The final clean-up takes place pretty quickly. Really, once it’s established that the right people were digging in just a little deeper, and that most of last time’s cliffhanger was just a matter of dramatic license, there really isn’t any direction for Gi-joon to go except for straight down. There is, naturally, also the gratification of seeing all the other villains brought in one by one and punished for their transgressions.
Of course none of that takes very long so the real focus for the final episodes of “My Sassy Girl – Drama” is on the reconciliation between Woo and Princess Hyemyeong. Which initially disappointed me. Not that there’s anything wrong with that story arc, just that the whole issue of Princess Hyeomyeong’s mother coming back to the palace is surprisingly glossed over. I thought we’d get more focus on that, considering Princess Hyemyeong and her brother now share the unfortunate fate of thinking their mother is dead- but Prince Wonja is just left in the lurch.
In more ways than one, really, considering the comical albeit rather predictable fake out that ends up delaying Woo and Princess Hyemyeong getting together. On one end all the scenes relating to the proposals are fully adorable, and do a very good job tying in the many disparate elements that have made up “My Sassy Girl – Drama” to date. We have the erotic novel writing, the charity subplot, and of course, the usual excellent romantic chemistry.
But I also couldn’t help but notice that the whole temporary enforced separation thing is a recurring plot device of romantic dramas in general lately, where the main couple getting together is delayed for the sole purpose of reminding us that love isn’t everything in life, and that dreams are important too. In the historical context of “My Sassy Girl – Drama” that’s an obvious anachronism. Although hey, anachronisms! I like those, too!
It’s odd how the overall design of “My Sassy Girl – Drama” simultaneously makes the story feel fresh and clichd. Every element that has appeared in “My Sassy Girl – Drama” has shown up somewhere else, it’s just that these elements come from such radically different sources that the final product feels new. The fusion, while not always perfect, definitely left me smiling more often than not. I mean come on, they even manage to work a Park Jin-joo cameo in there- my favorite actress that no one else has ever heard of, and it’s sooo cute!
Review by William Schwartz
“My Sassy Girl – Drama” is directed by Oh Jin-seok, written by Yoon Hyo-je and features Joo Won, Oh Yeon-seo, Lee Jung-shin, Kim Yoon-hye, Son Chang-min, and Yoon Se-ah.
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