Reply 1988 ~ Hana Kimi’s thoughtshanakimi91 2016-09-27
It is because I loved the other two Reply series, I was really expecting “Reply 1988” I even waited until summer, for my schedule to be free and enjoy it fully.
At first I was a bit shocked Hyeri would be the main lead, but she made me change my mind in the best way, giving a great performance as Deok Sun
It had the best family story out of the other two, but my disappointment : it lacked a bit in romance.
I don’t know if I am butthurt, because I shipped Deok Sun with Jung Hwan. But that is why it was weird to me.
In Reply 1994 I liked Chil Bong Yi more than SSeureki, but as the episodes went on, the writers had a nice closure with Chil Bong and Na Jung, so it was natural and nice how she ended up with Trash. But here it seemed liked the writers never gave the chance, for Jung Hwan to be with Deok Sun.
Although I liked Taek, the main reason I loved Reply, it was because every character had their own story and mattered, but it felt like in the last episodes , Jung Hwan was an unimportant second lead.
Junghwan was portrayed as the person, who could never get his feeling through, not only with his friends, but with his family too. That’s why I feel like they didn’t give a chance for the character to develop and made him even worse, when he found out that his friend Taek likes the same girl as him. It would be interesting, if he had the chance to really be with Deok Seon for once.
His “confession” scene was one of the best ones in dramaland, but did his feeling ever reach Deok Sun sincerely? The red light was actually his own self?
When I rewatched the episode and although I didn’t want to accept it when I first watched it, the closure was hinted. It’s like Jung hwan is waiting for her, for the last time outside his house. Also after Taek finds her at the concert, it seems like Deok Seon has made her decision. When the friends are gathered together and they wait for Taek, few minutes before Junghwan makes his “confession”, she always looks at the door, waiting for Taek to come. The ring that is left there symbolises, their love story.
About the PD’s answer for this matter, I happened to read somewhere, I have to say this. Jung Hwan is not the character who had zero problems as he claimed, he is the character who never expressed his problems. I understand how he said the romance was limited, because the focus was on the family, but still if you decide to put some romance, then you have to do it properly. Plus about the fact, that he claimed, that Jung Hwan from the first episode didn’t have that much film time, I do not agree. From the moment him and Jung Hwan end up together in the small place, between the walls, they had many intense meaningful scenes together, where Taek was mostly missing.
I didn’t really get why in the last episode, when Deok Seon read her past diary, she only happened to read and tear apart the page, where her feeling for Sun Woon, were written. They didn’t actually show how Deok Seon remembered Jung Hwan.
Also the way the main couple was revealed, was not that interesting, like in the other Reply series. I liked Sun Woo and Bora, but it did feel like they took the place of the main couple in the last episode. Maybe because the writers wanted to focus more, on how the family felt during the wedding.
Maybe I am a bit disappointed because it was so good, that it’s only fault lets me down me more than having more faults. My expectations in the last episodes weren’t fulfilled.
The series had some of the best characters with the actors doing an incredible job. If I had to point two of my favourite supporting roles, it would be Mi Ran and Jung Bon, they made my eyes teary from laughter.
Anyway If only it had a better romance story, I would have ranked it higher than Reply 1994, but because for me, everything matters in a drama, I gave them, the same rank.
I’m leaving Reply 1997 out, because it was the first Reply series and it had each one colour, a bit different from the other two and it was obvious from the beginning, Shung Si Won and Yoon Yoo Je would end up together.
I will end this post with a wonderful Japanese poem
“Painful is the love that remains unknown to the beloved,
like the star lily that has bloomed in the thick foliage of the summer field”
-Lady Otomo Sakanoue