This week not only brought with it the end to another year, it also brought the end to one of the best dramas of 2013, that always hilarious, quirky and frustrating gem of a K-Drama, Answer Me 1994.
For those of you who don’t know, Answer Me 1994 (also known as Reply 1994) is the most recent installment of the Answer Me series and is regarded as the prequel to the wildly popular Answer Me 1997, which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. It tells the story of seven students from the country who move to Seoul to attend college and end up living at a home-stay run by Sung Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa. (And yes, those are the very same Sung Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa who were in Answer Me 1997, playing the very same roles which is part of why this series is so stinking hilarious!)
In true Answer Me fashion, Answer Me 1994 is a hilarious mix of awkwardness, charm, romance and real-life which is probably why it endears itself so well to us as viewers. Starring Go Ah Ra, Yoo Yun Suk, Jung Woo, Kim Sung Kyun, Cha Sun Woo (aka Baro), Min Do Hee and Son Ho Jun, Answer Me 1994 has some of the most loveable characters in drama history as their transparent portrayal of regular people living out their regular lives is done so well, you can’t help but be pulled in by their sincerity and charm. Seriously, by the end off this drama, I felt as if each of these characters were one of my friends and I was incredibly sad to have to say goodbye.
However, despite my love of the characters of Answer Me 1994, I did have some qualms with the scriptwriters but only because they did their job so incredibly well, I found myself too emotionally invested in this drama by the end. More specifically, I found myself suffering from a severe case of Second Male Lead Syndrome (SMLS) and it was so bad, that about five minutes into the final episode, I wasn’t sure if I could actually bring myself to finish it, as I wanted to go stomping around my house like Godzilla on a rampage; I was just that mad! However, after giving myself some time to cool off, I’ve come to accept the fact that not every drama ends the way you want them to but that doesn’t make them bad and really, there’s no way I could call Answer Me 1994 “bad.” That would just be ridiculous! In all honesty, Answer Me 1994 was a refreshing break from some of the heavier, crazier, disappointing dramas I watched in 2013 and I’m sincerely hope this won’t be last installment in the Answer Me series as they’ve become some of my favorites, disappointments and all.