I would have loved, more than anything, to be able to write all the recaps of each episode but life happened and I got buried under everything and before I knew it, the finale arrived.
This drama reminded me of why I dearly love Kim Eun-sook’s stories, not that I ever forgot thanks to my endless re-watching of Heirs. I’ve heard a lot of people say that the felt a disconnect from the drama after the Urk episodes ended, but I disagree with that. One of the things I love about Kim Eun-sook is how character-centered her dramas are. It’s always about people and their lives. The Urk episodes were just a chapter in the lives of the characters and when that chapter ended, they moved on to another chapter. Life in Seoul. Danger doesn’t only exist in war-torn countries, and the Seoul episodes also proved that.
What I liked:
- The story. This drama is contending with Heirs for my favourite Writer Kim drama and so far they are neck and neck. I loved the simplicity of the story which is truly Writer Kim’s trademark. Sure on the outside, her stories may look farfetched and out of this world, but if you strip away all the pomp and glitter, it’s just a story of people falling in love and struggling for that love.
- The Characters. I have family in the military so this drama became special to me on a deep level because I was able to experience it much differently than maybe others would. I sympathized with every single one of them even the minor ones, I felt their struggles and their pain and I saw them as real people and not just characters in a drama.
- The OST. The OST is one of my favourites, Always and This Love always bring me so many emotions.
- The Cinematography. I have no way to describe this except that one needs to watch it to really see it.
What I didn’t like:
There are only two things I really don’t like about Writer Kim’s dramas, her depiction of foreigners (this drama is not different than most other K-dramas in that sense honestly) and the over-saturation of product placements. I do realize that dramas require a lot of money to be made and I’m grateful to the sponsors because they allow me to watch so many awesome dramas, but one of Kim Eun-sook’s weakness is merging PPL into the plot. She managed to sell Samsung’s waterproof feature amazingly well, see Mo-yeon’s confession at the end of episode 8, but everything else almost made my eyes glaze over.
Here are a few screenshots from the series finale, I’m going to miss this drama a lot and I look forward to Writer Kim’s next drama, like I always do.