This series follows three couples and focuses on two primary characters. Orphaned at a very young age, Gui, a fourth-year engineering student, has always had to work hard to support himself. Despite the many difficulties, he has kept his soft demeanor and gentle smile as well as his empathy for others. Whenever someone struggles, he is always one of the first volunteers to help. Solo, a freshman music student, has everything: money, fame, good looks. But he lacks a smile. After his mother’s early death, he lost his happiness. Nothing could fill this missing hole in him until late one rainy night he stumbles into a café for coffee. At that moment, their two worlds collide. For a cup of hot milk and a warm smile, Solo returns to the cafe every night. And Gui finds himself waiting for his late-night visitor. Night after night, the young men continue meeting at the same spot and at the same time. As they see each other more frequently and their lives overlap, the two become one another's breath…a necessity, just like Oxygen. (Source: Soju at MyDramaList) ~~ Adapted from the novel "Oxygen" written by Chesshire and illustrated by Suki. Edit Translation
- Native Title: ออกซิเจน เดอะซีรีส์ - ดั่งลมหายใจ
- Also Known As: Oxygen: The Series , Aawk Si Jaehn Duh See Ree Dang Lohm Haai Jai , Aawk Si Jaehn Duh See Ree - Dang Lohm Haai Jai , Oxygen the Series - Dang Lohm Haai Jai , OXYGEN the Series - ดั่งลมหายใจ
- Director: Jane Botta
- Screenwriter: Pratchaya Thavornthummarat, Bee Pongset Laksamipong, Au Kornprom Niyomsil
- Genres: Friendship, Music, Romance, School, Drama
Where to Watch Oxygen
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A good cute storyFirst is first one thing about this drama is that there is a lack of attention to detail, just small things like ‘how is he not wet after being in the rain’ or ‘way happened to those cuts from five mins ago’ also there are parts where there’s not enough depth like ‘how does bunny’s dad have people that beat people up like what is his occupation’ also there is a situation where solo is drugged and almost raped by that woman and it’s just ignored I didn’t like that but as far as I’m concerned it’s because she ran out of the building and got hit by a bus....
I know people love the side couple but SoloGui where definitely my favourite. They have a relationship built on mutual respect and honesty so they seem very perfect but no relationship is perfect and the flaw of their relationship I’d say is transparency. To explain, Solo lost his mother and wasn’t shown much love from his father so when he falls for Gui he fell hard. Gui was his entire happiness all that mattered was Gui and because of this he doesn’t really think about much else and by that I mean he knew he had a fiancé but he honestly didn’t give one because he loves Gui so he just didn’t say anything, but he should have at least warned Gui. Same with when Solo disappeared because they where being watched. However I liked that Solo never lied to Gui.
This relationship was all shades of fluff it was just really wholesome and cute. At first the bunny thing was weird for me but it really grew on me I liked it a lot. As they where side couples they never had any real conflict with each other it was just really cute. When we learn that Phu needs to go to England in never expect it to hurt that much lol but it did. And Kao always remained the most supportive friend even when he was missing Phu which I find so amazing he is really the perfect friend.
This whole love square thing was an absolute mess. It really made not sense .
Dr. Perch has THE MOST punchable face I’ve ever seen OMG I’ve never been so frustrated. 😂He has got to be the most useless excuse for a doctor how this idiot got a PHD is beyond me. He hurts and lies to so many people without even realising how much harm he’s done
At the start I really didn’t like Khim she didn’t know how to respect peoples boundaries and invaded their space which I think was the production mocking the fans that behave like this in real life. I think there was some development though because at the end she asked GUI’s permission before she recorded them .
PerthKhem didn’t have any story at all I really like that they didn’t rush it as it was already close to the end but I’d like a second season about them.
At the start SoloGui acting is quite awkward but as the story progresses their acting as well as their chemistry improves greatly imo. As I watched it Seemed like Gui had walls up due to being alone for most of his life but after big ma his walls crumbled and we see this by the way he cried in Solos arms. I think at this point Gui becomes more bold about their relationship and they get much closer to each other.
, I love this shows ending so bloody much. Solo finally fixes him and his fathers relationship and he is finally with Gui and their stepson*insert giggle* . I love that they basically adopted a son I really love that idk.
I also really love every time they smiled in this episode it’s so random but in the last episode where Solo came to the farewell party and Gui kissed him on the cheek and ran away.... that was by far my favourite moment the smile on GUI’s face was so authentic and it felt so real .
Lastly what I love of this series is the OST and sound effects. I don’t know if it’s just me but I love being surrounded by music like I can’t even sleep without listening to music so I really liked that and the dining was amazing the intro was perfect I literally never skipped it .
To conclude if you just want a ‘lightly salted’ series with many fluffy cute moments I definitely recommend this one. But he warned if you stay to the end it gets stressful as the main drama happens from about ep 10 before then it’s literally the calm before the storm.
Big DisappointmentI read reviews of shows because I only have so much time, and I can't watch everything. I'd seen the hype over this show, and I was looking forward to it - but looking at other people's reviews here and having actually watched the show, I'm completely flummoxed. My only explanation is that many fans have read the novel and have carried their appreciation over to the series where their imaginations can fill the enormous gaps in the narrative.
This show is jaw-droppingly unoriginal, with every BL trope you can imagine - in fact all the characters are engineering, medical and music students, because nobody is allowed to study anything else in a BL. The tired and untrue-to-life seme/uke dynamic is in full force, there's a tiresome fujoshi, and there are no countervailing positives, at least not in the main pair. Substituting warm milk for pink milk is not originality, it's almost laughable cribbing. And the evil gf is apparenly on the way.
The premise of the show is that Solo's mother has died and so he's lost his smile - but did he also need to lose his entire emotional range? And shouldn't Gui have a contrasting personality? He's equally dour and unsmiling.
The problem is the lack of acting ability in the main pair, and this is underlined with force by the secondary pairing, where Phu is equally unsmiling - but played by a talented actor, he is with virtually no dialog and only a handful of scenes able to convey his character's loneliness, pain, and repressed longing. We get nothing from Solo except his creepily expressionless face and his dead eyes. Losing your smile doesn't mean losing all facial expression.
If PhuKao were the main pair, this would be a really compelling series - the two actors playing these characters are really impressive, and their characters are interestingly drawn, and I can't predict every word they'll say and action they'll take like I can for the main pair. Kao has to work to chip away at Phu's walls, and you can see it slowly working, which is wonderful and beautiful. Kao manages to make his whiney and annoying character charming and endearing, and conveys a greater depth than the surface characteristics of his character suggest. He's cute as [email protected]#$, too.
But I don't see any motivation for the relationship between Solo and Gui. What does Gui see in him? They have no shared experiences, they don't know each other, Solo just stares at him with his creepy blank eyes, and occassionally does something really frighteningly aggressive, like when he backs him into a corner at the flower shop. If you'd seen desire in his eyes, it would have been hot - but instead you (and Gui) had to wonder if he was about to commit murder. For that matter, what does Solo see in Gui? I'll admit he's cute, but that's all there is. So is this a purely physical attraction? One doesn't normally fall in love with someone cute but dull because he boiled milk for you.
I think another problem may be that losing your smile works better in a verbal medium than it does in a visual one, where you get a sort of uncanny valley effect that makes Solo look Not Quite Right.
In Episode 8, there's a character played by an experienced actress that's ill and so also quiet and understated, with only a few lines of dialog, but the actress gives such a powerhouse performance that I was in tears all the way through the episode, which underscores how acting ability is so utterly important and so utterly ignored by Thai BL, at least for the main roles (with the hugely notable exception of I Told Sunset About You and mostly for 1,000 Stars). If Solo had been played by someone with 25% of her ability, this would have been a truly memorable series.
The positives of the show are compelling side characters (except the fujoshi), including one of the best pairings I've seen in PhuKao, and the music is way better than your average Thai BL.
EDIT: Also, if you're going to hire an actor to play another character's father, you should really consider hiring someone more than 3 years older (Solo actor is 27, his father is 30). The little grey streaks of hair dye and glasses aren't fooling anyone. I'm sure the reason is because it's strongly implied he's the lover of a much younger character and they wanted to make it less creepy. But it makes me crack up every time they show him. I will say that he's just as dull and expressionless as his son, so that helps make it believable.