I’ve been debating actually using Instagram (I never have really, just go there to look at other actors) as it occurred to me I would love to give a little feedback on what I’m watching as I watch episodes by episode, even when I don’t have a lot to say. For now, I’m just using this space to mourn the ending of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay and talk about what I’m watching now.
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay just ended this Sunday and I did a whirlwind marathon of the last episodes. 😍 Strong ending I think that satisfied most fans. I thought some episodes in the middle of the drama weren’t as strong, especially a few episodes that focused more on side characters then the three main leads, whom I absolutely love. Regardless of the few qualms I had about that, this is definitely going on my Top 3 drama list. Just an outstanding drama on every level, from the directing, the music, the acting, even the writing for the most part.
Mia Archeep (2020) I’ve watched 8 out of what looks to be 14 episodes and this is a solid lakorn. I’ve read some criticisms about the male lead Dit and him not trusting her, being overly possessive and so on and those are true. But the heroine Lada was lying to him and he finds out so for him to trust her now is a bit unrealistic as they’re a pretty new couple still. Dit did take advantage of Lada in basically forcing her to live with him, and I’m also looking askew at him talking about and acting like Lada is someone he can buy, but the reality is that Lada herself put herself in a position to be bought. I looked at Dit’s views and actions more as payback at Lada for hurting him rather than his actual beliefs on women.
Outside of this very familiar lakorn territory, I’m loving Lada’s fierce comebacks and sly smirks as she gives back as good as she gets. This is NOT standard lakorn territory. Lada is at once the standard sweet, good nang’ek, but she schemes and plots like a nang’rai to capture Dit’s attention at times. By the way, the couple have been for several episodes committed to dating each other, so while Lada was coerced by her employer into the relationship, they’ve also made a commitment apart from it to each other without coercion. Obviously, the whole relationship is based on coercion, so we shouldn’t overlook that and it is important, but I think on the whole, the lakorn does a good job of showing two people falling in love and getting to know each other better.
Prom Pissawat looks to be 16 episodes long, and I’m 5 episodes in. Prom Pissawat is like that car accident that you can’t help looking at as you drive by. This is packed galore with so many standard lakorn or just drama cliches, the evil stepmom AND stepsibling (although she might be redeemable later), the abusive pra’ek who thinks all women are EVIL, the scheming women who try to thwart the main couple and on and on and on, gambling debt, forced kisses, etc.
There’s not really one area that really elevates this lakorn above the mediocre. I like the songs, the acting, eh to okay, characters same, storyline nothing new, and so on. I’ve left many a drama for worse. I was planning to drop this lakorn, yet, with some time on my hands, I watched another episode. Why? I don’t know.😀 So I may or may not continue this. But for what’s it worth, if you like the slap and kiss genre, the clingy and possessive male who chases the female, this is that drama.
I’m halfway through the 24 episodes of The Romance of Tiger and Rose (2020) and still loving it! The joy of a drama that pokes fun at itself! For those who don’t know, this cdrama is about a screenwriter who somehow ends up in her own story, so she puzzles at some of her choices she made like this side character she just invented to further the plot. It’s fun, it’s tongue in cheek and I love that we see the male lead chasing her, while she’s attempting to push him into the arms of the heroine of her story which isn’t her. Definitely worth the watch. I put this aside for a bit as it was still airing and picked it up again now to renewed love.
I’ve also got a pile of dramas I’ve put on hold or dropped or only watch sporadically that I don’t want to talk about now, so let’s go on to the plan to watch list.
Plan to Watch
So just about all the dramas I’ve talked about on this site are ones I plan on checking out, 😂, which is why I wrote about them in the first place, but these are ones I’ll probably write about.
So Wayree (2020) This lakorn is finally airing August 14 and it’s one I’ve had my eye on for a long time! So I’m definitely going to check this out. It’s got secret babies, twins, hate to love relationship, you name it! Neko will be English subbing this! Yay Neko!
Synopsis: Two hotel moguls, once family friends since the grandparents generation now sworn enemies, are fighting over who will reign supreme. Prinoot never thought that he would be part of the hatred. Although his father is the son in law of Sirimontra, his mom was only a mistress who was abandoned in America. Growing up he never knew what having a father was like. Pramida is the only heiress to the famous Emporium real estate mogul. She was pulled into this warring game after being drugged and sent to Prinoot as ransom. 4 years later, she came back with a set of twins but she told everyone that those were her siblings. Prinoot and Pramida meet again but standing on opposite sides of the line as sworn enemies. Although they have the twins, not as chains of love but chains of enemies that tied them together unwillingly. (Source: asianfuse.net)
I enjoyed the first season and now Stranger 2 (2020) starts this week and I assume it will be airing on Netflix as well. The last season didn’t have any romance, so I suspect this one won’t either, however if you want to watch a good mystery/thriller drama, I would bank on this drama!
Synopsis: The prosecutor’s office and the police find themselves on opposing sides. The prosecutors, including elite prosecutor Woo Tae Ha, want discretionary power over investigations. Meanwhile, the police, including Choi Bit, tries to get complete investigative authority that is independent of the prosecutor’s office. Under this tense situation, Prosecutor Hwang Shi Mok and Detective Han Yeo Jin chase after the truth in a hidden case. (Source: AsianWiki)
What are you watching now? In the future?