Buppae Sunniwas – Fated Couple? Episode 2
Posted on February 27, 2018
What is apparent as we finish up the second episode of Buppae Sunniwas is its comedic relief. As Katesurang settles into Karakate’s life and realizes that she didn’t travel in time to live a leading lady’s life, but instead possessed the body of an infamous, well hated, villain’s body, she decides she’ll take the experience as a jaunt through the history books. From the get go, this show sets its own distinction from other time travel lakorns – we are not like Tawee Pope, nor do we strive to be like them.
I welcome that distinction, but I’m not going to lie that I don’t miss the wonderfully written hero of Tawee Pope’s past. Khun Luang, the man who as old fashioned as they come, was gentle natured, kind, forgiving, and a well-respected government employee. Most importantly, he always looked at our heroine as if she was the cutest thing he had ever seen. Her forward thinking, slightly misbehaving and mischievous twinkle in her eyes made him gravitate towards her even more.
Meanwhile our current hero, Khun Meun is disapproving and determined to see her fail. Granted, he hates her and believes her to be a murderer. But even on a character level, prior to Katesurang (in the body of Karakate) meets him, he’s the average male of his time (perhaps with above average looks). He enjoys gambling on chicken fighting, imbibing alcohol in town (to the point he’s drunk everyday) and wiles away his time writing poetries or practicing some sort of script with his manservant. Not our hardworking patriot of a hero that we’re used to. When I saw Khun Muen stumbling his way back to the boat – and the maids relenting that he’s like this everytime – I kinda like how flawed he is. Back then, if you’re rich, what else is there to worry about? For Khun Muen, his biggest concern is marrying someone he hates. So his goal is to undo that.
But let’s backtrack to why he hates her. In this episode, we get a flashback of when Khun Muen meets Karakate. Her family recently passed and Khun Muen’s dad takes Karakate under his wing and offers her a place to stay while they prepare for the nuptials. At first glance, Karakate decides Khun Muen is the perfect man for her (he’s rich and good looking). While Khun Muen starts to see Karakate’s evil streak and wants nothing to do with it, nor does his mother. Karakate abuses all servants in the house, and she’s just plain mean. She’s also possessive, once she sets her cap on something; she’s like a dog with a bone. For instance, Khun Muen happens to smile too much or seem too smitten with another woman (whom received an approval from his mother), Karakate determines that the other woman must go. Throughout this evil ordeal- such as ordering her maid to sabotage the boat and then a person ends up dying from that- Karakate never once regretted her choices. When the devil chased her and she realizes that it’s the end of the road for her, Karakate summons a plea for Katesurang to save her – to redeem her in everyone’s eyes.
This in and of itself is so out of character. Does death really make you pause and think about all of the bad things you did in life? If there is no such thing as evil people, only people who do bad things, then maybe Show would stand to have a better argument if they created a better backstory than simply using the time travel as a plot device.
Unless we’re going with this “fated couple” explanation. Buddhists believe that once you’re fated to be with someone, there’s no changing that, even if you’re existing in two different time periods. One way or another, fate will bring you back together, even if they have to kill off a villain so that you can live in her body. Whichever explanation you want to go with, it’s a challenge regardless. Katesurang decides that she will send Karakate’s soul off to rest in peace by doing good deeds for her. And no one said she couldn’t enjoy a bit of a field trip in this wondrous world of time travel. She just didn’t expect her reactions and behaviors would cause people to look at her like a crazy person.
The household attributes her “craziness” or out of character personality to the ritual they performed earlier. According to Khun Muen’s father, if she’s at fault for killing the servant by sabotaging the boat, than she would either die or go mad. Obviously the latter has them convinced that is the case. Not Khun Muen though. He has a better explanation. For the last few days since the ritual was performed, Karakate is jovial, kind, and behaves strangely. She asks questions about things she should already know, she uses strange words, and every little thing amazes her. Khun Muen confronts her one evening point blank, telling whatever is possessing Karakate’s body to leave. Lol. He’s totally serious which forced Katesurang to think quickly on her feet. If she has to stay in the past a little longer, she’s gonna need a place to stay, not to mention she has to do some merits for Karakate, so Katesurang sets out to ensure the household is convinced that she’s not a mad person, or a ghost (which she kinda is!)
At that note, episode two closes, leaving me wanting more. It’s the first time I thought a show provides a good cliffhanger. I’m enjoying all of Muen and Katesurang’s interactions so far, the pettiness, the awkward touches, and the competitive banter. Katesurang does keep Muen on his toes with all of her 900 questions, which I’m hoping will get the wheels turning in his head and convinces him to do something with his life. I don’t know, maybe be less angry and show us why you’re a hero in your own right.
Kudos to Broadcast, they’re masters at this period lakorn. So funny, so visually breathtaking. Wednesdays and Thursdays are getting so exciting.
Tagged: บุพเพสันนิวาส, Bella Ranee, Buppae Sunniwas, Pope Thanawat
I had wondered what Thai gentlemen of the time used to do if there wasn’t a war or a political situation for them. Drinking and hanging out seems to be it. I just watched the period piece La Ong Dao (the new one) and in it, Korakot seems to do nothing but wait for his money to show up and go out to eat and drink.
Oh the life of a rich gentleman. 💁🏻♂️🍶🍛🛶💰📜💤
according to the main character life, he have work to detecting news so he have to drink and hanging out to do his work. The other reason is his fomous brother whom many people was jealous of by had been the king’s favorite poet. the poet get accused and deposed out of Ayutthaya kingdom, as a younger brother his dad didn’t want him to get attention like that, so he have to pretended to be carouse to be safe.
Thanks Mook. Can’t wait for the show to get more into Khun Muen’s character.
I’m really enjoying this show so far too, I’m glad to read your comments on it. I’ve never been a big fan of Bella, but I have to say she’s really funny in this one. I loved that ridiculous “nang rai” face she made when she was trying to emulate Gik-Suwajanee. I look forward to reading more of your comments as the series continues!
Where can I watch it with English sub? Please?
You can watch it on SDJK fansubbing in facebook! 😉 most recent episode are subbed👍👍
Hey Fia, did you have a chance to catch up with the latest episodes? Little details here and there made me realized that due to Karakate’s complicated background and cold treatments from Khun Meun’s family, she became paranoid and restless. She did ask her servant to rock Mae Janward’s boat; however, someone else might have the same intention and it’s the true cause of the sinking. Anyways, I believe this is why she was given a chance to redeem herself with the help of her reincarnation. There are so many interesting details that foreshadow future events
Hi phanthimyloi – I have not had the chance to catch up with latest episodes yet, to be honest. Life is a little insane right now but I hope to catch up soon and write my thoughts! Thanks for the additional insight, I’m curious to see how the story answers some questions, and from the looks of all of the spoilers, it’s heading in the right direction!
Ohh take your time catching up then Fia, you would want to be able to savour the drama. I wish ya all the best with life, work, and babies.
Obsessing over this drama now. I’ve been in a Thai lakorn slump for a while and happened upon the clip in ep 2 where he was asking who she was and why she was possessing Karakate’s body. That was all it took and now I’m hooked. I’m so glad to see couples getting shifted around rather than always seeing people with their “koo jins.” Pope and Bella look beautiful together and have such good bantering chemistry.
I love how she pushes his buttons. He’s so uptight and self-righteous that he needs someone like her to loosen him up. I love that I don’t love him. He’s a good guy but is quite rude and prejudiced towards her (with good reason, obviously). So far, 6 episodes are out and it’s sweet to see how he gradually warms up to her. From never wanting to be in a room with her to now going to her part of the house just to catch a glimpse of her, it’s all so cute! His tone has also changed. He went from speaking so gruffly with her to tenderly speaking with her.
It’s also nice that there aren’t any crazy, possessive 2nd leads that get in the way of the main couple coming together. So far I live for their interactions whether it’s them arguing or their shy, emotion-stirring eye contact or touch. I hope this isn’t more than 15-16 episodes. It’s so good right now that I’m scared a long episode count might hurt it down the road.
Congrats to the cast and production team on the success of this drama thus far. It is truly well deserved!!! ❤
Hi missbrenda91 – ha, glad to hear you’re obsessed! Sounds like you are all caught up, but sadly I’m not. Trying to stay away from spoilers but happy to hear that Khun Muen’s demeanor towards Katesurang is changing, because it has to right? After all, we have to get on board the romance train to make this worthwhile.