Did the viewers get their happy ending? Or did Song Yi get her happy ending?
If you ask the viewers, you’d get mixed reactions because it’s a half happy and half sad finale, and this episode was much more emotional than previous ones that had a decent balance of humor. It could have used the heartbroken, embarrassingly drunk-out-of-her-mind Song Yi.
Remember this?! LOL.
The finale is really not what we expected despite the recent episodes never even hinting at any hope they would be together. If anything, the last couple of weeks spelled doom for their future, as Min Joon steadily had visions of his body dissolving.
That dreadful day finally arrives, and Song Yi, who gets occasional sightings (hallucinations?) of Min Joon, mourns for three years.
On the night of a major red carpet event, while she does her superstar thing for the cameras, Song Yi realizes time has stopped. Do Min Joon has returned for her. They cap the reunion with the steamiest kiss of the show, and time unfreezes, as photographers and other attendees watch them with surprise … But holy blue balls! He disappears again! It’s a very WTF moment!
And so, it would be like this from time to time: Do Min Joon, wrestling with the yin and yang of the universe, will pop in and out of Earth … her world. But always, he comes back for Song Yi. It isn’t the most stable way to be together, but it is better than having him completely out of her life, right? There’s also a silver lining: he’s able to stay longer each time he reappears 🙂 For the time being, it is what it is … Heh, 400 years he went without, and now, to think that he could just poof out while doing it?! LOL.
Speaking of which … I don’t think they’ve resolved the whole exchanging-saliva-will-get-Min Joon-sick problem, and there are a few more unanswered questions. These unresolved issues are left for us to answer in our imagination and this process might turn off fans from the finale and the show all together. I know I’d prefer to not have to analyze an ending to come around to liking it.
Okay, I’m still slightly on the fence about the ending. It could have made the show the perfect drama, but I admire Song Yi’s strength and her gratefulness for what she has been (unfairly) bestowed, as she and Min Joon have more appreciation for every bit of time they spend together. She’s content with the simple idea of having love is enough, and you know her hope/faith will persist because Min Joon always does what he can to be with her again and again. For someone who initially felt alone despite having the fame and riches, this is probably more than she could have asked for.
If you want instant gratification, then this ending might not be for you, but I would suggest watching the episode with subtitles, reading a few recaps (see Softy’s), then objectively judging the narrative and the embedded logic as a whole before dismissing the finale. Ultimately, I think the writers allowed the story and the rationale of Do Min Joon’s alien existence on Earth to plow the natural path to the ending, rather than their pen forcefully manufacturing a perfectly gift-wrapped conclusion.
Having said all that, I hope the success of You Who Came From The Stars will only encourage Jeon Ji Hyun to do more TV projects, and I would gladly commit to watching her with Kim Soo Hyun again … maybe in a sequel to this show? 😉
Do Min Joon’s Goodbye Scene
Do Min Joon and Song Yi’s Red Carpet French Kiss
Source | DramaSBS