shark182 Endings are tricky, because out of the hundreds (thousands?) of Korean dramas I've seen, I can only remember a handful of satisfying endings but a smorgasbord of the opposite. I'm not talking about "happy" endings, because well, flowers and bubbles aren't my thing, and at times, writers sell out for fanservice or innovation, over a cohesive, rational end. But also, for me, happy endings are relative, for "happy" depends on the definition given by the descriptor or interpreter. So for SHARK, though there were no lollipops, I do believe this drama ended with hearts (love), rainbows (promise) and sunshine (illumination/peace).

"Still, sharks are the strongest among sea creatures."

It's no secret that I've always believed Jun would die. To me, that was the only logical resolution, therefore, at some point during episode 20 I thought, "Ah, drama's going to let Jo 'win.'" For, that is how it can be interpreted, that Grandpa Jo still got what he wanted in the end, regardless of the truth. However, I looked at this as Yi Soo finally being able to do the kind of good he wanted to achieve. shark172shark174 Throughout this drama, he's schemed and manipulated, toyed with lives and emotions, but is that ever how one desires to be remembered? For me, this drama has always been about the love story between a man and his family, for that was the one bond that transcended throughout the entirety of this series. Jun wanted to uncover the truth, not only for "revenge" but for the pride of his family. His love for that unit was the one thread that kept him going, even until his last second. shark179 Under different circumstances, Grandpa Jo being the ruthless and relentless liar he is would have impressed me to the point of respect. But all he ever did was sicken me. However, I must give him credit, for he rode his lies and manipulative delusions all the way to jail, rarely and barely batting an eye.

"I only did what I had to in order to survive in a brutal era."

I suppose the main reason I despised the man was he never owned his own dirt. Instead, he made himself out to be the only patriot in this faction, like he wasn't a criminal at all. If only he'd acknowledged who he was, yet remained unfazed, I'd have walked away loving yet another Jo villain (the first being Jo Pil Yeon from Giant). shark186shark187 My clubbers and I always seem to agree and this time is no different--- Hae Woo finally did something right (albeit at the midnight hour). Her shining moment began when she and Joon Young had an honest, adult conversation. A conversation, I considered a break up.

"I don't want to cause you anymore pain."

Yes, Joon Young doesn't want to let go but Hae Woo was resolved and I don't see her "staying" with Joon Young--- at least not in a traditional marriage. However, I also never believed she was running into Yi Soo's arms either. Hae Woo knew she loved Yi Soo but like Jun, she purposefully placed a wall between them, never truly succumbing to his embraces. I won't speculate as to the real reason either made that choice but I won't pretend I'm not glad they did. shark177 shark178 Lastly, I want to thank my drama buddy, for pointing out that my favorite character, Mrs. Park created the best moment in the entire drama! She was the embodiment of the spirit and mind of the audience and her last act of intuition was so gratifying, I kicked my legs in the air and giggled like a fat kid in a doughnut shop. Thank you littleStar! Well kids, that's it!! We're at the end of Drama Club but it's been a great experience. What has made it the most fun has to be my Drama Club Girls--- Drama Debussie and Kdrama Therapy! SHARK has been tons more enjoyable being able to laugh, predict and think along with them. Thank you both for being great partners in this journey to Hell and back. Glad we all made it out unscathed. More SHARK Drama Club: Episodes 19-20 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 17-18 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 15-16 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 13-14 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 11-12 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 9-10 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 7-8 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 1-6 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Check out the SHARK Drama Club’s individual blogs! Unnichan: withsubsplease.wordpress.com Drama Debussie: dramadebussie.com Kdrama Therapy: kdramatherapy.blogspot.com