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Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Episodes 27-28

Hope is never a solid reassurance, as it can’t promise any guarantees, but it’s all our couple has. They have to hope that they can avoid any paths leading to tragedy and somehow create their own happy ending. And if they come to find out that a happy ending just isn’t meant for them, then they’ll have to devise a compromise.

 
EPISODES 27-28 RECAP

With new knowledge of Yeon-seo’s imminent death, Dan meets her after rehearsal and finally gives her what she wants by asking her to marry him. She hugs him, over the moon, and he musters up a smile.

Later, as they discuss the date of their wedding, Yeon-seo mentions that it hurts her pride a bit to have been the one to buy the rings and propose first. So Dan gets down on one knee and says that he’d propose a hundred times if he had to.

“Lee Yeon-seo,” he says. “You’re my first. When I was human, when I was an angel, and now, there’s only you.” Again, he asks her to marry him, promising to make her happy, and again, she hugs him.

Yeon-seo suggests they live thousands of years together, and Dan nods. However, he still has Hoo’s warning in mind late into the night. He eventually leaves for the church to throw his angel reports at the altar.

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Go ahead, take back your proposal

 

He tells God that he’d thought reuniting with Yeon-seo was destiny. But now God is trying to tell him that Yeon-seo’s destiny is to die? No — he refuses to accept that. He clenches his fist and states that he’ll be doing things his way.

He returns home, stopping by Yeon-seo’s room to get more off his chest. He sadly admits that he didn’t become human and that he doesn’t think he ever will. She tries to grasp his hand, but it does that ghost effect (since his human body is wearing out).

He tells her that this will continue happening, but she just grabs his hand again, successfully this time, and says that she’ll grab hold of him every time. He then asks if the thought of him disappearing in front of her scares her.

“I’m more scared of not being there when it happens,” she answers, teary-eyed. “I’m scared of you dying all alone again.” So, she says, she wants them to stay together no matter what. She gives him a sweet kiss, hoping that they can leave the tears behind and start smiling again tomorrow.

The next day, the couple sit Chief Jung down to announce their marriage. Dan even gets on his knees to ask for her blessing (ha, cute). Jung is flattered, so she goes along with it by acting like a disapproving mother. She dramatically states that Dan isn’t good enough, which is when Yeon-seo snaps.

Having gotten way too into Jung’s performance, Yeon-seo yells that she’s going to marry Dan even if the heavens are against it. She orders Jung to prepare the wedding for next week and storms out.

Jung follows Yeon-seo out into the courtyard, where Yeon-seo mumbles an apology for getting carried away. Jung smiles, though she does admit that she wasn’t entirely acting back there.

Jung likes Dan just fine, but she worries that this love will fade and leave Yeon-seo alone again. “Don’t worry,” Yeon-seo says. “I can handle being alone. I can live off of the happiness I have now.”

Meanwhile, Nina visits instructor Elena to officially end their lessons together. When Elena tries to change her mind, Kang-woo appears and gets in the middle of them. He’d been wanting to see who had been coaching Nina all this time, but Nina stops them before they can argue. She walks away, but Kang-woo catches her and returns her resignation letter.

Now agitated, Nina yells that she can’t dance anymore — she feels so terrible about her family’s crimes that she wishes she could just die. Kang-woo calmly asks that she give him another chance, adamant on putting on a spectacular “Giselle” show. She asks if this is for Yeon-seo’s sake, and he responds, “For Yeon-seo. For you, for the corps de ballet, and for me.” However, she doesn’t believe him, nor does she care.

Yeon-seo sighs as she looks over the news, remembering Chief Jung informing her that no arrests have been made since Luna’s minion Joon-soo hasn’t been located. She cheers up, though, when Dan shows up to join her for a shopping day.

They go around buying new appliances and furniture for when they’re married, and several workers comment that they’re a bad match whenever they can’t agree on something.

These workers are, of course, all Hoo in disguise. He eventually shows his face to Dan, grumbling that he’s tired of following them around. Annoyed, Dan takes him aside and tells him to stop trying to break them up.

Seeing that there’s no convincing Dan, Hoo says that he’ll have to convince Yeon-seo instead. Dan stops Hoo from leaving by tackling him to the ground, and Hoo desperately states that he can’t let his junior disappear.

Hoo doesn’t understand why Dan is wasting his time when Yeon-seo will be dead soon. Dan cries that it’s because they have a deadline that he and Yeon-seo are staying together and imagining a forever. Can’t Hoo understand that?

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Every day is precious because there’s an end

 

Yeon-seo finds them and, assuming Hoo started the fight, she boldly orders him not to harm her man. They relocate to a cafe, where she then asks Hoo if he wants to officiate their wedding.

The boys look up in confusion, and she explains that while she’s not happy with Hoo or their deity, Hoo is Dan’s only family. Hoo sighs and snaps that they won’t be getting his or anyone else’s blessing. He wishes Yeon-seo luck living with an idiot like Dan and vanishes.

Later, at home, Yeon-seo assures Dan that she doesn’t need anyone’s blessing; all she needs is him. He smiles and then shows her the wedding invitation he made as a keepsake, which is decorated with drawings of their younger and adult selves. Ah-freaking-dorable.

At the police station, Director Choi asks her husband why he would turn himself in when he wasn’t involved with anything. Even so, he blames himself for sitting back and watching their daughter stoop so low. Despite Choi’s protests, her husband states that it’s over for their family now.

As Luna is packing up her office, the lights go off. She isn’t alarmed, however, when she sees that her intruder is Dan. He’s here to deliver his last warning to stop her schemes. She smirks and asks if he’s got superpowers — how else was he able to save Yeon-seo from a ten-story fall?

She steps closer, saying that she likes people like him, who are strong and competent. “It’d be great to do something fun together,” she says, caressing his face. He grabs her hand and tells her to forget whatever she plans to do to Yeon-seo, because he’ll save her every time.

She tells him that he’s already lost this fight, since he should’ve killed her long before. He explains that he’d wanted to give her another chance, thinking that all humans had to feel some kind of remorse. But now, if she doesn’t stop, he might really kill her. With that said, he leaves.

The next day, Fantasia’s “Giselle” show suffers multiple ticket refunds due to the media chaos. Yeon-seo and Kang-woo meet with reporters to do some damage control.

Afterwards, when they’re up in Kang-woo’s office, Yeon-seo hands him her wedding invitation. She says that the invite is her answer to the bomb he dropped before (of Dan disappearing). He yells that he told her that to make her run away, and she states that it only made her want to get married.

Frustrated, Kang-woo says that it’s understandable to feel like Romeo and Juliet, but that that story only took place over five days. He begs her not to invest in something that’s sure to pass. “Five days,” she repeats. “Some people can live their whole lives within those five days. Don’t you know that feeling?”

So Yeon-seo asks Kang-woo once again to just tell her how he became human, crying that she’d do anything to help Dan live longer. Kang-woo shouts that it was that kind of thinking that killed Seol-hee and pulled him into a torturous life.

Kang-woo stops, seeing the shock on Yeon-seo’s face. She stands to leave, only to turn back and say that Seol-hee would feel heartbroken — she saved her love’s life, and he calls that very life torturous.

Besides, Yeon-seo continues, she’s going to make sure that doesn’t happen to her and Dan. She walks out, her confidence melting away as soon as she’s alone. It all starts to make sense as she remembers Dan asking if there was some way her show could end without Giselle dying.

She hurries over to the church and asks Hoo if it’s true. Either way, she says that she would give up dancing, her eyesight, or even her life for Dan. Hoo shakes his head and reminds her that she begged for her life the night of her car accident.

Hoo grimly states that Dan must be punished for saving her; she can’t change his fate. There’s a trace of despair in Yeon-seo’s face that quickly shifts to anger. She says that she will change his fate and that she will save him.

Once Director Choi and Uncle Kim come home from the police station, Nina sits them and Luna down. She tells everyone that she’s officially moving out and that starting today, she doesn’t have a family.

Nina gets up to leave, but Luna grabs hold of her so they can talk alone. Nina questions if her sister even loves her, and Luna answers that she loves her in her own way. “The way you love is wrong,” Nina interrupts. “I won’t accept it anymore.” When Nina finally leaves, Luna lets out a frustrated scream.

That night, Yeon-seo and Dan sit down to write their vows. Yeon-seo can’t write “I love you” without getting choked up, so she puts her pen down and back hugs Dan. He takes her hand in silent comfort, but she wants to keep the mood light.

She mentions that she doesn’t want to get pregnant while working, and he argues that they need to get started now if they want ten kids. Even as they continue bickering, the sadness never leaves her eyes.

The next day, Yeon-seo takes Dan to her parents and Driver Jo’s memorials to introduce him as her fiance. He faces the memorials and promises to take care of Yeon-seo and to make a single day feel like a thousand years.

“I’m sorry,” he then says, making her look at him. He knows that he may not be able to stay by her side forever, so he prays that her parents and Driver Jo look after her and make sure she continues being the strong noisy gong that she is.

Yeon-seo walks away from him, annoyed that he’s talking about disappearing again. However, Dan gently tells her that they have to accept that he’ll probably turn to dust. He wants her to promise that she’ll still live happily afterwards.

But what if she were to die first, she asks — hypothetically, of course. Despite his denying that that would ever happen, she suggests, “Let’s promise that whoever gets left behind lives a happy life.” She holds out her pinkie and he reluctantly links it with his.

Later, Dan follows Luna and catches her meeting with a worker on Fantasia’s lighting team (her new minion). Once Luna is gone, Dan confronts the guy and brings him straight to Kang-woo.

Luckily, the worker seems like a reluctant minion. He spills that Luna has been sneaking him money, which, unfortunately, isn’t enough to report to the police. Dan asks him to keep pretending to work for Luna and sends him on his way.

Dan tells Kang-woo to take care of the worker while he takes care of Luna. Suddenly concerned, Kang-woo points out that angels can’t interfere with human lives. Well, Dan says, they can’t fall in love with humans either, so he’s already breaking the rules.

He knows that Kang-woo swore to kill Luna himself, but he wants Kang-woo to forget that and live on… with Yeon-seo. Helping her dance, making her shine brightly. We don’t get to hear Kang-woo’s response.

Yeon-seo calls Nina out to Fantasia to practice together, though Nina is still feeling too ashamed to dance. Still, Yeon-seo insists on her being the understudy in case something happens. Nina asks what she means, and she replies that she’s just taking precautions.

“I want it to be you,” Yeon-seo says, genuine. That finally convinces Nina, and she suits up so the two can go through the routine together. It’s quite hypnotic watching them dance in sync; such a lovely scene.

Afterwards, Yeon-seo comes home and immediately hugs Dan. He wishes he could watch her performance, and she tells him that he can. They both know, however, that one of them won’t make it to that day.

The following day is the big wedding day, and Dan is just a bundle of nerves. Hoo appears and offers a cake as a peace offering, though he still can’t give him his blessing. But, Hoo does say that Dan might as well go as far as he can. With a smile, Hoo says his goodbyes.

We see that Chief Jung organized a beautiful setup in the courtyard, and that she’s the couple’s only guest as well as the one officiating. Yeon-seo and Dan come walking down the aisle arm-in-arm, smiling at each other the whole time. Jung then has them read their vows, and they recite them together.

Dan: We will happily love each other, as if a day is an eternity and as if we are one.
Yeon-seo: We were each other’s first and will be each other’s last.
Dan: We were saved by saving each other.
Yeon-seo: We believe in destiny. No, we don’t believe in it.
Both: We believe in ourselves.

The couple seal it with a kiss (making Jung shield her eyes, heh). They’re so lost in each other that they don’t notice the cards with their vows burning away or the sudden gust of wind.

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A wedding for eternity

 

We skip to the next morning, and Yeon-seo wakes up to see that Dan is getting ready to head out. She gets up to caress his face, and he does the same, neither of them wanting to say goodbye.

When he finally gets up and leaves, she rushes to the window to get one last glimpse of him walking away. From where he is, Dan calls Luna’s minion and asks him to call her out. And back at the window, Yeon-seo has tears streaming down her face as she says, “Goodbye, Dan.”

Yeon-seo gets ready to go out herself, her destination being the church. At the altar, she addresses God, saying that He took her parents and Driver Jo away from her, only to send her an angel. She’s okay now, but she can’t let Him take Dan — not when he already died tragically as Sung-woo.

She repeatedly cries that she loves Dan, so if God had a conscience, He wouldn’t just make him disappear. She then takes out Dan’s handkerchief and says that if God is all for give and take, then she has no choice.

Meanwhile, Dan shows up to Luna’s usual meeting place (an abandoned building) and finds her standing by a ledge. She’s genuinely surprised to see him instead of her minion, and he reminds her that he wouldn’t stand for her evil schemes anymore. He closes the distance between them and…

It fades to black. We see Yeon-seo fall to her knees in the church, along with a flashback to Dan doing the same much earlier.

After Dan had thrown his reports at the altar, he’d told God that if he had to kill for someone he loved, then he’s going to commit that sin. And in the present, Yeon-seo tells God to take everything from her; she’ll happily do anything.

“To save that person,” past Dan and present Yeon-seo say in unison.

 
COMMENTS

DAN, NO. For the love of all that is holy, no. I do not want our hero to become a murderer after everything he and Yeon-seo have been through. So please, please, please tell me that he doesn’t kill Luna. I’d actually love it if Kang-woo or Hoo showed up and intervened, but I’ll take whatever so long as there are no falling bodies. After Dan steps away from that ledge like a good boy, I want him to seek out legitimate justice, no matter how difficult it may be. Because, yeah, it’s going to be difficult. I was glad to see Uncle Kim turn himself in and to see him and his wife expressing guilt, but come on. THIS IS NOT GOOD PARENTING. You do NOT cover up your children’s crimes. I mean, whatever happened to Uncle Kim’s philosophy of weeding out the plant that’s dangerous to the other plants around it?

Since I’m already venting, I might as well go all out. But first, let me say this: Recapping this show has proved to be a real challenge these last couple of weeks, and I’m constantly struggling to articulate why. As I’ve mentioned several times before, I have little knowledge about religion, and throughout this show’s entire run, I’ve made no effort to do any kind of research on the subject. I wanted to focus solely on the religion — the lore, the logic, whatever you want to call it — that the show was constructing for itself. However, the construction is falling apart. Or, to be more accurate, it has been falling apart. And it’s actually kind of infuriating because the first half of the show was working so well for me. Maybe there are certain details I’m missing or maybe I’m slowly losing my mind (it’s happened with dramas before), but I just can’t piece things together anymore. I can’t keep up with the damn writing.

So let me try to get this straight, for my sanity’s sake. Yeon-seo almost dies in a car accident, but Dan intervenes and saves her. As punishment for saving her, he’s then given the mission of trying to find true love for her. If he fails to find her love, he disappears. If he falls in love with her — a human — himself, which he does, he disappears. The only way to be with her is to become human. But according to Kang-woo, the only way to become human is for Yeon-seo to sacrifice herself. Dan obviously doesn’t want that, so he decides to search for other options. His sunbae Hoo then tells him that Yeon-seo has to die anyway because it is her fate. But when Yeon-seo learns of this fact, Hoo then turns it around and tells her that she can’t sacrifice herself for Dan because dying is his fate. Now this is where I want to scream into a pillow until my voice gives out.

I completely understand that this process is frustrating for our characters. I understand that they don’t know everything and that it’s pretty much impossible for them to get the answers they want. I even understand that Hoo may not know everything and that he’s just piecing it all together like the rest of us. But if the latter is the case, then why don’t we get to see that? Why don’t we get to see when and how Hoo is getting his information from God? Because with what we’ve been shown, I can only assume that Hoo knew of the entire truth this whole time and he’s only now relaying it to our couple. There’s a chance that everything will become clear with the finale, but it wouldn’t change the fact that the journey there was a messy one. It makes me wish that the writer hadn’t over complicated the lore. She had a great start with her characters, who I still believe are the best part of the show. And if she’d spent a little less time on the death/fate aspect, or if she’d handled it better, the amazing characters could’ve held up the rest of the show. Perhaps we could’ve explored the parallels with Yeon-seo and Seol-hee. Perhaps we could’ve explored Yeon-seo’s family’s past dynamics. But all of that potential was pushed aside to stretch out the big fate debate. *exhales* Okay, I think the venting’s over.

As always, there’s still plenty of positives to talk about. For instance, I love our couple’s persistence. It’s disheartening enough when it seems like God is ignoring you and your prayers, but it’s completely different when He’s outright trying to snatch your happiness away. Now that we’re in a position where both Dan and Yeon-seo’s lives are at stake — and they know it — things are about to get very noble and very idiotic. And if you put one noble idiot with another noble idiot, what does that equal? Do they cancel each other out, somehow saving both lives, or do they equal a tragic Romeo & Juliet ending? Are they even thinking straight? Probably not. But there was one moment that really stuck with me. I keep thinking about what Dan said about cherishing a forever that he and Yeon-seo wouldn’t necessarily have. Hoo and Kang-woo don’t understand why they would waste time when there’s a definite end, and they don’t understand why they’re fighting for their love when it only makes situations worse. No matter how Hoo and Kang-woo look at it, it doesn’t make sense. And I can understand that — logically, it doesn’t make sense. But sometimes love doesn’t have to be logical. Sometimes a love, no matter how short, is so strong that it can be enough for a lifetime.

With Angel’s Last Mission ending next week, I’m having conflicting feelings of relief and sadness. The first few episodes, I thought, were incredibly fun and heartfelt, and it really set the tone for the rest of the show. We hit a few bumps here and there, and I’ve gone back and forth with my emotions, but you know what? I’ve consistently loved tuning in anyway. I guess my love for the show doesn’t have to be logical either.

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I am with you @sailorjumun in that I don't get the logic and the religious aspect of this show, and hey! I am a religious person, trying to practice Christianity in this time and really reading the Bible (not Catholic just in case).
For me is also crazy.... they talk about a deity, which is really vague, and I suppose they are doing it either not to offend or simply because it is easier and because the writer has no idea what a deity is nor he/she knows anything about the true God, our creator.
So, by the way, according to the Bible, this plot wouldn't make any sense either. Angels don't fall in love (this kind of erotic) love with humans, and angels are not males nor females... although, it is true that the times they came into the earth, they took male bodies... and there were some, even, which in fact had the desire to be with women and have sex with them, and they were punished for it, for it was illegal.

This drama, if it would only focused on another type of love... something more familiar, filial and friendly, it would have had sooooo much potential! It could have been soooooooooo good!
Why does it have to be falling in love for someone and not learning to love someone as something else??? Dan could have become like a Oppa brother to her and yet still teach her to love... to learn to love someone else, children, her crew, the employees... to teach her to love herself... to teach her to love God even, why not if he is an angel sent by a higher Force or Spirit??
They didn't even need to create a personality for this Deity, they could have used the philosophical nature of it: love nature, love life... learn to love to be alive again, since she almost die at the beginning!!!!!!
Soo much possibilities wasted just because this writer couldn't think of what love really means in advance.
Lee Yeon seo could have learnt to forgive her family... they could have redeemed the cousins... the premise of this drama had so much potential!

All wasted.

But... I will watch until the end, only because of Shin Hye sun's Yeon-seo. She is doing amazing job with her character. Thanks God it is only two episodes more!!!!!!!!😂😂

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The writer's knowledge of Christianity and the Christian world view is, at best, second hand and very incomplete.

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I agree with you, but just one thing I don't understand: where in the Bible it is written about angels who did "want to be with women and have sex with them"? I have read the Bible 10 times and I don't remember anything like this.

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In the beginning of Genesis 6 (leading up to the story of Noah and the flood), "sons of God" is often interpreted as angels.

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Exactly! They did used those bodies to have sex with women and had offspring, the so called Nefilim, which were violent and evil, and due to that much wickedness, God decided to destroy them with the flood. Later, in the letter of Jude, vers 6, it is been said that these "angels who did not kept their original position but forsook their own proper dwelling place, he has reserved with eternal bonds in dense darkness for the judgment of the great day", meaning there is still a judgement for them in the future.
How will it be? The bible doesn't say it. But the reference to darkness imply what they did was wrong.

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Let's read Genesis 6:4 :"There were giants (or the Nephilims in other translations) in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."
So, the giants lived even before this union between the sons of God and the daughters of men. But the sons of God are clearly the descendants of Seth, faithful people who married the unfaithful descendants of Cain, leading to the corruption of the faithful and later, to the flood.
In Luke 3: 23-38, we have the genealogy of Jesus,
which ends in "the son of Seth, the son of Adam,
the son of God.", so humans were the "sons of God".

About the angels in Jude, I thought it is obvious they are the fallen angels who followed Satan on earth. (Revelation 12:4 "Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth." If it's not clear who the stars are,
Revelation 12:9 clarifies it: " The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.")
And we are all waiting for the judgement:
2 Corinthians 5:10 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad."
2 Peter 2:4 "For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment;" This is a symbolic statement. The chains are not literally chains, they symbolize their agony, knowing they have little time left to lead people into temptation (Revelation 12:12 " But woe to the earth and the sea,
    because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
    because he knows that his time is short.”)
Acts 17:31 "For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead."
Ecclesiastes 12:14 "For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil."
How will it be? The Bible describes it in detail in Revelation 20. At first sight, the coded message seems difficult to understand, but if you don't understand something, feel free to ask me!😊

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Aside from Yeon-seo's consistent (i.e. badass) characterization, the most consistent aspect of this show has been its depiction of the deity as being ineffable. Kim Dan, Kang-woo, Hoo, even Yeon-seo have tried to discern what exactly the deity wants or how to circumvent events they believe are unfolding according to plan, and every time they have fail. They believe there are rules, but what if there are no rules? What if it all comes down to faith and the decision of an unfathomable spiritual being?

I grew up Protestant, with a lapse Catholic father and Anglican mother, and I appreciate the writer's version of God and angels, even more so after a semester of taking Bible As Literature in college. Many practitioners tend to forget that God can be cruel, and that angels do not have the will of Man, nor are they subject to the same morality. Religion is incredibly subjective, and open to interpretation. Christianity is not exempt from this.

ALML has been immensely satisfying to me because of the romance and the creation of another great Kdrama heroine in Yeon-seo. Shin Hye-sun has been consistently amazing, and her chemistry with L has a sort of clarifying effect on his acting, which is the sign of a master. Despite the missed opportunities to really dig into the Seol-hee/Kang-woo drama and set-up more of a showdown between Yeon-seo and her family, the story we do have has kept me entertained, and I'm anxious to see this is going to be an insane ending or lose steam and wrap-up like many a Kdrama.

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Once again Shin Hye-sun makes a very beautiful bride. She continues to shine in this role- if you did not love her before you do now. And we continue to love this show because our couple express the nature, power and beauty of love so well. We all love that fact that our beautiful husband and wife continue to fight for their love even though it is hopeless. It certainly is not at this point because of the plot.

The writer has somehow become caught up in the idea of fate and is apparently fixated upon it. The fact that Hoo keeps harping on it is disheartening. I have stopped trying to reconcile the mythology of this show with the Christian view of God and the world- because a world ruled by fate has no place for the ideas of free will, redemption or grace. A world ruled by Fate is a world in which even God is not free.

I also hate the idea that Dan is about to murder Luna. She deserves to die- but it would still be murder.

I still have hope for a happy ending but that may be a false hope given the writer’s infatuation with the idea of fate. Sailorjumin, you are absolutely right in thinking that the fate motif has drowned the possibility of a much greater story.

As for a ROMEO AND JULIET ending, remember this: The only reason that ROMEO AND JULIET became a tragedy is that Friar Laurence was stupid. A smart Friar Laurence, upon learning that the couple wished to marry, would have immediately run to the palace of the Prince and let him know. The Prince’s soldiers would have intercepted the two (hopefully before Tybalt is killed) and hailed them off to the Palace where they would have been married by the bishop in the palace chapel in the presence of a totally delighted Prince Escalus. The families would only have found out when they received invitations to the wedding feast- and discovered that their respective wagons had just been fixed- or perhaps more accurately been hitched. To keep them safe the couple probably would have had to remain guests of the prince until the first child was born. As the dust settles a smart Friar Laurence would probably have been made Monsignor Laurence.
So I will hold out hope for a happy ending. Someone else previously pointed out that in the traditional/Buddhist religion the burning of paper was the way in which things or messages are sent to heaven. Perhaps the burning of the vows is symbolic of God’s acceptance of them, rather than a rejection.

One way or thee other I am certainly going to watch the final episodes.

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“because a world ruled by fate has no place for the ideas of free will, redemption or grace. A world ruled by Fate is a world in which even God is not free.”

Beautifully said.

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@oldawyer

I also hate the idea that Dan is about to murder Luna. She deserves to die- but it would still be murder.

I find it out of character for Dan to 'turn on God', so to speak, in complete rebellion, by threatening to kill. If he is serious, he is more like a fallen angel now. His early devotion to honouring life and every soul, even at the death of an animal, has totally vanished.

Threatening God and claiming that he'd turn his back on Him to save 1 creature, felt very off for Dan's character. One of those character inconsistencies that I wish I could overlook.

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Dan's sudden resolution to end Ru-na felt very off to me. Not only is it out of character, but it's abrupt and out of left field. We never got any lead up to his decision or insight into why he's making it. Did he change his philosophy on life or has he decided to suddenly stop abiding by an ethical code? He hasn't stopped believing in the deity, so it's not like he lost his faith entirely. How much does he still believe and how does that affect his principles?

Also, is killing her really the only option? Can't he just tie her to a pole like he did with her minion? I don't think anyone would look too hard for her if she were kidnapped and held hostage until the play is over...

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So true. There are other options to explore and murder, or killing out of self-defence, should be a last resort. I did wonder if he was just making wild threats to get god's attention or to scare Ru Na ... but that does not square with him not being able to lie or with that look of determination on his face.

So it feels so wrong and is confusing.

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For an ending we WON’T see...

Our two lovers, husband and wife, pull the ultimate acts of noble idiocy and meet in the tea house of the Grim Reaper (LDW cameo) facing two cups of oblivion tea. They refuse the tea, walk into the afterlife, which as the Grim Reaper told them is a u-turn, and they find their heaven on earth, together.

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That is quite funny- and yet appropriate. I like it.

GOBLIN is a great story, but it too sometimes mixed religious ideas at times. In particular, towards the end- when Goblin's 'sentence' is over and he is free to move on he actually refuses- and has goes to a place where God is not. We see him wandering in the snow- until at last we see a butterfly flying over him- meaning that God has come after him- and in fact grants him continued existence as a goblin. God has changed Fate- in a way that is distinctly at odds with Buddhist/traditional religious ideas- and distinctly Judeo-Christian instead. In GOBLIN this was a brilliant stroke by the writer. It is a pity that we do not see something like that here.

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Here is what I think.

The angel tells each of them what they need to hear regarding the "fate" of the other. That doesn't make it the truth, just what they need to believe right now, which is why he tells each of them the same thing. If we are to believe that the reason angel #1 got to live as a human is because of a willing sacrifice, what happens when two people each sacrifice for each other? More than that, who has to make the sacrifice? Does it have to be your love?

If I was trying to wrap up this hot assed mess, I would probably have our unhappy angel #1 sacrifice himself in order to ensure the happy couple. As I have said before, it would be ironic if evil sister's plot ends up hurting her own sister...not that she would care at this point as she seems to be a two dimensional cut out character of a bad guy.

One saves the other and the unhappy angel saves them both, sacrificing himself and going to heaven to be with his love. The End.

*waits*

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at this point i think the writer dont follow any religious aspect on deity or angels concept for this drama. the tag of this drama is fantasy anyways and its 2 eps left and we dont even know whats gonna happen between our leads. its kinda frustating because at this point i cant take a sad ending, im too invested to this drama smh

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you okay there @sailorjumun ? you sound like you're having a nervous breakdown lol

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Eh, that's just the sleep deprivation talking. 😜

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I stopped trying to make a sense out of the writer’s version of God a long time ago, I mostly didn’t take it seriously from the start! Even the writer does not know what she’s putting out or she’s just not paying attention to the details she gave us in the beginning.
Just enjoying our leads performances and hoping the last 2 episodes are wrapped up well, so it will not be too disappointing.

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If the story were a modern adaptation of Giselle, an adaptation that doesn’t have to follow the plot of Giselle 1 for 1, JKW is Hilarion, Angel Dan is Albrecht, and LYS is Giselle. Giselle had a supernatural element but not an overt religious element. I don’t mean to blaspheme, but if the writer were to treat modern religion as the supernatural, we would stop worrying about anything but the rules of a forbidden love and how the writer deals with them. Maybe our couple transcends conventional rules. If they originally fell in love as living human children and are truly each other’s only love, maybe they beat “supernatural” convention. This is just a theory/question.

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i think if the writers kinda focused on Giselle adaptation its gonna be so much better than this mess. the writer focused on angel and God "story" but its make the whole story is inconsistent

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Thank you for your commentary, @sailorjumun. I especially like the first two words.

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I was thinking, was it ever specified that Dan was supposed to find love for Yeonseo? Hu just simply said the word love. Then that leaf that Dan received had Yeonseo’s name and hospital room number on it, right? What if the Deity wanted Dan to find love for himself since he had never experienced it when he was human? She’s apparently fated to die so what’d be the point of any of this? There has to be a point. Maybe the love that she has for him will ultimately save both him and herself. The fact that Dan is a human turned angel seems like something that isn’t common given KW’s expression when he found out. Why didn’t the Deity send him straight to heaven? Also, it’s looking like the Deity is getting fed up with Hu. He got him locked up in jail even. I feel like Hu is completely clueless about what the Deity wants for Dan and Yeonseo. I think we’re all clueless lol only the Deity knows. I’m just speculating though but I really hope the ending is something that’s going to make sense and will make us go aahhh it all makes sense now lol a girl can hope!

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^^I sure hope you're right. All I ask for is some clarity! And if possible, a happy (and breathing) couple!

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I love how the show harkens back to the earlier episodes, showing that it has not forgotten previous points, dialog or characters. My fav scene(s) in this episode was of course with Butler Jung's overacting (and also that beautiful back hug!!) and what was said afterwards in the courtyard with Yeon Seo. Yeon Seo said that she will be okay being alone now, perhaps unlike before, she will not fall into a dark depression anymore. And this is all due to the happiness she has experienced with Dan which will be enough to last her through the rest of her life. I must admit, this concept of receiving so much love and happiness that it is sufficient to last a life time, was something that was foreign to me before Kdramas. But one that I truly embrace.

I love how strong Yeon Seo is as a character and how consistent that trait has been from beginning until now. She has always been unapologetically brash and I love that about her because it means she does not suffer fools gladly. This is, of course, a natural trait for successful people, much like what a prima balerina possesses – or what others would label as diva behavior. They are held at a higher standard compared to the normal person, so naturally they hold others to a higher standard as well. Failing anything below that is intolerable. All this is done so well by the uber talented Shin Hye Sun who played her with equal amount of haughtiness and vulnerability. In her deft hands, what could have been a one dimensional character became someone so layered and complex. Yeon Seo remains one of the best female characters in Kdrama and definitely one of my favorite! Not to mention SHS’s totally different vibe in her portrayal of Seol Hee. Seol Hee’s introduction scene where she dances gracefully around Kang Woo to that haunting song (Pray) was so beautiful that it is forever etched in my memory.

And L, what can I say. He really brought his A game here and was totally believable as an angel. I will remember his angel for a long time and I will remember how he made me (and Yeon Seo feel). His quiet moments brought me to tears and his outrageous moments made me laughed so hard. I loved what a candy he is as he is the perfect fodder for Yeon Seo’s cold princess. He truly made the angel role iconic and I enjoyed this drama greatly because he was one half of one of my fav OTPs of all time (Yoo Seung Ho & Chae Soo Bin in I’m Not A Robot takes the top spot). On the same note, Angel’s Last Mission and I’m Not A Robot are my two top rom-coms.

I appreciated the aunt and uncle’s little redemption arc. Had we all realized what was truly important in the end, we would never have succumb to our greed in the first place. And I think the only reason Elena is in the plot is to show that Nina is a good person through and through, no matter how corrupt people around her are and how many times she has been lured to the dark side. This also harks back to Dan's original declaration that Nina is a kind person when she...

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This also harks back to Dan's original declaration that Nina is a kind person when she came over to challenge Yeon Seo to a fair competition.

I was never bothered by the religious aspect of the show. It’s there to make the stakes high and high it is. I’ve always believed that God has a greater plan and we may not be able to see or understand it now, but there are many things we do not understand in life, we don’t just hate on what we cannot fathom. I’m a sucker for doomed/ill-fated love and this show made my heart yearn and ache right from the first few episodes. It hasn’t hurt this good for such a long time so I really appreciated this show for jump starting my stone cold dead heart.
This show packed every trope in the book – star-crossed OTP, childhoold connection, back hug, rain kiss, drunken dance, accidental kiss, co-habitation hi jinks, bickering, wedding, bed scene, date scene, lap lying scene, princess carry, angry hug, and much more – all neatly packaged with a mesmerizing soundtrack and beautiful scenery.
And using the Kdrama concept, this drama has given me so many moments to cherish that no matter what happens in the end, I’ve already received enough happiness and satisfaction to take me through the end of the series without any regrets or bitterness.

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@PMSahjumoni
Thank you for this. I'm glad this show has done much to warm your heart. In many ways it is an enjoyable show with LOL moments and pathos, and one of the strongest romances, that grew stronger against the odds.

Putting aside what could have been, I'm glad that we did get what we have got. ALML, Fighting! to the end!

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Fighting!!! It's rare to find good romances that touches one's soul and ALML is indeed a gem to cherish.

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I think drama is talking about the balance between all the bad and the good in the world. Like Dan father. YS parent passing away and how the other family was not There for her when she needed them. But at the same time kid Dan and YS did find comfort in each Just like they do now. Adult YS had secretary Seung hwhan and chief Jung that even act as her parents. They become her family. Even in tragedy love happened.

Do we not all Wonder why so many bad things happening around us. Do we not all tray to find the meaning to it all? Just like our character do. But What If the point is to just enjoy your time together and not worry about tomorrow, becaus we do not know what gonna happen tomorrow. Just like YS says that she want to just have happy times with Dan.

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@sal
What I've come to realise is that experiences, both bad and good, do ultimately lead to the good, when accepted in the right attitude, that everything experienced can lead to growth, greater patience and understanding. It makes living so much better.

Living fully in the now, is definitely very wise. There is so much to be thankful for, even in times of sorrow. Instead of gathering regret that one had the chance to live well and did not, gather gratitude and wisdom in taking every opportunity to be fully alive. 😃

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And at the end, I would rather have loved ones celebrating a life lived well than tears.

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Now they lost Joon-soo... Wasn't it Dan caught him the last time and tied in high rooftop? Did he make it to escape?

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@lemoncello I was writing notes on this to myself. Plothole!! What happened in that gap of time with Joon Soo on the roof and now? Surely Dan should have hauled him off the roof and to a police station. Are we supposed to believe that Dan calmly left him there and that he got out of being tied up and blindfolded by himself and disappeared?

Quite frustrating. Show should just wrap up the Ru Na (Lu Na) aspect and put her behind bars, with Joon Soo's evidence. If show wants to delay getting her caught, there had better be a good reason in the next 2 episodes!

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@growingbeautifully, nah, that was my thought as well... Who could Dan just left him there? i'd thought that he'd bright him to police station.

Another question then... if he's left there by himself, how did he manage to leave the rooftop? Did somebody help him... Now I wanna know where Joon-soo is... :)

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Want to bet Ru Na is direct cause of Dan’s sacrifice (or attempt at one)? Sigh, she’s not worth it.

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Thanks @sailorjumun

It makes me wish that the writer hadn’t over complicated the lore. She had a great start with her characters, who I still believe are the best part of the show. And if she’d spent a little less time on the death/fate aspect, or if she’d handled it better, the amazing characters could’ve held up the rest of the show.

I so agree with what you've said here, and all the possible aspects of the show that we could have examined in more detail. This is yet another show that had so much going for it but lacked the creative team and experience to work it out.

I'm not sure if show had intended to concentrated on using at least one of the ballets to act as a closer parallel to the events in the lives of Dan and Yeon Soo. If so, and especially without the weak religion premise, it would have immediately garnered and retained viewer interest and approval.

Of the 2 ballets, I find it easier to go back to the parallels of Swan Lake. Strangely, it is Run Na more than KW who is the evil wizard now, Ni Na is Odile, YS remains as Odette and Dan as Prince Siegfried. Then, KW will have no role. However the ending where both the Prince and Odette choose to die rather than remain separated could be echoed in this show if it goes there. At least the Swanlake couple had the chance to live happily forever in heaven. (From Wikipedia "In an apotheosis, the swan maidens watch as Siegfried and Odette ascend into the Heavens together, forever united in love.")

I tried using Giselle but the premise does not fit anymore because Yeon Seo as Giselle, is not a character that dies of a broken heart. It might once have been Ni Na, but the latter has turned out to be a more determined and consistent character, so again that falls through.

At one time I felt that it would take the dying of YS to save Dan, so that it would fit in with Giselle's death, but now we see that we have both of them willing to die for the other. So again, not a good fit.

The only character who really was Giselle in a way was Seol Hee, but although she died for her lover, it was not out of a broken heart.

Maybe I'll be proved wrong next week and show may really 'act out' a closer Giselle parallel!

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At one point, I thought the creative was going for a full reversal, with YS as Prince Siegfried, Dan as Odette, and KW as Odile.

And you’re absolutely right, YS is not one to die of a broken heart.

And since both of them are are about to step off into the ultimate act of noble idiocy, I hope the creative team has the guts to go through with it, but still give us a meaningful end!

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It was a struggle to get through this episode. Yeon Seo, Lady Butler Jung, and the wedding were really the good parts of this episode. I’m literally counting down now till this series is finished.

SailorJumun, I hope you’re doing a year end sinkers and lifesavers this year too cuz I would love to come back to this drama and talk about why this is a sinker for me. No intentions of dropping since I’m so close to the end but it’s been a really painful push for me to get through each episode 💔

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I feel that the message the show is trying to send (at least being more obvious in the recent episodes) is the fact that there’s an end to everything and that we should all treasure what (and whatever time) we have. In this episode, it has been emphasized that it is the fate of both our leads to die. A fact that confused many viewers. But if you think about it, technically, it is all our fates to die, one day, cos nobody gets to live forever. And it is this fact that there’s an end to our lives that makes life worth living. So I think that the “god” in this show is trying to get dan and yeon-seo to simply treasure their time together.

It has also been shown in this episode that while our leads understand this fact and are doing their best to be happy while they can, Hoo and Kang woo are the ones who don’t understand this. They are angels who have been so accustomed to eternity that they have no need to yearn for it, hence not treasuring the time that they have to lead happy and meaningful lives.

So I actually think that this show is pretty philosophical and meaningful.

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It is said that true love will twist the whole story. Their love started at the of age of 12 years old. God is testing their true love, patience for one another that's why the Divine sent Dan to Yeon Seo. With Yeon Seo, Dan sincere prayers, surrender to save their other half the Divine will perform miracles.....😇

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As bad executed as the religious principles have been, the story angel "rules" have been very inconsistent. Diluting even faith to mere fate is troublesome as it eliminates free will or personal choice in any person's life.

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Let's all stop speculating and just get our two boxes of tissues ready. ಥ‿ಥ
They already know we love happy endings. They also know we are all suckers for romance ( speaking for myself here )..etc..etc.
We have been through hell and high water with our leads.
From elated highs to heart tugging, eye misted lows. A happy ending for our two lovers would be true magic. I'd even be alright with them both walking hand in hand into eternity together. 🌟(^◡^ )🌟
So as my favorite capitán would say... " Make it so ". 🧡💛💚

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Dan's proposal was super cute and sweet, and I love Yeon Seo's wedding dress.

That is all.

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yeah i agree it's starting to become disjointed and all over the place but this drama had SO MUCH potential!!!! it really had all the boxes ticked off for a good touching, heartfelt melodrama. i still see it's potential despite all the bumps and i'm in it for the ride.

i'm pretty sure there's going to be a happy ending. i'm such a sucker for fated to be/soulmates/child tropes/someone changing the other person who is bitter and this drama had it all. HERE'S TO THE LAST 2 EPISODES

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Every week is frustrating for me cuz I keep wishing that they'd STOP MAKING GOD THE BAD GUY.
And Dan... nononononono don't you dare go down that dark dark road. Love isn't worth turning your heart black, child!

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@sailorjumun,
Thank you for continuing to grapple to make sense out of the flaky logic of ANGEL'S LAST MISSION: LOVE. I had to back off and let it settle for a couple of weeks while gearing up for, and getting through, NOKDU FLOWER's finale. That drama has been perfect from first to last, and only exacerbates my frustration with several other shows I’ve been live-watching simultaneously. It’s not just ALML that suffers in comparison. MY ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND, and to a lesser extent, THE SECRET LIFE OF MY SECRETARY, also come up short because of ill-conceived (sub)plots, and half-baked characters. My heart goes out to the casts and crews who have been busting their butts to make silk purses out of sows’ ears.

But there was one moment that really stuck with me. I keep thinking about what Dan said about cherishing a forever that he and Yeon-seo wouldn’t necessarily have. Hoo and Kang-woo don’t understand why they would waste time when there’s a definite end, and they don’t understand why they’re fighting for their love when it only makes situations worse. No matter how Hoo and Kang-woo look at it, it doesn’t make sense... But sometimes love doesn’t have to be logical. Sometimes a love, no matter how short, is so strong that it can be enough for a lifetime.

Thank you for those observations. They are in danger of imputing mindfulness and philosophical depth to a drama that has been frustratingly inconsistent in that regard. Seriously, though, it is a beautiful thought that going for broke does matter. Even though one or both parties has a rapidly-approaching expiration date, living and loving to the fullest means never having regrets, the kind of regrets that Park Do-kyung fought so valiantly to eschew when confounded by premonitions of his death in OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN. I loved the metaphysics in that drama, which have stood me in good stead in numerous other shows with Mugyo (Korean shamanism) and Buddhist components, and elements of traditional Korean storytelling conventions.

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The passage above also reminded me of a touching conversation in episode 17 of ARANG AND THE MAGISTRATE as Arang is binding up magistrate Eun-oh’s wounded arm at the well in the courtyard.

Eun-oh: ... Why was I the only one who could see and hear ghosts? I was angry at the world. But I've changed after meeting you. I understand my mother's plight, and in turn, the plight of others. And one day, it hit me. "I'm in a position where I can make a difference for others." So I'm grateful to you.

Arang: Don't be. I should be thanking you. I haven't done anything for you, while you've done so much for me. I never even prepared a warm drink for you. Mudang explained it to me. I thought it would be too painful if I gave my whole heart. But that will sustain me. I thought the sadness would be too great to bear. But people live off of that sadness. That's love, and love becomes a memory. One good memory could last a lifetime. I thought leaving you with memories would only cause you pain. What a fool... So I rejected your feelings and tried to run away.

Eun-oh: I know.

Arang [while tying his jacket]: But it's the memories that give us the strength to live on. So Mudang said. My body has no warmth for you to embrace. I can't stay by your side until we're both old and weathered. I can only do the little things like tie your jacket for you. And when I leave the living world, I may lose all memories of you. But know that I loved you. Good night, Satto.

This bit of dialogue is one of the reasons why I will always cherish A&TM.

For the record, I continue to enjoy L’s performance as Dan, whether he’s an angel or a pseudo-human. He looked positively fetching in his wedding attire.

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