Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s Talk. In this post we’re going to talk about Grey Rainbow Episode 4.
Grey Rainbow was a thai tv mini-series about the love between Nuer (played by Nut or Nutchapon Rattanamongkol) & Porsche (played by Karn or Kasidej Hongladaromp). Nuer is the son of the owner of an elephant camp while Porsche is a law student. While in university, they were roommates and close friends, each fighting against the feelings that one has for the other.
My Thoughts Before Watching
I just finished posting about Grey Rainbow Episode 3 and I’m now going to jump right in to the last episode in this four part mini-series. I’m looking for a happy ending. That’s really all I want. I hope I get it.
This is Grey Rainbow Episode 4.
Where to Watch:
The Talk (Spoilers Ahead):
While the entire Sam situations was stupid, not storywise but just the character was acting stupidly, I appreciate what it did for Nuer and Porsche. Nuer’s marriage proposal was a class act.
Seeing the two take marriage photos was absolutely adorable and absolutely too much for me. (I’m not crying. You’re crying). And then they got the suits out. It’s like they punched me in the face. I never had a chance.
Also, the wedding was beautiful. First of all, bravo for the show for showing the love and goodness that can exist within and around a gay couple. A marriage can be loving no matter the sex of those participating. I applaud the show for having a marriage and presenting it for all of Thailand, and the world, to see.
Second, the bead ceremony was especially interesting to me as a viewer form another country. We don’t do that here in America, so if anyone can share any information about it in the comments I would greatly appreciate it. If they do that for every guest at the wedding I would imagine it could get very tiring.
Jane and Tong-on
Then came the second punch. Jane.
Part of me’s like, “Oh my god” do we really need to go with this returned girlfriend/jealous boyfriend storyline? That said, this is a very real situation that happens to relationships. Apparently a lot of people who date bisexual people fear that they’re significant other will just bounce over to the other gender. So, it’s valid to share that story.
Also, I’ll be honest. When Porsche had the whole conversation saying he wanted a kid I had a terrible thought. I thought, “Jane has a kid… if something happens to Jane you can adopt Tang-on.” Little did I know, my dark thought aligned with the thoughts of the writers. As soon as Jane got a fever I knew that was her death flag.
But that was the only thing the writers and I agreed on. In fact, after watching the series finale I’m not happy. I’m not happy at all.
First off, I was 100% spoiled… by Google. When I was writing the blog post for the first episode I tried to google the characters’s names to make sure that I was spelling them right. I tried to google “Grey Rainbow Nuer” and Google automatically inserted “Grey Rainbow Nuer Death.” Because of that, throughout this entire mini-series I’ve known that Nuer was probably going to die.
Second, the death is just stupid and this time I literally mean it’s stupid from a writing perspective.
Let’s face it, they fridged Nuer. (The term fridge comes from comic books when a lead character’s lover/close friend/family member is killed to give that character a dramatic event to react to. Think Gwen Stacy and Spiderman for example).
The idea of this entire mini-series is that we should appreciate every minute and every second with those we love. Also, anyone can die at any moment. I get that and agree with that.
That said, too many gay stories end in death. There are literally tropes and arguments about how stories kill off gay characters all the time! The Bury Your Gays trope and the Dead Lesbian trope specifically come to mind. Queer Fudanshi was partly made because of the death of a lesbian character in the show the 100. That urged me to create a place to find and talk about LGBTQ media and characters.
So this death, this random heart attack, felt especially hurtful to me. Honestly, I think the whole “sudden death at the end” trope is bad and cowardly writing. Even worse, it happened at their wedding which I had just praised as great representation.
I don’t want to be overemotional or over-the-top in my reaction to this (too late), but it just doesn’t feel right.
It isn’t right.
(Plus, with Ice they pulled a Fight Club. I’m not upset by this, it’s just cliché and overdone.)
No matter how much I truly dislike the ending of this mini-series, the majority of it was sweet, loving, and wonderfully acted/produced. Because of that, it’s definitely worth watching, but at the same time I don’t think I would ever recommend it.
But what do you think? Do you agree with me? Do you think I should just shut up? Let me know down in the comments below and lets talk about Grey Rainbow.
- Notice how Nuer and Porsche are wearing each other’s shirts in the scene where they told Nuer’s parents about the marriage.
- That tent scene was hilarious. I felt so much embarrassment for Porsche.
- The groom and bride. We really can’t just let go of the gender norms can we?
- I loved Ice’s hair.
- Also, does this mean Porsche was just eating by himself when Nuer and Jane were at the restaurant? That’s awkward.
- At least the Ice reveal leads to the possibility of a re-watch.