Original Title: แรงปรารถนา
Channel: Channel 3
Theme: Revenge, romance, drama
Pittaya (Nadech Kugimiya) was adopted by Khun Nop (Kriengkrai Oonhanun), after his mother passed away. He grew up along with Khun Nop’s three other children and was given the same care and love as them. His childhood was especially marked by his close relationship with Thae (Kimberly Ann Voltemas), the youngest of Khun Nop’s children.
But now that they are older, things have completely changed and both of them can’t stand each other anymore. The headstrong and sassy Thae continuously does her best to ruin Pitt’s love life and career, but Thae’s childish ways toward Pitt are only ways to demand his attention. After Pitt started dating Rawee (Mint Natwara Wongwasana), Thae felt neglected and didn’t clearly understand what she had done wrong. Things get further complicated when Khun Nop announces his desire to have Pitt and Thae get married and that despite Pitt already being with Rawee.
Pit and Thae will eventually get married after making a promise to Khun Nop who was sick. The marriage was a way to preserve Thae’s reputation while making sure that she was in good hands. The couple starts rediscovering one another throughout their married life. Pitt, who always had hidden, but deep feelings for Thae will have the chance to make up for the seven years lost. Meanwhile Rawee’s parents are trying to speed up her engagement and marriage to Poowadon (Alex Rendell), who turns out to be Pitt’s brother!
At the beginning, I didn’t like Thae that much and it took me a while to get through the first few episodes. Thae’s character was so mean and childish, but when I got over the first five episodes it got a lot better. So if you feel like giving up, try holding on a bit in there! Rawee turning into a monster also makes it a lot easier to side with Thae.
Putting myself in Thae’s shoes, it’s not hard to imagine how she felt when she was neglected by Pitt. Seeing flashbacks of their childhood, you can clearly see that since the beginning she only had him in her heart. Her tough shell was just a way to prevent her from getting hurt and her aggressive ways a way to draw Pitt’s attention.
Pride was the major roadblock to their love. Thae didn’t want to admit her feelings because she was scared to be rejected and Pitt feared what others will think. He didn’t want to be the guy, who used his benefactor to climb the social ladder. I wish they had developed Pitt’s feelings a little bit, maybe by showing how he started taking his distance from Thae. I feel like that was the only piece of the puzzle that was missing. It might also have been purposely done by the director. Pitt’s character was supposed to be reserved and more of an introvert, which will explain how he could keep his feelings for Thae in check for so long.
Personally, I loved the chemistry between the main characters. I know a lot of lakorn fans ship Yaya and Nadech, but the chemistry between Kim and Nadech is undeniable here. It’s hard to compare this drama to Yaya and Nadech’s dramas. Simply because this has a more mature feel to it.
I also loved that the main female lead wasn’t as weak as other nang’ek. Usually the main lead is always the headstrong one, but in this case the female lead is the one acting that way.
Lastly: Alex Rendell! It is necessary to talk about his acting skills. He exhibited amazing acting skills. I totally hated his character, which I think was totally the point and therefore a good sign. Rendell was so into his character that I seriously wondered if he was that psycho in real life!
Also credits to @CiNNtv3: I got all the screenshots from her/his YouTube channel!