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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Thai Drama: Ugly Duckling Series ‘Pity Girl’ First Impressions [Ep 1-3]

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After watching the brilliance that was Perfect Match, I wondered if it was possible to top the way that series made me feel. While the verdict is still out on Pity Girl, I feel it has potential to be a pretty decent series, but if you try to compare it with Perfect Match, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

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Thai Drama: Ugly Duckling Series “Perfect Match”

I am always poking around the internet and looking for new things to watch. To my chagrin, I stumbled across a new Thai series called Ugly Duckling. It will be a total of four different stories that each span 9 episodes, so if you’re looking for a weekend binge-watch for something that isn’t too soapy (as in soap opera), you’ve found the right series.

Perfect Match, the first part of the series, is the story of Junior aka Joo who is wealthy . When her so-called friends and boyfriend tell her that she has chubby cheeks one day, she becomes very self-conscious and decides to get a thread lift done. Unfortunately, her skin has a terrible reaction to the chemicals and her face breaks out in all kinds of acne.

Junior is so embarrassed that she begs her mother to let her study at a school in the countryside. There is also a doctor nearby that can give her treatments to help clear up her face. It is at this school in the countryside that her entire life changes, and a huge part of that is thanks to the sweet, hard-working poor Seua who is always by Joo’s side.

Thanks to GMM TV, you can legally watch the first story, Perfect Match, in entirety with English subs on youtube. I’ve added the first episode below for easy finding.

I will be re-watching and working on a single review for this series, so you can keep an eye on the blog if you’re curious about my thoughts.