As I always I would like to showcase some carrds with helpful information on the Black Lives Matter movement and resources to contribute. As well as others concerning other injustices happening around the world:
- https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ has a lot of information and resources and is updated regularly! It also has info on Palestine, the Junk Terror Bill and Hong Kong. This has been updated to include info and resources about the Yemen crisis.
- https://lgbtqpl.carrd.co/ This card concerns what is happening in Poland right now and the targeted attacks on LGBTQ+ and their current anti-lgbtq+ laws.
- https://www.change.org/ has a plethora of petitions that need signing! And your government may also have a petition site of its own, I know that the UK does.
So, it took me about a month and a half to finally watch 5 more dramas, but I got there! This means I’ve watched 20 dramas (with just five left) and my board currently looks like this:
(Source: @atplipsthicc previously @GUNXATP ♥)
Thank God It’s Friday (2019; 12 Episodes)
So, I didn’t like Love Sick, which made me dubious about watching this drama. TGIF it set in 2013, a few years after Love Sick and we follow a new gaggle of boys in the music club. They’re awful and once again find themselves with no funding from the student council. To try and regain some semblance of credit, the boys go to another school to train for a music competition.
Before I went into this I read some reviews and wow my expectations were low. Which is why I was surprised at how much I was enjoying the first 5 episodes. They were cute, a bit generic, but fun nonetheless. And then it felt like the writer changed. We had a parental death for no reason, the aftermath of which wasn’t developed well and there was little to no actual musical training in the latter half of the drama. There was literally no point to Thank God It’s Friday.
The relationships and friendships are basically the driving force, although a lot of the angst was forced and became tiring. The last episode isn’t even subbed, but from just watching what was happening, nothing happened…
Theory of Love (2019; 12 Episodes)
I’ve been a fan of Off and Gun for a while, but I had yet to watch this drama. And they were both great. Gun’s acting is so natural and that man can do emotion! It’s nice to see how far Off’s acting has come.
Theory of Love follows a group of film students in their final year. Third (Gun) is in love with his best friend, Khai (Off) who happens to be a big jerk who dates like it’s going out of fashion.
The characters were great and while I would have liked more expansion on some, I was happy with where everyone ended up. The friendships in ToL definitely elevate the entire thing and made every episode enjoyable, despite the angst. Bone and Two were such great friends and it was nice to see them having their own lives as well.
This drama was so well made and it’s one of the best dramas I’ve seen come out of GMM. While uni setting aren’t unique, the film student spin was so refreshing! The references and inclusion of popular cinema was done in such a charming and thoughtful way.
I made a little thread on Twitter if you’re interested (a thought an episode).
Waterboyy (2017; 14 episodes)
I actually quite enjoyed this one, but it definitely has problems:
- An attempted rape scene (something that happens too much in GMM dramas)
- Our main couple have low screen time
- Problematic adults
- Unnecessary drama
Even so, I was amused and interested throughout. It felt at times like Wai and Apo were side characters, and I definitely found myself more interested in Min and Wan’s relationship. They were so cute, but the forced angst near the end was annoying.
Apo (New) was a great character and was thoughtful and actually had a brain. Wai (Earth) was so frustrating, and I hate when one of leads has a girlfriend and she becomes the “bad” guy just because she wants to save her relationship. Cheating isn’t cute.
I really liked the friendship group of the swimming club, they were such dummies.
Pan and Fah were interesting and I’ll admit they were cute… But, it was kind of frustrating that a lesbian ended up with a boy. There is the conversation that sexuality can change and you can learn new things about yourself and I did like the pair together, but with the lack of lesbian representation in GMM (and in general) was it necessary for Pan to end up with Fah.
All in all, not as bad as I expected.
Love By Chance (2018; 14 episodes)
This drama could have been so much better. The problem is the content it came from. Mame can choke.
We follow Pete (Saint) who is being blackmailed by his ex and Ae (Perth) who spends most of the drama squaring up to anyone who even looks at Pete wrong (and being a thirsty boy 😂). They were cute, sometimes overly sweet. But it was nice having Ae being so open and straightforward. And I can’t even complain about Pete saying he’s annoying all the time, because me lol 😂
It was nice that every episode was easy to digest and there wasn’t really much angst and it was never strung out for too long, mostly because of Ae’s personality.
The latter half turned more into TinCan, which was fine. I quite liked their dynamic despite the whiplash of Tin being nice all of a sudden. The problem is I don’t like Mean or Plan’s acting. It was definitely Perth and Saint who carried this drama.
I had watched TharnType before this and it’s a prequel of sorts and it was strange seeing Type be so unType like. He was so calm and like a wise agony aunt 😂
We also stan our resident perv and all around great friend Ai’ Pond! And as always, Sammy is a queen ♥
The rest was just nope…
Trigger Warning for Rape:
- Tum and Tar weren’t developed enough and I get that they are brothers in the novel (gross), but they are step siblings in this and we don’t find out until the last episode… also Tar tried to assault Tum. Can we just not?
- No and Kla should not have been included. I will die on this hill.
- No is a precious baby and I love him. He deserves so much better than being put with a manipulative little shit who after raping him puts it all on No, as though he was the victim. Kla can choke and so can No’s brother because he was helping to facilitate this creepy and abusive behaviour.
- There is no way I’m watching Love by chance 2 because I’m not here for a person getting manipulated into a relationship with his abuser.
It’s a shame because this drama has potential. And the director New (Siwaj Sawatmaneekul) is wonderful. I watched Until We Meet Again in Part 2 and this has some of the same beautiful aspects I liked from that.
Grey Rainbow (2016; 4 episodes)
Grey Rainbow is part of the Views of Love miniseries. Despite only being 4 episodes this drama focuses on a wide range of topics and is an emotional rollercoaster.
Nuer and Porsche have known each other for 4 years and in their last year of university they both come to terms with their feelings for each other. After graduation Porsche goes to help out at Nuer’s family at their resort and elephant camp.
This drama was beautiful. It’s well acted, well shot and very well written. So much thought went into this script – it’s philosophical and has such a loving and powerful inclusion of Buddhist theology. You really have to focus and pay attention and it’s so worth it.
Porsche and Nuer go through so much in this drama – I would like to warn you that Porsche is attacked and sexually assaulted in the 1st episode – yet they are still two beautoful men who strive to find love in every moment and to protect what they have.
However – MAJOR SPOILERS – why did Nuer have to die? I understand that it was all about living life in the moment and the preciousness of our loved ones, but I’m not here for sad endings. The fact that Nuer became the voice of kindness in Porsche’s mind broke me. I cried so hard I got a headache 😭
What are your thoughts on these dramas?
Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe~