Oh my dear heart. If you have also watched Until We Meet Again The Series, or UWMA in short, then you will know what I mean. It was a rollercoaster ride. So many feelings, so many tears. By the end, even I’m surprised Fluke still had any tears left to cry and I actually read the novel so I knew what was coming. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, no problem, I’m here to enlighten you about the show that kept everyone afloat after our favorite TharnType ended.
Read on and find out more!
Until We Meet Again – General Information
Until We Meet Again is a 2019/20 series that aired from November 2019 to March 2020 and was originally set for 12 or 13 episodes. Because the fans loved it so much (and maybe other reasons) they actually extended it to 17 episodes. So it is actually one of the longer BL shows nowadays.
UWMA aired on LINE TV and LINE TV even released official links with English subtitles for international fans. The series is produced by Studio Wabisabi. Yes, the studio that brought us Love By Chance, a show that is not anywhere near willing to give up its top spot in BL. Studio Wabisabi also released the episodes on their YouTube channel with English subs. You can find them here: LINE TV & YouTube
The series cast includes a lot of new faces or unknown faces to the BL world with Ohm Thitiwat Ritprasert as Dean and Nine Noppakao Dechaphatthanakun as Korn, as well as actors Prem Warut Chawalitrujiwong as Team and Boun Noppanut Guntachai as Win. We got some more known faces, mainly from other Studio Wabisabi works, with Earth Katsamonnat Namwirote as Intouch. Fan favorite and more experienced actors and actresses (in leading roles) are mainly represented by Fluke Natouch Siripongthon as Pharm and the amazing Samantha Melanie Coates as Manow. Both have acted in BL as well as non BL shows before and proved to know their acting well.
The series was directed by the awesome and my favorite director New Siwaj Sawatmaneekul (Love By Chance, ReminderS, Make It Right, etc.). Seriously, I want to invite him to a party just for all the amazing shows he’s giving us.
The story and characters
UWMA starts about 30 years ago with Korn and Intouch. Both come from very different family backgrounds but fall in love and want to stay together forever. Their love is short lived when their families are against the couple and tragedy strikes. A promise Intouch and Korn made, leads to today: Pharm is a freshman in university and just starts making new friends and getting used to his new surroundings while still being haunted by scary and unnerving nightmares, when he meets the third year student Dean. Dean is captain of the swimming team and has always had the feeling he is missing something in his life. As it happens their wishes and desires seem to be fulfilled when they finally meet and get closer. But why is it that the nightmares are getting stronger and both feel like there is something they should know about their past lives?
The story does not only revolve around Pharm and Dean though. There are a lot of scenes of Pharm with his new best friends Team and Manow. I totally adore those scenes since it seems more believable then if it was just about the couples. You see Pharm tell his worries to his friends and them supporting him and sometimes teasing and pushing him to do better, like real friends do. There is also the side couple of Team and Win. I enjoyed them a lot but there has been a lot of criticism about them not really having many scenes. I agree although I think there were even less scenes in the actual novel? If I remember it right. So I guess it is okay to not mention too much…I guess…
Overall, the series keeps pretty close to the novel and tries not to cut too much out of the story line. I have no idea how they wanted to fit all of that in 13 episodes though…that’s a mystery I have not yet solved.
The acting and chemistry
Well, the acting was…good, actually. The chemistry, I have to admit, was waaaay off in the beginning. I was like “will this work?” but I kinda warmed up to everyone and everything fit well pretty soon. The chemistry between Pharm, Manow and Team was off the rocks I have to say. They really seemed like such good friends ❤
In general, there was waaaay too much crying involved for Pharm’s role but that’s kinda part of the story line and Fluke Natouch did an amazing job. Samantha Melanie Coates also did an amazing job. You could see they had some experience with acting and knew better what they had to do and how to do it. The newer actors did show some stiffness sometimes but overall they did a good job and you saw them learning over the duration of the series and becoming better every episode.
Fun fact: Starting from like the 10th episode, maybe even earlier, you can see when they shot the scene depending on Win’s hairline. Sometimes he has full blonde hair and suddenly it’s like half natural again…another thing though, guy…please keep your head open more often. When you opened that door, wow…I would’ve never left the room again.
The production and quality
BL shows have been getting better and better in the last few years. There are still some not so high quality shows out there and some of them are hidden gems just waiting to be discovered but LINE TV and GMMTV have set a standard for BL shows that count as the standardized and quality shows of the genre. UWMA is without a doubt one of those high quality productions. The music has the perfect timing, the colors are great, the designs and sets convincing. It all fits together to make a perfect production. There is only one criticism I have for UWMA regarding their production. They never really figured out the brightness settings for in-the-dark scenes. While watching such scenes I had to turn up my screen brightness to the highest possible setting or I wouldn’t have been able to see anything. But that’s my only criticism. The one thing most shows mess up with is the timing of the music and background sounds, UWMA did perfect with those.
Note: There is another thing I’m not happy with…P’Sin’s character…The wig… Don’t worry guys, you will know what I’m talking about when you watch the show 🙂
My personal and biased opinion
I kinda have the feeling I have to give a really personal opinion about this series somehow. I mean I always try to give my opinion but I try not to go just by my preferences but also talk about stuff that might be issues for others. Well with UWMA I have the feeling I also have to talk about my totally personal opinion about the series. First, I loved it. It’s not the best out there, definitely not. It’s not so good, you would think about it for five days and ask yourself if you are ever gonna have a show as good as that, you know the LBC and TTTS effect. At least I had that moment with both those shows. Now, UWMA might not be like that but what I think is so special about this series is that it does not have the usual “ending”.
I’m not talking about the ending of the actual series, I’m not gonna talk about that since I don’t want to spoil stuff. But I do want to talk about the fact, that the stories in the show, not all of them end well. BL shows usually have three kinds of endings: total despair, all end up happy, people disappear into nothingness.
Either everyone dies or the couple is separated and it ends in despair for everyone or it’s a total happy ending with all the leads getting what they always wanted or –and this one is sometimes part of the others– people who might not have been the “good” guys in the series disappear and are not mentioned again. In UWMA there are some revelations that bring tragedy and drama but still the story is not fully closed yet, meaning it’s still part of the story. When you know what I mean and think about it, you want to cry and I did, especially when I read the novel. The series still does a good portrayal and gives you some solace I guess. I think they did well in making the novel into a series and did the novel justice. *SPOILER AT THE END OF THE POST*
I know this is mostly me ranting but I just had to mention why I like this series as much as I do and recommend it to others.
Overall UWMA is a little bit darker and more serious than other shows. It is more a romance BL series than a comedic or fast-paced one. The pace is not as slow as it seems in the beginning but it still takes some time to get used to because you will need to turn down your excitement a little bit or you will not get half of what is happening. The series still offers all the things we want from a BL and more. I recommend watching and if you have time I also recommend reading the novel beforehand. It’s even better when you’ve read it. Of course, you can also watch it without having read the novel. Don’t worry everything will be revealed in the end!
So check out this wonderful Studio Wabisabi gem. New and the studio have once again proven they know how to make a good BL show!
I hope you liked this review. Tell me in the comments down below what you thought of the show or if you will watch it 🙂
Just so I’m clear for all those who don’t mind a *SPOILER*:
I watched the series and you always switch between Pharm and Dean in their current life and Intouch and Korn in the past and I enjoyed reading and watching but then it just kinda clicked and I could not forget everytime I watched/read In and Korn’s scenes. “They are so in love and happy. They enjoyed their life and wanted to be together. But in the end the pressure was too much and they died. Not normally but in such a tragic death too.” And so I pretty much cried my eyes out every time I saw them being happy. It was always reminder that they did not get the chance to be happy longer. I don’t know but UWMA really tug my heart strings there….I’m a crybaby.