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Posted by Stephanie on August 16, 2016


grey rainbow

Last week i put out an appeal to Mirror of the Witch watchers—since that worked out so well (thanks Reader Kate) that I thought I’d try again with the Thai drama, Grey Rainbow.

Never heard of it? Don’t be surprised.

Grey Rainbow is a movie/drama I stumbled on during my hunt for LGBT content. It came after a week of watching some pretty terrible drams and movies in that vein—so finding one which had great production value, some good acting, and a compelling story—I felt like I was being rewarded for all the crap I’d slogged through.

I had the four episodes, (apparently these episodes are parts of a bigger whole that, from the looks I see from the intro, I may want to check out.) downloaded onto my tablet so I could watch on the train but after a rape scene I realized maybe this isn’t commute appropriate. So I put it aside with every intention of getting back to it.

Then I was doing some work on the LGBT page and realized some commentators were talking about it and saying this:grey rainbow

Oh noes! WTF? Now I’m afraid to go forward. Is it really that bad? Like the sequel to Like Love bad? Where you just want to throw your arms up in frustration bad? Could it be one of those movie endings that make you regret every moment you wasted on it? Or will it be like the ending of Addicted where the few minutes are not great, but you can just pretend they didn’t happen? This doesn’t fix what happened but it does make what happened more palatable.

It’s not that I need happy, everything wrapped up in a bow ending. The way they set up the story so far, it could go either way. I don’t care (okay, lie. Yes, I do.) so long as it makes sense for the story. So long as it doesn’t turn out to be a giant case of gay-baiting, or worse, one of those terrible punishment endings. I’ve seen a lot of bad LGBT content, I’ve seen how low it can go. If it turns out to be something like the second season of Mr X and I, I’d still be okay with that.

For some reason I really need to know! It’s one thing to have a bad ending on something of bad quality, something you’re not invested in, but this started out being so good, it will actually hurt more if it ends badly.

So I’m asking you kind readers—pants me. tell me what’s what. Help me decide if I should continue in going further in this. I need to know! Come on. Help a fangirl out.

*Pants, a request for a spoiler.

1 Comment

  • Reply Kristina August 17, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Don’t worry, this is a quality production. There’s no baiting nor is the ending thrown in for the heck of it…the drama is well-made and written with care, the creators have made it clear. It’s just that the ending isn’t what most people would consider as happy.

    If you ask me, it’s a powerful ending with important messages conveyed through it that only strengthen the meaningfulness of their journey together. I personally don’t mind sad/tragic endings if they fit the narrative and its messages, and I feel like this is the case here. The ending is confusing to some because there were artistic elements in the final arc that are more of a metaphor that’s meant to be seen as a part of a larger picture.

    By the way, the subbers themselves have posted some notes about that ending on the video if you want to check it out when you’re done. It might clarify some things 🙂

    P.S. – The other stories in the series are entirely separate and have no relation to Grey Rainbow’s narrative, and as far as I know they haven’t been subbed yet!

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