Boys Over Flowers Episode 25 Eng Sub


Boys Before Flowers: Episode 25 (Final)

Terminal episode!

I was pretty satisfied with this finale. Information technology didn’t feel rushed, but information technology wasn’t too dragged out either — it wrapped upward everything much as you’d expect, but managed to insert plenty details to keep it interesting (because I was fearing that the ending would get downward too predictably and therefore be lame). Oh, and you know the part that they kept saying would deviate from the Hana Yori Dango original? I LOVED Information technology.

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Oh my god, this epitomize is so long. Sorry, guys! You are forewarned.


January-di visits the hospital in the early forenoon, while Jun-pyo is nonetheless sleeping. She makes a joking comment trying to magic back his memory (“abra cadabra, make Gu Jun-pyo remember Geum January-di”), so drops off her
lunchbox at his bedside.

Subsequently that morning, Yumi comes past. I want to give her the benefit of the incertitude (and so far she’s annoying, but not evil), but really, she’s got boundary issues to be slipping into a sleeping patient’s room and applying a skincare device to his face up while he sleeps. That wakes him up.

Glancing over at the side tabular array, he wonders what the lunchbox is doing in that location. Yumi opens the containers, and as she pulls out the Jun-pyo Face Rice tray and the egg whorl-up snacks, Jun-pyo furrows his brow, a thought niggling at the dorsum of his mind.

He tries one of the egg rolls, and the taste jogs his memory — it gives him a vague (good) feeling. Jun-pyo asks if she made the nutrient, and for a cursory moment Yumi hesitates, as though wondering how to respond, and so nods. He says, “I remember. The thing I forgot — it was you, right?”

Although you go the sense she hadn’t intended to lie at first, this is besides skillful for her to laissez passer upwards, so she goes with it.

F2 get in at the eatery for some luncheon, while the girls watch in puzzlement, wondering why they’re here. Finally, when they’re done eating, they announce the proficient news: Jun-pyo’due south been released from the hospital.

January-di perks upward. The guys encourage her to go to him, and she rushes off excitedly.

Yi-jung remains behind, because he has something to say to Ga-eul. They watch dirt baking in a kiln as Ga-eul muses, “They look happy, those plates inside. For some reason, rather than thinking they’re hurting in that heat, it feels like they’re happy. They’re total of hope that if they suffer this, they can come out and receive dear.”

Yi-jung has ii things to tell her, and starts with the bad news outset, the style she likes it: He’southward leaving. He adds, “I guess that may non be bad news to you.” He plans to remain abroad for 4 or five years.

Ga-eul tries to exist optimistic, saying it’s actually good news considering he’ll be sure to return an even meliorate potter. She asks for the 2nd function, and so he tells her, “When I come back, I’ll come observe you get-go.”

That’due south fifty-fifty more than startling than the first, just makes her much happier. Peradventure Yi-jung is a petty uncomfortable to have opened up, because he adds, “I mean, if you tin can’t notice your soulmate by and then.” But that’due south enough of a confession for Ga-eul, who breaks into a smile.

Eager to see Jun-pyo, Jan-di rushes into his room, calling out a welcome greeting, then stops short: Yumi is already there. Jun-pyo just tells her that Ji-hoo’s not hither, and that she should accept intendance of her boyfriend earlier rushing to check upwardly on him.

At his ungracious non-welcome, January-di figures this was a mistake, and turns to get. Yumi steps in to chide Jun-pyo for being mean, and urges January-di to stay for tea. Information technology’s an odd dynamic, because Yumi has usurped Jan-di’s position equally hostess, and I’thousand non the only 1 who thinks she’s an upstart: the maids also direct dirty looks at Yumi.

Jun-pyo acts pretty friendly and relaxed with Yumi, which is hard for Jan-di to picket, so she gets up to leave. Jun-pyo tosses out casually, “Don’t come by again.” (He doesn’t say so in a mean tone, but maybe information technology’s all the more hurtful that he’s and then blasé about something that means so much.) He adds, “When I encounter yous, I experience actually bad. Information technology bothers me.”

January-di retorts, “Fine. I’m sorry! I won’t come up by anymore!”

Yumi reads the tension and follows Jan-di outside to ask, “Are you the person Jun-pyo oppa is supposed to retrieve?” She sees that Jan-di is, and takes a tone of concern as she says, “But equally you can tell, I think it’due south worse for him to come across you. If he sees you, I think his status volition deteriorate. So for now, I call back it’ll be better if y’all don’t driblet past. Don’t worry, I’ll practise my best to bring back his memories of you naturally.”

Yumi’s words are reassuring, but Jan-di is also a little hundred-to-one; after Yumi rejoins Jun-pyo, Jan-di peers inside. Jun-pyo asks Yumi to brand the lunchbox again — proof that Yumi had taken credit for her lunch, which probably ways she’south lying about the rest, too.

Upset, Jan-di rushes downwards the stairs on the mode out and bumps into Ji-hoo, who tells her firmly, “Don’t run away.”

Jan-di tries to escape, merely Ji-hoo says, “You can’t be pushed aside like this.” Pulling January-di behind him, he heads for Jun-pyo’s room. Unfortunately, they detect Jun-pyo and Yumi napping cozily on the couch together.

That hurts. Jan-di rebuffs Ji-hoo’due south attempts to reason with her (and persuade her to fight for Jun-pyo), telling him that it’s over, she’due south washed: “Fifty-fifty if he lost his memory, even if we started over from the beginning, I had religion he would recognize me. But I was wrong.”

Ji-hoo starts to protestation, but Jan-di isn’t swayed:

Jan-di: “No, it may be upsetting and unfair, but I take to acknowledge the truth. The Gu Jun-pyo I loved is gone at present.”
Ji-hoo: “I told you lot that y’all couldn’t be the little mermaid. I can’t let yous 2 interruption up over such a ridiculous thing.”
Jan-di: “This isn’t because of Yumi. In the end, Geum Jan-di and Gu Jun-pyo could only make it this far.”

Yumi presents her lunchbox to Jun-pyo, who eats an egg roll with anticipation. However, the moment he registers the sense of taste, he frowns: “This isn’t it. The taste is different from before. Did you really make it that time?”

Yumi stutters, “O-of course! Who else could take made it? That’s just because every time I make it, the taste is a footling different. I’ll make it right next time.”

But something’s non correct, and the taste of the food just enhances his bad feeling. He says, frustrated, “That girl. That January-di weed girl — I tin’t forget her expression.”

Yumi: “That’southward too mean! How could you say that? I’m the ane who was with you, from the infirmary upwards till at present, but you lot experience so bothered by a girl who only dropped by and bugged you a few times? Your friends all treat me badly and take her side, and her boyfriend totally ignores me. But even so, I put up with information technology considering of you. If you deed similar this too, what is Yumi supposed to practice?”

For us who know the truth, she’s obviously way over the line with this voice communication — but if she actually WAS Jun-pyo’due south girlfriend, I suppose this is how she would react, and she’s acting her part to the hilt. She cries, and makes Jun-pyo feel uncomfortable.

The guilt trip works, because the adjacent thing we know, Yumi and Jun-pyo are jointly hosting a “surprise pool political party.” (I’yard wondering what the surprise is, if they’re handing out formal invitations.) The setting is absolutely gorgeous. In fact, this unabridged episode is pretty visually stunning, on the whole.

Yumi wastes some screentime with a harp performance — and
seriously, Mr. Jeon PD, do you really have to pay tribute to yourself (again!) by using a
My Girl
theme vocal hither?

Feeling pretty depression, Jan-di steps aside to be lonely. Yumi finds her by the pool and keeps upwardly the ruse that she’s been working to “help” January-di. She has news to report, simply it’southward non good: “He doesn’t recall you.”

Yumi speaks obnoxiously about herself in the third person (because we don’t already hate her enough?): “I’k sorry to tell you lot, only Yumi likes Jun-pyo. I didn’t try to deliberately, but I ended up falling for him, so much that I tin can’t break up with him. Oppa feels the aforementioned as Yumi. But yous tin can empathize, tin can’t you lot? We tin can’t control our hearts.”

Yumi draws anybody’southward attending to make a big announcement: She and Jun-pyo are going to written report abroad together to the States. They volition leave in one month.

F3 marvel in a sort of disgusted fascination at Yumi’southward fast maneuvering. Ji-hoo leads January-di away from the crowd to the puddle, where he leaves her while for a moment to become her a drink.

Alone, January-di takes out her star-moon necklace, just as Jun-pyo walks past. Every bit soon as he sees her, Jun-pyo turns to go out, but Jan-di asks if he remembers the necklace she’s holding, or the names engraved on information technology. Jun-pyo takes a look at the “JJ” and says irritably, “How would I know that?”

Jan-di holds it out to him: “I’one thousand giving it back. Take it.” None of this makes sense for Jun-pyo, and he retorts, “Why would I take something like this? If yous want to go rid of it, exercise it yourself.”

He easily it back. Jan-di says, virtually defiantly, “Fine.” She throws the necklace into the pool, where it settles on the bottom. But she’due south not quite done:

Jan-di: “Gu Jun-pyo. I’ll inquire just i more thing. Exercise you know how to swim?”
Jun-pyo: “Swim? I don’t swim.”
Jan-di: “Yous don’t, or you can’t?”
Jun-pyo: “I have a bad childhood memory, then I don’t swim. I’ve never learned.”
Jan-di: “No. You did know how.”

Jun-pyo beard at the way Jan-di is talking about him so familiarly, simply her words first to unnerve him, specially as she tells him what kind of person he truly is (including a few of the sayings he’d messed upwardly previously):

Jan-di: “You’re inappreciably afraid of annihilation in this globe, yet y’all shake in fear over a bug. You’re an idiot who thinks it’s better to get all your ribs bashed in than see one of your girl’south fingers interruption. You’re a dummy who can’t tell the difference betwixt the words
pride, who insists similar a train that swallowed its eye that the 38th Strategy [of ancient Prc] is running abroad [it’s the 36th]. Yous say you detest kids, merely you desire to exist a devoted father who watches the stars with your son. Y’all’re a lonely person with a lot of love.”

Uneasily, Jun-pyo demands, “What are you actually later on?”

Jan-di tells him, “Say my name,” then starts to step astern, slowly, purposefully. At the border of the pool, Jan-di pauses… so lets herself fall backward into the pool.

It’s an eerily beautiful image as she hits the h2o, strong as a board.

In the pool, Jan-di picks up the necklace, but doesn’t come up back up to the surface. Clutching the necklace, she remains submerged.

The remainder of the party rushes to the water’s border, alarmed. Jun-pyo stands frozen in daze… and and then, memories come flooding back.

In quick succession, he flashes to all the other h2o-related emergencies before in the drama (if I didn’t love this moment so much it would be funny that they have enough of those to compile a montage).

He whispers, “Jan-di.” And so, jolted out of his stupor, Jun-pyo shouts her name again, and dives in.

Retentiveness now back in full force, Jun-pyo pulls her to rubber, where he tries to revive her. In a panic, he administers CPR and calls her name repeatedly, until Jan-di sputters awake.

She looks up and asks weakly, “Do y’all remember now?” He tells her he’southward sorry, and she asks him to say her proper noun again.

He clutches her to him and obliges.

(Yumi walks off, petulant. Expert riddance!)

And then, it’s back to everyday life, kinda.

Jan-di and her family are back at their sometime place in Seoul, and she’s nigh to graduate. She doesn’t intend on going to her graduation political party, although her female parent urges her to.

Jun-pyo calls her out to congratulate her on her upcoming graduation. He also asks if she’s really serious about medical school, teasing near how she’southward non smart plenty.

He’s also here to request a date. Echoing an early scene, Jun-pyo traps Jan-di against his auto, leans in closely, and says: “Tomorrow, ___.”

Naturally, only equally he relays that crucial bit of information, a passing motorcycle drowns out his words. Jun-pyo thinks his message is articulate and warns Jan-di that if she’s tardily this time, she’s really dead.

True to her discussion, Jan-di doesn’t plan on showing up to her graduation party, just a stretch limo pulls up (presumably from Jun-pyo) to take her — so when she arrives at the formal party, she’due south nonetheless wearing her school uniform. (Let’due south ignore the horrid dancing and the familiar set, shall nosotros?)

F3 greet her warmly, and Woo-bin steps up first to enquire her to trip the light fantastic. This allows each person a send-off as each gets his moment with Jan-di. As she dances with Woo-bin, she thinks, “Song Woo-bin, he’s ever reliable and caring, as though he was the eldest in F4. I know now that he understands better than anyone how to comfort a person’south feelings, while standing 1 footstep behind.”

With Yi-jung, she thinks: “He acts common cold and like a bad male child, but in reality he’southward warm and innocent. Thanks to Yi-jung sunbae, I think Ga-eul has really become a lovable adult female.”

Ji-hoo’south final:

“I was like Alice dropped into Wonderland. Could he know what a huge solace he was to me, that I was able to meet him whenever I went to that emergency door? He’s like a ‘bonus’ given to me from heaven. I won’t ever forget him. My soulmate Ji-hoo sunbae, thank you.”

When Jun-pyo doesn’t make his appearance, the guys wonder what’s keeping him. January-di thinks back to his drowned-out words, and at present realizes what this reminds her of — and rushes off to Namsan Tower.

Certain enough, Jun-pyo’s waiting for her and asks, “Didn’t I say you were dead if you were late?” Simply he’southward not upset, and with a snap of his fingers, lights fill the courtyard.

Jun-pyo comments, “It’s nothing magical. Stuff like this is really easy — compared to tending to the January-di-baht.” (Literally, “maintaining the grass.”)

Since this is a reenactment of their first date (albeit upgraded), Jun-pyo buys her coffee, then leads her to the viewing deck. In a cute moment, Jun-pyo brings her to the cable machine, intending on pointing out the graffiti he’d written on their first date, but January-di’s embarrassed and blocks his view.

She complains, “Why’d you lot write this, and make it impossible for me to get married?” (This means that it makes her await promiscuous and would therefore be a stain on her character.)

Jun-pyo doesn’t see the problem: “Then just marry me — who else are yous thinking of marrying?” In contrast to her grimace, Jun-pyo looks at the scrawled words proudly, announcing, “At present you tin’t get married.” (To anyone else.)

Simply now it’due south fourth dimension for them to get down to some serious talk. January-di tenses nervously when Jun-pyo’s tone turns solemn: “Let’s marry.”

Jan-di doesn’t know whether he’s joking — he isn’t — and is completely taken aback, since she just graduated from high school. Jun-pyo explains, “I have to become to America. This time it’southward not considering of my female parent, or the company. I decided this.”

He’s decided to take his hereafter into his ain hands: “I’m going to practice my all-time. If I can save the visitor, that’s good. If I can’t, I’ll close it downwards with my own easily.”

Jan-di’s dismayed when he says that he’ll exist dorsum in 4 years at best, request, “That long?” Jun-pyo: “Then come up with me.”

But that’s non the magic solution, and it’s January-di’south plough to grow (more) solemn. She can’t become with him: “When you went to Macau, I fabricated a decision too, regarding my dream, my work, what I want to be. Like you lot, I have something I desire to devote myself to, and information technology’s hither.”

It’s not a rejection, it’due south reality butting in. January-di says with a hint of a smile, “Become, and come back. In four years, if you come back equally a actually impressive man, I’ll call up well-nigh it over again then.”

At this, the mood lightens. Perchance it’s non an platonic solution, but the compromise will work for them. Jun-pyo asks, half-jokingly, “Practise you mean that? If you lose me, yous’ll really regret it.” She teases dorsum, “Hey, if you lose me, you’re the one who’ll regret it.”

Jun-pyo has no bug admitting, “I know that if I lose you lot, I’ll regret it till I die.”

Once over again repeating some words she’d formerly told him, Jan-di says, “Gu Jun-pyo. You may not exist a complete idiot.”

And now, nosotros’re four years later.

Jun-pyo has made significant progress every bit a manager with the company, and is being interviewed on television. While information technology starts with his business organisation successes, the interview segues into personal questions. Naturally, as a rich, young, handsome chaebol, Jun-pyo’s the target of a lot of crushes and romance speculation.

When asked whether at that place’due south anybody in his life to help him through the hard times, Jun-pyo responds, “It would be a lie to say I oasis’t had tough times or been lonely. But because of a promise I made with somebody, I drew upon that every bit support and was able to suffer.”

Watching proudly are Jun-pyo’s family unit — Mama Kang actually shows warmth as she watches alongside her hubby, showing him amore that we’d never seen from her. It looks like she’s finally showing the personality that the others have hinted at — the kinder version of herself earlier she’d go Shinhwa chair.

And peradventure the biggest surprise in this epilogue is that Jun-hee has at present taken over from her mother’s position — she’s the new Shinhwa chair.

Next up: Yi-jung, who arrives at the airport with dark shades and a swagger. (I’m sorry, Yi-jung beingness badass just makes me giggle.) True to his discussion, he heads commencement to Ga-eul, who is now a teacher. He watches as she leads her young students in a pottery session, then steps in.

It’s adorable how ane of the little girls looks at Yi-jung and asks, “Ajusshi, did you come from abroad?” He’due south surprised that she guessed correct, and she follows up, “Did you lot come up from Sweden?” Is he their instructor’s boyfriend? ‘Cause, y’see, Teacher Lady mentioned something nearly someone in Sweden… A little embarrassed, Ga-eul moves to shut the daughter upwards, but Yi-jung enjoys this proof that she’s been talking most him to her kids. (SO Cute.)

Now, for January-di. And, somewhat surprisingly, besides Ji-hoo.

She is a educatee at Shinhwa University’due south medical school, as is Ji-hoo. Every bit nosotros might expect, Jan-di’s sorta struggling along, klutzy and bumbling as ever, while Ji-hoo is doing very well and nigh to graduate.

Today, they’re on a sort of medical outreach trip. During a intermission, Jan-di sighs to Ji-hoo about her tough time, and he teases her about failing.

A sudden disturbance interrupts their conversation — a helicopter hovers above, and a familiar voice comes over the loudspeaker. Just like a prior scene when Jun-pyo crashed Jan-di’s working vacation on the line-fishing boat, he now announces, “Oy, commoner! Tin can y’all hear me? Geum Jan-di!”

He instructs her see him at the beach and zooms away.

When she arrives at the beach, well, at present THIS really is almost paradise! (Yes, I’ll admit it — despite making my ears bleed earlier, I was glad to hear the return of “Almost Paradise” later its extended holiday.)

Jan-di approaches with gladness, but a picayune disbelief to come across Jun-pyo hither in the flesh .

Indicating her white coat, he teases that she looks like “an ugly duckling playing at being the white egret” — another callback to a previous Jun-pyo-ism (he means swan). At that, January-di laughs, “It actually is y’all.”

Pulling her to him in a hug, Jun-pyo says, “I missed you to death. I’m not letting go again.”

He reminds her that she’d agreed to marry him when he came back. Jan-di returns, “Look here, Dummy Gu Jun-pyo. If yous want to get technical, I said when you lot came back in iv years, I’d remember most it.”

Jun-pyo drops down to i knee, pulls out a ring box, and makes information technology official: “Geum Jan-di. Marry me.”

And of course, at that moment a voice calls out:

Ji-hoo: “I have an objection to that proposal!”
Yi-jung: “I do, likewise!”
Woo-bin: “Me likewise! You lot two can’t agree without our approving!”

THE END (finally)

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I’m going to start off with the criticism, because ultimately I was happy with the ending and would prefer to end on an upbeat note. So I’ll pull a “Ga-eul” here and start with the bad:

WEAKNESSES (aka, Stuff I But Let Slide):

Madam Kang’south witchy opposition.
Poof, gone now? To be fair, I don’t really retrieve information technology’southward a logic flaw, because later on Jun-pyo recovers his memory, I take it we are to assume Mama Kang gave up her opposition. It actually does make sense — there’southward nothing like contributing to your son’due south near-death to requite you a wake-up call. But on the other hand, we didn’t meet that explicitly, which might give the impression that the Jun-di reconciliation happened besides hands, when goodness knows it came annihilation but “easily.” Not after all those episodes of separation and malaise.

Dr. Ji-hoo.
Uh, simply what about The Music? Where did his doctorly pursuits come in? I go that this probably has as much to practise with his grandfather as January-di, merely information technology felt random. Like it was conjured simply to show over again that Ji-hoo is Jan-di’s soulmate, but now it emphasizes that they’re
soulmates, since they’ve remained friends fifty-fifty though Jun-pyo’s been away.

This leads me to:

(not to exist confused with Soeulmates). I’ve never been a big fan of the “Ji-hoo is Jan-di’s soulmate” attribute. Perchance we’re all conditioned to think that soulmates are a romantic matter, and maybe I resent how much fourth dimension was overwhelmingly given to the soulmate and not the actual honey interest. I think Kim Hyun-joong has improved a lot over the course of the drama, merely I still don’t actually feel the chemical science between Ji-hoo and Jan-di. The fact that they had SO many sugariness, intimate moments throughout the series and I all the same never jumped transport indicates just how lacking their pairing was for me.

(Intellectually, I thought Ji-hoo was improve for Jan-di, but I never felt their emotional connection on a gut level, and their interactions never got me excited or giddy or otherwise invested.)

On the other mitt:


Callbacks, yay!
I enjoyed all the revisited by moments and bits of dialogue that were injected into the finale. I’ve seen dramas practise this in the past, but a lot of times they feel forced in.
Boys Before Flowers
surprised me by doing a adept job of incorporating by lines or interactions to build the action hither. Information technology didn’t feel like a mere rehash but a natural apply of these characters’ personalities.

For instance, I liked how all of Jun-pyo’due south misstated sayings came back and were worked into dialogue — both in really serious scenes (the pool) and lighter, more upbeat scenes (the cablevision car, the beach). In some dramas, it feels like characters are suddenly contradistinct/forced into making the catastrophe work, simply I like that this was an instance of continuity done right. Done incorrect, nosotros get blatant fanservice, merely done right, information technology’s pretty emotionally satisfying.

The epilogue.
The time-skip epilogue is a risky device and is sort of an easy out. Epilogues can be problematic in that they provide a “perfect” wrap-upwardly for characters, kinda like sticking a band-aid over a more serious problem. But, in an over-the-meridian, feel-skillful romantic one-act similar this, I’g all for it. I know there’s no such affair equally a true-life Happily Always After, but this is what I want from a giddy, lovey romance drama. The perfecter the better!

An epilogue gives us a fiddling more fourth dimension to deal with goodbyes, so nosotros avert the let-down feeling of a resolution that comes too quickly. I would have been sorely disappointed if we concluded after the cable-machine kiss — and for a few dreaded seconds, I actually thought they’d ended the drama there — but the “four years later” gave us (okay, me) that needed buffer to let myself down gradually. LOL.

I expressed my ambivalence about how they would wrap up, merely I was pleased with their catastrophe. I don’t think they really needed a huge finish — that would’ve taken fourth dimension away from the other romance — but I like that we have hope for their future without necessarily seeing information technology.

The time skip works for them because they, possibly more than Jan-di and Jun-pyo, needed to grow upwardly and alive their lives and mature some more than earlier getting together. As much every bit information technology might have been romantic for Yi-jung to have made a big gesture at the age of 20, I wouldn’t have the hope for their futurity that a fourth dimension skip sorta automatically takes intendance of.

The amnesia fix.
Just as I was pleasantly surprised almost how the amnesia plot came well-nigh, I was pleased at how it played out.

Example: The taste thing was one role that was well tied in, because Jan-di made those foods for him in the past, and when she did, they had some significance. The first time Jun-pyo asked for those egg rollups, it was later on the snowstorm. It too symbolizes something of their grade differences — or rather, emphasizes the “Hey, maybe we’re not so far autonomously” aspect of their statuses, since Jun-pyo loves this commoner food for what it is, even though he has gourmet stuff all effectually. (Hey, metaphor!)

But I was glad that the gustatory modality issue solitary wasn’t plenty to get Jun-pyo’s memory back. Here’due south where the plot diverges from Hanadan, and I was actually happy with it — and frankly wished they’d diverged more ofttimes. The taste was plenty to remind Jun-pyo of his newer, warm-n-fuzzy feelings, but non enough to place all the details (similar, for instance, WHO those warm-n-fuzzies were directed at).

That leads Jun-pyo to be chummy with Yumi (grrr), considering he’s correlating his memory of January-di’southward warmth (evoked past her nutrient) with Yumi. I doubt he feels annihilation for Yumi specifically; it’s more than like his wires got crossed so the affection he feels for Jan-di is being misdirected at Yumi.

The puddle.
OH, the awesomeness of the pool!

Here’s why I love that Jan-di roughshod into the water:

(a) It proves that despite what she tells Ji-hoo, she still does accept faith in Jun-pyo. At first I idea she would simply faux being in “trouble” underwater till he jumped in to save her, but she committed to her last-ditch endeavor then much that she was really in danger. Was information technology foolish? Perhaps. But it’s also bear witness of how much she believed that he would come effectually, considering fifty-fifty if his conscious memory can’t call up her, she believed in their other connection — that intangible, indestructible honey they experience, that connection that’s then strong that forces much stronger than plain ol’ amnesia weren’t able to sever them. (Namely, Madam Kang.)

(b) I dearest Jan-di’s spoken language to Jun-pyo, because information technology appears that his selective amnesia (as evidenced by his conventionalities that he tin’t swim) has blocked out the past yr or and then. Any feelings that resemble the Newer Jun-pyo (post-Jan-di) are mostly expressed subconsciously; everything he knows and does consciously is from pre-Jan-di times. So in her oral communication, Jan-di speaks to the Jun-pyo who changed for/considering of her. The things she tells him may non even be things he realizes concretely — they’re things he’s forgotten equally well — but every bit she talks, he feels them resonate. He can try to deny that he knows her, but he can’t deny the truth of her insight into his character, and that scares the bejeebus out of him.

(c) And most chiefly, Jan-di’s jump into the pool forces Jun-pyo’s subconscious to human action. Sure, all throughout the episode, Jan-di (or F3) could have told Jun-pyo the truth of their human relationship, but it would’ve done little good to merely announce, “Hey, I’thou your girlfriend, you lot idiot!” Maybe information technology would accept helped, but it wouldn’t have provided the jolt that would return the rest of his retentivity — non like a good ol’ scare to the subconscious could, anyway.


Boys Before Flowers
a GOOD drama?

Well, no.

In all honesty, I can’t really phone call it good — insofar equally a “good” drama requires strong acting, masterful directing, tight storytelling, and overall high quality. And information technology tin’t just have one of those elements, only most or all of them, expressed in skillful residue.

On the other hand, it depends on how yous ascertain the word “good” for yourself. “Good” might not mean “creative” to you; information technology might not hateful “eloquent” or “insightful.” Adept might mean entertaining, or emotionally provocative. Excitement-inducing. Enjoyable to watch and rewatch and participate in fan culture. And in those measures, I’d say BBF delivered.

Because sure, an Academy Award-winning film deserves its praise, simply to be frank, they’re not always entertaining. Or they may be beautiful and meaningful, but non move the heart.

Boys Before Flowers
was kind of a glorious mess — the interim was sometimes very good, sometimes horribly bad. The music was decent, merely practical carelessly in messy spurts similar a five-year-erstwhile who’s sneaked her way into mommy’s makeup stash for the get-go time. The writing had its moments, but more oft than not was poorly paced, and as we know you tin’t build an entire drama upon random nice moments.

Merely it likewise had its weird brand of narcotic magic. If you stuck effectually till the end, yous know what I’k talkin’ about. If y’all didn’t, well, you may still know what I’m talking about, even if you were never nether the influence. A picture show snob may sniff at “the masses” — and I’ve been that person too — only so what? Let the snob bask his lofty solitude while we masses tin commune with each other and laugh and cry together.

I was actually reading a book somewhere around the centre of BBF’s run, and a paragraph leapt off the folio and but virtually smacked me in the confront with its aptness. And who can contend with the words of the (late, great) crawly David Foster Wallace?

“At root,
just means popular on a mass scale. It is the semantic reverse of
snobby. It is humility with a comb-over. It is Nielsen ratings and Barnum’southward axiom and the real bottom line. Information technology is big, big business.”

Truer words, y’all.

Okay, okay, I’m done! Finally!

I’ve had And so MUCH FUN, you lot guys! I remember the drama has reached its time to go, and then I’m non sorry that the serial is over, but I volition miss the insanity of this drama. All the word, the fangirling (myself included), the plot dissection, future predictions, kvetching about story insanity, snarking about ridiculosity, and yep, fifty-fifty bitching nearly everything that drove us crazy.

Honestly, I haven’t been this entertained following a drama in a while. True, in a vacuum, this product itself is far from perfect — just thankfully, I don’t eat my entertainment in a vacuum, simply out hither in the wilds of the internet equally role of an enthusiastic community.



  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 24
  • Kim Joon lives life from the middle
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 23
  • Boys Earlier Flowers: Episode 22
  • Boys Earlier Flowers: Episode 21
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 20
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 19
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 18
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 17
  • Boys Before Flowers: F4 Talk Prove Special
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 16
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 15
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode xiv
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode thirteen
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 12
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 11
  • A 24-hour interval backside the scenes of Boys Before Flowers
  • Boys Before Parodies
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 10
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 9
  • Boys Earlier Flowers: Episode 8
  • Boys Earlier Flowers: Episode vii
  • A closer look at Boys Before Flowers scripts
  • Boys Earlier Flowers: Episode 6
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode v
  • Behind the scenes with Kim Bum in New Caledonia
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode four
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 3
  • Boys Earlier Flowers: Episode two
  • Boys Before Flowers: Episode 1


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