I Feel You Linger in the Air – Series Review & Ending Explained

I Feel You Linger in the Air is a Thai historical fantasy BL series.

I Feel You Linger in the Air is a Thai historical BL series with a fantasy twist. After an accident, the main character regains consciousness and finds himself stuck in the past. He is lost and confused while navigating an unfamiliar world from decades ago. Eventually, he receives help from a young aristocrat. As the protagonist begins working for the wealthy household, he develops forbidden feelings for his employer.

From the fantasy premise to the historical setting, I Feel You Linger in the Air is one of the most extraordinary BL dramas. Each fascinating storyline explores the past era and examines cultural nuances insightfully. It tackles many complex themes, including class differences, womanhood, and LGBTQ+ experiences. Thanks to the couple's enchanting chemistry, I'm spellbound by their majestic romance. Everything about this series evokes epicness.

I Feel You Linger in the Air Summary



Series Info:

Thailand (2023)


13 hours

Total Episodes:

12 episodes + special


Historical romance


I Feel You Linger in the Air is a mature & interesting BL drama.


Jom and Yai make flower garlands together.

The year is 2023. Jom is an architect in a long-term relationship with his boyfriend, Ohm. They have been dating for a while. Jom once dreamed of building a future with Ohm. He wanted to design a custom home for the two of them. However, Ohm must leave to study in the UK for two years. They put their cohabitation plans on hold. Upon Ohm's return, he breaks up with Jom. While living overseas, he cheated on lover. He has fallen in love with another woman, Khaimook.

The betrayal devastates Jom. After a drunken evening, he drives home while intoxicated. His car accidentally swerves into the sea. He drowns and loses consciousness. Fortunately, he survives. Once Jom wakes up, he feels startled by his unfamiliar surroundings. Instead of the modern cityscape in 2023, Jom finds himself near a riverside town in 1928. His inexplicable time travel confuses him. Jom tries asking the locals for help, but they don't even know what a cell phone is. There's no way for him to return home.

Jom meets Ming, a servant who works for a wealthy household. Jom feigns memory loss and pretends he doesn't know where his home is. Ming takes pity on the helpless stranger, allowing him to stay at his home. Ming introduces Jom to his employer, Yai. This 20-year-old aristocrat makes all the household decisions while his father is on a business trip. He allows Jom to stay on his premises and grants him employment as one of the servants. Yet, Yai's mother and the other servants remain suspicious of the newcomer due to his unknown origins.

One evening, Jom is surprised to encounter his younger sister, Jeed. However, she doesn't recognize him. It turns out this woman, Eeang Peung, only resembles Jeed in appearance. In this timeline, Eeang Peung is Yai's older sister. She has married Robert, an egotistical man with a nasty temper. Robert and Eeang Peung don't get along, especially after he takes a second wife. He forces his new bride, Fong Kaew, to break up with her old lover, Khamsen. Jom feels tormented because Khamsen and Fong Kaew's appearances resemble Ohm and Khaimook.

Jom must get used to living in a different era and working in a lowly position. He's troubled by the inequalities between the employers and the staff. The servants get mistreated, such as receiving a beating whenever they make a mistake. Robert and Yai's parents are particularly antagonistic. Unlike his family, Yai has a gentler personality and shows compassion. He stands up for the servants. Moved by his employer's kindness, Jom develops feelings for him. The attraction is mutual. However, their same-sex romance defies the conservative social norms of this period.

I Feel You Linger in the Air Cast



Nonkul Chanon Santinatornkul (นนกุล ชานน สันตินธรกุล)

Jom is portrayed by the Thai actor Nonkul Chanon Santinatornkul (นนกุล ชานน สันตินธรกุล).

Jom is an architect who recently got dumped by his boyfriend. Feeling heartbroken, he gets into a drunken car accident. Jom regains consciousness and finds himself in a past era. While navigating his new life, he becomes a servant for Yai's household. Jom has a close relationship with his younger sister, Jeed.

Nonkul Chanon Santinatornkul

Nonkul Chanon Santinatornkul (นนกุล ชานน สันตินธรกุล) is a Thai actor. He is born on June 6, 1996. His first BL leading role is the 2023 series, I Feel You Linger in the Air. He also has supporting roles in various BL movies, including Love's Coming (2014) and Love Love You (2015).


Bright Rapheephong Thapsuwan (ไบร์ท รพีพงศ์ ทับสุวรรณ)

Yai is portrayed by the Thai actor Bright Rapheephong Thapsuwan (ไบร์ท รพีพงศ์ ทับสุวรรณ).

Yai is a 20-year-old aristocrat from 1928. He lives a comfortable life with his wealthy parents. Despite his privilege, Yai remains gentle and compassionate. Yai is the middle sibling. He has an older sister, Eeang Peung, and a younger brother, Lek. Yai enjoys reading romance novels in his free time, often with an afternoon snack.

Bright Rapheephong Thapsuwan

Bright Rapheephong Thapsuwan (ไบร์ท รพีพงศ์ ทับสุวรรณ) is a Thai actor. He is born on May 11, 1996.

Bright Rapheephong Thapsuwan (ไบร์ท รพีพงศ์ ทับสุวรรณ) is a Thai actor. He is born on May 11, 1996. His first BL project is the 2023 drama, I Feel You Linger in the Air.

Eeang Peung

Alee Auttharinya Uengsilpsrikul (อาหลี อัฐริญญา อึ้งศิลป์ศรีกุล)

Eeang Peung is portrayed by the Thai actress Alee Auttharinya Uengsilpsrikul (อาหลี อัฐริญญา อึ้งศิลป์ศรีกุล).

Eeang Peung is Yai's older sister and the eldest of three siblings. She reluctantly became Robert's first wife after her father set up an arranged marriage. Before marrying him, Eeang Peung wanted to study politics. Unbeknownst to her family, Eeang Peung is in a relationship with her servant, Maey. They hide their romance from everyone, including Robert.

Alee Auttharinya Uengsilpsrikul

Alee Auttharinya Uengsilpsrikul (อาหลี อัฐริญญา อึ้งศิลป์ศรีกุล) is a Thai actress. She is born on October 2, 1996. Her first BL project is the 2023 drama, I Feel You Linger in the Air.


Tian Atcharee Buakhiao (เทียน อัจฉรี บัวเขียว)

Maey is portrayed by the Thai actress Tian Atcharee Buakhiao (เทียน อัจฉรี บัวเขียว).

Maey is a devoted servant who works for Robert's household. She has been in a secret relationship with Eeang Peung, which they hide from everyone else. Maey would sneak into Eeang Peung's room to keep her company at night. Maey also has a close relationship with Ming, who has a crush on her. However, she doesn't return his feelings.

Tian Atcharee Buakhiao

Tian Atcharee Buakhiao (เทียน อัจฉรี บัวเขียว) is a Thai actress. She is born on December 24, 1995.

Tian Atcharee Buakhiao (เทียน อัจฉรี บัวเขียว) is a Thai actress. She is born on December 24, 1995. Her first BL project is the 2023 drama, I Feel You Linger in the Air.

Supporting Cast

Ming is portrayed by the Thai actor Guide Kantapon Chompupan (ไกด์ กันตพล ชมภูพันธ์).


Guide Kantapon Chompupan (ไกด์ กันตพล ชมภูพันธ์)

Fong Kaew is portrayed by the Thai actress June Teeratee Buddeehong (จูน ธีรตี บุตรดีหงษ์).

Fong Kaew

June Teeratee Buddeehong (จูน ธีรตี บุตรดีหงษ์)

Khamsen is portrayed by the Thai actor Typhoon Kanokchat Munyadon (ไต้ฝุ่น กนกฉัตร มรรยาทอ่อน).


Typhoon Kanokchat Munyadon (ไต้ฝุ่น กนกฉัตร มรรยาทอ่อน)

Robert is portrayed by the Thai actor Attila Arthur Gagnaux (อติล่า อาร์เธอร์ กานโยซ์).


Attila Arthur Gagnaux (อติล่า อาร์เธอร์ กานโยซ์)

James is portrayed by the Thai actor Kim Thitisan Goodburn (คิมมี่ ธิติสรรค์ กู๊ดเบิร์น).


Kim Thitisan Goodburn (คิมมี่ ธิติสรรค์ กู๊ดเบิร์น)

Ohm is portrayed by the Thai actor Typhoon Kanokchat Munyadon (ไต้ฝุ่น กนกฉัตร มรรยาทอ่อน).


Typhoon Kanokchat Munyadon (ไต้ฝุ่น กนกฉัตร มรรยาทอ่อน)

Khaimook is portrayed by the Thai actress June Teeratee Buddeehong (จูน ธีรตี บุตรดีหงษ์).


June Teeratee Buddeehong (จูน ธีรตี บุตรดีหงษ์)

Jeed is portrayed by the Thai actress Alee Auttharinya Uengsilpsrikul (อาหลี อัฐริญญา อึ้งศิลป์ศรีกุล).


Alee Auttharinya Uengsilpsrikul (อาหลี อัฐริญญา อึ้งศิลป์ศรีกุล)

Yai's father is portrayed by the Thai actor Nu Surasak Chaiat (หนู สุรศักดิ์ ชัยอรรถ).


Nu Surasak Chaiat (หนู สุรศักดิ์ ชัยอรรถ)

Yai's mother is portrayed by the Thai actress Tong Savitree Samipak (สาวิตรี สามิภักดิ์).


Tong Savitree Samipak (สาวิตรี สามิภักดิ์)

Lek is portrayed by Thai actor Neve Nantapat Apiwat (นีฟ นันทพัฒน์ อภิวาท).


Neve Nantapat Apiwat (นีฟ นันทพัฒน์ อภิวาท)

Prik is portrayed by Thai actress Phiao Duangjai Hiransri (ดวงใจ หิรัญศรี).


Phiao Duangjai Hiransri (ดวงใจ หิรัญศรี)

Mean is portrayed by a Thai actress.


Khamtip is portrayed by the Thai actress Tui Puttachat Pongsuchat (ตุ่ย พุทธชาด พงศ์สุชาติ).


Tui Puttachat Pongsuchat (ตุ่ย พุทธชาด พงศ์สุชาติ)

Lamyai is portrayed by the Thai actress.


Suya is portrayed by a Thai actor.


Chan is portrayed by the Thai actor Potae Watcharayu Suradet (โปเต้ วัชรายุธ์ สุรเดช).


Potae Watcharayu Suradet (โปเต้ วัชรายุธ์ สุรเดช)

Neuy is portrayed by Om Pathavee Thepkraiwan (ออม ปัถวี เทพไกรวัล).


Om Pathavee Thepkraiwan (ออม ปัถวี เทพไกรวัล)

Uncle Dech is portrayed by a Thai actor.

Uncle Dech

Busabong is portrayed by a Thai actress.


Kruba is portrayed by a Thai actor.


Uncle Tan is portrayed by a Thai actor.

Uncle Tan

Khamsen's mom is portrayed by a Thai actress.

Khamsen's mother

Fong Kaew's mom is portrayed by a Thai actress.

Fong Kaew's mother

Hope is portrayed by a pig.


Cast Highlights

  • Jom's actor (Nonkul) has previously appeared in the Thai BL movies, Love's Coming (2014) and Love Love You (2015).
  • The actor who plays Ming (Guide) is one of the leads of the 2023 series Bake Me Please. His character is the new assistant to a talented pastry chef.
  • The actor who portrays James (Kim) is a two-time pageant winner. He was crowned Mister Thailand International 2023 and Mister International 2023.
  • The actor who portrays Yai's father (Nu) has portrayed a gay role in the 2022 series My Ride. He also has supporting roles in Lovely Writer (2021), A Tale of Thousand Stars (2021), and Dear Doctor (2022). Lek's child actor (Neve) has appeared in several BL series, including Lovely Writer (2021), The Miracle of Teddy Bear (2022), and Make a Wish (2023).
  • Prik's actress (Phiao) has supporting roles in Baker Boys (2021), Something in My Room (2022), The Eclipse (2022), Magic of Zero (2022), and 609 Bedtime Story (2022). Khamtip's actress (Tui) has appeared in 7 Project (2021), Remember Me (2022), and Step by Step (2023).

I Feel You Linger in the Air Review


Drama Review Score: 9.6

Jom and Yai relax in the bathtub.

I Feel You Linger in the Air is one of the most extraordinary BL dramas ever created. This exemplary series has outdone itself in every category. The plot ignites my imagination with its ambitious premise, unique historical setting, and rich cultural nuances. Likewise, the romance fills my heart with sweetness and tenderness. The couple's charming love story leaves me utterly spellbound. Along with the elegant visuals and majestic production values, everything about I Feel You Linger in the Air evokes magnificence.

Set across the fascinating era of 1928, I Feel You Linger in the Air stands out from many modern BL series. This period drama explores the past and examines societal norms at the time, providing a rare and illuminating perspective. Previously, I hadn't considered what it was like to live as a gay man from a century ago. This brilliant story offers profound LGBTQ+ insights, highlighting the dangers, prejudices, and personal sacrifices. Despite the many challenges, I Feel You Linger in the Air doesn't only dwell on gloom. It also emphasizes strength, resilience, and hope in an inspiring journey.

Beyond a poignant gay story, I Feel You Linger in the Air tackles numerous complex themes. One of its most meaningful topics is womanhood. The narrative depicts the struggles of daughters, wives, and mothers against family expectations. This BL drama develops its female protagonists thoughtfully and amplifies their voices. The series also scrutinizes class differences, juxtaposing the privileges of the wealthy and the plight of the commoners. I connect profoundly with the astute observations and mature social commentary about marginalized communities.

The couple's budding attraction evolves into exhilarating affection. From delicate kisses in the bathtub to passionate makeout sessions under the rain, each encounter highlights their intense chemistry. The series balances the tasteful physical intimacy with lots of cute flirtation. I can't stop smiling, giggling, or blushing over all the iconic relationship moments! Yai is also a gentleman who respects Jom and shows no pretentiousness, regardless of status. He speaks like a romance novel lead with eloquent declarations of love, which adds to his character's endearing charm. 

Yai's actor (Bright) is a tall, handsome leading man with a commanding screen presence. He exudes natural suaveness and effortless sophistication, making him ideal for the role. His costar (Nonkul) is an adorable stud muffin who aces the dramatic material. He anchors the series through his poise, gravitas, and exquisite display of emotions. In contrast, Eeang Peung and Maew's actresses (Alee and Tien) seem less charismatic. I enjoy the GL couple's tragic romantic subplot, which mirrors the leads, but the shaky performances diminish the impact.

I Feel You Linger in the Air is a lengthy title with 13+ hours to build a comprehensive narrative. Yet, some plots still occur too abruptly or hastily. With many busy story arcs battling for the spotlight, a few events don't receive enough focus. Also, everything unfolds theatrically. The exaggerated melodrama undermines its credibility. Despite the criticisms, my overwhelming enthusiasm remains. This captivating BL series stirs my heart and stimulates my mind after each epic episode. I Feel You Linger in the Air is enchanting, engrossing, and an everlasting favourite.


Epic story

I Feel You Linger in the Air is an epic period drama set in the fascinating era of 1928. The story offers astute social commentary and explores insightful themes, including LGBTQ+ experiences.

Enchanting romance

The couple's enchanting romance bursts alive with exhilarating passion. Each intimate encounter highlights their intense chemistry. I can't stop smiling and giggling over their cute flirtation!

Commanding acting

Jom's actor (Nonkul) emotes exquisitely and anchors the series with his dignified performance. His costar (Bright) dazzles with suaveness, sophistication, and a commanding screen presence.

Sad ending

I Feel You Linger in the Air has a sad ending as the couple must face their inevitable separation. The poignant finale includes sensitive emotions, tender kisses, and sentimental farewells.

Majestic artistry

This beautifully filmed series captures the 1920s with a stylish vintage aesthetic. The elegant visuals, soothing music, and majestic production values add to this love story's mesmerizing ambiance.


I Feel You Linger in the Air is an extraordinary BL series with a poignant historical romance. It explores brilliant themes, displays magnificent artistry & celebrates the couple's passionate chemistry.

I Feel You Linger in the Air Series Explained



Ohm breaks up with Jom after returning to Thailand.

"I wanted to design our house with my own two hands so that we can finally be a family in the future."

Oh no, this was the line that swayed me. I felt my heart tremble when Jom said the sentence to his boyfriend. His words sounded so beautifully aspirational. I loved how he wanted to build their future dream home "with his own two hands", which was such an intimate detail. In my head, I can see Jom's vision. In my heart, I can feel his optimism. After this moment, I foolishly became a Jom x Ohm shipper before they broke my heart three minutes later. 😭

If I was devastated after three minutes of investment, imagine how much worse Jom felt after pouring years into this relationship. Not only was Ohm a cheating scumbag, but he handled his adultery in a particularly hurtful way. Ohm could have broken up with his boyfriend earlier. Jom would still be anguished, but at least he doesn't spend months pining over his doomed long-distance relationship. Instead, Ohm waited until his mistress got knocked up before finally ending his two-timing. He prolonged his boyfriend's false hope. Damn, this weasel is the worst.

Ohm is an obvious red flag of a boyfriend. In retrospect, ending the relationship with this love rat is a secret blessing in disguise. Jom is better off single than getting strung along by someone who disrespects him. With that said, it doesn't diminish the heartbreak of his painful betrayal. The series uses a poignant visual cue to represent Jom's despair. We see a picture of the couple and the blueprint of their custom home next to broken glass fragments. Poor Jom once aspired to build a future with his loved one. But now, his most hopeful dreams had been destroyed.


Yai stops Jom from drowning.

Not only did the breakup shatter Jom's dreams, but it also destroyed his notion of love. Our heartbroken protagonist feels hopelessly disillusioned after his ex-boyfriend's betrayal. Most importantly, he has lost his capacity for self-love. Jom indulges in excessive alcohol, hooks up with sleazy predators, and drives at high speed while intoxicated. His reckless actions come from a tormented soul who doesn't love himself enough. As Jom spirals rapidly, he's on a dangerous descent to self-destructiveness.

A drunken Jom drives his car into the sea and starts to drown. The drowning mirrors his psychological turmoil. Mentally, Jom is in a freefall. He has sunken into a bottomless pit of despair. Jom's agony is so intense that it suffocates his desire to live. While drowning, he doesn't struggle, grasp for air, or fight desperately for his life. Instead, Jom seems resigned to his demise and narrates, "If this is an ending to a new beginning, I pray for life after my death to be a better journey." These bleak last words suggest he doesn't want to exist anymore.

Yet, this is not the end for our pessimistic protagonist. As Jom drowns, a fantasy version of Yai comes to revive him. Like being given a new lease on life, Jom miraculously survives a fatal accident that should have killed him. Later, Jom drowns for a second time after the rowing boat capsized at the end of the episode. Once again, Yai dives in to save his life. The story reiterates that whenever Jom falls hopelessly, his love interest will rescue him. Every time Jom sinks into a mental slump, Yai pulls him up and offers motivation to keep living.


Jom and Yai talk after the blessing ceremony.

Yai's kindness is evident from the start. When Jom and Ming's boat capsized, Yai's first instinct was to dive in and help them. This heroic act is just one of many examples where he shows human decency. As the series progresses, Yai continues to behave compassionately at every turn. From protecting the servants to worrying about his sister's well-being, he's always guided by his empathy. Yai consistently proves that he's a good guy who extends a helping hand to someone in need.

One of Yai's most altruistic good deeds is helping Jom get settled. Yai meets a pitiful homeless stranger with memory loss and decides to improve his living conditions. Despite his mother's opposition, he offers Jom stable employment. This job grants him access to the necessities, like food and shelter. Jom no longer has to sit on the sidewalk, munching on scraps. He's fortunate to encounter a kind employer who provides him with a more stable and dignified life. Others, like Yai's parents or the heartless Robert, wouldn't have assisted Jom this way.

Episode 2 ends with the characters attending a blessing ceremony. This ancient ritual is supposed to revive a person's blessing, a vaguely defined concept similar to good fortune. In the last scene, Yai ties a string around Jom's wrist and says, "I see you've lost your blessing. Please let me bring it back to you again." Beyond spiritual implications, this scene highlights Yai's generosity toward Jom. Contrary to Jom's assumption, not everyone is as rotten as his cheating ex. If you open your heart again, you may meet a decent guy like Yai, restoring your faith in humanity.


Yai promotes Jom to be a majordomo.

Yai and Jom develop their bond. Episode 3 includes a poignant exchange where Jom opens up and becomes vulnerable around his love interest. Yai offers sensitive advice, "If remembering makes you sad, just forget about it. Start again. Relax your heart." These gentle words help Jom finally heal from his heartbreak. Later, Yai promoted Jom to become his majordomo. This new job position allows them to work intimately with each other, further strengthening their familiarity.

Some may argue that Yai only helps Jom due to his attraction. Majordomo? More like majorhomo! Yai's inner gaydar senses another guy likely to reciprocate his affections, so he dotes on him more than the other staff. My rebuttal to that allegation is, "So what?" Regardless of Yai's intent, it doesn't diminish his good deeds. He has gone out of his way to support someone in misfortune. Whenever others antagonize Jom, Yai always steps in to protect the victim. He has done enough to prove his decency. I don't need him to be the perfect samaritan with the purest of hearts.

Jom has noticed his employer's favouritism. As Yai lists the qualifications to become his majordomo, he admits one of the criteria is personal fondness. Jom questions, "But what about the others who want my position? Don't they have the right?" He feels guilty for this promotion, granting him better working conditions than his friend Ming. Yai responds cautiously. He can't promote all the servants to be majordomos. Despite his generosity, Yai's power to help others is limited. Jom may be lucky to receive preferential treatment, but others must bemoan their circumstances.


Jom and Prik get punished.

Life as a servant is stressful. The job responsibilities themselves aren't that bad. The staff cooks, cleans, gardens, babysits, and performs domestic errands. Although not glamorous, doing chores for a paycheck is a way of life. However, what makes this role unbearable is the inhumane working conditions. Besides fulfilling household duties, the servants must appease their masters and comply with any demands. Even if the request is unreasonable, the employees remain obedient. This power dynamic doesn't tolerate dissent.

Some employers are kind toward their workers. Yai and his older sister, Eeang Peung, remain respectful of those working under them. Yet, there are heartless jerks like Yai's parents, who punish an employee for attending to her dying mother. Even worse are malevolent tyrants like Robert, who beat his staff with violent lashings. The power has corrupted his mind, making him think he has the right to abuse others due to his authority. Robert believes paying a salary grants him human ownership, so he subjects his servants to cruelty and exploitation.

In 1928, laws weren't in place to protect worker rights. The hired help must endure workplace mistreatment to support themselves and their families financially. Furthermore, there's no career growth. They're stuck doing the same job responsibilities, day after day. Ming describes his tedious routine: "Wake up, work until dark, drink liquor, forget my troubles, and sleep." Later, Prik echoes similar frustrations, "This is the life of a servant. We aren't the masters of our own lives." Both working-class characters feel disillusioned and don't have any autonomy over their destinies.


Yai can't convince his parents to stop the punishments.

In this household, the wealthy family is the ruling party. Like the king and queen, Yai's parents make all the policies their staff must abide by. Anyone who doesn't follow orders will get punished. When Prik abandons her duties, she must eat leftovers for two weeks. Denying the fundamental right to food is supposed to be a lenient sentencing. Initially, Yai's mom wanted to beat Prik and detain her for a month. The less severe punishment may seem better by comparison, but it's still needlessly cruel.

Prik's leave of absence is to see her dying mother for one last time. Anyone with a conscience would be sympathetic to her reasoning. Yet, Yai's parents insist on enforcing the oppressive rules because it's the tradition. Even as a bystander, Jom is upset. He appeals to Yai's kindness and asks him to intervene. Although Yai raises his concerns, he gets shut down by his domineering father. He lacks the persuasion to influence his family. He also backs down quickly, not putting up a fight. "When things have been this way for so long, change doesn't happen in a few days," Yai justifies his passiveness.

Jom gives an impassioned response. "The future of our country is changing, but why are you letting these things happen in your home!? If no one speaks up, will change ever happen!?" If you can read between the lines, you'll surmise his speech isn't just describing the story. It's a subtle critique of the real-life oppressive leadership that existed a century ago and still stands today. Yai's family draws parallels to the Thai monarchy and other tyrants worldwide. Yai represents those who have some influence, yet they fear speaking up and opposing the unjust power structure. 


Jom pretends to be a buffalo for Lek.

After Jom's impassioned plea, Yai becomes more forceful with his parents. Yai brokers a negotiation that reduces Prik's sentencing. Good news, you only get your privileges taken away instead of your freedom! Jom doesn't think there should be any punishment at all. From the disproportionate severity to the sympathetic circumstances, Prik deserves compassion from her employers. Yet, Yai's tyrannical parents are so out of touch with their elitism that their son has to remind them to show humanity.

Yai apologizes for his inability to overturn Prik's punishment. Jom doesn't blame him and understands systemic oppression is too deep-rooted to resolve quickly. "We should be angry at what made us like this," Jom directs his outrage toward the ruling party. Thankfully, this incident has strengthened Yai's conviction to stand up against injustices. He vows, "Some day, I'll be the head of household and change everything. I promise I'll make this better." Progressive change may not come today in 1928, but there's hope for compassionate governance with future leaders like Yai.

Eliminating systemic oppression isn't an easy journey. The story alludes to this struggle in Episode 7 when Yai's brother orders Jom to pose as a buffalo for his entertainment. Jom lashes out, "I'm not a buffalo! I'm a person!" This line sounds comedic, but the underlying message is alarming. Jom and the staff are always dehumanized. The brother, representing a governor of tomorrow, perpetuates the existing structure of oppression. He treats the working class as animals instead of humans. Sadly, for every progressive leader like Yai, there's an oblivious tyrant like Lek.

Fong Kaew

Fong Kaew seduces her husband.

1928 was a culturally conservative era that only favoured a specific demographic. Namely, rich straight men held all the power in society. This lopsided power hierarchy hasn't changed significantly today, but the inequality seems worse a century ago. Life could be harsh if you didn't belong to this preferential class. The challenges were particularly hellish for women without money. They lacked options for a better life. Marriage was often an economic necessity, providing a pathway to security and stability.

After her father's death, Fong Kaew secures a wealthy husband to provide comfortably for her ailing mother. The love of her life is Khamsan, but she sacrifices this relationship for financial support. Being sickeningly mercenary is her best means of survival. This marriage isn't rosy for Fong Kaew, whose abusive spouse violates her. Initially, she wallowed in self-pity. Over time, she adapts to her adversity. Instead of letting herself be a victim, Fong Kaew devises a cunning scheme to ease into Robert's good graces. She pretends to be a dutiful wife to minimize her mistreatment.

Fong Kaew's plan works, but it comes with consequences. Firstly, she alienates Robert's other wife. As she flaunts her sultry red dress, Fong Kaew competes against Eeang Peung for spousal affection. I'll be his favourite, not you! Eeang Peung doesn't care, but Fong Kaew's actions have an antagonistic edge. Secondly, Fong Kaew compromises her self-worth. After Robert's arrest, she doesn't reunite with Khamsan. Fong Kaew feels disgraced and sees herself as unworthy of his devotion. Sadly, she's a cautionary tale of tragic sacrifices when surviving oppressive environments.

Eeang Peung

Eeang Peung and Maey are a secret couple.

Sexism transcends class differences. Even an upper-class woman like Eeang Peung isn't protected from mistreatment. This well-educated lady had bright aspirations for her future. She wanted to continue her studies and work in politics. Yet, Eeang Peung got a harsh reality check from her parents, who reduced her worth to a business bargaining chip. As an aristocrat's daughter, she is expected to marry a wealthy man like Robert. She must give up her ambition and autonomy to bring honour to her family.

Eeang Peung tries to protest against her arranged marriage. Despite expressing valid concerns, she can't change her circumstances. Eeang Peung's mother even chastises her child's career plans. "Women like us are expected to take care of households. There's no room for us elsewhere." As a fellow woman, you'd think the mom should sympathize with her daughter's predicament. Instead, she enables the oppressive culture and coaxes Eeang Peung into accepting the misogyny. Poor Eeang Peung sobs on her wedding night as she mentally prepares to sleep with a man she doesn't love.

Eeang Peung's situation has an extra layer of tragedy. She's in a secret relationship with Maey, her female servant. Their forbidden romance faces the insurmountable obstacles of homophobia, class differences & misogyny. Beyond financial gain, Eeang Peung's father eagerly sets up an arranged marriage since he disapproves of her same-sex attraction. Despite her privileged upbringing, Eeang Peung lives in a gilded cage with little control over her destiny. Men dictate each significant decision in her life, whether her husband or her father. Her lack of agency is distressing.


Maey is imprisoned over her lesbian affair.

Oppression isn't a competition. However, Maey is one of the most severely disadvantaged characters in the entire cast. Being a poor gay woman is the complete antithesis to the rich straight men ruling society. Out of everyone, life has dealt her with the toughest cards. After Robert exposes his wife's affair, the severity of the punishment differs between the two women. Eeang Peung suffers, but at least she can access necessities like food and shelter. In contrast, Maey is imprisoned and loses all her freedoms.

When Fong Kaew rescues Maey, she delivers a chilling line to the prisoner. "You should care about yourself first. Eeang Peung will be fine. But you, Maey, who would care if something happened to you?" Fong Kaew has spoken the hard truth. Due to her upbringing, Maey's existence is at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Under this oppressive structure, an aristocrat's daughter is perceived as more valuable than a servant. Imagine how utterly dehumanizing it is that your life has a lower priority based on societal standing. Yet, this is the cruel world that Maey lives in.

Maey has faced many tragic hardships. Rich daughters like Eeang Peung have arranged marriages, but poor daughters like Maey get sold off to brothels. She must fight for her survival in violent surroundings where customers exploit her. Due to life's inequalities, Maey deserves the charity of others. She needs the support and compassion from those who are more fortunate. Women's networks, advocacy platforms, and charitable organizations are designed to assist those like Maey who need aid. Society must evolve to protect all the Maeys of the world.


Eeang Peung and Fong Kaew show female solidarity.

The women in this series had suffered terrible misfortunes. On top of dealing with the misogyny from degenerate males, they also view each other as adversaries. Early on, Fong Kaew and Eeang Peung had a rivalry. The two women competed and sabotaged one another. Fong Kaew tried to one-up the other wife for their husband's affections. Meanwhile, Eeang Peung pushed her abusive spouse onto another victim to alleviate her burden. Both did what was necessary to survive their hellish conditions.

Fortunately, they can put aside their differences. Fong Kaew, Eeang Peung, and Maey realize they share similar experiences. Their physical and emotional trauma mirrors one another. In Episode 9, the two wives apologize to each other, letting bygones be bygones. "You've been oppressed by him, just like me. We're women. We have to fight." The pair devise a successful plan to rescue Maey and expose Robert's crimes. They team up with the gay men and other servants, forming a righteous alliance between multiple marginalized communities.

Women face unfair hardships, regardless of their status. Maey may be locked up in a physical prison, but Fong Kaew and Eeang Peung also suffer from societal confinement. All are vulnerable to our sexist culture, which was prevalent a century ago, but still prevails today. Amid challenging circumstances, this series promotes the message of female solidarity. By encouraging and empowering each other, women can become stronger together. They don't have to fight alone. An alliance can bring down deplorable men like Robert and topple the oppressive patriarchy.


Jom and Yai share their first kiss.

Besides rampant misogyny, the 1920s were also an era rife with homophobia. Gay men like Yai and James must conceal their sexuality for personal safety. The series highlights the dangers in Episode 7 when two out lesbians get gunned down by bigots. As brutal as that scene may be, it's a scary reality for LGBTQ+ communities. They become the target of hatred and hostility simply for being themselves. You can mind your business and not bother anyone, yet the harassment still occurs.

Although Yai hides his sexuality due to caution, he isn't ashamed of being gay. Despite the ignorance around him, he seems remarkably self-assured about his attraction. There's no confusion or doubt. Furthermore, Yai isn't afraid of defying stereotypes based on gender norms. He reads romance novels and makes flower garlands in public. Jom mentions how learning floral arrangement is "strange" for male offspring, only to be rebuked by Yai. Amazingly, the guy living in 1928 has more progressive ideas than someone from a century later.

When Yai gives his love confession in Episode 6, Jom's first reaction is to ask him to reconsider. Jom is worried about the stigma that comes with a same-sex relationship in this era. He lacks his partner's self-assurance and fears they may encounter discrimination. Yai remains dauntless about pursuing the forbidden romance, no matter the pushback. He states, "I don't care. Whether it's the pressure from my family or society, I can bear it." For him, the perks of falling in love outweigh the prejudices of others. He won't allow societal judgment to dictate his desires.


Jom and Yai dance with each other.

Yai and Jom start a relationship. Like many couples, they navigate through some nervousness in the early stages of dating. The iconic massage scene highlights their repressed sexual tension. They have yet to figure out how to communicate their desires to each other. "I'm afraid to hurt you" is Yai's coded way of saying: "I'd like to penetrate you, but I also want to be polite." Thankfully, they reach an understanding and engage in steamy encounters. Their romance bursts alive with passion!

The couple agrees to hide their relationship from everyone else. Discretion seems wise, given the potential danger and public outrage against same-sex romances. However, they do a lousy job of being inconspicuous. The problem is that Jom & Yai can't resist each other. They constantly want to show affection, regardless of the setting. Soon enough, multiple characters have witnessed their PDA. From servants to family acquaintances, everyone knows they are majorhomos. Gay rumours spread like wildfire, passing from one ear to the next. It's the worst-kept secret ever!

Jom and Yai are careless. If only they kept a low profile, nobody would suspect their relationship. But why must they hide their intimacy in the first place? The public display of affection would be acceptable for straight couples. Yet, prejudice forces these boyfriends to retreat like scoundrels. They shouldn't have to face gossip, fear backlash, or steal private kisses in the dark of night. The slow-dancing fantasy scene supports their openness. In an ideal world, Jom and Yai can dance proudly before a crowd. Their love is supposed to be a stunning spectacle, not a shameful secret.


Yai reads a book in the bathtub.

You may be curious about how Yai develops surprisingly enlightened views. His thinking is more progressive than the societal norms from this period. Yai's upper class exposes him to sophistication, which helps a bit. Yet, Robert is also from a refined background and turns out to be a barbaric monster. There isn't a correlation between culture and compassion. Instead, Yai gains his knowledge through books. This well-read scholar learns worldly experiences by analyzing many passages and absorbing different perspectives.

In Episode 7, Yai shares his thoughts after reading a book. "This story reflects the oppression and principles of a woman being kept and suppressed. It also reflects who I am." The literary analysis highlights Yai's insightful nature. He can observe a character's experiences, discern societal issues, and draw meaningful connections to his identity. This valuable skill explains how he becomes so empathetic to those less fortunate than him. Initially, you may think Yai is only reading trashy erotica. Yet, each romance novel offers knowledge that shapes his mind and enriches his heart.

Powerful narratives can transform our thinking. Readers may relate to a fictional perspective and learn morality lessons they wouldn't consider otherwise. Beyond books, every piece of media we consume has the same ability. BL dramas can also enlighten viewers with meaningful insights. I Feel You Linger in the Air is an example of a love story with embedded social commentary. Besides dazzling fans with juicy kisses, it encourages us to think about the issues that marginalized communities face. This series has masterfully combined entertainment and enlightenment.


Yai tells Jom about his dreams of studying overseas.

Despite his worldly knowledge, books alone cannot satisfy Yai's boundless curiosity. He dreams of studying in France, a cultural mecca where many intellectuals gather. Yai wants to broaden his views through first-hand experiences, from meeting modern thinkers to attending political debates. This progressive landscape, especially compared to conservative Thailand, seems like his utopia. Sadly, Yai's father forbids this overseas education. Yai, the eldest son, isn't allowed to wander far from the family nest.

Yai explains, "My father wants me to work here and inherit the dignity he has built up for his whole life." I love the phrase ~inherit the dignity~, which is a beautifully profound way to describe his situation. Sadly, Yai must obey the orders. Besides his obligations as a dutiful son, he lacks the financial means for independence. Born with a silver spoon, Yai depends on his dad for monetary support. All his privileges come solely from having a wealthy family. Without parental connections, Yai wouldn't even be able to dream of achieving these luxurious opportunities. 

Although Yai may have grand ambitions, reality forces him to compromise. His father's aspiration becomes Yai's burden. Like Eeang Peung agreeing to her arranged marriage, her younger brother must accept his predestined career in local government services. Despite their privileged upbringing, both siblings have less freedom than expected. Still, Yai learns to see the positives. His promising relationship with Jom makes giving up on an unattainable wish more bearable. Yai states, "It doesn't matter if my dream will be smaller, as long as I get to live with someone I love." 


Yai becomes engaged to a woman.

Yai's father confronts his son about the scandalous gay relationship. The accusations turn ugly. Yai endures every offensive remark from his homophobic parent, from "shameless" to "sodomite". With his dignity under attack, Yai's first instinct is to defy. He stands up for himself and argues over his autonomy. He's tired of being the obedient child who must always accommodate his dad. Screw that geezer! Stop controlling his life! From now on, Yai will do whatever he damn pleases!

Yai's dad calls the bluff, setting up an arranged marriage between his child and a business partner's daughter. The assumption is that Yai wouldn't have the conviction to defy his family for long. Sadly, the father is correct. Yai's courage vanishes as he backs down from his earlier claims. The harsh reality is that he'd lose many privileges without parental support, including money, social standing, and personal safety. If Yai's father is heartless enough, he has the power to cut all ties and put his gay son's livelihood in jeopardy. Yai's independence comes at an unfeasible cost.

Like his sister, Yai is roped into a marriage and bitterly accepts his fate. Despite being higher on the social hierarchy, he's still powerless to control his circumstances. As Prik would say, he isn't the master of his life. Yai hides the news from his boyfriend, perhaps not wanting Jom to witness his moral weakness. He's embarrassed by his cowardice. Yet, Jom understands when he finds out. He suspected their relationship was doomed all along. As Yai poses for a wedding photo, his face is stoic. Shutting down emotionally is his only way to cope with another broken dream.


Yai's mother becomes the new head of household.

As foreshadowed throughout the story, the winds of change are coming. Tyrannical leaders like Robert and Yai's father escaped accountability all their lives, making them think they were invincible. While sitting smugly on their thrones, they never prepared for the possibility that corruption could catch up to them. Hubris is the downfall of many egotistical men in history. The underestimated women and their allies have pulled off a successful coup d'état. They overturn the existing power structure in a rare win for moral justice.

Fittingly, Nuey delivers the fatal blow to the patriarchy. The societal outcast they call the Green Queen hasn't enjoyed a privileged existence. Imagine taking the painful hardships from the women, the gays, and the working class. Now, combine them into one character's life experiences. In a power structure that rewards traditional masculinity, Nuey has been mocked for showing stereotypically feminine qualities. Thankfully, Nuey possesses the resilience of women, rising above adversity. The Green Queen gets the last laugh as the male oppressors crumble easily.

After the humiliating scandal, Yai's father loses his bravado. He resigns from his authoritative position and retreats to a pitiful life of nothingness. The story highlights that he barely speaks to anyone in his self-imposed exile. That's because disgraced tyrants like him shouldn't have an amplified voice in society. Don't interact with them. Don't listen to them. And don't ever give power to them. As one leader falls, another rises. Yai's opportunistic mother steps into the vacant role as the head of the household. The old king has been dethroned. A new queen is now in power.


Yai's mother allows him to study overseas.

Yai's mother is an ominous replacement for the new head of household. This wicked woman has been nearly as culpable as her husband in every callous decision he made. She enabled his wrongdoings while coercing her children to compromise their happiness. She also issued severe punishments to the servants. Although the dad received his comeuppance, the conniving mom escaped scrutiny. Instead, she seized the opportunity to grab power and grow her influence.

Yai's mother represents the false hope that comes with a leadership change. The father was such an evil tyrant that we cheered for his downfall. We assumed any replacement would be better than him. Yet, the mom is the same beast in a different skin. As long as this complicit culprit is in power, the existing oppression continues. The mom pretends to be empathetic by allowing her son to study overseas. See? I'm fairer than my predecessor! But never forget she pressured him into a marriage just a few days ago. She switches her rhetoric quickly according to her agenda.

The winds of change have arrived, but the gusts don't seem strong enough. The fall of a mad king ushers another sinister queen. Sadly, systemic oppression is too deep-rooted to overthrow through one regime shake-up. Society requires more time before we can remove all evildoers from positions of power. Nonetheless, we must celebrate small victories. Although she can't be trusted, Yai's mom is a slightly more compassionate leader than her husband. Life has improved under her authority. Accepting the lesser of two evils as a win is the bittersweet nature of progress.

I Feel You Linger in the Air Ending Explained



I Feel You Linger in the Air has a sad ending where Jom and Yai seperate.

I Feel You Linger in the Air began with a lost relationship. A heartbroken Jom couldn't cope after his ex dumped him, driving him to hopeless despair. After meeting Yai, Jom heals emotionally and opens his heart to romance again. He has fallen in love with Yai's empathy, sensitivity, and worldly sophistication. Maintaining a same-sex relationship isn't easy in the 1920s. Despite parental pressure and societal backlash, the couple overcomes the hardships as they strengthen their commitment.

Sadly for Jom, he must return to the future. Our time-travelling protagonist doesn't belong to this era. Like many characters in the series, Jom has no autonomy over staying or going. Fate has already decided for him that he needs to leave. The departure is devastating because Jom and Yai won't see each other again. Their separation is final. As Jom loses another boyfriend to circumstances beyond his control, history has a painful way of repeating itself. It worsens Jom's recurring fear that he's cursed and not meant to love anyone. Otherwise, why do his relationships never last?

Although he loses his love again, Jom's perspective changes. Before, Jom had felt so anguished that he acted recklessly. But now, he has made peace with the inevitability of separation. Relationships end for everyone at some point, whether through breakups, deaths, or the unpredictable twists of time travel. Due to Yai's influence, Jom becomes an enlightened thinker and handles the farewell with a newfound dignity. Instead of agonizing about loss, he feels grateful about gaining love. Jom cherishes their time together, no matter how short-lived it may be.


The last scene shows Jom and Yai reuniting.

After returning to the present, Jom's enlightenment continues. Notably, he forgives his cheating ex. Unlike before, he has healed from his wounds. Another welcomed change is societal attitudes toward the LGBTQ+ community. As Jom's sister gushes about her female crush, we observe that times have evolved. Same-sex couples can love each other with less fear of persecution. Yai, a lifelong progressive thinker, must have enlightened many others. His past advocacy contributed to this open-mindedness in the future.

In the final scene, Jom returns to the renovated house. We now know this is where the leads nurtured their loving relationship. Remember when Jom daydreamed about designing a dream home with his own two hands? It has already happened. He's standing inside the same place where Jom and Yai shared many passionate moments. Also, Jom finds a love letter that his boyfriend left behind for him. Yai wrote it years after their separation, proving he remained loyal until the end of his life. The passage of time hadn't affected his feelings. Yai was forever devoted to Jom.

Yai never stopped loving Jom. He struggled with grief initially. While his sadness simmered, his devotion remained unwavering. He confirmed his lifelong commitment in the letter: "The currents of time always run forward. I may already be your past, but you are my future." When Jom scans the dream home, he realizes Yai had left traces of his feelings everywhere. He finds remnants of Yai in every nook and corner. Despite living in separate timelines, this romance was never lost. As Yai's image manifests before him, Jom can feel their everlasting love lingering in the air.

I Feel You Linger in the Air Episodes

Episode Guide

Yai gives Jom a piggyback.

I Feel You Linger in the Air has a total of 12 episodes. Each episode is around 55 to 70 minutes long. The last episode is around 70 minutes long. It is a long BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in around 13 hours. I Feel You Linger in the Air started on August 8, 2023 and ended on November 3, 2023. It released a special episode, Scent of Memory, on December 17, 2023.

I Feel You Linger in the Air is a novel adaptation. The original story is by Violet Rain.

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8
Episode 9
Episode 10
Episode 11
Episode 12

Episode Reviews

Episode 1

Ugh, the cheating ex needs to go to hell! 🤬 I feel bad for Jom, but his behaviour after the breakup is too reckless. No, don't drive the car while drunk and emotionally unstable! And stop texting, oh my god!

Episode 2

It's so refreshing to watch a period drama in the BL genre. The historical setting is intriguing, making it stand out from modern series. Everything looks beautiful, from locations to wardrobes.

Episode 3

Aww, Jom breaking down at the end of the episode is sad. I'm glad Yai is there to support him. I like Yai a lot. His character has demonstrated empathy, sophistication, and many positive qualities.

Episode 4

I'm glad Jom has become Yai's majordomo. Their interactions are so cute. The more time they spend together, the better. Oh, I feel sorry for the two wives. Being a woman in this era is challenging.

Episode 5

Damn, Yai has dropped many obvious hints that he's attracted to Jom. His flirting is heating up. I love this episode's insightful themes about power dynamics and oppression. The messages are astute.

Episode 6

Yai's behaviour after the party is off-putting. Being lovestruck makes him act erratically. However, it's cute when Jom wants to cheer him up with his favourite snack. I also like their sweet final scene.

Episode 7

That sensual massage scene is so naughty, hehe~ Excuse me while I retreat to my boudoir and pour olive oil on my body! Jom & Yai do an awful job of keeping a low profile. Everyone knows about them lol.

Episode 8

All the relationship scenes are iconic. We get steamy bedroom passion, artsy bathtub kisses & a romantic moment with the fireflies. Despite the impending danger, the couple seems happily in love!

Episode 9

Aww, I'm glad the wives are teaming up and secretly plotting against their evil husband. FREE MAEY!!! I wish Yai could elope with Jom, travel to France, and free himself from his domineering father.

Episode 10

Love all the girls & gays banding together to take down the evil male overlords. These storylines are my perfect fantasies. Yai's conniving mom wasted no time stealing her husband's leadership role!

Episode 11

I like how Yai focuses on reading when his naked lover sits across from him in the bathtub lol. I adore the couple's interactions. Whether flirting cutely or chatting profoundly, their scenes are engaging.

Episode 12

NO!!! STAY TOGETHER FOREVER!!! 😭 I like the poignant twist that Yai drew the last picture of Jom. How do I feel about Yai's mustache? At first I was like *oh god no*, but the look kinda grew on me.

I Feel You Linger in the Air Information

Dee Hup House

Dee Hup House is a Thai studio.

Dee Hup House is a Thai studio. Founded in 2019, its BL projects include Step by Step (2023) and I Feel You Linger in the Air (2023).

YYDS Entertainment

YYDS Entertainment is a Thai studio.

YYDS Entertainment is a Thai studio. Its first BL project is the 2023 series, I Feel You Linger in the Air (2023). It made the drama in a collaboration with the Dee Hup House studio.


Tee Bundit Sintanaparadee (ตี๋ บัณฑิต สินธนภารดี) is a Thai director. His first BL project is the 2019 drama, TharnType.

Tee Bundit Sintanaparadee (ตี๋ บัณฑิต สินธนภารดี) is a Thai director. His first BL project is the 2019 drama, TharnType. He also directed Lovely Writer (2021), Something in My Room (2022), and Magic of Zero (2022). His other works include Step by Step (2023) and I Feel You Linger in the Air (2023).


Violet Rain is a Thai author and the original creator of I Feel You Linger in the Air. This novel was adapted into a 2023 series. Another BL work, The Hidden Moon, has been commissioned into a drama.

  1. Was waiting for your review on this!

    This was a sleeper hit for me this year — I didn't expect to like it so much, especially during a year full of great series. But I should've seen it coming, considering it has a well-established mainstream actor like Nonkul. But the biggest surprise for me was definitely Bright, who really shined during the series and embodied the character so well. Listening to his interviews and hearing him get emotional talking about his love for the character — it's so heartwarming, and I hope he gets a lot more great work moving forward since he's really talented.

    The series just had so much heart, and everyone was really committed to the work. You can see from the show itself, and from the behind the scenes, how much heart they all really put into it. I can't say enough good things about it and continue to recommend it to so many people. Hope the rumors for a second season is true, since Nonkul jokingly announced it. And can't wait to see the special episode!

    1. Thanks, Eeyore! I wish I reviewed this sooner! I feel like I missed out on something great, haha. I actually expected to LOVE this from the moment I watched the trailer. The historical setting, handsome actors, polished production all come together beautifully.

      I recognized Nonkul from his other projects, so I was excited to see him do BL. I also have a crush on Bright after this series, hehe. He suits the role perfectly. The actor gives off so much natural suaveness and sophistication. I believed in his portrayal. I hope his career takes off after this project. He deserves it! 😊

      This series is so ambitious, yet they pull off everything so effortlessly! I poked around a few of the the BTS videos after reading your comment. I love how much effort the production team has put into every detail. They captured the atmosphere of the era, making me feel like I'm a part of this fictional world.

      Yes, continue recommending I Feel You Linger in the Air to everyone! It deserves the hype!

  2. So happy to see full marks from you for this series. To be honest, it lagged for me in moments and I was so disappointed that (spoiler) Yai did not try to bring Jom with him to Paris. I wanted a whole story arc with Yai, Jom, and James (I love James) in France meeting amazing people in cafes. Having said that, everything you praised about the series was indeed top notch and I won't get over the olive oil scene anytime soon. Waiting patiently for the special ep. and the teased season 2.

    1. Thank you for leaving a comment, as always! I wanted to learn more about Yai and James' friendship. Based on their interactions, I can feel there's some juicy history. The characters are on the same side, but they're almost like frenemies? 😄 Also, James' actor is dashing! He's perfect for a period drama like this.

      OMG. I can't get over the olive oil scene either. I gasped and then I giggled constantly lol~

      I will join you in waiting patiently for the special episode and the second season. Manifest! 🙏🏻

  3. Thanks for a wonderful review. The only aspect which you did not deal with was the trans character. It would be interesting to have your thoughts on this aspect of the story.

    1. Thanks for your feedback! You gave me the inspiration to write something about Nuey and analyze the character's perspective more. I kinda wish Nuey would have been a bit more prominent in the story.

  4. Thank you for giving the show an A. I have been waiting for your review. IFYLITA is totally underrated by the mainstream audience. This is definitely the best BL drama in 2023. The ending is confusing though.

    1. Thank you for your comment! The grade was always going to be an A or higher. After finishing it, my first thought was: "Okay, this show has to be the best of 2023!" Up until now, The Eighth Sense was my favourite this year. However, my love for IFYLITA is even more!

      I don't completely understand the ending either, haha. What's with the mustache version of Yai?

  5. I have the habit of watching something only after reading a little about what is going on about it, just little enough to get me interested. But this series, even before I started it, I was so damn sure that would leave me writhing in heartbreaking sadness. The last two episodes, I just rushed through the emotional scenes till Jom returned to 2023. And many times, I muted the volume and disabled the subs because I felt that could give me some strength to watch the series. I neither understand Thai nor am in from around that geographical area. But Oh Boy, this is one of the best, perhaps the best show I have ever seen. It is just a great pity that it won’t be known worldwide like Heartstopper or Young Royals. Those are wonderful shows indeed, but they cannot hold a candle before this one.
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    You have written a thoughtful review as usual. This is your only review that I felt justified all the adjectives you sprinkled across the webpage. Yet, I think we are on different pages about some things. I have been reading your reviews for some time. Allow me to express my general thoughts through a few words about this series.
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    Firstly, Yai travels to future and reunites with Jom. This review seems to suggest otherwise. I did some research and found the following about the original novel by Violet Rain, in a reddit post. (I cannot afford to buy the actual novel. Hence, I donno how much of it is true.) It goes like this. The novel has two parts. First half is about Jom and Yai from 1920s. Second half is about Jom and Yai from a previous life of Yai as a commander, in 1880s. The second half is just shown here and there in the series. It was posted in the reddit that the second half would exceed the production budget and would not be profitable given the limited audience of Asian BLs. Hence the series shows only the first half of novel. Nevertheless, the novel ends with Jom and Yai reuniting with each other in the present era. Hence, I think that the show ended positively. But since there are talks of a Season 02, lets hope for the best.
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    Second, I don’t think that Yai’s mother is an evil person. She is strict and overbearing, but not as bad as this review makes her to be. I am not going to explain why I think she is not evil, but make an observation about why I think this review misses that.
    In most of the Asian BLs, one male lead represents and acts like the traditional male archetype, and the other lead like the traditional female archetype. Only very rarely, Asian BL shows are not like that – Bady Buddy and My School President for example. After reading multiple reviews here, I have a feeling that the reviews here see the show mostly from the POV of the traditional female archetype. Because most reviews here don’t criticise the “female archetype” lead as much as it does the male one. Most of these female archetypes are sticking glue-like to the other lead, clingy, needy, whiny and bluntly blind to the needs of the guy they are said to be in love with. And the reviews here don’t seem to mind that as long as the other lead is head over heals about this unlikable character.
    Take My Beautiful Man as example. Hira, as a person, is 100 times worse than Kioi. He is just obsessed with this unhealthy idea of Kioi and never loves Kioi for real. Kioi at least is aware of his faults and redeems himself towards the end. But Hira never changes. At one point, Kioi cries saying that Hira is only interested in the idea of unrequited love and never loved him truly. Then, again and again, Kioi keeps saying that he is just a boy in love and he wants Hira to see him only like that, but Hira doesn’t give a damn to his feelings. But the review throws Kioi under the bus to save Hira there. The criticism is disproportionate and totally blind towards any fault that Hira has; if there were any, they were treated only as circumstantial, not as some genetic flaw as in the case of Kioi.
    Another example would be Light On Me. Woo Tae Kyung is the most unlikable character I have ever come across. He is nothing more than a stiff, selfish, slow-speaking robot. I tolerated that series only because Kang Yoo Seok (who played Noh Shin Woo) reminded me of Kit Connor. And the review here never even once mentioned what an unlikable person would Woo Tae Kyung be, if such a person ever existed. His only problem is that he lacked plain and simple common sense. By the time I finished watching Light On Me, the only thing I could remember was Woo Tae Kyung’s creepy, death like stare.
    I don’t want to extend, but I must give an honourable mention to Moonlight Chicken. Wen is someone who in the normal world would be called a “home-breaker”. Because that is what he is. He simply got bored with Alan and broke-up, then finds someone better looking, lures him using sex at first and later by meddling in his private life, to end up with him. Because Jim is someone Wen can easily manipulate, in spite of his emotional barriers and mind-walls, Alan is not. If only Wen applied in his life some of the sparkling wisdoms he gave Jim, he would have ended somewhere else. Gaipa would have made a better husband for Jim. But the review here went all around the world to justify Wen’s intrusion and manipulation, and belittled Gaipa’s choice of letting Jim think and choose for himself.
    So yeah, I feel that the reviews here are blind by choice to any flaw of the ‘traditional girly’ boy lead (I call them ‘traditional girly’ only because they seem to take after such an archetype, not because I have some fixed idea about what men, women, boys, girls or anyone else should be). And all those reviews are mostly written from the POV of such leads. A neutral eye disappears in front of them. So the mother of Yai naturally looks evil.
    But why oh why? Why do you keep doing it? Is it the only view of the incident?
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    Also, please try to reduce using adjectives that serve no purpose because most of them fail to find any justification in the review. Or the review doesn’t expand upon the meaningfulness of such superlative degrees of description.
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    I would suggest you to rewatch Blueming. Your review about it is way too negative and left out all of its important merits. True, it should have been 6-parts or 8-parts series. Reading your review, I expected Blueming to be a stupid mess, but it turned out to be the best ever BL I watched. Had I not read even the first section of your review, watching Blueming would have been a better experience for me. That negative is your review. The story was crystal clear for me since the first episode. I had no difficulty in following what it was all about. Perhaps we are of very different tastes, understandings and from different cultures.
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    Another thing about the reviews here is that they overly focus on the downsides of shows. Negatives are always blown out of proportion. And they always seem to be okay with same themes repeating in every show – themes like endless stares, you catch when I fall, traditionally girlish leads and the like.
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    Lastly, these reviews are very scholarly like and pedantic. A little bit of pedantry is tolerable. But too much of it makes the review very unreadable. Head starts spinning after a while. We use series and shows as an escape from our problems but review here more resemble math problems when they should read more like a personal letter. I am not speaking about your choice of making different sections, but what you write under each section.
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    All above things apply to the review of I Feel You Linger In Here too. I am not gonna explain in detail. There are a few more general aspects of BL Watcher reviews that I disagree with. More on them later, if such a time ever arrives.
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    I am not being harsh about the reviews, everyone here only seem to praise them; so I thought why don't I write what I did not like. Your reviews are always my first choice in deciding whether to watch a show or not. I must say I never regretted my decision about all that I watched.

    1. Hi Jamie. Like you, I agree and disagree with some parts of what you wrote. I can tell these frustrations come from a long-time reader. Positive comments give me the motivation to continue working on BL Watcher. I sometimes lose enthusiasm, so it's great when there are encouraging responses. However, some negative comments can help me improve. Your feedback is appreciated, but be kind with me.

      The one thing that I definitely agree is how much I love this series. I Feel You Linger in the Air is one of the best. I didn't know about the information with the novels. That's interesting. As I was watching the series, I keep wishing some plots would get more attention. A second season would be exciting.

      Also, I'm going to clean up my writing style in 2024. Some of my bad habits have been getting worse. I want to get my thoughts out as quickly as possible, but I should pay attention to the language's simplicity. Tone it down. These habits are hard to fix, but I'll try. 😓

  6. Hi BL Watcher, thanks for the reply.

    I've been following your reviews since I started watching BLs, and I've read every one of them. Your insights led me to discover some amazing shows that I wouldn't have found otherwise. However, more were the instances where they influenced my perception of many good shows negatively. Still higher are the mediocre shows I've watched based on higher ratings. I believe many others share similar experiences. If you aim for positive feedback, please consider avoiding misleading reviews. The trust we place in your reviews is in your hands.

    Allow me to cite an example here, the 2021 movie Light, which you wrote off as a BL smut. Light is sexually abused by his stepfather since childhood. A tragic consequence of long-term sexual abuse, especially to children, is that they develop a need to seek out sexual relations, because that is the form of human relationship they have experienced throughout (a reason why Light approaches Shuo sexually almost immediately after regaining consciousness and keeps doing it). That, plus the dire need of money to solve his problems, Light engages in prostitution. He has to pretend enjoying it to avoid getting beaten up. Everything else in the movie revolves around this. Your review missed all of these. If I could summarise your review in one kind sentence, that would be “a long, snobbish display of victim-blaming”. Nevertheless, you got two things correct – Shuo is a prince charming and the break-up was out of character of him. I could trash every line you wrote about Light. It is easily an 9/10 film for me but it was too short to explore the complex theme. I could also dissect every review here and establish how misleading most of them are. But the point is clear, and I have no further interest.

    Another equally important aspect is how the creatives behind the shows, especially the good ones you slandered, might have felt. You, being a creative, should know that feeling better. The BL world is a small space where any voice can resonate quickly. As you imply, presenting opinions in a kind, encouraging manner is possible without bitterness.

    I know IFYLITA is not the right place to write this but I wrote it here only because I have no other arena to reach you. As a fellow BL viewer and one of your consistent readers, my only wish is that your reviews be a voice of change, given your popularity. You wield that power; use it wisely.

    Take Care!

    1. Hi Jamie, thank you for your response, which helps me understand your perspective more.

      My reviews are my opinions. They are how I perceive the show and the impression they left on me. I may have misjudged a show according to you, missing out on various nuances. I accept that my judgment is not 100% correct. I also accept that our views are not supposed to align 100%. How you evaluate a good or bad BL drama differs from my assessments. If I gave a low score to a good drama in your opinion, I had a different opinion from you. My intention is not to mislead you. My intention is to express my opinion on how I feel after watching a show. In some cases, it seems, our opinions are not the same.

      You say Light is a 9/10 film, but I watched it and didn't like it as much. Did you mislead me with your score? No, I accept that we have different opinions. I will also not insult you for having a different opinion from me.

      The BL world may be a small space, but it is full of many diverse opinions. I am only one opinion. Readers will continue reading my reviews if they trust my judgment. Otherwise, they will go elsewhere or write their own reviews. My readers don't always agree with me on everything I write. They express their different opinions kindly and respectfully.

      My reviews stay on my platform, making them extremely easy to avoid. I don't go directly to the writer and say, "Your writing is pedantic and scholarly." I also don't go to the director and say, "Your show is a snobbish display of victim blaming." Yet, I read every ugly accusation you wrote against me, mocking my writing style and diminishing my judgment. Your words also wield the power, hurting me emotionally and psychologically. I have been unable to take care since you ridiculed my work.

      I don't aim for positive feedback. I want supportive and constructive feedback from readers who can talk to me respectfully without demeaning insults. I don't want negative feedback that will damage my mental health.

  7. Thank you very much for your reply. The TV ending is confusing indeed. You could assume that the last scene is Jom's dream. The title also suggests that "I (Jom) feel you (Yai) linger in the air". The drama focuses on scent and implies that Yai is always in Jom's heart and their house, so Yai said he had never left (because his soul stays there).

    Having said that, some people who have read the novel gave an answer to your question. Modern-day Khun Yai (Kanthorn) is the great great grandson of Khun Lek, Khun Yai's baby brother. Kanthorn is Yai's reincarnation who gains (in dreams) the memories of his 2 past lives (Khun Yai 1920s & Commander Yai in 1600s) not long before he meets Jom in the present. In other words, the Yai we see in the last scene is Kanthorn, instead of Khun Yai, who never felt in love again after Jom's departure and died alone after waiting for Jom for decades (around 70 years, I guess). It is also worth noting that Jom only waits for his ex-bf for 2 years only.

    Hopefully, there will be season 2, where we will see Commander Yai, who is more dominating, falls in love with Jom in 1600s.

    P.S. My Favavoruite BLs are as follows.
    1. I Told Sunset About You
    2. More Than Words
    3. I Feel You Linger in the Air
    4. Heartstopper
    5. Gaya Sa Pelikula (Like in the Movies)

    I Feel You Linger in the Air reminds me of I Told Sunset About You (the use of flowers and poem / song) and Gaya Sa Pelikula (the dancing-in-suit scene).

    One of the best scenes in IFYLITA is the use of a poem to express love. In that scene, there is no music. Instead, there are just cricket humming sounds. The scene is so poetic and romantic. In ITSAY, the lyrics of the song are translated to express love. That scene is also very powerful.

    I hope you like my sharing. Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Kenji! Thanks so much for the enlightening information. You explained it so well. Having read your insights, it adds more context that I needed to understand the ending on a new level. That increases my appreciation for this poignant work.

      The idea that they are another set of lovers across a separate timeline sounds epic. It adds the dimension that their love is guided by fate, transcending across timelines. With the 1600s backdrop, this historical setting sounds even more ambitious than what they already accomplished. I would love to see that play out in Season 2. Oh my gosh, bring us Commander Yai!

      That's a great list of favourites! IFYLITA has resonated so deeply that it enters my all-time lists too. The only one I haven't watched is Like in the Movies, but I know it has a great reputation. I like seeing other people's top lists to build up hype for BL dramas I have yet to watch.

      I love your sharing. And I agree with you on the poetry scene, a special moment among many that has moved me during the series. It captures the essence of love. Thank you once again!

  8. I just read that James' actor won an international beauty contest in 2023. No surprise, and well-deserved. He is also a dignified, smart, and charming actor. Hope to see more of him in 2024!

    1. Yes, he did! I think he won two contests – the Thailand competition and the worldwide version. He won over all the hottest guys in the world. It's very impressive!

      I actually saw James' actor first on Instagram before seeing him in this series. A post announced this actor from I Feel You Linger in the Air is the new Mr. International! I got curious and browsed over his competition photos. He looked very dashing. I was like, "Oh, I can see why he won."

      By the way, the IG algorithm always exposes me. It knows I like hot guys and BL. 🙈

  9. Exactly! Although I personally have not read the novel, the story of the novel sounds EPIC! The underlying message is that love transcends everything else including time. One can also see that there are other reincarnations (e.g. Jom's sister and Jom's ex-bf and his gf), but Kanthorn is the only one who gains through the very vivid dreams the memories of his 2 previous lives, probably because of his everlasting love for Jom. I am eager to watch Season 2, but there are rumors saying that it won't happen. If it was true, I would be very disappointed. Anyway, if the ending had explained how Jom can meet Yai again in the last scene, I would have ranked it the second, instead of the third on my list. In my opinion, the only major flaw of this drama is the ending. Kanthorn should have explained who he actually is.

    Gaya Sa Pelikula (Like in the Movies) can be watched on Youtube or Netflix (I'm from Hong Kong). The script and the songs are superb. The drama is mostly set indoors for a reason and you won't be disappointed by the touching details in the script. I highly recommend it to you.

    P.S. Last time I forgot to mention that the under water kissing scene of IFYLITA also reminds me of the one in ITSAY. ^0^ Since there are some similarities between the two dramas, I suspect that IFYLITA is a salute to the director of ITSAY.

    1. Oh, I like what you wrote about his love being so strong that he regains his memories. That's such a powerful description!

      In general, I really like stories about time travel (even if they don't contain romances) because they add many layers to the narrative. The different timelines give me a lot to think about. However, my favourites are stories that can combine the complexities of time travel and the emotions of romance. I Feel You Linger in the Air successfully uses time travel components to strengthen its love story. The main characters are lovers who are reincarnated and reunited in every timeline. That, to me, is so beautiful.

      Despite my curiosity, I always try not to get my hopes about Season 2. Even for a popular series like Semantic Error, I keep my expectations low to avoid disappointment. Firstly, another season may not even happen. Secondly, it's hard to replicate greatness twice. I've learned to be content with getting one season of a masterpiece. But still, I would be delighted if they announced a second season for this series!

      Yes, I'll keep your recommendation in mind! I have a few BL dramas from the Phillippines in my viewing queue, whenever that time may come. This one definitely tops the list!

      Oh, that's an interesting observation! I never considered comparing the two series, but there are some similarities. The underwater kiss in ITSAY is iconic and forever etched in BL history. I wouldn't be surprised if it influenced IFYLITA and other BL dramas. I hope many series can turn to ITSAY for inspiration and carry its legacy of excellence.

  10. Unfortunately, I read the book first so I couldn’t really enjoy this series. Some of the best parts were alternated for the worst specially Jom’s personality so made it unwatchable for me.

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