Review by Ruby Chingu
Title: Sood Sai Pan or End of The String
Starring: Toomtam Yuthana Puengklarng & Vill Wannarot Sontichai
General mood of the drama: Indulgently stressful. Dramatic, angry, passionate with lots and lots of REAL kissing (meaning we can see the hero and heroine’s lips more than just touched, which is rare in lakorns). Like eating a plate of briyani rice with lots of curry.
Why I watched the drama: I came across a Youtube video that compiled the drama’s kissing scenes from episode 1 and 2. I was like, WHAT? They already kissed during episode 1? I have to watch this!
Why I love the drama: The main actress, Vill, who had to juggle two characters, playing both the heroine and the heroine’s evil twin sister. She is so AMAZING to the point where it did not occur to me that the roles were actually played by the same actress. Her persona as Gandaowasee, the good twin and Gandaomanee, the evil twin were so different – different ways of speaking, different tones, different manners, basically everything about the two of them. Heck, even the way they looked at people were so distinct from each other I almost thought the actress must have been suffering from bipolar disorder as a result of the roles she had to play. REAL KISSES. AND THE MANY TOPLESS SCENES OF THE HERO. *dies*
Why I hate the drama: There’s not much to hate about Sood Sai Pan except for the fact that the hero was incredibly stupid and confused halfway through the series. He was in love with the evil twin but married the good twin because he thought she was the woman he loved only to end up having feelings for the good twin, too. So when both girls appeared in front of him, he got confused. TERRIBLY confused. But really, who can blame the poor guy? Both twins were hot.
Before I begin, can somebody tell me where the fuck has Vill been hiding from my lakorn radar all these years? How can such a talented and raw actress slipped off my attention? Good God, woman! She is thissss close to replacing Anne Thongprasom as the actress I consider the best in acting in my heart.
Back to business of slaps, kisses, naked upper-half body and bed scenes, Sood Sai Pan is basically a drama about good and evil, represented by the main characters of the twins – Gandaowasee (Gaan) and Gandaomanee (Nee). The hero, Tithi, who was of noble lineage and super fucking rich, served as the connecting point between the two of them. A year before episode I began, Tithi and Nee used to date and fuck with each other. Nee used Gaan’s name because she wanted to create troubles for her twin since they were separated at birth and Nee was raised by their poor mother whereas Gaan was raised by their well-to-do father. Nee left Tithi abruptly after discovering that he was only a dessert seller (he did not know he was a noble son at this point). One year later, he encountered the good twin, Gaan and kept pestering her, thinking that she was Nee. He scolded her, begged her to remember him. When she insisted that she didn’t, he kissed her (again and again). Still, she rejected him. Then, his status was elevated when his noble family found him and made him the heir to their fortune.
Tithi’s grandmother, knowing that Tithi was in love with Gaan, proposed to Gaan’s father and they were married. It was sad for me to see that Gaan, whom I thought was coerced into marrying the man who was in love with her ‘clone’, was in actuality already in love with him. As Tithi refused to believe that Gaan was the woman he fell in love a year ago, Gaan kept having nightmares that Nee would come back to their lives and take her husband away from him. It was soooo sweet at this point of time when we see how Tithi loved her so passionately, protecting and respecting her. However, it is heartbreaking in a sense as we know that Gaan was not the woman Tithi loved, but Nee, but of that stupid bastard did not know that because he’s sooo stupid he can’t differentiate. But really, again, who can blame him??
Thus, when Nee did return to their lives, Tithi somehow chose Nee over his wife. He divorced Gaan, the good twin and installed Nee at his home as a mistress. However, one thing I like was that he refused to sleep with Gaan, most likely because he had began to have feelings for Gaan. You lucky bastard, I must say, since two superbly hot women were vying for his love and attention. Somehow, after many conflicts and misunderstandings and evil deeds of Nee who would go as far as committing murders to keep Tithi near her, Tithi’s character matured and was able to discover the truth and put Nee in jail. In the end, Gaan and Tithi got their happy endings.
Gaan, the good twin/the heroine is my favourite character of the show. I’ve seen many comments where people were hating on her because she’s too nice, kind and somewhat spineless. I disagree with the opinion, though. Why? Because her kindness does not stem from her stupidity or foolishness or ignorance but because she believes it is the right thing. As an elder sister who just found out that she had a younger twin sister who had lived life 1000 times worse than her, how could she not feel bad? In the bad twin’s own words, they shared the same parents, the same looks, the same DNA literally – yet Nee was the only one condemned to the life of poverty. Thus, when Gaan decided to give everything that she had, including her husband Tithi, to her twin sister, it is a completely justifiable move. She wanted to compensate Nee for all the love she could not provide her.
I also love how Gaan is such a calm character. She’s so steady despite many obstacles her way. She rarely showcases emotions of anger and is often in control. Maybe because she knew Tithi married her not because he loved her but because he loved her twin sister. When Tithi chose Nee over her, she did not flip out. She withdrew herself from the love triangle without any fuss. She left the main marital room they shared and moved into a smaller room outside the mansion. Upon knowing that she would soon to be divorced, she got herself a job as a teacher and a translator. She is also a dutiful daughter. She did not stay quiet, constantly seeking help from everybody else. She took care of her father and sister with her own earnings. She accepted Tithi the way he is. Indeed, I think the only time where Gaan had ever acted against her own sense of rationality was when she allowed herself to fall in love with Tithi. Why? Because that would be wrong – falling in love with the man who loved your twin. But she saw how passionate and devoted Tithi is to the woman he loves that she can’t help to fall for him. Plus, he kisses her all the time. And backhugs her. And takes his shirt off without hesitation.
As for the hero, his most attractive trait is his passion. He’s so passionate in his love, the kind of love where he could not get enough from the lover. He wants to constantly see her, love her, hug her, kiss her etc etc. When he meets the woman he loves, he has to make sure she stays by his side and marry him. He wants them to be together to the point of desperation. He’s very persistent in his love, very forceful. His passion, people, is extremely admirable (and HOT!!). Nevertheless, it was what blinded him for the truth. But of course I forgive him every time he planted a REAL kiss to our heroine as he slips his hands through her waist to hug her or every time he went topless.
This kind of devoted stupidly passionate hero is a staple in the lakorn world, especially in the slap/kiss genre. Their passion serves as their strength and weakness at the same time. Khun Tithi somehow reminds me of Saichon/Charles from Game Rai Game Ruk. Utterly devoted yet forceful beings who believe that their loves would triumph all. *Pukes* No, people, it does not! But in the lakorn world, it always does.
The plot tends to be draggy with its 17 episodes structure. Except for the hero, Tithi, there are not much layers to the character. It is, in the end, a drama about good and evil. How Gaan, the good twin, remained the good person that she was until the end of the drama. Nee, too, remained the most evil heartless bitch we have ever seen to grace our laptop screens. Tithi’s character was foolish at first. However, upon knowing Gaan’s goodness, he smartened himself up and was able to differentiate between the right and the wrong. He got over his love for Nee fairly smoothly. Well, seriously, who could love such a bitch? The trust issues he had with Gaan could be frustrating at times, therefore I found myself fast-forwarding the scenes.
Other than that, the amazing acting by the heroine and the shirtless burning chemistry between the main couple will keep you glued to the screen. I knew I did, shrieking of happiness and horny-ness while I was at it.