It’s no secret I’ve been looking forward to the end of this drama for weeks so now that it’s here, I can’t say I’m sorry. In all honesty, I’d be throwing a party for the end of this drama if I hadn’t just spent the last hour bawling my eyes out over Baek In Ho. (And no, that isn’t an exaggeration.)
So, I suppose we have stuff to talk about as we wrap this drama up but really, what is there to say? This rather weird and disappointing drama ended just as weird and disappointing as ever. Am I surprised by this? No. But it does make it difficult to talk about something when you’re still trying to figure out just what the heck happened and more importantly, why.
Things just went so wacky this week. I mean I guess I should have expected that when In Ha became the star of the show. Seriously, that girl is so messed up. However, throwing her into a mental hospital (and a rather poor one at that) was not cool. Yes, In Ha needs years of therapy and she needed a serious reality check but was it necessary to have all of this come at Seol’s expense? I get that In Ha wanted to make Yoo Jung suffer as much as she had but c’mon! Did we need to go so far as to nearly kill someone? And really, what did In Ha learn from all of this? She got a slap on the wrist and was cut off from one wack-a-doodle family (which was the only good thing to come of all this) but did she actually learn anything? Did she change at all? She seems to have improved her relationship with her brother a bit but did anything else change? Which makes me wonder, did anything good come of this whole fiasco? What was the point of all this nonsense when In Ha learned next to nothing and hasn’t changed a bit?
Of course Seol’s accident brings about all sorts of crazy with it, especially where Yoo Jung in concerned. First the man decides he’s going to kill In Ha for hurting Seol. Then, after his dad is a total jerk at the hospital and talks about compensating Seol for any permanent damage she may have (because money totally makes up for being crippled the rest of your life…), he realizes that he’s been a total jerk himself (as in his whole flipping life) and has a change of heart. But even this revelation/epiphany/whatever you want to call it, only brings about a half-hearted sort of change in Yoo Jung. He realizes he’s hurt people in a lot of different ways and that they were all wrong, however he refuses to apologize to anyone for his actions. Instead of taking any sort of responsibility in anything that’s happened up to this point, he decides to ditch Seol in the hospital and eventually run away. As in to some other part of the world. Because that makes total sense! Way to man up there Yoo Jung!
Because things weren’t crazy enough, we have to strip In Ho of absolutely everything he’s ever cared about in his whole entire life, before we let him find some sort of bright future. After the accident, In Ho is blamed for his crazy sister’s actions and is cut off from Seol’s family which, as we all know, is the only semblance of a family In Ho has ever had. (insert loud sobs here) As if that weren’t bad enough, In Ho finds out he has to have surgery on his hand (again) and give it time to heal before he can go back to doing the one thing in life that actually brings him joy. (insert more loud sobs here) Sure, this injury isn’t permanent and In Ho does eventually go on to become a world-renowned pianist but before he can find happy in that aspect of his life, he has to be completely miserable in every other aspect. (all the sobbing) What the heck In Ho ever did to deserve everything he was put through in these last two episodes is beyond me. Considering he’s the only character who ever tried to learn and grow and improve his life, he certainly got the worst deal. I swear every scene he was in had me bawling, at first because I was mad and then because I was just so disappointed on his behalf. He deserved so much more than he was given and that whole being responsible for his crazy sister’s actions is something I’ll never get over, especially when it was Yoo Jung’s fault In Ha behaved that way in the first place. And while I’m ranting, WHY THE HECK DID IN HO HAVE TO APOLOGIZE TO YOO JUNG WHEN THEY WERE BOTH TO BLAME FOR ALL THE BAD BLOOD BETWEEN THEM!?! Again, Yoo Jung fails to take responsibility for ANYTHING and let’s others do all the hard work for him! AARUGH!
My only consolation is that Yoo Jung and Seol don’t end up together. He goes his way, she goes her, and she regrets so much of her life I feel a very sick sort of satisfaction as a result. I’m happy she and Yoo Jung broke up. I’m happy she’s alone and miserable. I can only hope Yoo Jung is as well. And I’m not even sorry for saying any of this because I don’t think they had a right to be happy. Anyone who thinks it’s okay to hurt other people for their own benefit doesn’t deserve to be happy and that’s exactly what both Hong Seol and Yoo Jung did throughout this entire drama. What right do they have to be happy when they hurt so many people around them? I’m sure this makes me a horrible person but whatever. I was put through 8 weeks of hell, watching this drama, I think it’s okay if I revel in the misery of these two, just a little.
I know a lot of people loved this drama but I did not. From what I understand, the webtoon is quite different from this adaptation and I can only hope things fare better in the original story than they did here. Maybe someday I’ll bring myself to read the webtoon and see if I can find some sort of salvation for these characters but I doubt it. Sometimes, when you’ve been burned, it’s better to just walk away. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m walking away from Cheese in the Trap and I’m not even sorry to see it go.
So tell me, what did you think of this drama’s ending? Were you happy with the way things went? Disappointed? Indifferent? You know I always love hearing from you so be sure to let me know in the comments below!
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