I was a little confused as to why Yujin would not follow Joonsang to NY. I know I would've. I mean they lost 3 years of their lives, 3 years where they could've been together loving, spending time together. That upset me a little. And then when I saw Yujin and Sanghyuk with the little girl I screamed! ah, but it wasn't their child. It was cute to see that Yongkuk and Yujin's roommate did end up together. Even though the way it looked I thought it wouldn't be that way, since Yongkuk never really made a move on her. But then again, maybe they just assumed that it would happen eventually, and they did. They got married and had a family.
Oh and I thought Yujin looked alot better with her longer hair. I thought she looked very pretty. Anyways I am glad that they ended up together. The last scene was absolutely beautiful. Them hugging each other and the beautiful sky and the ocean in the background. Beautiful!!! I just wished they would've shown more of them being together, maybe getting married. Ah I would've loved it if they would've shown them married and with children.
Well overall, I did like it, and I'm glad that Yujin and Joonsang got together. I mean they were meant to be together regardless of anything, that was their destiny.
Whew! You all had a lot of the same thoughts I had the first time I saw this. It seems you were annoyed by the "baby trick"--but that actually was very clever on the part of the writers. They threw you another little obstacle before relief was given. (PS - I thought the baby belonged to Yu-jin's old (gorgeous) roommate and the veterinarian "friend"--I forgot their names. I'll not see the reruns until Wednesday or so; I guess I'll find out then.)
I remember a great feeling of being let down at the end, but only at the very end, in the last scene. It seemed they were paralyzed with no sensation, I felt a need for more--I don't know what--but maybe after seeing the entire series this time, I'll feel more satisfaction at the end.
I remember when Lucy said, "maybe they'll go blind"--I almost spit out my Coke. Man, it was hard to keep my mouth shut then. (By the way, Lucy, that was the real reason I said you'd be embarrassed. Just my joke with myself.)
I love this series, I'm thinking of buying it (but I'm ordering DJG for now instead, and should get the first box set soon (BmB got it for me for Valentine's)--me so happy then). I think overall, it was very well-acted, in spite of the total abandonment to evil fate, and the writers did a good job, considering the bleakness of the subject matter; it did not seem too stretched out to me. I did not think it was such a great tragedy that JS became blind--he has his memories, and he certainly was not totally helpless. It just was something that happens to people sometimes, and I don't think it was important to Yu-jin, either. In fact, it seemed the most realistic note in the whole series, that they would still love so strongly.
From Dae Jang-geum: Sun-dol: "Are you trying to dry me up and kill me? Why do you say the same things over and over every day? Rather, come and hit me once! Aigu!" But then: Dr. Lazarus: "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan... You shall be avenged."
Post by galacticchick on Feb 28, 2005 10:34:06 GMT -5
I almost feel bad for saying this because I loved the show so much while it was playing, but I found the ending to be anti-climactic, at best.
I guess it bothers me because they were so willing to be apart and yet no reason for that was really given. It's like they loved each other when there were obstacles to their love, but as soon as they were removed they both thought that there had been too many obstacles to be together.
Short review: I liked the series but feel as genuinely ambivilant about the ending as one can be.
Agreed, agreed, agreed. I don't know why I was so upset with the fact that he was blind, but I was. Maybe because I wanted his character, who had already suffered so much, see only beautiful things in his life w/his beloved. Maybe because he didn't get to see how good Yujin looked w/her new and improved haircut and fashion (France did wonders for her). He did seem happy though.
I will never understand why she didn't follow him to New York. The end just left so many unanswered questions, if SH was walking around with her, doesn't that mean that he thinks they might still have a chance and he might try to oppose it again? If I had seen a wedding or anything like that, I knew there would be no chance of them separating, but as long as I didn't get that, I didn't feel enough closure.
Grandparents from WML: "Are my words dog's nose to you?"
The end just left so many unanswered questions, if SH was walking around with her, doesn't that mean that he thinks they might still have a chance and he might try to oppose it again? If I had seen a wedding or anything like that, I knew there would be no chance of them separating, but as long as I didn't get that, I didn't feel enough closure.
Well Yujin and Sanghyuk have been friends from childhood. I don't think they would ever stop being that. So regardless of whats happened, Sanghyuk is going to continue to be there for her and obviously he realized that Yujin could never be his. Plus she had just gotten back from France so even if he did want to pursue her, he didn't have enough time, cause as soon as she came back she ran into Joonsang.
So in my mind, even though there was no wedding (though I would've loved to see one) Yujin and Joonsang ended together, happily ever after.
One thing that did amaze me about this drama, is the strong bond between friends. I mean regardless of what happened, and the circumstances, they always stuck by each other. Like Yujin continuing to be Sanghyuk's friend after he lied so much. Granted he did redeem himself in the end, and told her the truth. But I don't know if I would've continued being his friend, there's no way I would've been able to trust him again. And Cherin lied about things too and she was so self-centered, but everybody still cared for her. (though she wasn't as bad as Sanghyuk) It was nice how in the end they were all eating and drinking together.
With so many unfulfilled wishes as to where this story should have gone, it behooves us to write a sequel. How shall we begin?
I completely agree with you chi8. There needs to be a sequel. And we need to make sure that they have kids. I just keep thinking about that scene in the church where Joonsang was talking about children, that was so adorable!
Well! Here I am, after having the morning off. I'm way late on weighing in, so whatever I have to say will likely be a repeat of what you all thought, for the most part. I liked that they ended up together and thought the final scene was very beautiful. But let me say that I watched the last two episodes over again, and there are a couple of things that bothered me.
Number one, it's absolutely not fair that Joon-sang has to be blind after already having so many difficulties. Throughout it all, he never got bitter and was even sweeter at the end of the show than he was at the beginning.
Number two, it really haunts me that they had to wait 13 years to be together forever when they have been in love since 10th grade. That makes me really sad, but then, I have a real issue with wasted time.
Number three, about 4 episodes ago they vowed to each other SOLEMNLY that they would never be parted again, and yet, when Joon-sang pulls that old "noble sacrifice" business, sure enough, they are separated for years before they find each other again.
Number four, and I don't think anyone picked up on this yet, that probably wasn't Joon-sang's home, and at any rate, he was not living there. He built the house but was only back in Korea for a visit. Remember when he and his Sunbae were sitting on the park bench, and the colleague said, "Is there anywhere you'd like to visit as long as you're visiting here?" Next thing you see, he's walking around the house. He was only there for the afternoon. When the guy took him off in the golf cart, that was Joon-sang leaving and almost missing Yu-jin, who just happened to be there by merest chance. If Joon-sang had not forgotten something (he was only returning for a moment while the guy waited in the golf cart), HE WOULD HAVE MISSED HER. That is just too cruel to contemplate.
I am very, very relieved and happy that they will be together, but the fact that they found each other again by chance points up how dumbly I think they (JS and YJ) handled the whole thing. If they wanted to be together, for god's sake, they could have found each other by now. Why, on the basis of a fluke meeting, is it now OK for them to stay together? The plot fell apart for me the moment Joon-sang found out he wasn't related to Yu-jin and DIDN'T immediately fly to her to tell her. Like everyone else, I don't understand what either of them was thinking.
This is not to say I didn't enjoy the last two episodes immensely; they were terribly romantic and, in the end, satisfying. Joon-sang looked adorable shuffling around happily in his stocking feet. That was some fine acting, BTW; when I went back and looked at it again, in the scene where he's exploring the house, you can read every thought and emotion by his body language and facial expressions.
I happen to have liked the trick they played on us with the little girl. But did anyone else notice what looked like the ghost of Joon-sang in the foreground? It was the corner of a head and shoulders, Joon-sang's spring coat and hair the same color as his. I have no idea what that was supposed to mean, but I looked at it several times and it definitely was there. Then, when the friends went into the apartment building, Yu-jin stopped and looked at that spot for a long moment until Sang-hyuk prompted her to come in.
Yep it was dumb that they had to wait 3 years. I mean if Joonsang had not forgotten something and gone back, would they have ever met again? I don't understand why they let so much time pass. And Yujin had a plane ticket to NY, why she never went I have no idea. I mean were they ever planning on looking for one another? I swear sometimes people make it harder than what it is. When Joonsang found out the truth about his dad, I thought he was going to go running to Yujin, but he didn't. Well at least they're together, and most importantly they are not brother and sister.
As for the house, I think it was Joonsang's. He designed it and had it built. Maybe he wasn't living in it, but I think it was his. I don't think he would've designed Yujins dream home only to have it sold.
I don't think he would've designed Yujins home only to sell it.
I agree. I thought it probable that it was his, but I wanted to point out that we didn't know that for sure and that he wasn't living in it (or in Korea) at the time.
Do you all think that Joon-sang is going to move back to Korea, or that Yu-jin will go to the US?
There are some cases in which a person is blind but their eyes are still sensitive to the sun.
I think that is usually the case when the eyes may not have vision, but they are still living organs and you don't want to damage them. But, those glasses were (a) not big enough to offer physical protection and (b) not dark enough to be a barrier to light. Maybe he's just wearing them because he knows he looks cute.