Props to Paap Ataan for managing to throw me a final surprise in the last episode. I’ve seen behind-the-scenes photos from Charebelle’s instagram of her, Pong and Yayaying with a fake skeleton, which by the end of ep16 I could infer belonged to Ting, Prayong’s loyal servant whom she chained up and left for dead to forever seal Ting’s lips on who really caused Mae Orn’s deadly fall down the stairs. When Prayong cast a spell on Chetta and trapped him in the same hidden room with Ting’s remains, a second skeleton is revealed to belong to Tan Jao Khun! Perhaps there were hints dropped on where Pratt ended up but with my limited understanding of Thai I at least didn’t pick up any and was genuinely surprised at how far Prayong went to keep Pratt with her and still would to bring her Tan Jao Khun back. I still remember how pure and lovely the young Prayong was at her first meeting with Pratt, how her eye lit up when looking at him, how they promised to wait for each other but ultimately they loved themselves the most. So even after marrying Mae Orn, Pratt still swears his love to Prayong while taking Gade as his side wife thus hurting all three women and Prayong chose to destroy everyone that stood in her way of possessing Pratt, even if that includes the man himself. Their soured, twisted relationship isn’t something I root for as an audience but it was a story well told. The good guys/bad guys camp are often so clearly defined in lakorn world that it’s refreshing to see shades of grey in the protagonists.
I watched Paap Ataan for them right? So how did Pong/Charebelle fair? Pratt and Mae Orn’s modern incarnations ended up together but I was disappointed by their love line which suffered from lack of development. I kept waiting for Pratt and Mae Orn’s back story, wanting to see how they met and what made Pratt decide to marry Mae Orn instead of holding on to his promise to Prayong. But nope, we got like 30 seconds worth of flashbacks to Pratt and Mae Orn’s happier times and the story continues from when they return to the Sihamontree mansion. I guess there may have been some dialogue explaining their past but hey show, I want to see, not get a summary. Overall the past life portion was quite well handled so I let that slide but in the present life, I don’t buy how Chetta goes from the playboy who refuses to commit to girlfriend Gade, to the suddenly devoted man swearing true love to Anongwadee. In the last episode Chetta tells Anongwadee that he only loved Gade as his ‘pern’ … I was like ROFL, tell me you are kidding.
Then there’s Anongwadee, who goes from hating Chetta for stoking her mom’s gambling addiction by continually lending her money to feeling guilty for selling him a haunted mansion to being worried that her great-grandma’s ghost would harm the guy … and somehow this led to true love? I don’t know, was I supposed to root for Chetta/Anongwadee as Pratt/Mae Orn getting a second chance? Pratt was a terrible husband but through Chetta’s recollection of the past I could feel his guilt towards Mae Orn and by association towards Anongwadee so I could understand a littttle bit how his feelings for Anongwadee changed. On Anongwadee’s end though her memories of her past life seems fairly limited and till quite late in the show she didn’t believe she was Mae Orn in the past. I couldn’t feel her feelings towards Pratt as Mae Orn being ‘transferred’ to the present life so to speak so I’m still scratching my head as to how on earth she fell for Chetta.
I also didn’t understand why the whole lot of them stuck around the mansion when there was obviously a vengeful spirit targeting them there. People were continually getting mysterious headaches, fainting spells, going missing and no one thought to ruuuuuuun for their dear lives instead of challenging the spirit? I know I would! To be fair, I did fastfoward a lot of long talking bits that didn’t involve Pong or Charebelle and I did a lot of guess work with the dialogue so who knows, I might feel differently about Paap Ataan when I get to watch it subbed.