My Dream The Series – นายในฝัน – Season 1 [Full Review]

Boys love in a fantasy setting, but still following the ‘school zone’ formula. That’s what My Dream The Series is trying to do. The complete BL soap is available for viewing via their official website, and it’s with LINE so you can watch it in crisps, vibrant colors!

What is it all about? Here’s the storyline:

The supernatural love story about Runway, an ordinary high-school boy, who has been having nightmares since his father passed away when he was very young. However, when his father’s dreamcatcher was hung over his bed, his nightmare turns into a good dream. That is when he meets P’ Dream in his sweet fantasy. Simultaneously, in reality, his neighbor, Tanai, an athletic boy-next-door type, suddenly asks him out for a date! Thanks to Runway’s two best friends, Guide, and Yim, who are there to help to solve this complicated relationship.  Somehow, it gets even more complex when Guide and his girlfriend, Yaimai, seem to undergo a potential breakup. At the same time, Guide’s brother, Dr. Good, involves a mystery girl named Kafe and a mystical boy named Elle.

How is this story going to end and will all the complications be solved? Will Runway and P’Dream relationship come true? [source]

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Better watch the trailer then:

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The initial and subsequent 5-6 episodes fulfilled some of the drama’s promises. It introduces the viewers to the overall dynamics of the characters, as individuals and their complicated, albeit changing relationships:

  • Runway (Best Cholsawas Tiewwanichkul) is not really an ordinary high school boy as described above. He is essentially a gay boy who is still confused about his sexuality. However, he knows he’s good-looking, thus uses his charms to ‘exploit’ another boy into serving his interests. That boy is Tanai (played by Taro Shatree). Best registers well on the screen, thus I beg to differ to the use of the word ‘ordinary’. While there are instances when he could not show the proper emotions, the 17-year old actor has done the bare essentials;
  • Speaking of Tanai, Taro Shatree shows off his physique to advantage. He’s the third wheel in the show love (Runway-Dream-Tanai) triangle. As observed by many, his acting is quite stiff and he can’t ’emote’ properly. He appears conscious of his acting and it affects the believability of the character;
Runway (Best) and Tanai (Taro) in a featured scene in My Dream The Series (Season 1). The younger boy asks Tanai to take him to school using Tanai’s cool bike.
  • Dream (Fluke Pongsapat) looks older (and fiercer) in the series than his personal appearances. I guess they want to achieve the Seme-Uke state for him and Best. He’s supposed to dominate the younger Best (17 vs. 22). I am disappointed that the Dream-Runaway relationship did not grab the spotlight. There were too many distractions to focus on their relationship. These distractions include Dr. Good and his twin lovers (male and female), the consistently depressed Mom of Best, and the annoying girlfriend of Guide, Yaimai;
Runway (Best) and Dream (Fluke) play the two main characters in My Dream The Series. They are supposed to act the Seme-Uke state of relationship between boy + boy.
  • Guide (Fame Chawinroj Likitchareonsakul) is the confused boy who has a possessive (alpha female wannabe) girl but lusts over Tanai. He’s one of the better performing actors of the drama. His scenes with Tanai were notable highlights of the series. But they take away the spotlight from the main couple. Fame also oozes with enough sex appeal to fire up the screen.
Tanai (Taro) romances Guide (Fame) in what turned out to be a sidelight turned-highlight of the series. Guide used to have a girlfriend, but he seems to prefer Tanai’s company instead.

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The series took a nosedive after the 6th episode. It could have been avoided if they decided to focus on the 2 main couples. The music is fine, even the production values are just right. It’s just the pacing is so slow – unnecessary scenes were not cut to give us a lean but meaty drama – that has both suspense and eye-candy mixed with some emotional scenes as well.

Dir. Job Piyawat previous projects include Loves Coming (2014) and its sequel Love Love You (2015). But even those movies could have been ‘masterpieces’ in the BL universe if they have done a more cohesive job of sticking with the main story. It seems Dir. Piyawat and his crew could not control the chaotic atmosphere of his cast and the stories that they are supposed to represent.

Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars  [See our Review Guide]

A second season was recently announced for this drama. We’ll post more details as soon as we get more info.

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