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Who Are You—School 2015: Episode 16 (Final)

Go figure, I was happy to be able to come back and write the final recap for Who Are You—School 2015. It’s a franchise near and dear to my heart and I had hopes that it would pull through in the final hour, to at least wrap up our characters’ arcs in a satisfying manner before sending them off. Yeah. So then I watched the episode. And then this happened…

 
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Yook Sung-jae – “Love Song” for the School 2015 OST [ Download ]

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FINAL EPISODE RECAP

It’s the moment of truth, literally—Eun-bi stands before the class ready to confess that she’s been pretending to be her sister for the last few months, when suddenly Eun-byul bursts into the room, guns blazing. Okay, it’s more like laser eyeballs blazing, but she’s here to save to the day.

So-young has got the twins right where she wants them—together in front of everyone, so that she gets to prove that Eun-bi is still alive. Way to go. You drove a girl to suicide but she survived. Yay, you?

Eun-byul steps closer and tells Eun-bi to go ahead and say what she wants, and tells So-young to follow her outside. So-young won’t go willingly, but Eun-byul doesn’t care what she wants and drags her out, leaving her classmates reeling.

Eun-byul demands the video (I’m presuming it’s the one where the bullies forced Eun-bi to undress at the start of the series) from So-young, who scoffs that the game would end if she handed it over so easily. Eun-byul demands to know what the video is and what she did to her sister, and So-young actually has the nerve to say, “Don’t worry, it’s not like she’ll die if it gets out.” Are you freaking kidding me right now?

Instead of slapping her like I would, Eun-byul has the good sense to reach into her bag calmly, hopefully to do something smart like record their conversation. So-young says that she just wants people to see the video and talk about the two sisters with the same face, and Eun-byul presses for her to admit that she took the video herself.

Back in the classroom, Eun-bi admits who she really is, and her friends quickly put together that Amnesia Eun-byul was Eun-bi all this time. Jaws drop, and Song-joo asks Yi-an if he knew. He says yes, and they feel betrayed all over again.

Eun-bi tells them that she really thought she was Eun-byul, and by the time she had recovered her memories, too much had happened. She says that whatever the reasons were, she lied to them and deserves their anger: “I’m really sorry.”

Meanwhile, Eun-byul drags So-young by the hair into the bathroom, where she plays the recording she just made of their conversation. God, I love that Eun-byul is a badass. She warns So-young to go ahead and make her video public, and Eun-byul will make sure she goes down with it.

So-young makes a grab for the phone so Eun-byul pins her up against the window and snarls, “As long as I remember, the only way for you to live is to not appear before my eyes. To not do a single thing. That’s the only way.” So-young sheds a tear as she trembles in fear.

Yi-an finds Eun-bi sitting outside and she admits that it feels irresponsible to cause others pain because she wanted to apologize—it feels like a way for her to feel better when she has no way of knowing if they’re hurting worse because of her. Yi-an says that’s what he must’ve felt towards her, and why he couldn’t say he was sorry.

She tells him that it’s okay because you should be able to refrain from saying the things you don’t want to say. She wonders how nice it would be if you could refrain from hearing the things you don’t want to hear.

Yi-an puts his headphones over her ears, and from a distance Tae-gwang watches them with a defeated sigh.

The next day, Eun-byul runs up to her friends, who eye her suspiciously and ask, “Who are you?” They’re just teasing her though, and soon Shi-jin is suggesting that they call Eun-bi to hang out in a foursome, and Song-joo is demanding that Eun-bi call her. Aw.

So-young feels a little vindicated when she overhears some of the other students admitting that she was right about a lot of things, but Song-joo comes up to her and asks, “Why is it that once I found out you were telling the truth, I find it even harder to understand you?”

When So-young is confused, Song-joo asks if she really doesn’t know why the kids are colder to her than to Eun-bi, who lied to them all this time: “Do you make friends because you need someone to validate you as the best and strongest? I’m saying this sincerely for your benefit: Don’t live that way.” It’s satisfying because it’s calm and mature and spot-on, and So-young starts to shake as the other kids give Song-joo a slow clap.

Mom comes to school and demands that So-young be punished for threatening her daughter, and So-young’s mother insists that the video in question was never discovered, and asks why they’re getting so worked up over kids playing pranks on each other. Oh you have got to be kidding me.

Eun-byul’s mom says that she always thought So-young was scary, but now that she’s met her mother, she can see why. Dayum. The principal says that they have no choice but to open a disciplinary hearing for So-young, so her mother demands that one be opened for Eun-byul as well, because she won’t go down alone.

The class gets their new homeroom teacher (cameo by Bae Soo-bin), who announces that he doesn’t care about anything except grades, and anyone who doesn’t keep to themselves and study won’t be tolerated. Ack, he’s scary! Bring Teacher Kim back!

Teacher Kim is currently working as a tutor at an academy, and he gets up to lecture that day and finds Tae-gwang sleeping in the back row. I luff this bromance. After class, Teacher Kim asks if he missed him that much to come to tutoring, and Tae-gwang says he really did: “Your voice is better than a sleeping pill. I just had the sweetest nap.”

Yi-an begs his coach to let him compete in the next swim meet, and promises not to strain himself trying to win a medal or anything. He just wants to be back in the competition now that he’s feeling better.

After practice, Yi-an sits in the locker room trying to figure out what to text Eun-bi, and he erases a few attempts before accidentally sending the curt and shouty, “Hey! Come outside this instant!” He cringes at the mistake, but lights up the second that Eun-bi replies, saying that she’s at tutoring.

But it’s Tae-gwang she sees first after class, because he’s enrolled here as well. He asks if she’s doing okay, and Eun-bi says that she is, because she doesn’t have to lie to anyone anymore.

Yi-an waits outside for Eun-bi to come out, and his face hardens when he sees her walk out with Tae-gwang. Yi-an scoffs to hear that Tae-gwang goes to tutoring, which I would agree is rather transparent, given his notorious rebel ways.

Yi-an says he’s here to take Eun-bi home and takes her away by the wrist, only to have Tae-gwang grab the other one and say it’s not necessary. OMG. THIS AGAIN? Why are we still doing this? Eun-bi, make up your mind, before these boys rip you in half!

She decides to break free from both and says that she wants to go home alone. Not a bad choice, after that caveman display.

Mom sits the twins down to suggest that they move and start over at a new school together, and they both agree. Eun-byul adds that she’s found something that she wants to study, which sounds like she means to go far away.

At school, Eun-byul stops Tae-gwang and invites him (er, orders him) to sit down at their lunch table. She tells her friends that she’ll be transferring and moving soon, and studying abroad soon after that. Tae-gwang stomps off, and Eun-byul considers her message delivered.

Tae-gwang goes to see Eun-bi that night, and he tries to keep the mood light as he asks if she wants to see a movie this weekend. He insists that it doesn’t matter where she moves to, but asks if it matters at all to her that she’ll be far away from him. *sniff* I’m not sure I want to hear the answer to this…

Eun-bi starts, “Tae-gwang-ah, every time I see you, I’m thankful and sorry. I wanted to be as good to you as you were to me.” Oof. That doesn’t sound good. He cuts her off and says that she doesn’t have to answer—he’s fine with things just the way they are.

But this time Eun-bi calls him out on it: “That’s a lie. That’s why I’m saying this now. I can’t look at you the way you look at me.” Saaaaaaad. He stands up abruptly and says this is all stuff he already knew, and leads the way out. Augh, puppy.

So-young ends up having to transfer as well, and it’s unclear what the source is, but we get a diagnosis in voiceover that she suffers from anorexia. And don’t forget bulimia—we’ve seen her throwing up her lunch in the bathroom.

She looks up her new school online and finds that people are already talking about her there because they’ve heard all about her trouble at Sekang and Tongyeong, and she cries.

Eun-byul sits with Yi-an by the pool like they used to, and she tells him about moving and preparing to study abroad once the semester is over. She tells him to do well so that she can brag about being his friend even when she’s abroad, and he counters that he’s been bragging about being her friend since they were eight.

Eun-byul says that she’s thought a lot about herself and her friends since everything happened with Soo-in, and she wonders why it took her this long to realize that other people’s eyes don’t matter, only what’s in her heart.

She says that’s why she’s decided to spend more time chasing her dream. Yi-an tells her to be well and that he’ll always be cheering her on, and she says the same to him. She asks if he’s met with Eun-bi, and when he grows silent, Eun-byul sighs that they’re both super frustrating and totally not her style. Dude, right there with you.

So-young’s father comes bursting into her room in a fit of anger, screaming at the top of his lungs that he told her to lie low or squash the problem, but because she couldn’t manage to do that, he’s lost his nomination for public office. And that’s not at all your fault? I mean, she’s scum, but you’re worse.

He’s enraged that they had to start all over because of what she did in Tongyeong, only to have it happen again. Uh, that’s kind of what happens when you cover up crimes instead of dealing with the root of the problem, buddy. He screams that if she does something stupid like this again, he’ll just disown her. So-young collapses on the floor in sobs.

Eun-bi goes to a sleepover with Shi-jin and Song-joo, and they promise to hang out like this often, even after she moves. She gets a text that night that surprises her—it’s So-young, with one last thing to say.

They meet up the next day, and Eun-bi asks why she called her here. So-young says that Eun-bi is stupid and always runs to help pitiful people, no matter what it costs her: “You said you felt sorry for me, from the start.”

She admits that she doesn’t have the video—it was lost when Eun-byul crushed her phone, and So-young scoffs that she’s so grateful she could cry: “I think I forgot a long time ago how to stop.”

She says she’s not going to apologize or ask for forgiveness, and she knows that nothing would change even if Eun-bi forgave her. But Eun-bi turns to her and says, “I know you regret what you did. The only thing I can offer to you in comfort is the fact that I’m alive.”

Eun-bi thinks of her sister and asks how horrible it would be to realize what you did wrong, only to know that you can’t apologize to someone who’s dead. She’s a bigger person than I am, and says that she hopes the fact that she’s alive and well is some comfort to So-young, when the day comes that she wants to say something to her. She gets up to go and So-young calls out her name, but can’t bring herself to say anything else. Eun-bi walks away and So-young breaks down in tears.

Tae-gwang is lost in thought at tutoring, and Teacher Kim asks what’s wrong to make him stay awake all the way through class. Heh. Tae-gwang asks if it’s possible to live without seeing the person you like most in this whole world, and Teacher Kim says wistfully that yeah, living is possible.

He asks why Tae-gwang would have to, though, and he answers, “Because… she likes someone else most in this world.” *craaaaack* Yup, there goes my heart.

Teacher Kim says that he can avoid seeing her, but that won’t stop his feelings from existing. He gives him the advice that it’s possible to endure, but adds honestly that it isn’t a happy way to live. And then he teases Tae-gwang for growing up and liking girls, and chases after him asking about the crush.

But when he goes home that night, Tae-gwang’s question lingers in his head: “Teacher, what is it that you like most in this world?” He opens up a website for a high school looking for a math teacher.

Tae-gwang waits outside for Eun-bi to get out of class, and they sit in a playground feeling awkward for a while. Eun-bi says that she’s moving in a few days, and Tae-gwang asks if she plans to avoid him until then.

He puts her at ease by saying that he’s going to clean up his feelings so she needn’t be uncomfortable around him, and lightens the mood by joking, “You’re definitely going to regret it later—rejecting me!” I KNOW, RIGHT?

He tells her that he’s not even going to walk her to the bus stop and tells her to go, but as soon as she starts to walk away, he changes his mind and goes running after her. He stops just behind her and holds onto her shoulders to keep her from turning around and looking at him, and with her back turned, he screws up the nerve to tell her the truth.

He admits that Teacher Kim told him that it’s possible to endure if you really like someone, so he was planning to lie tonight about being able to stop how he feels about her: “But now I don’t want to. So I’m just going to be honest. No matter how I think of it, I can’t come up with a way not to like you, so I’m just going to stay like this. You don’t have to be sorry and you don’t have to do anything… Just know my heart.”

Tears roll down Eun-bi’s cheeks but she gives no answer, and Tae-gwang tells her she can really go now, and lets go of her shoulders. She walks away without turning back.

Eun-byul finds Eun-bi staring at the Yi-an Bear and asks her outright if she likes him. Eun-byul tells her not to look so shocked and calls her stupid. Eun-byul says that all she’s ever wanted is for them to be a family with Mom—she has what she wants, and Yi-an has always been and will be a good friend to her: “Whether or not you accept his feelings is your choice.”

Eun-bi goes to meet Yi-an to say goodbye before the move, and he deflates to hear that she can’t come to his swim meet because it’s her first day at her new school. He asks why she’s acting like she’s never going to see him again, and Eun-bi finally admits, “Han Yi-an, I like you.”

But she says that right now she needs to figure out who she is before thinking about the person she likes, so that when she’s loved she knows it’s for her, just as she is. She thinks she can accept his feelings then.

He tells her that he’ll wait as long as it takes, and she puts her hand out for a shake to say goodbye. He takes it and puts her medal in her hand, and asks her to give it back to him when she’s found herself as Lee Eun-bi and is sure about her feelings for him. He makes her promise to return it though: “It’s my most prized possession.”

A few days later, Eun-bi is lost in thought as Mom drives her to her first day of school, and she keeps nervously checking her watch. Yi-an steps up to the platform to begin his first race after his injury, and all eyes are on him to gauge how his recovery went.

He leads the race at the start, and the commentators note that it hardly seems like he was injured and out of training at all. But then he suddenly stops dead in the water mid-race, clutching his shoulder in pain. The crowd comes to a still as they wait for him to move, and Eun-bi races to the stands, here to cheer him on after all.

She thinks to herself, “Be strong,” and Yi-an finally begins to move. He keeps going with only one arm to make his strokes, even as the other swimmers lap him. But he refuses to quit and finishes out the race in last place, bringing the crowd to resounding cheers.

Six months later.

Teacher Bae Soo-bin leads a new transfer student into class, and everyone gasps: “Go Eun-byul?” “No, Lee Eun-bi?” “Who are you?” Eun-bi breaks out into a huge smile and answers proudly, “My name is Go Eun-bi.” Aw, she took unni’s last name.

Tae-gwang saunters into school late that day, and breaks into a grin when he gets a familiar text from Eun-bi: “Roof!” He races up there and beams when she turns around to face him, and he realizes from her uniform that she’s transferred back.

But she suddenly hits him on the head in a classic Eun-byul move, and his smile disappears. He stares at her, confused: “Is it not you? No I’m right! You’re Lee Eun-bi!” The attitude is all Eun-byul, but she corrects him: “I’m Go Eun-bi!” She finally smiles and shows off her new nametag. I don’t know whether to be happy that you guys are friends again, or go cry in a corner.

Teacher Kim is teaching high school math again at a new school, Min-joon is learning new hobbies like playing the guitar, Shi-jin has finally discovered something that interests her and buries her nose in a book about cake decorating, and Song-joo does a photo shoot.

Eun-bi narrates in voiceover: “Eighteen. It’s too early to realize your dreams, but the perfect age to begin dreaming. Falling down hurts, but it’s the perfect age to learn a hundred ways to get up again.”

We see Yi-an winning races again, and Tae-gwang greeting his father who’s been released from prison and is back at home. They sit down to dinner together and Tae-gwang puts a piece of tofu on Dad’s spoon (to make sure he stays out of jail, per the old superstition), and they laugh.

Eun-bi runs to Mom with a postcard from Eun-byul, and they light up to hear that she’s coming home soon.

The next morning, Eun-bi sees Yi-an on the bus and sneaks past him undetected. She peers over his shoulder as she texts him about how his meet went. She lies that she didn’t watch it and he lies that he didn’t do so well, so she calls him out on the lie and dangles her medal right in front of his eyes. He whirls around and smiles, and they tease each other on the way to school.

Eun-bi laughs with her friends as they head into class, and then she stops to look into the camera as the narration closes:

Eun-bi: We’re eighteen, so we live every day as if it’s our last—loving and hating fiercely. It’s an age where we falter and get hurt easily, and are hurting more than anyone. Despite that, the reason we can look back on that time and say we were happy is one person’s warm outstretched hand. Not more, not less, but just one person—if we each approach one friend who’s crying and stretch out a hand like this, there’s nothing that I—we—can’t endure. It’s okay. You can hurt. Because you’re eighteen.

 
COMMENTS

Yes, but what about MY PAIN?! WhatEVER, Eun-bi. All I’ve gotta say is, there’s no accounting for taste in this world. I have no idea why anyone would like Han Yi-an over Gong Tae-gwang, but I guess to each her own. Oh, who am I kidding. That’s just CRAZY. My problem with the resolution isn’t simply her choice—Eun-bi has been consistent from the start in liking Yi-an, so I get that it’s the obvious choice for her and I honestly didn’t expect her to waver, even when I was screaming at my screen, How can you not love that adorable friend who’s been by your side all this time?! Because I understand that it would’ve been just as strange to suddenly have her change her mind this late in the game, despite her feelings being alien feelings from another planet.

My problem is with the way Yi-an’s character was plotted from the start, because I’m still confused as to when he stopped liking Eun-byul and started liking Eun-bi. I feel like they hastily gave him a way to sort out his feelings retroactively, without bringing us along for the change in the moment. So at the end of the day, Yi-an says he likes Eun-bi, and I’m like, I guess I’ll take your word for it? It’s not very satisfying narratively, seeing as how he began the series so completely to devoted to Eun-byul that I was rooting for them to find their way back, even after all the hurt feelings. It’s mainly due to the writing that Yi-an’s character motivations didn’t always click for me, but he also wasn’t helped by Nam Joo-hyuk, who’s still too green to play a leading man(boy). I could feel his limitations when he was trying to convey complex emotions, and it was difficult at times to look past that when seeing his character as a whole.

Maybe they thought it’d be too pat for the two sisters to each get one boy instead of making as many triangles out of four people as possible, but I found Eun-byul’s wrap-up dissatisfying too, given that she just gets written off the show after saving the day and gives Eun-bi tacit permission to date Yi-an as if it’s no big deal. I don’t see why she had to go abroad when all I ever wanted was for the two sisters to go to school together and be best friends. And it pains me to think that Tae-gwang is left pining away after Eun-bi at the end, even when YOU HAD THE MATH TO MAKE IT WORK. Two boys, two sisters, no brainer, right?

The thing is, I might not be this focused on the lovelines had the show developed anything else. But the story was essentially reduced to the love triangle (and you couldn’t even manage to do that right), and everything else ended up feeling incidental. Truthfully the love triangle was compelling and it’s what sucked me in early on, but it kept going, and going, and going… and soon I started to feel like they were just dragging poor Eun-bi around by the wrist to prolong the romantic angst. And of all things, I’m pretty sure it was mostly at the expense of Yi-an’s character development, which seems to be shooting yourself in the foot if he’s your endgame. Hello. You did it wrong. Not to mention the fact that I don’t want to be mad at my heroine for not being clearer about her feelings or for choosing the boy who seemed to be in love with her sister, over the one who basically declared he’d love her till the end of days. Augh.

Had any of these things been cleared up sooner instead of being prolonged for the sake of the love triangle, we could’ve had time left to focus on Eun-bi’s growth and change, and on So-young. I feel like their storyline got shafted for the lovelines, which is a crying shame. I wanted more for So-young—both more punishment and more resolution—partly because the character was so layered and interesting at the start, and partly because Jo Soo-hyang was so phenomenal in the role. In comparison to the pain she’s inflicted all series long, I didn’t feel like it was enough to see that she just had to live with the guilt (welcome to life) or that she had terrible parents (which we knew). Yes, it’s somewhat satisfying to know that she can’t keep running away to a new school and wipe her slate clean because her past follows her, but I’m pretty sure she needed to be sent to juvie or at least an asylum. You can’t write her to be that much of a sociopath and then just have her feel sorry.

I saw so much potential in the setup where Eun-bi suffers as the victim of So-young’s bullying and Eun-byul mirrors it in the reverse with Soo-in, but the resolution left so much to be desired. The one thing that would’ve made it satisfying is what we never got: We needed Eun-bi to be the one to stand up for herself and put So-young in her place. Isn’t that obvious? Why did we not get this? I love when Eun-byul shows up like the badass she is and sticks up for her sister, but then they skipped the all-important part where the two sisters actually influence and change one another, and Eun-bi grows strong enough to stand up for herself. That’s the character arc I wanted, and I’m actually confused as to how someone could set this story up and not give us that penultimate moment of triumph.

We basically spent the entire series with Eun-bi being meek, and only in the last five minutes do we get to see the new Go Eun-bi, who’s finally figured out how to adopt her sister’s sass but stayed true to herself. Five minutes. Sixteen hours, and five minutes is all you give me. It’s a good thing that I love Kim So-hyun as much as I do, because I think she tempered my frustration with Eun-bi whenever she remained passive (or loved Yi-an for some unknowable reason). It helped when Eun-byul showed up, though again I feel like her character was mishandled and only brought in to save the day and then leave so that the Eun-bi Show could go on, which made me sad. I wanted way more sister love, which perhaps wasn’t on the menu because Kim So-hyun would’ve had to play both sides of that relationship. Even still, I loved her performance as both sisters—she always makes me feel for her in the moment, and it was great to see her carry a drama on her young and talented shoulders, because she’s certainly capable of it.

It’s no shock that Yook Sung-jae is the breakout star of the series, and deservedly so. He was already good in Plus Nine Boys, but nobody saw that drama—thankfully School has a way of catapulting people to stardom, and here he got to really play up the angst, and of course the epic puppy love. I guess if he couldn’t get the girl, it’s some consolation that he walks away the more empathetic character in the end, with all the fan love and praise for his performance. Sometimes it pays to be the Chilbongie, even if the path is littered with heartbreak.

I thought this installment of School an interesting departure from the usual slice-of-life focus in the franchise, and honestly enjoyed it a lot as it was airing. There was a much bigger dramatic pull in the setup of twins with swapped fates, and amnesia—it had the melodramatic works, and it sucked me in completely. But it fell short in developing the story that I found so intriguing at the outset, and in bringing that narrative to a satisfying close. In that regard I can’t help but wonder if they tried to do too many things by adding the high drama and lost on both fronts.

I remember feeling the angst of School 2013 down to my bones, but this time around I feel like things were resolved too swiftly, too easily, and without carrying me along for the moments that really hit home. It was slickly directed, beautifully scored, and on the whole well acted. But there’s a distinct lack of depth and follow-through on the writing that you can’t gloss, no matter how much the other stuff shines. Still, what it couldn’t manage to do as a whole doesn’t negate that I did love its parts, sometimes a great deal. I just wish there were a B-side to this drama that followed Teacher Kim and Tae-gwang around. What I wouldn’t give for that reset. Get on it, School 2017.

 
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yeah well not to put down the actors, but this version of school was heavy on the idol actors and it clearly watered down things overall. it was watchable but also rather disapointing at the same time, it could have done better without any link to the past school versions maybe? and just be a stand alone school drama

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i dont understand why you can say that this drama was heavy on idol actor, when the idol actually played his part well. It is the model actor who cant act to save his life

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Isn't Sungjae who played Taekwang the only idol actor though? He clearly didn't water down the drama. In fact, I think he did better than the lead who is an model turned actor and he pulled his weight in his scenes. Definitely not the idol actor's fault in this case.

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Haena is also from Hello Venus, but hers was a minor role and I loved seeing her anyway. Completely agree with you about Yook Sungjae though. He was so winning in this role.

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Yoo Young was the second idol, but her role was small and she played it well.

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Theres only one idol actor and he practically hard carried this drama~

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People seem to forget that you don't have to be a singer to be an idol. I think Nam Joo-hyuk counts as one.

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i don't think NJH is popular enough in Korea to be considered an idol at this point.

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But he's not an idol.... He's model and actor.... And his popularity is good in Korea though?

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In Korea, the definition of an idol is boy bands and girl groups. Even solo singers aren't considered idols. So Nam Joo Hyuk would not be an idol. He is a model.

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Nam Joo Hyuk is a Model Actor. If you want to know about him.. He is in the drama Surplus Princess.. the one with the mermaid thing. And NJH is not an Idol. I repeat.. NOT AN IDOL.. Idols usually are singers.. He ain't no singer. And speaking of popularity.. Yook Sung Jae (BTOB) (IDOL) (GONG TAEKWANG) Is enjoying the immense popularity right now.. I mean.. if you are a fan of school 2015 and you'rr like watching this.. Maybe 80% of the population would choose GTW over HYA.

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Yeah for me same HYA( namjoohyuk) is a model and actor, GTW( yooksungjae) was an idol I liked his role even tho his not even main lead, his acting is something more we expect from an idol even in " goblin" ! I like namjoohyuk but I liked sung jae bcoz he's not even actor but his acting is stunning!

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Solo singers ARE considered idols too. Se7en IS AN IDOL. BOA IS AN IDOL. BiRain IS AN IDOL. Kpop singers ARE IDOLS, solo or not.

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I'm the first one to call out crappy idol acting, but like the others said, there's only one idol here and he was the best thing about the show after Kim So-hyun!

and ironically enough, Nam Joo-hyuk, the weakest link in the cast, is a model (like our Nam-soon and Heung-soo of 2013), not an idol.

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So that is called prejudice right???? If someone is not convincing in acting then he or she must be an idol !!!

Well I am currently enjoying two idol's acting and characters played by the too much ....

I hope Tae Gwang will meet Cindy and they will make a great pair :D :D

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well not to start a flame war or anything, I was more thinking of the production/writing of the drama being watered down to fit idol actors rather than trusting them to 'act'. I have nothing agaisnt 'Idol' actors as such, but a lot do get lead or even supporting roles with unproven acting skills and train on the job so to speak, often with unsettling results.

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Well it's not only you many people are allergic to idol actors and have right reasons. I admit 90% of idol get roles based on their idol status only but I don't like when people just go "oohh he is idol can't act" even before watching them. That I think is not right.

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I didn't finish School 2013, unfortunately since I was still relatively new to K-dramas and needed to adjust and it didn't fit right at the time. Although, I watched like 13 episodes so I got more than enough to compare.

Even as a stand-alone drama, School 2015 was disappointing. A lot of Dramabean recappers' comments don't compare the two so much, maybe a bit here and there. It lacked depth. End of story. It lacked depth in comparison to 2013, and on its own. It didn't feel much like school either.

2013 also brought to light teacher struggles which is really nice since not many students think about how teachers struggle with lesson planning, dealing with conflicts, etc. This had murder mystery-ish and twin drama and sociopath; not quite realistic or relatable, not that I'm saying all schools are free of sociopaths which is the sad truth.

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I had not watched School 2013 when I started watching 2015, but have now seen 2013 in it entirety. I highly recommend you see all the episodes.
I agree that 2015 is not as deep as 2013 and your characterization of the 2. I would add, with respect to many fan comments, that the focus on "love triangles" and which twin should go with which male lead misses the main themes of 2015. These are just 18yo high school kids dealing with high school issues. This isn't an adult romantic melodrama in which people lose all their power & wealth if their relationships break up or they find their fated love interest from childhood. Ok, YA & TG both got rejected by 1 of the twins, but it's not the end of the world and they'll get through high school with that experience. People are disappointed because one or both didn't end up with the "right" twin (or vice versa). I think the focus was on friendships (as in 2013), not so much the romance.

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I agree, not to mention the idol shippers who I believe is responsible for the drama going haphazard half way down... For me, good actor-bad actor doesn't matter more than the story should should remain in a flow... but alas... at least they tried to tie a neat bow towards the end...

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Didn't like how Eun byul got shafted at the end of the show. Way to randomly send her away, show! What about sisterly bonding? There's not enough scenes with both of them in it!

I also hated how passive and meek Eun bi was. Sigh. Eun byul should've been the main character.

The wrist grab scene with both the boys made me want to vomit.

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I AM WITH YOU IN EVERY WORD.

Eun byul is the hero and she randomly go abroad.

I am not satisfied about Eun bi character.

Wirst grab scene. OMG. Again? Oh please.

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There’s not enough scenes with both of them in it!

I reckon this is due to the live-shoot. It would have taken twice as long for Kim So Hyun to film the same scenes as Eun Bi and again as Eun Byul. Then CGing the twins together in the same shot would have taken even more time. They most likely just ran out of time.

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Another sin of live shooting *heavy sigh*

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Poorly written instalment of the School franchise. And I loved 2013 to pieces, so this is a disappointment.

The final episode certainly didn't help.

–Tae-kwang was the only redeeming thing about the show. Interesting, 3-dimensial character. Wonderfully played by YSJ. I don't regret watching this drama b/c of him. Didn't remember he was in Nine Plus Boys (which I didn't like at all and dropped after like 3 or 4 episodes), but I'll look forward to his future projects. Hopefully he'll get cast in interesting dramas and films.

–Eun-bi: character without a character arch. So. Not. Satisfying. Things happened around her, she stayed the same. Even when grave things happened that should have shook her up. There should have been identity crises, there should have been her growing a spine. But all she amounts was a passive damsel in distress that by the final episodes I didn't care for anymore.

I can't even say I care much she ends up with Yi-an, because Tae-kwang, whom she never cared about nor liked, simply deserved someone better. That said, I would have preferred for no one to end up with anyone, because I have no idea why Eun-bi like Yi-an, or why Yi-an likes Tae-kwang.

–Yi-an: seriously underwritten character (all he ever amounted to was a paper cut-out plot device). Sadly the actor didn't manage to bring him alive either.

–So-young... so Eun-bi just semi-forgives her? I don't even understand why Eun-bi goes to see her at all. This is the girl that bullied you for weeks and you go have a conversation with her in which you kind of console her?

–And Eun-byul randomly goes abroad... I guess Mom might have money fund such random trips, but Mom surely doesn't have sense. Or a short memory. This is the daughter that disappeared for weeks and pretended to be dead. Something which is NOT normal. Something after which you don't just say "Okay. It's all good. Now go travel." Never mind that she should have just finished school first....

–And Eun-bi.... why does she keep transferring schools? She leaves Eun-byul's school only to come back after 6 months? Isn't this girl in her final or nearly final year at school? How does she stay on top of academics and prepare for her exams if she's constantly changing schools (three transfers in less than a year... that's insanely disruptive, especially if one is in the final years of high school).

So many unanswered questions and lose ends. Eun-byul going crazy in the toilet on the school trip. That random dead body of someone who was wearing a school uniform from Eun-bi's old school. No closure with the orphanage. What happened to So-young later?

Oh yeah, Teacher Kim was awesome too though I wish they had given him more screen time.

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Definitely agree with most of your opinions, but I think I can answer some of your questions/confusions.

- Eun Byul went abroad to study (apparently her dream... which we were never told either and just suddenly came up) so it's not just random travelling, she is finishing school. And I wouldn't worry too much about her mental state; she disappeared because she felt guilt at having been adopted by Mom when it should have been Eun Bi, so she stayed away to "return things to their right place", not just to pretend she's dead.

- Eun Bi goes to an academy, which would ensure her grades are kept up to par despite all the transfers.

I guess I'm just trying to find logic in a show that stopped making much sense in its latter run...

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I know Eun-byul is studying for her dream, but that hardly changes the fact that she's in the middle of a high school year, presumably in her final year (or pre-final year) and should be focusing on her final exams. It would make much more sense for her to finish school and then go on to study elsewhere – not for a few months, but perhaps doing a whole degree abroad. I can't even come up with a reason of why Eun-byul had to leave at all? High school students don't randomly get up one morning and say "Oh, I want to go overseas and do this for a little while". You can do that with an adult character (and even that kdramas sometimes have the most uncompelling scenarios), but not with a kid.

I'm still going to worry about her mental state, what she did was not normal, even the show wanted to pass it off like an innocent day trip.

Eun-bi might go to the academy, but no sensible person transfers three times a year just for the heck of it. Which the third transfer definitely is – because that's there purely for reuniting her with the other students.

Thanks for trying to find logic... but I think the logic is largely lacking.

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Well, there was this "6 months later" thing.

Both sisters transferred to the same school and (counting 6 months) finished the year. Eun-byul then set off, and Eun-bi came back.

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Some of my French friends went half a year abroad in a US high school through a campany that takes care of everything (families, school papers...). You do need a visa and all though and it takes a while, but the entertainment industries don't seem to care (hollywood, kdramas...).

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After reading all your comments, it makes me not want to continue watching the show beyond where I stopped at Episode 2. o_o I just thought the idea of a 16 year old acting as an 18 year old incredibly amusing. She does a good job out of it.

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School 2013 wasn't perfect, but next to this one it's practically a masterclass on How To Make A Show About High School Students.

This ending is full of barely tied loose ends (sshhhhhhh, don't try asking why EB2 is switching schools back and forth, or why EB10 is conveniently put on a bus abroad the moment she's done defending little sis from the Big Bad. Or why the world's most insipid love line HAS to be realised, seriously was YG going to sue the writer of School 2015 if Nam Joo-hyuk didn't get the girl at the end?).

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Nice recap and comments.

It was frustrating watching this show. I kept waiting for exciting moments to happen, but I was constantly denied.

As for my list of top frustrations:

First you have, two twin sisters who for most of their lives never knew the other existed, but who did not really spend a lot of time getting to know each other or hang out. And the big reveal that they are twins comes way too late in the series.

Han Yi An I felt never really changed as a character. He was the constant typical good guy. Boring.

The biggest annoyance of all is that the one character who really grew in this series was of course Gong Tae-Gwang, he was the one who I felt experienced the most change. He deserved to be happy at the end with Eun-Bi. That this did not happen totally spoiled the experience.

Ack. So many other things to complain about. But I will shut up now. Though I guess in that sense the series is a success since everyone on the internet is talking about it. Hopefully, Hidden Identity will make me forget about this show. Haha.

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I got zero chemistry from Yi An and Eun Byul. Zero.

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well Yi An is such boring character that it's no surprise to me that Eun Byul never likes him back even though they spend more than 10 years together.

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Agree! But when I think about it, EB is also rather a boring character, her big sister's personality is more spunky and fun... so maybe they are a good match!

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Why do people equate nice guy to boring? he was just laid back, and a bit of an introvert. Sweet as can be. I love him!

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im a tae-bi shipper. totally agree with you. i thought, eunbi saw yi-an as HER SISTER BELOVED ONE, but terereeeeeenggg, it changed to HER BELOVED ONE. sigh.

ps girlfriday : i watch p9b and it was worth watching! even sungjae didnt get the noona, but the storyline about his love was moreeee acceptable :)

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I knew this was coming but I was hoping that Tae Kwang gets the girl!!! I liked this drama but the last episode was less interesting since the resolution of the "Soo In" case.
I disagree with the fact that we didn't see Yi Han's feeling swift. We saw it during the date when he offers the plush toys (He already suspected that she wasn't Eun Byul but didn't want to recognize it) and it's confirmed when he injured his shoulder. I think he's more angry with himself from his change of feeling while he thinks Eun Byul is dead than against Eun Bi. But Yi Han's character is definitely not the choice I will do! And I think it is really weird to fall for someone who liked your sister during 10 years.
I think Tae Kwang was right for Eun Bi because he understood her, her loneliness. Plus, he needs a sweet girl.
I'm a bit frustrated with the story of Eun Byul...What happened to her during the time she was away. Ok, she returned to the orphanage but she didn't have ties with this place since a long time ago, unlike Eun Bi with her orphanage. She just said "Hello, I was living here when I was five"...
Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this drama and my favorite couple (since Eun Bi rejected Tae Kwang) is Tae Kwang x Joon Seok (Lee Pil Mo).

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I'm taebi-team. So, should I watch it or not? TT_TT

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Watch We Got Married instead.

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agree with girlfriday, even it's not the best ending, but at very least, eunbi is consistent.. the heart wants what it wants!

instead of WGM, i prefer this ending. i just dislike seeing SUngjae in WGM.. sorry fans, no offense, but i already recognize him as a young-talented actor. i always find that wgm this days is for those who havent got 'popularity'. I hope, im siwan or hyunshik won't follow this step.. i didnt mean to offend wgm fans, just my though!

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We Got Married is a double-edged sword -- you either benefit from it and get more popular (Son Na Eun, Kim Yura, Song Jae Rim), or you get hate from it and lose all your existing popularity (Oh Yeon Seo, Hong Jong Hyun, Kim So Eun). Due to the latter possibility, at first I was worried about Yook Sung Jae going on it, but I grew excited at the prospect of the former possibility. Moreover, I want to see Sung Jae as Sung Jae. Tae Gwang is just a character. Sung Jae's real personality is even more winsome than Tae Gwang's, and he has always excelled at variety. Ironically, Han Sun Hwa was tricked into thinking Im Si Wan was her groom, and I remember thinking Si Wan would be so cute on this show.

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gong tae kwang i felt sorry for him..why eun bi why?
he always support you no matter what..

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*Eun Bi I meant.

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I'm glad I didn't watch the end of the show after reading this recap. But did any of you guys who watched it dislike that it appears Eun Bi just took Eun Byul's life at the end from Han Yian, to her friends, to her family to the school. For a drama that has the title Who Are You? I wonder of this sends the wrong message.

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Especially since part of the struggle was about identity.

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She just overtook her sister's life. No identity whatsoever. Very bad writing.

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I know there's a lot of focus based on the love lines. But overtaking her sister's life is just sad to me. I thought the show was supposed to be about how you can't and shouldn't live as someone else):.

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Thanks for the recap GF!! great job

All us TaeBi shippers need to send the writers a letter or something!!!

Nonetheless a great drama, just wished for a different ending

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I know right? They are horrible for stringing us along all this time. If someone had spoiled the ending for me 4eps ago, i would've jumped ship right there and then. Guess it was all for the ratings.

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Why can't the writers give us good endings?! Life sucks bad enough. So can't we at least have good endings in our dramas?!

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Yay....Yi-an and Eun-bi are together! I wonder if viewers are disappointed because their ship couldn't sail or because the series was not good. I have already said this before that Eun bi liked Yi An all along and love works that way. You can't like someone just because they are nice.

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It's because of the writing. I don't have a ship in the drama I was rooting for but I was disappointed with it. It has its moments but the character development fell through. Bad writing did them in.

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I had no issue with the writing. So you're not alone!

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A little of both. Eun Bi/YA needed more development, but Eun Bi was also always clear in who she liked. YA was MIA for most of the drama doing nothing but brooding over who he liked while TK did all the work protecting her. Then he decided who he liked and won the girl lol. I can really see WHY people are so pissed off, even if I still actually do think EunBi and YA re cute together, when they are allowed to be.

I really wonder why the writer had YA be so devoted to Eun Byul, it would have saved a lot trouble if it was always clear they were just friends.

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I actually love Han Yi An and Eunbi together. Only reason that writer pushed Taekwang to our throat was to promote Sung Jae and fans of Taekwang. You can be nice and all but heart wants who it wants.

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I didn't have a ship. I'm not disappointed that Eun-bi likes Yi-an. I'm disappointed by the fact that so many resources went into that faux love triangle for a totally stale romance plot that never happened.

The Eun-bi/Yi-an romance has less depth than the "Chris *heart* Susan" graffiti at the noise barrier on my way to work. If you decide to sideline all the interesting aspects of your show for a certain romance plot, you're supposed to do better than that.

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I'm with everyone above who said it was the writing. It's fine if she likes him but frankly, it really comes off as them liking each other just because the script directions say so - the script doesn't take them there organically, and despite Kim So-hyun's best efforts the actors just can't sell it on chemistry either.

And blaming this on shippers is not the solution either, since i personally did not have any ships by the end and just wanted them to wrap up and focus on other elements of the story already instead of dragging the love triangle out. I'm just annoyed that this insipid, mechanical, hugely unconvincing love line was the thing we spent so much of the last few hours with. I'd rather see more of Song-joo or Shi-jin in that time.

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Woooorrrrd. Loved this. Missed the mark in so many respects.

1. The sister reunion/relationship building for lots of growth for Eun-bi...
2. So the Eun-bi/So-young showdown could end epically
3. The bromance! Woe! The BROMANCE!
4. TAE-GWANG GETTING THE GIRL

I still really enjoyed the series, but wah, writers! Failed on so many different levels. Terrible follow-through... because.... they didn't follow through! And no, no one will ever be able to convince me that Yi-an made ANY sense. Team Tae-gwang, ftw! Can't wait for that Chilbongie effect to work its magic. Yook Sung-jae!

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"Can’t wait for that Chilbongie effect to work its magic."

You're not alone, my friend... ^^

Cheers to all the best things that life can offer to all the second leads who stole our hearts in DramaLand!

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You are so right ! Word for word !

For me, Angry Mom was the school series of 2015 and this is yet another rom com.

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Tru dat, yo.

Oh well, silver lining, the Ost was pretty good.
(I'm trying to find something that will make feel better about watching it. ?

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I actually love the music, anyone know if there's a VA OST of the bgm?

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When I was watching the ending I thought that Tae-gwang could be the next Chilbongie. Glad to know I was not the only one.

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Yeah, this was hugely terrible finale. I completely agree about Eun-Byul being used to save the day and then written off--WHY EVEN. They tried to make us think she was dead, then she was alive, and then after all her talk of wanting to be a family and have a sister, she left again?

And also, why did Eun-bi even transfer for just like, a few months? That's a little chaotic isn't it. Girl could probably use some stability after this whole mess.

The absolute biggest disappointment of this show was So-Young. I loved so much the scene in this episode when Eun-Byul scares her and she lets out one tear--I honestly think it might've been the first tear she cries this whole series, and it was so powerful. It was a little disappointing that Eun-Byul provoked it instead of Eun-bi, but it also makes sense. It was an expression primarily of her fear, over regret, and I think Eun-Byul was the right agent for that. But that moment of fear we basically worked toward this whole series, but in the past few episodes we didn't get the tension needed for it. I feel like Kim So-Hyun and Jo Soo-Hyang (hah, learned it) bought so much to the scene. I wish the writers did right by them to give this a better lead up, more moments in between.

I said it before, but honestly, I thought the writers did the best job with her character. I would've loved for this show to be a darker one that split its time between her and Eun-bi and Eun-byul as the primary conflict. Like you guys have said, such a great villain is rare. What I wouldn't give to explore it properly.

I was hoping against hope for Tae-Kwang too, so yet another disappointment. I was set on them since he found out her identity and asked her if he could call her his name on the bus, so many episodes ago. I guess there's not much more to say here--it was a clear loss though. The two had such great things for each other, and they had intimacy that Yi-An didn't have with Eun-Bi.

Also, didn't realize why I pulled for Yi-An and Eun-byul before, but I see why now that girlfriday pointed it out. It's so obvious, but yeah I think I did just believe his devotion to Eun-byul, and wanted them to get through their troubles. It's not that they had to be together, but the way this panned out didn't seem proper at all either.

I did love the scene with Yi-An swimming though. The one-arm swim was really moving for me. If they did a bit more with his swimming, it would've been even better.

The scene with So-Young and Eun-Bi at the end was also great, but again needed the past few episodes to set it up. Not enough happened for this scene, which would've been amazing if more happened in between in. I love the dialogue there, and the acting was phenomenal--and it would've been satisfying had there been more movement in between. If So-Young had been knocked down before and that moment better explored, this would've been great. Instead it feels like everything was mostly static and then this.

But...

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I hated the swimming scene. Sorry, but that was hard to watch for me ... (and I didn't flinch during the Game of Thrones season final).

His coach and his father send this stupid boy with an injured arm into a high level competition? And when his arm goes bad, they cheer for him to finish the race?? Who are these fucking sadists?
I understand that this is supposed to be heroic and stuff, but seriously, this is horrible!

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I fast-forwarded the swimming scene. I just couldn't be bothered.

The whole swimming storyline with Yi-an was a joke, beginning to end. No teen athlete training to be in national and international competition trains the way Yi-an did. Or rather, didn't.

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It's a horrible scene gosh, did the writer think I will get inspired or feel pity? nahhh..and yes, I fast forwarded almost all HYA scenes even him with EB too..he is sooooo lacking and bored to death

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I not only fast forwarded this scene... I did it with all the Yi-An / Eun Bi scenes, hahaha!!!!

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LOL fair point. I cede actually, that's totally accurate. I assumed he was recovered, but thinking back they said he wouldn't be fully recovered for a year.

Still, the one armed swimming! Finishing last but finishing! It's so sweet! ^^

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I agree. It's a horrible horrible scene.
if the boy keeps doing that, I wonder if he ever be able to save his swimming carrier. oh whew..
I guess the writer intend it to paint a hero in Yi Ahn character, but I just don't get it, and I don't care.

I think is ironic, that I came to this drama totally expected to be fall head over heels on his character and acting, but in the end all i can feel is bad taste in my mouth every time I see his face. sigh.

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seriously, wtf was up with that?!

But I was so bored by the end that I didn't even care if he was injured or not, its like.....whatever.

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I figured I would go ahead and actually watch the last episode, been going off of recaps for the past 6. Bleh.

I ended up FF that stupid swimming scene and about half or more of the rest. Like you, in the end there was simply nobody or anything I cared about.

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I agree with everything you said except for the bits about the final scene about Eun-bi and So-young.

I'm just tired of seeing Saint Eun-bi console a rabid bully who clearly didn't feel any actual remorse over bullying her and driving her to attempt suicide, only the fact that she was caught and raked over the coals for it. I understand that EB2 is kind, but this was a step too far - EB10 had to be the one to stick up and defend her at every turn, but it's like she took NO lessons from that at all.

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But the scene had this great set up of two people who seem to understand each other and have a terrible brand of intimacy--one that won't lead to friendship probably ever, but still has something to offer for them. The two were integral to each other for growing up in a terrible way, and I think the scene really conveyed that.

And if they were gonna bring in Eun-Byul, they should've done more with her. She is SO awesome, but needed more time and dimensions. She was either fierce or vulnurable (concerning Soo-In) but there wasn't time for material. I think she had better scenes in the first episode really, for range, then toward the end. Why not bring her in half-way, and properly do the Soo-In arc with her? So much was left unsaid there.

And like, why not end with her going to school with Eun-Bi and her old friends. Wtf.

I'm surprised at how quickly the class adapted to this too. I guess with one episode left that was the only option, but there should've been more there. Especially from Shi-jin and Song-joo.

I feel like this show just didn't have good enough focus to do what it should've or could've. Even if they were gonna go all in the love triangle--which I liked in the beginning too--they could've at least done more than the same back and forth.

I think its strengths were in the main antagonist and protagonist(s). Probably due a large part to the acting. Ultimately, I would've wanted a show that just concentrated on that then, but that's a different beast entirely.

Even with what it wanted to do though, I wish it had done it well and better. It started off pretty strong! And had such strong elements, so I'm so disappointed. Teen melodramas would be SO EASY AND FUN to go crazy on, but they pulled back when they should've pushed, and went irrational instead of crazy.

Ah well. At least it had some good moments. And gave us a great character and villain, for sure, and a great leading actress. And a lot of awesome minor characters (Shi-jin! I loved her so so so much too. She had great scenes in the beginning. Song-joo too) and side characters (Tae-kwannnnnnnnnnnng). Whatever. In my heart, Tae-Kwang and Eun-Bi are happy in their first cute relationship.

God this was way too long. I genuinely apologize to the general public. I had a lot of feelings about this evidently.

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I admit, the class' reaction to the twins' reveal amused me endlessly because they really took the wind out of So-young's sails. I've liked them through most of this drama because they really have no truck with bullying, they made it quite clear what they thought of So-young the minute her bullying rumours first came out.

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Only two good things came out of this drama for me:

-the song Reset (I wish I could reset this drama with consistent writing and more satisfactory payoffs)

-YSJ .. It was a nice drama to showcase him (the story was more invested in him than the main lead) The only drama for me where I preferred the second lead over the main lead in every aspect, even though at the end I wasn't shipping Taebi anymore.

In the end, I agree with your every word, girlfriday. There was too much of love triangle and yet not enough substance in it to make it satisfactory. I think I preferred the School 2013 more even without any romance in it.

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Isn't it a bit weird Eun-bi changed her surname to "Go"?

I mean, just last year, someone from Ladies' Code died and had the same name????

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She changed her name as she officially joined their family. Her mum's and Eun Byul's last name is Go.

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Mom's last name is Song (Song Mi Kyung). Maybe Go is the twins' birth name?

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in Korean families, women keep their maiden names even when they marry, so Mom would remain Song Mi-kyung .

Go would have been her deceased husband/Eun-byul's adoptive father's last name, and therefore the family name for Eun-byul (and now Eun-bi)/

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I was not aware Song Mi Kyung was widowed; all this time I thought she was a single mother.

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@panshel - There's a man with Mom in the family photographs of Eun-byul as a child, logic would say that is likely EB10's now-deceased adoptive father.

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ummm it's a drama... I don't see how that's related? and then again is having the last name "Go" going to be bad juju now that an idol died and just happened t have that surname?

Also the name change was because she was adopted formally by eunbyul's mom and she accepted the name change.

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.....what does the death have to do with this name change? Go is quite a common last name in Korea, and it is Eun-byul's adoptive family name after all. Eun-bi just formally became part of the family, is all.

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Ugh another disappointing drama ending >:/

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Thanks for the recap, GF!!

I think the writing was what contributed to underdeveloped characters and a plot that lacked depth. Too many things were glossed over and left the audience desiring for more. Compared to Taekwang's character, Yian's really wasn't doing much other than being angsty. So, it was easy to be drawn to Taekwang's character, especially since he was always by Eunbi's side to help her. I like NJH and he did OK as Yian, but there's definitely a lot of growth and room for improvement as an actor. YSJ really hit the nail as Taekwang, so I enjoyed his performance. Love KSH as Eunbi and Eunbyul, showing their distinct characteristics!

I think I lost interest in the loveline at some point cuz I knew Eunbi would be with Yian given that he's the only one she's liked throughout the series. I also didn't like how Eunbi was meek and Eunbyul was badass. Their roles in the story shouldn't be divided up like that. Like you pointed out, Eunbi should have stood up with Soyoung. We were all expecting that to happen. It should not be Eunbyul/Taekwang/Yian coming to her rescue every time. She's perfectly capable of doing that herself. That's also why when Eunbyul was brought back, it felt like she was just used as Eunbi's saviour. I would have loved to see more sister bonding time as well. Even more hanging out with Shijin and Songjoo would have been great.

I really like Teacher Kim and it would have been nice to see more of his interactions with students, parents, fellow teachers and superiors. At least there were the bromance scenes with Taekwang. XD

As for Soyoung, she was so far gone... It was too simple for her to just feel some guilt at the end. Love how Songjoo told her straight up why kids would react differently to her and to Eunbi.

Anyway, I really loved School 2013 and this series deviated from that. I liked parts of it and some of the characters, but it definitely didn't reach its potential. But I appreciated the heartwarming scenes and the sound advice/message they offered for those who are at this age.

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sorry to say but this installment has nothing on school 2013. i'm still so upset that this drama started out so well & had so much potential but just ultimately became a pile of messy writing (aka. crap.)

THERE WERE JUST SO MANY THINGS WRONG WITH THIS SHOW.
WARNING: be prepared to read a long rant OR don't read this comment.

1) i hate that i didn't like eunbi. i liked her in the beginning but somewhere along the way (ep. 8ish?) she started annoying me to no end and i couldn't find it in me to give 2 shits about what even happens to her anymore. trust me, i like myself a nice herione, i do. BUT i can't stand spineless, doormat TSTL (too stupid to live) female leads who let everyone else just fight their battles for them. that was eunbi. if it wasn't TK, then it was YA, if not one of the two boys then it was badass eunbyul. tell me why i ended up liking, rooting for & feeling eunbyul waaaaaay more than i did toward eunbi in the few eps. she appeared in? THIS SHOULD BE A BIG DAMN RED FLAG FOR THE WRITERS/DIRECTORS. same prob with the males too. i felt & cared way more for TK than YA. why? why? WHY? this will annoy me for life, urgh.

2) why the hell did they bring eunbyul back to life, make her fight eunbi's battles for her & then just be sent away so like, what, eunbi could live her life? WTF, NO. eunbyul SHOULD NOT have "gone to study abroad." that is such a cheap trick (and can i say sloppy ass lazy writing) to write off a character just so the show could refocus on eunbi (which i honestly, don't even care about at this point.) the huge disservice that they have done to eunbyul & using her as a mere plot device to push along eunbi's story is so dumb i can't even stand it. & ofcourse everything is all wrapped up nicely and no feelings are hurt cuz eunbyul didn't even like YA so now eunbi can get him since she likes him for (his looks? uhhhh...like girlfriday said, seriously no damn reason at all tbh). everything about this drama just frustrates me so much! nothing makes sense seriously.

3) the way i see it, TK is 1st lead who didn't get the 1st female lead. it's like chuno. he just DOES NOT have a 2nd lead role in the show. his character was developed and fleshed out 1000x more than YA's, we got to look into his lifestory & not to mention that he had way more screentime than YA did. like i said, to this moment i am confused as to wth the directors were doing with this movie. they were playing off the sungjae hype & dedicated so much time to him at the expense of YA which is totally unfair (esp. if YA is supposed to be "1st lead.") they should YA short and i really don't know why. WHY keep playing off sungjae's popularity and giving him so much screentime when to do so, they sacrafice the narrative relevance of their "1st lead." DUMBEST SHIT EVER. someone give me the copyrights for this drama so that i can remake this show and it would be 265461316x better i swear.

4) let me remake this show so i can have...

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4) let me remake this show so i can have eunbyul/TK as leads. now THIS would be legit. and funny as hell.

5) let me remake this show so i can take that underdeveloped YA/TK bromance and run like crazy with it. i love me some bromance and the little scenes that they had YA being all caring towards TK i was squealing like a pig. eunbi who? i'm glued onto ship YA/TK and i ain't ever getting off. neeeeext.

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<so i can take that underdeveloped YA/TK bromance

Yeah, instead of all the wrist-pulling the two boys could have actually worked together to have Eun-bi's back against So-young. And I mean, have her back, not do all the protecting.

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4) would be EPIC. I mean, I get that Korea boys may like the sweet shy EB2 type, but EB10 just crackles with life whenever she's onscreen! And she'd make a great match with Tae-kwang, their interactions alone would be hilarious.

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yes, no 4 please!

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you are absolutely right. However as I said in thread 5, YA got the boring personality and EB is rather boring as well. So they should be together! ha ha
TK deserve a girl who is more fun and kicks his butt so that he would start studying!!!( I am a mother,,, I cannot help it!)

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Same for Eun-bi. Liked her okay at first, and then stopped caring. I started the series late so I watched the first six episodes at ones – they were great. Then eps. 7 and 8 slowed down a bit. And after that, it all went downhill.

<eunbyul SHOULD NOT have “gone to study abroad.”

It's not just a cheap trick, it's also 18 year old kids that are in the final year at school but haven't graduated yet don't randomly do this. Not just because it's expensive, but because, ummm, they've got school to attend to? Like, final year exams? The semester was over but... the rest of high school? University entrance exams?

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And it was not that she wanted to go abroad to study Chinese, or Egyptian hieroglyphs, or genetic biology - it was just some vague "something".

And not even a high school grad and apparently knows no other languages, so WTF "something" could she study better abroad than right there in Korea?

Lame, lamer, and lamest.

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3) TK ended up being the lead in the end. YA had a ton of dropped storylines. The fact that his father couldn't pay the bills, that he had to model when he didn't want to (did his dad ever find out about that?), that his sunbaes were jerks to him, that Soog Joo seemed to have a crush on him.... it wasn't heavy stuff that TK had, but did actually have more to do in beginning than sitting around looking pretty thinking about which twin he likes the most. Then he was given no part in the bullying plot or helping Eun Bi out at all. They could have had both TK and YA work together unwillingly to help Eun bi. YA gets relevance and we get bromance. But noo...

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But the show did more emphasizing YA sitting, thinking, contemplating and ultimately deciding (while still looking pretty of course) which twin he likes the most.

If in the drama YA is shown more involved in Ebi's story, I'm sure Ebi final choice seems understandable. But the drama didn't do that so EBi's choice is confusing.

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I agree with all of this....especially 3)...it saddens me cuz yian who is supposed to be the "1st lead", is soooooo undeveloped....fck the writers. they invested too much on taekwang and using his popularity to increase the ratings.

this drama has so much potential but fckin writers ruined the whole story. I WANNA RESET I WANNA RESEEEEET....

p.s I prefer HanYiAn x Eunbi lol

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I agree with all of this....especially 3)...it saddens me cuz yian who is supposed to be the "1st lead", is soooooo undeveloped....fck the writers. they invested too much on taekwang and using his popularity to increase the ratings.

this drama has so much potential but fckin writers ruined the whole story.

p.s I prefer HanYiAn x Eunbi lol

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as much as I hate the writers, I thank them for going with the original couple ( YA/EBI) and not follow the crazy 2nd lead syndrome.

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On the positive side:

KSH should win the award of the best actor/actress with multiple characters in the same drama. Of course, the competition are no-names like Park Soo-ae, Hyun Bin und Ji Sung.

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No-names, right of course...

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I agree unless you start counting dramas from different years (which I get you're probably not?)...in that case Uhm Tae-woong FTW! (Resurrection, all I have to say for myself)

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wow, KSH played a passive and not-passive two character role, compared to Ji Sung who played seven/eight completely different personalities? 2015 is Ji Sung's year, I wonder how old you are to not even acknowledge those 'no names' such as famous Hyun Bin too.. oh wait, you're one of those 'fans' people despise...

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This obssession with second leads needs to stop. Eun-bi said NO very clearly to Tae-kwang how many times? Two? Three? And the guy kept pushing her even if he was aware of her feelings for Yi-an. By the time he ran after her in the finale after she told him no for the billionth time, I wanted yell at him and make him MOVE ON already.

Just because the actor/idol is cute doesn't mean he wasn't borderline creepy about his affections for Eun-bi. A sweet background music or pointless fanservice, especially in the final stretch of the drama, don't mean he was a good candidate, it just meant that the network and the writer were milking a very shallow love triangle for ratings. Did it work? Yes. But at the expense of real storytelling.

No matter how mediocre the show was (and it was beyond mediocre), the OTP was clear and the progression of the triangle (rectangle?) was obvious from the start. Why were so many people surprised by this, and bitter to top it off? Too bad NJH was a flat actor who couldn't bring home the conflicted feelings he needed to, because he was the male lead and there were never any doubts about it.

As a side note, I also fail to understand why his change of heart is such a mystery for the Tae-kwang biased watchers. If they cared to follow the story instead of swooning over the steadfast second lead, they would be able to see how and why this happened.

The only good aspect of this show was Kim So-hyun, who was a shining star in this dark void of nothingness.

Next!

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I'm still surprised that anyone thought this to be 'shocking' or that there was ever two couples in the drama. It was established a long time ago that Eun-bi only liked/loved Yi-an. There was never a moment when that wavered and whether or not viewers want to accept it, Tae-gwang was always the second lead who liked the girl and ran after her even when she never felt the same.

I didn't ship anyone in this drama and watched it purely for KSH and her awesomeness. But the ending wasn't a surprise whatsoever. It was clear who liked who, and for many many episodes now. Those who don't see it and ones who chose not to because the second lead appeals to them more, not because the story narrates so.

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For me there are not many scenes how their relationship growth since the main girl is masquerading as someone else and the boy only set his feeling straight on the last two episode. So there are 14 episodes wasted on the justification of their relationship.

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AGREED! I thought it was pretty obvious where the love triangle was headed, but didn't find myself too invested either way. The second-lead syndrome is nothing new, but wow, did people take it to another level in this drama. It seems to be happening more and more lately.

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Yes, Lately whenever drama starts, people go crazy over second lead, even here in dramabeans.com. I am like WHAT THE HELL?. When i heard about this drama, i knew YSJ was a cutie mc of A Song for you. Then all the following around EB when she rejected him multiple times made my head go bonkers. Are you really Taekwang? Too bad they ruined a good drama -dragging on Taekwang and him forcing himself on EB for whole 4 or 5 episodes.

Thank for the heavens that writers didnt go nuts along with Taekwang fans and followed the original couple.

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i didnt know anything about the leads whether they are idols or models ...i knew KSH as achild actor..YA character was under developed and Sung Jae is good at acting showed more emotions and than NJH . and the chemistry was better taebi and eun bi than yi an and eunbi...yi an didnt show that much of feelings taekwang showed..
PS:ALL THE LEADS ARE WAY TOO YOUNGER THAN ME ...SO NO U LOOK SO GOOD AND HANDSOME SO I SHIP U OPPA MOMENTS

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Lol I need to go into every comment that says that ''TK shippers liked him better than Yiahn because of his looks'' Hell, I didnt care shit for Sungjae/Taekwang when I first started watching the drama, I honestly preferred Yiahn's actor way better. But guess what? the supposed first lead character, Yiahn, was poorly written and not so amazingly portrayed while Taekwang's character on the contrary had a million times more depth, was better written, better portrayed and that, NOT HIS LOOKS, ultimately made me root for him more than Yiahn. Period. I am beyond glad that at least most people also realized this.

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People said fans like TK because his looked? But NJH is the insanely handsome and tall male model here lol. SJ is not bad looking either though. Most people I've seen said because TK is an idol, which is also not true. His character was just more appealing.

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Well, because he is an idol alright would be the main reason. I mentioned his looks because that falls right beside the fact he is an idol. Aditionally, I'm pretty sure he is the most popular member of his group, so that tops it off lol
Yes! NJH is very handsome, that's why I said I actually was more interested in seeing him rather than SJ. SJ is handsome too, but I guess NJH is more my taste. Don't get me wrong, eyecandy in a drama for me is not a must but I won't lie, its always good to have it, lol. At the end, even with what I just said, I prefered TK a million times over Yiahn, all thanks to the acting and the good character development. NJH did okay, it just didn't help him that the character he was given was not very good either.

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True that! It wasn't his looks at all. He just did a waaaay better job. I, too, went into this drama completely impartial to NJH and YSJ and by episode 6, YSJ had me hooked, not because he's good-looking, but because of his convincing portrayal. As for looks, both of them are extraordinarily good looking. So its unfair to say that the immense amount of Tae Kwang love all around the world is just because he's "cute". lol

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so true. Joo Hyuk is very good looking so its kinda unfair to say that people only lliked Sungjae because he's cute. he's just a better and effective actor that's why people liked Tae Kwang more.

i also get why others thinks he's too pushy. i mentioned it before, Tae Kwang's character if not properly portrayed is bordering irritating.

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But the guy did recognize her first and that should counts to something, right? And second, you portraying TG as if he's some kind of creepy stalker who thinks no means yes while I see their relationship is mutualism.

He can't get away from her and she also find a comfort in him although her heart is pretty much set in for another guy.

Imagine if there is no Tae Gwang in this show, I'm sure the heroine couldn't easily adapt into her new life especially when everybody sees her as someone else. This is why most people loves him not because SJ is a cutie.

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Totally agree with you..yea the second guy was cute but what made him so likeable was his character development and his care for Eun Bi

Without him she would've crumbled at the sight of So Young and Yi Ahn was barely at school to help her

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<But the guy did recognize her first and that should counts to something, right?

Not really. That's just a drama "rule", but rules are sometimes (and should be more often) broken.

Someone being nice to someone else also doesn't mean that that person has to like you. That's just not how things always work out in real life. I can't fault Eun-bi for her feelings, I just wish the writers had given us more to make her liking Yi-an and Yi-an liking her something we could root for. And that they hadn't so obviously spent the last three or four episodes dragging out the love triangle for no other reason than ratings.

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like, you have to be able to understand WHY she likes Yi-an, and I, the further we got, just couldn't comprehend it. What was there to like in paper-cutout swimmer-boy? He was a tall piece of nothing who looked cross-eyed every time he tried for a complex emotion. I laughed my head off last week at the hilariously exaggerated thinking he did all episode. It was THAT BAD.

Sigh for what could have been. The fact that Eun-byul/Tae-kwang was beginning to look like an actual ship tells you everything about what this show did wrong in its lovelines.

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I know people grew to dislike YA, but he was actually a really sweet and cute guy to start with. Watch the beginning of the drama. He was really nice and they had great interactions. They had a good time hanging out being cute. If we want to talk about firsts, YA was actually the one who got there "first" while she had no idea what to think of TK. Was it for Eun Bi? No, but she enjoyed his company just the same and actually did not know she wasn't Eun Byul at first. She still wanted to keep pretending to be that person he liked. Then he started to like the person Eun Byul was now more than the old one, then he let go of his crush on Eun Byul and moved on.. it's not THAT complicated why they like each other.

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yeah, but you're treating it as an intellectual exercise. I can do that -- I have been doing that -- but what I'm saying is that it doesn't feel emotionally real. I'm not the only one who feels this way, and I honestly think a lot of Yi-an fans are ascribing depths to his character that was never shown in his portrayal or the writing.

I agree he started off more complex, but he got well shafted by the writing as it progressed, and because of his acting, he couldn't salvage the degeneration of his character. It's definitely the writers' fault for throwing his development under the bus and then still expecting him to shoulder their planned endgame, and ultimately, they pulled cheap shots on the viewers with the way they decided to let it play out. Like I said on the episode 15 recap, they forced the story to places it didn't want to go.

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well, I think people are being too serious about a high school romance. And a high school crush in Eun Byul and YA. It felt real enough for me why she liked YA. It's not as if they had no basis for their relationship. The problem was the writer did nothing to develop them in the middle of the drama and gave 75% of the screen time to TaeBi being cute and Eun Bi not caring.

They kept the ending they played without realizing the story had not progressed in that way. I still don't understand why they gave in and gave people all the cuteness of TK/EB that they wanted, but would not just let Eun Byul and YA get together and make everyone happy.

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But in real life you need to have reasons to like someone, right? Even at the most 'absurd' love stories, there will be always a reasoning between it. YA's reasoning is Ebi cares for him better than her twin sister, okay let's roll with it but Ebi?

Even if the reasoning is shallow like YA is a swimmer hottie and Eun Bi prob head over heels for that hotbod or she's a low self esteem girl, scoring the hottest dude in high school will raise her self worth, it's fine I'll try to get it since she's still 18 after all. At least I'm not clueless why she chooses YA over TK.

In real life, I'll prefer the nice guys who treat me better although other people will have different preference. It's only in drama I see that love is truly blind.

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YA is super hot and was really sweet to her. They had fun together, went on dates, played around and generally had a good time...this is after she was treated so badly in her old school. They also had their sort of mellow personalities in common. She's a teenager, what more does she really need? Most girls would fall for that. She also never blamed him for being angry at her either.

And TK, while supportive is also a lot more complicated a person and she was already on her YA love thing when she came around to him. Sometimes you just don't see a person romantically. It's not like she hated TK. She loved him as a friend. She just didn't want to date the guy.

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He was very cold when he found out. It's understandable that he was angry but it seems only his feeling that counts. Yeah both of the boys are ignorant at some point but TG seems understands her better and provide better support for her. And most viewers fall for that.

And it's not helping that Ebi and TK has more screentime having fun than Ebi and YA. The way I see it, the only reason Ebi chooses YA are shallow reasons like he's hotter than TK or he's more challenging since he's crushing on her sister previously and she wants what previously 'belongs' to her sister.

But if Eun Bi is like that this will be a very different drama because Eun Bi here is a complex character. She is not evil and she is not an airheaded teenager who always crushes on the most handsome/popular guy in the school.

She's 18 but she isn't like any 18 girls her age. She is complicated person because of her background and the only person who understands her is TG. It never clicks to me why chooses YA in the end.

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I was being slightly flippant in my reply, but there are actually more than "he's hot" reasons why she likes him.
I think both couples had "fun". YA and EB had a lot of dates and playing around (soccer, playing with water, their morning exercise, eating ramen together, buying her a bear ) It's totally not that YA/EB never spent time together, it's just that they spent time together early in the drama. By episode 9/10 things got awkward and TK/EB took over. So the last half of there wasn't much for them. The problem is with this was this was Eun Byul(in YA's mind)/YA, and not Eun Bi/YA. We need some Eun Bi/YA relationship building or more acknolwegement from YA that that was Eun Bi and why he liked her. Actually, I think we need more on why YA likes her more than why Eun Bi likes him.

And she already said why she liked him on their farewell date. Imo, though the drama didn't do a great job at expanding on it, but he pulled her out of her depressive state. We have to remember this girl was suicidal. He met her and became a great friend and source of comfort. She felt loved and that meant a lot to her. She said when she saw him she felt thankful to be alive (something like that, it's been awhile since I watched). She didn't warm up to TK until rather late in the drama. He was not there from episode 1 supporting her and caring for her. He only later calmed down and found out her problems and supported her. By that time, YA had already been there.

Maybe she's confusing being grateful to him for love and will eventually realize that, but maybe not. I personally do not think Ya/EB was done well enough due to their lack of screen time later in the drama, but I do not understand how people can not see AT ALL why she'd like him/why he's important to her.

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Not really? First doesn't matter. And people act like she told him this information. That they were great friend and she trusted him. No. He overheard it and learned it from that. That's why he knew first. Eun Bi never told him and never cared about him calling her Eun Bi as much as the viewers did. She was very moved by YA called her Eun Bi though.

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Even though I agree with the responses given by alua and lemondoodle, I feel the need to answer to this part of your comment.

"while I see their relationship is mutualism."

That isn't reciprocation of feelings, that is friendship. Eun-bi liked TK a lot, but as friends, nothing less nothing more. He can also like her as more all his wants, it's the actual confessing a million times and bringing it up a million times that puts him in a borderline creepy situation.

It also leaves Eun-bi in an uncomfortable situation and it actually corrupts the friendship they had because how to draw the line? Is he around me because he cares about me, or because he's expecting his actions to make me love him?

IF Eun-bi had been ambiguous or had accepted him in a way, then the argument that it was "mutual" could hold some water. However this was never the case, and TK knew it.

Last but not least, if there was no TK, maybe Eun-bi would've turned to her girlfriends for comfort and that's a show I would've loved to see. They knew she was different to Eun-byul pre-amnesia and they accepted and loved her anyway. To me, that's beautiful, I wanted more of that.

So much talk about the boys, but the girls were sidelined and forgotten (instead of the draggy, pointless vacation time in the orphanage, how about exploring, for example, the girlfriends mixed feelings after finding out Eun-bi wasn't Eun-byul instead of a rushed "we love you anyway yay" ending??). Or maybe having actual conversations with Yi-an to support their relationship better? Or actual sistermance between the twins? Etc, etc.

TK hijacked most of the screentime, and the other characters suffered as a consequence.

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But if the writer can't write a proper romance (which I think the easiest genre to work on to), how does she/he write a compelling high school friendship? The main character's sister only appears as needed so how come the writer can better write the friends?

The writer took the easier route for the rating which is the love triangle but failed to execute it in the end too. Why can't the viewers get reason WHY EBi likes YA instead of that just how thing works.

If Eun Bi is THAT uncomfortable, why didn't she tell him to stay away from her and ignore him like a bug you think he is. I know Eun Bi is a meek girl but you don't have to be a badass to ignore an asshole, right? Especially a creepy stalker who just doesn't take no for the answer. Well, unless if Eun Bi also needs him back which is the case here. Both are having troubled background and they connect to each other. Why the writer still stubbornly write Ebi to still liking YA is beyond me.

If anything, TK is saving grace of this drama which you can tell by the most reaction this drama got. He hijacked the drama in a good way since the writer can't properly write a story except an amazing second lead.

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gz u got the 2nd lead syndrome.

jokes aside, u guys have a point.

if only the writers put yian instead of taekwang in the lovey dovey scene with eunbi, the ending would make more sense, since the original couple is YAxEBI.

p.s the promotional poster says it all

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As someone who didn't have a ship I was rooting for, and never suffered from the 2nd male lead syndrome, the ending wasn't surprising. It was simply unsatisfying because of the bad writing. The poor character development and progression of plot left a lot to be desired.

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TRUTH! I can't always count on you to tell it like it is.

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Whoops, meant "I CAN always count on you to tell it like it is." ;)

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It's simply because people don't like YA and don't like EB/YA that TK wasn't given the clingy second lead treatment. It's not like Eun Bi was unclear in her feelings either. She said it more than once, and sometimes he just ignored her all together and still tried. I don't care what he did for her, she didn't like him and told him that. He even knew that.

And he was totally happy in the end, so no, he didn't need her as much as people thought.

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The thing about why people keep rooting for Taekwang is the drama itself knows Taekwang sells better than Yian. That's probably why they used him until the very end thousands of time confessing and being rejected all over again. Even until the very last that he finally gave up on stop lying to himself which made Eunbi sort of cry. And that is probably why peolpe hoped that writers would ACTUALLY does the twist in the end.

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Finally! TK was interesting in the beginning, but after 10th episode first rejection) he became a bit annoying with this clingy, pushy love. I'm tired of him. If he had moved on it would he been better. I suspect this was the writer's mistake. I skipped fully his scenes after this because I didn't want to see constantly his sad, crying face...
I think after 10th episode the writer ruined fully the story. For example I would have been happier if YA had gone to Love House for EBi, not TK.
I loved YA-EBi scenes, because they were sweet in the beginning (when he run to hospital or when he hugged her or their water fight in the swmming pool etc...). people forget this part fortunately Although YA believed that she is EunByul, but she was EunBi (with this personality). EunByul never reciprocated YA's playfulness, but EunBi yes, and I guessed because of YA's sweet personality, playfulness she l loved YA, and not TK. If I were her, I would choose YA, because he gave more warmth, love to her than TK. Sorry, but this is just my opinion...

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Like Chilbongie, I blame the writers for making Tae Gwang pathetic. It was crystal clear TaeBi would not end up together, but they kept milking Yook Sung Jae's popularity by making him confess and confess and confess just to be rejected and rejected and rejected. I actually started to hate his character for being so damn clingy, like move on! She doesn't like you, she'll never like you, find some other girl who will like you! I felt the same way with Chilbongie's "It isn’t over till it’s over." Well, babe, it's over. You've got to let her go.

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Haha so true. Actually when i started i liked that YSJ in the drama. Becoz of this stupid Taekwang, i dont like YSJ. Clingy second lead killed the drama.

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No, don't dislike Yook Sung Jae! Sung Jae is precious. Hate the character, not the actor (which is what I want to tell Nam Joo Hyuk haters).

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If people objectively looked at TK's actions towards EB they'd see he was slightly on the stalker side tbh.

She rejected him. He hugs her anyway saying he knows.
Follows her to her home town anyway.
she tries to tell him to leave. Stays anyway.
She tries to reject him. He blows her off.
Tries to act like a jealous BF when he sees her and YA together at her house
He's going through a rough time. They spend time together.
Kisses her even though she had rejected him before
She didn't him him so that must mean she's okay with it!
Follows her around her new school. Waits for her at her new school.
She tries to reject him again. He ignores it.
Finally, she rejects him a last time. But then he grabs her shoulder before she can leave for some reason.

And people dislike her for this lol. Sure, she didn't totally tell him to get lost but still he had to know what her feelings were and he never stopped. If the guy wasn't cute and YA so badly written people would not support this shit for a minute.

TK was a very awesome character, but he also need more goals in his life than Eun Bi.

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I don't really ship anyone in this drama because the love line sucks to begin with and I'm never a fan of high school romance tbh. I just hope that YI character's development and their relationship growth were written properly to make it satisfactory and worthy. I think TK shippers already know that EB will choose YI in the end (because he's the 1st lead), but clearly the writing made TK as a better choice for EB, not because he's better looking but simply because he's way sweeter than YI..so that's why people are bitter about it..But whatever.

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It's not about TK looks, but his acting and character that drowned people and outshines almost every character in this drama.. people root for him because writer use him as the center of the story in order to increase the ratings, this also make the ending feel unconnected..
if YA can perform better acting and make his character believable, people won't judge him and can accept this drama plot..unfortunately, he cannot deliver good result

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I never get second lead syndrome, ever because of what you're describing here. I hate the argument that a girl is obligated to like a guy because he is "nice" to her and the so called "nice" guys are often working from motives just as selfish as the first leads deep down.

That said this drama was different to me and I did root for Tae Kwang. His character was given far more development and honestly the only satisfying character arc in the entire series.

He clearly liked her all along but unlike a lot of second leads he didn't start putting crazy pressure and expectations on her the first second she showed him the least bit of attention.

I also loved the idea of him being the ONLY one (including her "mother") who was able to see her for herself and not her sister, even going so far as to be able to tell them apart.

I do agree it was fairly obvious except for a couple of points that Eun Bi did not have romantic feelings for him. So even though I found it frustrating I had accepted that they weren't going to end up together.

What I hate is what they did to the characters (or didn't do) in the end that made the whole drama feel like more or less a waste of time.

Tae Kwang's character development went out the window as he suddenly became the typical clingy, wrist grabbing second lead who just couldn't let her go with dignity. Yi An never showed us the evolution of his feelings for the two sisters. Eun Bi never stands up for herself and contrary to the theme of the entire drama more or less inherits her sister's life in the end. And Eun Byul? Where the heck is she?

Overall, I see your point but I don't blame the shippers who wanted the second lead but the writers who clearly didn't have a well plotted plan.

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imaging if Ji Soo played, would we be more connected to YA and his problems?

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don't tease me with that prospect! I suspect the answer is a big YES.

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If Ji Soo had played Han Yi An, there would be no TaeBi shippers.

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Only if YA is better written, but Ji Soo does act better than Joo Hyuk though.