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[Drama Review] 'Uncontrollably Fond' - Episode 20 (Finale)

By eric_r_wirsing   Friday, September 9, 2016   106,220   8,984   1



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R.I.P. Joon Young

Now we've finally reached the end. And it didn't end up in a big mess like I feared. But it wasn't really satisfying either. I'll explain later.

There was a lot more character development in this episode. Finally, after 19 episodes, the writers give us something to move the characters forward. I always felt they were stuck, and it would take the tiniest bit to unstick them. But instead, it became one giant game of push and pull. Which, of course, bored me. And it got bad enough they were thinking of bringing in Suzy's bae (any groans from the audience are your own fault) Lee Min Ho in to get some chemistry.

I thought about spamming you with happy pics...

I think the worst part about the acting was not so much the actors as the characters. Suzy wasn't terrible, but there wasn't much for her character to do. That and sometimes Noh Eul would sabotage a good thing. Kim Woo Bin is usually good (even if I don't like all his roles), and he always has this easy charm that grabs you even if he's being a complete git. But neither of their characters was all that likable. Plus, the characters interacted badly. They were oil and water. I believe that might be where the problem lay. The writers didn't give them any time to be happy together. They were here in this episode -- and I felt good watching them play.

Things I didn't like:
Ji Tae got nothing. He still gets money, I think, but Joon Young flat out rejected him even with no memory of who he was. Nor did he get Noh Eul. Wow. Was Ji Tae that much of a tool?

Jung Eun and Ji Tae's mom didn't receive any justice. Jung Eun went to jail, but her dad was powerful enough to spring her -- she said so herself. maybe I'll do just that.

Jik and Ha Ru give us hope that they might rekindle their romance, but leave us hanging.

Okay so we've got that out of the way, the good:
Joon Young got closure. His mom came to see him, and he recognized her. He got together with Noh Eul. He recognized that he wanted to live. He accomplished what he set out to do. And he made sure his mom was taken care of -- Jung Sik proposed.

Noh Eul seemed content. She exposed the corruption in the station she used to work for, and is delighted by a poster of Joon Young where she waits for the bus. She's better dressed, as well.

Na Ri, at least, ended up dating Gook Young. As Joon Young's manager, he tore his hair out enough (maybe that's why he changed his hairstyle).

And here's another. Why? Because we didn't see them smile much.

This episode fairly zipped by. I was surprised at the amount of content they stuck in here, and I didn't find myself wishing it was over. In contrast to many of the episodes, where they were drawn out and sometimes boring, other times frustrating. I think they brightened the lighting up some, too.

Death is never a light subject to tackle, but I have to give the writers credit for the finale. It wasn't a morose affair. Noh Eul and Joon Young lived and loved for as long as they could, and he quietly expired with the love of his life. All things considered, it could be worse.

Another cute scene from this episode. Just because.

Frankly, this wasn't the worst drama I've seen. It tried real hard to be, with all the dragging out they did. Especially in the middle. But this episode, as much as it tried to disappoint me, ultimately did not. It gave me "a peaceful, easy feeling," to borrow a song lyric. And for that I feel comfortable giving it high marks.




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Sara_Sonbol Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Okay the ending was realistic but hell it could have been more fair and still realistic ,Joon youn prayed to God to let Eul live even if the price was his own happiness but did Eul really do for him? she should have prayed a hundred times to God to let him live by her side. And seeing Joon young wanting to live and crying to God to let him live even after he has accomplished all what he needed to do really broke my heart to pieces . Why a strong character like him couldn't accept the fact the he was leaving and was cool about it ? let that kind of fear from death be for bastards or evil people who are so scared to burn in hell forever  not for the great joon young. and that father of his he didn't try to save him or visit him or even hug him? as for a father who felt his guilt it would have been more realistic to try do anything for his son . what about his sister who was such a great fan of him? what did she do after knowing he was her brother? nothing really , was that even realistic?? the end was frustrating for me indeed , and ye know what God isn't that cruel , how many sick people lived after doctors told them they will die in months ? some of them even lived more than any healthy person ever lived . that would have been a realistic ending too. T_T

shyloone Sunday, September 11, 2016

I just made my own ending up because i was like wtf why would Ji Tae wait for that bitch who deserved to rot in jail, and i was hoping when Joon Young died, Suzy ended up with Ji Tae, because we all know he died, they just couldnt bring themselves to showing a funeral services, the ters were already over bearing, and the mother of ji tae deserved a nice long lengthy time in jail too, she was the bitch of all bitches, put her in the same cel with the bitch she wanted for a daughter inlaw

Madant Saturday, September 10, 2016

This drama frustrated me to no end, it was an emotional roller coaster with a lot of doom and gloom. I stuck with it because of my love for Kim Woo Bin, despite the ups and downs I must say the writers did good with the last episode.

daynight_6 Saturday, September 10, 2016

I personally loved the ending and thought it was beautiful. The two main leads didn't have any time to be happy together and justice wasn't served, but that's reality. Life isn't fair and not everyone gets to have a happy ending. It was sad, but very realistic, which is very rare in most korean dramas that go for the happily ever after route. One of my favorites drama.

Resa_Lin Saturday, September 10, 2016

I fully agree on them not having enough scenes to be happy together. The chemistry between them in the posters was real but since one kept rejecting the other whenever they confessed their love, we don't get to see much of that chemistry (until the end and when No Eul was fantasizing about them together after seeing Joon Young in the elevator).

Lana_Yu Saturday, September 10, 2016

Thank god I stopped half way, seems like he died in the end. I can't stand sad endings.

chiyasuho Friday, September 9, 2016

I rate it 4/10 too much sadness ep.

CDOCOOLS Friday, September 9, 2016

Didn't meet expectations at the beginning so was quickly dropped. Anyways, hopefully both leads learn and will improve even more in the future.

dmoc Friday, September 9, 2016

I like the drama though I do know that it is not meant to be love by many. People want to experience more positive feelings watching a drama compared to what UF intended viewers to experience. I liked how the drama kept us hoping for something really good to happen, but instead put us in our spot. We live in a world where the rich makes more of the decision and there are times they are allowed to do atrocious things to their fellow mankind. We only get a slim justice because JY has family ties to one of the culprits. The drama was probably one of the more realistic drama that came out this year. As for the ending, I really love it. It still kept us hoping for a better outcome. JT still hoping to change the people within his circle in living a more decent life and some relationship in hopes to be rekindle. Most of all is that NE is finally able to try and resume living her life after her fathers passing. I would rate this drama in a similar way but would only consider telling others to watch it if they are able to handle what is to come. Just like asking someone who is easily scared to watch a horror movie, people need to know the degree of bottled up anger and sadness this show will make you feel. Most viewers watch dramas expecting it to gave them joy, UF on the other hand wants you to experience feelings we like to keep hidden.

MYFRIEDCHICKEN dmoc Friday, September 9, 2016


TrinityLane Friday, September 9, 2016

Not a drama I would watch again or recommend to anyone else. It would have fit better into 16 episodes I think.

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