James Ma and Margie in Arkom
Posted on June 13, 2017
James Ma is back on screen since his portrayal of Dr. Sattawat in When a Man Loves a Woman– which made me want to pull my hair out no less – but I was still excited to see his face. Arkom (Magic) is a story about James Ma’s character that comes back to life after a deliberate bomb that hits the airplane containing his whole family. A mysterious sorcerer not only gives him a second chance in life but also teaches him magic in order to seek retribution on a group of rich men who are complicit in the murder of both their families. It’s very much similar to a superhero type storyline where the hero has another identity and hopes that friends and love interest from his ‘previous life’ don’t recognize him or complicate his revenge plan.
Margie Rasri plays James’ love interest who has a superhuman power all her own. She was born with the ability to sense the source of a person’s physical pain and heal it. Alex Rendell is her younger twin brother and their twin bond is heightened in such a way that they can communicate telepathically or what seems to be little conversations in each other’s head. Their connection is interesting because they are affected by each other’s deep moods, one would warn the other to stop sorrowful thoughts because it could overpower the other’s mood. So with Margie’s character’s natural abilities, she goes into medicine and becomes a doctor while Alex’s character becomes a cop. The twins are product of an affair and get reintroduced into their father’s family life at a young age but are forbidden to acknowledge him as their dad. For this reason, they are their own little family unit with a very special bond.
Even after five years, Margie continues to mourn the death of her love, James’ character. But a masked man in black who enters her life brings back the false hope and desire that her love may have survived a plane crash. Reporter by day, masked man in black by night – James’ character gets roped back into the past that he vowed to forget.
The premise of the show sounds and could be promising if you’re into fantasy, magic, superhero type plots. The problem that I see with this show from the get-go is the lack of introduction and backstory to the hero’s past life, which makes it challenging for me to get sucked into his revenge story because I’m not emotionally invested. Let me provide an example, we open with James’ and family experiencing the plane crash, then the sorcerer revives James back to life and essentially gives him magic. Meanwhile Margie’s character cries on the gravesite, blaming James tombstone for not following through with the promise to come back to her. And five years later he’s back and exacting revenge one by one with the executives. It feels a little rushed.
In addition, James and Margie have no chemistry on screen so far. Their characters aren’t given an emotional backstory to hook me, so when they reunite (in false pretense of course) there’s a lack of spark. It’s unfortunate because it’s one of my favorite things about hidden identity storylines. I’m sure there will be flashbacks etc, but it’s just not the same. While the twins’ bond on the other hand is quite cute and I do like Alex and Margie’s sibling interaction, however even Alex’s love story seemed too pieced together.
I’m sad that this is another TV Scene lakorn that I’m going to drop, I don’t recall the last one that I’ve finished completely. Even James Ma’s face couldn’t rescue this show for me, and it’s such a pretty face too. But maybe this is my exhausted brain talking. I should be called zombie lakorn mom instead of lovefia. #firstepisodefatigue. Maybe I need rescuing! Man in black mask, come rescue me from myself!
Tagged: Alex Rendell, Arkom, James Ma, Margie Rasri
Hi Fia. So nice to have you back and congratulations on the new baby!
I agreed. No chemistry between the leads. I love Alex. He’s so cute. I might stick around for him.
Have you seen “Princess Hours”? A remake of Korean drama? I seem to be obsessed with Tao (the prince) and his brooding way. It’s all cutsie stuff. A couple of over the top actors, but takes me away for an hour and into fairy tale land. LOL
Hi Nung! Let’s just say I’m surviving the kiddos 🙂 I plan on checking out PH too, and it’s a blank slate for me since I haven’t seen the Korean original version. Are you watching anything else?
Ahhh love those kids. My girls will be out of school this Thursday. Let the fun begin.
I didn’t watch the Korean version either. I love the wardrobe in this lakorn. Flowers everywhere!!! Love it on the men.
No, I’m not watching anything else. I’ll let you know if I come across any worth watching.
I can’t seem to get into Margie’s lakorn and still not into James Ma. I like James Ma, but something about him that I’m not interested. I’m currently watching Paen Rai Long Tai Was Ruk. It’s an evening lakorn starring Sun and Mae, new actress. The N’ek fake her pregnancy to help help adopted brother get out of marriage, but ends up begin married to p’ek. Lol. This is the only exciting, funny lakorn ATM. The leads are new to me, but I like their chemistry.
I meant Aun, not Sun
I enjoy Margie in supernatural roles. However, this the first time I have watched a lakorn with James Ma. I thought the plot was interesting and was really glad it was subtitled. I also enjoy reading your blog.