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Roy Mai (Silk Trace) general thoughts

27 Oct

The first few episodes intrigued me with the promise of an epic, tragic romance that will sweep me off my feet and then delight me when the star-crossed lovers get their happy ending in the present life. Well, I got the happy ending part correct.

I enjoyed the beginning of RM as can be seen from my earlier fangiry posts. I liked how the past/present lives were weaved together (pun intended) and though there were many side characters buzzing about, the drama was concentrated on the OTP and Aum/Aff’s chemistry really shined through. Unfortunately, as the drama progressed, more and more screen time was given to the main villains Bua Ngern and Mei. Perhaps the intention was to emphasis BN’s evilness and contrast it with Maneerin’s kindness to up the tragic factor but BN’s schemes were boring and laughable to me. I was weaned on HK and China’s palace dramas which have plenty of ‘high level’ backstabbing so I found BN’s petty tricks insignificant and it was ridiculous how she got away time and again. Are the king and queen there for show only? They don’t seem to notice much of what’s going on around them I wonder how effectively they are governing their country. May’s acting and her way of speaking local dialect also bugged the hell out of me. Ok, I geddit, you’re the evil bitch, no need for the exaggerated facial expressions. I don’t know how she got through the lakorn without pulling a facial muscle or two.

Even with poor pacing and flat secondary characters, I can overlook pretty much anything if the main couple gets me emotionally invested but in RM’s case, they failed to do so after ep5. With love and drama watching, there’s simply no forcing of emotions and as much as I want to love and root for Siriwong/Maneerin, I have to say for a fact it didn’t happen. As I begin each episode, I keep thinking, this will be the one to suck me into their romance but nope – I was emotionally detached most of the time, not feeling happy or sad for the OTP, not even feeling angry at the villains.

There were still some scenes in the last 2 episodes that moved me though.

I’ve always thought that Aff’s acting was too ‘surface’ but I felt she did well in the scenes after Siriwong’s death. Maneerin quietly laying her head on Siriwong’s body conveyed her deep sorrow much better than if she were to cry hysterically.

Rerin loses her memory after surviving the drowning and somehow that makes her revert to a childlike state. Go figure. The scenes of Suriyawong taking care of Rerin were reminiscent of Jai Rao’s ending and while I didn’t care for Ken/Aff in JR, Aum/Aff just works even though the situation was rather lame. The way Aum looks at Aff is asldflskajfhlkjh. Me thinks Aum/Aff needs to collaborate again in a modern day romcom! My thoughts on the final episode are similar to Fia’s so I’ll be lazy and direct you over there instead of blabbing on further.

If Bua Ngern’s scenes were cut and more time spent developing Suriyawong/Rerin’s present day love story, would I have liked Roy Mai more? Ah well, I will never know the answer.

I rate this: 3/5

falling in love with ATeam again

20 Sep


I forgot how wonderful Aum/Aff are together. They are making me a giggly fangirl again with Roy Mai, heck, I even went and watched ep 5 without subs.


Siriwong is holding on for dear life, crying for a love that he knows will never be.


“Don’t mind a drunkard. I just want to tell you … love, though it may come late, it’s still love, isn’t it? Little Princess”
(translation credit to Cecilia on asianfuse forum)

The story and its pacing have been good so far but I’m not getting Thanin’s character. Rerin has dated him for 11 years and they apparently like each other enough to get engage but I’m not feeling any love at all between them. Thanin doesn’t give a damn about what Rerin thinks or feels and sleeps around with her colleague. Is this how you treat the woman whom you are about to marry? He looks like an all round jerk and I can’t fathom why Rerin has stuck with him for so long!

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

Roy Mai ep1-2

10 Sep

My last ATeam lakorn was ‘Namtan Mai’ and that didn’t turn out too well plus the more I saw of Aff, the less impress I was with her acting so suffice to say, I wasn’t exactly trembling in anticipation for ‘Roy Mai (Silk Trace)’. 2 episodes in though, I happy to say that it’s actually pretty good. Whatever my opinions are on Aff’s acting, she has an undeniable chemistry with Aum and I’m already rooting for Suriya and Rerin though they have just gotten to know each other. I love angst in stories and I foresee the angst coming in dollops when we get to what exactly happened to Prince Siriwong and Princess Maneerin.

What I didn’t expect was the horror element. Ok, it’s not really scary but I have a low tolerance for horror and the first time the demon/evil spirit or whatever thing that Mei was supposed to be showed up, I was startled. Other than that, we also have the ghost of King Siriwattana stalking Rerin. He’s nice and all, but seriously, if I were Rerin and this guy keeps showing up everywhere I go and disappearing suddenly, I’d be pretty freaked out.