Step by Step Season 1 Review – A slow burn drama tarnished by a poor ending

Season 1

 

 

Episode Guide

Episode 1 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 9 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 10 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 11 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 12 – | Review Score – 2/5

 

Step by Step is a Thai romantic BL drama series that tells the love story between a graduate digital marketing specialist called Pat and the domineering digital marketing manager of Jian Group, Jeng.

Pat is the new enthusiastic digital team member at Jian Group who has just returned from studying abroad and has his first job as an Intern at Jian Group. His colleagues talk about a new manager taking over the department they despise. The rumour is that he is fierce, cold-hearted, strict, and the chairman’s son.

Unknowingly, Pat meets with the new Chairman, Jeng Kittipong, when he spills glass jelly on his shoes, and he has a crush on him. Their first impressions are unforgettable until Pat finally finds out that Jeng is his new boss, and the dynamics of their interaction take a turn.

Jeng develops a fondness for Pat since their first meeting, but as Pat is his subordinate, he has to keep his feelings secret. He tries to mold Pat to be the best digital marketer since he notices his intelligence, knowledge and creativity in handling challenges in digital marketing.

He becomes meticulous and strict with Pat, which changes Pat’s first impression of him. Pat starts to feel that Jeng is particularly uncaring and a lousy boss. The impression makes Jeng want to work on himself and become a better boss. 

The development between Pat and Jeng is slow, which coincides well with the series’ theme. However, the slow unfolding of the storyline does lead to minimal character development.

At the beginning of the series, Pat is naïve, irrational, and impulsive; very few changes are noticeable in his character by the end. On the other hand, Jeng’s character undergoes massive changes as he is constantly working on himself to become a better boss, build teamwork in the department, and change the toxicity in the workplace.

He changes from being strict, domineering, and unapproachable, and the subordinates feel free to express themselves freely and interact in the workplace. 

However, other relationships and supporting characters in the series are underdeveloped. The series concentrates more on Jeng and Pat’s relationship. Hence, viewers do not witness the development of other characters’ relationships, including Ae and Kanun, as well as Jen and Jaab. At the end of the series, most characters are non-existent, leaving viewers unaware of what happens to Jen, Beam, Prem, Jaab, Put, and Ying. 

Nonetheless, the friendship dynamics in the series are fantastic. The trio of Pat, Ae and Beam are the friends who would drop everything and be by your side through the highs and the lows.

The brotherhood between Jeng and Jaab is heartwarming, with Jaab being the little brother who holds Jeng so highly for giving him a chance to pursue his dreams by taking over the responsibilities of the elder brother and shielding him from their harsh father.

Chot is the MVP in the series; he is the right amount of funny, intelligent, sassy, understanding lover, and a reliable friend. 

On the downside, the plot and the dialogue are both inconsistent. There’s so many irrelevant scenes that just do not support the narrative. Sometimes the conversations are annoying and not helpful in moving the plot and character forward, especially on Pat’s part. There is a whole scene where Pat and his parents talk about their separation, and it is portrayed like it is just happening, only to realize later that they divorced long ago and remarried.

Pat’s feelings are indistinguishable since his reactions are similar in almost every situation. It is difficult to discern when he starts liking Jeng or if he really wants him. 

Generally, the show lags in storytelling and character development for Pat, the main lead and the supporting cast, and the ending is unsatisfactory. The time skip in the last episode does nothing to make the end satisfying either and is, unfortunately, the final nail in an otherwise disappointing coffin. 


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