All good things must come to an end… so here we are.
This is probably the slowest drama I’ve watched but it’s all good. It somewhat fit because it was about No Ra’s simple and realistic journey of self-discovery.
Am I the only one glad for Episode 15’s development?
Last week, I called Hyun Suk a wish-fulfillment character and said that I was tired of his White Knight-ness so I was very happy that No Ra addressed it.
I suppose for me, he was just too heavy-handed with his unselfish love which led to control issues. He wasn’t a controlling, selfish asshole like Woo Chul but was controlling nonetheless.
So I was glad that No Ra rejected him after he insisted that she liked him (something I took issue with last week) and that she told him that she’d become burdened by his excessive kindness.
It sounds negative when phrased that way but he was always thinking of her, very kind, doing every single thing to protect her and make her happy that in the end, she felt burdened by it because she couldn’t reciprocate.
I can’t say that I am satisfied with how her feelings developed but was glad that she took time and went to him when she was ready.
She became her own woman. Woo Chul was her reason for attending college and after a year, she couldn’t justify spending a lot of money on a degree she didn’t plan to use. I was disappointed with her choice at first but quickly understood it. She was studying a major she wasn’t interested in and figured that one year of college was enough to cross it off her bucket list. I also love that she didn’t take the theater job Hyun Suk had manipulated her into applying for and instead, chose to continue her grandmother’s legacy.
Hyun Suk was the reason that shop still existed so it’s not like I want her to reject everything he’d done for her but she chose that job for her own reasons and not because some guy had pulled some strings.
And this was why I loved that she reacted negatively to his insistence that she reciprocated his feelings and the “proof” dates that he planned for them. Sure, it was cute but it is also annoying when someone tries to drag you to a place you’re not ready to go.
I get that it’s been 20 years for him but it’s only been a few months for her and most people aren’t ready to jump into a relationship the second after their divorce has been finalized. This might sound strange coming from someone who’d been clamoring for a romance for the last ten episodes but once I lost interest in that aspect of the story, I agreed with the writing choices more.
And then he saved Woo Chul. I can’t say I supported Yi Jin’s acts but I truly couldn’t care less about what she did to the cheating bastard and was annoyed at Hyun Suk for interfering. Partly because I was awaiting his downfall but mostly because I thought he’d taken his savior act too far. From No Ra’s point of view, there she was, trying to assert her independence but he kept seeing her as a damsel who needed his protection.
Again, this is probably coming out harsher than intended because Hyun Suk did everything out of love and for her benefit but as they say, every rose has its thorn.
They had to part ways for a bit as No Ra needed some time to sort out her feelings and find confidence to stand firmly on her own two feet.
I felt sympathy for Hyun Suk because after twenty years, the woman he loves finally reciprocates his feelings yet refuses to be with him. I understood his hurt but it wasn’t her fault that he couldn’t move on while she was married. He claimed that he didn’t love her for her past but her present but I can’t say I truly buy that. From what I saw, he never stopped loving her but his love deepened as she matured and became the woman she was always meant to be.
It might seem unfair to him but such is life. I still didn’t like how he kept getting updates on her and everything – I don’t know, in real life, I would find it creepy – but I am glad that he at least didn’t interfere.
Woo Chul and Yi Jin. It turned out that Woo Chul hadn’t planned to stiff his ex out of the proceeds from the store sale and Yi Jin had no plans to make her ex destitute. Did they really deserve a new beginning? I don’t think so. I found their ending unnecessarily hopeful but I didn’t hate it because they were comedic villains. And I suppose that since they gave us a chuckle or two, we can accept their redemption arc. They still gave us Woo Chul hitting rock bottom and now, both will go through life more honestly. On a shallow note, I thought Woo Chul’s scruffy look was his best yet.
One thing I liked was the final scene between the formerly married couple. Woo Chul apologized for being a bad husband and No Ra accepted his gift because there weren’t any hard feelings.
Min Soo and Hye Mi. I loved that they both acknowledged the cracks in their relationship and understood it had to end. I thought their goodbye date was lovely and just as I finally began to think of them positively, the writer took all that goodwill away by giving them a happy ending. Ugh. Why couldn’t the breakup stick? Why couldn’t it just become a happy memory of their freshman year?
On another note, I have to say that I wasn’t happy that Min Soo dropped out of school (temporarily?) too. I understand that he also needs to find himself and figure out how he wants to spend his life but I don’t think quitting school was the right answer. What’s the writer’s message here? But he, too, has a right to live his life as he sees fit so I must respect that. Grr.
I wanted Soo Nam and Seung Hyun to end up together so I was happy we got that little hint but again, everything was wrapped up too neatly that I thought it was a bit much that everyone – including Sang Ye – was in a romantic relationship by the end of the show.
There wasn’t much to the story but I am glad to have been on this journey with No Ra. She’s still discovering life; creating webtoons and dating. She doesn’t strike me as someone interested in remarrying or having another child but I know that if she ever goes that route, it will be for the right reasons.
Life is long and by the end of the show, all these characters chose to live it on their own terms. We should all be so lucky.
Thanks for watching “Twenty Again” with me and see you in the next drama.