Thai Drama: Ugly Duckling Series ‘Don’t’ Review

I was looking forward to this drama after my lukewarm reception to Pity Girl. Not only does Don’t have a great soundtrack, but the story was really engaging. After confessing her love in elementary school to her crush, Maewnam is literally crushed when he rejects her in front of all his friends. He calls her ugly and it’s at that moment that she decides to wear a box on her head. Maewnam is really damaged by those events and she hides behind the box, truly believing that she’s ugly.

Forced to return to school, Maewnam meets Minton and Zero. Minton is sweet, friendly, and new to the school while Zero is a notorious troublemaker who uses his fists to solve his problems. The question is: who’s the boy that called her ugly all of those years ago? Is it Minton? Is it Zero? Is it another person? I won’t reveal who it is for those of you who haven’t watched the series yet, but Don’t was really addictive.

It’s easy to relate to Maewnam, especially because I’m shy and sensitive. While Maewnam has no problem expressing herself, she has a problem accepting herself. Throughout the series, we get to see her learn and grow and come out of her shell. Mild Wiraporn is a great actress — I see some nice range in her abilities. Her character, Maewnam is notorious for jumping to conclusions, but even in her haste, she learns she was wrong and apologizes. It’s hard not to like her, so it’s sad that she’s torn between two guys throughout most of the series. Although, if you pay attention close enough, one of our certain male leads has very significant scenes with her — even though they’re short — so you might be able to figure out which way this one is heading without too much thinking.

At the end of the day, this drama taught some great messages. It’s okay to be yourself. You can make wrong choices and still turn your life around. You can accept your mistakes and learn that they don’t have to define you. And most of all, you learn not to run away from your problems and instead confront them. These are all nice little themes throughout Don’t. It was mostly a positive experience for me, and I think it’s worth watching. Whether it’s family or friendship, this drama has a little bit of everything.

Don’t has a total of 7 episodes and all of them are available with english subtitles on youtube. Awesome, right?

 

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