After a lot more than 3 seconds, we have finally come to the end of this drama. What can I really say about this ending, which involved everyone and they mama planning to leave for the States, and Hye Jung becoming possessed by the ghost of a kind and doddering mother-in-law?
The US was the place to be, since not only did Jun declare his resolution to move to New York, but then Yun Hui said she would visit her family (they’re still alive?) along with Ha Na. But no, just kidding! Yun Hui continued to be a really absent mother, and took off for the States by herself, leaving Ha Na and In Ha behind. But nobody leaves In Ha in Korea, for he finally decided to leave everything behind and live for love – or at least friendship, since it looks like he and Yun Hui just remain “friends” for the rest of their lives. And so this is how the drama resolved its pseudo-incestuous storyline. I guess the message was, if you’re on different continents, anything goes. I hope In Ha and Yun Hui (who’s wearing an umbrella necklace that’s still not as good as the Winter Sonata Polaris one) are happy.
So that was, like, the first 20 minutes. Which meant that the painfully long remainder of the episode was devoted to Jun and Ha Na doing…whatever it is they do. After a year, they are the “ordinary couple” they have always wanted to be, with Ha Na complaining that they’re so boring now (she said it, I didn’t). They have broken up at least 4 times, and that’s supposed to be absolutely adorable for some reason. This reminded me of that Jang Geun Suk clunker, Marry Me, Mary!, which seemed to think that including details like this made the drama more realistic and super cute. Well, it doesn’t. It really doesn’t.
A year hasn’t been that kind to everyone. Han Tae Sung obviously tried to shake things up by getting an awful new hairdo – let’s hope he wasn’t inspired by Jun’s interesting style. Lee Mi Ho is off to Paris to nurse her broken heart, having ended up with no one – no Jo Soo, and no Jeon Seol. And even though Lee Sun Ho is being sent out on marriage meetings, he will probably end up as this generation’s Chang Mo, single and still holding a torch (maybe) for Ha Na. Poor Kim Si Hoo. I still like him, so I hope that in the future he’ll find a role that allows him to do something for a change.
I think Hye Jung dominated this drama with her blunt ways and off-putting intensity. And she wasn’t even a villain at the end, having been replaced with a new person who adores her future daughter-in-law, and is the one to tell Jun that they should just get married. Yes, she proposed to Yun Hui for her son. Since they had mom’s stamp of approval, Jun finally asked Ha Na to watch a really long slideshow of all the pictures he had ever taken of her, providing self-centered commentary along the way (such as how he was feeling when he took that particular photo). He somehow worked in a proposal along the way, and the drama ended with them off to their wedding. The end.
I was going to be really open-minded about this drama, especially since the director still has my Winter Sonata goodwill. But this drama was just so lame – there was no drama in this drama. I hate outsized villains, but these limping secondary characters, like Tae Sung or Sun Ho, just don’t do anything. I also think Jung Jin Young and Lee Mi Suk were miscast as the older couple, since these actors don’t really seem like the wide-eyed, lovey-dovey types. When the blindness arc started, I half-expected Jung to go into his Brain mode, and either tell Yun Hui that he could cure her, or that she wasn’t playing blind as well as he had. I don’t think Jang Geun Suk and Yoon Ah were bad, but these roles weren’t doing anything for them. I’m kind of glad that this drama didn’t really do well in Korea, since it spares us from the director’s further efforts. If this had done well, we would probably be looking at a whole Elements/Weather Series, like Hate Snow, or Feel Lukewarm about Hail. I think Love Rain was enough.