Review: TharnType

Soooo, one of the highest praised and most discussed shows of 2019 just aired its finale on January 6th and left all us fans hoping for a continuation and more of this amazing acting and lovely chemistry.

Don’t worry I’m not here today to just praise the series. I do have some things to complain about, although I can already tell, there aren’t many.

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TharnType – General Information

TharnType is a 12 episodes Thai series that started airing in October 2019 and took a two week break over the Christmas holidays just to make everyone wait for its finale on January 6th.

The story is set in the same universe as the highly popular series Love By Chance. It is produced by a different team though and stars totally different actors except for a few guest appearances.

TT is about Type, a college student, who starts sharing a room with the music student Tharn and they hit it off really well. Because of a trauma from childhood Type has sworn to hate everything gay for lifetime. So what happens when he finds out that his seemingly perfect roommate is gay?

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The story and character development

The story in general is nothing new. It’s about someone’s hate turning into love and them having to face some obstacles. TT does not shine because of its extraordinary story, it doesn’t. It does shine quite a little bit because of its story development though.

The guys didn’t just meet and dislike each other in the first second but had a good time until Type found out about Tharn liking other guys. That’s when the complications started. The characters make a lot of mistakes in the beginning. Like really big ones. That was one of the reasons the series was kind of disliked in the beginning but soon they turned it around because TT is not just a story to enjoy some eye candy but the mistakes are there for a reason. You see the characters learn and start doing better. You see them  start understanding each other and try to learn more about their roommate. You can see the story shape the protagonists and make them into better people.

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The character development in this show is definitely noticeable and a big plot point and I really appreciated the change from other shows where it’s sometimes shown that love conquers all. In TT both parties had to learn to change as well as accept each other’s faults to stay together. In that regards it’s a lot more like real life than just the unconditional and never ending love we see and love from other shows.

The chemistry of Mew & Gulf

The main leads are played by Mew Suppasit Jongcheveevat (What The Duck) as Tharn and Gulf Kanawut Traipipattanapong as Type. Mew already has some experience acting in a BL role while Gulf is quite new to the whole genre.

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The chemistry between the leads but also the rest of the cast is absolutely superb. I mean the leads fit oh-so-well together and maybe it is because they are close friends (at least that’s what it seems like) in real life you see that they mean a lot to each other in every single one of their glances and stares.

One thing I appreciated in this couple: while Tharn was originally the stronger and more grown-up part of the couple, around the end you could see how much he trusted and loved Type. He let go and showed his weak and more child-like side to him too. Also you see Type realize when he has to be the strong one and protect his man and its not just the other way around. I mean I don’t have anything against the usual Ae-Pete situation going on but I just appreciated a tough couple like this one too ^.^

The acting and production

One thing you just have to comment on when watching this show, the quality. The production quality (props, set, background music, lighting, etc.) is amazing. I don’t remember anything being out of place or being anywhere near lazy production. The lighting and colors are beautiful. Light and beautiful scenes are held in bright and warm colors while harsh and heart wrenching scenes are done in dark and cold colors. It sets an atmosphere. I mean just see how they decided to slow down the intro song for the last episode since the story line wasn’t as happy as the original song at the moment. It fit the atmosphere of the things happening.

The chemistry and the production quality are definitely great and no, I do not have any bad points to comment on here. I tried to find some bad points but I just couldn’t.

So, now about the acting. Together with Mew with have not many known faces returning. Mostly Mild Suttinut Uengtrakul (Love’s Coming) and a few other faces who have appeared in like one other show or are set to appear in another series. Still the acting was quite exceptional. Everyone convinced in their role and showed their character really well. There were some scenes where I was kind of thrown off sometimes but those scenes came from side characters rather than the leads or their main circle of friends. Big compliments on the casting and the acting. You could see everyone was doing their best.

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Is there anything bad about this series?

Okay, now let’s go to the more negative part. What about this series wasn’t done so well. First off, I just wanna complain about the two week break during Christmas…why did you leave us hanging for two weeks. And no, I won’t count the special they released inbetween. That was just a try to get us to feel bad for the bad guy which did not work at all for me.

But no, let’s get real. There is a reason the discussion got heated after the first few episodes. There are a few edgy scenes (and I don’t mean edgy in a good way). If I see it how they explained it, as faulty characters who have to learn how to become better people, sure, then I can take it. But on the other hand, it was kind of controversial considering Type had a trauma from childhood and while Tharn did not know about it, he just did something without the other guy knowing. It’s not perfect but it kinda fits the story and their explanation does actually make sense. They did not included a forced skinship scene for the heck of it but to make a point that some things are okay but sometimes you should know the whole story before making a judgement.

Another issue I wanted to point out: Sometimes there were really slow scenes. Those scenes would’ve sometimes been better if they had been cut in half so someone wasn’t staring at the ground and thinking about an answer for such. a . long. time. It did get exhausting sometimes.

Overall Review

Overall, TharnType proved the winner of 2019’s BL shows and there have been quite a few contenders. But even if there was a lot of doubt in the beginning, they series came back strong and showed everyone how a series and a fitting (season!!) ending are made. Yes, I’m hoping for another season. No, I’m not being subtle about it.

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Also, as a side note, I really appreciated the short guest appearance by Saint, Mark and Mean in the middle and the end of the series. Okay, I admit, I mostly grinned at Saint because I missed his character Pete so much.

After doing some research I also realized that I should’ve never doubted the story behind TT. I mean the screenwriter is the same as the one for Love Sick and the author of the novel is just a wonderful creative mind, so there you have it.

What did you think about the series? Did you enjoy watching? Will you check it out?