NOTE: I know it is late and I haven’t been posting but seriously have you read the news? It’s only March and I feel like a whole year went by…well, let me make it up for you. I’m trying to post a little bit more in the following weeks at least…
I still remember when GMMTV released their line-up for 2019 and people were going crazy over Dark Blue Kiss. We were getting another installment for one of our favorite couples, Pete x Kao. So yes, the expectations were pretty high. And since I was an avid watcher myself, I decided to finally post a review about it.
Enjoy and share your opinion in the comments below 😊
Dark Blue Kiss – General
Dark Blue Kiss is the third installment of the Kiss series, after Kiss The Series and Kiss Me Again. Different from the others we only see the Pete x Kao couple coming back while some of the characters from previous seasons only appear in a supporting role.
The show had been highly anticipated because, let’s admit Tay and New are one of the favorite couples out there. Of course, the expectations were high, like enormously high.
The series aired between October 12th and December 28th and GMMTV actually released the episodes on YouTube and added subs about 24 to 48 hours later, so international fans could also watch it. Thank you, GMM!
Tay Tawan Vihokratana and New Thitipoom Techaapaikhun both reprised their roles as Pete and Kao respectively. Podd Suphakorn Sriphothong reprised his role as Kao’s café owner friend Sun who build a supporting couple-to-be with another known face from the previous installment, Mork, played by Fluke Gawin Caskey. Many actors from previous installments make an appearance even if just for a short time.
Like I said before the series was also released on YouTube officially and with added English subtitles so please check it out Here.
One thing that is kind of unclear is when this story line takes place. Kiss Me Again, the second installment, served as a prequel and showed us how Pete and Kao got together but there are some plot lines in Kiss The Series, the first installment, that seemingly have not happened or have been forgotten. Judging from the fact that they are applying for jobs already, I guess it’s set after Kiss The Series? But honestly, I have no idea when it actually takes place.
While Kiss Me Again had Pete and Kao figuring out how to fit into the world around them and maybe telling their friends the truth, Kiss Me Again was about their beginnings and how they got so close and when they started going out. Dark Blue Kiss is when they are already together and have to figure out how to tell their families about each other while also discovering what they want to do in the future.
Like other shows this show also has another side couple, Sun and Mork. Sun is the owner of his self started café and lives with his younger brother, Rain. Whenever Rain gets in trouble, his best friend Mork seems to be around and the origin of all bad things happening. Of course, Sun isn’t Mork’s biggest fan. Still he doesn’t want to give up on the guy. One thing leads to another and suddenly Mork is working in Sun’s café. And before they know it their feelings seem to change into…well, into what?
Surprise from unexpected sources
Okay, so let’s start with the bad things first, this time. DBK had such high expectations but the story line of Pete and Kao did not really deliver on it. Sure, there were a few scenes and episodes where they were delightful and as perfect as you can imagine, but out of all 12 episodes you could have told their story of DBK in 3 instead of so many. Why I’m saying this? Because for the first episodes, the same problems seemed to be coming up again and again and to be honest, no one is a fan of insecure feelings for such a long time. For the fans it was clear both of them were in love and had been together for some time…why did they sometimes behave like they had known each other for about a month? Why so much distrust? I can say it was nice to see them develop and near the end the story picked up and finally decided to go somewhere.
You could see Kao and Pete learn and find out more about each other and their own feelings. So as long as they learn how important honest conversation is in a relationship, I guess they will be fine?
The biggest surprise of the show came from our side couple though. Sun and Mork convinced with their romantic tension and obvious dislike turned like. They didn’t just fall in love with each other but like Pete and Kao faced obstacles but they overcame them and learned from them and especially learned the meaning of forgiveness. Even if you are angry at your partner or the person you are flirting with, you should know nobody is perfect and sometimes misunderstandings can happen. Sun and Mork showed us scenes full of tension, comedy and cuteness and I’m not surprised they turned to be one of the fan favorites of 2019.
The cast and the acting
Hm, how do I say this…I am a big fan of Tay Tawan and New Thitipoom and they were good actors even before DBK. To be honest the only thing that really surprised me from the acting was when Pete finally had enough of Kao and both of them suffered from it. That was some amazing acting right there. Especially from New because we had not seen stuff like that from him before. Otherwise though, there weren’t really that many special scenes in the series.
For the rest of the cast…there was some chemistry doubts between Sun and Mork / Podd and Fluke in the beginning but those flew out the window soon and they fully convinced in their roles. The other actors also showed their best. I do have some pity for AJ Chayapol Jutamat though, since he got a lot of hate for the role of Non, since, let’s be honest, Non was a jerk. Still he also convinced as his character.
Overall the cast did a good job but the story line only offered like 2 or 3 scenes where the actors could really prove what they could do. In that regard it is very different from shows like Theory of Love, where Off and Gun had to pull out all of their talent because there were a lot of scenes involved you just had to nail and show some serious and breathtaking acting. DBK, like I said, doesn’t have that much in that regard (side note: and I don’t actually like ToL).
Okay, now overall…DBK is a nice and beautiful series. It has the production quality you want and also the chemistry you want. The show will not throw you off you chair but it will keep you watching and enthralled and you want to know what happens at the end. It just isn’t as extraordinary as other shows.
Also one thing to say to GMM: Please try not to fall into the same trap as many other production companies. Except for Love Sick, I have not yet seen a couple that has survived their second installment well (since they were just one part of the story in the previous seasons I take it as this is Pete and Kao’s second installment). Since you do so well with all the BL shows, I still put hope in you, GMM! 🙂
In the end, I still recommend watching DBK even if it takes some time for the story to really start and the pace is a mess but overall it is nice to watch and the chemistry is wonderful ❤
Note: DBK did give me a new breathtakingly beautiful scene. You can actually see it as the title pic of the site. That scene alone is worth dealing with a few bad things and still finishing the series 🙂