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See also: Play2gether

2gether: The Series

Also known as

Because We Are Together

Original Title

เพราะเราคู่กัน (Prór Rao Kôo Gan)

Genre

Comedy
Romance
School
LGBT

Original release

February 21, 2020 - May 15, 2020

Directed by

Champ Weerachit Thongjila

Opening theme

"Tit Kap" (ติดกับ) by Max Natthawut Jenmana

Country of Origin

Thailand

Timeslot

Friday 21:30 ICT

Episode runtime

50 minutes

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(Still) 2gether: The Series

2gether: The Series (เพราะเราคู่กัน; Phro Rao Khu Kan; lit. Because We Belong Together) is a 2020 Thai television series starring Win Metawin Opas-iamkajorn and Bright Vachirawit Chivaaree. An adaptation of the 2019 Thai novel of the same name by JittiRain, the series follows the love story of two college boys who start from being in a fake romantic relationship and later developing into a real couple.

Directed by Weerachit Thongjila and produced by GMMTV together with Housestories 8, the series was one of the twelve television series for 2020 showcased by GMMTV in their "New & Next" event last October 15, 2019. It premiered on GMM 25 and LINE TV on February 21, 2020, airing on Fridays at 21:30 ICT (at 22:00 ICT for the first seven episodes) and 23:00 ICT, respectively. The series concluded on May 15, 2020.

Due to its immense popularity, the series is considered as one of the major contributors in bringing the boys' love genre to international prominence. It became the most-viewed Thai series in the said genre on several video streaming sites, including LINE TV and YouTube, after only 3 months since the airing of its final episode. The success of the series then led to a 5-episode special sequel titled (Still) 2gether: The Series, which aired on August 14, 2020. It is also available for streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis

A student named Tine (Win Metawin Opas-iamkajorn) wants to get rid of a gay admirer. His friends recommend getting a pretend boyfriend – Sarawat (Bright Vachirawit Chivaaree). But Sarawat plays hard to get until he finally agrees. The two becomes close and intense emotions soon erupted. Are they just pretending or already have feelings for each other?[1]

Cast

A popular first-year college student from the Faculty of Political Science, football player, guitarist, member of the Music Club and of the club's band Ctrl+S. Though adored for his good looks, Sarawat is stoic and an introvert who does not have any social media accounts (except for his e-mail). Tine pursues him to become his fake boyfriend in order to give his gay admirer, Green, a strong competitor and make him back out eventually.
A self-described "chic" and handsome first-year college student from the Faculty of Law, a member of his faculty's cheerleading squad and of the Music Club. Tine has dated many girls but broke up with them and remained single. He then gets constantly bugged by his gay admirer Green and, after failed attempts to drive him away, gets convinced by his friends to make the popular guitarist Sarawat to be his fake boyfriend. Despite his pretend-homosexual relationship with Sarawat, Tine continues to claim that he only likes girls.
  • Drake Sattabut Laedeke as Mil
  • Frank Thanatsaran Samthonglai as Phukong, Sarawat's brother
  • Gun Korawit Boonsri as Green
  • Toptap Jirakit Kuariyakul as Type, Tine's brother
  • Mike Chinnarat Siriphongchawalit as Man, Sarawat's friend
  • Guy Sivakorn Lertchoochot as Disathat, the music club leader
  • Pluem Pongpisal as Phuak, Tine's friend
  • JJ Chayakorn Jutamat as Ohm, Tine's friend
  • Khaotung Thanawat Rattanakitpaisan as Fong, Tine's friend
  • Love Pattranite Limpatiyakorn as Pear
  • Gun Chanagun Arpornsutinan as Boss, Sarawat's friend
  • Nanan Phakjira Kanrattanasoot as Fang
  • View Benyapa Jeenprasom as Noomnim
  • Film Rachanun Mahawawan as Earn
  • Nene Pornnappan Pornpenpipat as Air
  • First Chalongrat Novsamrong as Chat, Mil's friend
  • Sarocha Burin as Pam (Ep.12)
  • Olive Chiwpreecha Thitichaya as Ging
  • June Wanwimol Jensawamethee as Wan
  • Ploy Patchatorn Thanawat
  • Soundtrack

    Main Article: 2gether: The Series OST

    Episodes

    In this table, the blue number represents the lowest ratings and the red number represents the highest ratings.

    Episode Aired Timeslot Average audience share
    Episode 01 February 21, 2020 Friday 22:00 ICT 0.116%
    Episode 02 February 28, 2020 0.185%
    Episode 03 March 6, 2020 0.277%
    Episode 04 March 13, 2020 0.297%
    Episode 05 March 20, 2020 0.377%
    Episode 06 March 27, 2020 0.571%
    Episode 07 April 3, 2020 0.587%
    Episode 08 April 10, 2020 Friday 21:30 ICT 0.603%
    Episode 09 April 17, 2020 0.802%
    Episode 10 April 24, 2020 0.718%
    Episode 11 May 1, 2020 0.598%
    Episode 12 May 8, 2020 0.625%
    Episode 13 May 15, 2020 0.825%

    Online ratings

    On April 1, 2020, it surpassed 50 million views on LINE TV, where it garnered the highest number of views for the month of March, and 100 million views on April 19, 2020. It also lead in the Top 10 list of most viewed television series in the said platform for the first half of 2020.

    International broadcast

    2gether: The Series is available for streaming on Netflix since July 30, 2020.

    • Taiwan – The series premiered on Taiwan's LINE TV on June 18, 2020 with Mandarin subtitles.
    • Philippines – The series was acquired by Dreamscape Entertainment and aired on pay cable and satellite via Kapamilya Channel and online via iWant (now iWantTFC), both owned and operated by ABS-CBN Corporation. It was the first Thai boys' love drama acquired by said the TV network in the Philippines. Dubbed in Filipino, the series premiered on iWant on June 28, 2020 and on Kapamilya Channel on July 27, 2020.
    • Japan – The series was acquired by Content Seven and premiered on Rakuten TV on July 31, 2020 at 12:00 JST. Succeeding episodes will be released every Fridays thereafter. It also premiered on Wowow Prime on October 22, 2020.

    Season 2

    Main Article: (Still) 2gether: The Series

    On June 1, 2020, GMMTV teased the airing of a five-episode special titled (Still) 2gether: The Series (เพราะเรา(ยัง)คู่กัน; Phro rao (yang) khu kan; lit. Because We (Still) Belong Together) scheduled to premiere on GMM 25 and LINE TV on August 14, 2020, airing on Fridays at 21:30 ICT and 23:00 ICT, respectively. The sequel follows the two main characters, Sarawat (Bright Vachirawit Chivaaree) and Tine (Win Metawin Opas-iamkajorn), one year later as they navigate the ups and downs of long distance relationship.

    Awards and nominations

    Trivia

    • The drama was based on เพราะเราคู่กัน by JittiRain.

    Gallery

    2Gether

    Official Poster

    2Gether 2

    Official Poster 2

    References

    Sours: https://drama.fandom.com/wiki/2gether:_The_Series

    2gether: The Series (Thai TV series)

    2020 Thai television series

    2gether: The Series (Thai: เพราะเราคู่กัน; RTGS: Phro Rao Khu Kan, lit.Because We Belong Together) is a 2020 Thai romanticcomedy-drama television series starring Metawin "Win" Opas-iamkajorn and Vachirawit "Bright" Chiva-aree. An adaptation of the 2019 Thai novel of the same name by JittiRain, the series follows the story of two college boys who go from being in a fake romantic relationship to developing into a real couple.[2] Directed by Weerachit Thongjila and produced by GMMTV together with Housestories 8, the series was one of the twelve television series for 2020 showcased by GMMTV in their "New & Next" event on 15 October 2019.[3][4] It premiered on GMM 25 and LINE TV on 21 February 2020, airing on Fridays at 21:30 ICT (previously, at 22:00 ICT for the first seven episodes) and 23:00 ICT, respectively. The series concluded on 15 May 2020.[5]

    Due to its immense popularity, the series is considered one of the major contributors in bringing the boys' love genre to international prominence.[6] It became the most-viewed Thai series in the said genre on several video streaming sites, including LINE TV and YouTube, after only 3 months since the airing of its final episode.[7] The success of the series then led to a 5-episode special sequel titled Still 2gether, which aired on 14 August 2020, followed by a film titled 2gether: The Movie, which will be released theatrically sometime in 2021.[8] It is also available for streaming on Netflix in some regions.[9][10]

    Synopsis[edit]

    Tine is a very handsome student and cheerleader in college, while Salawat is one of the campus’ most popular guys and is also in the soccer and music club. When Tine is chased by Green, who he does not reciprocate feelings for — he ends up begging eiSalawat to fake date with him in order to chase Green away. Somehow, just like the tale as old as time goes — pretend somehow starts to turn into reality. However, before a "happily ever after" there is the process of falling in love, and the slow realization that somehow they aren't pretending anymore. Somehow, they do not want to.

    Cast and characters[edit]

    Main[edit]

    A self-described "chic" and handsome first-year college student from the Faculty of Law, a member of his faculty's cheerleading squad and of the Music Club. Tine has dated many girls but broke up with them and remained single. He then gets constantly bugged by his gay admirer Green and, after failed attempts to drive him away, gets convinced by his friends to make the popular guitarist Sarawat to be his fake boyfriend. Despite his pretend-homosexual relationship with Sarawat, Tine continues to claim that he only likes girls.
    A popular first-year college student from the Faculty of Political Science, football player, guitarist, member of the Music Club and of the club's band Ctrl+S. Though adored for his good looks, Sarawat is stoic and an introvert who does not have any social media accounts (except for his e-mail). Tine pursues him to become his fake boyfriend in order to give his gay admirer, Green, a strong competitor and make him back out eventually.

    Supporting[edit]

    Music Club[edit]

    A first-year college student from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, a member of the Music Club and Dim's boyfriend. Due to his conflicts with Dim, he seeks a new relationship with Tine, his crush with whom he is very clingy. After Dim makes amends with him, he starts their relationship over and lets go of Tine.
    Head of the Music Club and Green's boyfriend.
    Secretary of the Music Club.
    • Rachanun Mahawan (Film) as Earn
    A member of the Music Club and of the club's band Ctrl+S.
    • Pattranite Limpatiyakorn (Love) as Pear
    A member of the Music Club; Tine's crush.

    Tine's friends[edit]

    • Thanawat Rattanakitpaisan (Khaotung) as Fong
    One of Tine's best friends who gives him advice.
    One of Tine's best friends who is working on his own food review blog.
    • Chayakorn Jutamat (JJ) as Ohm
    One of Tine's best friends who is a self-proclaimed social media "god"

    Sarawat's friends[edit]

    One of Sarawat's best friends.
    One of Sarawat's best friends who likes Tine's elder brother Type.

    Others[edit]

    A student from the Faculty of Architecture who likes Tine; later Phukong's love interest.
    Sarawat's younger brother who has a crush on Mil.
    Tine's elder brother; Man's love interest.
    • Phakjira Kanrattanasoot (Nanan) as Fang
    Head of the Faculty of Law's cheerleading squad.
    One of the girls that Tine had dated who wants "anything" but is too picky. She helps Tine in driving Green away by pretending to be his girlfriend.
    • Chalongrat Novsamrong (First) as Chat
    One of Mil's coursemates from the Faculty of Architecture.

    Guest role[edit]

    • Chiwpreecha Thitichaya (Olive) as Ging (Ep. 1)
    One of the girls that Tine had dated who is overly busy with her studies.
    • Sarocha Burintr (Gigie) as Pam (Eps. 12–13)
    Sarawat's high school friend and former crush.
    • Patchatorn Thanawat (Ployphat)
    • Wanwimol Jensawamethee (June) as Wan
    One of the girls that Tine was teased to by his friends to distract him from Sarawat.

    Still 2gether[edit]

    Main article: Still 2gether

    On 1 June 2020, GMMTV teased the airing of a five-episode special titled Still 2gether.[a][11][12] scheduled to premiere on GMM 25 and LINE TV on 14 August 2020, airing on Fridays at 21:30 ICT and 23:00 ICT, respectively. The sequel follows the two main characters, Sarawat (Vachirawit Chiva-aree) and Tine (Metawin Opas-iamkajorn), one year later as they navigate the ups and downs of a long-distance relationship.[13][14][15]

    Soundtracks[edit]

    Its original soundtrack "คั่นกู" (Kan Goo) ranked No. 1 in Weeks 15 and 17 of Joox Thailand's Top 100.[16][17][18]

    Song Title
    (Official Spelling)
    Romanized Title
    (RTGS)
    English Translation Artist Ref.
    ติดกับ (Tit Gub) Tit KapTrapped (Stuck on You) Natthawut Jenmana (Max) [19]
    คั่นกู (Kan Goo) Khan KuSeparate me[b]Vachirawit Chiva-aree (Bright) [21]
    ตกลงฉันคิดไปเองใช่ไหม
    (Tok Long Chan Kid Pai Aeng Chai Mai)
    Tok-long Chan Khit Pai Eng Chai MaiIt's All In My Head All This Time? [22]

    Scrubb[edit]

    Aside from the official soundtrack, a number of songs from Thai band Scrubb are also featured in the series[23] as the character Tine is a fan of the said Thai music band.[24] In an interview, JittiRain, the author of the novel which inspired the series, also mentioned that her being a fan of the band led her to create the novel.[25]

    The band also appeared in the show's 6th and 13th episode.[26]

    Reception[edit]

    Thailand television ratings[edit]

    • In the table below, the blue number represents the lowest ratings and the red number represents the highest ratings.
    ^1 Based on the average audience share per episode.

    Online ratings[edit]

    On 1 April 2020, it surpassed 50 million views on LINE TV, where it garnered the highest number of views for the month of March,[79][80] and 100 million views on 19 April 2020.[81] It also lead in the Top 10 list of most viewed television series in the said platform for the first half of 2020.[82]

    International broadcast[edit]

    2gether: The Series is available for streaming on Netflix since 30 July 2020.[9][10]

    Awards and nominations[edit]

    Notes[edit]

    1. ^Thai: เพราะเรา(ยัง)คู่กัน; RTGS: Phro rao (yang) khu kan, lit.Because We (Still) Belong Together
    2. ^The literal meaning of "คั่นกู" (Khan Ku) is to separate me (from someone). However, this word can be sponnerised as "คู่กัน" (Khu Kan), which means together.[20]

    References[edit]

    External links[edit]

    Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2gether:_The_Series_(Thai_TV_series)
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    Story 6.5

    Acting/Cast 7.0

    Music 7.0

    Rewatch Value 5.0

    This review may contain spoilers

    Confusing mess

    OK, my reviews of Thai BL series are starting to sound so repetitive, but once again, series like "Top Secret Together" show how small companies really face a lot of issues when creating any type of story, not just BL. Low budgets, inexperienced actors, poor directing, confusing writing/plots, nothing original in the storyline, among other things, caused this series to be well below standards and nearly forgettable.

    First, let's set the main characters...
    Simai, Phob and MaiEak are friends who study together and have to finish an internship at a non-descript company. Phob is in love with MaiEak but he is oblivious to it. Simai meets Lukmo who is his supervisor and immediately likes him and tries to make him open up as Lukmo is super uptight and annoyed with the extroverted Simai.
    Nampu and Copy are two university students. Copy is in the engineering faculty and I'm not sure where Nampu studies but he visits Copy at, yes, you guessed it, a copy shop he runs with his father and openly tells him he likes him and starts flirting with him despite Copy resisting all the time worried about what his father might think.
    Plawaan plays basketball and wants to attend a competition hoping to be selected. In all this long process he is followed by a high school student named Suea (at least from what I assumed from his school uniform in episode 15) who motivates him and helps him train even if he misses classes (making his mother angry). However, Plawaan runs into Top, a rival, who wants to play a game and whoever loses will actually quit basketball. Plawaan loses and he is depressed but Suea is there to make him feel better.
    Both and Newyear act nearly as themselves, both are a real life couple and here take roles as café owners who act like parents to all the younger characters who come to the café and give them advice.

    Ok, those are the characters... now the confusing mess that was the plot, especially for the main couple and the MaiEak, Phob, Namo love triangle.
    Oh boy, where to start?! I'll separate it according to each couple or it might get even more confusing.
    Simai starts falling for Lukmo despite his cold demeanor and constant rejections. Lukmo starts opening up and warming up to Simai. They spend time together at work and also in Simai's house because Simai's mother loves Lukmo. Then, Simai's father arrives as he was working abroad and recognizes Lukmo as Kao, his biological son from a previous marriage (plot mess #1). Simai is mad because now that Lukmo is his half-brother he can't date him (plot mess #2... I will never understand Asian BLs that are obsessed with half-brothers or stepbrothers being in love as we've seen in "History 2: Crossing the Line" and "History 4: Close to You" from Taiwan; "Brothers", "My Bromance", "My Bromance 2: 5 Years Later" and "Love by Chance" from Thailand; and the cancelled "Addicted" from China). Lukmo/Kao is mad at him because Simai's father abandoned him and his mother for Simai's mother, then his mother died later due to cancer so he was all alone (plot mess #3). The father opposes to Simai and Lukmo being together (as usual in some Thai BLs) but then, suddenly, appears in Lukmo's office to tell him that is ok to date Simai because Simai is not his biological son (plot mess #4) so they are not really half-brothers only stepbrothers. Simai always thinks he is Lukmo's half-brother because the father forbids Lukmo from telling Simai the truth as "he is too sensitive to handle it" (plot mess #5). Then, Simai tells Lukmo he is going abroad with the father, leaving Lukmo all alone again for no apparent or valid reason (plot mess #6). They say goodbye in episode 15, Simai tries to kiss Lukmo but he rejects him and then falls asleep in 2 seconds. Then, near the end of the episode, Simai appears in his office but I still can't tell if he is real or if Lukmo is hallucinating (plot mess #7) because Simai has a different hairstyle in episode 14, he leaves as we hear an airplane in episode 15 and suddenly shows up at the office with his old hairstyle in the last part of episode 15 without any indication that some time has passed... we get a hint because Lukmo has a new hairstyle in that scene but in the behind-the-scenes we hear one of the assistants tell Kanok (who plays Simai) that he doesn't even appear on the scene as he is at the door frame so Mix (who plays Lukmo) can focus on something for the camera to shoot, so more plot mess.

    The other main characters have Phob deeply in love with MaiEak and MaiEak being an idiot who can't recognize Phob's feelings and only uses Phob to do most his work during the internship and almost everywhere else in reality. In the middle episodes, Phob confesses his feelings for MaiEak only to be rejected which causes a change in Phob who becomes more distant as he is angry at MaiEak. Then, around episode 10 (I think), a younger guy named Namo visits the café and sees Phob and immediately likes him and tries to chat with him. This is when MaiEak gets jealous and begins to change which then becomes yet another storyline/plot mess when he tries to interfere in what is developing as a Phob-Namo relationship. All of a sudden, he confesses his feelings for Phob and tries to stop him from seeing Namo. He even tells Simai that he let Phob do most of the things for him because he wanted to see if he was special to Phob... I mean, what? after he confessed his love, you still make him do things for you? MaiEak has to be one of the most arrogant and selfish characters I've seen in a Thai BL because he calls Namo to brag about the time he spent talking to Phob (Namo later does the same but he really likes Phob from the beginning), he calls Phob all the time and tells him he loves him and calls him "babe", he tells Phob they will eventually end up together but I don't know if he is driven by love, driven by jealousy of seeing Phob being happy with someone else, driven by his desire to have Phob around to help him do everything, or a combination of all of the above. Sorry, but Phob is too good for you MaiEak... luckily, the writers decide the same thing and Phob gives a Namo a chance and end up together while MaiEak reflects by writing a boring letter to himself and hoping he ends up with Phob one day.

    The other couples are not as confusing but don't show many interesting things.
    Nampu chases Copy like a puppy all around campus, the copy store, the café, everywhere. Copy starts to slowly fall in love with Nampu and has a nice chat with his father who supports him 100% no matter who he decides to like (yay for the usual Thai BL clichés with the parents that either completely approve their son being gay or do the most ridiculous things when they are against it, but there never is any middle ground with parents in Thai BLs). That gives Copy confidence so he becomes Nampu's boyfriend. The story of this couple is dull and boring and they go through all the usual phases of a BL with the flirting, denial, rejection, jealousy, fighting, etc., etc. and Nampu is a bit too annoying with his actions at the beginning when he is almost forcing Copy to like him.
    Plawaan and Suea see each other a lot at first with all the basketball practice but then Suea's mother tells him to study and grounds him so they don't spend much time together. In the end, Top tells Plawaan that he wasn't selected in the competition so Plawaan should try because the bet from the earlier episodes was a joke (yet another plot mess). Plawaan meets with Suea in his school and they go together somewhere but nothing else happens.
    Both and Newyear are a couple. Both proposes in episode 12-13 while on vacation at the beach and they own a café. That's it... nothing memorable to tell.

    The thing that bothered me in this series is that we see the couples, but aside from the moments with Both and Newyear in the café, at Neywear's party and the beach trip, they don't interact with each other. Simai-Phob-MaiEak are friends but I don't know how do they know Plawaan-Suea or Nampu-Copy aside from the friendship they share with Both-Newyear. And the other actors, like the guy who keeps trying to sabotage Lukmo's work and telling the girl in the office to do something or he will lose Lukmo, the 2 older women at the office, the company CEO, the café worker, even Simai's parents, do not provide any depth to the story, they don't bring anything interesting or do much... so I have no clue why were they were included in this series other than to have some airtime to fill.

    The acting is a bit of an issue but is not as bad as other series (like Gun Napat in "Golden Blood" for example). Newyear and Aof (who plays Phob) have more experience than the rest with Newyear appearing in "I am your King Season 1" and "What the Duck 2" and Aof appearing in "Make it Right" and "Make it Right 2" while Tiger (who plays Plawaan) had a guest role in "My Engineer" as the annoying guy who flirted and tried to kiss Cooper.
    The rest are newbies to acting... Kanok (who plays Simai) and Mix (who plays Lukmo) had good chemistry. There are some behind the scenes at the end of each episode and there is a scene with Kanok crying after discovering that he might be Lukmo's half-brother, when the director yells "cut", he keeps crying and is Mix who comes to console him, which was nice to see. The acting wasn't solid by any means, but they delivered decent moments when they had to. I believe directing and writing is what let them down in this series.

    In the end, a series that was longer than what it should have been, that had some major plot issues and that didn't provide a satisfying end to the main couple caused by all those plot issues is what makes "Top Secret Together" another forgettable BL series. Also, anyone knows why there is a scared cat in the series poster? Makes absolutely no sense.

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    Sours: https://mydramalist.com/682143-top-secret-together
    ►Love Me Like You Do -- Sarawat x Tine [BL] (still 2gether)

    Story 3.5

    Acting/Cast 5.0

    Music 9.0

    Rewatch Value 1.0

    If I'd written this review three months ago my verdict on '2gether' would have been very different. I was super hyped for this series. Before it even started, the two trailers on YouTube got me so excited that for the first time I badgered my friends into watching it too. As a BL series nothing seemed lacking. The two leads were knockouts, the premise was cute, and the production values were top-notch. To keep up with the series I followed whatever I could on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. At one point I even incorporated the word '2gether' into my computer password.

    The first few episodes seemed to deliver on the promise. In my rush to judgement on MDL I even posted an early rating of 9.5, in part because I wanted other BL fans to know that this was worth a look.

    The series started out by exclusively taking Tine's POV, allowing Sarawat to develop as a character who was at times funny, charming, prickly, seductive, and above all, unpredictable. It was mainly because of Sarawat's interactions with Tine that the first few episodes of '2gether' were so enjoyable.

    Then, about halfway through, '2gether' took a wrong turn and never found its way back. Around this time in the series Sarawat and Tine finally became boyfriends, and along with that the two boys took the momentous step of moving in together -- sharing an apartment, a bedroom, and (of course) a bed.

    Now, the definition of 'boyfriend' can vary from person to person and even across different cultures, but for most of modern civilization, when two people are romantically involved to the point of living together, certain assumptions apply. One of those is that the relationship has evolved to the point of physical intimacy.

    Once Sarawat and Tine had advanced past the flirting stage and become a couple, this became '2gether's' biggest problem. From that point on, one detail after another clashed with the everyday experiences of everyday people. While cohabitating, the boys would share the bed, but they slept fully clothed and never cuddled. They would stand together romantically under a starry night sky and not put their arms around each other or hold hands. They would comfort each other with words but not with a warm embrace. And a kiss, even a quick peck on the lips? Not happening.

    The bottom line was that despite being two college-age guys in a m/m relationship, Sarawat and Tine showed no signs of sexual attraction. In fact any physical contact between them came off as awkward and uncomfortable. Somehow, whether at the behest of GMMTV, the director, the actors, or some element unknown, the decision had been made that despite Sarawat and Tine's boyfriend status and shared living arrangement, there would be virtually no displays of affection on-screen.

    It was a wacky decision, and it showed in the final product. Time and again, a scene between the two guys would work its way to a point where the mood was clearly set for a moment of physical affection (whether it be an arm around the waist, a held hand, a tender hug, or a kiss), and '2gether' would veer away at the last second, often resorting to a substitute gesture that was more suited to best buds or actual sibling brothers. The substitute most frequently used was a pat on the head from Sarawat to Tine (which with each occurrence looked more and more condescending), but sometimes they didn't bother with any substitute at all. A scene would just end.

    This is simply not how real boyfriends interact, and I think it's safe to say that everyone knows it, even adamant supporters of the series who have defended it for its 'purity' (as though the purpose of '2gether' was to depict a divine love unblemished by anything as sordid as hand-holding.) When a work of fiction deviates from commonly perceived reality without first establishing a believable reason for doing so, viewers get confused. When it happens over and over without explanation, viewers get frustrated.

    What bothered me personally was that I sensed an agenda at play. I grew disillusioned, and found I was now watching each episode mainly to see how they'd keep screwing with reality. Along the way I noticed that Sarawat wasn't so endearing anymore, and Tine had become a paranoid bundle of nerves who forgot how to smile. The joy I found in their relationship -- and in the series -- was in ashes. When the final episode approached and the script deployed the trusty "ex-girlfriend who's still in love" trope to stir up some drama, the result just lay there like the stupid and insulting tactic that it was. You can't revive a patient who's already dead in the ICU.

    By this time I'd finished mourning the loss of what '2gether' had started out to be, moved past my anger and resentment, and settled into amusement. I looked back on how much I'd anticipated the series and laughed at how I'd been fooled. This was a production presumably written and directed by experienced professionals who are familiar with the BL genre. It was mind-boggling how they'd squandered the fantastic beginning and ended up with something so phony and awkward. For me the plot had gone completely off the rails, so whatever story the series was trying to tell didn't matter anymore. What I became most curious about each week was how they'd finally pull this mess into the station, and what kind of shape it would be in when they did it.

    And the way they ended it, of course, was with the high-five between Sarawat and Tine that has already gained near-legend status. I must admit that this was where the series, which had already established itself as a mockery of BL, proved it could still surprise me. It was as though the production team had gotten together to brainstorm and find a way for '2gether' to deliver a final, unmistakable "F U" to fans of the BL genre -- a gesture guaranteed to become the ultimate meme.

    In this I think they succeeded, but it makes me fearful over what GMMTV will do with their future BL productions.

    ACTING

    In general I think the actors did a fine job with the script and the direction they were given.

    Win's work as Tine deserves a lot of praise since he had no prior acting experience, whereas almost all of the rest of the cast did. His first foray into a series was a tremendous success for him personally and promises great things for his future career.

    Regarding Bright, it's hard to tell if Sarawat's detachment and wooden affect was a result of Bright's inability to act or the fault of the director. Given the way the entire second half of the series was botched by the director, it wouldn't be a stretch to blame him for Bright's performance, at least in part.

    That said, I get the sense that Bright did not enjoy being in a BL series. He was smart to agree to it because it provided the perfect target audience to rocket him to fame. (His previous acting gigs didn't result in anything close to this fanbase.) From here I'll be surprised if we ever see him play any other role other than a heterosexual male. And honestly, that's fine with me.

    MUSIC

    Scrubb! Awesome band, great songs. You don't even have to understand Thai to feel what the lyrics are saying.

    I suspect that Scrubb might have also written the song that plays over the end credits of each episode, sung by Bright. It has their vibe and Bright does a nice job with it.

    I'm not a fan of the song sung by Bright that was released as the series ended, but this opinion is probably tarnished by my disappointment over everything else.

    REWATCH VALUE

    I will never rewatch this series. While the beginning episodes are wonderful, there'd be no way to enjoy them knowing what comes later. In fact I'd probably start to pick apart the good episodes too, looking for hints of the lameness to come.

    THE 'PORN' DEFENSE

    A lot of diehard fans of the series have defended it by saying that anyone who criticizes the lack of physical affection between the leads is looking for a series that depicts explicit sex.

    All I can say is: if this is your best argument then you have already lost. Nobody in their right mind wants explicit sex or porn in a BL series. When you have to misrepresent an opponent's argument in order to counter it, you're only saying that you don't have an intelligent response to what they are actually saying. You are admitting defeat. You are admitting that '2gether' is a failure.

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