So a few days ago one amazing reader of my posts asked me to post a review of He’s coming to me. I’ve been thinking about writing one but I wasn’t sure whether I should especially since I normally only post reviews after the shows are completed. Well, behold the power of motivating comments, I’m sitting here and writing one even though I thought I wouldn’t have the time to since I’m on vacation 😉
He’s Coming To Me tells the story of Mes, a lonely ghost procrastinating on a graveyard, and Than, a young boy who can see ghosts but unsuccessfully pretends not to. One day they meet (and in Than’s case – acknowledge) each other and the wheels of fate start turning. After finding out that Mes doesn’t remember anything from his past and the only hint is an old cassette recorder, Than decides to take Mes in and help him find out about his past.
I think pretty much all of the more prominent actors in the show are pretty known faces. We have Prachaya Ruangroj (Singto) from SOTUS as Mes and Pawat Chittsawangdee (Ohm) from Make It Right as Than. The supporting actors are Harit Cheewagaroon (Sing) from oh-so-many shows as Khiem and Wachirawit Ruangwiwat (Chimon) from My Dear Loser or, as you know if you are a regular reader of my posts, The Gifted as Prince. I’d love not to be the horrible person who only mentions the male actors now but tbh I didn’t find the name of the female actress playing Than’s friend and the only female in the group of friends.
Okay let’s all admit it. We all had high expectations of Ohm and Singto but at the same time went in with a heavy heart. It’s not every day actors who are usually mentioned in other couples end up acting as main leads on their own. We all were still thinking of Arthit and Kongpob / Book and Frame. At the same time we were all excited. Ohm had proven multiple times that he can act out more than just one type of role and makes you fall in love with his quirkiness and cute smile. Singto also has proven to be a great actor and one thing he has shown that you don’t see with many other actors, he can create chemistry with more than just one co-star. Usually when an actor from a popular BL couple starts acting as a couple with someone else there are always comparisons and/or awkwardness. But fortunately not this time (but let’s get to that later). So we all kind of expected a lot of them both while at the same time preparing to be disappointed.
Well we wouldn’t have needed to worry. Okay the show is only at episode 5 but since it only has 8 episodes we are over the midpoint.
The story of a lonely boy meeting a lonely ghost – Quality ❤
So the story in general may not be that original…except when you see it in the context of BL shows. Regarding BL shows the premise is kind of new and unusual. There are a lot of shows about school and college but not that many light hearted shows about a lonely boy meeting an even lonelier ghost and them living together.
There are a lot of shows that totally depend on the leads chemistry, charisma, charm or the show’s overall storyline or comedy. This show is no different in the regard, that it depends a lot on the chemistry between our two leads, Singto and Ohm, but at the same time it also depends on a lot of their individual charms. Both actors execute couple scenes but also friendship or single shots with their best work. You can see that a scene showing one of them playing basketball is executed just as well as the couple scenes. This gives the show an overall acting quality you don’t see often in other shows.
In general the show does not feature many new actors but mainly actors and actresses that have been in multiple shows before, making it more mature than what we are used to from other shows. I think that’s one of the reasons why this one is set out to become a new favorite. The overall quality – even the special effects of being a ghost – are quite well executed so you can just totally appreciate every single scene in the show.
Heart break is waiting
But now to the story line itself. I mean I knew beforehand that we BL fans can be quite masochistic. Just look at all the teases and bromances we watch even though we know it won’t end well…this show is set out to be no different. Episode 5 already had me in tears and giggles but since one of the leads is a ghost, as in “dead”, as in “even if he finally gets reincarnated he will be 22 years younger than you, Than”, we are all still watching. So here may be the question: is it worth it? In my opinion and judging from episode 1 to episode 5, yes, but read the post and decide for yourself whether you want to watch it. Also note that I’m an avid bad ending hater and still I’m watching this. So either I’m overly masochistic or the show is just that good.
Note: No, really. I hate bad endings. One of my favourite TV shows ever has a bad ending for the main character and I still haven’t watched the last few episodes and I just refuse to watch it – ever.
Oh also let me give a compliment to the leads for crying beautifully but also convincingly. The one tear down the cheek is so old, I love the new “tears gushing down the cheeks and puppy eyed looks” the show is going with.
Comedy ahoy and refreshing new character traits
In the previous paragraph I said major tear jerker and we can probably expect a big heart break at the end but at the same time this show is really comedic. It works a lot with sounds and doesn’t just depend on the usual funny supporting character, which is a nice change. A lot of comedic scenes come from our leads. The whole story creates a really great dynamic between Mes and Than. While there is no doubt at all who has the bigger pull in the relationship, Mes is not just standing by. He pouts, he begs, he throws puppy eyes and he judges, and he does all that in a wonderfully charming manor. He actually reminds me a lot of the wonderful 2moons scenes where the love-struck Wayo sometimes stood tall and told Phana what he had to do and what was gonna happen. Mes definitely has a sweet spot for Than (and vice versa) and doesn’t want to be a bother but at the same time he still stands straight and shows when he wants something and when it’s time to listen to him.
Than is not that different from Mes except that he is more open about what he wants and uses the begging and puppy eyes only when he knows it will work. You could say he is more grown up as a character. He is also more headstrong. He is an avid basketball player and loves hanging out with his friends. And while he wants to keep his ability to see ghosts from them he doesn’t care if a whole city park or the rest of the shopping center sees him. You could say he knows where he has to put a line and when he doesn’t want to cross it. One thing I love about him, and the story line in general, though, he admits he likes Mes. He’s not denying his feelings. He may say he’s confused and scared but he knows what he’s feeling is attraction and maybe even love. Mes also confessed and I love how Than just overlooked the “he’s dead and he doesn’t want to hurt my feelings” Mes was talking about and was going straight to the point. It’s nice seeing Singto in a prominent but passive role. It suits him just as much as the active character.
Of course we also have to talk about the supporting characters…while Mes’ past is as mysterious as ever Than’s friends are not – not at all. You could read them from a mile away. Still that doesn’t destroy anything regarding the story line but only supports it. The writers are not letting the viewers guess what someone is feeling and spend half of the episodes with them discovering their feelings but go straight to the point of them trying to figure out what to do with those feelings. It reminds me a lot of M’s storyline in SOTUS. While it is clear the straight love story is not the main one it doesn’t stop the story tellers from exploring it and doing so in a way we BL fans won’t have to skip through it.
In general I love the friendship between the four college students. They fight, they make up, they are worried, they laugh together. And while there is a lot of teasing they don’t overdo it. I think that’s mainly because the shows comedy doesn’t depend on it so the writers did not have to put much focus on it. This makes the friendship seem more realistic and convincing. And while I did say there is no funny supporting character, there is, but he’s not just the funny supporting character. Khiew (Sing) is probably the happy-go-lucky guy in the group of friends but since the leads also contribute to the comedy of the show, Khiew is not just marked by his comedic characteristics but can also show when he is worried etc.
Since we are already on the topic, I really appreciate the fact that we get so many character traits for each person. No one is just the gloomy or just the comedic character. Even our leads have multiple sides to them. Mes can be quiet and a thinker but at the same time he can show puppy eyes and whine like a kid, Than can be crazy with his friends, has the heart on the right spot, but at the same time he has a weak spot for his ghost friend and has moments where you catch him cheating on a test or in a sports game with Mes’ help and not think twice about it. Prince gets quiet when the topic goes to him secretly being in love but gets crazy when paired up with Khiew and he can joke around just as much as the others. Khiew is the comedy friend but also shows that he seriously thinks about his friends and worries a lot.
It’s interesting to see them all having so many sides to them and how this gives more quality and enjoyment to the show overall.
Development and pacing
The show stays true to its pacing. From the beginning until …episode 5. I don’t wanna say end, since I haven’t seen it yet. It’s possible it’s gonna pick up the pace after episode 5 but we will see. Overall though, the story’s pacing is the same from the first minute. It does seem it takes some time and you will wish that the episodes were longer or the pacing faster but in general it fits the show well and there are not that many unnecessary scenes. I have to say, it wouldn’t have hurt to pace the show just a little bit faster but well, we cannot have everything. The story development is nice though and it goes quite naturally. The feelings broke out in episode 5 which did seem a little bit sudden but I think that is just if you keep some time between the episodes or watch 10 other shows in between like me.
I recommend the show, but I do admit, I don’t recommend it to everyone. If you don’t like bad endings AT ALL and try to avoid them at all costs – wait until the show aired and then let someone else spoil it for you, whether the ending was bad or not. Also note that until now the show does not feature heavy stuff like Together With Me or Love By Chance but is more like the fluffy little bunny toy everyone had as a kid. In general the show is a giggling fun because you just enjoy the overall atmosphere of the show, the dynamics, the characters and their interactions. I think a lot of this will change a little after episode 5 but we will see. It also doesn’t feature a fast storytelling but considering it’s just 8 episodes it is as fast as it can be without stuffing to much content in those episodes.
I totally recommend the show if you want to watch a BL show with quality acting, refreshing characters, a nice chemistry and funny lead characters.
For me, the show is on its best way to become one of my favourite BL shows out there but the ending of the show can make it or break at this moment, so I’ll wait before I decide on that. I do trust LINE TV and GMM though, so hope dies last and I think they will think of a way to make this whole thing work without making me cry for weeks after watching it.
This is my review on He’s Coming To Me. I am probably gonna post an ending review later on but for now, this is it. Of all the currently airing BL shows though, this one is definitely the best, without a doubt.