Thursday, February 27, 2014

You Who Came from the Stars: Episode 21

별에서 온 그대: 제21회
As Song-Yi wishes upon a star, Min-Joon says his parting words, vanishing into thin air before she could even say goodbye. This will cause her severe depression in the years to come despite everyone’s attempt to console her. Once in a while she will see him, a similar occurrence which lawyer Jang and Hwi-Kyeong’s brother will also report, but will summarily be dismissed as stress-induced hallucinations. Three years later, Song-Yi will have regained the spot she vacated in the biz by virtue of Hwi-Kyeong’s backing. On the night of the Korean Film Awards, she will work the red carpet and pose for the paparazzi, when all of a sudden everything in motion will stop except for her, and Min-Joon, who will walk up the flight of stairs and plant a kiss right on her lips, before he disappears again, much to everyone’s bewilderment. His apparitions will turn out to be real after all. Discovering a wormhole and banking on his ability to stop time, he will be able to come back for a longer period each time, their love story continuing as such with him suddenly disappearing and her patiently waiting when he would be back again, spending every time they have together as if it is going to be their last.

Hwi-Kyeong’s brother is sentenced to a life in prison, their father finally putting an end to the havoc wreaked by a monster he himself created. He is not the main villain here, given how he is instantly rendered powerless with just one word from daddy. The real villain is Alien’s existential dilemma, and the way the writers ends everything with a compromise may not fit well with everyone’s expectations, but at least it is an ending which further reinforces the prevalent theme they have been shoving down our throats all along: Live for the moment. Besides, being able to spend time together is better than not at all, despite the situation being relatively harder for these star-crossed lovers, pun intended. Unlike 49 Days which ran awesomely well only to disappoint at the last minute with a rather contrived ending, this drama’s plot flows quite smoothly from beginning to end, trying hard to tie lose ends or just conveniently downplay subplots when excitement starts to run high. The presence of non-conventional styles of storytelling such as breaking the fourth wall during the epilogue and the effective use of flashbacks makes this show unique, and will always be remembered for such. Best 2014 K-drama so far!

Expressions of the day
내가사랑하는 My love
다잊어버려 Forget everything

옛날에 신기하게도 집으로 돌아오는 길을 찾은 토끼가 있었답니다
Once upon a time, interestingly, there was a rabbit that found its way back home

2 creature(s) gave a damn:

Mariane Ballesteros said...

I agree, this drama is so unique from the usual kdramas I've seen usually nagla lie low or boring/predictable na after episode 10-11, You who came.. maintained its consistency until the last ep. Though medyo nadisappoint lang ako dahil walang conclusion yung kay Hui Gyeong and Se-mi.

ihcahieh said...

@The Chronicles of Mariane - I guess you are not alone in that sentiment. This show was just so enjoyable despite its flaws. As for Hwi-Kyeong/Se-Mi, ewan ko. I think it has been established that they were weak supporting characters anyway, so I did not care that much. HAHA

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