After last episode’s conclusion of Tin and Can becoming a couple, everyone else deals with losing the soccer championship in various ways. While Tin and Can are having romance, Techno is rejecting Kengkla over his lies. To make Can feel better, Tin makes love to him. Afterward, the two discuss what Tin should call Can since they are dating. Lay refuses to believe Tin could ever date someone not on his level and expresses this to Can. Can upset by her callous words goes to Job for advice. In the meantime, Tul is determined to learn Can’s identity. The episode ends with Can proving who he feels Tin should be with. 

Edited by TheFNGee

Thoughts on the Episode

Words have power is an old and true statement. That notion is the driving force in this episode of “A Chance to Love.” It’s interesting the emphasis the episode puts on words as we watch the start of Tin and Can’s relationship. It’s a kaleidoscope of views from the people closest to them. Sometimes it’s themselves looking at each other without the rose-colored glasses lovers have at the beginning of a relationship. 

Beginning right after Episode 7 ended with the players of the soccer game mourning their defeat. Everyone goes off to lick their wounds. Kengkla appears to comfort Techno; I’ve accepted this late-game dramatic storyline for them. So watching the pair have an intimate conversation was interesting. It’s obvious that Kengkla believes Techno needs his support to get through this loss. He was told earlier to give Techno time but still invades his personal space to give Techno a hug. This moment is highlighted by a slow-motion instant replay, which I felt was unnecessary. I don’t think viewers needed this added level of filming as it doesn’t do much for the scene. Instead, it’s jarring and takes away from the impetuous of the action altogether. 

It’s fairly apparent that Kengkla is manipulative and Techno no longer trusts him. So when Kengkla says he loves him, he is physically pushed away as Techno says with newfound confidence, “That’s a story for another day.” The double meaning sinks in by fantastic acting on Mark’s part. Techno is always nice in the end and thanks Kengkla for comforting him but ends the exchange by expressing his anger at being raped and lied to completely justified even if it’s five episodes late. 

Can is upset and reverts to acting like a displeased child while at dinner with Tin. Tin patiently watches Can grump about the game and, with a level of godlike patience, waits him out. The moment is cute and well-acted by Plan and Mean. Seeing Can express himself and why he is sad, followed by Tin placing a hand on his and Can not pulling it away, is a sign the pair are getting closer to one another. Can has the idea that if Tin has sex with him, he will forget the loss. Whether Can is serious about this instant gratification method for dealing with grief or just being manipulative crosses Tin’s mind. Mean, as Tin studies Can, weighing the option before declaring it nonsense. Their exchange here is comedic and so well acted.

The actors have come a long way from “Love By Chance” to deliver such lines while using gesticulation to emphasize their words. Their body language, tongue, and cheek retorts had me laughing as Tin gave in. This moment is one that probably made any readers of the original book giddy. It is perfectly realized on screen. Mean has a way of bringing Tin to life that just feels natural, and I don’t think any other actor could appear so in love and, at the same time, completely done with Can’s bullshit regularly.

Tin brings Can to his home, and I scratch my head at this decision. The only logical reason I can think of doing this is his absolute indifference to his family knowing what he does. While he and Can shower before making love, Tul returns. Tul’s continued presence on this show has baffled me ever since his first appearance. In the book, Tul is a man who’s into BDSM, but on the show, he is nice, gentle, with a repertoire of clever wordplay, but not much else. This underuse amounts to a waste of a good actor to me. All he is doing is providing those simple one-liners to anger Tin – that’s all he does. For comparison, in the book, he oozes sexuality and control over the character Hin. In this series, the character has been minimalized into a doting father who lives, it seems, to torment his stepbrother. Additionally, it seems to me that he is only included in the series to spark attention and nothing else.

But as he learns his son went out with family, and he is alone with the maid, he attempts to ask about Hin. His mother appears at that moment, shutting down any mention of Hin. Tul slickly brown noses her while letting her talk. She explains about Tin’s friend, and he clearly is making mental notes of everything he hears. 

When Tin and Can come out of the shower dressed in their own underwear styles, the scene feels stereotypically tailored for their sexual positions of top and bottom. Both are shirtless, though Tin (top) is wearing nice cotton looking Pajamas bottoms, while Can (bottom) wears pink shorts. Maybe by the end of this century, people will stop obsessing with heteronormative traits applied to a gay relationship. Honestly, LBC2 perpetuating stereotypes is the main draw for a lot of people. They understand the trends that go into it and know what to expect, as it clearly draws on YAOI tropes for so much imagery –  mainly because the creators are playing it safe and not taking a single chance with it. There isn’t much to it with the main characters, so I, as a fan, look at the potential in the wasted side characters instead as a reason to keep watching.

Fans have worried over whether Tin and Can would kiss the way Ae and Pete did in the first series. Mean and Plan bring it with real passion. However, this love scene is oddly tame after the kiss they had on the pier but still lovely all the same. What mattered more to me was the intimate dialog before. It felt like they were promising with words and sealing it with their bodies. Then creeper Tul appears.

Pressing his palm to the door where the two men are making love behind it, he delivers another ominous threat they can’t even hear, so why say it? To be super creepy and menacing for no one to see again. It’s like the dude is a megalomaniac and wants only himself to know how clever he is. Tin and Can have very “interesting” pillow talk before Can wants round two. Magically Tin is asleep, and it’s so cute. 

The next scene involves the team and Kengkla, now drunk on campus, promising to win next year. Techno will graduate and passes the torch to Ae. They take a selfie, and Ae privately posts it online while speaking to Pete, who isn’t there. The show cuts back to Tin and Can for the morning after done right with the simple piano melody that has become the show’s central music theme. I personally enjoyed watching Tin explain to Can what lovers are, what making love is, and his desire to know what they are to each other. This becomes an inside joke for the remainder of the episode. The writing for this episode and Mean’s facial expressions are outstanding in this episode. Can’s infamous bad mouth scene is brought back where Tin tells Can to watch his mouth or get no lunch. Can flips the script and turns it sexual until Tin stops him. So cute! Unfortunately, the episode doesn’t stay cute as Can learns that his sister believes that Tin should be with someone as hot as Tin. This becomes the episode’s plot as we see a montage of Lay talking about it and Can getting more and more annoyed.

Seeing Can agonize over people’s views about Tin but forgetting himself in this equation was depressing because I don’t understand how the character who had the most stability emotionally. I was surprised he was insecure because, honestly, he was never this way before. It has become a trend for this show that it seems to change how the characters are with little to no warning. Tin was unphased by insecure Can; instead, he seemed turned on by Can calling him Daddy.

As we continue this alternate universe where things are sweet and cute but not logical, Lay and Chompoo are at the soccer field talking to Ae. Now bear in mind, Ae personally never had an issue with Chompoo but was fully aware of her crush on him. The two girls act as candy strippers to make sure Ae is alright when Tin and Can show up. Can drags his sister away; as to why is never explained, but Lay launches into another sister shipping of Tin, and he is amused. That is until, in a poorly done scene of what I guess is mounting tension, Can breaks and kisses Tin in front of everyone. I don’t know why I was surprised to see the triple-take this show uses too much, but I still was. And that ended the episode. 

This episode was both really well done and simultaneously really tedious. The concept of everyone besides the main characters having next to nothing to do made sitting through their scenes extremely boring. It’s clear by now that the two couples for this season are Tin and Can and Kengkla and Techno, but they are barely showing Techno and Kengkla. So when their melodrama finally happened, it was forced and out of place. I don’t even understand the point of including the drunk soccer team since you never learn half of their names or see them on the field. I didn’t realize Champ was Champ until Techno said his name today. Tul’s whole presence in this show thus far has been to be menacing but does next to nothing. That would be fine if it actually went somewhere, but we are on Episode 8, and besides creeply talking to the air, standing outside by the door, where his brother was having sex behind and talking to air, the man has done next to nothing.

The sad part is it’s not just him. Most of the cast of this show has spent the last eight episodes doing next to nothing, and it’s confusing because they had a lot of great stories that could have been told. However, most have been sidelined this time, which brings me to the good, that is, Tin and Can. These two having more than half the episode to kiss and bicker was nice. Mean, and his many faces were showing his displeasure or love at Can’s antics. Can being either horny or sincere was a welcome change after the past seven episodes of being whiny and rude. Even their story was consistent and not random, like the rest of the cast. I sincerely wonder if the rest of the cast is there to ensure that it’s a sequel when it doesn’t feel like one or have some other purpose. 

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars [See our Review Guide

7 Comments

  • Ian says:

    Must say I agree with you both regarding the tediousness of the storylines in this series, Oxygen, which is unbearable, and I suspect Gen Y will go the same way. (Hope not)! I read somewhere there is a sequel book to Oxygen called Nitrogen focusing on Kao and Phuri – my immediate reaction was ‘oh no’.

    There’s a lot to be said for series in which the episodes are a tight 30 minutes and only 8 or so in total. They leave you wanting more. ie Gameboys which extended for another three episodes and actually had something to add to the main plot. Even the well regarded Until We Meet Again extended itself long past its use by date, unnecessarily I thought. ‘Will it never end?’ was my reaction. Which makes me fear for its sequel featuring Win and Team.

    Honestly Im getting fed up with the endless repetition of BL series set at universities. And boys in blue shorts with expressionless faces even though they are supposed to be falling in love. We need a few more series like Mr Heart and Oh Mando. Break the mould writers and directors, and give us something new and fresh. Otherwise you are in danger of becoming hackneyed.

    • bestwishes1986 says:

      To be honest, Oxygen does have 4 sequel books featuring the characters from the first book. Each has a different ship as the main couple. Nitrogen is the second book in the series and does feature Kao and Phuri set 4 years after Oxygen where both have graduated college and are adults in London. If the rumors are true expect a BL series set in England as opposed to Thailand so buy buy university. It does annoy the ever living heck out of me that Oxygen isn’t better written since I love the book which was a slowburn romance split between two novels and they not only A) took out key moments from the book that made Solo Guitar make sense, B) fast forward their romance so it seem a like a whirlwind romance as opposed to that happening over a year and C) shoved so many subplots into the series that could have gone to Solo Guitar who again were the main characters of the book. That I just don’t even watch Oxygen anymore at all.

      The thing about the 8 episode shows that I think people forget is only Gameboys was supposed to be 8 eps, Hello Stranger was only supposed to have 5 eps and when Gameboys exploded they followed suit even though ratings by views Gameboys was leagues ahead of them. Both are now getting movies and I’m like Whhhhhhy. It does take away from the nuance and intimacy of a short series to overstay its welcome for views. Both inserted silly plot changes and character changes that I did not agree with. Like Terrance in Gameboys, or Mico’s magically inability to perceive how his actions affected Xavier who flat out said he wrote the song for him. Things like that where they make characters act out of their established personalities annoy me. Mico was the smartest and most perceptive person on the show but even with everyone telling him Xavier loves him couldn’t grasp that for an additional 3 eps(ridiculous) same with Gav becoming rude and jealous around ep 10 of Gameboys.

      Hate to say it but over extending shows for views seems to be a trend that isn’t going anywhere like my engineer getting a second season after the first one and it’s lackluster finale(outside of RamKing kissing) it was boring. It’s best to be optimistic but at the same time know when to let go of something going way beyond it’s best by date airing wise

      • Ian says:

        Not sure I agree with you with Gav’s rudeness towards Wesley or Cairo’s insecurity regarding Terrence. Both our heroes have established a fragile relationship and are understandably insecure and prickly regarding past BFs or BFF suddenly turning. Particularly as Cairo is about to leave Manila and move to where Wesley is living. Alarm bells ring. However in the extra special final, it seems as though Wesley and Terrence have eyes only for each other. Leaving poor Achilles hanging on the phone. We don’t need a movie however, just Season 2. And kudos to Terrence to try to make amends. Not many would bother.

        Sad to hear the books are better than the screenplays but lucky you who can read them. Must be very frustrating for you with all the changes.

        I passing, I would say the number of totally clueless guys studying engineering or medicine or chemistry etc and who are unable to focus on anything but their romances, makes me fear for the future of the nation.

  • cdnflipper says:

    This series is so disappointing. Thank goodness Mean and Plann are good actors because without them this series would be a total write-off, though there still hasn’t been a scene to equal the one in the first series when Tin learns what Can is short for and rolls it round in his mouth like a tasty morsel. Perth is completely wasted and the Techno/Kengkla story has gone from rape to stalking. At least Techno hasn’t yet fallen for Kengkla’s manipulations. There was a brief scene early in the series between Tul and Hin that hinted at a master/slave relationship but then it was dropped (BTW how old are they meant to be? Hin left before Phupha, who has got to be about 7 or 8, was born yet Hin doesn’t look older than about 20!). And what happened to Tar and Tum? Aren’t they meant to be in this too? This series and Oxygen and My Gear and Your Gown feel like they were rushed out to cash in on the BL phenomenon.

    • bestwishes1986 says:

      I totally agree with you. I didn’t really understand the execution of “A Chance To Love” they brought back the full cast and barely used most of them. It’s almost like they got told to keep all the darker parts of the story out cause I loved the Tulhin Master/slave scene but it was never brought up ever again. TinCan are cute but not enough to carry a series and Kengkla/Techno were wasted on this series. Mark is such a good actor(See Netflix “The Stranded”) but here he just hides behind bushes and smiles.

      I’ve noticed with BL growing in trend many series are being shoved out half baked and it is disappointing and I honestly stop watching most early on. Oxygen was one I was very excited about and now I watch it for PhuKao who seem better written then the main couple which is saying something. My Gear Your Gown was so insufferable I haven’t watched after the first episode. And many of the newer ones fall into that catogory. That said watch “Friends Forever” and “I Told Sunset About You” for better bls

      • cdnflipper says:

        I so agree with you. I was going to mention I Told Sunset About You in my comment but it seemed unfair; it is so much better than Oxygen, Chance to Love and Gear and Gown. Ingredients may just be promo for a supermarket but the acting is miles ahead of those and even the story is cute. Thanks for the recommendation on Friends Forever – will make it a point to watch that one.

      • bestwishes1986 says:

        Ingredients is good, I fell off with it when it kept getting bonus eps and yeah (I Told Sunset About You) feels like a film series as a opposed to a television series

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