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[review] Tard Rak (Slave of Love)

22 Oct


Synopsis and cast information by wishboniko

What I liked:
* Fairytale romance. What? Didn’t I just say I don’t do fairytale endings in my last post? Well, it has to do with expectations really. I know I’m getting a fairytale here so bring it on. Betrothed at birth? Check. Separated by circumstances? Check. Meet without knowing real identities? Check. Bound by destiny at every turn? Check check check. Prince Darb is the role that made me like Mart despite his limited acting capabilities because he was the only who loved without any hidden agenda. He thought he had fallen for a prostitute and while he often struggled with this fact, ultimately he chose to give up not just money but also his pride as a prince for the woman he loved. A fair warning though, he does act childishly sometimes but I still wanna squish him. :p Now for the other person in this relationship, Princess Aeyawade. In the first episode, I thought for sure she’d be the character I’d hate the most because I have low tolerance for sweet, naïve and saintly types but turns out, I kinda like her! She is a borderline saint who repays evil with kindness but she does fight back when pushed too far. Cherry was superb as Aeyawade, bringing both commanding royal presence as well as vulnerability to the character. Their romance is fluffy Disney stuff, nothing epic that burns your heart but sufficient to make me smile and go awwwww [I watched Tard Rak and Mae Ka Khanom Wan back to back so I was awww-ing over the Mart/Cherry pair for quite some time. They are now my third favourite koo kwan after KA and Ateam.]

* One of my biggest lakorn peeve is the one dimensional third party(ies) that we get in 8 out of 10 lakorns. Not that we don’t get scheming exes in dramas from other countries but most of the n’rais in lakorns exist solely to be the bitch-that-ruins-everything so it was refreshing to get a ‘third party’ in TR who has her own life and own story. I guess Ward is technically one of the lead characters but I still appreciate the fact that her motivations for getting in between the royal OTP is well-developed and understandable for her character. Out of the 4 main characters, Ward goes through the most changes and is the most well written character to me. She’s so human in her struggles and failings that I can’t hate her even when she uses dirty tricks to get Prince Darb.

*The side-kick. Again, another standard character in lakorns used primarily to provide comic relief but more often than not just end up annoying me with their over the top antics. Yet when used right – like Kom in Sood Sanaeha – they are icing on the cake. Prince Darb’s servant Kharn is hilarious with his deadpan replies and not only is he a faithful servant, he is an intelligent one and I enjoyed all his scenes. The Queen’s servant Nim can be occasionally grating but she gets some pretty funny lines too.

Kinda iffy bits

*The overall plot is on the weak side because Aeyawade’s many poor decisions are used as the main driving force for the plot instead of other more believable circumstances. Also, Aeyawade is one hellavu lucky princess, getting incredible breaks no matter how bleak the situation looks. It’s no wonder Ward complains that some people get all the luck!

* The ‘civilian OTP’ of Aong Din and Ward had the potential to have more depth to their relationship but in the end it fell flat. I felt Aong Din’s change of affections from Aeyawade to Ward was too sudden and not explained properly and Aong Din ended up a confused character for me.

I rate this: 3.5/5
Lame plot devices aside, the pacing is fairly brisk and things are continually happening which made me want to watch the next episode to find out what happens next and the interaction between the 4 main characters are well-written. If you’re still not feeling this show by the third episode though, it might not be the lakorn for you.

Mae Ka Khanom Wan (The Dessert Girl) review

12 Oct

Synopsis by Wishboniko

What worked:

– The OTP. Seeing how antagonistic Pai was towards Wat, I was afraid I’d have to wait till the last 15 minutes to see any sweet scenes at all but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Wat confessed around mid way through the lakorn and though Pai is too ‘thin-skinned’ to express her own feelings, she cared for him in her own way and there were plenty of cute scenes between them around the last 5 episodes. Mart’s not the world’s greatest actor but I think he was sufficient as the mobster with a heart and I can’t help but want to squish him when Wat goes begging Pai for food with that poor puppy dog look. Yea, Wat the big bad mafia boss can only eat food made by his mom (sorry, she died) and Pai. XD The OTP made me teary eyed on a few occasions which is a sure sign they’ve got my heart.

– No third parties. Sometimes you need a bitchy rai or guy best friend waiting in the shadows to introduce conflict but usually they are such blatant plot devices in lakorns that they end up annoying me so I’m always happy when they don’t show up. Pai has a guy best friend Mark who actually is just her best friend whereas Wat made it clear from the beginning that he only wanted to make use of his fiancee’s family name to whitewash his triad past. Ooh, and this might be the only time where I see the families of both n’ek and p’ek trying to fix them up!

– The supporting cast. When there are too many side characters, a drama may end up wasting too much time on them instead of properly developing the OTP (looking at you Kehas See Daeng) but fortunately they are a plus in this case. Pai’s uncles and aunts are a hoot together and they make watching this lakorn so much fun. I wasn’t into Uncle Nat and Aunt Kaew’s side story though but that’s what the ff button is there for right? Haah. Watching Mark woo Fon (Wat’s sister) was also a lot of fun and his scenes with Wat are always hilarious.

– Cherry. She’s such a fabulous actress and was spot on as the brash Pai. I’ve seen her in sweet/gentle roles which she totally nailed as well so I was doubly impressed by her portrayal of Pai.

– Thai desserts. As Pai owns a Thai dessert shop, you get to see pretty desserts on the show. Not only that, a Thai dessert is introduced in a short segment at the end of each episode which I find very interesting and informative.

What didn’t:

– Overly aggressive n’ek. I dropped this around ep5 the first time I watched it because I found Pai being unnecessarily aggressive towards Wat. I’m all for women standing up for themselves but I thought Pai took things too far and she clung on to her prejudices against Wat far too long than necessary.

– The attempted rape scene. Someone needs to check the scriptwriters head because it was soooo random and unnecessary and this isn’t even a slap/kiss lakorn. Did you really have to stick it in there? At least this time the guy isn’t let off lightly. Pai actually shot Wat in the arm after he backed off. LOL

– The Tong Ake fiasco. Cherry was pretty convincing as a guy but by the end I was losing track of why she was pretending to be Tong Ake. One moment she was persuading Pan to leave Wat because he was only making use of her then when Pan started to be interested in ‘Tong Ake’, she wanted Pan to get back with Wat? Meh, maybe I wasn’t concentrating hard enough but after a while I couldn’t be bothered with that thread and started to ff the Tong Ake bits. It was also unrealistic that Wat took so long to realise that Tong Ake = Pai when he was able to observe both of them up close on so many occasions.

– The villians. I know this lakorn is a rom com and we don’t usually take the bad guys seriously but they were still sad caricatures of the mafia.

I rate this: 3.5/5
If you’re like me and don’t fancy seeing the main couple bickering on and on and on, I’d suggest you zip through the first few episodes. Persevere on and you will be rewarded with an OTP who’s as sweet as the desserts and they come packaged with families who will tickle your funny bone.

Plus it has a great OST!

other currently watching lakorns

25 Sep

I’m totally in love with the Mart/Cherry pairing after ‘Tard Rak’ and ‘Mae Ka Khanom Wan’ so I decided to give ‘Pla Lai Pai Daeng’ a chance even though the story doesn’t attract me.

Short summary: The men in Pei’s (Cherry) family are all playboys and the women are constantly battling to keep their husbands in line so Pei is put off by flirty men. One day, Parit (Mart)- a straight laced religious man- becomes the consultant for her family’s lingere company and Pei falls for this boring but naive guy. Trouble starts after they got married as the men in Pei’s family wants to get Parit on their side and tries to make him a playboy too.

I watched the first episode yesterday and while the OTP is very pretty and very cute, I find it unconvincing that all the men from grandpa to grandsons have such little regard for their wives and would not hesitate to cheat at any opportunity. Won’t the grandpa feel sorry for his daughters or the sons feel sorry for their moms? I suppose it’s just a lakorn exaggeration to turn the husband/wife battle into something funny but it’s not working for me because the men’s philandering ways are too ridiculous. I’ll try to hang on for a few more episodes for Cherry’s gorgeousness and Mart’s hotness but I’m not having high hopes for this.

Another lakorn that I’ll be taking up is Plerng See Roong (Rainbow Flame) by Mart and Susie. I’ve watched some clips previously but I can’t remember much. It’s a slap/kiss lakorn that sounds like Sawan Biang (detailed synopsis) what with the stepmom (played by the same actress who played Leela in SB) trying to get the stepson but minus the rape and insanity. ookkkk… I apparently need to do more research before posting because there actually is a R scene and lots of insanity.

An unrelated OST of ‘Fai Rak Arsoon’. I love this song and had always been curious about the lakorn but it hasn’t been subbed in eng or chinese. I don’t think I’m missing out much though since I’ve read that it was only a so-so lakorn. Anyone has actually watched it?

I’m not just watching lakorns though! I’ve been catching ‘Material Queen’ faithfully every week and will start on ‘In Time With You’ after a few more episode airs. I’m also intending to marathon ‘Ouran High School Host Club’ live action after it’s complete and new seasons of my favourite American procedurals are also starting soon!

Mart Krissada

21 Sep

I never thought the day would come when I would want to watch Mart Krissada. I first saw him in Mae Ka Khanom Wan with Cherry but I dropped it half way. Later I tried watching Likit Gamathep (with Ann) and Plerng See Roong (with Susie) but neither sustained my interest beyond the first couple of episodes. While I thought Mart had the looks and built of a pra’ek, he had all the acting range of a tree which was why I immediately discounted Tard Rak when I knew he was one of the 4 main leads and I was aghast to hear that he would likely be the male lead in Qi Pao with Ann.

Well, how about eating some crow now.

Not that I suddenly think Mart is Oscar leading man material but after watching him in Tard Rak, I’m actually starting to fangirl him a little and I blame Prince Darb for it. Up until the last episode, Darb thought that the woman he loved was a slave prostitute and though he struggled with this issue for a while, ultimately he chose to give up money, his reputation as a prince and his marriage to a princess to have this woman as his only wife. Now, who wouldn’t love a man like that? Of course, things turned out dandy for our Prince because his ‘prostitute wife’ was actually the princess he was betrothed to all along!

I loved Mart/Cherry so much in Tard Ruk that after I finished marathon-ing it, I picked up Mae Ka Khanom Wan again and I’m all teeheehee at the OTP’s scenes when I felt zilch the first time I watched them together. Now I’m considering checking out more of Mart’s stuff. Any recommendations?

As for his possible collaboration with Ann in ‘Qi Pao’, I’m not that oppose to it now but I’m still hoping that a better actor Ken can be casted instead because Ann is such a strong actress.

I might do a review of Tard Ruk and Mae Ka Khanom Wan eventually but I think I’ll be spending my time on more lakorn watching and related fangirling. *__*

Roy Mai OST / Tard Rak

12 Sep

lalala, I can’t wait for the story of their past life! Princess sent to marry the Crown Prince falls for his brother instead and both end up dead over their forbidden love – predictable but so wonderfully pretty and angsty. Anyway it’s not all that angsty since they do get another shot in their next life.

While waiting for the next episode of Roy Mai, I gave ‘Tard Rak (Slave of Love)’ one final shot. I tried watching it a couple of times while it was airing but it was too blah for me and I never got past the first episode. I skipped to the 2nd episode this time since I already have an idea of what’s going on and I ended up marathon-ing 4 episodes last night. What do you know, I’ve finally found a lakorn of Cherry’s that I like!

Am I evil for fancying Khuad, the brothel’s muscle for hire? His moustache is distracting but his muscles are even more so when he walks around shirtless most of the time. I feel bad for ogling him when he’s slapping the Princess-whom-he-thought-was-a-runaway-slave around but hey, it’s his job to keep the girls from running. It would be kinda funny if he turned out to be the lost crown prince though. XD

coming up …

27 Jan

The teaser for Tas Rak (Slave of Love) has got me quite excited for this period romance lakorn. Cherry plays the Princess of Chiang Noi, an independent state near Thailand who goes in search of her missing brother and Por is her trusty bodyguard who is apparently secretly in love with her. Mart is a Prince in Thailand who is also Cherry’s betrothed and Janie is a slave in a random household. Their lives cross when Cherry and Janie swaps identities to protect Cherry from her uncle’s attempts on her life.

This is my prediction from the teaser:
Mart gets to know his real betrothed Cherry as a slave girl and falls for her but he has to marry Janie since no one knows her true identity. Janie also falls for Mart and tries to break him up with Cherry but Por stops her with his ‘slave of love vs slave of jealousy’ speech and eventually Janie/Por fall for each other. Heeh, let’s see if it does pan out this way.

I think Cherry is a great actress and I want to like her lakorns but I hate ‘Apple of my eye’ with passion and her character in ‘Dessert Girl’ was annoying as hell. Hopefully it will be third time lucky with ‘Slave of Love’. I’m confident in Janie and Por’s acting but Mart … he has the looks and the built but his acting is as stiff as a tree. I’m just going to watch it with zero expectations for Mart and perhaps he will surprise me.

Another lakorn that I will be checking out is Rak Mai Mee Wan Tay (Love Never Dies). It sounds like Twilight meets Vampire Dairies with really lame effects and I wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole if it didn’t star Ploy as the nang’ek. She’s been playing bitchy roles for her past few lakorns so I’m looking forward to see her be nice for once!

Longer synopsis for both dramas

mixed lakorn update

5 Aug

As expected, I’m not digging the plot for Rose Without Thorns. I’m admittedly biased towards the character Nan because I like Ploy, but I’m running out of excuses for her. It would have been better if the scriptwriters had played up the revenge angle as the motivation for Nan to make life miserable for Nuch instead of just writing her as a one-dimensional bitch/slut. So I’m gonna leave that lakorn aside till it’s finished playing so I can quickly run through the remaining episodes just to get a gist of the story. I do like the opening song a lot though, which judging from the translated lyrics, seem to be talking about Nan instead of the supposed nang’ek Nuch.

Suay Rerd Cherd Sod however, has been growing on me. Janie and Film are so adorable together and there are many funny/sarcastic lines that got me sniggering. There are many side characters I don’t like and some stuff I felt were not so well-written but at least Nop and Khuan are an enjoyable watch as the focus of the story. I think Janie acted in a light hearted drama with Ken before? Might check that out… I like Janie after watching SRCS!

I might have mentioned my intense dislike for Kaew Tah Pee before. Anyway, I was so traumatised by that lakorn I didn’t want to watch anything with Cherry or Tik for a long time but recently I gave Cherry another shot with Mae Ka Khanom Wan, where she plays a totally different character. Kudos to Cherry for playing a tomboyish character so well but unfortunately, her role as Pai still annoys me by being so rash and stubborn. As for our pra’ek Mart … he definitely has the built and looks (reminded me of Ken) but his acting is so stiff!! I like most of the side characters for a change though, from Pai’s hilarious relatives down to Wat’s bodyguards. Louis Scott is a pleasant surprise as Pai’s best friend in the first ‘happy’ role I’m seeing him in.