Let me start my review by a quote:
Lie through your teeth – Today, it means to lie through a smile – easily and unashamed. But its origins go back to the 14th century, when the phrase was to “lie in your teeth” referring both to the liar’s teeth, and the teeth of the person being lied to. The meaning was similar to today’s phrase of “lying in your face.”
In the case of WhyRU episode 6, its lying through your kiss as Zee’s Tutor kept on repeating himself that all the concern and shower of affection for Saint’s Tutor are nothing but “tease”.
The developing relationship is complicated by Hwawah who appears paranoid and depressed by Fighter’s lack of attention. But the girl is more “promiscuous” than she appeared to be. The parents’ agreement for a Fighter-Hwawah union is crumbling by way of Fighter’s apparent obsession for Tutor. However, he is prevented from expressing himself out in the open – by pride and by a seemingly naughty notion that everything is play. Has he loved someone before? Maybe not. Not in the way he sees Tutor.
The interaction between the two characters is like a duel where the more vulnerable will be the one to admit – dammit yes, I like you! Thus, Fighter keeps on making the sort of cliffhangers where pleasure meets denial. Their kisses say it all.
Dir. Thanamin is well aware of how it looks like but he challenges the norm. WhyRU will not go down in BL history as a copycat but rather a commentary of past BL narratives – and he has taken serious themes with a lightweight flavor. It’s like saying to his audience – do not take everything seriously.
And taking it lightly we will.
Zon-Saifah refuses to be on the sidelines. That is quite obvious. While Tommy Sittichok and Jimmy Karn are aware that Saint is the star of the show, their competitive acting gives their scenes relevance and the attention it deserves.
- Author created her characters based on inspiration and mind you, she makes them vulnerable and human-like as they possibly can – in the way – that they are imperfect and prone to make stupid, unreasonable decisions;
- The way the scenes are presented is never chronological. It makes the episodes unpredictable, thus elevating the suspense and entertainment value to a higher level. The team knows most of the audience have been through many BL scenarios. They are pushing for a drama that is lightweight in form yet quite considerable in substance;
- Mr. Suppapong is proving that he knows what it takes to elevate his acting. He has started to polish his technique in a professional manner.
- The supporting cast are used as respite once the tolerance level is at fever pitch. You can imagine the annoyance of everyone of Fighter’s seeming senseless denial issues on love and commitment. And reversing the logic, accusing Tutor on non-commitment, the nerve of this guy!
I find the timing between WhyRU and another interesting and engaging series, 2Gether the Series, to be quite comparative. I recommend that you both watch it, for pleasure alone.
Right now, WhyRU has reached a certain dramatic plateau. There is no turning back.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars [See our Review Guide]