It ended with their last kiss… symbolically on the same stairway and under the same street light they had kissed for the first time
With HSK I’ve experienced something that happened to me only 1-2 times - a perfect and thoroughly satisfying kdrama finale. What can I say more about this incredible and awesome show which has been so perfect and cractastic from the very first second until the very last and even delivered such great, special episode. It is no suprise that HSK has become together with Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (I bet that’s why we got that Lee Chung Ah’s cameo appearance as JW’s potential love interest since only FBRS was this successful in this time slot) tvN’s most successful drama in the late Mon&Tue 23:00 timeslot when most of its target audience (women from 15-35) is already asleep because they have to go to work or to school. There are tvN’s show that recieved higher ratings like Reply 1994, Emergency Couple or even Marriage Not Dating, however, those have all aired in the Fri&Sat 20:40 viewer-friendly timeslot.
"I’m crazy about you, Jung Soo Young. I’m dying here. Every day, every morning I fall for you whenever I see you. Again and again. Popcorn Unni. My Pop. Ally. My wife. My wifey. Darling. Thank you so much for marrying me." - MS
Like I said it ended with a kiss and like the rest of episode 17 it contained an epic self-reference with MS’s love confession (He is basically quoting himself since he said the exactly same thing on a different stairway in episode 9 when he tried to assure SY of his love and desire for her; enumerating all those adorable nicknames he gave her and telling her his ‘thank you very kamsa’) because this drama is so epic on its own that it doesn’t need to refer others. I would only get more repetitive describing the amazing skinship, kisses and hug as perfection and shippy heaven. It is a kdrama that literally made my heart flutter and made me deliriously happy while shipping and fangirling like crazy. It gave us great OST, deft directing, nice cinematography, an engaging, fast-paced and unforgettable story with many complex characters and LHS and YJW both deserve their very own spin-offs.
I don’t think that JW will neccessary end with LCA’s character, however, I like that he allowed himself the chance to try to form a relationship with someone and get out of his shell. Frankly, I still delusionally wish that he somehow ends with YA because Lee Soo Hyuk and Lee Yul Eum have explosive chemistry on screen and every time I watch their scenes together I’m writing fanfics in my mind.
I have already written so many rants about SIG and LHN’s sublime performances and their out-of-this world chemistry that I could write a whole thesis about it. Normally, I don’t ship the OTP in the RL, however, I’m shipping these two. LHN was amazing as the quirky JSY and SIG delivered one of those unforgettable kdrama male lead characters. I have to say he is the only 20+ year-old actor playing a teenage character to whom I actually believe it (I still can’t get over Lee Min Ho in Heirs and I’m saying this as his fan). Not even once did I think he looks or acts too old for this role. He managed to show MS’s maturity without making me doubt his age. I liked him in Reply 1997 and TMS, however, now I’ve become his fan.
It’s great to see that the whole story came whole circle in the finale and devoted the same amount of time to MS and SY’s development as characters. Like I mentioned previously, they both changed thanks to each other’s love and that timid, socially awkward woman JSY, who believed in serendipity as something fairy-tale like that occurs when the stars align is no longer. Therefore, it’s amazing to see her narrating the finale words and sending us the message of this amazing story: Don’t wait for your destiny, thinking it will smack you into your face someday, go and find it yourself and then grab onto it like MS and SY did and don’t you ever let go!
"Maybe destiny is not something for someone who sits and waits for a chance. A real destiny comes ike a gift that is given to me when I look for and dare to choose. ,Then it comes to me. I with someone I dared to choose as my destiny will do my best loving and and living with him. I’m a confident, modern woman of Korea, and a cool missy. I’m Jung Soo Young." - SY
THANK YOU VERY KAMSA, HIGH SCHOOL KING!!!