Kiss The Series (2016)
I’ve dabbled in Thai drama series but I haven’t really written a concrete post about one on my blog until now. The Thai series I will be discussing is Kiss The Series: Pink & Natural. It’s a 16 episode drama targeting to teen and college viewers.
The story centers on the lives of two sisters both attending university, Sanrak (Thawornwong Worranit) and Sandee (Jiravechsoontornkul Lapalal). Sanrak is currently interning at Charisma magazine. In her first few days of her internship, she has a difficult time in adjusting to her position as she constantly is making mistakes and getting criticized for it. Also, Sanrak’s current relationship is spiraling downward as she catches her boyfriend cheating on her with someone else.
As for her younger sister, Sandee, she ends up having a one-night stand with her best friend, Thada (Thawornwong Jirakit). Things get complicated between the two and Sandee must pick between Thada and Thew.
First off, I want to say that Thai dramas aren’t as thorough when it comes to storyline development as they often tend to cut corners and they have the most cheesy lines and dramatic moments, especially in their romance series. For this particular show, I found Sanrak’s storyline to be a bit dull. I didn’t really like the developing love story between her and Na (Phiangphor Sarasathapheng) as it is a bit rushed and overdramatic. In fact, the transitioning between scenes wasn’t great overall. There are multiple scenes that came out randomly without any explanation and it is up to the viewer to “piece” together what’s going on. Also, I found Sanrak’s character to be a bit annoying as she’s weak in the sense that she depends on a man. For example, she naively trusts and forgives her boyfriend even though she has evidence of him cheating and being abusive.
However, I found Sandee and Thada’s love line more appealing and interesting. It was believable to me because they go through some relatable relationship issues. Sandee is put in a position of being “knocked up”— a taboo in many countries—and has to figure out how she will tell her family and also, she is aware that her reputation is ruined. These are issues that are relatable to any female viewer, no matter what country they reside in. Furthermore, I did like the fact that her best friend, Thada, wasn’t a jerk about it. He supported Sandee’s decisions. My favorite scene was when Thada was powerless and vulnerable after Sandee’s family finally heard the news. It is at that moment where I felt the level of his pain and maturity. Thada wants to be helpful but he doesn’t know how to and his realization of that makes that scene particularly empathetic to the audience.
On a side note, I actually suffered from the second lead syndrome. Both Thada and Thew (Kengkarnka Kunchanuj) were great guys for Sandee. In fact, if I were in Sandee’s position, I wouldn’t know who to pick. Both guys were very gentlemanly and treated Sandee with such care and affection. I appreciated these types of princely characters in this series (not all of them were great though like Sanrak’s ex-boyfriend).
Another aspect of the show I like is the storyline between Sandee’s friends, Kao and Pete. It kind of a plot surprise but one that ‘s worth mentioning. It turns out later in the series that Kao and Pete were secretly dating. I like how Kao and Pete expose the harsh conditions of “coming out” especially when you are living in a much more conservative culture. However, it’s great for viewers to be exposed and aware of a changing global view on gender. Personally, I feel like Thai dramas do a great job in creating shows geared towards the LGTB & Queer communities—they have plenty of romance shows focus on homosexual relationships. So if you are interested, go check one out! 🙂
At first, I was engaged with this series but halfway through it, I found myself bored of it. In fact, I started skipping scenes, particularly Sanrak’s storyline because it wasn’t that interesting later on. Kiss The Series is pretty cheesy and I don’t recommend it for everyone, especially if you don’t like that type of romance.