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Let Me Hear Your Song: Episodes 29-32 Open Thread (Final)

The tangled web is finally unwoven, and the final episodes of Let Me Hear Your Song wrap everything up quite tidily. Our villain is brought to justice, a fair amount of comeuppance is delivered, and the plot comes full circle, back to where it started. It’s a bit overdone, but in a way I’m okay with this drama ending on a feel-good note.

 
EPISODES 29-32 WEECAP

Last week we left off with Yi-young unconscious after her car accident. Thankfully, she awakens with no amnesia or other side effects, almost to the point where I wonder why we needed this accident to begin with. To show that Maestro Nam really cares about Yi-young’s well-being, based on how he flew to the hospital when he heard? To show us the strength of Yoon’s love for her as he weeps in the hallway? To make Yi-young vulnerable to the creepy strangulation hands of Professor Kang?

While Yi-young is recovering, she secretly meets with Yoon (he’s still banned by her aunt to come near her). They catch up on “case notes,” as it were, like they’re been doing the entire drama. It’s a bit repetitive, but I like that they’ve come full circle from secrets and subterfuge to trust and full disclosure. Dramas (any of them!) don’t often have a lead couple that give each other the scoop as much as these two, so I’ll enjoy that while I’ve got it.

Yoon’s umpteenth confrontation of Maestro Nam (armed with Yu-da’s video footage) finally yields some results. With Yoon and Professor Kang pressing on either side, Maestro Nam finally decides to come clean. Interestingly, it’s Eun-joo he goes to confess to first. He confirms that Kang sent Bucket Hat Baddie to get his pen of embezzlement records back from Kim Ian, and fills in the details of that night while she listens silently.

More than the confession here, I loved the dynamic between the two characters. In a way, their love story became more interesting than that of Yoon and Yi-young. Maestro Nam/Eun-joo started off with melodrama and ended with some nice gravity. In contrast, Yoon/Yi-young started off wacky and charming and weird, but ended into a trope prison.

But before we reach that conclusion, the baddies must first be dealt with. Maestro Nam gives a key to Eun-joo before he is arrested, and asks her to pass it on to Yoon. I’m not sure why he couldn’t just give it to Yoon himself, since they’ve seen each more than anyone in these last few episodes, but that’s okay — it proves his reliance on and trust of Eun-joo, let’s say?

Yi-young, while still recovering in the hospital, is visited/terrorized by Professor Kang, who, in our episode cliffhanger, was about to reach out and strangle her. And man, from the look in his eye, I believed it. She’s saved by the bell, and boldly tells him she knows he was present the night Kim Ian died.

Finally, it’s Professor Kang’s turn to be caught in the blinding horror of a car heading straight for him. He’s promptly terrorized by Yoon (who was behind the wheel), and I have to say, it’s immensely satisfying to see a weasel like him getting some of his own medicine. Even so, he maintains his innocence to Yoon saying, “Bring me the evidence!” By now, though, there is evidence (retrieved from Bucket Hat Baddie’s knapsack) — painfully incriminating black box footage that clearly shows Professor Kang killing Kim Ian with his car.

He tries to run away, but he’s apprehended by the cop duo that I’ve become quite fond of for popping up on the scene when the plot needs them the most. It doesn’t take long for Professor Kang’s rage to bring forth an accidental confession, and between that and the footage, he’s done for.

Much of the rest of the murder incident wrap-up is off-screen, and/or quickly dealt with. In a way, I’m glad of this, because it wasn’t exactly strong enough to warrant a lot of unpacking. While I liked that a lot of it turned out to be purely accidental (the lost pen tucked into the jacket pocket, the un-stabbing stabbing), there really wasn’t much meat there. Professor Kang and company were the usual embezzlers and hiders of sins.

With not much else to cover regarding the crime itself, Let Me Hear Your Song works on tying up its sub-plots. The final secret is revealed at least, when Soo-young tells Yi-young that she’s had her journal all along. She admits to actively preventing her from figuring out what happened to spare her from the suffering — and the truth about Yi-young’s past-and-forgotten crush on Yoon comes out. This solidifies her feelings for him (though I’m not sure they needed that), but in a completely predictable turn of events, Yoon is already halfway across the world, having left her in noble idiocy with only a heartfelt letter in his wake.

One year later, the new Ian Art Center is going strong, and everything is in its right place. All the orchestra folk are together under a non-evil roof. Maestro Nam, after serving his time, is now conducting for an orchestra of under-served students. He and Eun-joo shared their promised smile when they meet again. And finally, our Yi-young is now a professional musician. Everything is perfect… but not quite complete.

Yi-young herself claimed at the start of her story that it was not a romance, but the last episode, and the final conclusion itself, are both hinged on our couple being reunited. Yoon returns from overseas and seeks her out at the convenience store where they met, and replays their first interactions. He inverts their part-time job set-up, though, and asks her to teach him to sing this time. Though she resists at first, it’s not long before they’re a couple again. This was all very cute, but at this point, the drama really does boils down to a romance.

I’d say this ending is… adequate. I’m not unsatisfied or rolling my eyes, but a part of me does wish the drama had reached for a bit more. Rather than slowly unraveling a rather unmysterious tale of powerful people holding onto their power, I would have liked to see a drama that pulled the chair out from under us a bit more.

What if something a little more complicated happened that night? What if Yi-young was an unreliable narrator, or what if someone we were made to trust was actually involved in the incident? Let Me Hear Your Song didn’t get a chance to play this edge enough.

It started off with an edge, for sure, but that dulled over the course of the drama. I would have liked to see more insomnia, more mind games, and more musicianship. Still, Let Me Hear Your Song made great use of its music and its props. I enjoyed how the mystery revolved around important objects like the switchblade, the pen, and the CD, and how they had an almost personified importance. And though the music dominated less as the drama went on, the use of classical pieces throughout was brilliantly done.

I might not always love a drama that wraps up with a sappy romantic reunion, but one that sums up the moral of the story with some voice-over narration often works for me. In the closing scenes of Let Me Hear Your Song, Yi-young is practicing her timpani in a flood of sunlight. She’s a full person now, with no missing memories or hidden horrors in her mind — and maybe that’s why she’s lighter, freer, and finally able to play those drums like we knew she could all along. She muses about the strength of people who continue living even after suffering, and smiles sweetly as she peeks through the practice room at Yoon. Clearly, this message is for her, for him — and for us.

 
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What an awesome re/weecap @missvictrix! I love the snark you brought to this piece. :)

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Ugh. I LOVE Yeon Woo Jin, but I wanted to smack Yoon in the head and tell him to get lost (Master's Sun style). That is the only emotion this drama has drawn out of me from beginning to the end.

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I'm currently in the middle of watching the last episode and am trying to figure out how this couple had more chemistry when he was being creepy and stalkerish... 👀

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First of all, I agree with you absolutely.

Secondly...does that say more about us than the drama? Hmmm. ... Nah, the ending really is flat.

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Kekekekeke
Maybe but I also think this show's best bits were when it was an accidental psychological romance thing...
The ending is extremely flat. So much show I think I need a category for "shows that start off well and kill themselves in the last half" because goodness if there aren't a gazillion of those.

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Because he stared at her all the time, flirted with her and sang to her. Then he became a(n) (noble) idiot and lost all his charms.

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I can not believe they did not go out with the reformed symphony performing a powerful piece. What a missed opportunity.

And I STILL think they should have gone noir with our heroine a villain, a temptress, a femme fatale, for a much more interesting drama.

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Does she have the brain to pull that off though?

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The idiocy and blank smiles would have been an act designed to snare well meaning fools. In that seemingly empty head we would have found a criminal mastermind taking all the male villains for everything they had.

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Ah... I see. The scattered brain is the cover. But how is she going to keep that cover if she goes around and tell everyone what she knows anyway?

If I had to pick a murderer, I would pick dad. I am super disappointed that he does not amount to anything. He isn't even a bad dad.

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★~⚘~🕱 The Gelfling Queen Sicarius of Melonia 🕱~⚘~★
August 28, 2019 at 8:54 PM
Week three of Sic wondering why the flip she's so addicted to this show and if it is secretly brilliant or actually trash.

Well, it certainly wasn't brilliant, although I think it had the potential to be almost brilliant, but then ... everything has potential.
Was it actually trash? I guess that depends on your definition of trash; I've watched a lot of trash this year, some things others think is also trash and some they don't, and this was hardly either a) the hardest show to watch this year or b) even necessarily the worst technically.

This was watchable. I enjoyed the first half. The second half fizzled out into badly plotted tropey mediocreness, like many, many shows I have watched before, and perhaps fortunately for it I just finished a show I found much more hair-tear inducing not four days before, so finishing this was breezy in comparison.
And it did all the same things that average shows like it do, so much so that its faults are predictable and although I dislike them, they are merely eyeroll inducing rather than rage quit inducing; a title that becomes meaningless, a mystery that is not as intricate as it says it is, tension that dissapated, tone that got bland, quirky indiosyncracies that are forgotten and fade out (the singing, the insomnia and the music), random supposedly important plot points that become void, several vehicles of doom, amnesia, time jump, noble idiocy... Alas this show turned out to be as formulaic as they come, and far from the secret brilliance I wished it possessed.

It did have a few saving graces though, which I feel deigned to point out; YWJ was delightful as creepy (healthy? No. Compelling? Heck yes), I found the characters to be fairly consistently written (far from perfect but still, they all had distinct voices, even if that voice was stupidity *ahem*), the dysfunctional weirdness of the beginning is something I would like to see more of and followed through with commitment in some directional experiment that blends slice of life and thriller (it drew you in and I think accidentally tapped into something that has a lot of potential), and ofc the music.
Alternatively this could've also been fantastic had YY or Yoon actually been murderers...

You gotta laugh at that last conversation between them though,
"Why did you run away everything you said was wrong!!"
"I know I was stupid I regret it I'm sorry"
Ya, writernim, if you're self aware why'd you still do a time jump and noble idiocy? Lmao.

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I still don't see the use of Jiyeon's character. Eunjoo is such an unnecessary character.

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I just watched until the end for Yeo Woo Jin :p He was good as charming/creepy hero singing awfuly.

The big villain's revalation was not very spectacular...

The second characters were weirdly written, Eunjoo was useless and Maestro Nam presented as a good guy until the end. I never felt pity for him...

I think bigger villain for Yi Young was her family... They never understood what was good for her... Like the aunt who said she should give up music and work in her shop. I found sad the FL never really played her instrument except at the end. I wanted more music and more orchestra! I wanted to see the both of them playing together on stage. For this kind of story, 10 episodes would have been enough, they dragged so much the big villain story for nothing.

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If I watch the last few episodes I can gain a bean. But can I endure that??
As if baddie hat repeating the dialogue wasn’t bad enough, Yoon kept saying the same thing.
Pretty much everyone were annoying me.
But thanks for sticking to this till the end so people like us can read the ending and put an end to this misery.
What a lost opportunity this was. Started off so well and then zzzzzz.

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If you want that bean you could always watch at 2x like I did, didn't miss anything 😂

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I could NOT stay awake for the last two episodes, i kid you not. Dozed off here & there n didn't miss a thing.

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I enjoyed the earlier episodes but later on, I lost interest. Thanks for this @missvictrix at least I get to read how the show ended.

Looking forward to seeing YWJ and the rest of the cast in another drama!

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@missvictrix, thanks for the weecap, esp. the first paragraph. And yes, it was super satisfying to see Prof. Kang cowering on the ground in front of that car.

The thought that I just can't shake is: the whole drama could have been nulled if Prof. Kang had walked up to Ian and said, "Oh, did you see my pen on the floor? Can I have it back? Thanks!" Even if Ian had to say, "Darn, it's in my jacket that I gave to my brother. I'll bring it back tomorrow, OK?" Why the heck would he hire a bad guy to rough them up to get it back? Why would the bad guy tie them up and leave them in a warehouse if his aim was to get a pen back? Come to think of it, why hide your secrets in a pen in the first place? Maestro Nam's intervention is also seriously implausible. You either rescue someone or you don't; the halfway rescue just left them in harm's way.

It also really bugged me that YY was supposed to be charged with negligence (under those circumstances?) but we never saw any follow-through.

I also had the feeling that we only got one kiss in this drama because of the age difference. Somehow it reminds me of Charade, with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Even though the age difference was much less here, they still went light on the romance in the same way. At least Alfred Hitchcock pulled off a more flippant ending.

In the end, what drew me into this drama was the suspense between YY and Yoon. Who was he really and what was he after? What did she do and why did she do it? Once that suspense was gone, nothing really took its place. The "I love you but I can't be with you" line couldn't carry that weight, and the drama gave away too early that Prof. Kang was the ultimate bad guy. I'm glad it's over. I wish it had been able to maintain suspense of some kind until the end. I also would have liked to see the tension between the leads maintained until the end, and resolved with a little more fire, or at least a little more flair.

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Two kisses! We had two kisses! I don't know if it was because of the difference of age or because they said at the beginning it was not a love story. But it was not a thriller either...

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The first one was when he was still stalking her and they were outside together at night. And the second one?

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In episode 14, I think it was after the orchestra party, they went in his appartment. She knows the truth about him.

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I still think of "32" episode shows as 16, so I got really confused when you said episode 14 lol.
It is episode 14, but that's the equivalent of episode 7. She's crying because she thinks she killed Ian but she still really likes him and it's messing her up and then she goes to leave and he stops he and kisses her and then it's kinda implied? They spend the night together ish? And then she's an idiot and leaves and goes to the warehouse alone.

And honestly age difference smage difference- Introverted Boss had like 6 kisses and there was a huge age difference there too.
The second half of this drama was so dry, it certainly could've done with a few more kisses.

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@sicarius I don't they slept together. He was with his clothes and on the couch the morning after...

For the age difference, I think it would depend of the actors. But in this drama, the kiss scenes were not awkard, so I don't think it was an age issue just a script one...

In Clean With Passion For Now, Kim You jung and Yun Kyun Sang looked very confortable to act kiss scenes and the age difference was pretty big and the kiss scenes pretty intense :p

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That's why I just said "spent the night together ish". lol
Did anything happen? No but she stayed the night there.
Yeah definitely a script issue.

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"The thought that I just can't shake is: the whole drama could have been nulled if Prof. Kang had walked up to Ian and said, "Oh, did you see my pen on the floor? Can I have it back? Thanks!" Even if Ian had to say, "Darn, it's in my jacket that I gave to my brother. I'll bring it back tomorrow, OK?" Why the heck would he hire a bad guy to rough them up to get it back?"

Thank God, i was racking my brain about that too..like he dropped the pen and YY just passed it to Ian to return it. I doubt either of them knew what was in it anyway. Why make life so complicated Professor!! I wish Ian had actually been snooping around looking for evidence of corruption but nope..he just got the wrong pen from his crush!

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I'm so far behind....how'd this happen?

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It got boring, and you had better dramas to watch, I suspect.

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But it also has Song Jae Rim's face if I'm being shallow.

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Once upon a time there was a show with a flat wide smiley oblivious heroine..... Who we hoped would find her smarts like a butterfly out of its cocoon after she regained her memories.... But alas.
At least the creepy dynamic was interesting while it lasted.

It wasn't that bad, could have been a lot worse. Oh well.

My snicker moment of the last episode was when that rich well connected violinist, who according to general consensus got her spot through her connections was a part of the new orchestra too.

Also when Yi Young woke up with a start at the professors intrusion ; that scene looked like it was a perfect possession scene. Sejeong bored me greatly in this drama, but that scene had potential. I could see her as an extended cameo in a spirit possession type drama.

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Thanks, missvictrix!

I'm still thrown by that weird separation and time jump. What was it for? I must have missed some dialog, but I don't want to go back and watch again for clarification. It feels like the writer just had to fill 20 minutes and couldn't think of anything else.

I did enjoy the music in this, and the actors did a good job. I really liked Song Jaerim here, I hope he can get a lead role (Gapsoon doesn't count) soon. Maybe as a cat doctor?

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Why do writers always do YWJ so dirty? I'm upset. They give him a good premise and the plot of the drama goes awry in the middle. I get why he chose this drama. Do Hoon was a super interesting character and he had a lot of layers. His relationship with his brother was complex because his love for JY was sincere, but he was secretly jealous of him. DH's mother ditched him and chose his brother God knows why, and his relationship with his father was far from simple. He wanted to be a pianist because he wanted to impress his mom, but even after practising like crazy, he wasn't as good as #1 Ian. WHY, oh, WHY didn't the writer explore the brothers' relationship more? It was the core of the drama. Such a waste. You manage to create such a complex and real type of love but fail to deliver and flesh out both the characters and the relationship?

The rest of the characters were less compelling: Maestro the poor kid who wanted to make it big and resorted to the wrong methods to achieve his goals, YY the typical k-drama "simple-minded" girl and EJ and her neurotic personality... I've seen all of those. Two brothers who loved each other a lot, but coveted what the other had? (DH wanted to be as good as JY and JY wanted YY's love but she loved DH) I haven't seen that. I wanted THAT to be explored and it did not happen.

It was an OK drama. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it that much either. The mystery part was a snooze fest in the 2nd half.

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Last week we left off with Yi-young unconscious after her car accident. Thankfully, she awakens with no amnesia or other side effects, almost to the point where I wonder why we needed this accident to begin with. To show that Maestro Nam really cares about Yi-young’s well-being, based on how he flew to the hospital when he heard? To show us the strength of Yoon’s love for her as he weeps in the hallway? To make Yi-young vulnerable to the creepy strangulation hands of Professor Kang?

Pretty sure the accident was what prompted her to remember the events from the night of Ian's murder.

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thanks for the recaps...i just got access to this show today & watched ep1:-)

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I forgive this show for the anticlimactic reveal, the slooooow development, the lackluster villains, and the dumb heroine because they gave us Yeon Woo-jin being amazing and lots of Song Jae-rim but the noble idiocy and time skip at the end really annoys me. This show could have the time skip without the noble idiocy and it will be the same show but the writer chose to make the characters idiots until the end.

This show was really good in the creepy department at the very beginning. Maybe if it continued to be funny, creepy, and mysterious from start to finish, this show could have been the cracktastic drama of 2019. Here's another bean for us.

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Finally the ending for a so-so drama. It began with so much promises, but then the spark of the show fizzed out in the 2nd half. The only saving grace of this drama was the chemistry between the leads. The second half bored me so much, that i finished some episodes in 15 min, skipping the scenes where everyone blabbered the same thing over and over again.

The thrilling factor was missing. It had so much potential to make the mystery of Ian's killing in a more interesting way.

Coming to the the supporting characters, they were just there for the sake of the script. The Orchestra consisted of many personalities, but we could not get deeper in to their personal lives. I really laughed out loud when the orchestra group came to visit Do Hoon the day he got discharged from hospital . They just performed and viola! they were gone the next minute.There could have been some fun conversations between the introvert Do Hoon and the different members of that group.

If we look up from the positive lens , this show really made me very emotional. It did deal with the struggles of someone losing memory and how they coped in every day life. I felt so much for Yi Young. She is a very sweet cheerful girl,though she didnt have the best of brains and mouth. Her story is inspirational enough to show that honesty and hardwork will help you to reach your goals. I ugly-cried when Do hoon kept pestering her to remember about Ian and how she felt guilty stabbing Ian. Kim Sejong is such a great actress.

I just wished that this show was a normal rom-com rather than a psychological thriller. Rom-Com set up would have lit the show and would have suited with the characters.

I will miss Yeon Woo Jin. The guy is charming in every form in every drama he acts. Do Hoon wasnt likeable in the beginning for me , but i started to love him afterwards when he fell for Yi Young for who she really is, and admitted himself that he really cant leave her.

I loved the chemistry between the leads. I waited for more romance scenes to show up,but didnt happen. There should have been a final kiss scene in the last episode.

Last but not the least, I loved the all the OSTs in this drama. It went well with the scenes. I cant stop listening to Dazzling day and its been on a repeat for today. Even the Orchestra performances were so good to listen. Hats off to the music director.

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It was a cute drama. Would I recommend it? Hard to say. It does give the viewer a few romantic thrills. It has likeable leads. It has a semi-interesting mystery plot. It just wasn't exciting. But I've spent a lot of time on dramas that were very exciting at the beginning and completely fizzled. That doesn't really happen in this one. I'd say give it a shot when nothing else appeals, keep your expectations low, and just go with this enjoyable ride - more a merry go round than a roller coaster.

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i gave up on this drama. it was really hard to get through. it had its moments but it got really draggy at the end. i liked the leads but i can send my time watching something else.

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