[Open Thread] #28/What I’m Watching
Posted on April 5, 2019
Happy weekend, everyone. It’s been awhile since we had an open thread, what’s going on in your life? What are you watching?
It’s spring which means lots of activities for #mommyduties. My #1 is taking tee ball, #2 is busy terrorizing #1. There’s preschool enrollment on the radar, and ramping up lessons for the summer.
But still, I have some time for lakorns (because it’s important to have me time), but before we get into the currently airing lakorn, let’s take a step back to discuss what shows have completed their run.
Recently Completed – Brief Final Thoughts
Nuay Lap Salap Love
I did not get a chance to give my final thoughts on this lakorn, which is that it is all over the place. Mint does have chemistry with Mai Warit and that might be the redeeming part about the show. The story is ridiculous in nature, but it’s the lack of focus that inadvertently destroyed it.
I don’t know why I stuck around for this show, because it is such a big disappointment. With the title like Nang Rai, there’s so much you could do with it! Instead, the terrible writer made her nang ek as dumb as they come, with a pra’ek who is barely around and leaving us wondering how they fell in love in the first place. The show focused on keeping the two apart with a villain as annoying as Arthit and as meddling/cumbersome as the pra’nangs’ family. By the end, with a wtf last minute condition thrown at Kaewalai, I’m just glad it’s over. The only bright side is Maggi and Now, and their sismance.
Thong Ake Mor Ya Tah Chaloang
Although this show was far from being accurate, since it is a boran lakorn with so much modern riffs, the acting and chemistry and the jokes are done in such a natural way that it feels authentically unique to itself. I enjoyed how Thong Ake remained consistently himself, how Chaba makes her own decisions and has to live with it – and even gets called out for it, and how their relationship developed and gets challenged to the very end. Happily ever after doesn’t always end when the girl marries the prince, but they have to live together and persevere through the highs and lows of life. It’s a show that solidified Mario and Kimberley for me, because they are so good together. #moreplease
Holy cow was this show a hot mess, but I sure enjoyed the first half. The second half introduced unnecessary conflicts and misunderstandings (and it’s ok really just to drop the second half). The chemistry between the leads is what gets me through, but it almost feels like I’m watching Twilight. Rich, talented buy meets a girl next door whom he later realizes is special too.
Currently Airing – Reactions
Long Ngao Jan
Sammy! I really do like her since Lueam Salap Lai (of which I intend to write a review for, so stay tuned!) and she’s back in a melodrama. She plays a nurse with a vindictive half-sister who goes out and pretends to be her just to ruin her reputation. Wtf right? So in comes the pra’ek who misunderstands that the nang’ek caused his best friend’s death and decides to seek revenge – knowing deep down that the nang ek could not have been responsible! So many things don’t add up – that any pra’eks worth his salt could figure it out – but alas, we got a dumb one because he would rather accuse her of shit she hasn’t done rather than admitting how attracted he is to her. And that my friends, is the funniest part of the show. What a dumbass.
Rak Jang Aoey
Ok I’m going to be real with you. My initial impression was great, but as Dr. Aoey goes to the rural town and as we get to know more of Poo Yai, I must say, I have given up on this show. Poo Yai remains nonsensical, Dr. Aoey is far from perfect, and well, their shenanigans is here to give us a cheap laugh with no lingering affect. The biggest drawback is that Taew and Ter is lacking major chemistry – I felt Taew had more chemistry with her assistant, Prima.
Krong Kam is the only airing lakorn that I’m still enjoying thoroughly. It’s just such an entertaining show, Yoi has gotten way better now that she’s under Renu’s love spell (because she’s not bulging at the eyes and screaming her face off) and I’m enjoying how she interacts with Renu. It’s not even a romance show but there’s a lot of love and care written for the characters. Despite some of the bad situations these characters find themselves in, there’s always a way to resolve it. The show makes it feel like we’re watching real people figure things out, which makes for an uplifting watch, and not as sad as you would think. Well, until it does get sad and you’ll be reaching for a nearby paper towel (because you ran out of tissue paper).
Since I’m only watching Krong Kam live, that leaves some time to find something else to watch. Let me know what you’re watching or recommending.
I hope all is well! I miss you! ~Fia
Have you ever been curious about the new version “Hua Jai Sila”?
No I have not seen it, have you?
I am currently watching it right now as it is airing.Tor has got great fame after his acting as the Anti-hero in this lakhorn. It is also the first time for him starring as the Male-lead.Or slap-kiss may not be your thing…
I just started watching Hua Jai Sila and really enjoying Tor’s character. Lots of potential with this actor in the future.
hey there – slap kiss isn’t always my thing, it depends on how it’s written. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it, sounds like you’re not alone 🙂
Thank you! Yeah i am happy for that too, this drama do deserves the attention its getting. I will be excited for a next post from you, i have been following you ever since i moved to Georgia last years!
I just wanted to say that I’m extremely thankful for your recaps. If I’m a little iffy about starting a new lakorn but you have a review or some recaps re: said lakorn, I usually will read them first to see if I would be interested or not. Or if after watching a whole lakorn and I want to relive the moments, I would read your recaps. So thank you! Right now, I’m watching Hua Jai Sila. I’m new to the lakorn world so I feel lucky to have a large database of lakorns to go through. I have marked quite a few lakorns to watch in the future but I’m having a little Tor Thanapob moment.
Hi Jenna – thank you for spending some time here. I hope some of the resources are helpful and glad you’re enjoying Hua Jai Sila.
Just got back from my 2 wks trip to Thailand and trying catch up on Thong Ake Mor Ya Tah Chaloang. Couldn’t catch up on my LONG flights due to no wifi. Thailand – it took some getting used to but just when we started liking it, it was all over. My husband and I came back feeling empty missing the convenience of street food literally everywhere. You will never go hungry. I’m surprised people there are so skinny! Bangkok is too crazy but we love Chiang Mai and the islands. Btw, people are not allowed to take pictures with/of life size celebrity cutouts. HAHA – closest we can get to them. Looking forward to going back – there’s so much to see and never enough time.
Hi M! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I’m so jealous! Such is life right, when you start liking something, it’s all over too soon. That just means you’ll have to go back sooner rather than later. Let me know your final thoughts on Mario-Kim’s lakorn.
Yes, my sister is already planning the next Thailand trip. haha
Mario-Kim – I wasn’t a big fan of Kim although I follow her on IG but their drama sold me. She’s so awesome and I love Mario more! There were some boring parts but overall, I like the drama. It is fun, modern and spunky even though it is Boran. I think my favorite character is BFF Chongko. I like Pat being funny than being mean and annoying. And I love how they added the last comical imagination at the end. Had me laughed hysterically. I hope they make more comedy together or in other dramas.