Tham, the handsome young barista working at the Kanya Cafe’, lives an ordinary but uneventful life. That is, until fellow barista Sky is hired on to help out. (Source: Full Frame Studio) Edit Translation
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More like a treatment than a proper seriesFoundational Romance Tropes? None really, one of its issues
This four part mini-series featured a bossy barista and his new trainee finding love. It was quite amateurish, and with a compressed time frame of less than an hour total it felt more like a series outline (or visual cliffnotes). It hit many BL tropes, but without any substance or character development none of them had any kind of significance or impact. It was cute enough for a short run (no kisses, just hand holds etc...) and okay acting but quite sparse.
Not polished in most aspectsAlmost everything about this production appears amateurish: the script, the main character's acting, the cinematography, the lighting, the sound, etc.
The story isn't very coherent, especially the "twist" at the end. While the twist demonstrates the writers' grasp of the BL genre, it fails to account for the characters' behaviors like why the trainee barista (Sakay) would behave so arrogantly if he likes the first barista (Tham) even before working at the cafe.
Many scenes feel as though someone with a high-resolution camera has filmed scenes of people and put the scenes together. The continuity is largely acceptable and the scenes don't seem haphazardly put together. But there seems to be little regard for the composition of the shots. The lighting at the nighttime beach scene looks unnatural, and post-production efforts seem minimal. There is at least one point at which the background music is ended awkwardly.
The acting isn't very good either, with the exception of the actress playing the role of the customer who is infatuated with the first barista. How often do I encounter a BL series that makes me not just appreciate but also wish for more scenes featuring the female character who seemingly stands in the way of the BL couple? Evening Cafe manages to achieve the unachievable in this regard.
To be fair, the mini series looks like it's a really low-budget production and this already limits a lot of things. There are also some scenes that are quite decently, like the scene with Tham and Sakay riding a bike together. Finally, the theme song sounds rather nice though music isn't always used to great effect (nor is there variety) in the series. Anyone wanting to watch the series must, however, be able to put up with its weaknesses.