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Paap Ataan review 1.0

7 Dec

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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. Continue reading

Watching now: Paap Ataan

28 Nov

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Surprise, surprise, the only drama I’m actively following now is actually ‘Paap Ataan’, which had me starting with low expectations considering it’s Ch5 + horror lakorn + Exact. The rustling leaves and window panes banging thing is overused to show the presence of supernatural beings but otherwise the horror effects aren’t as cheesy as I had feared. It’s really not scary though as the spirits, vengeful or otherwise, are central characters with their own story to tell and there’s not much to fear once the ‘mysterious’ factor is stripped away, at least from the viewer’s POV. That’s a good thing though ‘cos I’m not in this for the horror aspect. There is no great love story for me to root for here. Pong plays an unfaithful man (albeit still a charming one) in both his past and present lives and is the root cause of misery for the women who were unfortunate enough to fall for him but the characters are interesting and that’s what keeps me tuning in.

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Paap Ataan teaser

3 Oct

 

I thought Ch5 was gonna jump straight into airing ‘Paap Ataan’ without giving us a teaser but here it finally is. This looks creepier than I expected but I’d have to wait for the lakorn to air before I can judge if it’s actually scary or just plain cheesy/bad CGI.  I hope PA can strike a balance between the past and present lives, unlike in Roy Mai which I felt did not develop the characters in their present lives sufficiently. Then again, PA is an Exact lakorn, I should just expect drama and more drama. Anyhow, OTT drama > boring (sorry Roy Mai, you bored me) and if all else fails there’s always Pong and Charebelle to watch.

‘Paap Ataan’ premiers next Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013.

Paap Ataan and OTP ramblings

10 Sep

What makes you fall in love with an on-screen couple? Most of the time my love for a pairing is an extension of my love for the fictional OTP they portray (eg my obsession with Aum/Aff for a while after Jam Loey Rak), then there are those with a natural cackling chemistry that makes me want to watch them regardless/in spite of the plot (eg Great/Matt, Dome/Ploy, Weir/Mai) and of course ideally you have a couple who combines both factors (eg Ken/Ann in Oum Rak, Sawan Biang and Sood Sanaeha).

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Then there’s Pong/Charebelle. Not sure if it’s obvious by now but since Dok Soke I’ve been quite the Pong/Charebelle shipper and till now I can’t quite put my finger on why. I enjoyed watching Asanai (Pong) care for Dok Soke (Charebelle) through the difficulties in her life but I didn’t care to know about their characters beyond their interaction with each other. The ‘why’ leading up to a scene didn’t matter to me, just having them together on screen was fine by me. Must be explosive chemistry then? They had chemistry but I think it’s more down to Pong’s charm ‘cos he has good chemistry with his co-stars in general and I’m neutral towards his other leading ladies. As much as I like Charebelle, I’d be the first to say her acting needs improvement. Her sweet scenes with Pong in DS becomes unintentionally funny sometimes because she looks so uncomfortable when Pong is hugging and/or kissing her that Pong ends up looking like he’s preying on an innocent young girl. lol. But! awkward acting and all, I can’t help shipping them. Do you have any odd/less popular pairings you support with all your heart? Continue reading

Dok Soke: An unfulfilled love

24 Aug

It was a good idea to pick out the pra’nang bits in DS to watch cos I found my eyes glazing over even when reading about the family drama and our resident nang rai’s antics. Despite me not caring about the plot and the ridiculous ending which I shall rant on later, I still think the OTP parts are worth a watch and it’s testament to Pong’s charms when he managed to make me swoon over his Asunai loving and caring for Dok Soke simply based on the selected scenes.

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This is the OTP’s confession scene and even though they share no more than a few chaste cheek kisses, I find myself blushing from Pong’s intense gaze. Asunai and Dok Soke had just made up after an argument and when she continues to reassure him in the car, Asunai is overcome by his feelings for Dok Soke and kisses her cheek. He pulls back hastily when he realises that he has overstepped the line for someone who’s supposedly looking after Dok Soke like an elder would a younger person and starts to apologise but she takes his hand and puts it to her cheek, silently confirming her love for him. Cue more kissing and hugging from the delighted Asunai and more squee-ing from this fangirl in front of the PC screen.
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Dok Soke ost

21 Aug

Scenes of Pong with child!Dok Soke feels kinda wrong when you know they are the main pairing but once Dok Soke grows up, it’s hitting all my kinks. I didn’t realise I have a thing for older man/younger lady in my OTP till Poochom/Jieb in Mia Taeng and I’m sooo tempted by Pong in Dok Soke. However, I already know this lakorn has the shittiest bangs-head-on-wall ending ever and my rational side is keeping me from jumping into this pit. Ehhh, at least I really like the ost?

 

Anyone knows of dramas with similar set-ups to distract me with?

ETA: Getting round my predicament of wanting to watch but not wanting to waste time by skimming through recaps on darknesslakorns then picking out only Asunai/Dok Soke bits to watch. Oweeeeee, Pong is hot!

Ka Kaung Kon ep10-14

31 Mar

Ep 10 of KKK was so lovely and sweet (not just because of the willing. Really. Haa), with Luck, Gluay and Margie enjoying quality time together away from the host of meddlers. They have been going back and forth with the slap/kiss routine for 9 episodes already so it was very much a relief when the entire episode 10 passed without any sudden interruptions. Really, I was half expecting Jen to find the garden house and get into yet another cat fight with Gluay in front of her grandma and giving grandma a heart attack or something.

It was a touching and romantic lead up to the willing and I was really hoping that they can have more faith in their own feelings and each other but after they leave the garden house, they head back to the same ol’ set of problems. Sigh, I know we need conflict to keep the lakorn going but when the same kind of conflict happens over and over again, it’s tiresome for me as a viewer.

The SOP: Gluay keeps things from Luck -> Luck sees Gluay with Jed/Peemarn, jumps to conclusions and goes into a jealous rage -> Luck insults Gluay and insinuates she’s a slut -> Gluay looks at him tearfully AND NOT EXPLAINING THE SITUATION while still clinging on to the other guy or allowing the other guy to cling on to her -> Other Guy joins the argument and/or starts a scuffle with Luck -> Fight breaks up and everyone leaves feeling very pissed off. It works in the same way when Jenjira is involved on Luck’s side.

This happened in episode 2. It’s still happening in episode 14. Doesn’t anybody learn anything between then and now? Only Peemarn is showing some development and he has managed to get back into my good books by growing up a little (I know. Shocking.) KKK will be getting extended due to the high ratings (it’s still a mystery to me why ch7 lakorns always win the ratings game by such a big margin) and while I’m not sure of the exact number of episodes it’ll be getting, some numbers being thrown out on forums indicate that there will be anything from 19 to 22 episodes. Goodness.

Guess I’ll be leaving this aside till the last episode comes!

ETA: according to Anon’s comment on her vid, KKK will end on 8 April with 19 episodes.

back to Ka Kaung Kon

19 Mar

I’m starting on ep 7 I’m getting increasingly exasperated with the show. I want to hit Peemarn, Jed and Jen on the head with a bat so they would quit disturbing Luck and Gluay. Usually there’s only one secondary girl (or ocassionally guy) who is struck with the inability to understand why the main guy/girl does not reciprocate her feelings but we have three, THREE such persons here and they are doing a great job of irritating me.

And I’d like to put on the record that Peemarn is EPIC FAILZ. He wanted to break off his enagagment with Nahtah after learning about that Luck and Gluay were only faking their marriage … guess what he did? He asked Nahtah out and told her ‘oops, sorry, I can’t forget the love of my life so can you make up some reason to announce to the outside world that you want to break off our engagement?’ You my friend, are a coward and loser. He wants things his way, but he doesn’t want to take any responsibility. Ultimately, the person he loves most is himself because when Luck threatened him with Margie, Peemarn would rather enter into a loveless marriage with Nahtah than be a man and own up to the mistakes he made 8 years ago. Margie is your daughter for goodness sake. You would deny her existence so as not to spoil your chances with Gluay?

Not to say there weren’t stuff I liked. The scene where Luck gave his mom’s ring to Gluay was really sweet but I need more such scenes of them understanding each other because everything else is getting on my nerves. I actually went to watch some unsub parts of ‘Ruk Mai Mee Wun Tai’ to put myself in a better mood!

ETA: Gah, I want to slap some sense into Peemarn. Are you even using that head of yours to think? Repeat after me, Gluay is not in love with you. Gluay has no intention of marrying you. Complain all you want about your mom forcing you to marrying someone you don’t love but for the last freaking time, you were not separated from Gluay. You two were not together to begin with! And he continues to be a huge jerk to Nahtah by not bothering to hide his love for Gluay and sings praises of Gluay in front of the girl he just got engaged to! He seemed to have forgotten that Nahtah just saved his ass by agreeing to the engagement despite all the crap he spouted to her previously. acks.

Ka Kaung Kon 5

17 Mar

Earth to Peemarn, earth to Peemarn. Yea, it sucks to have your entire family (servants included)and the girl you like lie to you but you seemed to be a little confused now. Liking somebody doesn’t equate that somebody liking you back (why does this remind me of some rabid IchiHime shippers?). You courted Gluay aggressively but she already told you even before all this mess with your brother that she only treats you as a friend so why are you talking as if you and Gluay are star-crossed lovers forced apart by your mother and brother? I thought Peemarn was a nice chap, if a little weak before his mom, before but by now he’s showing himself to be a spoiled brat who kicks up a fuss when he doesn’t get what he wants.

Then there’s Jed who’s afflicted with the same I-love-Gluay-so-she-must-love-me disease as Peemarn. Buzz off please. Luck on the other hand, needs to realise that he is falling for Gluay and start being an adult about it. His 5 year old pulling pigtails routine is getting a bit tiring. Luck and Gluay are actually really cute together when they are being civil to each other but Luck always spoils it all by flying into a jealous rage over some random stuff. Ah, poor Gluay, the perils of a beautiful woman.

Shall comment more about the plot tomorrow.

Ka Kaung Kon

17 Mar

I’d been marathoning Sign (excellent crime drama btw) since Monday but I thought I’d take a breather after the serial killer case was resolved in mid ep7 and went to check out Ka Kaung Kon (A Person’s Value) . The story is standard romance novel fare which was why I wasn’t keen on it to being with but once I got started, it turned out more addictive than I had counted on.

Story: Luck is a rich businessman who believes anyone, especially women, can be bought for a price. He plays around with women and the only one who has lasted beyond a year is his current squeeze Jen. Luck and our nang’ek Gluay, get off on the wrong foot and he mistakes Gluay for an easy woman that’s involved with many men at the same time, so naturally he objects when he finds out a while later that his half-brother Peemarn is in love with Gluay and wants to marry her. Luck then approaches Glauy and offers her a sum of money to leave Peemarn alone and gets refused by an angry Gluay. Things, of course, don’t end here or we wouldn’t have a lakorn. Gluay’s brother Kai got into a huge debt of 10 million baht with an underground casino and in desperation, Gluay ‘sells’ her dignity by accepting money from Luck and she enters into a fake marriage with Luck to make Peemarn give up on her for good so that he will agree to marriage with a diplomat’s (?) daughter. Hmm, I think we all know how the story goes from here. Haa.

There are so many things I could pick about the plot, like wouldn’t it be much easier to pay Gluay to marry a random guy (her friend Jed whom Luck thought was her ‘customer’ would be a convenient choice)? I would think it would be easier for Peemarn to give up on Gluay if she wasn’t parading around his property everyday and by ‘marrying’ Gluay, Luck’s relationship with Peemarn will be damaged because Peemarn would feel betrayed by the brother he respected. Or how about, if this fake marriage thing is supposed to be a secret, why is it announced to pretty much every character in the show except Peemarn? I’m surprise Peemarn didn’t overhear their conversations earlier given how everyone is always talking about it in the house!

But if you accept all the gaping plot holes as necessary plot devices to get the pra’ek and nang’ek under the same roof, you’ll find KKK a pretty entertaining lakorn. The pace is quick and most of the characters are sane, reasonable people. Well, there’s the stock money-faced secondary girl Jen who stakes claim on Luck just because she’s his sleeping partner and while her attitude is annoying, Gluay gets to show her mettle in their few face-off scenes. Gluay is a fantastic nang’ek. She’s beautiful, kind hearted, good at cooking/housework blah blah blah the usual but I love how she stands up for herself and maintains her dignity in a strong, quiet manner. Feisty nang’eks tend to equate standing up for oneself with arguing, shouting and even occasionally causing bodily harm to others (think Cherrie’s character in ‘Dessert Girl’) but being loud doesn’t mean you’re right and if you’re right, you don’t have to be loud.

I also got started on Rak Mai Mee Wan Tai, the vampire lakorn with Dome and Ploy. From the few subbed parts of ep 1 that are out, it’s actually not as lame as I thought it would be. Dome is hot, the villain vampire cousin is hot, Sing the policeman/Ploy’s childhood friend is also good-looking … what’s not to like? Some people are complaining about Ploy’s voice and how she’s too old to be playing chirpy roles but I’m fine with it. Perhaps my Ploy biasness is coming into play here but I do like her character Plai who’s cheerful and lively.

In other news, CLAMP stabbed me in the heart again with their Rou: Adayume OAD. Thank you for destroying my ship so thoroughly. Gah, I’m swearing off CLAMP stuff from now on.

Right, I shall get started on ep5 of KKK! Thanks jamieguo48 for the rec on this lakorn.