him with kindness by now. Yet, Khun Chat has planted a seed in his head- albeit deep seeded – and maintains that he hates them, which is strange for a child to do so all on his own.
His grandmother ascertains that he knows that it’s not true, he just hasn’t accepted it yet. What can adults do to educate him? Boy needs therapy is what I’m saying. His father thinks spanking may help, or even ignoring or pretending not to like them may help- but they can’t because it wouldn’t be fair, and to top it off, his sister Lima is very protective of Rung (which speaks to Lima’s justice-ridden character.)
Sometimes when Khun Chat realizes that he has crossed the line, for instance hurting a disabled York (to which he thinks the mute is totally lying) he feels a tad remorse afterwards. So the show keeps trying to tell us that he’s tough on the outside but a softie on the inside, but I just find him unlikeable at every corner. Sure, he’s real cute (when he’s not snarling or bullying Rung) and when he’s confused about the way he feels about her, he finds her pretty and probably likes her. And show, if you want me to love him, you gotta give me more than this. Especially don’t tell me he teases her because he likes her too, because I won’t buy it if Rung likes him back. I would think she’s unbalanced.
So what key things do you need to know from episode 4 of Kaen Sanaeha?
One, that Khun Chat is still cruel to Jan and Rung. Two, they grew up, and it only took four episodes! Three, Than Chai is still mean to Chai Diew and thinks that he’s not his son. Four, Khun Phote proposes to Jan telling her that he will always misses his wife even if he remarries. Jan declines the offer because she will always belong to her husband. So solution? Let’s be brother-sister! Khun Phote gives his last name to her and Rung, and crowns them his relatives. Now Khun Chat and Rung will be kissing cousins. Five, Than Chai’s treatment of Chai Diew makes Than Ying angry, which thereby makes Feurng angry, so she kills Than Chai. WHICH takes us on another unknown route. Oh, they sure know how to keep us guessing.
And in regards to Rung and her upbringing, I understand that it’s a period drama, I get that they were saved by this family, but I can still get indignant at what Jan is telling her daughter: she’s teaching her to endure (the abuse from Chat). That she has every right to be sad, but she can’t be mad at Khun Chat because they are indebted to the family. What is a mom if she can’t protect her own daughter? She’s essentially telling her girl to ignore and try to be happy. But isn’t it sad that that’s the reality of those with lesser means? With no power and at the mercy of their keeper? That they have to endure and take it from the aristocrats? Despite her mother’s lectures, I do like how Rung is growing up, she’s soft on the outside, but quite tough on the inside. She cries, but she’s not afraid to stand up to Khun Chat when he’s crossing the line. Which will make the redemption even sweeter. But, I’d still like to request that this Khun Chat turns his behavior around, pronto.
Because a gentlemen of anything, you are not, Khun Chat. So don’t be surprised if people call you an asshole. Because if you walk like an asshole, and talk like an asshole..
Despite the ups and downs, and roller coaster personality of Khun Chat, I am still hooked on Kaen Sanaeha! Must be good to invoke such indignation, no?
Tagged: Kaen Sanaeha, Patricia Good, Pop Thagoon, Son Yuke
Hahaha, i feel you,Fia. Just finished watching episode 5. I’m still hooked to this series and looking forward to next episode :D. However, i feel like up to episode 5, the lakorn has been focusing more on Chai Diew and Lima relationship or feeling towards each other. There are more scenes or story on this pairing compared to Khun Chat and Rung. Hopefully we will get to see more development of these two characters soon. And Patricia, oh God she’s so pretty. Son and Patricia look cute together. Thanks for your review, Fia.
Ha, just finished episode 5 as well, lots of plot development, but as you say, not so much in the relationship department. But with the pacing of this lakorn, and the twist and turns, we may yet be surprise of what is to come. I do like the way Son and Patricia look together, heeh, and I’m starting to see semblance of his feelings, whatever paltry it may be. And Chai Diew is starting to see that his momma has something to hide. Until next week of Kaen Sanaeha, fifth episode hasn’t propelled me to write so I’m gonna skip out until next week. There are two more lakorns waiting for my attention (Dao Reurng ep3, Fah Krajang Dao Weds-Thurs!)
Thank you for the summary of episode 4 of Kaen Sanaeha. 🙂
I guess I will not. Start this one…
Kaen Sanaeha seems like a pretty heavy family drama lakorn. Not sure if I’ll be watching it. May I bring another lakorn to your attention?? hehe.. Im currently watching Hormones วัยว้าวุ่น. It is still airing in thailand in their GMM channel. I say its a pretty good series although not a traditional lakorn as we know it. I’m pretty hooked on it now. Please do let me know how you feel about it if you watched it. I watched it in youtube, a kind lady is subbing it in english.
Hi suzsuz, thanks so much for the rec! Do you think it’s more like a tv show then? I’m def open to watching something atypical. Although, I do have two other recapping project in the works, once one of them ends (Fah Krajang Dao will end first)- I will check Hormones out and will let you know what I think!
Back to Kaen Sanaeha, this lakorn is keeping me hooked for now, intense family drama and all.
I’m actually really enjoying this lakorn!!! Things I like:
– The stepmother isn’t the “traditional stepmother”: she has an evil ghost as her company but she herself isn’t mean. Her husband is an a** and went to have a mistress, but she doesn’t blame anyone for this. She doesn’t vent her anger about the situation she’s in on someone innocent like Chai Diew (Chat should learn from her ;.P ), instead she is even able to love him like a real son.
– The traditional good-hearted mother isn’t all that innocent. She’s nice and ladylike, but she was able to fall in love with a married man and she isn’t someone who can forgive easily.
– Rima doesn’t imitate her big brother and hates on Rung, instead she protects her whenever she can. These two girl’s friendship is adorable.
– Rung is like her mother good-hearted, nice, obedient, diligent, ladylike – but she still has her own mind.
– Chat is an a**, but his relationship with his sister is cute – they are like cat and dog, typical siblings. And in a way Rima is very similar to Chat: She is mean and prejudiced towards Chai Diew and bullies him whenever she can, but I guess no one minds since he’s not the nangek ;.P
– The actor playing Chai Diew has the cutest smile ever ^.^
– The only thing missing is some relationship development between Chat and Rung. There has been close to nothing so far. But since the characters are very lovable and the storyline otherwise is interesting and entertaining, I don’t mind that for now.
LOVEDDDDD IT !!! ; )