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What’s next

15 Jul

I thought ‘The Magic Blade’ was gonna bring me back to drama-watching but alas, all the fun slash couldn’t make me care for Fu Hong Xue and I figured it was time to abandon ship when I started laughing at the hero’s angsty times. It did pique my interest in the wuxia genre again and I ended up obsessing over the ‘Listening to Snow Pavilion (听雪楼)’ novel series that I randomly picked up. So, still no dramas for me. (Well, technically I’m following Burn Notice and White Collar but they feel more like old friends that I meet up with for some chillax time every week unlike Asian dramas which can get me invested mind, body and soul!)

But, a couple of upcoming lakorns may just do the trick.

Ann is back with ‘Qi Pao’! I kept my expectations low for this because a) I didn’t fancy the story of ‘Roy Mai’ which belonged to the same fabric series b) the p’ek Smart is not exactly known for his acting skills. The teaser has managed to lift my anticipation for it though and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the actual lakorn will be as suspenseful as the teaser promised.
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Tard Rak (Slave of Love) review

22 Oct


Cherry is so gorgeous in the lakorn even though she’s in slave garb half the time.

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.

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.


He’s the bad guy! I feel ashamed. It would be kinda funny if he turned out to be the lost crown prince though. XD

what happened to wishboniko’s yt channel??

13 Jul

My heart dropped when I went to wishy’s channel and I’m told that it’s not available! Though I’m not following her current subs for ‘Tas Rak’, I do re-watch many of her subbed lakorns from time to time, like I’m doing with ‘Suay Rerd Cherd Sod’ now. Thankfully wishy’s videos are still up on yt when I search for the respective titles but I wonder if I should start dl-ing Sawan Biang those that I really like?

Anyway, I had a good laugh with SRCS over my lunch break. Nop is major failz as Pim’s boyfriend but no doubt he is hilarious when pitting his wits against Khuan. I’m at ep6 now and though Khuan wouldn’t admit it over her dead body, she does appreciate what Nop has done for her and is including him in the tiny circle of people she wants to be nice to. I think it’s cute that Khuan is also extending her help to Pim as she views Pim as an extension of Nop … which again shows how lousy Nop is as a boyfriend. Everyone is trying to help Pim except her boyfriend! I thought Pim moped too much the first time I watched SRCS but now I think she has every reason to be unhappy. Her boyfriend is disinterested, her mom is deep in debt due to gambling and trying to pimp her out to every other rich guy, her boyfriend’s brother is interested in her and she’s also got a crazy girl who’s interested in the brother trying to wreck her career. I’d be pretty mope-y too!

ETA
Bleach:
I haven’t been reading the manga, just keeping track of the plot on bleachness … but the colour spread in the latest issue is #)$%*!@ good. It’s great to see all my favourite characters who have been missing since the fullbringer arc and in colour at that! Hope they’ll return to the manga soon. You are missed Rukia!!

re-watching Suay Rerd Cherd Sod

1 Jul

I suddenly realise it’s not that I haven’t been watching tv lately, it’s just that I’ve been spending most of my evenings after work watching crime dramas since getting paid tv a couple of months back. CSI: Las Vegas/Miami/NY, Criminal Minds, Law & Order:SVU/Criminal Intent, The Glades, Numb3rs … heck, I even watched the episodes of Sherlock and White Collar which I’ve already seen.

I love crime/detective shows but I guess I’d been overdosing on them and I finally hit saturation point last night. I cut short Criminal Minds and was looking for something funny when I remember ‘Suay Rerd Cherd Sod’. It was one of the funnier lakorns in recent memory so I re-watched epi1 and it got me laughing in no time. It’s not without its flaws and I’ve mentioned them in my previous posts on the lakorn but now that I know how the drama progresses, I simply skip to the funny bits. There are a lot of typical slap-kiss lakorn scenes, like being trapped in the lift, guy tying up girl, guy throwing girl in the pool, girl slapping guy but we get the funny version here instead of the usual melodrama. The nang’ek KhuanUma is a spoilt and bratty Hi-So model and it’s hard to root for her in the beginning but she does learn and get better later on. If anyone is looking for some light hearted stuff, you can head to wishboniko’s channel on yt and check out SRCS.

I’ve also finished ep2 of Material Queen. The production crew has spared no expenses on the clothes, the jewellery, filming in Paris etc and they all translate beautifully on screen but I’m not yet feeling a connection with the main characters. The first 2 episodes seem to be setting up stage for the main couple and the real stuff happens when they return to Taiwan and end up living near each other. Hopefully I can feel the spark by the next couple of episodes if not I might drop it.

27 Aug

Well well, both SRCS and KRN have ended. As you can probably tell from my previous posts, I liked SRCS a lot but unfortunately, the last couple of episodes weren’t that great which pulled down the overall ‘like’ factor for this drama. Khwan and Nop were still cute together, but everything else was just lame. Why doesn’t anyone think of contacting the police when there’s trouble (e.g. kidnapping) and then when everything is over, the police magically shows up when there’s no use for them anymore??? And in the final scene, why on earth was Khwan wearing a long flowing dress with a tiara on her head when she’s at a freakin’ sheep farm???? Janie looked pretty in that dress but it was totally out of place.
Like what someone said on a forum, SRCS is a stress-free lakorn. I can’t take any of the villains seriously so I didn’t feel any tension when Khwan appeared to be in trouble and while Khwan and Nop like to bicker with each other, there’s no angst in their relationship. My verdict on SRCS: Definitely a stress-free experience with some good laughs but it’s not a classic in my heart due to the weak plot and characterization.
Nan did redeem herself in KRN and she got her happy ending! Nan was the focus of the story so seems like she is both the nang’ek and nang’rai after all. For me, KRN was one of those could-have-been-good lakorns because there was so much the scriptwriters could have done with Nan but didn’t. If she was to be the ‘rose without thorns’ i.e. a rose inside but without thorns to protect her from bad influences, they need to balance out her evil actions with some goodness on her part however small, to show that she is worth redeeming. But Nan was just being a bitch throughout to the point where it’s hard for anyone (in the drama or the viewers) to have sympathy for her. The ending was a tad rush but seeing how I have a soft spot for Nan and Sarat, I’m pleased to see scenes of them being happy with their kid. I really like Ploy’s look in the final scene, the way her hair was done and the clothes she was wearing. Haa, I guess the ‘good wife look’ was to contrast with her wild/slutty way of dressing in the past? Speaking of clothes, Yaya is young and sweet-looking, why is she always wearing clothes that make her look 10 years older? Maybe the producers wanted her to look more mature in the larkon but sheesh, couldn’t the wardrobe people have picked something more stylish?

If I’m not hot and perfect, I couldn’t do it

13 Aug


Basil guy being sweet with his evil girl

Suay Rerd Cherd Sod is working so much for me perhaps because I hadn’t expected it to. I didn’t fancy the characters or the plot much in the beginning but I continued watching because it at least provided some comic relief and it’s not a bad way to spend my free time (I could fast-forward the boring parts anyway). Glad I stuck with it because it’s proving to be a very entertaining lakorn even if a little lacking in emotional depth.

I like how there are no third parties fighting for the pra’nang’s affections, so Khwan and Nop can concentrate on being cute with each other without angst, keeping in line with the overall feel of this lakorn. Those two losers that are always hanging around Khwan… erm, frankly they are quite creepy, I wonder how the hot and perfect Khwan can stand them hovering around her all the time. As for Pim, I’m glad she didn’t turn into a bitter/vengeful ex-girlfriend though I find it unconvincing how fast she managed to get over Nop and be friendly with KhwanUma. I’m just totally ignoring the fact that Nop and Pim were together for so many years because they sure don’t feel so!

The plot isn’t very believable but it’s a lot of fun and it’s great that Janie and Film have fun while acting too because it translates into hilarious scenes in the lakorn without feeling forced. According to the cast interview on Ratree Samosorn, Film ad-libs a lot and I must say he comes up with very funny and creative one-liners for Nop to insult (mainly) Khwan with. And Janie … it’s the first time I’m watching her lakorn, but she has certainly impressed with her professionalism. I love all her outfits and looks in the lakorn (which goes through like 3,4 changes an episode) and from the interviews, she really put a lot of thought and effort into designing the image for Khwan, a spoilt Hi-So model. And most importantly, she has no qualms about acting in ‘embarrassing’ scenes and she gives it her all each time, the latest being Khwan’s seduction of Nop in epi 11/12. Janie is a hoot dancing to old Thai music and when she asked if Nop is ‘ready to love her’ after watching her dance, Nop retorted with ‘No, I’m become sexually disabled’. XD Oh yes, I’m reminded of the dog Cindy in epi 12 … the dog is also the source of funny dialogue between Khwan and Nop.
I think the final 2 episodes are showing next week. Aww, Khwan and Nop will be missed. I’ve mentioned this before but I need to reiterate, Art Pasut is hot stuff. Heeh.

I think Wanida is showing after SRCS, but I’m mostly likely giving it a pass. Aff hasn’t impressed me much in her other lakorns after JLR, and Wanida’s plot sounds bit blah. Rabum Duang Dao is gonna show soon as well, with Ploy playing nang’rai AGAIN but hey, she does a great job and judging from the teasers, the nang’ek is no pushover for once, so we should be seeing lots of cat fights.