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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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2Moons 2 – Reboot Review

On June 29th we started into a new adventure…2Moons 2 The Series started airing and with it came a pressure to perform well. The special pre-episode told us the first 3-4 episodes are gonna tell the story we all know and then the new plot lines are starting. For now 5 episodes have aired so I will review those for now and maybe a full on review later on.

A new start

Not long ago they announced they would re-tell some of the story from the previous 2Moons and would then go on to tell new story lines. So do not expect too much from the first 3 episodes since those are pretty much just a re-telling of the story and not much else.

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Suprisingly the re-telling brings quite some new things and dynamics which you may have thought about but not seen before.
We get more insight into Kit’s feelings, as well as some spin on the back story between Phana and Wayo. Their story seems to have a whole different undertone but I give that to the new actors (which I will say more about later). In general the reboot/season 2 brings a whole different aura and feels like you may watch something new with a little bit of a deja-vu feeling beside it.

The Cast

I wasn’t really into the new cast at the beginning. Not because I liked the old one that much but because their acting in teasers and trailers seemed shallow. So what to really expect from the new cast? They are better than I imagined, really, BUT they are really different than before. You know the saying that every actor and actress gives new characteristics to a character? Well, this time it is definitely like that.

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So what changed? Well, Pha is definitely more tough character-wise and does seem a little bit colder. I think that fits really well considering Wayo never really knew his feelings were reciprocated and it would have been strange if he never noticed anything. We get some back story of how Pha finally realized his own feelings and stepped out of his comfort zone to admit he liked a guy (compliments for having such good friends who wanted him to be honest and support him). This side was totally missing from season 1. Also Pha seems a lot more playful around his friends and later on when he gets closer to Wayo. In general he seems to be the kind of guy who is really close and sweet when he knows someone well and kind of cold but polite when he meets some stranger. Before he was mostly handsome and in love with Wayo but this time he is a lot more playful in the relationship. I like the new characteristics a lot and it leads to a new set of scenes with Wayo. While this playfulness does make him seem younger, the kissing and more intimate scenes with Wayo give the character some feeling of being grown up, so we also get that.

Wayo is a little bit more awkward which doesn’t really hurt the role (since the character is awkward too) and also he does seem like someone who is in love with Pha for years. Previously he had more backbone and while he did seem like a guy with a crush, he did not seem like a guy in love all the time. In the first re-telling episodes the new Wayo kind of lost all backbone but do not worry, he gets more cheeky in episode 4 and 5, so we can hope for the future. I do think it’s nice though, to see the new Wayo with his little self-confidence but still being able to act like a normal person. He did not turn into a total soft person who doesn’t know the word “no”.

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For his story line the producers stayed more loyal to his original story and it really was mostly re-telling at first and not many new scenes. I do admit that he was one of two characters I really was on the edge about whether I liked them or not. In episode four he was adorable so he had that going for him but he gets much better in episode 5, so I guess we will see even better acting from him from now on.

As for Ming and Kit: Ming seems a lot more age appropriate than before. I mean the characters are just starting their college years so it’s nice seeing him being confident but also young, cheeky and sometimes insecure. His friendship with Wayo seems a lot more to the ground too. Before it was this friendship between the cute little guy and the cheeky confident guy. This time it is more balanced and they actually seem as if this could be two real boys who have been friends for years and are there for each other when there is trouble. As for Kit, I think he’s my new favorite of the show. He seems the most natural of all of them and while you already see some of the underlying insecurities, he has a feeling of seniority about him and I appreciate it. It’s nice actual seeing him be their senior and not just the guy who gets weak when he’s around Ming. I do think their re-telling story line suffered a lot from the shortness of scenes but since the play a bigger role in the new story, I think we can all be excited for that. The two actors also mix quite well although I would like to see them a little bit more engaging since they seem a little bit stiff around each other. For episode 5, though, I give the biggest compliments to him, since the face he gave Ming, when he knew he was breaking the guy’s heart? That was acting-gold! You could see him being uncomfortable and not liking how the situation turned out. He did break the guy’s heart but at the same time he felt like an ass for doing so and didn’t really want to do it and you could see all that in his face. For now definitely my new favorite of the new cast!

While most of the others swayed from their previous characteristics, Forth is the one character most similar to his previous part. He is still tough with some fluff on the side. I did love the new scene between Pha and Forth. They seemed like friends, finally talking it out and I love how Forth accepted Pha’s interest in Yo but at the same time warned him to take good care of the little guy.

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We didn’t get much of Beam yet. He does seem like less of a playboy and in his scene with Kit you can already see where the story is going. Depending on the pace of the Kit-Ming story, I guess, we are getting our Forth-Beam couple. I’m curious how those two are gonna fit together. I did read the novels so yes, I’m excited.

Overall we are getting on a different ride than before and I am happy they are retelling the story since we can get to know the characters first. I think this was a really good decision since it would have been really awkward otherwise.

The background

As for the materials, rooms and so on, it’s nice and looks good, the only thing I am criticizing is the sounds in the movie. Sometimes the show gets the perfect song but a few times they did not play anything and you noticed the silence even more. I mean I was thinking: “did they screw up the editing?” At least for the first two episodes it was like that. It gets better by episode four. You can kind of see that they put more or better work into the new story then into the re-telling episodes, but I don’t really blame them for it. I think it is better this way and the new scenes, plot lines and story seem very interesting and fitting.

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Overall

It does seem like a nice show and I’m definitely gonna continue watching. Especially because they are releasing it with english subs. Since when are we getting that??? I love it. So let’s support them and start on this new journey.

Note: the kiss between Pha and Yo was really nice. Not just a shy little one but…well, I did not expect that much ^.^ nice seeing them change that and the actors really doing well.

So this was my review for the first four 2Moons 2 episodes. I know it is a little bit chaotic but I’m melting here. Still I hope you liked it. Now I’m gonna go back to getting grilled in the 37°C sun.

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Review: The Lion King (2019)

Like promised here is my review for the 2019 film The Lion King, the reboot of the 1994 animated Disney movie of the same name. It is another installment of the Disney reboots coming out over the recent years.

Before I start, can I just ask “Why are Disney releasing two of their biggest hits in one year?” I don’t get it. I know they have a lot of popular Disney movies out there but Aladdin and The Lion King definitely belong to the big ones out there and I am really surprised to see them in the same year. Well, maybe it is just because they are my favorite Disney movies.

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General

If you haven’t watched The Lion King yet…well, were you ever a kid? Okay, if you don’t remember the story: Simba, son of the current lion king Mufasa, enjoys his life as the next king and throws it in everyone’s face. He also tends to get into trouble with his best friend Nala. One day his uncle Scar (who we know is the villain in the story) tricks him into a dangerous situation and makes Mufasa try to save his son. While trying to save him he is killed by Scar and the uncle makes Simba feel guilty for his father’s death, so the little lion runs away. All alone he meets Timon, a cheeky meerkat, and Pumbaa, a friendly warthog. They teach him to let go of the past and live for the future and he grows up with them. While he is away Scar tells everyone Mufasa and Simba are dead and takes over as king of the Pride Lands. He pretty much ruins the territory. Nala goes off to search for help and meets Simba, and the rest you can watch in cinemas.

I love The Lion King but I do admit I haven’t watched it for some time since I just could not stomach Mufasa’s death again. This was such a shock and pretty much Disney’s most dramatic death scene since Bambi.

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But when Disney announced they were gonna reboot The Lion King with a real life animated movie I was definitely gonna watch it, despite all the doubts I had. The Lion King is known for it’s great music and it has some pretty great animated song sequences. But if you want to convert that to real-life animation you have to cut a lot of the animation down since a lot of the stuff could never happen in real life (you remember the pyramid of animals in “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King”?) I doubted they could convert it well and thought the movie would suffer from that. I wasn’t totally wrong but I wasn’t right either.

The songs

The songs in the new movie are pretty much the same we know from the original, except there is a new montage song when Simba goes back to the Pride Lands…except for that I don’t think there are any other new songs. But what about the songs we know? Okay, be prepared to be a little bit disappointed here. They really did their best with the songs and to renew them with some new sass and modern styles but some songs where changed and cut down pretty obviously. The singing itself is nice and the voice cast did a good job delivering the lines according to their characters attitudes and feelings.

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About the animation sequences: They did as much as you can do if you want to do it in real-life animation. And Disney did well. It looks really good and seems reasonable. Like Zazu not being sat on by a rhino but being distracted by the other animals. Disney did an amazing job with the sequences, they look beautiful while also staying true to the original. The only thing I did not like was the first song. In the original opening scene and the “Cicle of Life” sequence, they played a lot with the colors and light but in this animated movie it was a lot more chaotic and so. I mean the scene itself isn’t gonna happen in real life anyway but it would have been nice to see it a little more dramatic. Overall I’m pretty happy and satisfied with the songs though. The Lion King is known for it’s music and Disney did a great job at delivering them!

The animation

Now let’s talk about the animation in general. Not much to talk about there though. It. Is. Absolutely. Amazing. Seriously, it is. It looks so real and it’s so detailed…no wonder the movie cost them over 250 million US-Dollars. The animators are definitely geniuses and the animation is really great.

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The story and fillers

In Aladdin, they had to add a lot of filler scenes and change some stuff because it was either not politically correct anymore or it would have made no sense. There are some things you can do in 2D-animated movies, you cannot do in live-action or real-life animated movies. That’s how it is. In The Lion King there were also a few not really correct jokes and Disney changed them for the 2019 movie. In general, they stuck to the original storyline and scenes pretty tightly but the script did change to some part. While the lions pretty much stuck to the original script (except for some fillers, like Scar wanting to get Sarabi, Simba’s mother, to be his queen) the characters who suffered most from script changing were Timon and Pumbaa. Some jokes were cut while other lines were added. I do remember a few jokes you would not be able to make today, so I understand the changes. Still, Timon and Pumbaa are great in the movie and Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner did a great job at delivering their lines.

For most of the movie, Disney stayed loyal to the original and only added stuff, that made it more modern or added some interesting story lines that weren’t there in the original.

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Overall

Overall the movie is a great reminder of the 1994 original and makes you remember all the great times watching the movie and being sucked into the world of The Lion King. The animation is great and the songs are modern but still similar enough to the original. I’m positively surprised by the movie and definitely love it, although different to the Aladdin reboot – the original The Lion King will still be on top of the 2019 reboot.

Still I recommend watching it in cinema. It is an adventure you don’t get everyday and while you may know the story it keeps you on your seat and enjoying the movie as if it was your first time watching the The Lion King story. So enjoy one of the biggest Disney movies in new animation and have a great time with the characters we all know and love!

2Moons 2 – Yes or No?

So recently 2moons 2 The series released a pre-episode 00 with some more content and interviews.

Let me tell you here and now, I was never a hater of the new series but I had my doubts. All the fans are used to the original cast and I doubted we could just start anew with such little time between both seasons. The chemistry and the new cast had to be amazing to make the series worthwhile. Today I’m here to write about episode 00 and what to expect from season 2 of the series and what I think about the new series now after watching it.

Where does the story start?

Right when they announced a new season everyone got excited, then they announced they were casting all the main actors anew and everyone started wondering would the story start out from the beginning? Were they gonna start where season one ended?

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Well, in episode 00 we finally got an answer: we are gonna re-watch some scenes from the first season with the new actors while the series will include a lot of new story. Also this time, as it has been announced some time ago, will include more about all three couples. Including all three couples and there love lines is probably one of the biggest differences to the previous seasons and might give the series a whole different story pace, especially as the previous one was pretty slow paced. This time it will feature the soft PhaYo, the cheeky MingKit and the passionate ForthBeam love lines but as I saw from some scenes we are getting quite some different story. While the beginning might be the same, this time they are going a little bit farther with the story, meaning we do see MingKit finally getting much closer, we see PhaYo fight through their jealousy and…well, we didn’t see anything about ForthBeam before so that will be a new thing in general.

Since I’m a big fan of the ForthBeam story line but the couples in general, I cannot wait to see all three on screen.

Do the characters change with the new cast?

Easy answer: yes. When I first saw the new cast I didn’t feel much. They seemed to have lifeless acting and it didn’t really assure me we are gonna get anything from the new series, so I think it was a good idea to make this episode 00 because I did change my opinion. Of course, I cannot judge everything from just a few scenes but the scenes I saw seemed good and finally I got some feelings from them (maybe it was because before you didn’t see them actually talk a lot in any of the teasers? 🙂 )

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Of course, with the new cast the characters are bound to change a little bit. Pha seems to be a lot more cold when he’s cold and a lot more soft when he’s soft. So he’s even more different depending on who he’s dealing with. One big thing that seems to be different is him not being a total softie when dealing with Wayo. Pha in the previous season went total softie when he finally realized who Wayo was but I think in this season, also because there is more story and not just them getting closer and closer, Pha also has more back bone when it comes to Wayo. When you think “oh so they’re not gonna be lovey dovey” think again, I do think they will still include that and there will be scenes to giggle our hearts out. I like Pha’s change I have to admit, since I’m a big fan of all-consuming love lines that still say when something is wrong or bothering them.

As for MingKit, I think they changed the most. This time Kit isn’t just the senior being pushed around by his junior and not being able to deal with his feelings straight out but he also seems to really be Ming’s senior and have some air of seniority about him. That was one of the things I did not like about the previous season: while I loved the cheekiness between them, Ming just kind of went over Kit and it was not noticeable at all, that Kit should have been more grown-up and Ming’s senior. This time Ming still seems to be the more active and cheeky part in the relationship but you feel that he gives more respect to Kit and the relationship seems a lot more serious and grown-up then before where it was mostly playful.

I like that change because it gives a whole new side to the characters but also to the couple in general. Also I love the the doctors gang around Pha seem to be a lot closer and more equal than before. Before it seemed like Pha was the number one and the others were “just” amazing but this time they seem to be closer as friends and actually joke around with each other more.

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As for Forth and Beam. I don’t know if we haven’t seen many of Beam’s playboy scenes or if they did turn it down a notch. In the interviews they said he is still a playboy but well, we’ll see. As for Forth he seems less like a love-struck puppy strolling around Wayo and more bad boyish and grown-up. But behind all that mature charm there is still some sentimentality and softness. I think it’s gonna be interesting to see them act together and what they make of it. I cannot really judge about them here, because their teaser scenes weren’t much and their story is the one that is most changed for the new season since they didn’t really do much previously.

Do they have chemistry?

Surprisingly they do. Before watching the special episode I thought they didn’t have any but after watching the interviews and teaser scenes from the episode it seems quite good. The cast seems to get along well with each other and seem comfortable and the scenes seem mostly natural and go along with their characters.

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Overall, is it worth a watch?

Before watching the special episode I’d have worried whether I should watch or not. I just didn’t feel the special factor with the new cast but after watching the special episode my doubts kind of went away (mostly) and I’ll definitely check out the new series and give it a chance. So I’m definitely gonna check out like the first four episodes and then decide from then on whether I like it or not and I would recommend the same to everyone else. Let’s give them a chance especially because it does look good and promising. Also the cast and series got the okay from Chiffon Cake herself, so 😉

For all the international fans who want to watch, apparently it is being released here: Mello Thailand Youtube
The series starts airing on June 29th.