Watching Now: Rahut Rissaya First Impression and More

When it rain it pours, and it has really been pouring lately. What I mean by that is I have gone from watching very few dramas to watching many. That’s a good thing except that I’m really been neglecting this blog for one thing, sorry about that, I’ll try to keep up more in the future. Instead I’ve been posting a lot on Instagram about the lakorns I’m watching.

Rahut Rissaya (2020)

Synopsis: When the heiress of a billionaire family lost everything including her parents who got murdered…lost all the properties to her aunt and her daughter. Her revenge starts with a businessman who is a fiancé of her aunt’s daughter, as he becomes a chess piece in her game. She uses a confidential document that shows his father’s bad deed as a way to force/pressure him. But their closeness turns to love. Before she starts to see the value in his love and to learn how to forgive, everything is almost too late. (Source: Choi’s_(MY) at MyDramaList)

So first let’s talk about Rahut Rissaya. The 2007 version is one of my favorites and I was really excited going into this. I’ve watched six episodes so far and I’ve got to say, it seems to me more like a reimagining of the lakorn rather than a remake. What I mean by that is that very few scenes are exactly the way they were in the 2007 version, although there are a lot of similar scenes.

So basically the story is about a girl who marries someone for revenge against the people who murdered her parents. Along the way of course, she falls in love with the guy. In the 2007 version, I love the heroine Palai. She was calm, cool, and collected most of the time. She had a sort of icy demeanor that I rarely ever experienced in a heroine before. And in this 2020 version, Palai comes off younger, more vulnerable and less collected.

They’ve also tinkered a little bit with the relationships between characters, there are a whole lot more people who are related and they also know each other before deaths of Palai’s parents.

The first two episodes of the 2020 version show a past that was only talked about in the 2007 version. So we get to see a very different picture of the characters that we don’t see in the 2007 version. I don’t think this is bad necessarily, just different, because it does mess up the pacing. Those first two episodes of the 2020 version basically serve as backstory because the 2007 version just started right in on action and so the pace at the start of the 2020 version is slower.

But I think it would be best just to focus on what the 2020 version is so let me talk a little bit about it. Palai’s aunt Rasika and daughter Junjaraeng take advantage of her mourning to take over control of Palai’s company and house. When Palai starts realizing some suspicious activities have occurred, she starts to investigate and gather evidence against Rasika and Siwa’s father, Sorasak. She marries Siwa and moves to live with him to gain more access to his family, and to get away from Rasika too I suspect.

Just one of many attempts on Palai’s life

This story is very much a slap and kiss, and there is a lot of violence here as well. Servants provide some comedy, but this will be a rather dark lakorn, more so then most I’ve seen if it continues the way it is going. It’s not just that there is lots of physical violence (although there are plenty of attempted killings, deaths and already an attempted rape). It’s that most of the characters are going through a very dark period in their lives where they’ve lost someone close to them, and/or lost their faith in a person, like Siwa has with his father as he begins to realize that his father isn’t the kind of man he thought he was.

Most of best moments of the drama comes from watching Palai and Siwa’s growing relationship to each other that will be their strength in these hard times. They are still at the bickering stage, yet we can see the two are developing feelings towards each other.

One of their sweeter moments, Palai and Siwa

There are some editing problems, I thought the dialogue vapid and weak at times compared to the 2007 version, but overall it is entertaining. Bank Artit is really killing it as Siwa, but otherwise I prefer the acting in the 2007 version. If you loved the 2007 version, I would advise you to just think of this as a different version of Rahut Rissaya, rather than a remake.

Sunya Ruk Sunya Luang (2020)

I’ve watched 2 out of 20 episodes of Sunya Ruk Sunya Luang (2020) and so far, it seems to be a good lakorn, definitely watchable. Our pra’ek Yodsarat is a cop who meets two women at the same time as when weird things seem to start happening. Our pra’ek is very suspicious of Wiwan who always seem to be around when something strange happens, and he’s very enamored of Soadaya. We later learn that Yodsarat had been put under a spell/curse so that he hates the people he would most love (although this doesn’t appear to apply to family, so maybe it’s just directed at Wiwan). So long ago in the past, Yodsarat and Wiwan had fallen in love, but that love was twisted by Soadaya into hate. Since then, in many past lives, Wiwan has tried to get Yodsarat to remember her, remember his love, but she’s failed miserably and his hate has only seemed to grow for her.

Past and present love triangle

I don’t know yet the full story behind the lakorn or their relationships, and much to my surprise, we’ve only gotten snippets of their past lives together. The focus has been on weird things that have started happening in the present, unusual deaths, people disappearing and so on. I might also add that while there are 20 episodes, they’re only an hour long so the episodes seem over before I know it. If you like lakorns with past lives, reincarnation, or a story similar to Pidsawat/Blood & Treasures, this seems to be a good candidate so far.

My Forever Sunshine

Synopsis: The story about Paeng, a girl with a tragic life. After losing her father, she has to go live at Artit’s house. The only way for her to be able to stay at this house is to be with him. But no one expected that her approaching Artit nearly costs him his life. He ends up hating her to the bones and she is exiled far from home for four years until the day they come across each other again. One might think that time will lessen hate, but not for Artit. Not only he still hates her, but he also hates her even more than before. But in order to keep her final promise to Artit’s father, she must endure it! (Source: VIU)

My favorite lakorn I’m watching now, outside of Rahut Rissaya is My Forever Sunshine or Trab Fah Mee Tawan. I’m on episode 8 out of 19 episodes and it’s hard to keep up thanks to the unusual airing schedule of the lakorn, where they’re now releasing a episode each day until Dec 15th I think. Based on the first few episodes, I thought it would deal more with solving mysteries of the past, and be dark and tragic, but the lakorn is more like a farm comedy now then dark and gloomy. I don’t… hate it, but I do wish to see more about what happened in the past come up as I suspect it will.

The acting among the main leads is so good that I’m loving seeing them on the screen no matter what they do, Mark Prin as Artit and especially Kao Supassara as Paeng. There are a number of clichés that are making me go, really? Like, we see Paeng as a 16 year old in the 1st few episodes and then she goes away off to school, then there’s a time skip of 6 years, and when Paeng returns to the farm, It’s like everyone is stuck in time, 6 years ago, and they all treat her badly because of her bad behavior in the past. It had me 🙄, like really? There are also stereotypes of servants as dumb, lazy, and needing to be pushed to work. And yes, I’m definitely planning to write more about that aspect, lol.

But I really love Paeng and Artit as a couple and I enjoy watching the other relationships here, father and son, the friendships and so on. I don’t think the lakorn has quite gripped me as it did with the first episodes though, which I feel were the best. Still enjoying watching Artit deny his feelings and Paeng try to keep out of his grasp, literally 😁.