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Lin is a poor girl who is on the verge of suicide when suddenly been interrupted by a loud crash through the ceiling of her room. An angel known as Michael Lansaladon fell from heaven after observing Lin’s attempt suicide. As a blessed angel in heaven, he understood human’s feelings. Feelings such as taste, excitement, fatigue, anger, pain, and love. (Source: LakornGalaxy) Edit Translation

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  • Country: Thailand
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 18, 2020 - Apr 4, 2020
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: GMM 25
  • Duration: 1 hr. 5 min.
  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 970 users)
  • Ranked: #3891
  • Popularity: #3887
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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crazysexycoolpal
13 people found this review helpful
Apr 4, 2020
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
"In the name of love, an angel goes through hell."

To what extent are you willing to do you to have your old self back? And when you're staring at your old self, you are conflicted if you are better off with your new self. A tough choice, right?

When you need to pick between power & prestige and love. Would you choose power & prestige that you are longing for so long. Or would you gamble with love that you never felt before?

STORY
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It started off as a typical rom-com, romatic comedy, story. But mid-way through the series, things are getting serious but there are still a lot of funny moments. The last third of the series is paced with seriousness laced with just a hint of comedic side.

I like how the production team paced the female protagonist everyday life, slow... As it amplifies the struggles she has to endure each and every minute, hour and day. But, the male protagonist is always there for her to make the day brighter.

During the course of the series, countless time would you ask yourself, if I was in Lin shoes, would I do the very same thing that she did especially when you are so close to bottom? When your back is against a wall, would you push back? When is enough is enough?

The series gently questions your morality about things and will make you wonder, will I do the same things what Lin did? I know I had moments just like that.

Lemme ask you... what will you choose? Power & prestige or love?

ACTING/CAST
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MIKALE LASALADON... errrr.... SOMCHAI (played by Jaylerr/JJ) - I've seen Jayler's Great Men Academy (GMA) and In Family We Trust (IFWT). In both series I was amazed how good he is an actor. Too bad though, neither of the two showed his singing and dacing skills. Unfortunately, this series is no exception. HOWEVER, his character in this is totally different from the 2 I mentioned earlier. His goofiness was intensified compared to GMA, and his seriousness too from IFWT. The features of his face really fits for an angel. When he acts as he experience new emotions/sensations were credible and believable too! As if he is a child that is experiecing the world for the first time.

LIN (JANE) - I've watched her in My Dear Loser: Edge of 17 and The Gifted. In both series, I have this vibe that she portrays a queen bee character quite well. Though, both series, her being a queen bee is contrasting. Yes My Dear Loser she still have a great admirers but she did use it to her advantage, unlike in The Gifted. That is why when I saw her in this series, I AM IMPRESSED! It was the complete opposite of a queen bee! And I can see in her eyes, the struggles she gone through. Can't wait to reprise her role in The Gifted: Graduation as Claire.

LUKE (MEK) - In Kiss Me Again and Dark Blue Kiss, he is the typical friend that goes along with the rest of the gang. And his character can be easily foreshadow by Nick's character, Jun. I've seen couple episodes of A Gift to the Person You Hate, I reached episode 5, but I wasn't able to notice him there. I guess I have to finish the series. Going to Angel Beside Me... OMG! The devilishly handsome looks fits him perfectly! And when he wears black, his face is more prominent even further and as if you are drawn to his stare. Hope he gets more kind of this role in the future since his acting is awesome as well!


MUSIC
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The song during the opening credits is so angelic, a perfect fit to the theme of the series. It is so light, bubbly and joyous. What help also is the sound effects, it were placed in the right moment giving those scenes an extra "kick" to the emotion.

REWATCH VALUE
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There is no real reason for me to watch this as if I want a romantic series, definitely there many more. I could rewatch this though for its comedic side.

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Silente 08
10 people found this review helpful
Apr 7, 2020
12 of 12 episodes seen
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Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.5
This review may contain spoilers
Although originally not expecting much from it, I liked this series from the very beginning and have even become somewhat obsessed with it towards the end. Therefore I believe it deserves an in-depth review.

Story
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It seems important to me to look at the two main aspects of the story separately. On the one hand, there is the story of Lin and Somchai, who happen to meet and develop feelings for each other. On the other hand, there is the story of Lin being courted by an angel and by the devil, thus a human torn between good and evil. From the trailers, I expected to see mainly the first aspect, with the angel concept having only little impact. However, the second aspect has (at least for me) quickly become the dominating part of the story.

First some thoughts about Lin and Somchai. I must confess that I have not been much invested in their story at the beginning. It already sounds very cliche: two strangers meet by accident, need to spend time together and at some point start to develop feelings, even though they have never really thought about love before. Very predictable, not very original, and at odds with the second aspect of the story, that is very much based on the defining difference of angels and humans. However, Somchai and Lin were undoubtedly very sweet together. I still wasn’t convinced by their affection for each other, until the final episode hit me really hard. Never expected such a tearjerker, but here we are. Everything about Michael’s struggles when discussing with Gabriel and his final talk with the Lord was so nicely done, emotional and wise at the same time. Thus, although the ending was ultimately predictable, I must admit that they managed to create the ideal happy ending for this aspect of the story. Love is indeed stronger than anything.

Moving on to the second aspect. I was seriously blown away by how well they handled the eternal battle of good vs. evil and by how seriously they took the angels theme. It’s hard to tell what angel mythology the authors have based the story on, with Christianity being anything but mainstream in Thailand (in any case, they mixed in some clear Buddhist elements, making it even more interesting). I have looked at it from a Catholic background (plus I’m named after an archangel, so I’m really invested in the topic) and was amazed how well they actually depicted the angels’ hierarchy and even tried to enact the mythical fight between Michael and Satan. There have been a few theologically questionable elements which I will point out later, but overall they managed to not only use the angels as a funny supernatural gimmick, but as a serious framework for discussing problems of good and evil in our daily life and beyond.

Lin was shown as a weak character, not surprisingly so with all her terrible experiences as an unloved child and her permanent daily struggles, and therefore she was a perfect prey for the devil. I don’t think she was ever supposed to be a likable character, but she seems very relatable. Michael’s strict principles and his initial naivety in looking at mundane problems contrasted very strongly with her negative views on life. Throughout the series, both of them went through important learning processes: Lin learned to believe in good again, made real friends and reunited with her mother; Michael learned that principles can only be a guideline, so by simply evaluating people’s merit points and granting wishes solely on that basis, Heaven misses out on the concrete circumstances of individuals’ lives. Along the way, under Michael’s influence also several side characters underwent very positive developments: Lin’s mother, her landlady, her co-worker (and modeling agent) and of course Punpun. All of this provided for many memorable heartfelt moments, raising important moral questions.

Now, for this second aspect to fully work, I feel like the series could have ended with ep. 11; it is hard to imagine the Great Michael taking the kind of radical decision he took in the finale (if they had used just any angel instead, it would probably be more fitting). Alas, I think we should weigh both aspects of the story evenly, and therefore I can certainly overlook such little problems.


Theological problems
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I will now briefly address three of the theological “problems” I encountered.

First, Lin’s suicide attempt. Since it was basically the beginning of the story we didn’t get much information about that particular moment of Lin’s life; however, Satan admits that he pushed her to commit suicide in order to drag her to hell. Now, it is imaginable that the act of suicide could be the final step in a series of developments that Lin underwent under the influence of the devil, and having Michael doing everything to save her displays how her “good side” is unwilling to let her end her life. But throwing in the suicide without a deeper reflection on it leaves us with the brutal suggestion that committing suicide is necessarily an act of evil and an automatic ticket to hell, which is a very old-fashioned teaching not broadly supported by modern theology. The repetition of it in the finale made it even worse, since Satan didn’t even seem to be present anymore (but she still emphasises that she wouldn’t go to Heaven if she had died).

Then, the final confrontation between Michael and Satan. I was looking forward to that moment, but it was acted out somewhat strangely. There is a basic problem in this case (besides the controversy over the very existence of Satan, obviously): true, Michael ultimately defeats Satan in the bible, but only at the end of times, the Apocalypse. The devil cannot be defeated (neither by Michael nor by anyone above him) before the Apocalypse, because only his presence guarantees individual freedom of humans (to choose good or evil). Therefore, the outcome of the confrontation is very realistic: Michael can very well send the devil away, but it is clear that he might come back whenever Lin allows him to (he knowingly says “see you soon”). The part with Michael threatening to destroy Satan and Lin asking to spare him consequently doesn’t make sense, also because destroying the personification of evil cannot itself be an act of evil; the scene serves its purpose as displaying the positive developments both Michael and Lin have undergone, but undermines the good/evil question (not severely though, as one could also interpret it as a test knowingly posed to Lin by Michael).

Finally, it was never properly explained whether Serena’s weird “temptation” of Michael was actually Satan’s initial plan or just part of his effort to confuse Lin. It would have been interesting to see what the devil could possibly gain from such an arrangement.

Besides these “problems”, it is worth pointing out that the depiction of Michael and his incarnation is clearly modelled upon Jesus (filling in the blank they left with not clearly identifying the Lord of Heaven). Making him walk on water in ep. 11 was a nice hint at that. In that sense, Serena’s temptation could be taken from the bible, only that Jesus in contrast always knows the identity of his tempter.


Technical aspects
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All actors did a decent job, only a few were a bit overacting (Police Angel, talking about you!). Of the three mains, JJ was obviously the shining star, I can’t criticise him in any way; what a wonderful performance! Mek was incredibly cool in his role and only got better towards the end. Jane … I don’t know, she was certainly weaker than her co-stars, but I guess that fits with her role.

The way the story was told was pretty conventional; no special camera or editing techniques were used, the storyline was very linear. I wish they had tried to hide Luke’s identity better, that could have provided for more surprises along the way. The overall production value was okay; the special effects in ep. 11 were visibly cheap, but I think they did the best they could.


Conclusion
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Long story short, this series has it all: good message, relatable characters, humour, romance, plot twists and drama. It takes its guiding themes very seriously and embeds the story into an incredibly well thought-out concept. Sure, it is not perfect. The middle part could have been accelerated a bit (10 episodes would overall probably have been enough), some silly humour could have been toned down, the depiction of the devil could still have been improved and the two aspects of the story could have been interwoven more neatly. But let’s face it: for an all-ages GMMTV show this is really outstanding! And why am I not surprised that once again the director is a woman?

I can only recommend this hidden gem to everyone, particularly to those of you looking for “simple but catchy storylines” (as pointed out by another fan of the show) with relatable characters and a good message. I loved it!

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  • Drama: Angel Beside Me
  • Country: Thailand
  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 18, 2020 - Apr 4, 2020
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: GMM 25
  • Duration: 1 hr. 5 min.
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 970 users)
  • Ranked: #3891
  • Popularity: #3887
  • Watchers: 3,250

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