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Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

As our heroine senses doom approaching, she scrambles to find a way to stop her terrible vision from happening. But even if she can change the future, there may be a price to pay in return.

 
EPISODES 15-16 WEECAP

Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

The goodbyes start early, as Mi-su moves out to a seaside cottage with Chairman Sun, who’s still unresponsive. Before she leaves, Mi-su says a private goodbye to Seul-bi, urging her to live a normal life from here on out.

The rest of Mi-su’s story is short and sad. After some time caring for Chairman Sun, she’s overcome with longing. Crying that every moment spent with him was precious (which isn’t how I remember it, but okay), she wishes for just a little more time. Then she uses the very last of her power to free him from the curse.

The effort causes her to fall unconscious, and her strength never fully returns. Chairman Sun has to take care of her in the ensuing days until she passes peacefully if sorrowfully. It’s far from the ending I would have chosen for her, but the one tiny consolation is that Chairman Sun has to live the rest of his miserable life alone and full of regret.

Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final) Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

Due to the scandal, Min-joon’s prospective mother-in-law calls off the wedding, but his fiancée Jang-kyung isn’t having that. She shows up with her suitcases as soon as her mother leaves the hotel, not at all deterred by the circumstances or her family’s disapproval.

Dong-sik isn’t ready to throw in the towel on his revenge, either. He spreads another rumor through the media, this time that the female shamans are actually witches who cursed and manipulated the leadership of Geumhwa Group to accomplish their own purposes.

Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

Despite having stood up for Seul-bi before, the shopkeepers panic, worrying that they may have already doomed themselves by holding her hands in the past. So when Seul-bi stops by with handmade invitations for them to come visit her at the hotel, they all make up excuses and turn her away.

It takes Hyun-tae and Su-kwang taking them to task and explaining the horrible reality of Seul-bi’s childhood for the shopkeepers to hang their heads and sheepishly accept the invitations. Then they all pretend they never once doubted her.

Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

While everyone is gathered at the hotel, Dong-sik enacts his next plan. He pretends he wants to turn himself in so he can get Su-kwang away from Seul-bi, and then calls her and orders her to come to him secretly and alone. If she refuses or tells anyone, he’ll kill Yoon-ho and Dae-sik, whom he’s kidnapped. Oh, and detonate the bomb he’s set at the hotel.

Seul-bi does as he says, knowing as she does that her vision of Su-kwang’s demise is inching ever closer. When she arrives, he forces her to sit with him as though they’re on a dinner date, saying he wants to own all of her – including but not limited to her powers.

Fortunately, Su-kwang and Yoon-ho were prepared for this. Yoon-ho intentionally got himself kidnapped so they could find where Dong-sik was hiding, and left clues so his assistant could alert Su-kwang and the police.

Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final) Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

Su-kwang arrives on the scene just in time to distract Dong-sik from assaulting Seul-bi, but when he reaches them, Dong-sik has a gun to Seul-bi’s head. Su-kwang’s efforts to talk him down just agitate Dong-sik more. Terrified for Su-kwang, Seul-bi grabs Dong-sik’s hand and draws on her power to take control of him.

Dong-sik blames her for ruining his life and calls her a witch, so a life-ruining witch she shall become. Both Dong-sik and Su-kwang stare in horror as she magically forces Dong-sik to aim the gun at his own head.

Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

But before she can kill Dong-sik, Su-kwang pulls her away. He has to hold her tightly and kiss her to bring her back to herself, and then she falls weakly in his arms as he assures her everything will be okay now. And that’s when Dong-sik shoots him. Seul-bi sobs over his lifeless form as Dong-sik flees downstairs, ready to shoot anyone standing in his way – including Min-joon, who’s just arrived.

In her grief, Seul-bi screams for Su-kwang to come back. Summoning her full powers, she stops time just like she did the first time Dong-sik kidnapped them. And then she turns time backward to just before Dong-sik pulled the trigger.

Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

This time, Seul-bi warns Su-kwang about the gun. He dodges and tackles Dong-sik, and they both fall to the ground level. Su-kwang is unharmed, but Dong-sik took the brunt of the impact and can’t seem to move. By the time Su-kwang gets back upstairs, Seul-bi has vanished, leaving only her necklace behind.

Months pass with no sign of her, and life moves on. Dong-sik joins his father in prison, but now he’s completely unresponsive. Looks like the curse found its rightful recipient after all. Min-joon sells Geumhwa Group off and becomes the CEO of a publishing house for Jang-kyung’s novels.

Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final) Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

Su-kwang and Yoon-ho don’t give up searching for Seul-bi, but every supposed sighting turns out to be a dead end. Until one day, that is, when Su-kwang gets a call from an elderly woman in a small town. Sure enough, Seul-bi is with her. But she has no memories of who she is, so she’s using the name of the woman’s runaway granddaughter for now.

Seul-bi’s cheery personality has returned, and with it a plenty of sass and wit. She’s had droves of men try to convince her she’s their long-lost girlfriend, sister, wife, etc., so she turns up her nose at Su-kwang and tells him he might as well be on his way.

Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

He sticks around anyway, waiting for her to warm up to him. It takes some time, but she finally realizes they have matching rings (Su-wang gave it to her after her mother left) and decides to give him a chance. They return to Seoul together, but nothing seems to jog her memory – not Min-joon or the hotel, not the marketplace, and definitely not the shopkeepers reenacting a summary of the entire drama.

When none of that works, Seul-bi and Su-kwang decide to just get married anyway. Which is fine, I guess, since they both agreed, but it just feels very weird and rushed, and almost as if it’s not really Seul-bi.

Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

Still, they live happily together and start a family. Five years later, on a visit to the church, their son shows Su-kwang photos he took with Seul-bi – photos showing the same rock carvings she’d found years ago. Su-kwang looks at her with expectation, and she gives him a knowing smile. Her memories are back. (Maybe.)

And that’s how it ends. Which wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, so points for that, I guess? I think what frustrates me the most about Jinxed as a whole are the tiny bits and pieces that could have made a fun and compelling story if they’d been done well and all the other stuff had been left out. Like Min-joon’s entire arc, and Seul-bi growing from sheltered and naïve to confidently taking charge of her own life.

But this is the story we were given, and since we can’t turn back time and change it, I’m at least glad to be done with it and moving on to the next (better) one.

Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

 
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They really threw everything but the kitchen sink into this drama, as far as tropes and plot points go, especially towards the end there. In the final hour alone featured a sacrifice, amnesia, time travel, a parent dying, reunited lovers, a wedding AND kids (which was actually really adorable, I could easily watch an entire show of just those two raising their kid and nothing else) and that’s notwithstanding the Truck of Doom, more dead parents, birth secrets, evil chaebols, magic, the power of love (?), and quirky small town residents (to name a few) from before. Which isn’t to say it’s a bad thing (I mean is it even a kdrama if it doesn’t feature at least half of these) but it is somewhat symbolic of the show’s attempt to balance one too many things - and genres - that then resulted in the plot just veering wildly off course at some point.

It’s a pity that we didn’t get more fleshed out supporting characters, especially Minjoon and the SFL, and that certain characters got unnecessary amounts of air time (I’m sorry but I really don’t care about Minjoon’s dad or cousin or uncle, that entire family had way too much airtime) and others got barely any (chicken shop girl x policeman, why was your romance established off screen 😭). I honestly don’t know what to comment on in terms of the plot because I don’t really know what it was? The ending just left me feeling a bit indifferent and also glad that I could finally take it off my watch list and mark as ‘read’.

I’ve had my fair share of things to say about this drama over the weeks but it’s not the worst thing I’ve watched this year or anything (looking at you Woori 👀) so to try and end on a lighter note, here are some of the things I did enjoy:

- Seohyun & Na Inwoo! They were great, had some good chemistry and even better comedic moments (SPRAAAAAAY). I also liked a lot of the outfits Seulbi wore but jury is definitely out on the hairstyle they gave her for the final ep. Honestly if it wasn’t for them, I’d likely have dropped this earlier - the fan factor definitely kept me going.
- The comedy - might not have always been a hit (especially when the market people were involved) but when it did land, it landed ‘laugh out loud’ solidly. Also the unintentional comedy, like Minjooon coming out every day to stand in his haute couture suits and just stare at Seulbi all day long with no real plan, was also really funny.
- Lowkey Seulbi’s room at the hotel was really pretty (ignoring the fact that it was just a golden cage).
- The fairytale vibes at the start was intriguing and reminiscent of 2016-ish dramas, I enjoyed the ‘retro’ (for a lack of better term) feel to the opening few weeks.

And thank you @mistyisles for your consistently balanced, eloquent, and funny reviews! 💕

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@mistyisles thank you for sticking with this one and giving the weecaps enough detail so those of us who left the drama early could follow along and rejoice that we left when we did. I really hope that the next one you weecap is a better fit and lives up to expectations.

It is funny how many of this year’s dramas where we wanted and expected to get wedding scenes have not delivered and others have given them unexpectedly.

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@mistyisles well done for sticking with this. I really didn't know what to make of those final two episodes. The final episode in particular had enough material to stretch over 2 or 3, if they had ditched half the evil chaebol material. This one had so much potential which never landed.

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They really put their whole jinxussy into making this as bat-shit crazy as possible huh

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So many mixed feelings about this show…early on I realized it was never going to be a favorite for obvious reasons (anybody who’s watched it doesn’t need me to list them all lol) so in a way I stopped caring about all the stupid things the writers did and just tried to enjoy what I did like. Honestly, there’s too many things I would change, from small details to huge plot points, that I won’t even go into it here.

In the end, I found the majority of the finale quite lacking but the ending that Seulbi and Sugwang got made it all worth it, at least to me. After a show that sometimes irritated me to the point of ripping my hair out, their ending actually left me smiling and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Not all drama finales can claim that. So for all it’s many, many faults, I’m actually glad I stuck this one out.

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Thank you @mistyisles and I am with you on your conclusion. I finished JINXED and will claim my bean. I won’t call it a bean of shame but a bean of disappointment. It could have been so much more. I can’t remember ever changing my initial rating ⬆️ for drama but I changed my initial 10 (after the opening episodes) to a final 8. (It really should have given it a 7 but I am an easy marker).
The performances by Seohyun and Na In-woo were fine and they were limited to what scripts the writer gave them but I wouldn’t call their performances memorable.
It is sad that the one character I will probably remember is Choi Jung-woo’s cousin Dong-sik who went from providing a bit of levity to the story with those interchanges with his over the top father to be made out to be (as another has already used the term) bat shit crazy psycho. Sorry if that is redundant. When he (like dad before him) kicked My Yeom in the shin I was hoping Mr. Yeom would lean back and catch him with a cross right that would send him back to kingdom come lol.

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Thanks for introducing the new category of bean of disappointment I am adding that to my list too🤣

This made me laugh out loud re the retaliation for physical abuse in the work place.

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Dang, I’m not sure I’ll go back and finish this one. These last two episodes are cray-cray. I could tell all you wanted to do was finish writing this @mistyisles. 😂 Not even for the cute kisses did you linger, did you? For the love of those not watching, maybe a little description of that? 😂 😘

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LOL you're right, I didn't mention any of them, did I? 😅

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I’m waiting……

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@ally-le, Ally from my perspective your boy Il-woo (and Seohyun) did fine in the kiss department. They were sweet. No problem there.

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This drama was so cute and enjoyable when she lived with him in that rooftop apartment. As soon as she returned to the hotel, it went downhill...fast. I have so many questions...
1. Was the Chairman already married when he fell in love with Mi Su? But wasn't she already around because she grew up with him?
2. The storyline with the twins, why did Mi Su try to shoot the Chairman's father, and why did her mother jump in front?
3. Who was Mi Su's father?
4. Why did Mi Su "heal" the Chairman?
5. If they dismantled their empire, why did the cousin still get the curse?
Just...so many questions...the ending was, well...weird

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