Review: 2 Moons 2

Before I start writing anything about this series: this review will contain spoilers. Not too many but it will talk about some plot points of the series so if you don’t want to know any spoilers at all, you should not read this. If you don’t care or have already watched it, have at it. Enjoy!

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GENERAL

2 Moons 2 is the second season or reboot or whatever you want to name it, of the popular 2 Moons series. Before it aired there was SO MUCH backlash for the new cast, I can only compliment them for working through it and doing their best 🙂 The series consists of 12 episodes and stars mainly newbie actors with some exceptions, I think.

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The story is mainly about Wayo, a college freshman who gets to attend the same college as his idol and high school crush Phana. Together with his best friend Ming and the engineering faculty senior Forth he starts pulling some heart strings in the popular college doctors-to-be gang of Phana, Kit and Beam.

THE NEW CAST

…is amazing. While in the beginning people had some problems getting on board with the new cast, we all totally went for them in the end. I mean they are not just adorable but really good and present us with our beloved 2 Moons 2 characters in a totally new way. I definitely loved it. We got new dynamics between the characters and saw sides to them we didn’t know about.

So sure, it had a rocky start. The acting was more than just a little bit awkward in the beginning but it got better and better. 2M2 is one of those shows that show you that believing in them and not giving up watching can also result in something great. The actors got better each episode and showed a big range of emotions. We got the famous scene where Phana realizes that Wayo is not just similar to his (secret) high school crush but is actually the guy he fell in love with years before (and immediately becomes depressed cause calling someone ‘shorty’ doesn’t leave the best impression on someone you might like). Since the producers retold season 1 in like the first four episodes of this one (so it is more like a reboot than a second season, I guess) we get some new content and a lot of the novel’s plot lines that have not been explored yet. Some serious drama I have to say and while we all disliked seeing our little cutie Wayo like this, you really have to praise Earth’s acting in Wayo’s break down scene.

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Big compliments to the producers and the actors for also including some serious time with Wayo’s Angel’s gang friends who were only comic relief before but had some serious story time in this one. However dramatic they may be, we all wanted an Angel’s gang at our side when seeing how caring they were for Wayo.

Overall, the cast did a really good job and gave life to the characters from the novel.

THE PRODUCTION

I know this all sounds like a long post of praise. Do not worry. I also have some criticism. Mainly about the production. I know episodes 1 til 4 are a re-telling of the previous season but tbh the production of them lacks a lot. The moment it is not a re-telling anymore the production quality and story pace gets like 50% better and finally to a standard you won’t get annoyed with. I don’t know whether the producers just thought they didn’t really need to put that much work into a story people already knew or if there just wasn’t enough time to work on the episodes until the series got released.

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So that was number one. Number two is something that is really noticeable in episodes 1 to 4 but pops up every now and then in the rest of the series too. I don’t know who did the sound production for the show but please…if you want to add drama, choose wisely what scenes get music and what scenes won’t. There were so many scenes that were just…quiet. There was no real dialogue and also no background music or sounds, making the whole scene a little bit awkward. They had problems with that even until the last episode although I admit that they got better over time. Still, please, do not continue that way. Even if it is really quiet music, just add something!

Otherwise the production quality is as expected. The colors are nice, the details are lovely and the props are satisfying.

THE STORY

While watching the start of 2M2 I actually read the novel and let me just tell you, I would’ve never thought for them to follow it so detailed. Sure, there are some changes and there are scenes from the novel they kind of mixed together in the series, although I think that is because after all, it is a series and not a novel.

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In general it is nice to see the story develop around our beloved characters. While I know that some may not like that there were some episodes that were devoted to one or at most two couples and just kind of skipped over the third couple, I do understand the choice. It helps emphasizing with the characters and getting into the story. Also someone mentioned that the chemistry was off in some episodes. I don’t think that is the case though. I did notice that since sometimes a couple had no real story in an episode, it wasn’t mentioned much so maybe that was why some thought the chemistry was odd.

The cast did really well though and the chemistry was really lovely and sweet.

OVERALL

Overall, 2M2 deserves full praise from my side. It is not perfect, but in this day and age, what is? The cast did an amazing job and the producers showed us that sometimes strange decisions may really be for the best of the series and we should trust them more. I can only look forward to seeing season 3! After that kind of ending, there needs to be a third one…so, I’ll definitely look forward to that 🙂

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Review: Theory of Love

Welcome to another review…after I haven’t been publishing anything for some time. Why? Because I was too busy with life and too lazy to write to be honest. But since I am currently sick in bed and cannot do much I just decided to finally get on with this and present some new content, especially since I promised it such a long time ago.

So here it is, my review for Theory of Love.

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GENERAL

Theory of Love is a 12 episode BL series from GMM 25 and airing from June until August 2019. It stars our favourite BL couple OffGun in the main roles, as Khai and Third respectively. The show is about Third, studying in his film major and part of a group of close friends, Khai, Bone and Two. Ever since he met Khai though, he is in love with him but isn’t brave enough to confess, afraid their friendship would be over afterwards. Khai on the other hand is a full on playboy and has no idea about his friend’s feelings. Of course, the drama starts when both start seeing each other’s and their own feelings.

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THE STORY & CHARACTERS

If you have watched the show you should know that the story got a lot of back lash. Okay, maybe less the story and more the characters. At first you see Khai being an ass to Third and acting like a huge jerk. It goes as far as people asking Third to fall in love with someone else because the playboy is just so…hopeless? At least that’s what it seems like. And later on Third is not behaving any better and is pretty much doing the same to Khai and people hated on him then. So yeah, it was a total reversal but we all have to admit…they kind of fit together in their own way.

Before I go any deeper into the story and so on…I have to say…I didn’t actually like Theory of Love. Don’t critise me just yet though! I didn’t like the fact how both sides had the worst timing in liking each other and the story really makes you ask what they see in each other. If someone treated me how they treated each other sometimes…I would soooo not be interested anymore. But maybe that’s just me. So yes, I didn’t like the Khai x Third story at all.

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But those two are not the only love line we get. Theory of Love also offers others romantic couples…or something similar. We have Bone falling in love with one of the instructors…oh what surprise…well, they did portray it kinda nicely, even if, SPOILER! it did not end the way you might think. Also Theory of Love offered a couple we did not even know we wanted until we actually got it! Two and Un, or the actors White (Love Sick) and Earth (Water Boyy The Series) respectively, start off disliking each other, at least that is what you are meant to think and they kind of grow on the audience as well as each other.

Seriously I have never cheered so much for an unexpected couple. You don’t see it coming until suddenly it’s there and I really liked them together. There story was endearing and lovely. Such a difference to our main couple…

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THE CAST

So before you get annoyed with me, let me redeem myself: While I did not enjoy the Khai x Third story AT ALL, I watched it because I love OffGun and they did an amazing job! Seriously, if you get annoyed by awkward acting in some of the BL shows or other series in general, watch Theory of Love. The actors really did their best and it shows. Off definitely proved he is a great actor and can do different multi-layered characters too. Admit it, we all kind of thought he would act as Pick-characters (see Puppy Honey) forever. But well, he definitely proved himself in the series and showed some amazing acting. Gun himself…what should I say, we all knew he was good before because he acted in some strange as well as heavy stuff before and he already showed it back then but definitely showed it again in Theory of Love.

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As for the other cast, they did a good job too. Compliments go to White and Earth. Maybe it is because they both played as the more active part in their previous BL roles before and maybe they seem more lovely because the KhaiThird love line was so dramatic but White and Earth had a strange and thrilling feeling about them. For the longest time people only whispered about the characters getting together but when we finally got some steps forward, everyone was still taken aback, whilst at the same time delighted of course. But while everyone wanted it, no one actually thought we would get it. At least I didn’t.

Well, do not worry. The acting is amazing and the loveliness of the side couples definitely makes up for all the drama coming from our mains.

THE QUALITY

Before I give you the overall paragraph I just want to add: the quality of the series is really good despite its kind of messed up story line/characters. The pictures and images are nice and the details are good too. Also, there are some funny scenes in the series. Also how OffGun covered movie posters is so cute 🙂

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OVERALL

Overall, Theory of Love is a strange mix of differences and contradictions. While some character has the best time of their life, someone else feels like his life is crumbling. Let me say it honestly, the acting is really good, like really really good and there are some parts of the story of Khai and Third that are interesting but in general our main characters and their love lives are a mess and total drama. Would I still recommend Theory of Love? Yes. Definitely yes. Why you ask? Well, first off, to show you the improvements in acting of all the cast and then to make you another fan of our Un/Two couple. Seriously, I love them so much!

I recommend Theory of Love, if at least two of the following applies to you:

  • you like soap operas or dramatic melodramas
  • you are a fan of Off or Gun or both
  • you like side couples
  • you like shows that are not just “lovey-dovey under the apple tree” but actually show some bad decisions and stupid mistakes by the leads too
  • you have no other BL series to watch
  • you want to support GMM so we can get more BL shows in the future!

If two of them apply, have fun watching and tell me in the comments down below what you thought.

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I know this is an amazingly short review but tbh I really only enjoyed the acting of the whole cast and the loveliness of the side couple and could have done without anything else, so I did not want to write more otherwise, believe me, you wouldn’t want to watch it. I think that would be sad though since some people did like the series, so maybe you would like it.

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