…No seriously, what just happened with Big? I was enjoying the show right up till its last moments, and then I felt like someone abruptly yanked away the carpet I was sitting contentedly on for most of the show. What a terrible ending.
So for those unaware, Big is a show about swapping souls. But it’s not a Freaky Friday match-up, because while 18-year-old Kyung Joon has to suddenly live the life of the grown-up man’s body he’s residing in, his own body lies in a comatose state after episode one – throughout the entire show.
Now this wasn’t set to be so crappy at first, because the entire series led us to think that female protagonist Da Ran and Kyung Joon were going to end up together – which they did – but isn’t Kyung Joon supposed to appear in front of Da Ran again as his rightfully younger self, after switching back? Perhaps the Hong Sisters felt that it didn’t matter, that so long as the right couple ended up together that it would make the ending satisfactory. But it doesn’t.
I don’t think I’m wrong to say that while most viewers were happy with having Gong Yoo play grown-up Kyung Joon, we were just waiting for the day little Kyung Joon wakes up and beats the odds to be with his teacher. It’s a cougar kind of relationship that’s probably not that widely accepted in conservative cultures like Korea yet (much less from a family-friendly channel like KBS), but I can’t help but feel wholly cheated.
Some might argue that the development of the drama is more important than the actual ending itself, but for me, the ending is what I was holding out for the entire time. If not, I could easily have attributed it as just another rom-com. The elements of a student-teacher relationship have always been there, and Gong Yoo carries off playing a teenager in a grown-up’s body really well, but seeing it is different. Seeing grown-up Kyung Joon with Da Ran and little Kyung Joon with Da Ran is different. It is.
I’m only hoping that SM‘s remake of Hana Kimi (entitled ‘To The Beautiful You’) that airs next month will not be a disappointment. It’s the third time the manga is being made into a drama, so with its release we officially have a Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean version of the popular comic. How very apt.
Another reason to look forward to the drama is for f(x)‘s Sulli. She might not make a very good pop-star, but she was a sure as hell kickass child actress who chews on her soju glass: