After 4 months (approx.) since the MIR finale aired, I’m finally recapping the last episode of season 2. I’m not gonna lie, it was a long and hard journey (lol) and I wouldn’t have done it without my readers (looking at you Hanna). It feels so good to see that people out there are enjoying my recaps and that makes me motivated to write more. I love all of you <3. Let’s recap. (Spoilers, obv.)
So, the last episode of MIR was just a lot of fan service and it kinda worked for me (except for some parts). First, let’s talk about the part that worked – Book and Frame. It’s their second day of the wedding photo shoot and they look dapper in their white tuxes (esp. Book). And, there’s a lot of flirting, kissing, and hand holding throughout the photo shoot.
After the photo shoot is over, Book heads straight to lunch while Frame goes to the bathroom. At lunch, this another cute kid starts making googly eyes towards Book and then, sits besides him and starts flirting. He introduces himself as Mixer, a 2nd year uni student, and even tries to feed him his shrimp ( 😛 ). Book is very uncomfortable with all of this but humors him anyway.
Side note: I genuinely enjoyed this scene a lot because it wasn’t the – ‘I will always be by your side’ repetition again and gave me something new (and a fresh blood) to be excited about.
Then, Frame appears and seeing what he sees, he gets jealous and to try to prove his claim towards Book, he opens a bar of chocolate, bites a piece and then feeds it to Book through his mouth like a mama bird does to a baby bird. Hahahahahahahahahaahahaahahhaahhaahhaahha. Like, who comes up with this stuff? Both Book and Mixer are surprised by Frame’s reaction (like me). Frame then proceeds to proclaim that he is Book’s boyfriend and tells Mixer to stay away from him.
He then takes Book to a nearby staircase and tries to grill him about the “flirting”. Book isn’t pleased with this and asks him to calm down. He then explains that he doesn’t want Frame to kiss him in public because he’s afraid that someone will post that on the internet. (You know what, that argument actually made sense. Kudos, MIR.)
Realizing his mistake, Frame finally says sorry and tells him that he was just jealous. Book assures him that he doesn’t have any intention of flirting with other people and he’s with Frame because he’s special to him. Frame then repeats the whole marriage thing and tells him that he will ask his hand in marriage to his parents when he graduates from uni and gets a good job (which is very mature of him). Then suddenly, doing a complete 180, he gets down on one knee and sort of proposes. Book is a bit hesitant at first saying that it’s too soon but later relents and sort of says yes too. I took this whole thing as a ‘promise proposal’ and not a total ‘wedding proposal’.
Later, the part I really liked was when Frame made a video to remind himself in the future that Book is the most important part of his life and he needs to take care of him.
Now, to the part that I didn’t quite enjoy – Tee and Fuse. After school, they both go to Fuse’s house to chill. Then, Fuse’s sister calls them and wants to speak with Tee privately. She talks about their relationship and says that she’s fine with it because she knows that Fuse is very happy with Tee. Tee also says that they tried to stay away from each other because they felt that society wouldn’t accept their relationship but in the end, they couldn’t as their heart wanted each other.
While I agree with the sentiment, I don’t think that was the reason keeping Fuse and Tee apart. Have they already forgotten about the spawn of Satan – Jean? Anyway, then Fuse’s sister asks Tee to take care of Fuse and not to make him disappointed. Lol. It should’ve been the other way round but oh, well.
Then, we get a lot of ‘couple’ scenes where they flirt non-stop. They also feed each other, Tee gifts a bouquet of roses to Fuse, and in the end, they even do a live stream boyfriend tag for the ‘fans’ where they answer cute ‘couple-y’ questions. Then, after establishing that they are finally together, are indeed boyfriends, and are in love (through the Q&A), the episode (and the season) ends with a supposed kiss between Tee and Fuse, which we couldn’t even see as Fuse blocks the screen.
To be honest, I found this part very underwhelming. The flirting during lunch looked very fake, and the bar has been upped in terms of gifting roses by 2 moons (see below).
The only part that was .. okay-ish .. was the boyfriend tag live stream as it meant that MIR was sort of winking and being meta about the whole MIR fandom. Apart from that, I didn’t like their part.
Arbitrary Points Counter:
- Book looks exceptionally handsome in this white suit. +50
- me_irl, trying to be a ‘photographer’. +10
- The wedding photo shoot. +100
- Omg, cringiest shiz ever? +100
- Tee’s response to Fuse’s sister about the whole ‘disappointed’ thing was so on-point! +10
- I think I’m in love. Lol. +100
- Feed me daddy. ❤ +100
- Oh MIR, you do you. +50
- The ‘promise’ proposal. +20
- Chuuu time. +10
- Toey imitating Ohm. +20
- The only two that matters. +100
- Happy ending. Thank you everyone. +50
- Fuse literally just microwaved that shit! We know who the real chef is anyway! -10
- The flirting between Tee and Fuse in the second half of the episode. -100
Verdict: Let’s face it, this season of MIR was pretty bad. It seems that the budget wasn’t really there and it fell on the young actors to anchor the whole series. And, they tried their best but in the end, it just wasn’t up to the mark. The thing that worked against them, in my opinion, was them trying to tackle too many story lines in one season. They also had 14 episodes, which I think was a little too much and it made them repeat the same scenes/dialogues several times.
I definitely love the fact that MIR isn’t afraid of being outrageous and also isn’t afraid to tackle important issues facing our LGBTQIA+ community. But, trying to be serious and outrageous at the same time is tricky and suffice to say, MIR didn’t succeed in balancing those two this time. MIR has definitely become a cultural milestone in BL scene as I believe it has helped the passion for BL series grow among the fans. And, I hope that everyone learns from this MIR experience and continues to improve the BL genre.
Season 1 recaps: Here.