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Mi-rae’s Choice: Episode 16 (Final)

It’s the end of this crazy time-travel-but-really-alternate-realities wormhole where some things are left the same while other things are changed. You can never be sure what kind of consequences your present actions may have in the future, but at least you can rest assured in the notion that there are some things you can change now, which is what’s important at the end of the day. Well, this day here and now anyway; I can’t tell you if it’s the same thing in a different universe.

But no matter what universe you’re in, the numbers remain the same as Mi-rae’s Choice ended its run with a 4.1% in ratings.

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Jin – “너만 없다 (Gone)” [Download]

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FINAL EPISODE RECAP

Everyone waits expectantly as Shin goes on air, faced with the dilemma to choose between two different scripts. He looks up after an agonizingly long pause… and reads off the one without the humidifier controversy. On one hand, that’s a relief, but your principles, Shin!

The crew is disappointed and Mi-rae turns off the broadcast. The pair of reporters wait for Shin after the broadcast with dismay, but he walks right past them.

Oppa learns that moving Ajumma in her currently unconscious state is potentially dangerous, yet leaving her here doesn’t seem like a great option either.

Se-joo asks if there’s something he doesn’t know surrounding Ajumma’s sudden collapse and wonders if Mi-rae actually believes the ajumma’s dubious time-travel story. Mi-rae knows it sounds ridiculous, but says Ajumma feels like a long-lost twin, so seeing her in distress pains her too.

Mi-rae seeks out Sandwich Board Man at his home, where he shows her his meticulous records of his son’s illness and death. He’s grateful that she would even listen to his story and doesn’t care about protecting his anonymity because he’s already lost his son. How sad. What angers him is that those businessmen still profit from their unethical deeds, calling them murderers.

Ajumma Mi-rae wakes in the hospital and has to be physically restrained from leaving until Oppa and Mi-rae arrives. Both Mi-raes jump at the sight of each other—Mi-rae is shocked at her future self’s gray hair and Ajumma is surprised… seeing herself? Wait a minute, are we dipping into amnesia territory?

Sure enough, Ajumma insists that she’s in her thirties, refusing to believe that she’s middle-aged. The doctor confirms that it’s degenerative amnesia due to trauma; the good news is that her memory could recover in time (unlikely) but she’s also susceptible to dementia.

We backtrack to Oppa’s earlier conversation with the Black Men, who informed him that the other Kim Shin is waiting for his wife to return. Apparently he’s still alive and well, thanks to a life-saving surgery after Ajumma left for the present.

So Mi-rae sits beside Ajumma’s bedside, wondering what was so traumatic that her future self would want to protect herself by forgetting it all: “Or is it because you don’t want to go back [to the future]?”

Mi-rae and her brother are invited to lunch with Chairman Lee and Se-joo, and the chairman wastes no time to suggest that they settle on a wedding date, what with the engagement rumors floating around and all.

She assumes that Mi-rae will need to be properly groomed for marriage, like cooking or floral design, but she’s surprised to hear that Mi-rae has already mastered those skills. Oppa is all for the kiddos to be married and suggests they go the formal route with an engagement party.

It isn’t the kind of reaction Chairman Lee was expecting, but she reluctantly complies. She asks why Ajumma didn’t join them and Mi-rae informs her that she’s in the hospital.

At the same time, Ajumma Mi-rae wonders where her diary has gone and where Shin hasn’t dropped by her room with flowers today.

The demonstration continues at NTN, to which Shin asks if Hee-kyung was trying to distract him with fancy parties and golf dates to prevent his participation. She defends that it isn’t, but that’s when Yoo-kyung suddenly pops in for a visit, introducing herself as Shin’s ex. Ha.

She’s here to ask for his help with her overseas scholarship application, and Shin can’t help but be impressed at her ambition. She beams at that and jokes that Shin should have liked her rather than Mi-rae.

She asks if Shin is really okay with Se-joo and Mi-rae’s impending engagement, but before he can answer, he gets a frightened call from Ajumma Mi-rae asking him to come visit her.

Mi-rae finally informs Se-joo about her previous meeting with his grandmother after lunch, to which he asks if Mi-rae can really quit her job. He says that he’s just kidding, since he respects that Mi-rae will only be happy if she’s working.

His voice turns serious to ask if she’s ever given any thought to studying abroad. She hasn’t and he lets the matter drop for now.

At the hospital Ajumma runs to hug Shin the moment he walks through the door. Thankfully he’s already been filled in on Ajumma’s condition and learns how they first met and gotten to know each other in her timeline. She grows nervous, saying that he sounds like someone who’s never heard this before.

He tells her that they’re both trying to run away from their pasts and paths, and it rather feels like they wound up where they started. Ajumma Mi-rae replies, “The fact that we’re trying to escape our own fate means that we’re still at the mercy of our own fate.”

Shin is approached by Sandwich Board Man at work to expose Taeguk Group aka the one responsible for the toxic humidifier sterilizers, but Shin turns it down. Mi-rae doesn’t have much luck at her job either, the tiny network lacking the power to put it on the airwaves.

Looking over the other script, Shin thinks back to the father’s pleas and Ajumma’s teary confession of her own son. An older gentleman calls out to Shin, blaming him for ruining his life. He’s Future Shin, isn’t he?

Shin asks if he was affected by the humidifier scandal, but the older man laughs back: “Can’t you tell? I’m you, from the future.”

To be more precise, he’s the future Shin who kept his mouth shut for the past thirty-five years, and he regrets that decision every day. He led a successful and prominent career and wanted for nothing, at the cost of his wife’s death and he lost touch with everyone close to him.

Future Shin hasn’t heard Mi-rae’s name in a long time, and he’d always wondered if he would have made the same decision if he went back in time to that fateful day. A tapping sound interrupts them, and when Shin looks back, he finds his future self gone.

Another tap alerts Shin back to the newsdesk just in time for broadcast, which both Mi-raes watch in the hospital room. Ajumma is moony-eyed for Shin, but Mi-rae has had enough and asks if the memory lapse is just a ruse.

She parrots Ajumma’s own words back at her to say that she’s trying to escape reality right now, but Ajumma only blinks back, perplexed.

It’s time for Shin’s ending statement and he initially misses his cue, lost in thought. Then Shin looks up to report one more scandal as he informs the public about the toxic humidifier sterilizer. Ajumma Mi-rae jumps up in shock while Sandwich Board Man smiles in gratitude at home.

Shin apologizes for not addressing the news sooner and rallies for public support as Ajumma Mi-rae says in a panicked voice that they have to stop him, her memory now returned. But she’s in such distress that she needs to be given a tranquilizer.

He walks off set where he promptly runs into Hee-kyung and asks her if this means he’s fired and in debt now. She tells him that it’s worse than that because she’s extremely disappointed in him. Why do I find that so funny?

But that’s the least of his worries as he recites another clause in his contract that states it’s his job to report the facts, and leaves.

Mi-rae returns to Ajumma’s room to find her crying, and that’s when she learns that the other Kim Shin is still alive. Her immediate reaction is relief but Ajumma bows her head in shame. Mi-rae says she can just ask for forgiveness from her husband, but Ajumma replies that she’s also ruined Shin’s life in this universe, too.

So Mi-rae stays up all night researching Taeguk Group and their humidifiers, and pitches the idea to her brother for tomorrow’s broadcast. Oppa defends that that move is media suicide, but Mi-rae reminds him of how a drop in an ocean could change the world just a little.

This is the hope their show has been hoping to find, Mi-rae presses, and asks for his help. She also approaches Writer Bae and Yoo-kyung as well, and they both agree even though it means putting their careers on the line.

The men on the team are more reluctant, but they change their tune once they hear how Shin’s career is doomed because of this ordeal. Heh, I like how it takes an extra thwack upside the head to get the rookie announcer on board.

When Se-joo turns down the proposal, Mi-rae asks if he’s been threatened by Taeguk Group since the news report, but we know that it’s Grandma’s firm hand behind the order.

Se-joo explains that Taeguk is a major advertiser they can’t afford to lose, and exposing them would put everyone’s jobs at YBS at risk. He in turn ask if she’s pressing the issue because of Shin, but Mi-rae answers that it’s her principles that are driving this manner.

She thought Se-joo would be on the same page. “Because you’re different than the chairman.” Those words weigh on Se-joo’s mind for a long while, and then he calls to give the okay.

It looks like Shin was fired after all as he arrives at his office to find it already occupied by a new resident. He smiles as if both amused and relieved.

The Pandora Box team goes ahead with the humidifier story that leaves the corporate higher ups fuming. The protesters cheers while Shin watches the broadcast with relief as Yoo-kyung stresses the importance of journalists defending their own.

The broadcast is a success and the newspapers and the internet is abuzz with praise for Shin’s strong conviction and dedication to the truth. Needless to say, Chairman Lee is furious and demands to know how her grandson will take responsibility for such a ruckus.

She blames Mi-rae for his wavering heart and yells that she should have fired Shin years ago. But Se-joo won’t run a company where he’d be ashamed to show his face to employees and hands in his resignation.

Se-joo meets with Yoo-kyung outside, who tells him that she’s received the journalism scholarship. She’s headed for the States soon, and asks what Se-joo will do now that he’s unemployed.

She accurately guesses that he’ll spend some time in Jeju and takes his silence to mean that Mi-rae won’t be accompanying him. Then she asks if things would have been different if Se-joo had met her first—would he have fallen in love with her instead? He says he would have.

Mi-rae is called in to see Chairman Lee, who immediately demands that she break up with Se-joo. Slamming his resignation letter on the table, she accuses Mi-rae as the responsible party for her grandson’s ruin.

When Mi-rae refuses, she throws in the threat of blacklisting Shin from the industry as well. Mi-rae rises at that moment to say that she believes one’s feelings cannot be swayed by power nor money and leaves.

Mi-rae invites Se-joo for a home-cooked meal, and doesn’t answer when he says that the setting makes it feel like they’re newlyweds. They both have something to say to the other, and Se-joo asks to go first.

He informs her that he quit his job and plans to study abroad. Thanks to the recent broadcast, he’s realized that up to now, he’s always done things he must do. Now he plans to pursue what he wants to do and learn to build his own great broadcasting network.

He asks if Mi-rae is willing to accompany him, and she apologizes that she won’t be. She feels sorry for always being on the receiving end of his kindness, and that she wasn’t able to give him anything in return; she fears that she’ll hate herself if she stays by his side.

She plans to take some time to work on herself to become someone better. She’s not asking him to wait for her because she understands he could end up with someone else. Slipping the ring off her finger, she asks that he considers giving this back to her if his feelings don’t change in the future.

Se-joo tells her to keep it and Mi-rae gets up from her seat to break the tension. He then rises to give her a backhug, and she places a hand over his.

It’s finally time for goodbyes as Ajumma Mi-rae wearily informs her younger self that she’s going back. She’s suddenly looking years older by this point and dismisses the warnings that the journey alone could kill her, saying that she’ll die anyway if she remains here.

Mi-rae asks if she can’t stay a few more days, but Ajumma says that she wants to be by her Shin’s side to the end. She has to go back to apologize to her husband who’s waiting for her.

So Mi-rae and Oppa accompany Ajumma and Black Man No. 2 (because the first one strangely disappeared) back to the elevator. Oppa gives her one last hug and smiles when she nags him to take care of his health. Ack, these two.

Then Ajumma takes her younger self by the hands and tells her not to suffer by time-traveling like she did and take care. Crying now, Mi-rae thanks Ajumma for coming back to the present. “Thank you for making me into a better person.”

Mi-rae places a key in Ajumma’s hand and explains that it’s the key to Pandora’s Box. She says that she’ll bury a chest in their yard, so Ajumma must make the journey to find and open it. She doesn’t know what she’ll put it in yet, but she’ll decide on something.

“Even though you can’t change the past, you can always change the present.” Mi-rae says. With that, Ajumma climbs into the elevator and they both shed tears as the doors close between them.

As Shin leaves NTN, he’s moved by the protesters show their support for him. He turns around to see Mi-rae, and the two go for a walk. She asks teasingly how it feels to end up the way Ajumma had predicted, and he answers that he’s okay with it, given how much he’s helped others.

He thanks her for the broadcast and says he planned to come see her, but she deflects it by assuming he meant it as a professional courtesy. She informs him that Ajumma has left to be with her husband who’s alive, and Shin is relieved to hear it.

Mi-rae says that doesn’t mean she plans to date Shin—why who would want a man with a mountain of debt? He asks if she would when he’s debt-free, and she answers that she’s not sure.

Mi-rae tells him that she’s going to let the future worry for itself now and wonders why anyone has to determine their future in the present. At that, Shin smiles and tussles her hair, saying that she’s all grown-up now.

Then they each take their separate leave as they walk away in different directions.

3 Years Later. Christmas Eve. Yoo-kyung now headlines her own show as the MC and wraps up her interview with special guest Mi-rae, who’s now a bestselling author. Afterwards, Yoo-kyung asks if she has any special plans tonight.

Mi-rae doesn’t answer and Yoo-kyung jokes that she has so many invitations out the door. That’s when Jokey PD says he’s available tonight and both ladies skedaddle. HA.

Se-joo arrives at the aiport and his secretary asks if there’s a special reason why he returned to Korea a day earlier than expected. He says there’s no particular reason, but there is somewhere they need to go first.

Oh yay, Oppa is now happily married and his pregnant wife (carrying their second child) appeals to Mi-rae to persuade him out of leaving for yet another overseas trip for his documentary show.

As for Writer Bae, she teaches a broadcasting class and drops the hint that she’s friends with the famed Writer Na Mi-rae, which earns her an impressed response from her students. Her lawyer husband meets up with Shin, who thanks him for taking on the case against NTN.

It looks like Shin has his own journalism show now and though he’s invited to join them for dinner, but he politely declines because he already has plans.

Mi-rae walks into a bookstore and rifles through a book entitled—you guessed it—-Mi-rae’s Choice. Moments later, Shin walks in to pick up the same book. Not one to be left out, in walks Se-joo to grab a copy of his own.

As she passes by both men without notice, we hear Mi-rae’s previous narration in voiceover that one hopes for a Christmas miracle and holds onto the feeling that this year will be happiest Christmas of one’s life.

Mi-rae exits the store with the book in hand, only to double back. She suddenly stop in her tracks and smiles.

Epilogue. In the future, we see Ajumma Mi-rae digs up the chest that her younger self told her about. In it are pictures of a handsome young man. Aw, is this little Geon all grown up?

She flips through the pictures that document his life in reverse from his teenage years to his childhood to Mi-rae holding him close as a toddler. As Ajumma holds onto the last photo, another male hand clasps over hers.

COMMENTS

Despite the rocky opening that started off this hour, I rather liked this sweet epilogue, even if it doesn’t follow any alternaverse rules that give me more migraines than they’re worth. The photos contained in the time capsule gives Ajumma the hope that her son Geon is alive and well in another universe and timeline. It’s a sweet present that Mi-rae can provide to give our time-traveler closure and to convey the message that even with her endless meddling, she was still a part in changing Mi-rae’s life for the better. I’m warmed by the fact that not only did Ajumma make it back to her future, she’s also reunited (and I presume, reconciled) with her Kim Shin whose hand I also assume is his at the end.

As with most dramas, I have to suspend some belief that the child in the photos is Geon, since I don’t think Ajumma would have had the same visceral reaction in her hands if it were Mi-rae with another child. Naturally that begs subsequent questions of the boy’s father and whom Mi-rae chose at the end (which I’ll get to). I do think it was a deliberate choice on the show’s part to leave this open-ended by not showing us who he was both when Mi-rae returned to the bookstore and that final photo of her and her son, even if it left me even more confused than ever. And just because it was deliberate doesn’t always make it a good one. Yet because I do believe that it is Geon, I’m inclined to believe that present Mi-rae did eventually end up with present Shin.

There is, of course, another infinite batch of possibilities thanks to our multiverse theory that vary from marrying Se-joo to marrying neither man to a slew of others based upon the various decisions our characters were faced with at every turn. But what I can gather at the end is that although Ajumma Mi-rae initially arrived as the same person as present Mi-rae (with a few added years), it was that very moment she arrived in the present when their paths diverged. So I can see the show’s initial aim to place emphasis on the choices present Mi-rae would make, and how that fell apart as Mi-rae became less of her own agent of change (of her own life in another timeline. Oy, the headaches) as the story progressed.

As for the ending itself, I am aggravated that it just… stopped. We don’t get anything past a closeup of Mi-rae, and I paused for a good minute, thinking, “…then what? And why?” and it’s as if the show answered back: “Oh, you wanted more?” In a sense, I feel cheated out of both romances between Shin and Se-joo as they were built up (and sometimes torn down) as we followed along the series, only to have the story giving no resolution to either at the time of the ending, making us as viewers do the guesswork on our own. And while I’m usually okay with open endings, this is one case where I was scratching my head and resignedly concluded that it wasn’t worth another headache.

The past few episodes aren’t without its hiccups, what with the original Kim Shin being alive, giving Ajumma Mi-rae a main reason (apart from her ailing health) to return to the future and loosely constructed love triangles to string us to the end. As for present Shin, I did like that he got a wakeup call from his own self about the consequences of choosing not to disclose the story and even with that, the words I assume comes from a manifestation of his own conscience. Then we saw that Shin can also have a positive impact on others. Despite his stubborn thinking that he has to forge his own path and that he tried to push Mi-rae away because he was afraid he would bring her down with him, there are people who are there to put their necks on the line and support him, including Mi-rae.

I do like how the women still managed to pursue their own dreams with Yoo-kyung clearly ahead of that pack. She’s one character whom the earlier phrase that she needn’t depend on a man truly applied, studying to go abroad on her own and to provide for her family with her own strength. I thoroughly enjoyed her as a female second lead and left a little left wanting for her friendship with Se-joo.

So even with its odd turns in its story and often comical time-travel authorities to even more confusing time-space boundaries, I’m still reminded of the heartwarming moments between Oppa and his sister from another universe. But you can bet I’m never going to hope that another me comes back from the future to tell me that she wants to fix ONE thing in my life, that’s for sure. She can stay in her own universe.

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I.....don't understand this drama. (but Yoo-kyung<3)

I get not playing by the rules of traditional rom-coms, but then there's not playing by the rules and then there is making NO SENSE AT ALL.

Also, this has to be the first Yoon Eun-hye drama I've ever seen where she doesn't get a proper kiss scene with anyone. Let's just reflect on the waste that is...

On the upside, Yonghwa has improved a great deal as an actor, so that is a genuine positive I take away here - thing is certain, I won't miss this drama, or its messy execution of everything from premise to relationships (Oppa and Mi-rae are the only connection in there that actually make me feel anything)

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I don't think anyone understood this drama. And I felt bad for YEH (whom I liked since Coffee Prince) and Lee Dong-gun (whom I liked since Sweet 18). Their talents were wasted by the wastrel plot. Of course, Yong-hwa got a good deal though....in that he improved his acting. Good for him.

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yeah, I don't understand how they cast Lee Dong-gun and Yoon Eun-hye and then completely wasted that potential pairing.

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Yoon Eun Hye hasn't been picking good projects ever since Coffee Prince, and that was a long time ago. Her previous list of works like My Fair Lady, Lie to Me, I Miss You were only mediocre at best, and Mirae's Choice is the latest addition to it. I feel sorry for Lee Dong Gun since this is his comeback drama, but hopefully both of them will get chances to act in better dramas next time.

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it was meant to be misunderstood, coz writer Hong Jin Ah doesnt know what to do with it. would it hurt to show kim shin and mirae getting together at the end with a simple kiss to end the series? that'll just be 3 minutes at most, so they ran out of time? or both leads dont like to do any kissing scene. i think Lee Dong Gun is averse to kissing , remember MY BOYFRIEND IS TYPE B. i dunno about his other dramas tho.
ms. Gummimochi, pls. help us and pass on our collective sentiments to writer Hong Jin Ah. I felt so ... I dont know what to feel, or how to feel or .. am just confused.
to yoon eun hye, i watched this for you.. and i had to watch vineyard man afterwards coz I need to wash it down with something really good from the retro YEH, who was pretty, charming, so full of life and gets a wonderful kiss from Oh man suk at the end of a very beautiful kdrama. circa 2006, ah, memories...

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I was also impressed with Yong Hwa's acting in this drama!!!he's definitely improved and I really liked his character! Well, I think this character was interesting and well-written and it gave the actor the opportunity to shine for once. I think his other roles were "meh"!
But what kind of ending was that? I feel cheated because on the romance front, we don't really get an answer about who she chooses to be with! and strangely enough, the characters are in their 30s and seeing them hold hands seems like a huge deal for them...oh yes, we still have a lovely hug with Yong Hwa and Yoo Eun hye at the end!!! b but that's about it!!! and I've seen more swoon-worthy scenes in The Heirs, lots of hugs and hands holding and kisses and they are just teeenagers!!! ^^

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Yeah, I was hoping for some lip action in this finale. We actually got more skinship between Ajumma Mirae and Kim Shin than between Present Mirae and Shin.

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My thoughts exactly! This drama confused the bejesus out of me and the ending totally left a sour taste in my mouth. The only upsides to it were: YK who finally got her own show, and Oppa who got married and had an adorable little family of his own. The rest was just a mixture of bleh, confusion, and frustration.. *sigh*

Well on the other hand, I'm so glad I only read the recaps of this drama xD

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I agree what a waste. I don't understand a thing

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Two words: Train wreck.

Glad it's over.

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Most pointless drama in 2013
i don't know the meaning behind it

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I can't even tell you how hyped up I was for this drama for the simple fact that YEH always delivers when there's a kiss scene. If all else failed at least we'd get that but no kiss scene AT ALL? I was so happy Yonghwa was working with her, even if he didn't get kiss scenes with her, I was hoping he'd be on the sidelines taking notes when she had them with LDG. She seriously is the best as far as K-dramas go.

Happy to see my favs back on the screen but sad to see a drama with so much potential, especially with these four leads, turn into a mess. The network sold this drama as a rom com and then turned it into a melo. Mirae's Choice is the appropriate title for this drama but with an ending like that, the focus should have been on her furthering her new career instead of the dilemma over potential husbands. The image of Mirae becoming a successful author who raised a child to adulthood without that success being about the choice of man would have actually been a more powerful one.

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i think they had a kissing scene in ep 3 or 4.. it was in kim shin's dream when he visited mirae in the hospital :)

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You know I forgot about that kiss because it didn't involve present Mirae.

Ah this drama. Just hate wasted potential. I loved all the actors in this and it's just sad to see this drama not live up to it's potential. I think Han Chae Ah will be fine but LDG and particularly YEH and Yonghwa should pick a KBS weekend family drama as their next project. Those dramas just never fail ratings wise since KBS has no competition from the other networks as far as dramas are concerned. Those dramas really do have a captive audience. Joo Won did 'Ojakgyo Brothers' after being in 'Baker King' and that led to him doing 'Bridal Mask' and 1N2D. Even Uee wound up getting a lead in a hit drama after doing 'Ojakgyo Brothers'. Lee Bo Young did 'My Daughter Seo Young' on KBS and that drama had an almost 50% viewship. She landed IHYV on SBS after that. Not really a fan of those 50+ ep family dramas but the KBS ones do work wonders for boosting your career if you land a good one with a solid cast. KBS had a good run with 'Ojakgyo Brothers', 'My Husband's Got a Family', and 'My Daughter Seo Young'.

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i know right! i suppose it doesnt really matter who she ended up with because in the end she is happy and THATS what matters. but i really wanted to know. would we have really been happy with either choice. i guess they HAD to leave it open for that reason. oh and the kiss... WHAT IS THAT ABOUT! no kisses at all. *frowns* thats the best part of a drama.. lol

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Ah, this drama! Why do I love it so much when I really am so angry with it?

So was this a feminist empowerment drama all along? Yes, i suppose so, a thumbing of the nose to Korea's entrenched couple culture. So why -- even with all that triumph music thundering across the screen do I have this nagging feeling that Mirae's becoming a "better" person was a result of the emotional scarring she got from Future Mira's bad news, Miranda's bad behavior toward her, the station's gossip, and Yoo Kyung's "I woulda had him if Future Mirae hadn't messed up my life." I'll allow that inferiority complex/gossip/rebuke scars pushed Mirae to be pro-active about her life, but don't use self-congratulatory triumphant music as if your ending is fulfilled. Because that wasn't the question the story wanted answered.

I kinda feared the writer would go with Mirae consciously NOT choosing either guy but for her to not consciously CHOOSE anyone at the end? That's far worse. Now that she is all self-powered and the inferiority complex is gone, who the heck would she choose? Should she choose neither or both? But now, we aren't shown what the saner stronger Mirae would choose? So is the love in the heart of the inferiority complex Mirae non-existent or not powerful enough to last in this new phase of her life? Is no vestige of it left? Was no part of it pure enough and strong enough to last even now? The whole idea that we can't really love somone until we learn to love ourselves just makes me cringe.

Seriously, I feel the fate theme became a prop, and the prop was confusing/unthought out. In the last episode, the plot pulled in some convenient stupid tropes (temporary amnesia, chaebol grandma suddenly disliking Mirae, Mirae's being angry at hubby is really HER fault, hubby not really dying). Not to mention the characters stopped behaving characteristically.

Plus, the OTP was kept apart too long. I would love to see the original script for this thing. I get the feeling the real OTP was SeJoo-Mirae because even at the end, although YK and SJ were in the same geographic area (am pretty sure), the writer couldn't bring herself to bring them together in another country. And Mirae doesn't even make a clean break with SeJoo but keeps stringing him on even to the end. Is it because she's insecure and still needs to hold onto a guy? Is it because she is letting him down easy? Is it because as she says she is not worthy of him? But why keep the guy's ring? As a writer, I know this situation: the writer really likes both guys for her main character. But after a while, you have to man up; and if you still want to be piggy and to let the heroine keep the love of the two rivals, you kill off the girl's rival so the second lead character can't rebound to her. There are ways to do these things but this writer's choice....is the least respectable way.

In a movie about choosing between two guys, to sidestep the answer about fate/choice by disguising it as female empowerment/character lacks moral courage. We buy a book or watch a story because for a little moment in time we want to hear someone else's philosophy of life (dressed up in story form.) This writer confused her plot with her theme. Mirae feministing is okay but what about fate, suffering, love and challenging bad prophecies/parental warnings. Is the writer brave enough to say "You love your husband but you shouldn't have married him. Listen to an older, wiser ahjumma and...

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oooh, dang! I certainly ranted didn't I?

Okay...continuing:
Listen to an older, wiser ahjumma and divorce him via time-travel!"? NOPE! Is the writer brave enough to say "You chose the only guy you will ever love, and it'll be a rough ride so just suck up in the bad times." ??? NOPE! I don't trust a writer who doesn't make her views clear. This ending had cowardice, the writer's personal indecision, and fear of the audience written all over it. Curse you, live shoots!

I opened Pandora's Box and kept trusting in hope...but my hope was a delusion. This "giving a drama the benefit of the doubt" habit is going to be seriously reconsidered. From now on I will trust all the Korean ahjummas who instinctively know what dramas to avoid.

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Really like your rant because you just articulately expressed how I feel about the drama. This drama is about Mirae's Choice so leaving the ending as it is shows cowardness and an affront to the intelligence of the viewers. It really annoyed me whenever people picked on Mirae and she buckled under the pressure. What a story it would have been if we saw Mirae become a strong woman who is able to choose for herself not just in the area of career but also in her personal life. So, what did this story accomplished? It left a bad taste in my mouth. I did what the characters in the story did - picked on Mirae rather than cheer her on for choosing whatever she chooses! But here I am forced to choose for Mirae to satisfy my own need of having a happy ending to this story.

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so true. I hadn't thought of that. We really don't get a chance to see and approve of her choice.

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Yeah, the drama truly left a big question mark on what Mirae's choice actually was when it should have been answering it.

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a thumbing of the nose to Korea’s entrenched couple culture.

I could have got behind it if it felt like that was the way it was headed (independent Mi-rae? I like that idea), but literally the only character who does feel truly empowered to me is Yoo-kyung, not Mi-rae (who just reads as waffling between two men).

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Maybe it should've been titled "Yoo-Kyung's choice". It would've made more sense…she grew the most in this show, from resigning her role as the person who just always on a serving end, whether she wants to or not, to a person who stands on her own two feet, strong and dignified.

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I would definitely watch that drama. In it, Se-joo would also finally get over second lead Mirae and see the goodness that is YK and fall in amazing love...dishing out a wonderfully cute chemistry....and I just become a puddle of squee. lmao

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Omg, this. I would totally watch that. With lot's of sugary cuteness on top please. Because female empowerment never meant you can't have a guy anyway. I just means you don't have to and choose yourself. Man, the thought of what SJ and YK could have been. I went into this drama hoping for two cute OTPs. Not much romance and comedy apparently in this romantic comedy, sigh.

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Carole, I also hate that. Actually, I hate when either a man or woman waffles between two people like that. It's not fair to anybody and just makes for so much needless angst.

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Seo Yoo-Kyung's progression as the 2nd lead female character was a nice and welcome change from the norm we often see or are subjected to in kdramas.

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I do feel like it was a feminist drama but it could have been done so much better. Like I said before if she is going to choose herself then let her say it! there is nothing wrong with that!!
I just hated how she just like kept hopes up for both guys just because it was convenient for the plot. I agree with your point on the last paragraph, the writer was scared to make her point and it really ruined the story for me. We had so many themes run through this drama and yet I feel like none of them stuck.

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"In a movie about choosing between two guys, to sidestep the answer about fate/choice by disguising it as female empowerment/character lacks moral courage."

BINGO!!! I'd have to go back to find the exact episode thread, but I said something very similar to this. It really annoys me that the show masqueraded as a female empowerment show, when in fact it was nothing of the sort.

At the beginning, I was so excited not only because of the premise, but because the show seemed like its attitudes toward women and relationships was going to be different. But it really wasn't. In the end, Future Mirae is the bad guy who is supposed to go beg for Shin's forgiveness -but hasn't he done at least as much wrong, if not more, than her?

It's like the writer wanted to have her cake and eat it too. Ultimately, the show was the same old romantic triangle shtick, except we never had a chance to see much of the Shin-Mirae romance. So if you go that route -at least let us see an actual ending! But no, we get this open-ended ending that doesn't actually signify anything but the writer's inability to commit to anything.

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Mirae didn't choose Shin cause people were picking on her and making her feel guilty. What empowered woman allows gossip/snide comments/etc to thwart her? I would've loved it better if all the gossip/backbiting hadn't happened and YET she chose to not take SeJoo. Then the empowerment thing would feel real. Instead, she just looks like someone who wasn't being strong at all, she is someone who let public opinion push her around and she gives up both guys. Heck, Yoo Kyeung would think nothing about advancing through using powerful guys..and yet in this YK is the stronger female character.

The writer should've shown the difference between reputation, community shaming and doing something for yourself....self-worth. SeJoo gave up his position at YBS because he couldn't go against his own conscience. I couldn't see the strength in Mirae's choice because she just looked overwhelmed with self-loathing caused by company gossip -- the opposite of what writer intended.

The k-drama thing with fated couples really annoys me...and am presently enduring it in Bel Ami. All that fatedness takes away some level of mystery and certainly doesn't allow for free thinking about divorce. Heci..if some guy is your cosmic-ly ordained true love, and if the drama keeps hinting you're fated for each other, how can true choice --or an admission that your husband is wrong-- happen? So no wonder, they went back to the woman blaming herself for wanting a cosmic divorce. Soooo annoying.

I think a J-drama would've handled the ambiguity way better.

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Think the writer's inadvertently managed to create a new drama genre: the anti-rom com.

I'd love to know what kind of reaction/flack MHIYD's finale and writer are getting, now that it's done and dusted?

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I agree with most of it--I think it was meant that way, but after a while MR felt like she was just following fate rather than saying it was destiny, thus her own choosing. It got sloppy towards the end in terms of event structure and internal rules. I makes me feel sad--does the YEH Rom Com curse continue? After Coffee Prince it kinda seems like she was saddled with a Rom Com curse where the writing would be bad, but look good at the start.

She originally refused to do a production because she thought the writing was bad, IIRC in favor of doing Coffee Prince, which was a hit, but after that, it seems she's getting cursed more than the agency that screwed her over. I'm really sad since I've liked all the male leads, the premises, etc that she's chosen. They all seem to start well and then train wreck later on on writing alone. Makes me wonder if she needs a cleansing or something, K-drama style.

I'm disappointed. I expected Mirae to stand up for herself and make choices, not follow other people's wishes. At least Korea agrees with me. There isn't even a religious aspect in Korean culture that could save this drama.

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That's quite a rant, Carole. But I don't think SJ and MR were the OTP. I mean, the show had MR indisputably in love with Shin for most of its run. So I can even understand that she might have lingering feelings for him in the future when she became successful and all. SJ, on the other hand, seemed like a friend to her only so after being apart so long, I'd totally doubt she suddenly gained feelings for him. As for YK, she totally gave up on SJ and moved on in her life, working towards her dreams (frankly, that's better than clinging onto SJ). They, interestingly, were just not meant to be in this future but that doesn't mean that because SJ didn't get attached to YK that he would be with MR.

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I think on paper and in the script Mirae and Shin are the OTP. But something strange often happens when one writes a love triangle. I can attest to it as a writer. You see the virtue of both lovers and you, the writer, become somehow conflicted. This is often what makes the rivalry so believable, because while one is writing a chapter with the OTP, you totally feel that they are perfect for each other. Then when writing the chapters where the second lead and the heroine interact, you totally feel that THEY are perfect for each other. The reader/audience picks up on that and are as conflicted as you are. This is what I think happened to the writer. She stuck to her guns by making Mirae only love Shin, but she undermined Mirae's love for Shin and sabotaged the written OTP. In addition, while there were moments when she should have begun turning SeJoo's heart toward YooKyung, she did those moments half-heartedly..and she never allowed herself to give up on SeJoo's love for Mirae because she/the writer did not want to cut him loose. This is something that happens with writers all the time

In addition, SeJoo didn't fall in love because of a person but because of a thing. I think of the "falling in love by water" as a kind of magical spell over which SeJoo had no control. Kind of like the potion in Tristan and Isolde. So he was doomed no matter what.

She set up the story as a feminist trope, a very daring one in K-drama circles: The one you totally fell in love with and believe to be your OTP is one you should not have married.

Now, that is very very daring, even taboo. Think of it. If one lives in k-drama culture and all sorts of coincidences, passionate looks, wistful longing, makes it clear the person you're in love with is your ONE TRUE LOVE.....then you marry this person and have a crappy life, making him suicidal and, suffering poverty.....how can you divorce the person FATED for you? This is why although we see a lot of divorced folks in k-dramas, we don't see a lot of stories where people fall passionately in love through signs and coincidences then after a while they divorce. (I'm totally thinking that Wang Family may --or may not challnge-- the anti-divorce trope.)

So the writer decides to do the feminist brave challenge: An OTP which ended in failure and death. The heroine's choice should naturally be: Divorce by time travel, or accept the marriage suffered because the hero was messed-up. Thus: make the hero change, make the heroine change, or marry SeJoo.

But in order to keep the status quo -- and betray her own feminist premise (which was to challenge the idea that you have to marry the guy you're passionately in love with because the universe/time has ordained it) she went overboard and resurrected the (supposedly) dead hero THEN had the older heroine blame herself...and had the younger heroine "find" herself. Thus the hero is not blamed, the woman is responsible alone for the bad marriage, and the OTP trope stands undefiled. If you want to leave your crappy marriage, divorce is not truly an option...and certainly the man is not to blame...he was just being a noble headstrong person.

The undercurrent of the story is that if the taboo against divorcing your fated one is truly challenged ..Mirae and SeJoo would end up together. The writer was cowardly at cross purposes with her story.

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@ Carole
"...very very daring, even taboo. Think of it. If one lives in k-drama culture and all sorts of coincidences, passionate looks, wistful longing, makes it clear the person you’re in love with is your ONE TRUE LOVE…..then you marry this person and have a crappy life, making him suicidal and, suffering poverty…..how can you divorce the person FATED for you? This is why although we see a lot of divorced folks in k-dramas, we don’t see a lot of stories where people fall passionately in love through signs and coincidences then after a while they divorce."

This is exactly what I originally thought the writer would explore and kept waiting for her to lead viewers down this path. Of course, it never happened and she chickened out early.

If only writer Hong Jin-Ah "had stuck to her guns" and dared to follow through thereby successfully executing the trope "The one you totally fell in love with and believe to be your OTP is one you should not have married."

Merci Beaucoup! I appreciate and look forward to your insights.

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Congratulations on managing a remarkably positive, upbeat recap. Reading your recaps of the last two episodes I understand now why you didn't offer this drama as an option in the voting list for worst of they year, because it's obvious you really like it. To which all that can be said is, I guess someone had to and, vive la différence, I guess.

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I personally did not hate this drama, unlike some. For me it was more disappointment than dislike. I was hoping for a 4.0 and got a 2.5. And while some do think it was the worst of the year, I can think of at least 3 or 4 others that were "worse". However, this one does make the top of the most disappointing of the year.

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I only watched two episodes (6? and the finale) of this whole drama and read the recaps the rest of the way through. I decided I was curious enough about this show that I decided to watch the finale with subs before reading about it. I was pleasantly surprised and I really liked the ending. It was about choice and moving forward in your life. In the ajumma's future, Shin and Mirae went and wallowed and bickered in their misery. In Shin's sucessful future self, he didn't really stand up for what he really believed in and only chased after success and present Shin didn't want to be like that. I liked how present Shin continued fighting for what he believed and how his friends came alongside him too.

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I have seen Yong Hwa and his advances in his acting through this drama. Good job...

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Lol at that second Black Man ajusshi. I can't remember where I've seen him. Queen Inhyun's Man? Nine?

He has guyliner?!!? ROFL

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2nd Black Man Ajhussi looks very familiar too.....but I keep thinking he was some random unimportant CEO from some drama.

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lol at all this

So the writer really dragged that nonsensical love triangle until the very last minute, as if it wasn't obvious enough who Mirae had feelings for.

Se Joo ended up being so pathetic, I literally facepalmed in the scene where he asked Mirae to go to NY with him. Here I was thinking, "omg good, looks like he has some dignity, he said he wanted to speak first because he'll leave and he doesn't want to put her through the pain of rejecting him again"and then he's like "so will you come with me'

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can't

I mean, how delusional can you get?

Also annoyed at Mirae tbh, what's up with that non answer lol why is she wearing the ring, then wonders why people think they're engaged? Her behaviour in the last two episodes just screams forced to me, the writer made her get a new (spineless) personality to keep the triangle alive. But I wanted them to end up together because they deserve each other tbh. Yookyung and Shin deserve sooooo much better.

I also was expecting a glimpse into YK-SJ alternate universe marriage, to see what actually happened. But I guess the writer just wanted to focus on the love triangle thing, and since it's 98% possible that Future Mirae was lying or at least tweaking the truth for her own purposes (I mean she didn't even know them personally) maybe viewers would be even angrier when they found out that, in fact, Alternate!Se Joo and Yookyung loved each other and it would just make the heroine look worse. So it got swept under the rug, like Yookyung. Not that I wanted them to end up together in this timeline, mind you. Yookyung's finale was actually the only one that I liked (along with Oppa's).

At least the reactions in viki are hilarious.

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yeah... the alternate univers should've been shown. I allowed the non-consequnces of Future Mirae's rapid aging, accepted it when Future Mirae didn't die and when she got her memory back in time to return...although I did wince at the convenience of the plotting. But I allowed and accepted all that because I thought I'd get to see older Shin and older Mirae together...not just holding hands. Ah well. It'll still be one of my fave dramas, i think. After I shake off my anger at that annoying cowardly ending.

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Funnily enough I was prepared to not see Ahjumma Mirae's future (or present?) from the start of the drama, and I would've accepted it as long as the rest of the story was solid. Since it ended up being so disastrous at least let us have a glimpse to the future sheesh.

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One of the most poignant ironies was that after all that meddling to make sure she doesn't marry him, Future Mirae tells Present Mirae that she's eager to still get home to her hubby Kim Shin - ouch.

The loss of the Mirae-Shin OTP hit me hard, mainly because I was also shipping the actors themselves and LDG in particular. Such a pity they weren't allowed to be the fantastic leads in this drama that we know they're capable of being!

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Although I shipped Mirae with SeJoo (because scenes of SeJoo's love for Mirae is way more apparent and in your face than scenes of Shin's love for Mirae) I always thought of Shin as Mirae's husband. That scene with Future Mirae and Shin in the hospital room....wow! so touching.

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Also, if Ahjumma's future is not Mirae's future how the heck did she find the box Mirae buried???

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and if she was weak enough to probably die from going back to the future, how would she survive another trip to see the box?

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I so agree. Their non-breakup breakup is a perfect example of everything wrong with this drama. It was the perfect time to end it for real this time, but the writer couldn't cut the cord totally.

YK and Shin should have gotten together. I would have shipped it hard.

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It would've been such a great drama if we were never sure what permutation the coupling would take. But the writer took away all sense of suspense.

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can u tell me who did mirae choose finally?! I didnt get it actually.. kim shin or sejoo?!

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"YK and Shin should have gotten together. I would have shipped it hard."

I disagree, and I say this as someone who came to like Yoo-Kyung at the end. If they'd gotten together as planned, she'd never have come into her own and pursued her own dreams. She would have become the chaebol's wife who gained all of her power from his company's money. A comfortable life, perhaps, but not a very empowered one. Whereas in this universe, she will become successful on her own terms and because of her own efforts. I think she got the best ending out of all of them.

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YK and Shin might've become a media power couple, i think.

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After she became successful on her own, sure. But not if they had gotten together before she learned the value of her own worth and efforts over serving men to get what she wants.

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Shin was always telling her her value, though.

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Oh, I see. I actually think that would have been great. I like the idea of them meeting up in America, or when they were both back in Korea after the three years

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Wait…I'm confused, Shin isn't the chaebol…SJ is. Is it meant to be YK and SJ should've gotten together?

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@nomad - My fault! I misread "Shin" for "Se-Joo" and ended up making the thread confusing. Sorry, @lemondoodle.

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yeah, Seju and Mirae basically didn't officially breakup
they just put a KIV on their relationship by
Mirae gave Seju the option of coming back to her if he wants and he can give her the ring again
she said she can't be with him as she felt that she's inadequate and wants to be someone better, not because she didn't like or love him

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She was a coward throughout the entire drama. Did you expect her to really own up to the fact that she didn't like him? Really?

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what so hard at saying 'i don't like you'
it's better than keep stringing SJ along like that

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but didn't she said to him that she doesn't have this kind of feelings towards him like two or three times and he still wanted her or did I miss something...

and I agree @Annie, the writer made her a very cowered character, as in the whole ring scene, very uncomfortable

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When Se Joo asked Mi Rae to move to New York, I think he already knew the answer. He did not seem disappointed when she said no.

This drama clearly had the story moving the characters and not the other way around.

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Thank you for the Mi-rae's Choice (AKA Marry Him If You Dare) recaps Gummimochi!

I have much to say about MHIYD and it will probably be more than 3500 characters :)

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Now that all 16 episodes of MHIYD have aired, writer Hong Jin-Ah needs to apologize to all of the disgruntled viewers with the song/duet of:

"Hurt You" by Toni Braxton & Babyface

Here we go
Damn
Here we go again
Loving you has caused me so much pain
But you don't see it, you never see it

So why apologize
I was just doing what I had to do baby
An eye for an eye

God knows I never meant to hurt you
I never meant to break your heart, your heart babe
God knows I never meant to turn you on, turn you out
Never meant to take it that far, that far babe
God knows I never meant to hurt you, hurt you, hurt you, hurt you, hurt you, hurt you

Baby, guilty as charged
I'm not gon lie babe
I did you wrong so many times yes
So I know why you crossed the line...

But I, (no, no) I apologize (don't apologize, don't apologize)
Oh baby, the pain I put you through (put you through it too
What I did to you (I did the same to you)
Oh I made you cry...

God knows I never meant to hurt you
I never meant to break your heart, your heart babe

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Before I start my rant, I will list some "Positives" from Mi-rae's Choice (AkA MHIYD):

OST: My Lady, Casting Love, Only Me, It's You, Lonely Christmas, Morning Dew, 나를 오르다

Melody Day – Only Me (혼자만) Marry Him If You Dare OST

Only me, only I am hurting and hurting
Only me, only I am comforting my aching heart
You don’t know my heart or my loving confession
Is the love – what to do? When I see you, tears keep falling
Love – what to do? I try to hold it in but my love seeps out
I guess my love has to be you
My heart says it doesn’t know anyone but you
Is the love – what to do? When I see you, tears keep falling
Love – what to do? I try to hold it in but my love seeps out
Is the love – I love you, when I see you, my heart tells me
Love – I love you, even if it hurts, it tells me that it’s okay

Park Hyo Shin – It’s You (Marry Him If You Dare OST)

You don’t know – even when someone who loves you
Is looking at you all day by your side, you don’t know
You don’t know about
The person who loves you more than life itself
It’s you, I love you, that’s my true heart
Even if you don’t know, again today, my heart has only you
The one person that I love, it’s you
I don’t know but I only know how to love you
Even if it’s a painful love
It’s you, I love you, that’s my true heart
Even if you don’t know, again today, my heart has only you
The one person that I love, it’s you
The one person who is my last, the one person who has my heart
I only know you so again today, I will wait for love
The one person that I love, it’s you
Because I only know you, because I can’t cast you away, tears come
The one person that I love
You don’t know about the foolish person
Who loves you more than you love yourself

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yup! actually the OST of this drama was the best thing I got, better that other current dramas *coughHeirscough*

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MHIYD's "It's You" and Heir's "Love is the Moment" was written by the same person, who also happens to be Lee Dong-gun and Yong-hwa's boss.

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@tebz10
yeah but they got it right in MHIYD and lost it in Heirs! God seriously "Love is the Moment" is a nightmare!

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Who wrote the songs? Who's the boss?

Actually I'm ok with the Heirs OST :) The tune is ok, quite catchy, though some of the English lyrics, hmmm, don't seem so great.

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He's the CEO of FNC, the agency that manages both Lee Dong-gun and Yong-hwa. His name's Han Seung Ho. I learned about it when I watched Cheongdamdong 111, the reality show that features the company. They were having this conversation on how both LDG and Yong-hwa are in the drama, and that their CEO has written the OST. And that their agency will be ruined if this drama doesn't succeed.

FNC produced (or maybe co-produced) this drama, as well.

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Ha! Good song choice.

Mine, from the viewers to the writers: "Baby You Done Me Wrong," by the Everly Brothers. The lyrics really fit!

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The more time I think about MHIYD...

My pendulum swings back and forth between gratefulness for :) and disappointment with :( the drama and open ending that writer Hong Jin-Ah left us with...

I am quoting and applying some of the lyrics from "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus to MHIYD:

"We chained our hearts in vain...[An OTP Choice by the writer in the finale]

We jumped never asking why...[As more episodes aired what was Future Mi-Rae's "Truth?" & Time Travel/Alternate Timeline/Universe Theories]

fell under your spell...[The possibility for all the OTP's]

Don't you ever say I just walked away... [Stuck with you from Episode 1 - 16 despite declining ratings]

I will always want you... [MHIYD to be better than you turned out to be]

I can't live a lie,...[Pretending you were only perfect and not full of flaws]

All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you, you wreck me...[Cop out with all of the OTP and avoidance of actually showing the final choice]

I put you high up in the sky...[Daring to display Feminism, showcase Workplace Discrimination, and Ageism]

It slowly turned, you let me burn... [Inconsistency of character personalities/behavior as the episodes progressed and alternate universe time travel plot-holes]

I never meant to start a war... [between any of the YJH, LDG, or YEH fans, writer Hong Jin-Ah, viewers, netizens, network, etc.]

I just wanted you to let me in...[Real competition/rivalry among the eventual OTP]

Yeah, I just closed my eyes and swung
Left me crashing in a blazing fall...[Full of Hope in the ability of MHIYD to execute the romance and time travel plotlines]

"Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus

We clawed, we chained our hearts in vain
We jumped never asking why
We kissed, I fell under your spell.
A love no one could deny

Don't you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you
I can't live a lie, running for my life
I will always want you

I came in like a wrecking ball
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you, you wreck me

I put you high up in the sky
And now, you're not coming down
It slowly turned, you let me burn
And now, we're ashes on the ground...

I never meant to start a war
I just wanted you to let me in
And instead of using force
I guess I should've let you win
I never meant to start a war
I just wanted you to let me in
I guess I should've let you win...

I came in like a wrecking ball
Yeah, I just closed my eyes and swung
Left me crashing in a blazing fall
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you, you wreck me
Yeah, you, you wreck me

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Positives: The Cast

Yoon Eun-Hye (as Present Na Mi-Rae)
Lee Dong-Gun (as Kim Shin)
Jung Yong-Hwa (as Park Se-Joo)
Han Chae-Ah (as Seo Yoo-Kyung)
Oh Jung-Se (as Oppa/Na Joo-Hyun)
Lee Mi-Do (as Writer Bae Hyun-A)
Ko Du-Shim (as Miranda/Lee Mi-Ran)
Choi Myoung-Gil (as Future Mi-Rae)

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BTS [LAST SCENES] 미래의 선택 Marry Him If You Dare: 윤은혜 Yoon Eun Hye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOc551qPSfc#t=104

FrenchNeri_YoonEunHye_MHIYD

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM__cRJ3PmUcCZZPI-M1_DA

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Thanks for the links! Nice to see our actors smiling, instead of the sad faces they carried throughout the finale.

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You're welcome! I agree with you that it was nice to see smiles instead of sad faces from the actors.

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Negatives:

Hopefully this will make sense even if my train of thought skips around…

Mirae’s Choice (AKA MHIYD/Future Choice) started out as exciting and full of potential. The promos highlighted two suitors, one choice. The possibility that the second lead would have a fair shot at the heroine, even if it was a different timeline was enticing and refreshing.
Pandora’s Box of Hope…Yeah, many of us held out hoping that MHIYD would be worth our efforts and time invested in actually watching and desperately wanting the final episodes to fall in place and tie up most of the loose ends/threads.

Unfortunately; right now the word “Hope” might be too much of a sensitive word and reminder of Pandora’s Box for some.

Frankly I have a lot to say (so many random thoughts)
There is so much that I want to say, but a part of me says “Why bother?”
I have postponed posting my “negative” thoughts yesterday and today because each time I tried to I felt drained…too lazy to even exert the energy to rant, curse, or even type all this up.

What don’t I feel? Disappointment, Anger, Sadness, Frustration, Infuriated

As a final parting gift to viewers, the writer Hong Jin-Ah left it up to our own imagination.
She probably figured that if you want to complain about my writing…I will leave you with the chance to pick for yourself or make up our own version of the ending for Mi-rae’s choice.
Better yet, if you love to write, then you have the chance to write your own Fanfic.
Make Lemonade out of Lemons – Optimism...Viewer’s Choice…

Open Ending…Open to Interpretation…Choose for Yourself…We see what we want to see…For some of us the OTP is based upon our own personal individual bias…

Not the first time and definitely will not be the last finale with an open ending.

We all have similar and different taste. Watch the finale (Episode 16) for yourself, and make up your own mind as to whether you liked the ending or not.

It’s one thing to end a drama with an open ending if you don’t have the word “CHOICE” in the title or as its theme. However, when you purposely name your drama “MI-RAE’S CHOICE” and the major theme and plot of the drama is about the “CHOICES” of individual characters…I’m sorry, but I feel like it is almost an act of sacrilege intended for the viewer to mindlessly accept and tolerate.

Why the copouts -- with scenes of the different love angles/squares/triangles and the final choice? :(

Foursquare = KS/MR, SJ/MR, SJ/YK, or KS/YK
Triangle = KS/MR, SJ/MR, and SJ/YK
Friendzoned = SJ/YK and SJ/MR

Some of the audience was partial to Kim Shin and Na Mi-Rae as a couple.
Some of the audience was partial to Park Se-Joo and Na Mi-Rae as a couple.
Some of the audience was partial to Park Se-Joo and Seo Yoo-Kyung as a couple.
We as viewers will always have our personal OTP preferences that may differ from the writer. We are aware of this even before we start and become invested in a drama. However, the fact that you kept teasing and pretending like the possibility for other couples besides Kim Shin and Na Mi-Rae would be given a fair/ equal chance to develop, grow, and exist was just dishonest and wicked.

Example:
For most of the drama it didn’t matter how many times Se-Joo came to the rescue, supported her career choices, provided emotional support, took care of her, anticipated her needs, or said the exact words Mi-rae was longing to hear (from Kim Shin) time and time again -- he was always friendzoned. Now...

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Now suddenly as we tune in to Episodes 15 – 16, we find them wearing couple rings.

Na Mi-Rae can listen, argue back, and stand in the presence of Kim Shin as he cursed her out after the car accident and public confession of Se-Joo, but suddenly she becomes tight-lipped and almost mute when it comes to Se-Joo’s constant pursuit for a romance/chance to date/show his affection with her.

How can you start or sell a drama and not have it plotted out or contingency plans in case you receive outside pressure from the network, advertisers, sponsors, viewers, netizens, etc.?

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Parallels

Episode 12:

Voiceover of Mi-rae “Tis the season for people to dream of a miracle: that past friends will return or lovers who will call in after a long while. “A feeling that all miracles will come true that day. To hope that this year’s Christmas will be the happiest one yet.”

Preparation for Christmas Eve Date with Kim Shin (spraying perfume in front of the mirror)

Early Merry Christmas Wish at the Amusement Park/Last Minute Business Dinner with Park Se-Joo (spraying perfume in front of the mirror)

Kim Shin signs the contract with NTN in the present timeline, Future Mi-Rae’s universe, and (Visitor) Future Kim Shin’s universe

Episode 16:

Voiceover: “When its Christmas, people dream of miracles. The return of old friends who have left…And a call from a lover you have lost touch with…It’s a day when all the miracles of the world seem possible. Christmas didn’t always bring us those miracles. But we dream again this year. That this will be the best Christmas of our lives.

In the bookstore passing by Kim Shin three (3) times.

In the bookstore passing by Park Se-Joo once (1)

In Episode 13:

Future Mi-Rae tells Oppa that he should get married and have kids now so she might see her niece or nephew when she returns to the future.

Episode 16:

Oppa is happily married with a pregnant wife (carrying their second child). Mi-Rae holds his child Gun in her arms. Oppa remarks “Others would think he’s your baby.”

“Epilogue. In the future, Ajumma Mi-rae digs up the box that Present Mi-Rae told her about and gave her the key to. She flips through the pictures that document..life in reverse from a young man to his teenage years to his childhood to Mi-rae holding him close as a toddler.”

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Correction...

Episode 16:

Kim Shin signs the contract with NTN in the present timeline, Future Mi-Rae’s universe, and (Visitor) Future Kim Shin’s universe

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Disregard...this did not happen in Episodes 12 or 16.

It happened in Episode 15:

Kim Shin signs the contract with NTN in the present timeline, Future Mi-Rae’s universe, and (Visitor) Future Kim Shin’s universe

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The question many have asked and/or answered - Who did Na Mi-Rae Choose?

Well we are led to believe that Future Na Mi-Rae made it back alive to her universe.

Option #1
Present Na Mi-Rae picked herself.

Option #2
She picks Kim Shin. [For the past 15 episodes, Mi-Rae has been literally tripping over herself to be around or near Kim Shin. Would she actually be able to avoid running into him as well as any and all contact for 3 years? They live in the same city, work in the same industry, and know the same circle of friends/people, etc. "Then after I pay back all that debt, you'll see me? Maybe."]

Option #3
She picks Se-Joo. [She kept the ring…she told him that after meeting him, she's only been receiving and wants to do something for him too…she wants to become someone who can give him something back to him...she wants to work on herself and become a better person…"If you still haven't changed your mind later...will you give it to me then?" The chances of running into each other 3 years later.]

Option #4
Future Timeline/Universe is with Kim Shin & Present Timeline/Universe is with Park Se-Joo

Option #5
Future & Present Timelines/Universes are both with Kim Shin

Option #6
She smiles because she sees both men at the same time.

Option #7
She smiles at someone random…new eyecandy.

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Yeah, true about option 2: How could they not see each other if they're in the same industry? Why would she smile like that if she's been seeing him all this time?

It' possible she smiles because she sees herself. It does make one wonder why she would go to a bookstore to buy her own book. I don't think she would go back into the bookstore if sneaky fate hadn't been calling her in to meet "whoever."

It could be time is playing a trick on all three again. And once again the round begins. Why would they all have to end up at the bookstore at the same time? Is time so perverse? Is the power and the bond between these three so powerful?

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Open Thread #320 - 37.1.2.1.3 August December 6th, 2013 at 10:19 PM
One of the pictures shows the child at the beach smiling. (Possibly a reference to Jeju – Se-Joo’s favorite destination and where he first met Mi-Rae.)

Open Thread #320 - 37.1.2.1.4 Carole McDonnell December 7th, 2013 at 1:01 PM
August, you know..it’s interesting that Future Mirae wants to improve Mirae’s life and instead sends Mirae into a timeline where she almost dies twice. Only to be saved twice by SeJoo.

Open Thread #320 - 37.1.2.3.4 Carole McDonnell December 6th, 2013 at 4:32 PM
August, I went back and watched the last 15 minutes of the Mirae Finale and did you notice? There are a series of photos with double portraits before Future Mirae digs up the box….the first one is Mirae and Oppa. But there is no photo of Shin and young Mirae. Only a photo of Shin and Future Mirae. Which honors their timeline. And the last photo of the series is Mirae and SeJoo. Which is very very very telling.
The parting of ways between Shin and Mirae in the park is also telling.
The pics in the Pandora’s Box of the older child has him holding a photographer’s case, I think.
Yep, I’m convinced either SeJoo married Mirae or she pretty much treats Oppa’s son’ Gun as her own. If the child in the pics is Oppa’s son and Mirae didn’t marry, that is also healing for Other timeline Mirae.

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Why do I think that she picked Park Se-Joo?

In the present timeline Kim Shin and Mi-Rae only dated…mostly in secret.

With Kim Shin for the past 15 episodes, Mi-Rae has been literally tripping over herself to be around or near Kim Shin. Would she actually be able to avoid running into him as well as any and all contact for 3 years? They live in the same city, work in the same industry, and know the same circle of friends/people, etc.

“Then after I pay back all that debt, you’ll see me? Maybe.”

Also the Present Kim Shin learned from Visitor Kim Shin that although he did not marry Mi-Rae, he still had journalistic/career success in the industry. His major regret all these years was about not speaking out in truth about the faulty humidifier story. He did not say that he had regrets about not marrying Mi-Rae when Present Kim Shin asked about her in Visitor Kim Shin's timeline.

Se-Joo was nowhere in site – out of the country. Mi-Rae and Kim Shin had all the time in the world to interact with each other…even in secret like they previously did.

In the present timeline Se-Joo is adamant to Miranda (she is the one for him), Seo Yoo-Kyung (he will not change his mind), and Mi-Rae (he wants her to be happy – career/all things in life).

Mi-Rae accepts Se-Joo’s proposal. Mi-Rae rejects breaking up with Se-Joo just because Miranda suggests it and makes a threat toward Kim Shin.

When Mi-Rae and Oppa were on their way to the family dinner with Miranda and Se-Joo, it was one of the few times that she displayed excitement, being invested in the outcome, and concern for how Oppa came across to others. Think back to the discussion of marriage that took place in the restaurant at the table between Miranda and Oppa and privately in the car with Mi-Rae and Se-Joo. She kept the ring. She told him that after meeting him, she’s only been receiving and wants to do something for him too. She wants to become someone who can give him something back to him..She wants to work on herself and become a better person.

“If you still haven’t changed your mind later…will you give it to me then?”

When he back-hugs her, she reciprocates with her hands.

The chances of running into each other at that exact moment 3 years later…

The camera shows Mi-Rae exiting then turning around to reenter the bookstore through the revolving door. The camera shows Se-Joo entering the bookstore through the revolving door as well and lingers on…

First and foremost Se-Joo was a photographer/filmmaker. The background of the picture with the child and Mi-Rae smiling look similar to Miranda’s/Se-Joo’s office at YBS. All of those pictures captured the essence of a person (family) and their joyful memories with each other. It reminded me of the time Se-Joo filmed Mi-Rae at the Amusement park that day and when he walked past the restaurant and longingly stared at the family having dinner wishing it for himself.

Choices:

Kim Shin was forewarned by Future Mi-Rae and Present Mi-Rae but he still chose to sign the contract with NTN, report on the faulty humidifier story, and incur the debt as a consequence/result. He was not forced to leave YBS, far from it, he was offered his dream job and timeslot (9pm Anchor). The only choice he made differently in this timeline was to distance himself from and cease pursuing Mi-Rae.

Heeding Future Mi-Rae’s advice/warnings, Present Mi-Rae persevered as she struggled to make a career change and became a successful writer and...

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Heeding Future Mi-Rae’s advice/warnings, Present Mi-Rae persevered as she struggled to make a career change and became a successful writer and novelist. Her future estrangement from Oppa was prevented, their relationship was repaired and stronger, his health issues were no longer hidden but brought out in the open. For a husband, Mi-Rae chose Se-Joo.

Reflecting back on everything in MHIYD, it seems that Mi-Rae chose differently in all areas of her life thanks to the meddling of Future Mi-Rae.

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For the life of me, I could never get past why the writer or the drama itself for that matter would make the audience go through such great lengths/the motions of – the “mesmerizing” scene of Mi-Rae swimming with Nemo and all the other fishes, Se-Joo rescuing her, hiding from Oppa and meeting Se-Joo for the 1st time in the editing room, the scene of them sitting on the floor in the audio room, and then the blanket moment where he inquires about her burn/scar, etc.

I enjoyed the Kim Shin as Dark Vader and Mi-Rae as Mulan scene, George Clooney outing, and basketball game secret date, and past timeline flashbacks but none of it ever measured up to the Swimming with Nemo scene.

I kept asking myself why?

Symbolism – In this timeline Se-Joo rescued her not only from the water but also from her ill-fated union with Kim Shin. Everytime she was sad or down after an encounter with Kim Shin, Se-Joo was there either as emotional support, to lift her spirits, or as her rescuer.

Example: Subway Arson Incident

Although Kim Shin lifted the fallen advertisement sign off of Mi-Rae, the real danger was from the electrical spark/wires surrounding Mi-Rae.

Behind the scenes, it was Se-Joo struggling to loosen/remove the chains/lock in the water tank room which ultimately saved Mi-Rae.

Episode 1 Recap
Gummimochi said: “Fate will still play a hand to make sure that those who are destined to meet will meet…how destiny will continue to play out with (or without) Future Mi-rae’s interference.”

Episode 1
Future Mi-rae says: “An evil fate is still fate. You always meet whoever you’re supposed to meet. So that’s why… destiny and fate are scary.”

Episode 6
Kim Shin says: “The future [mi-rae]… fate… is a lot scarier than anything we can prepare for. But one choice can also change the future. The future isn’t set in stone. Your choice is your future.”

Episode 16
Future Mi-Rae says: “The fact that we’re trying to escape our own fate means that we’re still at the mercy of our own fate.”

Fate implies no choice. Destiny is changeable by the individual.

Is Kim Shin her fate in all timelines?

Was Se-Joo her destiny in this timeline?

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Yes, yes, forgot to thank you, Gummimochi. I just kinda went off on a shpiel there. I did like this drama a lot. I just wish I hadn't gotten so invested in it...so I wouldn't have gotten all disappointed. But, still. I like it. And I'm thankful you recapped it. Am very gratful you did.

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i lost the track in between.. i feel i am totally lost...
i really dont get the ending... she dint end up with anyone?? or did she? if so who he is? someone please reply..
what happend to se joo?

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SeJoo came back after spending 3 years in NYC. We don't know what the heck he did there; We assume that he 'bettered' himself.
The ending? At the ending, she didn't End up with anyone. The fact that both guys are there in the bookstore to buy her newly published book means that they are both there for her to choose from when she walks in. Who does she choose is what we don't get to know.
Ajumma jerks all the chars around. The writer jerks all of us around. Is the way I feel.
I watched up till ep 5. Came back to watch the finale. Don't feel that I missed anything except for the aggravation!!

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This drama left me wanting soooo much more from it. I didn't like the ending and not because its not the classic happy ending. I'm all up for a heroine choosing herself and not being with any of the leading men, that would be perfect, really. What I didn't like was how the show executed the end. So the whole time Show is telling me is Mi Rae's choice but in the end it doesn't even let me see what her choice was!!
And you may argue that that was not the point and fine if that was not it, if the point was her change and growing up then show me her making it on her own and how she decided to write a book and how she got succesful, then I would feel so proud of her and I would be right there with her saying "screw men!". If that was the point, then by just skipping to the end and seeing that she did make it on her own does not have the same effect on me.

I feel more prood of Yoo-Kyung because I saw her progress, I saw her making decisions to help herself and thats why it was so satisfying to see her being an MC on her own show. You go girl!

*sigh*, if only I could go back in time and rewrite this drama....

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My point, too. It's called Mirae's Choice, and yet we don't get to see her choice. I wouldn't mind either if she didn't choose between either men and chose herself, instead. But to leave us guessing? Why?!

Also, I heard from the grapevine that Mirae was really supposed to end up with Shin, but the writer didn't want to anger Yong-hwa's fans who were clamoring for a Seju-Mirae ending. So, whatever, I guess.

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Grapevine be abounding everywhere ---there's also the other grapevine. which says Mirae was supposed to end up with SeJoo.

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Yeah, I heard that too but then just make her choose neither and show her being independent. Problem Solved! See, to me it would have been better if at least the last episode started with everyone going their own ways, then we see Mi Rae becoming successful, writing her book....then we get to the part where they show everyone and how they are and Mi Rae does her interview and we end with Mi Rae being happy with her life choices. The epilogue could stay the same to show us that in the end she does marry but that wouldn't even matter because by then we would know that she is HAPPY and that is basically all that matters to me, that she is happy with her life.

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I heard that story too, but frankly it sounds like an urban legend, and there is zero proof it actually happened. It seems like a way for people to blame Yong-Hwa's fans for this mess.

For what it's worth, I know just as many YH fans who would have been happy to see him end up with Yoo-Kyung. And why would the writers care about pandering to Yong-Hwa's fans at the end of a drama? They don't need them for ratings anymore.

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"For what it’s worth, I know just as many YH fans who would have been happy to see him end up with Yoo-Kyung. And why would the writers care about pandering to Yong-Hwa’s fans at the end of a drama? They don’t need them for ratings anymore."

Haha exactly what I think as well!

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I know as a fan I was done with Seju and Mirae by the third week. Why would I want to experience "You're Beautiful" redux. He could have been with Yookyung or some other girl if it would guarantee he'd get a real romance and decent kiss in this drama. I can't stand when they throw a couple together in the last ep, but it would have been better than this ending. The writer or whoever was hounding her is responsible for the lost potential of this drama. Four leads, parallel universes, time travel, 3 year gaps, and a broadcast network too? The possibilities where endless for this drama. I said it at the start of this drama and I'll say it again, the best triangles are when the female lead gets to truly like both her love interests and eventually chooses one. Worked in BOF, Dream High, Reply 1997, and IHYV. Writer could've given us a double dose of real romance for Mirae instead of stringing along a friendzoned Seju for the entire drama and giving us a YEH drama with NO kiss scenes. Talk about alternate universes.

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Thanks for the splendid recaps. It was fun hearing your thoughts on this drama and bringing about some great discussions.

It's no surprise that I'm heavily disappointed in this drama; it had a lot of potential and multiple times it made me feel as if things were somehow going to connect and click for me if I was patient enough. But nope....the show ended up being nothing like it seemed to promise because it made me build up an imagination when it tried to be mysterious and then failed to live up to it.

One of my biggest issues was of course the time-travelling but instead of rehashing that (because it will never make sense to me no matter how many brain cells I use on it), I'll talk about another wtfery. I can't believe Ajhumma went back in time to change her past simply because she thought Kim Shin was dead when he wasn't even declared to be dead and had a pending surgery. If things would've been fine for her if she still stuck around waiting for him to be alive, then there was seriously no need to time travel. Which means this entire drama was completely pointless. Fuck you, Mirae's Choice . :(

And seriously, why not even a resolution on that damn annoying love triangle? I'm ready to assume that it was Kim Shin that Mirae was smiling at because seriously, Geon is only a product of certain timing, Shin, and Mirae. So it seems pointless to act so vague on that front.

Anyways, the clear winner out of this entire mess of a drama is Yoo Kyung. God bless her. I'm soooo happy that she's living happily. And somebody please give my darling Han Chae-ah a lead role. Seeing her play secondary characters in Gaksital and here just makes me want her to be a heroine already (and just as good as her secondary characters....I mean, if she ends up a heroine like Mirae and Mok Dan, then forget it).

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Not sure if Geon could be a certain timing when it seems that one Mirae had him early in her marriage and the other Mirae had time to become a best-selling novelist...but he probably is Shin and Mirae's child. But the whole misunderstanding/my fault thing!!! Really? Your husband of many years is in the hospital kinda sorta immediatly following a possible suicide attempt/accident ....and you respond how? You find some great fashionable black pleather duds and rush over to Time Travel Central? The mind reels! I really hate it when a drama writer seems to have forgotten what she wrote earlier...or when she assumes we forgot.

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Yeah, I don't think that was originally intended, because if it were, the scenario makes Ahjumma look incredibly self-centered to go back and stop the marriage when her husband is on the operating table.

Sooo many weird changes in this drama that couldn't possibly have been part of the original plan and resulted in big shifts in characters (as has been pointed out numerous times in the recaps). It's a shame, because it really did have some wonderful, small moments, but as a whole, nothing came together cohesively.

And gummimochi, thank you for clearing up the issue of the kid in the photos at the end! Silly me, I wasn't even thinking of Mi-Rae actually having married one of the guys and had a kid. I was coasting along, thinking it was her nephew in the pictures -- Oppa's baby boy. Of course it makes more sense that Mi-Rae left pictures of her own child growing up for Ahjumma to find. Okay, so NO, it makes no sense at all, based on the parallel universe explanation (plus, what would Ahjumma and Future Shin be doing living in Oppa's house if they'd lost touch five years after the marriage?), but it's still sweet.

I really wish the writers had continued with the "memories" Shin was having when he didn't get together with Mi-Rae from the start. Instead, the writer ended up changing the rules with the parallel universe theory, making those "memories" just one more cute thing that made absolutely no sense by the end.

Still, I enjoyed it. And strangely, I'm somewhat satisfied that a drama went out on a limb and kept the lead couple apart at the end (even if it is implied with the photos in the buried Pandora box). For once, it wasn't a foregone conclusion that the lead couple would end up together come hell or high water. Personally, I would have been more than slightly annoyed if Mi-Rae and Shin had gotten together quickly, after all of the nastiness he inflicted on her as a noble idiot. You just can't have happily ever after after that kind of emotional pain. Yes, show, you could have done it better, but thank you for not making it okay to get together with the guy who treated you like crap, even if it was supposedly for your own good.

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Yeah, those dreams/memories were very convenient - like when Shin first dreamed about kissing Mirae in hospital, and when Future Shin visited Present Shin (was that a dream too? Surely, according to the last-minute alternaverse theory, if they're completely different timelines, then he shouldn't be having those "memories" in the first place, and nor should Mirae?

It really would have been more bearable if they'd at least given us some clues about WHAT Shin was thinking when he was going through his noble idiot phase. As for Future Mirae, clearly, nothing useful was going through that noggin of hers. Imagine not sticking around to check if your husband's actually dead...

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so true about the visions/dreams. And the dictionary. I liked that magical elements.

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I watched it just for My Jung Yong Hwa who left The Heirs for Mi rae ... Yong has developed as an actor and looks equally good. But this drama is utterly confusing and boring... 사랑해 용 화 ... U were worth watching though the drama is a failure....

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The way I saw it, Geon can only be Geon because of the timing. Like...that's kinda how biology works. So I'm thinking that in both parallel universes, Geon was born at the same time. It just seems easier to think that way.

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It probably is Geon. But it does feel very strange to have the same kid born even after three years, considering in one case Mirae got married immediately and was a housewife and the other one she waited three years. But I see what the writer is aiming at.

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I agree, seriously your husband just comitted suicided and you respond by leaving???? without actually making sure he is dead??? I just couldn't understand that. I felt like that was just done really sloppy in my opinion.

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yeah, I think the changes in the script to save the ratings made everything sloppy! the writer threw ideas without solving the previous one, she didn't tie the loose ending.
if she gave the time travel as a cheap trick to make both couples work throw their differences I wouldn't have been disappointed as I see it was character driven drama!, but having everything fogy and dragging it to the VERY end was my problem with this drama!

I just hate how she threw a bone to each side leaving us frustrated, I'm not against what happened in the end but it should have been way earlier in the drama around episode 8 or 9

this one hasn't been mirae's choice for the whole episodes except that last one.

and I hate how they made us invested in the main otp and left us dry! le sigh!

at the end life has it's dark moments in everyone's life just learn to get from it stronger rather having this mess!

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I've never seen so many loose threads in a drama!!

Like the saying goes, "he who tries to please everybody pleases nobody."

In the end, it wasn't "Mirae's Choice" - it wasn't even "Marry Him If You Dare" cos nobody got even close to getting married!!

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LOL!

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I had a problem with it as well. For 15 - 16 episodes, you meddled in their lives. Then it is revealed that Kim Shin is not actually dead but alive??? Oops...You think!

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I think the badly done time travel trope and FMR badly thought out actions are what brought this drama down. The basic plot could have been good, but it was like the writer could not make up their mind on which way to go, so it ended up bouncing around into some really dumb tropes at times.

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If Older Mirae is a different, parallel universe, she shouldn't be able to dig up Pandora's Box from Younger Mirae's lifeline. After all the box would have been buried after their different choices had sent them to different futures. I really like some sort of inner logic in my fantasy and sci fi!

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While I totally agree, I have a Whovian's experience in making sense of nonsense. So think of it this way.

While they are two different universes, Future MR's trip across dimensions created a bridge between the two universes. Thus they are tied together in a localized space. When she went back to the future, she took the Key that belongs to the old Pandora's Box. The Key and the Box are tied together. So Pandora's box was able to be connected to both worlds. While it was in the ground, it was in a "Schrodinger's cat" situation. It existed in both universes. Only once it was dug up did it fully exist in FMR's universe. At that point I assume it disappeared from YMR's universe.

While I doubt that this was the writer's intention. It is what makes my mind rest easier.

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Most awesome rationalization ever! 1000+points

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yeah these kind of series as Doctor Who and Fringe what makes us come up with a solution to this mess!

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Can you please also make up an explanation for how future older Shin is still alive? I was under the impression that he died a long time ago.

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Apparently, future KS is alive thanks to a life-saving surgery.

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he probably committed suicide but didn't die
ahjumma probably assumed he's dead and straight away jump into the time machine

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If she gave older mirae the key, how did young mirae lock the box?

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spare key!

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Lol!!
Good one!
Sometimes we just can't see the trees for the forest.

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Thanks! This is the most rational part of my MHIYD experience, and I'm clinging to it! :)

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Shame on me! I forgot to say thank you for faithfully cranking out your recaps. Many Thanks!!!

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I don't get why they pushed the romantic relationship so far at the beginning of the drama when they ended like they did I mean I was rooting for them. Plus I do not get why the ending would be a choice between sin and SJ as mi rea never showed any emotions or romantic feelings toward SJ.

Plus I find that Yoo-kyung got over SJ too easily and too fast I mean she went from I really like you to well whatever I have to move on I mean she didn't even seem sad or disappointed to hear about the engagement.

I blame myself for being so involved in shin and mi rea's relationship I thought that among all the chaos they would end up together in the end and the ending of this drama just got me confused about their relationship

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I mean they really liked each other at the beginning and both of them got really sad and depressed about being apart and then at the end mi ra's like, well see you when your debt free? I mean they could have dated until he could fix his problems or at least stayed friends it seems as if they became strangers. It's like they broke up without properly dating.

This drama did teach me something that I forget every once and a while. I should take dramas for what they are... dramas, Its not real life and I should never get too involved in the characters or stories because I'll get disappointed at some point
The only ending I liked was oppas ending

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This ending. This drama! What the . . .and how did . . .and why didn't they . . .

Oh, forget it. In summary, this drama was legen-wait for it- no keep on waiting, because it NEVER lived up to its promise and got good.

That's all I got.

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-dary

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Like Choi Jon Hyuk's mane of glory, Marry Him If You Dare should have its own category of which drama left you scratching your head in the end the most?

I love love love this show though, and will miss it.

Thanks for the recaps!!

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exactly!

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I almost threw something when Seju told her to keep the ring and she said if he still wants her in 3 years then maybe. Woman you never showed any feelings for him whatsoever, so why are you keeping him hanging on for 3 years. You know he's not going to get over it. Then later she's like "maybe" to Shin as well. I seriously hope both moved on during the time skip and Mirae is looking at someone totally unrelated to either one of them.

The drama end in the present to me points SJ, but then you have magical box that Mirae buried that points towards Shin. I give up.

The only bright spot is everyone is happy and health (yay oppa!). I'm insanely happy for YK. She doesn't need SJ and I'm glad she moved on to better things with a new show.

This drama is fine if you ignore the fail attempts at romance and obvious rewrites, but Mirae is just not a compelling or interesting enough character to watch the drama for overall. Such a massive disappointment and a waste of YEH and LDG.

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So this entire drama spent time on who Mi-rae would choose, and then in the end we get nothing. I understand how the drama tries to show us that the future is not set, and you can choose your own path, but....she needs to make a choice!

On the one hand, I feel like Mi-rae would end up with Shin. She always seemed to have stronger feelings for him. Yet, on the other hand, she could have also chosen Se-joo as she kept his ring. *sigh*

This universe doesn't really make sense. If there truly were alternate universes, Future Mi-rae wouldn't have been able to see those pictures that were buried. If logic follows, nothing should have changed in Future Mi-rae's world, therefore, Past Mi-rae could never have left those pictures behind. The pictures do add a nice touch, and I'm glad that we get to see Geon all grown up. Another thing that semi bothers me about when Future Mi-rae found the pictures, is keeping both her face and her husband's face hidden. I mean we know that her husband is Shin, so why the secrecy? Nothing should have changed in her lifeline. But by keeping their faces hidden, it's like trying to toy with us, and be like, you don't really know who her husband is. Or I may just be delusional, and over thinking this. Haha.

I never really have a gripe with open endings. I mean they don't have to show the main couple getting married or anything, but at least show us who ends up together!!! Make Mi-rae make a choice! If she ends up with Shin, fine. If she ends up with Se-joo, that's fine too, but don't just leave us in this non-choice.

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I will add a guy's perspective. I am a 63-year old Engineering Professor in USA and I have a wonderful wife and 8 children from 34 to 15. But I am quite emotionally involved it this drama as I couldn't sleep the night before the final episode. My wife and I both attended a male-dominant university where there were only 20 undergraduate girls at that school in 1973. But she decided to married me when she was 19, before her junior year in college. She had two kids while she was in medical school and another during residency. So I wanted Mirae to get married ASAP even if she wants to develop herself, she would be 35 at the end of the drama. With an understanding husband, she could reach an even higher plateau. I know my wife has no regret as she is enjoying her grandchildren while she is still quite young.

I wanted to have Mirae marry Se-Joo because I feel he would be that kind of supportive husband. The ending reminded me of Dream High when even after 10 years the girl didn't marry that supposed choice of hers. That Dream High ending had me mad for weeks, I replayed the last 20 minutes over and over to look for clues as to which guy she chose. I will have problem with this drama as well, I would have to forget this soon since I am approaching final exams. I am having problems because nobody around me is as invested as I am even though this is pure friction.

I do want Yoon Eun Hye, the actress, to have a good marriage. She is now 29 and I read an article that she now wants a boyfriend. With all the fame and resources that she has, it might not be that easy to find a true love. I will pray for her because I feel she has a wonderful and cheerful personality.

Off the topic a little, I noticed how well dressed the Korean Drama actors are. I saw the green dress Mirae wore to the party (Episode 15) online

http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/moschino-embroidered-blouse-dress-item-10518341.aspx

It was going for $1653.64 USD. It is now on sale at a lower price. I thought for sure Se-Joo bought it for her, but apparently it was part of Mirae's regular wardrobe. For that reason, I feel the Korean actors dressed too well for the shows to be realistic. I wonder what kind of clothes Hwang Jung Eum will wear in Pig-Like Woman.

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Thanks for another male perspective docster - as a mere 46 year old, you've made me feel positively juvenile, an unusual sensation for me in K Drama circles! I'm also pleased to note that your reaction to some of the fashion items was similar to mine. I'm a guy with zero fashion sense, but when I learned that the watch MiRae wore while working at the call centre costs $45K US I thought it somewhat out of character.

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Yeah, that watch went a little beyond the very common expensive Samsung phones that the poverty girls have so often in dramas.

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While we're on the topic of product placement (PPL), I wanted to mention how obviously the drama did a commercial with the whole sanitizer/humidifier thing, lmao.Yoo Kyung literally flashed a commercial smile and the camera lingered for a good five seconds on the products. Although it was ironic that in context of the story, that stuff was supposed to be lethal, lmao.

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I hope this doesn't come across as condescending, but you are just about the cutest haraboji ever. I think it's adorable how you want all the ladies to be happily married :). You and your wife must have a very solid marriage to have 8 kids while she was a doctor.

I think Se-Joo would have made a supportive husband for Mirae. And great marriages can develop even in a case where there isn't "passionate love" at the beginning. But Mirae seemed so attached to Shin that I don't think a relationship with Se-Joo would ever have worked without tremendous will on her part (which was never there).

I also was angry about the Dream High ending! What a letdown.

Regarding the clothes, I imagine these items are donated by the companies for promotional purposes. To save costs the drama production has to take from whoever is willing to do that, so realism may go out the window a lot.

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Yes, I think the product placement clothing is one of the reasons why Heirs has so many ugly sweaters. Apparently quite common in k-dramas. I read someplace that advertising is harder to get for historical dramas, because you cannot show the hero using a Galaxy S-4 calling for help in 1500 AD :D

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That is why Queen In-hun's man was conceptualized. He took the phone back to the past from the future.

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