While looks can be discerning, reality shows aren’t exactly the best judge of character; especially dating shows that could be farce or scripted. Reality shows have always existed in the broader sense and these days they are being inculcated into the Boys’ Love diaspora. Makes us question the belief of “How a fictional genre could incorporate a dating show which is undeniably being marketed as realistic?”. We could keep arguing about the technicalities, but it doesn’t change the fact that BL sells and nestling these shows under the hugely popular genre helps in promotions and marketing. So, when the Korean launched their very own version of dating shows like “His Man” and “Merry Queer”, they were applauded for their efforts. The format was new, and the contestants were intriguing. They had a story to share, each of them. While “His Man” was intentionally gay oriented, “Merry Queer” was blissfully more aligned with the queer community because of its diversified selection of contestants. Both shows ended on a positive response; although “His Man” did court controversy later. Hong Kong’s “Boyscation” wasn’t much appreciated, but it did open the floodgates for future remakes.
Category Archives: Filipino Reviews
“The Day I Loved You” First Impressions (Ep.1 & 2)
The Day I Loved You starts off exactly as advertised. And I do mean that in the best way. It is a cute, fluffy BL set in high school, with a love triangle, unrequited love, sparks flying at the first meeting, prom, the whole shebang. It has kept me hooked after barely thirty minutes of content so far.
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“My Story The Series” First Impressions (Ep.1 & 2)
The 2020 Pinoy BL series “My Day” burst on the scene with diverse takes from fans and reviews on whether the series was worth watching. The show was funny with a touch of charm, as the blue collar Sky (Miko Gallardo) fell in love with Ace (Aki Torres) who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. 3 years later have the sequel “My Story” which gives us a glimpse into Sky’s life. Miss Becky, Kim, Jelai, and Jam bid a send off to most of the events that happened before in the prequel.
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“Sleep With Me” Series Review (Ep.1 to 6)
Sleep With Me, starring Janine Gutierrez as Harry and Lovi Poe as Luna, other than being very binge-able over the weekend, asks some very important questions about disabled queer people, with a very prominent one – why aren’t there more stories about them?
“Clik, Clok, Clak” Series Review (Ep.1 to 4)
“Your first love is always alive and lives all time in your heart. How much you try to forget, it never goes away from your heart”
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“Papa What is Love” Series Review (Ep.1 to 6)
“My eyes are tempted by the smile of an angel and your lips whisper secrets of forbidden love”- Natasha Harvey
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“Gameboy” Series Review (Ep.1 to 13)
“Turn obstacles into opportunities and problems into possibilities.”
“Quaranthings S2” Series Review (Ep.1 to 8)
This series is simply an abject failure. It abandoned all the charm and creativity of Season One and instead it was replaced with a banal and boring journey of childishness and self-centered indulgences.
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“Rainbow Prince” Series Review (Ep.1 to 10)
I am going to come right out and say it: I LOVED THIS SERIES! It is pure escapism and entertained me despite all its cheesiness, tropes, and flat-affect acting. I did not care about any of that. What it did was to allow me for a moment to become a child again and muse. Additionally, whether realized or not, I think this series is ground-breaking for several very important reasons:
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“Love At The End of The World” Series Review (Ep.1 to 9)
“From the day we arrive on the planet
And, blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
‘Til we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life”
(Excerpts from The Circle of Life from The Lion King)
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