Wow. This episode surprised and delighted me. Everyone in this episode brought their A-game. I was moved to smile, to laugh, and even got teary-eyed a few times. I’m going to try to remain spoiler-free, but you should go watch Episode 5 before you read this review. So what changed in this episode? Let’s dig in, shall we? 😁
—Edited by TheFNGee
The Good, The Bad, and the Meh
We open on the waking up next to your crush scene with both Sky and Ace in bed, together with what appears to be Ace’s hand on Sky’s package. It’s a sneaky camera shot; we see fingers twitch, then cut to an overhead shot, and clearly see Ace’s hand grasping Sky’s arm. At that exact moment, reality sets in, and we see Sky’s own hand on his package. What a tease! Thank goodness when they wake up, even though Sky is confused, we don’t have the whole gay panic scene. I smiled a little over Ace’s comment that something hard was poking him last night. Of course, Sky had the typical morning wood….at least he appeared embarrassed about it. 😁
Then we have a domestic family breakfast scene. I don’t think I’m giving too much away to say this as it happens in the first part of the episode. I love this scene so much. They feel like a family. The good-natured teasing, the hustle and bustle, and the happy vibes radiate from each person at the table. Ace is surrounded by something he’s never been exposed to, a loving family. He seems overwhelmed at times, but happy. And we have Sky helping him by peeling his shrimp, telling Ace that he will teach him how to do it later. This act alone says something about how close they have become if they are talking as if they will be in each other’s lives in the future.
Sky’s family has already accepted Ace warmly into the family. They treat him not just like a guest, but as a new member of the family. It’s very different than the way they treated Moira when she was over for dinner. I can’t say that I blame them. At least Ace was willing to take care of Sky when he’s ill, which makes him a better person in their eyes.
Unlike the blatant homophobia in the last episode, this episode has precisely none — what a welcome change of pace. No matter who is talking and what is happening, everyone in this episode seems unfazed by the idea of same-sex love and affection. I won’t get into who said what and what transpired, but I will say I found it delightful.
I’m most impressed by the communication in this episode. There are many heartfelt talks about feelings, issues, fears, and the future. I am impressed with Miko, Aki, and Leilani’s ability to convey complex emotions, pulling my heartstrings. I didn’t know they had it in them. Aki is still the one who needs a bit of tweaking, but his performance has come so far since Episode 1. I know this is a short review, but what can I say? I want to see what’s next and surprise of all surprises, I’m looking forward to next week’s episode. 🤭
Thanks for sticking with me people. Let me know your thoughts….is it better? 💕- Jen
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars. [See our Review Guide]
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Lol, this episode got me shipping Kim and Ace for a sec right at the minute Ace tells her sorry then goes in for the consoling hug.
Then I came back real quick.
This episode also finally gave a great interaction between Sky and Ace. I hope they give us more of that. Quite commendable how they portrayed Sky’s emotions being all over the place with how he was acting, and Ace being more mature and in control of his feelings judging by the talk he had with Kim.
It still has that thing about some characters being there just to fill space and give transition frames. Like that girl in the office who is supposed to be flirty, but she never delivers any flirty scene/line, just stare at people’s faces and smile sheepishly when she has to. Seriously though, that girl needs to start saying something, flirt or fall on her face. I don’t know who she will flirt with but falling on her face, for now, seems like a good start.
I like Ken’s though. He seems like a wanderer, only sticking around for whatever catches his attention long enough to warrant a reaction then leaves. Because I like Ken, and the production still hasn’t gotten the hang of things with the characters, I am hesitant of him being on screen for long then he overexaggerates a reaction (seems highly unlikely) or doesn’t deliver at all.
Seriously though, that girl in the office needs to start saying something, flirt or fall on her face. If Jelai doesn’t call her, I forget she is there.
I haven’t watched this morning’s episode yet. I am hopeful that I get to see more of Ace and Sky talking about their feelings. But I think we are going to get more interactions that move the plot line forward. You are right about the filler characters. I don’t understand Jam’s purpose and the other people in the office don’t really have a purpose to me either. I would like them to actually do something in the scenes they are in, so lets wait and see if maybe we get more out of them in the cake episode. Ken is amusing, and I enjoy his defense of his brother. But he needs more direction on motivation and behavior in the scenes he’s in. Thanks sweetie. I can’t wait to see what we both think of this week’s episode.
errrrr- it is better- and why do I like it when it is still- soooooo sloppy?
Is it that the actor playing Sky is just so goofy and sweet? the poppy colors?
There are still major issues with Jelai, Jam (???? why is he in this series- is he really friend;
with Sky?), another ludicrous and unneeded scene with overacting people screeching about Sky as he helps BBQ! How about Sky’s brother- why isn’t he at this hospital with his dad? What the heck is his motivation/character in this? Another character lost and wandering.
At least Kim does (finally) get a scene to play- the restaurant confession scene from Ace- that is nice.
I am watching this as I did the equally amateurish Stage of Love BL
True, I can’t figure out Jam’s purpose. He wanders around aimlessly and doesn’t even have that many lines. I think the actor who plays Sky is adorable. I do want to pinch his cheeks. Ace is handsome but he’s not top tier, scream over him level. This world seems to be filled with shippers though, so maybe that’s the trope they are playing up. And as for Sky’s brother, I have no idea either. He doesn’t go to school, that I know of, has no job except his youtube or instagram beauty product reviews, but maybe that earns him money? Kim had a good scene with Ace. So I’m viewing this from the show’s growth, not as a series whole. When we finish the last episode, I will do a rating for the first season. I say first season as they have announced season 2 already. Not sure where it can go next, but 🤷♀️. We will see where it goes this week. Thanks for sticking with me. 😁🤗💕 – Jen
At last at long last! Finished episode 6 longing for more.Everybody stepped up and delivered. The crotch grab scene was a great start. Do you think mom noticed the 30 seconds of eye-gazing between Sky and Ace just before the kick landed on Ken’s shin? Funny! So was the “That’s too big for you.” at the gym. Episode 6 cemented the connection between Sky and Ace in a tender and convincing way. Great writing. Really enjoyed the OST; it blended beautifully with the script. Especially those scenes where Sky and Ace begin to recognize their attraction to each other for what it is: love. Heart wrenching scene between Ace and Kim superbly acted by both. And so much more. What a turn around. Eagerly looking forward to the rest of the show.
PS – Maybe an extra .25 rating if the next episode equals this one?
PPS – Thank you so much for your kind words.
Ok, Glad to know you are with me still. We needed this episode. It seems like they’ve finally hit their stride in writing and acting. Happy to see it left us both anticipating the next episode. And I think Mom and Dad see what’s happening. They are an accepting family, and it appears they are happy to welcome Ace into their fold with open arms. The OST was good too. As for the rating, I am cautiously optimistic that the next episode will receive a higher rating, especially if this quality continues. And always glad to chat anytime. If you ever feel like talking outside of this website you can reach me on Twitter @jenhg43 My dm’s are always open. 💕🤗 – Jen