‘Yah Leum Chan’ will end with 13 episodes
Posted on May 14, 2014
Yah Leum Chan – namely Forget Me Not – is coming to an end after such a highly anticipated beginning. From the outset, it was a recipe for success: we have a renown director PaaJaew, an acclaimed producer of Sood Saneha, and a star studded cast of Anne Thongprasom, Tik Jesadaporn, Kong Saharat and Rita Jensen. But despite having all of the seemingly right ingredients, it is as if no one really tasted the food. So the dish comes out looking pretty but missing a certain spice, leaving one quite regretful that the chef couldn’t pull it off.
That’s how I feel about the writing in this lakorn. It’s just lazy and uninspired. The show utilizes misunderstanding as a plot device without giving us reasons as to why a character is withholding information from the other. Case in point, Kemchart sees red when he learns that his ex-girlfriend has re-entered his life as his secretary. All he knows and feels is that Suriyawadee, now Suriyong, left him for a man old enough to be her father and she caused him severe physical and emotional damage. Yet she nonchalantly expects him to just get over the hurt? She never explained to him or offered any closure as to the reasons why she left, nor the current status of her life. He thinks that she’s a mother of twins – but he doesn’t know that she’s only a stepmom and marries the old man in name only to repay her family’s debt. It’s a troubling plot when Kemchart need only to learn this key information before wreaking his vengeance. All Suriyong needed to tell Kemchart is that she still longs for him even though she knows she has hurt him in the past, and that her marriage is only an excuse to adopt two adorable boys, the man would have dropped to his knees. But she’s going to deny deny deny until the cows come home. To make matters worse, Suriyong’s ONLY reason to come back into Kemchart’s life is because of good old coincidence. *Facepalm.*
In the pre-finale episode, Kemchart finally learns the truth about Suriyong and it hits him like a ton of brick. Yet his revelation, in the grand scheme of his revenge plot, is too little too late. If the writer built his character to be more conflicted and dynamic, his intentions to make things right with Suriyong, and Suriyong’s payback to him, would thereby resonate more with the viewers. It doesn’t help matters that neither Kemchart’s character nor Suriyong’s is compelling enough to pull the viewers in. Not to mention, the lack of onscreen chemistry between the two. I prefer to watch Anne and Tik as themselves, their behind the scenes shenanigans are adorable.
But it’s not all bad, my friends. The secondary story of Eua and Ganlong leaves me feeling warm and fuzzy inside, and makes this whole experience worthwhile. Perhaps with such an illogical main couple, our second leads must offer some semblance of balance. Eua and Ganlong’s relationship developed from being friends first. But slowly as the story developed, they each become something more to each other: a solid partnership in every aspect of their lives. Now that is something I love to see.
Ganlong starts to see her P’Eua in a different light when she learns that Suriyong is pregnant with Kemchart’s child. She is devastated on Eua’s behalf but what he said really stayed with her. His relationship with Suriyong is more than a love relationship; it’s a family relationship. And ultimately, what matters to him the most is seeing her happy. His unselfish, sacrificial ways allow Ganlong to see quite the man that he is. The culmination of his gentle and committed nature, along with this recent scene forces Ganlong to re-evaluate her feelings for him. When he leans down and kisses her squarely on the cheek – in a non-brotherly way I might add- to thank her for the surprise birthday party that he actually twisted around and surprised her instead, Ganlong felt the residual stirring of feelings. Am I the only one who actually squealed at this scene? Thank goodness for second leads.
All in all, there are many ways to spin an asshole pr’ek into an endearing one. Sawan Biang managed to do this, and so did Jai Rao, but misunderstanding is not their key ingredient.
Yah Leum Chan will end tomorrow, Thursday May 15th, so let’s soak up our final moments with Eua and Ganlong and watch Kemchart make up with Suriyong once and for all. If LakornThai production does anything well, it’s the ending. Don’t forget to go on over to Darkness Lakorns for full recaps of episodes 12 and 13 (finale.) @Lady of Darkness – It’s been a pleasure recapping with you!
As Ryan Seacrest likes to say, Fia Out! Until next recapping project, Lovelies!
Tagged: Anne Thongprasom, Tik Jedsadaporn, Yah Leum Chan
I can see why Tik and Ann were never paired during their prime. They lack chemistry and they picked the wrong project to work together. I know this was due to a fan petition but if I was as talented as Ann, I would have immediately decline after thoroughly reading the entire script.
Thanks for you take on this lakorn… You nailed it. This is just tasteless.
I was super excited for this pairing over a year ago when it was announced that they would star together. Now going into the finale, I’m only cheering for Eua and Gaenlong. Maybe Ch 3 should take notice of their chemistry and cast them as the main leads in their own series. 🙂
I remember P’Kong with Mew in a series in the 90s and that was cute. Why can’t he still be the main lead 20 years later? 😉
I haven’t liked a lot of the series that Ann has starred in as of late. The last one I enjoyed her in was Soot Sanae Ha. 365 Days of Love just ruined her pairing with Ken. 🙁 She has the acting chops, but the chemistry she had with others since Soot Sanae Ha have left me with a blah taste in my mouth.
I will say this, the show cannot make up for the weak plot and lead characters, but the ending did put a smile on my face. I liked that Suriyong finally asks for Kemchart’s forgiveness, and finally taking some responsibility. Tik cries beautifully and well, Eua and Ganlong seriously have the best proposal and love story. I’ll take what I can get 🙂
What is your next Projects, Fia?
Excellent question, Patty. I’m contemplating Rak Ork Rit, but I’m going to watch the first episode and see if I like it first. How about you?
Nada, I getting bored, any suggestions, I’m all ears!
Well, there are a number of new, interesting lakorns coming out, you need only to choose one.. or two 🙂
For instance, Sanaeha Sunya Kaen (I did recommend this to LoD), Rak Ork Rit, Rak Nee Hua Jai Mee Kreep, Ruen Rissaya… and the list goes on.
I have not even pick up on the un-continue projects that I have not been able to finish it yet. I might go back on that eventually!
It was a pleasure Fia!
This was probably one of my least favorite Anne lakorns; not her fault it was just a kaka story writing/script; thank goodness it was only 13episodes. Nonetheless, I’m content with the ending as well. I still think Tik & Anne were on point portraying their not so like-able characters and I thought their chemistry wasn’t the greatest throughout the lakorn but it started to shine at the last episode especially when they reconciled and spoke more lovingly to each other. It was refreshing to watch Kong and Rita who are both new actors to me….they were adorable! It was just a delight to see Anne’s face again. But please Anne…..next time choose a superb script that matches your superb acting skills! 😉 😉 Love from your Polynesian isles fan.
I thinks you should capping Ruk Ork Rit!
Suriyong’s ONLY reason to come back into Kemchart’s life is because of good old coincidence. –> yes, I was so annoyed at this ‘big’ reveal. It seemed to me in ep1 that Suriyong applied for the secretary position knowing that Khemchart was gonna be her boss and her (unexplained) reason for re-entering his life really bugged me then. I was expecting something more than a simple coincidence… is the show telling me that the whole of Thailand only has that one job opening available for Suriyong?
Thank goodness indeed for Eua and Gaenlong! They are such a sweet pair. 🙂 I need to skim through YLC for them.
I would say it’s totally worth it to skim YLC for Eua and Ganlong’s scenes 🙂
After reading all these feedback so. I don’t want to watch this drama. Once you get used to watching certain actors and actresses in a drama. And they produce good chemistry, you might not want to see them acting along side other actors who does share the same chemistry. It’s just how it works.
I am watching this lakhorn right now and fully enjoying it! But i am sad that many of you think that Anne and Tik lacked chemistry,i think there is intensity between them (even if i prefer Anne with Ken, and Tik with Aom).Well we do have different opinions…
By the way, you do mention “Sawan Biang” in lot of your blog-posts..i would gladly read your review about it and your personal detailed feelings about the story of Kawee and Narin!