DRAMA CLUB: SHARK Episodes 19-20 (4/4)
Drama Debussie: You know what I loved about the last two episodes of Shark? I loved that every single character was able to fulfill their purpose. Not only that, any character that needed to be redeemed was and any character that didn’t want redemption got their comeuppance. Everything that we had been waiting for happened and there was even some good surprises in there too. While I have to admit that I’m a sucker for happy endings, I think Shark gave us the next best thing, an ending where everyone got what they truly deserved. We knew it was very unlikely that Yi Soo was going to be able to ride into the sunset after everything was said and done. Although he accomplished what he set out to do and, unexpectedly, he was able to give his sister something more valuable than his presence, he was able to give her life. Considering the bond these siblings shared was more important than any connection in the show, that had to have been my favorite part. So, my question to all of you is, what did you think of Shark’s ending? Was it good? Could it have been better?
Unnichan: Stories and I have an interesting relationship, where there are times when the story runs it's course for me and one scene or moment becomes the end, long before the show is actually over. It's a place where I feel the drama could end and I'd be fulfilled as a viewer. That moment in Shark was the freeze frame of episode 18. Therefore, going into this week, I was prepared and open to anything this show would offer save one thing---- Jun, dying cold and alone in the street. And he didn't, so everything else was just whipped cream.
Drama Debussie: I have to agree. The fact that Hae Woo was there when he was shot did provide some comfort for me considering the circumstances.Bad Guy, but nothing can ever touch Mawang. I got something in the middle and that works tremendously for me.
Drama Debussie: It seems everyone was afraid Shark would be Bad Guy: The Do-Over. While I understand why people were upset with Bad Guy’s abrupt ending, I was still a fan of the show for what it tried to be. While Shark is a different show, it had the advantage of not having to deal with interruptions, so it was able to give us an ending that was, for the most part, complete.Kdrama Therapy: I liked the ending. Heartless City left me feeling confused and sad this week, so I was going into Shark’s last episode knowing that it was “tragic” because of tweets and things I had read before watching it that were comparing the two finales. Drama Debussie: Spoiler tweets can be a killer. Kdrama Therapy: To my surprise, I was happy with Hae Woo. I think that was the most important resolution that I needed from the finale. Clearly she was always a major player, but for the first 18 episodes I wasn’t sure what her motives were or whether she was someone who deserved Yi Soo’s love. She ended up becoming a hero for me. Her sacrifice was huge, but she finally made the decision I was hoping she would instead of being forced into a decision by external pressures. As for Yi Soo dying, I was distraught, but suddenly his and Hae Woo’s love story made sense. He saved her when she was a teenager by showing her the affection she was lacking from her family. Without that love, she would never have made the decision she did in the end. Unnichan: I think revenge dramas are hard to reconcile because if nothing more than revenge is required or acquired then there’s really nowhere else to go. To me, this drama is a prime example of that. Once, Jun let Yi Soo back in, there was nothing else to accomplish, but being a donor for his sister and he does that. I don’t believe he wanted anything else in or for his life. His family was everything to him. Drama Debussie: There’s satisfaction in knowing that Yi Soo fulfilled his destiny.
Unnichan: The only thing that bugged me, if you will, was the crop of new faces that appeared. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the cyber ala Ghost moments or Jo’s connection to the Blue House but more that I wish we’d had it sooner. If we’d been given that added depth of realism, that extra mileage of corruption. But perhaps, it wasn’t offered because it may have given rise to redemption? To the idea that Jo has basis and reason to make those last ditch efforts?
Kdrama Therapy: It was odd that those “cards” weren’t used until the last minute. I think he was just too cocky from the beginning. I don’t think that he imagined Hae Woo would be the one to really push for his downfall, thus she was the only person who really could make it happen.Drama Debussie: That may have a lot to do with that fact that Grandpa Jo really underestimated Yi Soo or overestimated Hae Woo’s loyalty to him. There were many “cards” I wish had been used early on. They may have brought new dimensions to the story. Oh well. If there’s one thing I don’t wish is that I could do this drama club with anyone else than Kdrama Therapy, Unnichan, and all the Shark fans! 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 Twitter: @dramadebussie Kdrama Therapy: kdramatherapy.com