Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

After playing romantic leads in “Enchante,” actors Force Jiratchapong Srisang and Book Kasidet Plookphol have been paired together again in the 2023 Thai series “A Boss and A Babe,” where their roles seem to be aptly tailored to their personalities.

Directed by New Siwaj Sawatmaneekul, the 12-episode-long series follows the antics of energetic gamer-boy Cher (Book Kasidet Plookphol), who lands an internship with a gaming company and manages to steal the heart of his cold, aloof boss Gun (Force Jiratchapong Srisang), who is feared by everybody else in the office. The fluffy romantic comedy vibes in the first few episodes make the show seem a lot more promising than the rather bland “Enchante.”

Gun’s character as a snooty, misunderstood boss was at odds with how quickly he falls for the new intern in his office, but apart from that one anomaly, it was refreshing to see the principal protagonist being quite forward and honest about his feelings for someone. By episode two, things were already heating up between the cute Cher and the handsome, charming Gun, and there’s an interesting little backstory added to explain why the boss is such a fan of the new boy.

Book and Force are adorable as a romantic pair throughout the series, however, the secondary plots were weak and unnecessary. For example, Cher tries to support the younger brother of a girl he used to be in love with, and that secondary plot didn’t add any weight to the overall story and was a pointless distraction. The writers should have focused on more comedic elements or witty dialogues instead of forcefully injecting serious side stories that were simply awkward. By episode seven, the pace slows down significantly. I had to double-check if this series was only eight episodes long because, with little story left, it made sense to wrap things up soon. GMMTV’s “Moonlight Chicken” deserved to be 12 episodes long, not this one. I lost interest in the show by episode eight but continued watching until the end just to see what happens. Despite having its share of many charming and cute moments, “A Boss and A Babe” was too overstretched and should have been at least four episodes shorter.

It’s a 5 on 10 from me. You can stream the series on YouTube.

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