GMMTV premieres the new Mafia-Crime-Themed BL series Never Let Me Go last night, 13th December 2022 with much fanfare and hype, and it was all worth it.
Never Let Me Go – Initial Review
Without committing anything, we’ll try to come up with some kind of ‘first impressions’ for every episode. I think this series is special and will become memorable and amazing as it takes its run.
You can watch Episode 1 on YouTube.
The look and feel of the series are dark, sinister, and exciting. What we have is a rich and powerful family, whose patriarch was gunned down as a result of an internal power struggle.
Phuwin’s take on Nuengdiao
Phuwin Tangsakyuen plays Nuengdiao Kiattrakulmethee, a rather reserved and aloof character who exhibits plenty of entitlement. Being rich, he is haughty and inconsiderate. Though it appears that he’s lonely and unsure of his place in the grand scheme of things. Yet, there is that sense of drive and ambition. His character and his acting are a far cry from his previous BL role as Pattawee / “Pi” in Fish Upon the Sky. He has matured as an actor – to what extent- we have yet to find out as the series progresses.
Pond playing a lowly fisherman turned bodyguard
Pond Naravit plays “Palm” Pannakorn Jannaloy, a lowly fisherman who aims to improve his social standing by getting an education. Destiny has other plans as his father sought him to become Nuengdiao’s bodyguard. Naravit is oozing with sex appeal and has a strong screen presence. Like Phuwin, we have yet to determine how much his acting has improved. But Episode 1 shows plenty of promise;
The staring contest between the two young actors is – for lack of a better word – intense.
Episode 1 Impressions
Production-wise, the series exhibits a sleek production style with notable cinematography and quick and fast-paced storytelling;
The episode touches on school bullying, and I assume it has to do with Nuengdiao’s affluent upbringing.
The uncle who pretends to be concerned with the well-being of Nuengdiao is so obvious and quite predictable. If that’s the way dir. Jojo Tichakorn Phukhaotong wants his character to be, then we shall see how effective it was.
Chimon Wachirawit and Perth Tanapon playing secondary characters may appear to be just that. Yet, you can sense how talented they are. I look forward to more of their intimate interaction – probably as an introduction to their upcoming series.
Nueng (Phuwin Tangsakyuen) is the only son of a mafia leader who was murdered in front of his eyes. An ambitious uncle pushes for a change in the syndicate’s leadership. Seeing the problem, Nueng’s Mom appointed Palm (Pond Naravit) to protect him. Palm is a provincial guy and a bit naive. But he does what’s expected of him. Nueng feels resentment of his presence. As the violence escalates, Nueng has no choice but to depend on Palm for safety and protection. Will there be sparks after the initial alienation? [Synopsis © Psycho-Weird]
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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.