It’s finally over, this long and painful ride it’s finally over. Rather than being sad by the way it ended, since I was in the other team, I am more relived that it’s finally over.
Looking back to this drama, it looks like a forgetful drama, nothing actually good to keep in your mind, the only thing that people, or at least me, can keep whenever they start thinking about this drama, it isn’t the lifestyle of the beginning of ’90s, or how some products from that time influenced the life of people in present, or the beautiful memories/nostalgic feelings of the ‘90s, what people will keep in mind is that damn guessing game of who the husband is.
As I said it in my last post about Reply 1994, it has such a good start, the first half of the drama was great, however, after the production team noticed that “guessing the husband” may bring them more ratings, they kept pushing it more and more, forgetting what they actually wanted to deliver through this drama, the beauty and ugly of the 1994. Not really complaining, I also got caught in the game, but in the end it was too much, not to mention that most of the hinds were about Chilbong, but since the Korean netizens were mostly rooting for Trash, I have a feeling that that ending was changed in the last episodes – well, it’s not like it’s the first time when a Korean writer changes the ending based on what the viewers want so….it’s okay but I suppose.
In the end the writer decided to make Chilbong even more pitiful than he was in the beginning, considering that he lived mostly in loneliness because of his parents, he got even more pitiful when the writer decided to stop him play baseball and become a coach…..you could give him at least a girl ya know, not that happiness always comes with love, but to be honest as a viewer that had compassion towards Chilbong, I wanted him to overcome that loneliness he got “thanks” to his parents.
Although I was rooting for Chilbong all along, I’m not actually bother that Najung ended with Trash, but for me the writer failed to make me see Trash worth of being the husband, I do understand his inner battle about acknowledging his feelings for Najung, but all those inner conflicts were pointless in the end. Also I didn’t see Trash doing something worth of Najung’s feelings for him, mostly because he was SURE that Najung will choose him, he didn’t even bother to share moments of sadness with his loved one, and don’t give me the excuse that he didn’t want Najung to see his weak side or something like that because I’m not buying it. Najung was always the one tailing behind him, even when he supposedly felt threatened by Chilbong’s presence, he just let Najung run after him rather than seeing him also go after her; I really wanted to see Trash also run after her and not always let Najung go where he was no matter how far or close, for example in Busan or x place or n place and so on. Regardless, Chilbong’s constant ‘fight’ for her feelings was in the end pointless.
It’s kind of disappointing seeing a drama that wanted to be different, end being a pretty normal drama, but what could we expect from it, the second guy never gets what he wants in the end! Chilbong’s scenes were filled with heartache in every moment, from his parents leaving him in loneliness until his friends. He did become happier with the people from the boarding house, but it still didn’t feel like he was truly happy.
Honestly speaking, what upsets me the most isn’t that Najung’s husband turned to be Trash, after all Najung did love Trash, he was her first love and she managed to marry him, but rather the fact that all the rest of the characters had happy families, although the friends did stay in contact with him, I somehow feel that he didn’t manage to leave behind the loneliness he grow up with, maybe he just got used with it I suppose…. yes yes, he did meet that girl but did he just got over a 6 years old crush in 2 seconds….?
Some may say that Chilbong supporters are being angered because he wasn’t the husband, but from my point of view and since I am also a Chilbong supporter, I am not angered because of that but because the writer kept that guessing until the last minute, stuffing the story with the whole game and hints until the end.
Leaving aside all that talk about the love triangle, I liked when Chilbong called Trash “hyung” for the first time, it was like they finally left behind any hard feelings they had for each other. Another thing I liked was Najung and Haetae friendship, there were no feeling of love between a woman and man, just feelings of friendship, it was somehow refreshing.
Regardless of what complains we may have, everyone let’s be happy, it’s finally over!!