In the past year, one genre of TV and film that seemed to have made waves amid the COVID-19 pandemic was Boys’ Love or BL. Thai BL shows like 2gether, My Engineer, and Oxygen: The Series were all phenomenal successes, and were able to break the language barrier between the show and its viewers from all corners of the world.
But it isn’t just the Thais that have been succeeding in creating shows and films of this genre— Filipino creatives are also blazing a path of their own in the BL world. And one of the notable local BL series to have come out of the pandemic is The IdeaFirst Company’s Gameboys starring Kokoy De Santos and Elijah Canlas. (Read: 5 Must-Watch Movies Starring Elijah Canlas)
Many praised the actors and the production crew for its telling of a sensitive yet relevant issue in an unproblematic way. And it is for this reason that Gameboys has been renewed for a second season!
Gameboys Season 2
There hasn’t been much detail about the second season other than it will feature old and new characters. But judging by its teaser, it would seem as if we’re going to see an entirely different Cairo (Elijah) and Gavreel (Kokoy) on our screens.
And if you’re following Kokoy and Elijah on their Instagram, you would see that the two lead actors, as well as their production crew, have been posting snippets of their lock-in taping for Season 2— making us all the more excited for the next season!
So while we wait for the new season to premiere, let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce why we all loved Gameboys.
Gameboys Touches on Trust, and How It Is the Foundation of a Relationship
In the first season, Cairo and Gavreel were faced with many obstacles and challenges in their budding relationship. For one, there is a pandemic, making it almost impossible for them to see each other due to protocols and fear for safety. And while the pandemic is already a huge roadblock, the new couple faced an even bigger problem: trust issues. (WATCH: Kokoy de Santos on Life, Acting, and His Passion for Cooking)
As shown in season one, both Gavreel and Cairo had issues with each other’s pasts— Cairo doubted Gavreel’s intentions after hearing from the latter’s ex, while Gavreel felt skeptical about Cairo’s relationship with his childhood best friend.
The two end up fighting in both instances, but in the end, with the help of their best friend Pearl, the two realize that the past can only affect them if they allow doubts and trust issues to come in between them.
Gameboys Makes Us Realize That We All Need Someone to Lean On
For many, being dependent on someone is a sign of weakness, that’s why they try to solve all of their problems on their own. However, that is untrue— depending on someone shows that you are strong enough to let others know that you are struggling, and that you aren’t afraid to let them know.
This is what Gameboys showed its viewers: Cairo was not afraid to confide to his older brother and mom about his struggles with his sexuality. Gavreel, on the other hand, was not afraid to tell Pearl about what he was going through— his relationship, his lola‘s passing, and everything else he had been stressing about. (Read: 4 Celebrity Best Friends Through ‘Thick and Thin’)
Gameboys makes us realize that asking for help and comfort doesn’t make us weak— it helps take some weight off our shoulders and allow us to have space to think and ponder on what steps to take next.
Gameboys Puts Value on Being True to Oneself
In the first season, Cairo was afraid of admitting his feelings for Gavreel because one, he was still confused about his sexuality, and two, he doesn’t know how the people around him (including Gavreel) will react to it. But eventually, he tells Gavreel about his feelings and even introduces him to his family. (Read: Exclusive: Elijah Canlas Recounts His Best Travels in the PH, Abroad)
It was evident that after Cairo’s admission, he seemed to be a lot happier and relaxed than before. He became more confident as well, even blurting out some pick-up lines here and there! That just shows that when you stay true to who you are, and telling the important people in your life about what and who you really are can be liberating and takes the weight of hiding off your back.
But the most important reminder here is that you’re the only one who gets to decide when you will free yourself, no one else. You are the only one who will say if the time is right and if you’re ready. And nobody else can steal that from you— no one has the right to ‘out’ you without your consent.