I said in my first piece about 180 Degrees Longitude Between Us that starting a new series is a bit like stepping into the unknown. Something I expect from any series I decide to watch is to be entertained. If not, I turn just simply step out of that adventure and find another. To say 180 Degrees has been entertaining would be an understatement. I know I talked about the latest episode during my weekly BL Review, but I just can’t it out of my head.
It was so good.
At dinner, both Inthawut and Sasiwimol sit in silence, neither one of them touching their food. Wang tries to lighten the mood with conversation, but nothing is helping. He knows his mother, with her conservative background may be willing to tolerate his sexuality, but she will never be able to accept it (and said as much to In earlier in the episode). It’s a conversation I’ve had about members of my own family multiple times and one of the things I love about Sukee’s script is how honestly it’s portrays the relationship between an LGBTQ+ child and a conservative parent.
I should know, I’ve had that relationship.
While I do side with Wang, Sasiwimol does make compelling arguments that I’ve only come to appreciate as an adult. She wants her son to be happy, but she also wants to make sure that what he’s feeling is real and not a product of the circumstances that have led him to this point in his life. While Wang may not realize it, she does love him, all of him – she’s just not exactly the best at showing him that in a way he can honestly comprehend. So, he misinterprets everything.
Again I’ve had that relationship.
Having interviewed Sukee, I was able to get some insight into his writing and the development of the characters and the archetypes they represent, and as a theatrical arts major, I have an appreciation for this series on many levels. But, it’s the raw emotion of it that’s so captivating.
Mam McIntosh who plays Sasiwimol is one of the most fascinating characters for me. It’s through her that I’ve come to understand the thought process (and the emotional rollercoaster) my own parent went through.
It’s been almost cathartic.
In seven episodes of television (presented in a language I am not a native speaker of) Sukee has helped me realize that when it comes to the emotional trauma faced by LGBTQ+ youth when someone you expect to love you unconditionally, has conditions – I am not alone. He’s validated my feelings towards my own parents and has helped me to understand theirs. It’s an incredible piece that should not be missed.
For the audience outside of Thailand 180 Degrees Longitude Between Us can be viewed on the GagaOOLala platform.
With the series finally airing this week, expect more post related to this incredible series. Stay tuned.