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รุ่นพี่ Secret Love | Bake Me Love: episode 1

Around this time last year, I was absolutely obsessed with the GMMTV  series Ugly Duckling. Unfortunately, it turned out only the first part of the series appealed to me but it made me keep an eye on what the channel was working on and releasing next. So it was delighted to see this summer they have also released a few series’ that come across cute and fun and most importantly much lighter fair than your typical lakorn. My favorite so far is the three part, six episodes youthful series #รุ่นพี่ Secret Love (or Senior Secret Series). The first outing wasn’t my taste but the second was all kites, rainbows and puppies (literally!), while the recently ended third installment is my personal favorite.

I’ve decided that all cute dramas deserve a recap, just because they are adorable. And check out a quick synopsis of the series, after the jump. Continue reading รุ่นพี่ Secret Love | Bake Me Love: episode 1

Snap File: Kazoku no Katachi

We’ve all heard it said no man’s an island, two are better than one, and nobody wants to be lonely, but many live as though these sentiments are false or steeped in fantasy, rather than reality. For, in bustling cities singleness and solitary living is common and in most cases necessary and being and doing things solely or alone is the norm and expected.  But on the other hand, there is also the misconception that being alone, leads to incessant or inevitable loneliness.

However Kazoku no Katachi examines the idea that being alone doesn’t have to be true for modern singles aren’t doomed to be alone forever, whether that life includes the desire or trappings marriage or kids and loneliness has nothing to do with solitude.

***A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO UENO JURI ON HER MARRIAGE TO ROCKER WADA SHO!*** Continue reading Snap File: Kazoku no Katachi

First Look: Bobogyungsim-Ryeo

I know I’m not the only one who has been fairly (or completely) skeptical of the K-drama of beloved Chinese drama Bu Bu Jing Xi adapted from novelist Tong Hua‘s Startling with Every Step. But with every released tidbit, I’ve calmed ever so slightly and today, China has released its first teaser and I have to be honest, I’m more than ready now for this to air and do well! 

Check out Bobogyungsim: Ryeo teaser!

I was already taken with Lee Jun-ki from the costume shots a couple weeks back but after seeing him in action, he certainly brings something to his Fourth Prince that carries the same mystery we all know and love in a way that feels dangerous, intriguing and tantalizing. And while, I have always liked Lee, this is the first time, I’ve been this interested in seeing his portrayal/depiction of a character. 

But as for the sneak peek, I truly like it. For not only is it sweeping and beautiful, it also comes across warm and fun. All the princes that should be lovable and adorable come across as such and the dynamic of youngsters growing and changing together is apparent as well. However, most importantly it has a charm all its own, making it a completely different beast from the original and with that alone, I breathe a sigh of relief. 

Afterthoughts: Rang Pratana 1-3

 Springtime is for purging and blogging is no exception. Drama consumption over the last couple years has been heavily disproportionate to the amount of response and review, not necessarily due to the lack of ideas or thoughts but basically just time and patience. So, it’s my plan in the next few weeks to finally finish and release those posts that have been sitting in drafts for weeks, months and years, just waiting for me to press POST.

Synopsis: A couple of childhood friends find themselves in surprise scandal-ridding marriage. 

Cast: Nadech Kugimiya, Kimberely Voltemas, Mint Vongvasana, Alex Rendell, Jaja Primrata, Daew Suriyont, Air Panthila

Original Airdate/Length: January 2013; 15 episodes 

View date: Nov-Dec 2014

rp02This story is pretty straightforward in that an orphaned boy (Nadech Kugimiya) is raised by his mother’s employer and grows up undoubtedly grateful for his kindness. Unlike other narratives, the family has enveloped him as their own, at least all but one; the youngest daughter SuPah (Kimberley Voltemas) Normally, this wouldn’t matter for being the youngest she’s been spoiled and coddled and she’s rich; used to getting what she wants. However, Pitt and Thae used to be quite close, to the point that people thought they were siblings; stuck together like glue, then, something abruptly changes. And ever since, Thae treats Pitt like the hired help and he has hardened toward her as well.

Thae hints to the heart of the matter once after Pitt squashes Daddy’s marriage proposal and again in the pool with her friend, that her hostility began with his relationship with his college and current girlfriend Rawee (Mint Vongvasana). Of course, her friend takes this as her being selfish and needing his undivided attention (and I don’t doubt that plays a part), but clearly, somewhere down the line he unwittingly hurt her. RangPratthana 1.mp40227Thae isn’t a complicated character, in that it’s pretty clear that she has deep feelings for Pitt. Problem is, it’s too early to call those feelings love. And by early I mean, in the progression of the drama itself.   For, I see whatever she feels as clouded and muddled and will probably take the majority of the series for her to decipher through the fog.  I am certain the feelings she has, she’s been harboring since childhood, certain that her playmate would remain hers forever. The thing is, that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, love doesn’t return in the way we hope and instead of learning this lesson and maturing from it, Thae has become angry and bitter. Which of course, is my largest problem with her. For, Pitt isn’t wrong when he says she’s “manipulative and a liar, always has an agenda and should never be trusted.” Even now, as she works along side him, her intention was to butter him up and then pull the chair out from under him. It hasn’t worked out the way she’d planned only because she overestimated her sense of self-control.

Pitt is a good man and she knows it. She’s attracted to him and that desire to be close to him and please him has won out more than her ideas of revenge. Though, we all know, that won’t last for long, when he never lets her forget how much he loves Rawee.  However, I can’t help but notice that Pitt isn’t as oblivious to Thae as he’d like to be and that definitely has me poised to find out what really happened between them. We can bank it was some type of misunderstanding or misconception but I can’t help but wonder who or what was the culprit.rp01

Like most drama watches, misunderstandings grind my nerves, especially when they are petty and brittle; an issue that could be resolved with one question or short conversation. However, in this instance,  we are dealing with the young hearts of teenagers, being Pitt and Rawee have dated for seven years and the pride of circumstance. To me, Thae is the freer of the two to love, while Pitt doesn’t seem the type to have his eyes on the bosses daughter. Yet, I have a distinct feeling at one time he struggled with his feelings.

Alternate Pairings: Pitt and Rawee

When we first see Pitt and Rawee together, they seem happy and in love and eventhough we know the end pairing, they these two seem like a great match. That is, until you meet Rawee’s mother and clock her heavy influence on her daughter. For while Rawee talks a good game, in defending Pitt, she doesn’t actually believe what she says. And if there is anything that is a detriment to their relationship, it’s Rawee’s inability to trust her own mind. I believe she knows Pitt loves her and she recognizes what a steady, hard-wroking, committed man he is, however, she doesn’t wholeheartedly trust him. And at this point, Pitt hasn’t actually done anything that truly warrants suspicions from her, for everything that might come across remotely suspicious in his behavior is either (1) dedication to his job or obviously (2) a setup. Yet, Rawee, never uses her brain, nor does she rely on her confidence in the foundation of her relationship with Pitt, instead she chooses to believe her eyes or the naysayers around her.rp03

And boy does she have a few. Thae is painted as the ultimate kink in their relationship, for she’s always pulling tricks to make Pitt look bad in Rawee’s eyes, but it’s actually her best closest friend, See that takes the cake for me. Not just in the fact that she is constantly whispering negative ideas into Rawee’s ears but more that Rawee refuses to recognize her true intentions. Clearly, See isn’t a friend at all and either desires Pitt for herself (which I can’t see how she’d ever think that were possible) or she secretly just hates Rawee and wants to relish in her misery. Either way, her statements and machinations are so transparent, it’s rather frustrating Rawee doesn’t call her on half her statements. 

It is also true that Rawee’s mother is virtually a monster but my largest problem isn’t her mother at all, for it is Rawee who has known and dated Pitt for years, therefore, it is she I can’t stomach, for how weak minded she is. She comes across as being business savvy but when it comes to her love life, she’s rather dim. I could even try to commend her for recognizing Poowadon (Alex Rendell) for the cad he is, if in kind she was equally able to pinpoint the problem in her own relationship. It’s very disheartening to watch a woman being dragged around by everyone else instead of standing on her own. And by the time she loses Pitt, like I know she will, I doubt I will have the energy to care about her any longer, for the simple fact she’s been so silly and doubtful for so long.

TvN Makes Another ‘The Good Wife’

jdytgw01_zpsnih9q0pxThe rumor of a remake doesn’t always make me happy. Especially, when it’s country to country, small screen to small screen, for though there are several things that are relatable the world over, like a woman who finds herself back in the working world, after being a house wife for over fifteen years— the elements have to be presented in a way that not only stays true to the original work, yet reflects the culture. And for me, here in lies my hesitation. TvN ended 2015 announcing their intention of tackling CBS hit series The Good Wife with an offer of the titular role to movie actress Jeon Do-yeon. Personally, I’d hoped to wait on discussing this drama until it aired but once Jeon was mentioned I knew immediately if there is any actress I’d like to see do this role, it’s Do-yeon, simply because I love the woman. But even with all the love, there is plenty of fear on my part about where the production will take it, given the writer is Han Sung-woon.

The CBS show has now entered the second half of its seventh season and while I’ve found that it has fared well over all, it was certainly strongest during its first four. The show fuses, law and love, marriage ans family, as it transitions its female lead from her life’s unaware wallflower to instinctive commander. And I suppose if there is a network that can weave those elements into something winning and captivating, it’s definitely TvN. A remake would be lovely in terms of a 16-20 episode format, for there is so much material to deal with and a tightly woven condensed story could be just as spellbinding and heady as Secret Love Affair. There is always the concern for watered-down or down played content, but I’d like to believe Jeon won’t sign on to something that didn’t guarantee expounding on the darker facets of the story’s narrative and main character, like prostitution, dirty politics and adultery.  jdytgw02_zpse1k7os76

For now, we’re looking at a 2016 airdate, but that’s tentative, and who knows, if they steer toward pre-production, we may not see this one until we’re closer to ringing in 2017.