The imminent disaster I was afraid of in "Feel Good To Die" comes a bit too soon for my heart, but in a series about a time loop, a lot is negotiable. The question is, what will we be left with at the end? MW Chicken's power games reach a culmination that has been a long time coming, and a rocky road leads Joon-ho to some correct decisions, but the damage against Jin-sang has been done, and something far more dire follows.
Let's begin by addressing the Roo-da (Baek Jin-hee) tumble. As much as I feel for Jin-sang (Kang Ji-hwan) and Joon-ho (Gong Myung), we all know this is a reversible thing. What worries me more than her survival is where it will all lead. Will they go back to this point? Before it? Or will they go for the grating exercise in futility that is the trope of returning to the beginning, thus rendering the entire show and its messages moot?
Worries about the ending aside, the episodes betray the writer's struggles with character development once more, as Joon-ho's issues are rushed through. Unfortunately, so are Jin-sang's as of late. We still get some great revelations and character moments, but the company plot stretching and this latest macabre twist don't really seem to serve much of a purpose in what has presumably been the goal of the story.
One good thing that can come from this is some much needed bonding between the guys, and hopefully more development for Joon-ho, who has come around, forgetting to divulge important information until the last minute aside. Loss has a great impact on us, and it can be long-lasting, but I don't think the series has the time, or the skill to tackle that in an adequate way. Whether this death is just a tool for a twist, or a gift horse, we shall see.
At the very least, we can finally focus on something other than company matters, ideally. In-han (In Gyo-jin) has been such a tiring presence here, and unfortunately as underdeveloped as his nephew. I wish the time spent with corporate backstabbing had been spent to develop our office darlings more, and tackle more topics of labor, working and personal life. I yearn for the day when Korean dramas don't take the easy path of villains and power games.
My ideal final act for this will be a grand bonding between the Marketing team and our two Roo-da worshipers, while the queen herself takes a well-earned break before returning to life. As long as the story doesn't go for the aforementioned erasure of everything it has accomplished through a hard reset, I can see everyone leaving this story a little bit better, especially if more of them retain their memories.
Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'
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