post-finale thoughts on 2moons
And we’re done! This show has been endearing, and while it has its flaws, I did enjoy keeping up with it, and will miss the boys until next season! Meanwhile, here are my notes.
What I enjoyed:
- The actors are lovable, and immensely committed to the show.
- The chemistry is genuine, especially with godbas and kimcop
- The lightheartedness of a cheesy asian drama, with LGBT representation in its characters
- The dialogue in certain areas is so witty and adorable. Just the right amount of bite but not ill-intentioned
- 2moons has the ability to capture certain moments well. Especially with emotional shot-design and utilizing the chemistry the actors have with each other
What can be better:
- Like I’ve said, the layout of phayo’s storyline. They tell much more than they show, and it’s not the most enjoyable way to consume the story in TV form.
- The representation (or lack thereof) of female characters on the show. Women are not a threat to BL pairings. Take a page from SOTUS’ book. Women are not magnetically attracted to men and set out to separate them. Women can also be gay or bi, they can be friends, they can be advisors!
- The reliance on jealousy storylines/turning on each other. There are more intriguiging ways to show relationship drama than fear of someone stealing your SO. Please use them.
- The “rape” jokes? I’m pretty sure these were lost in translation in the eng subs, and that it would be more akin to “seduction” or something of the like, (which I understand is just another thing that’s prevalent in the culture of asian dramas) but it’s still kinda uncomfortable. Also with future behavior of the characters: please don’t romanticize ignoring a lack of consent!
- Lastly, the dom/sub dynamic that’s heavily hammered into phayo. I understand establishing the seme/uke thing is a marketing thing, and while I don’t support it, I can see that they felt the need to do so. What I wish is that 1) it wouldn’t be assigned as the majority of the relationship dynamic, and that it wouldn’t rely so heavily on the stereotypes of “what it means” to bottom or top, and 2) that it wouldn’t tie so heavily into the dom/sub dynamic. I get that selling pha as the dominant, caregiving top, and wayo as the submissive, bashful bottom is what does well, but I think the show would do better for its characters if it strayed from these stereotypes/ploys and focused on telling the story personally for the characters. (My headcanon: Pha may be tall and handsome, but he’s also a sweetheart and would do anything for wayo, would probably give him any control he wanted? Wayo might be shorter and cute, but he knows what he wants and he doesn’t just submit to teasing or bossing? They’re not limited to the roles they’re perceived in?) And anyway, topping or bottoming has nothing to do with physical or personality traits? It’s just whatever you do with whoever that you like?
TL;DR: 2moons is a fun show about young love. It isn’t without flaw, but with its wonderful cast and their love for each other, it might steal your heart, and it retains the potential to grow even better. It’s a cute, carefree show with LGBT characters and it’s worth tuning into if you’re ever bored. (And with the understanding that it is problematic in places, but strives to be light. For someone used to more mature LGBT storylines, this will likely require patience.) To Bas, Cop, God, Tee, Kim, and Tae: thanks for this season, and we’ll see you soon! Take care.