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Lovestruck in the City: Episodes 16-17 Open Thread (Final)

Well, we finally made it. We’ve seen romance from the beaches of Yangyang to the streets of Seoul. We’ve seen the heartache of lost love and of lost self — so much heartache that I wasn’t sure if our couple would get their happy ending. But maybe, just maybe, this lost couple can finally find what they were looking for.

 
EPISODES 16-17 WEECAP

I’m ready to jump into these last two episodes, mostly because I just want the drama to be over, but also because the story seemed to be going in a decent direction. Right off the bat, Eun-oh starts working for Jae-won’s company, and she’s surprised by his professional attitude toward her. She keeps staring at him during meetings, and Kyung-joon (who still has no idea they were lovers) jokes to both of them that they should date.

Behind the scenes, Eun-oh finds a necklace in the suitcase Jae-won returned. She’s not sure about the meaning behind it, and he’s unwilling to tell, much less answer her calls. He tells Director-nim that he wanted to include a letter with the necklace but changed his mind, so she could interpret his feelings herself. But his feelings, he says, are that the old Eun-oh, the Sun-ah he knew, and the new Eun-oh are all her. I liked when Rin-yi said this last week, and I love that Jae-won is saying it now.

To celebrate Jae-won’s new building project, they hold an opening event, which Eun-oh is in charge of. And the whole night, the couple is making googly eyes at each other — they’re just itching for some alone time. They finally get their chance to talk after the event, up on the roof.

It seems like Eun-oh coming clean to her friends has really given her a lot of strength and catharsis, and she uses this to tell Jae-won how she truly feels. As he listens intently (with a sweet smile), she admits that she still doesn’t know who she is and that there’s a good chance he won’t even like the real her.

She’s a mess and there’s still a lot for her to fix — knowing that, does he still want to be with her? He suggests that, instead of fixing the messed up parts of her, they get to know them together. With that, we get more sweet smiles and a lot of kissing. This is their new beginning, and I have to say, it feels earned.

With one beginning, we also have one supposed ending. Rin-yi is upset after hearing that Kyung-joon lied to his uncle about her part-time jobs. In response, Kyung-joon confesses that he doesn’t like her lifestyle, making her tear up. She’s so sad to hear this is what he thought of her, since her own mom was ashamed of her lifestyle. And just like that, she ends their five-year relationship.

Moving into the final episode, our main couple is very much in love, being all cheesy in front of the camera, while Kyung-joon’s heartbreak has made him angry and whiney. (Yup, Jae-won and Kyung-joon are definitely related.) The drama then takes a weird turn, spending most of the finale’s time on two side characters — Officer Dong-shik (Minho again) and actress Hae-na, who are good friends with some romantic feelings involved.

Hae-na escapes her movie set to avoid having her first kiss with her sleazeball co-star. With the help of Eun-oh (who was working on set), Hae-na finds her way to Dong-shik’s place to spend his birthday with him. She clearly wants her first kiss to be with him, but he’s too much of a babo to see it. Eventually, when she has to leave, she braves up and gets her kiss.

Then… the drama… ends? Our main characters give the viewers their parting words and wave at the camera, Kyung-joon and Rin-yi still awkward around each other. We get some cute ending credit scenes with the couples, and yeah, it’s actually over. Wow… It honestly feels like a cliffhanger, like they’re prepping for a second season, because why else would they include an extra episode with all this filler?

So, as expected, I didn’t get much satisfaction from this wrap-up, but I didn’t leave angry either. I started this drama wanting an easy, mindless watch, which for the most part it was. Sure, the main couple was frustrating and their relationship was about as complicated as a pile of tangled-up earphones, but it would only be 30 minutes out of my day.

This was my first time watching Ji Chang-wook and Kim Ji-won in a long time (I skipped their last few projects), and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. They definitely had some good moments — like the tearful confrontation in the bar — but those moments just reminded me that they could give so much more. I wanted so much more.

If there is a second season for Lovestruck, I doubt I’ll be tuning in. I’d rather wait and see Ji Chang-wook and Kim Ji-won being lovestruck in their future dramas. *waves goodbye to Director-nim*

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Epilogue: Jae-won and Eun-oh break up one month later.

Ok, joking aside, actually I enjoyed the drama right up to the second last episode. Based on the first 15 episodes, I thought the drama was a cautionary tale about putting your one-month puppy love interest on a pedestal. But then Jae-won and Eun-oh end up together? Huh? I can't root for this pair, they are toxic for each other.

Also, what's with suddenly throwing in the Hae-na storyline in the final hour? I've never seen her before and don't really care about her story. I'd much rather spend time resolving Rin-i and Kyung-jun and Geon's stories.

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The drama then takes a weird turn, spending most of the finale’s time on two side characters

Why is everyone so confused when Episode 17 was marketed as a special episode featuring the romance of Oh Dong-shik? In essence, Episode 16 was the finale, and Episode 17 a long epilogue.

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I saw no marketing - if I had I would have been less confused. As it was, it appeared to randomly come out of nowhere.

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Ditto, on Netflix it looks like it's a continuation of the previous storyline. For viewers it is strange how episode 16 ended with a big breakup, which was hardly addressed in episode 17. A brief explanation, or titling the finale as a special episode would have helped with managing audience expectations.

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Yap agree. Show (and Netflix) shouldn't expect the audience to get the context of ep 17 from news. If many of us dedicated drama fans who live watch it get confused, what are the chances of this happening to some unassuming souls few months/ years down the track?

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I also had read here that it was an epilogue, and that it wouldn't be related to the main story.

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I actually didn't mind this drama. It was an interesting experiment with somewhat predictable results. Eun Oh never apologized even the reason she finally gave, was I think pretty valid. Jae Won deserved better and didn't get it. Geon was not fully fleshed out at all and I'm pretty disappointed. As for KJ and Rini, they did the right thing breaking those two up, I mean yikes.

Hae Na's storyline wasn't romantic, it was disturbing. All I could think was this poor child is starving herself and people are acting like it is normal. She said she was eating less than 1000 calories a day, that is all I could focus on the entire rest of the episode. VERY disturbing.

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The fact that Hae-na is starving herself and has to sneak off to see the man she loves is disturbing enough. What I found even more disturbing is that a pretty serious case of sexual harassment has been used as the premise for a "romantic episode" about a first kiss. If the sunbae had just been obnoxious and a bit creepy (maybe stopping at "muahaha I'll teach you how to kiss") I wouldn't have minded so much. But he also said all that stuff about her being a virgin... ugh... Maybe it was meant to be a matter-of-fact comment on how much crap starlets have to put up with. While I can't fault Hae-na for returning to work later in the evening, her cheerful demeanour gives the impression that a kiss from the man you love is sufficient to immunise you against advances from dodgy guys.

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Well said.

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And that the the sexual harassment was just "normal".

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As always, I totally agree with you.
As for the HaeNa storyline, I really dramas stopped using the "first kiss" trope on adults. It was so creepy having this vulnerable girl being sexually harassed at work by a sunbae with no one around to take care, and then the poor girl starving, she looked unhealthy!
And she has confidence she can kiss a stranger who has harassed her just because she's just kissed her first love? Wow, let's keep sending the message that women should only kiss for love (and not for fun) while they are quiet as they are being harassed and starving to death. Grrrrrr.

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Agreed.

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Thank you, @Sailorjumun, for the weecap. I watched the show to the end, and I agree, there were times I got the feeling that I'd rather drop it, but I still come back every time there's a new episode. I think there's going to be a part 2 - because the KJ-Rin-i love story didn't get a satisfying ending. Kyung-joon still doesn't know why they broke up.

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Since I binge watched until the final 2 episodes, I really enjoyed it and didnt get frustrated as people in the comments. The ending did seem like a prep for season 2 because it just finished... it finished the way C dramas usually finish, you know abruptly like in the middle of a sentence 🤣😂🤣😂.. I was like well dang and they spent the entire last episode less on the main characters and focused on a whole new couple. WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT? I mean I wanted to see more of the drunk gym teacher and the writer guy... not meet a new couple.. IDK. it was whatever.. it was good for me until episode 17.. that was a fail.. the cinemotography was pretty though.. I love this director, he gets the most beautiful camera shots. The Director is like the Ansel Adams of K dramas. The beauty of shots never fails me.. not in this drama, or Encounter, or in Its Okay not to be Okay.. IDK much about the Director but he is most definitely an artist.

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Binge watching this is totally better.
I also enjoyed it to the point of losing sleep😃

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We barely met Hae-na today, and I already love her more than our six main characters combined. It was worth suffering through 16
episodes to watch Dong-shik oppa and Hae-na's heart-fluttering romance. I cursed out loud when the scene switched from Dong-shik making Hae-na tteokbokki to Jae-won and Eun-oh eating their PPL pizza. OMG I love Dong-shik, easily my most favorite character of this show. He's so idealistic believing love happens naturally. With the tension between them at his house, I was really hoping he would kiss Hae-na first.

Dong-shik, Hae-na, Ra-ra, and Bin were the only good things about this drama. I hated everyone else, especially Eun-oh, Sun-young, and Jae-won. It was too little, too late to redeem Eun-oh and Sun-young, who couldn't even be redeemed for me, and Jae-won was the epitome of "I don't know how to quit you," which just made him pathetic.

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So what was the point of episode 17? I like where our main couple ended up- but that was by the end of episode 16. Do not get me wrong- until Eun-oh finally decided to step up with some courage I did NOT want her to be with Jae-won. But once she finally became honest with herself and what she really wanted I am OK with it. So, episode 17? Why are we suddenly starting a new story? Do not get me wrong- the story of Hae-na and Dong-shik looks like it could be a nice rom-com but unless there is a second season coming it made no sense at all. And I doubt anyone can be sold on a second season for this one.

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I know not everyone follows the news, but I feel like this has been out there, especially with the delay to the start of the drama. It was always marketed as a possible anthology series, with multiple seasons in mind. Which wasn't any surprise when a "special" episode was announced a few weeks ago. It was clearly a set-up for season 2, though I was speculative that they had actually managed to contract Min-ho for so much of this season (that was a monster of a "cameo") let alone for a full not-yet-realized 2nd season when he is so fresh out of the military, and preparing for a long-awaited comeback with his extremely popular group. It's all a bit wild and makes me wonder what was it exactly about this production that earned so much faith from all involved. Writer and director I guess I understand, but it's just, interesting.

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I've read it's planned as a once a year anthology, so maybe that works for Minho.

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At long last, I am free. FREEEEEE.

If they don't end up breaking in the next season, I still wouldn't watch it. Nope, absolutely not.

So, wait wait wait waaaaait, we still don't get the reason for knowing why Rin yi acted liked that to Geon? Kinda sucks that would happen to him ;-;

Wtf was that last storyline? Where the hell did that girl come from?

I can't be the only one who forgot that this was a mockumentary. It just sort of went by me.

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It was a weird drama from the start to the end. I think the documentary format was interesting and adressed some themes pretty straighforwardly.

But I never really liked the characters. I could uderstand them but not really feel empathy for them.

I knew from the beginning the main couple will end together and it was cute but I still think she should have apologized and he should have found someone else.

For Ri-Ni, which mother passes her daughter off as her niece? It's so weird... Neither of them are wrong to spend the life like they want but I think it's too different for them to be happy together.

Geong was a nice man but sometimes their friendship made me feel awkward, it was not very well balanced between the 3. Sun‑young could have more place in the story.

The last couple was cute but pretty sudden. We didn't know the girl...

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Surprisingly, I liked Eun Oh and Jae Won's resolution. Episode 16 gave them a platform for healing and a launch pad for progress. Episode 17, however, treated the couple like lovesick teenagers which seemed so far off from the people we spent 9 hours with. Also, I hated that someone told the PD to stop labeling all the PPL for this episode. I rather enjoyed the PD's passive-aggressive way of handling the marketing.

Min Ho's vignette infuriated me because it felt like we've been robbed of such quality writing all along. The cast carried this drama on their backs. (Directing was beautiful throughout as well.) KJW and JCW were absolutely amazing at making their respective characters compelling, and for me, both actors were the reason I stayed with this drama. Watching Min Ho, and the actress accompanying him, showed what could've been if all the stars ever fell in line. If the acting, directing, and writing had synced, this would have been a phenomenal series. Unfortunately, for 16 episodes, one leg of the pyramid always came up short.

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This drama is more like a PSA of how NOT to date. Am I the only one who is bothered by the kiss Hae-na planted on the cop? It seems like he wasn't as in to it as he was. He pulled back AND he stepped back. I think she was just using him as a memory for her first kiss.

Pretty much bothered by how the drama ended (no resolutions to the lovelines! Isn't this the reason why we love kdramas?) but also relieved that it did. Please don't add a season 2!

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Me too!! I was not comfortable with that kiss at all. I cringe when she did that the first time but when she came back the second time after he clearly pulled back was just not on. Imagine if the gender is reverse and a guy did that to a girl. I think it's not acceptable for any gender to enforce themself that way to anyone.

But above all, I'm bothered that this is frame as acceptable (even romantic?) behaviour in this drama. I think this kind of normalization help real predators out there to justify their behaviors.

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I agree. I think the drama reveals a lot of the negative traits in urban dating. Hopeful as I am, I was initially expecting a resolution where the couples break up, but nevertheless find fulfilling endings, by spending time with themselves, correcting their problematic behaviour and understanding what they want in a relationship. That though, would require soul searching, which this drama didn't seem to be interested in.

I guess then, this is more mockumentary than drama. I liked the style of this show, but I much prefer the closure which standard dramas usually give us.

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Yes, this drama was a mess. I never connected with the characters, and the storyline was kinda sloppy to me. But do I regret watching this? No. Because there were some elements in this drama that I really liked. I loved the mockumentary format of this drama and the way people shared their thoughts with the director. It was new and the way they bicker back and forth with each other made this show such a fun watch. There were some lmao moments as well as WTF moments, and sometimes it was so frustrating but I was fine because I signed up for a mindless watch. The cinematography was great, as always with this director, and I have a special shout-out to all the ppl moments (HAHA😂 genius). And finally, this drama actually pointed out that drinking is bad for your health. As a non drinker, I never really understood why people drink to the point where they do all sort of crazy stuff, especially in kdramas, where people drink like there's no tomorrow.

So yeah, I was fine wasting my time watching this, and because of the the 30 minutes format, I feel less guilty about wasting my time😅

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The mockumentary is my fave part of the drama. Yes it's patchy and inconsistent sometime, but it does bring something fresh.

And agree with your comment on short format. It honestly what carry me through the finish line.

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It was all a bit strange but I watched the whole thing, so ...yay? I would probably watch a second season too, or at least try it out.

I feel like there was probably a good drama hiding in there - I liked the interview format, the idea if not the execution of some of the stories, and some of it was really funny....but the pacing was all over the place.

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The pacing.... it's like the Achilles heel of kdrama. Hhhh...

Most of the time we can blame it on the live produce. But i believe this one is pre produce? So much time dedicated to the back story of the surfing romance. Highly disproportionate to the time devoted for character growth and conflict revolution. I experienced to much whiplash in the last few episodes.

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That was a weird turn. (And why did I practically miss that the officer was Minho?) Are they planning to start season 2 with explanations of why season 1 ended like a car pileup of crummy drivers?

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Well, that was a waste of time! What a weird ending! I mean, the policeman and......who?.......... Not annoying, just bewildering. And the reason why a couple of five years standing broke up was a little on the weak side, to say the least. It was, actually, a pretty decent cast but Ji Chang-wook has a rubbish management team, they put him in so many rubbish dramas. Good looks and good acting will only take you so far, if the story is silly you just end up being bored and watching because there's nothing else to watch. Sad!

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I wish i can unwatch ep 17. It wasn't clear at all that it's a special episode. And no, i didn't catch the news nor do i think audience needs to follow news to understand the context.

The sunbae treatment, a clear sexual harassment, just being brush out. The way she returned to the set basically imply that rookie should just put up with whatever harassment they receive.

Her kiss with her childhood crush also come acroas wrong. No reason can justify her enforcing herself to him. An no, it is not romantic even when show try to frame it that way.

The subliminal message of having to starve yourself to be pretty is also disturbing.

All these issues are especially disturbing because it is presented in 1 episode with no guarantee of continuation. If we left it as it is, the episode come across as a way of normalizing all these behaviors. I genuinely don't know what they're trying to achieve in this episode.

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This episode sets up next year's anthology (if it happens).

I'm hoping that the starvation to achieve the ideal body and the sexual harassment are used to draw attention to this problem in K-entertainment (even though it wasn't handled in a way that satisfies me in the least).

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What the **** did i just watch? I laughed so hard at episode 17. I couldn't believe they made that episode knowing how random and abrupt episode 16 was. When I thought the MC for the first time came to their senses that made me a little proud of them, the characters made a sudden turn, roll 180 degree, and here we are in eps 16 with fickle eun oh and still beyond help jae kwon. Where the time lapse when you badly need it? Not even 3 months character growth off screen? PD nim succesfully bamboozled me into believing nothing more important than self worth and respect do . Unless it's Didier Dubot.

And the train wrecked started, or end in that matter, with rin yi suddenly brought the new character into already sinking ship, the Mom. I mean, really PD nim ? all this yolo non sensd life style is not driven by free-yourself-live-by-your-own-standard our little rin yi kept pushing to us ? And instead we got insecure rich girl who has acknowledgement issue that end 5 years relationship at kyung joon, a perfectly boyfriend, expense ? When kyung joon complained how could he know when he's not mind reader, I nodded too. I feel bad for kyung joon and the mom, who has to be the bad guy cause the writer refused to end any story in normal way. God forbid.

I tried to read good final review from anyone who has given the drama solid 10, and looking for something that i might missing when watching the drama unfold. I just couldn't see it. And when they said this is masterpiece, I looked to My Mister drama and befuddled. Have I used masterpiece wrong all this time ?

A short journey, and i won't stop saying this. Just use 60 minutes 16 episode format. I don't care how revolutionary this drama is when the basic plot, story telling, editing, character development are left at the front door, that's when i drew the line between good and bad drama.

Thank you @sailorjumun for recaping.

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Haha I feel you 😂 I felt utterly speechless and bewildered after the finale.

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I think that the final episode was a mediation on young/idealistic versus mature/knowledgeable love: the beginning of the road vs being far into the journey. Hae-Na represents the young idealistic first love, when everything is new, has to be perfect and - we imagine and wish - will be forever. How could she possibly have her first kiss with someone she does not like? But really the first love is just the beginning of the self-discovery journey of our needs, preferences and abilities for love, very few of us will stay with our first love for the rest of our lives, most will look back and realize that the first love was our first effort at love, clumsy and feeble, a time when we really did not know what we actually like in love.

The six main characters show us where we can get to on our romantic self-discovery. Jae-won discovers that he is driven by raw physical attraction (smell & sight) and can readily overlook character and personal history issues in someone who attracts him physically; he is very smart and well-off, he can afford this, and really Eun-oh lacks in nothing; when we see Eun-oh and he together for the last time (in the pizzeria), he can't stop telling her how pretty she is.

Euo-oh, on the hand, is reserved and inhibited in her demonstrations of love and is sensitive to social norms. I now think she originally intended to carry on with Jae-won in Seoul, but when she came back and found Rin-i is back from London so soon and Jae-won's cousin Kyeong-Jun, Rin-i's boyfriend, is around, she decided to protect Jae-won (and herself) from embarrassment by breaking up with him. I think she feared that Kyeong-Jun will tell Jae-won's family that she was recently engaged. In the sexual tension filled end of Eps 14, she asks Jae-won about this, and Jae-won says that he can't care less about the cousin. In the next episode, he tells her that he knows about the engagement and does not care either. After that, there were no longer any reasons for her not to date him. Professionally they are comparable (both have college degrees and run business), and I think their love based on physical attraction and care will last.

Seon-Yeong is still very much in the process of romantic self-discovery, while Rin-i and Geon pretty much know that love is not that important to them.

When the supposed crew asks the six characters to reflect on the "first", they are really asked to reflect on how their naïve views of love changed over time. Jae-won says he can't remember the girl of this first kiss (note, he says "kiss" not "love"), and then says his first kiss was with Eun-oh -- and he is right, who cares about that girl and that smooch, except maybe as a "learning experience", that smooch is inconsequential. Eun-oh, of course not as sophisticated as Jae-won, goes on to talk about her first "love" - surprise, surprise -- Geon!, which does not endear her to us and, if anything, "raises some eyebrows". Geon uses this opportunity to...

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Geon uses this opportunity to taunt Seon-Yeong and in the process reveals himself to be a complete jerk. Rin-i seems to say that her first love was Kyeong-Jun, the guy she dumped in a moment. Kyeong-Jun has nothing to say. Seon-Yeong has hope, but Geon, Rin-i and Kyeong-Jun seems to have failed to develop their ability for love. All in all, it was a good show.

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First, thanks to @sailorjumun for hanging in there with recaps of this baffling drama. Because Romance is a Bonus Book was my gateway Kdrama, I wanted to give LITC's writer, Jung Hyun-jung, the benefit of the doubt. A line from ep 1 of Romance hooked me, something about all women liking a Cinderella story, but not really believing the fairy tale.
I decided to do a quick review of Beanies'c comments on Lovestruck and smiled along with all the kvetching (some of which was mine). So what made us stick with this drama to its puzzling end? Was it the mini-ep length, the mock-doc interview angle, the schadenfreunde of watching people who are more messed up than us, the wish for a happy resolution (or a decent drama for Wookie fans)? If it was difficult to watch, it must have been even more difficult to write - unless it was a deliberate cautionary tale. Maybe this drama was a compilation of all the writer-nim's pet peeves in Kdrama plots.
I'm looking over my notes of recaps and comments that include mention of manic-pixie-dream-girl, banned honorifics, non-bougie wedding, lots of yelling/little communication, drinking as a serious problem, mopy angst, commitment phobia and nepotism (to name but a few). Some Beanies had fun imagining what terrible backstory trope could allow the FL to behave so brutally toward someone she allegedly loved. Others called for a serial killer and/or a Truck of Doom. Yet, weirdly, it ended with a bow tied around the most problematic relationship and ripped off the "first-love" one. Hmm, another pet peeve?
If delivering a cautionary tale about the RL pitfalls of modern relationships was writer-nim's motive and a second season theme implied in ep 17, then I suppose we should expect the dysfunctional side of idol academies to be the production team's next effort. Weird to have JYP's Party People jumping around in the corner of my screen as I type that, just sayin'.

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The women in this show collectively grated my nerve along with Ji Chang Wook's character. What did I even watch. Kyung Joon and Rini dont suit each other, break up was the only possible outcome. Rini grated my nerve to the max by then. And I started off really liking her. Ji Chang Wook is now on my official shit list. He just doesn't have good eye for script. Never checking out his projects again. Done here.

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I just want to think that the drama is over and characters are not coming back. I really don't need them. I overall found the drama ok, but I surely forget about it soon. Would I recommend it? Why not? I really loved the interactions with the camera and the second part was much better than the first one. We spent way too much time on the main couple flashbacks, time wasted, on my opinion.
Did I like the ending? I didn't dislike it, although I wished EunOh and JaeWon wouldn't have ended together. JW deserved better and EunOh should just go to therapy, but at least their ending together was well written, I sort of believed it.
The other two couples couldn't stay together as long as they keep thinking the way they did. Geon said it clearly: he knows where he is and SunYoung doesn't. She even confessed she's never loved anyone, probably because she doesn't love herself enough. Do these two stand a chance to be together in the future? Maybe, because both of them understood they had to let the other go.
As for Rin-I and KyungJoon, they are going in different directions. Rin-I has all the right to live her life the way she wants: if she doesn't want a permanent position and wants a frugal life, it's her decision. KJ was being overprotective when she didn't ask for it. She may be wrong, she may regret her decisions, but they are hers and unless she wants to change her lifestyle because of her, they can't be together. KJ was ashamed of her, so that's not true love.

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Rin-I wants to be loved and accepted for who she is. Neither her mother or her now ex were able to do that. She really didn't give him much of chance to understand this though.

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About one third of this was good so JCW is improving in his post military choices. Getting rid of all the beginning episodes and using them sparingly as flashbacks might've made the entire drama enjoyable.

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So many toxic relationships in this show! Not a single healthy one.

The very unsatisfying ending. Even these toxic characters needed to be better fleshed out.
I hate how LeeEunOh had forgiveness handed to her just like that.
Unnecessary last episode.
Plus the glorification of alcohol abuse like it's no big deal all through the show.

All in all, I am not much into this "interview style". It was an interesting experiment but highly unsatisfying.

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Well, I finished it and I won't be tuning in for second season (if there is any). I was okay with series ending with episode 16. I was even okay with Rin-yi and Kyung-Joon breaking up. They wanted different things from life and it was fine that their relationship came to conclusion. What was the point of episode 17?

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I'm glad I read this instead of watching the last two episodes. I hate that I've been disappointed by all of JCK's post-military dramas :(

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Well, I'm not watching if theres a second season either.. its weird how its my first time seeing JCW -just wached him in Healer-, KMS -watched him in Age f youth 2 and Beauty inside- and KJW -watched her in Whats up and Fight my way- after a looot of time and its like this... I mean, they did their parts well but it was the nonsensical plot that made me scratch my head that killed their comebacks to me and made me feel I wasted precious time onthis. It was like a guide to dating for toxic people with the Geon and SY couple and the main couple. Then the only couple that looked decent that didnt really had much drama suddenly was hit with a huge grenade that almost came out of nowhere and died... No warning no anything. For like 15 episodes of moping, you would have thought it would take them more than like 1 episode to at least release the toxicity that came from just a month of "dating" for a couple that shouldnt even be together lol I'll just remmber this drama as one that introduced me to 3 good actors -Rin-I, SY and Geon- and just that

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I finally caught up with this after an involuntary break of one whole month from k-drama. I still love JCW and I always will, and I think he is a really superb actor who is underappreciated because his acting seems so easy and natural. It really shows through though in those moments of extreme emotion like the "tearful confrontation in the bar". And he's always a beauty to watch. I found Poor Eun-oh to be a frustrating character to watch. (I always find inarticulate characters frustrating, especially women.) Having said that, I loved Kim Ji-won in Fight My Way, and seeing her in this makes me wonder why dramas are so often propelled using such inarticulate female characters as provocation. In this case it all depends on the negative energy of a woman who seems inexplicably hurtful. As a result, Park Jae-won has to be unaccountably persistent in the face of constant rejection. Honestly, what man would persevere in the face of so much rejection? The story pushed both characters to extreme positions that strained my credibility. It all made me think that their dilemmas were "first-world problems" that could have been easily resolved with more communication. But hey, I watched it and still loved it for what it was.

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Much like the other people who started the drama when it was finished, I think I have a positive response to the drama because I didn't have to wait for each episode. Honestly, I really like the majority of the characters. They are kind of annoying, yes, but they're some of the most realistic and dimensional characters I've seen in a k-drama, and the actors really did well. I think the mockumentary format made me feel closer to them, as if I was listening to my friend's problems. With that comes the same feeling of frustration i feel when i tell my friends advice/see a very clear solution but they don't listen to me for various reasons lol. But the point is, I think the characters are deep and flawed, with nonlinear development which is way more realistic than just everything being resolved at the end. For example it was hard for me to pick a side between Kyung-jun and Rin-i because I saw both of their grievances as valid (In the end i think I'm on Rin-i's side just because I connect with her desire for a nontraditional lifestyle lol). I also actually like that Eun-oh and Jae-won got together in the middle of her self discovery journey rather than at the end, because I personally think that everyone is deserving of being loved without being perfect, as long as all are honestly working towards bettering themselves. The whole "love yourself first before letting others love you" mentality can actually turn into self sabotage, denying yourself and thinking that you don't deserve love just as you are, much like how Eun-oh felt at the beginning of the series. I also just really loved the friendships in the show, almost more than the romances. Geon, Eun-oh, and Rin-i are precious together. I think the biggest flaw of this series is definitely the pacing though. The first half with all the backstories was way too involved, and the events of the last 4-5 eps should have happened about 2 episodes earlier. Definitely wanted more of Geon and Seon-young too. Though I kind of get the pacing now knowing that this will probably have a second season. Again, I know I'm in the minority in liking this, but I am really looking forward to the second season!

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