By the time I saw Bad Buddy Series Ep 3, I know it was going to be an excellent show and will ruin my hitlist – precisely because it’s so good while other candidates as best BL show will cease to be.
Bad Buddy Series Ep 3: The Rundown
This episode makes way for the flirting to start and offers the audience the rationale for Pat and Pran – their attitude toward each other. Like many of my friends, Episode 3 was a turning point.
- Wanton noodles – Bad Buddy Series Ep 3’s most endearing scenes with Pat stealing Pran’s wanton and paying for it! It takes chemistry to make this scene work. Workshops could only prepare actors in a limited sense and this scene calls for Ohm and Nanon to be comfortable with each other, which is quite obvious that they are;
- Basement stair chase – No words! Pran’s competitiveness shows here, while Pat won’t budge either. Another op to promote a branded product!
- Tin can ‘phone’ – Have you tried this one personally? It actually works! I love how both Ohm and Nanon did this scene like it’s the most natural thing to do.
- Antics at the library, while computing for the cost of the bus stop station hub – How can a Thai school-based BL ever survive scrutiny without a library scene, make sense?
- Project presentation – Ah, this is where Pat outshines Pran with the environmentally friendly project! Those corporate peeps look clumsy and conscious of each other!
- Pran’s Guitar and the floodgate of memories – A key scene that would resonate for future episodes. No one, I mean no one, is going to keep something owned by another if that person means nothing. By keeping the guitar, it’s now quite obvious how Pat feels for Pran, and vice versa. The scene at the guitar shop works well too, with Pat smelling Pran!
- Proprietary rights and the station hub – Cooperation rather than competition? You bet! Pat’s careful maneuvering of his pals to agree to help their rival Architecture students re-construct the station hub is gold! He turns what could have been a disaster into an opportunity to get even closer to Pran.
- The elevator scene – This is – by far – the reason why I find Bad Buddy Series Ep 3 special – beyond words.
Bad Buddy Series Ep 3: The Last Word
While not everyone is a fan, I think a healthy discussion on the merits of the show is still warranted. Just like 2Gether, Tale of a Thousand Stars, SOTUS, Until We Meet Again, and the more recent Kinn Porsche, these BL series have certain qualities that make them extraordinary. Bad Buddy, as a stand-alone series, echoes the emotions of youth and their idealistic stance. And arguably, there is no better on-screen chemistry than Ohm-Nanon. You may want to read our Ohm Pawat profiler! (We’re preparing one for Nanon too!)
The production team – particularly the director and scriptwriter – made the series better by challenging the norm and never settling for just doing a ‘show’.
Our episode 2 review is here.
Related: Why fans can’t move on from Bad Buddy?
An old-timer BL fan way back in 2007. I started out loving BL after watching the Takumi-kun series from Japan, went on collecting BL manga, and watched old BL anime such as Junjou Romantica and the likes. Love of Siam allow me to transition into Thai, while Amphetamine gave me glimpses of Taiwanese BL magic. I love to write reviews and I’m one of the administrators of Psycho Weird.