My Love Eun Dong episodes 15 and 16 (Final): "Happy" is a yuppie word.
Lovers, My Love Eun Dong has come to an end, but something my clubbers and I have found to be true is that a lyrical lesson can be gleaned with each episode. Now that the curtains have closed, the first thing that comes to mind is Rod Stewart's memorable classic "Some Guys Have All The Luck." For while Ekun, Pamela and I may never ascribe to this drama having a love triangle, there were two prominent men in this series; one lucked out time and time again, yet did nothing but complain, and the other had all the pain with all the breaks (in time and talent). However, when it's all said and done, pain and time, distance and luck, have nothing on the determination and long suffering of real love.
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Pamela: After eight weeks of break-ups and fate-ups, we’ve reached an end...and that end was quite a thing, with it’s own final time gap between the main couple squeezed in. They were given a happy ending, albeit not the perfect ending, which felt as sweet (if not slightly unfulfilling) as the drama did.
Ekun: How I wish I was happy. How I wish I was elated (simply because) this couple finally got together. How I WISH I cared about the last freakin episode… but I didn’t. There were so many things that were unjust that I just had no gumption or will to care. I am going to try and keep my anger (while it is at a blaze of a 1000 hells) to a light simmer.
Unnichan: There were certainly some serious issues with the way things panned out. However, I feel that Show made some choices practically from the beginning that it had to follow through with in the end.
Pamela: Who else got some nice contentment for this drama farewell party? Jae Ho. Anyone else? That’s a little less certain. I can accept how the closing episodes progressed, but maybe that’s just my constant indifference talking.
Ekun: In the end, Jae Ho still got what he wanted--if it was going to end as such, he could have disappeared. Not by committing suicide, but by my secret drama mafia that makes it like he never walked the face of the earth (no pun intended). *nods in agreement with self*
Unnichan: Puns or no, I get it to an extent. But Show’s narrative setup to have Eun Dong and Hyun Soo’s love story exposed to the public created a built-in desire to reveal certain fundamental truths to the world and unfortunately, the only person that could make that world believe our lovers weren’t cheating, ratchet scum, was Choi Jae Ho. I personally hated the man until the bitter end but everyone else on the outside looking in, felt he was some kind of magnanimous victim and that was a fallacy only he could rectify.
Pamela: Some of the comments I’ve seen since the last episode aired have been criticizing that Jae Ho was given any redemption at all. He stole Eun Dong’s life, Hyun Soo’s son, and he was primarily concerned about his love for the two of them until he presented the truth to the public. His past makes him out to be selfish and quite the [insert preferred profanity here]. But what his ending has done is emphasize what part of the message I get from the drama is: Your past does not define your present (or future). Eun Dong and Hyun Soo have been separated time and time again, but the prospect of possible separation never stopped them from diving headfirst into the pool of love. Jae Ho feared losing the life he has led for the past ten years because he worked and lied for it. Once he got over that, he became a decent person, cleaned up part of the mess he made for Eun Dong and Hyun Soo, and continued his recovery not to keep his past going into the present, but to sculpt the present into a better future.
Ekun: That is beautiful Pam-ah (unni is choked up a bit), but I wished that I cared enough for Jae Ho to give him that courtesy. If the change happened earlier, I would be the first to hop in the bandwagon. But I would not (if I were Eun Dong) forget the life that he robbed from me, the love of my life, and my son. Ra Il will never love his father, who is one of the best people in the world, because Jae Ho stole that from him. Of course Ra Il does not feel that way, but I know better. I am not saying we need to rip him out of his life (or maybe I am), but in my eyes, Jae Ho is no better than a kidnapper who manipulated a kid’s love for him 10 years. I hate that man… until the bitter freakin end. Nothing he could ever do in the future would change that. I would be civil, and extend the right for him to continue to see Ra Il (maybe, because deep down he ruined this kid), but that would solely be for my peace of mind, sanity, and Ra Il. Trust that I don’t give a *censored* about Jae Ho’s new leaf turned.
Unnichan: It comes down to how you viewed Jae Ho from the start. He’s a thief and a kidnapper and Rae Il has Stockholm Syndrome--- that is just the bottom line. And I was glad Eun Dong called him on his problem from the beginning and never backed down. She remains just a well written strong woman to me. I absolutely loved her, for even when he recovered and woke up she told him to stop being a coward--- and that was truly all I needed. I can’t say that Jae Ho “got over” anything because he still sees everything he did as predicated on love and that is and was his number one misconception. It is a complete travesty that Hyun Soo will never have the relationship he wants with his son based on anything that hasn’t been planted there by the man who did the most initial damage. And we see that thread of influence as Ra Il is willing and ready to die, instead of fighting and persevering once Jae Ho is sick. We’ve all said that Ra Il was the most important issue here and he was, yet Jae Ho didn’t think about that before he took those pills because he didn’t really care. In his own way he was robbing them all again and it’s those things I can’t get passed. I’m glad he’s walking, I’m glad he lived and if he chooses to have a better future, “Great!” but that means so little to me in the grand scheme of things, I can’t believe Show truly wants me to care.
Pamela: Dramas do have a habit of trying to redeem the bad characters in the end - if they aren’t dragged into jail cursing the powers that be, that is. I hate what Jae Ho did, because it’s true that he wasn’t concerned with the feelings of those he swore he loved, but I can understand the developmental choices the writing team made for him. Ra Il did make his choice, however influenced it was by the dirty decisions his surrogate father made back in the day; I’m glad that Jae Ho relinquished at least a little bit of his identity as father to Hyun Soo, the man who was supposed to own it originally. This may just be me trying to be optimistic about all of the story’s paths that were left open, and it honestly kind of is, but it’s nice that the show demonstrated the potential for the life after the final scenes.
Ekun: Pam-ah? You make this Unni seem like a heartless harpy! Because before you even typed about Jae Ho relinquishing space for Hyun Soo, I thought, “How dare this bastard tell Ra Il to address his biological father as dad… That is his REAL dad [inserted profanity from earlier]!” I can’t give it a positive though I tried--welp, I didn’t. I did not try. And that all really stemmed from Hyun Soo’s father telling Hyun Soo to let Ra Il go... what the hell!? Was I the only one stuck on stupid in morality 101? So nothing that could be done would make it positive for ExtraKun (yes, the “E” is for Extra as I being too much today).
Unnichan: I didn’t appreciate Daddy and the “let him go” fish story either but I did like that he chose to speak from a father’s point of view--- Hyun Soo’s father; not Ra Il’s grand dad or a man that empathizes with Jae Ho. He was thinking of his son (albeit from another perspective) but his father all the same.
And I certainly agree that this type of open ending has such weighted finality that one can’t help but appreciate how things ended. The unnecessary separation still remains just that, but it wasn’t something that felt unjust (or narratively manipulative) because it was a choice Hyun Soo made from his heart and love for those people that make his life. As I was watching the flashbacks, it occurred to me, only one separation of Eun Dong and Hyun Soo felt like the worst and most detrimental and that was the first. Since they were able to overcome that, there’s never been any such thing as a break up for them. I loved that when they meet in their spot in Choon Cheon, it was as if they’d seen one another the week before; because that is who they are, what they are. I don’t believe in meant to be or fated love but I have firm belief in making the choice to love (if you have the courage to). Loving despite the odds and beyond hope. To me, that is what transcends about these two.
Pamela: And this, readers, is why I am slinking away from the computer as I type… *applauds Unnichan’s drama-ing abilities* The main couple was not bitter about the hands that were dealt, because both parties had the power to draw new cards of life. Hyun Soo and Eun Dong tried to do what they saw as the best action with which to move forward in life, and what would make them and each other satisfied. There was always hope that the two of them would come together again, because there was always love that pushed them to.
Ekun: Now that is something I was glad to see consistently throughout the drama. That Mary J. Blige "Real Love." Makes me want to grow up and get married… *crickets chirp in the background* But seriously, I am glad this couple, despite all odds, were able to keep it real with each other and themselves. It wasn’t just “My Love Eun Dong” but “My Love, Eun Dong”.
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