Hello everyone and thanks for joining us for our last Missing Nine Drama Club. The drama is over and we don't know how to feel...mostly because of that ending. Mixed emotions doesn't even begin to cover it. Come join Akua, Amy, and Logan as we bid farewell as best we can to this roller-coaster of a drama.


Missing Nine

Starring Jung Kyung Ho and Baek Jin Hee

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Akua: Well, well, well, we’ve come to the end of our long journey with the infamous Legend Entertainment. After weeks of agonizing, yelling at the laptop, laughing and wanting to wring Tae Ho’s neck, we come to these last two episodes. So, where’s the crystal ball. Did any of us get any of our predictions right?

Logan: I think we were all way off- or at least I was. The most sorely disappointing part of the ending was the fact that Yeol didn’t appear. I know I’m not the only one who’s been *not so* secretly hoping to see him ever since his disappearance/death in episode 5. I thought for sure they were teasing his re-appearance but no such luck. And I think all of us thought that Tae Ho was going to have to pay the price in a big way. That was the real shocker. They forgave him and he became part of the gang again? I did not see that coming. Not at all.

Amy: Yeah. We were all off by a lot. I’m disappointed in some ways but I liked what they did with the ending overall. I think they’re setting a good example for their viewers even though justice would have been so, so sweet.

Akua: I gotta agree with you Logan. That was a big bad L on the part of the writers. After Tae Ho’s mercilessly killed Yeol, Soo Hee and the reporter, almost killed Jae Hyun, tried to kill CEO Jang and CEO Hwang; we’re just gonna accept him back? Just like that?!! Whaaaaaaaat? On the island they were scared of him but they could have taken him out if they really wanted to. I guess they were all to freaked out to do anything about him. And now? Now we’re just gonna let him kick it with us? What if he decides life is unfair again? What THEN? No! No! Big Bad F in my book.

Logan: I don’t know how to feel about them forgiving Tae Ho tbh. I’m very torn because I’m a huge believer in redemption and forgiveness. So much so that I start to cry when I see a character be selflessly forgiving, but even this was a stretch for me. Granted, I did have sympathy for Tae Ho. Actually, there was a line from this week’s episode of one of my favorite American TV shows, the Magicians, that said “We’re emotionally advanced. We can hold resentment and sympathy for a person at the same time” and that was exactly what I thought when Tae Ho broke down after Joon Oh confronted him. He didn’t set out to become a murderer. He didn’t want to be. He got set on the wrong path. Still, he did some really evil stuff and I feel very conflicted about his redemption.

Amy: I felt the same way, Logan. It felt like a stretch but at the same time I understand why the writers went that way. All of our characters were complex and I think I’ll have to rewatch if I’m going to begin to understand everything they’re thinking even with our discussions. I know I missed quite a bit.

Akua: I love to see someone find redemption. I do. I just didn’t see it here. For that ending scene to work, we needed to see more from Tae Ho. We needed to see time lapse and interactions between them over that time so that we can credibly believe that he’s found a better self and that the others have been able to find it within themselves to forgive him. I need that closure in my life. We’ve been running scared and wild about Tae Ho for weeks now and in what 5-10 minutes you want me to believe that we’re all good? Come on writers! Let’s see a little character development here? We saw it with Chairwoman Jo, right? We all saw how she relegated her duties to everyone else but slowly with her running for Congresswoman we saw how she started to question herself. Then at the end we see that for once, she does something right. Yeah, we don’t know if she’s truly reformed but at least we can see how it can happen! You know?

Logan: You make a fantastic point, Akua, and I think that’s why I feel so conflicted. It wasn’t a redemption. They were all together, laughing, and having a good time but we didn’t see Tae Ho change- AT ALL. It almost feels disrespectful to all the characters he killed that they pretend like it never happened. I know that pretty much everyone is feeling really unsatisfied with this ending. Now I was okay with Joon Oh and Bong Hee’s relationship only being insinuated, I’ve learned to expect it from this writing, but I think a lot of people were expecting them to end up together in a much more concrete way.

Amy: They should have had at least a quick kiss! Come on! Ha ha! I mean, they’re obviously going to end up in a relationship but at least getting a little peck would have helped me feel better. I think we could use another episode. It seems like we got cut short.

Akua: Everything was rushed in the last half of the final episode. All along we’ve watched Bong Hee and Joon Oh get closer. We’ve seen him give her gifts, promise to take care of her and we almost saw a kiss at the end?! Come on now!! You mean to tell me that Bong Hee wasn’t prompting Joon Oh for some skinship? Yeah, she was. They could at least have had a little pucker before the random interview broke them up! Right? So then what’s all this about that guy confessing to liking Bong Hee??? Hunh? Noooooo. What??!! Or that Chairwoman Jo is his Aunt? *errrrr?*

Logan: It was rushed. Didn’t it kind of feel like the drama had episodes cut? I didn’t hear anything about it being cut short, but it sure felt like it to me. I liked Chairwoman Jo’s righthand man the whole time. He was always on Bong Hee’s side, so it was no surprise that he liked her. And I thought it was adorable that he was her nephew. I was glad that he was there at the end with everyone else during the final scene- even if it was weird. Also, I think the final scene was meant to be symbolic. We pointed out in the beginning how everyone was wearing neutral colors. Well they were again this time- beiges and whites. But then in painting Bong Hee’s house, everyone would up with bright colored paint all over them. I could recognize the symbolism, but I guess it’s up to interpretation a little bit as to what it means.

Amy: I didn’t even think about the symbolism. Ha ha! Now that I’m thinking about it, though, the colorfulness of the end made it a little better. I would interpret it as everyone having their own color and when you do something together you bring your colors together and make something beautiful.

Akua: I noticed that during the court scenes, the predominant color for the crowd was beige but the main characters all had different colors. Then during the second court scene, everyone was in shades of beige including the main characters. The ending scene with them wearing white and painting made me think of the recall scenes back in the earlier episodes when Bong Hee was amnesic and they were hypnotizing her. For a few minutes, I was wondering if that last scene was a dream because of the colors, the abruptness of the scene change and the seeming lack of care that the murderer was among them. *dramatic sigh* What I also find fascinating is the ego of the Prosecution. They know Joon Oh is innocent but they won’t admit it. I think a lot of us do that - in small ways, right? We know we’re going down the wrong path or we’ve done something wrong but “lies beget lies” and we can’t stop. We get entrenched and like Shakespeare said, “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”!

Logan: That actually makes a lot of sense, Amy. You're so smart :) I thought the end scene was a dream at first too, but the interview at the end kind of showed that it was reality. And it couldn’t have been that long after the trial. So did Tae Ho go to prison for like a day? Yeah, the I’m going to stubbornly accuse you of a crime I obviously know you didn’t commit trope is one of my least favorite. Thankfully Prosecutor Yoon was always on their side. And props to his lawyer friend for stepping up as an awesome defense attorney for Joon Oh. He really kicked some butt in the courtroom!

Amy: I already liked Prosecutor Yoon and his lawyer friend but these last two episodes made me like them even more. I wouldn’t mind a drama with Prosecutor Yoon seeking justice and kicking butt with his lawyer friend by his side. Maybe even a little romance too. Sounds great to me!

Akua: Overall, the drama had some kick-butt plot lines like the very beginning with Bong Hee’s memory loss, when Bong Hee found Joon Oh and they had to bring him over to Korea, when they plotted to fake out CEO Jang and Tae Ho and during the court scenes. There was some good writing there. I would be much happier with this drama if it hadn’t felt so rushed. Like - how is it that CEO Hwang’s statement was enough to dismiss the case? The prosecution had Tae Ho. The defense had CEO Hwang. Do I assume that because CEO Hwang was in a coma this whole time, his statement was purer and without bias? Is that why it was so pivotal in getting the case dismissed?

Logan: Ki Joon, Ji Ah, and Secretary/CEO Tae’s testimonies were all compromised because they lied at first- so I think they couldn’t really trusted according to the courts. CEO Hwang’s statement was not subject to the same influences everyone else had faced and therefore more trustworthy, but all the same it was kind of weird. I don’t think that this drama by any means was perfect. However, you can’t deny that this writer knows how to make a really unique drama. Missing Nine was unlike any Kdrama I’ve ever seen and so much less like Lost than everyone assumed it would be. I hardly remembered the initial comparison. I’m actually a big fan of this writer and will continue to watch any drama that they put out because whether or not you agree with the ending or parts of it- it’s good story-telling.

Amy: I definitely appreciated that it was not like your normal drama. I thought the writers did a good job with what they had. I think it got cut short and they had to fit too much into 16 episodes.

Akua: It was not the regular old KDrama. I like that. It had curve balls, blood everywhere, unexpected twists and turns, hilarious moments and it was an adrenaline rush the whole time. I expected the last two episodes to be kind of chill but there was NO chill. Hahaha. We were on the Missing Nine Roller Coaster and they didn’t let us off until the last half of the final episode. Kudos to them for keeping me so engaged. I couldn’t predict anything and that is a sign of a good writer. I loved the cinematography - like when Joon Oh was sitting on top of the van! I also enjoyed the unique characters and their interplay. For example, Bong Hee is not your prototypical KDrama goody-goody without a backbone. She’s strong, persistent, honorable, hard-working, loyal without being stupid and optimistic. Her mom? Loved her! She was do or die until the very end but she was also conflicted. It’s that kind of realness that I think is missing in many Kdramas. None of the characters were one-dimensional except for CEO Jang and we see a little bit of humanity in him when he meets CEO Hwang. What do you guys think of the characters?

Logan: This drama had so many multi-dimensional, diverse, amazing characters that it almost wasn’t fair. There were no cliches here. Ji Ah was a personal favorite of mine- tough girl image but incredibly caring to those around her. CEO Tae who was fearful and seemed like a coward, but went to great lengths to protect those he cared about it despite his fear. The more I think about these characters, the sadder I am that I don’t get to hang out with them any longer. I wish they were real people- these are the type of people I’d want to be friends with.

Amy: I loved all of the characters too but especially Joon Oh. He took my heart and ran away with it. He is one of my favorite male characters in a drama now.

Akua: Normally I’m not curious about what happens to the characters after the show ends but for Missing Nine, I wish we had a second season. I want to see how their lives are affected by the past what, six - eight months? What will happen to Ji Ah and Ki Joon’s fledgling love? Will Bong Hee and Joon Oh fall in love or stay as good friends? Does CEO Hwang get out of the wheelchair? What happened to CEO Jang? What’s gonna happen to Legend Entertainment? What about the SVU or the prosecution? Aaaaargh! I’ve got too many questions and not enough answers people!!!

Well, Niners, thanks so much for joining us on this whirlwind adventure with a not so ordinary KDrama. It’s been super fun hanging out again with Logan and Amy, especially on such a unique KDrama as Missing Nine. We hope you’ve had as much fun as we have and we look forward to reading your thoughts! Catch ya in another DC in another KDrama world! Annyeong!

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Missing Nine

Starring Jung Kyung Ho and Baek Jin Hee

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