I’ve been meaning to write this review for awhile but I am just now catching up on my lakorn reviews. It was a couple of months ago that I saw this but I can assure that I am in the process of downloading this for my collection for another future re-watch.
My first Thai lakorn marathon! I watched this from Thursday to Sunday without missing a beat. It was the synopsis that drew me because it was reminiscent of the series, Far Pavillions which I have seen many, many times as well as read the original novel by M. M. Kaye. I was a HUGE fan of Ms Kaye back in my heyday! Loved her novels and own many even today. So, it made sense when this was recommended that it would be the first Thai lakorn drama that I watched as well as loved!! This might remain my number one for a very long time because it took me back to the good times of my life. From book worm to drama watcher, doesn’t it make sense?
Tui Teerapat Satjakul as Colonel Sharif
Kwan Usamanee Vaithayanon as Michelle Delaroni
Stephan Santi Visaboonchai as Robert
Aimee Morakot Kittisara as Kasfiya / Cathy
Arnus Rapanich as King Ahmed
Nok Usanee Wattana as King Ahmed’s Wife
Sammie Puntitha Cowell as Princess Chalida
Running Time: 11 episodes, 1 hr 30 min.
Michelle is a mixed orphaned girl who grew up in a convent. When she graduated from school, she followed her best friend Kasfiya to a distant desert kingdom called Hinfara to teach. As soon as they get there, Kasfiya is assigned to the palace to be a lady of the court (i.e. concubine) for King Ahmed, the ruler of Hinfara. It was foretold by the Royal fortune teller that the woman who will give birth to King Ahmed’s heir has arrived to Hinfara.
Following traditional custom of the land, Sharif, the King’s beloved friend/royal officer will delivery that woman to King Ahmed. On the night of the delivery of Michelle to King Ahmed, Oman, a younger relative of King Ahmed, created a rebellious uprising and had King Ahmed executed in front of Sharif, a royal officer.
Sharif was very devastated by the lost, he fought with the rebel army and fled with Michelle into the wide and open desert. Together Sharif and Michelle had to face the dry harsh elements of the desert landscape as they were being hunted down by Oman’s rebel army.
Epic romance designation doesn’t do this justice; this was a PHENOMENAL romance and had it not been cut left and right (because of religious protests), it would have been PERFECT!! I’m not a romantic. As a matter of fact, I rarely watch them but this was a FABULOUS romance. I was totally swept into the story and loved every minute. Fah Jarod Sai really did remind me so much of Far Pavillions in its execution and the general story. I remembered as I watched it, I kept thinking what it reminded me of. I knew it was a book that I’d read a long time ago when I was an avid reader. I think this is why I love this drama the most as M. M. Kaye’s books were probably my first romance reads ever.
This drama did suffer at various points because of editing to reduce scenes and episodes. I really wish I could see the full, uncut version one day. It really wasn’t bad and I forgave them for it because it was beyond their control. Talk about feels! I had them in spades and that doesn’t happen very often! The cast was stunning to watch. Tui Teerapat Satjakul (Sharif) was sensational! His handsome persona, commanding presence on the screen just overwhelmed your eyes! Usamanee Kwan (Michelle) is a stunning looking woman. Her character, at times will drive you nuts with the whining and complaining in the desert but simply watching Sharif will make up for it. Great drama!!
MDL Rating: 9.5 for taking me back to the good old days of romance