After the reveal of Alex’s actions toward Jean, his next steps must be taken very carefully. He’s done something terrible, and those actions must be atoned for – and not just because he wants to return home to the past. I’m still unsure how I feel about his character, so I was delighted when the bulk of this episode focused on everyone else in the series.
First up, Nim (Jan Ployshompoo). Knowing her girlfriend cannot have children, Jan decides to take on the responsibility, even though it’s not something she was initially thrilled with. She does it because she loves her. At first, she chooses Alex to be her partner in the IVF Journey. When Alex reminds her he can’t have an orgasm, so he has nothing to donate, her eyes shift to Army, who, after some convincing, decides to be a decent person and help his friends.
Next up, Army (Fluke Pusit). Ready to put his playboy days behind him, Army has completely fallen in love with Joe (Thor Thinnaphan). The only problem is, Joe isn’t emotionally in the same place as Army – or at least that’s the vibe he’s putting off. It’s hard to tell, as Joe is a complicated character. He does care for Army, but because of what happened in the past, he isn’t ready to trust him – and honestly, I can’t say I blame him. Army was awful.
The third character is the charm with the charming Jedi (Mark Pakin). Though he’s not always present in the series, everything revolves around his proximity. It was his party the events happened at; it’s his bar everyone visits. In this episode, we discover he and his girlfriend Rose (Best Jira) have an open relationship, though it’s not something he seems too keen on. To show her how good he is, the two start having sex in the kitchen, but something happens. A sudden pain in his penis forces him to stop what they’re doing.
Sexual health is a significant factor in this series. It’s not preachy, but it is very much saying, “Hey! Keep a look out if something like this happens.” It’s something I wish more shows. Sex is always shown, but sexual health is very rarely honestly covered.
Next on the list is Alex’s little brother Ice (Phuwin Tangsakyuen). The last episode showed him and his girlfriend Kim (Chaleeda Gilbert) having a serious discussion about male body dysmorphia (something else rarely covered) and how, even though Ice may not be the biggest boy in the bunch, it’s not always the size that matters. Then the two decided to have unprotected sex. This week, they’re dealing with those consequences as Kim’s period is late, and Ice fears she may be pregnant. In a moment of sincere support, Alex promises to be there for his brother, no matter what.
Jean (Fah Yongwaree), the female lead, and the woman Alex traumatized when he was seventeen. As the director for a new action film, she is personally working with Tony (Joong Archen) and Mollie (Silvy Pavida) on their training by taking them to Nim’s gym. Nim helps Mollie with her form, while Jean shadows Tony, who is clearly starting to crush on her. Hard.
Next up, the saddest boy of the hour: Ew (Sing Harit). Please, before I continue, allow me a moment to fanboy over this man. I want to say what a fabulous actor Sing is. He’s got the most expressive eyes for any actor I’ve ever seen. The joy that shines in them while he’s laughing with Nim and Alex, the worry and concern that clouds them when those same friends are hurting, and the gut-wrenching pain that wells into tears when Liu (Ciize Apichaya) leaves him – all of them are reflected within his eyes. He’s just insanely gifted. This week’s episode showcased the events leading up to the image captured in the polaroid. He’d gone to see the internet girl he’s been wanking off to (because he still has his kinks even though he wants to be normal for Liu) – and they’re taken into police custody because the law prevents the production of porn. Alex is there for him, in another small, sort-of redeeming but still not the friend he needs to atone to moment.
Finally, we get to Kat (Gigie Chanunphat). A woman who owns her sexuality and refuses to belong to anyone is bound to ruffle a few feathers. After rejecting the proposal of Captain (Guy Sivakorn), he decides to teach her a lesson by beating her to a pulp in a parking garage – which also reveals the truth behind her polaroid. Even though it’s an incredibly short scene, it’s a very difficult one to watch.
I’ve said it before, and I will repeat it; This series is fantastic! There are many layers to the story and character, and each episode peels away toward the center of some very serious issues, and all I can think of to say is Bravo GMMTV.
More Warp Effect soon so…