Apart from the usual social media scrolling I do everyday since the community quarantine started, it seems that I’ve formed a habit of looking for something new to read or watch each week. Being a cinephile myself, I’ve realized that I’ve exhausted all the shows and movies that fit my taste.
When it comes to YouTube, I limit my viewing to cute panda videos (which consists of them sneezing or rolling around). I’ve never really thought about watching some web series on it, especially since YouTube is reportedly going to reduce video quality in order to cater to the added amount of daily users. This all changed when a colleague of mine suggested I watch “2gether,” a Thai queer series.
The series follows the story of Tine, an attractive college student. As he enters his university’s cheerleading squad, a schoolmate named Green confesses his feelings for him. Desperate to try and shake Green off his tail, he resorts to getting a fake girlfriend during one of their school’s festivities. It ends up backfiring when Green starts liking him even more. He then tries to enlist the help of the campus’ most popular guy, Sawarat. Their fake love story eventually gives Green a reason to back off trying to be together with Tine.
Although I’m just a few episodes into the series, it’s pretty obvious how this show is going to end: Tine and Sawarat will fall in love with each other. It’s a pretty cliche storyline if you ask me, but it still keeps you wanting to watch more. Whether or not the plot seems a bit overused, it’s not everyday you see it played out in a queer setting and see how their story affects the people around them.
Aside from the cute scenes that will leave you swooning over the characters, the show is bound to lighten up your mood as it doesn’t go too heavy on its themes. It’s like a breath of fresh air from all the negativity surrounding us now since. For example, I particularly like that it shows how Thailand can be more open to queer people. Also, by setting it during the characters’ formative years, I feel a sense of normalcy permeating through the whole series.
If we’ve piqued your interest, you can check out the series on GMMTV’s YouTube channel. The series is still ongoing and episodes are released every Friday, 10 p.m.