We all should have known after my [insert *heart eyed emoji*] 4 episode test* post that Sassy Go Go would be a winner. Here are my final thoughts… SPOILERS AHEAD!
We had the cute cute cute coupling of Kang Yeon Doo and Kim Yeol. Very typical: top of his class and she’s near the bottom. She’s spunky. He’s a smart ass. Of fucking course they would get together. I think what really worked was that we sort of knew they were going to couple up from the beginning. Sure there was also some one sided affection from Kim Yeol’s best friend. And yes there was jealousy from the sibling like closeness Yeon Doo has with her platonic bestie, but I think all that was minor compared to the friendships made.
I mean, how can you not stay friends with Ha Dong Jae? His puppy face was adorable. His loyalty to Yeon Doo commendable. His guilt over her accident was too much for him to get over until he met the cheerleading gang. Strength in numbers does help. Dong Jae’s routine with the strawberry milk and his deadpan answers certainly made for some great scenes. I also loved that he was no holds barred to the icy & evil Kwon Soo Ah (Chae Soo Bin). With that he was able to keep her on her toes and eventually melt her heart (though I think the whole gang had a hand in that, she was pretty atrocious! Group effort!).
Okay, when I found out that Yeon Doo’s mom (Kim Yeo Jin) and Kim Yeol’s dad (Choi Duk Moon) were seriously dating, I was wondering how the writer would play this out. I think the reality is, the teenagers are just that, teens. Yes it would be awkward, but what is the future? Let’s enjoy now.
I thought it was a lovely touch to have Kim Yeol see how much his dad (who was once an abusive father) was willing to sacrifice to make sure his son was happy. While he harbored bad memories of his father, he saw that he was willing to give up his love, so he can experience it. It helped mend some of their relationship and help flourish other ones.
You guys, Ji Soo killed it as Seo Ha Joon. I think he fell for Yeon Doo because finally there was someone else that he can be open with. I think he thought is was romantic love because, DUH, this is a drama, but also because it’s natural to have it. He opened himself up again. It wasn’t a lot, but we didn’t need it to be. The pain of being abused and torn down over and over started his emotional numbness, but Yeon Doo awakened his pain. He now felt it and finally had the strength to heal it. His scene with his father where he tells him how he deflected his pain with self harm was one of the most well written dialogues for a teen drama. Ji Soo was absolutely everything. AGAIN.
This bromance was one of my favorites in all the Korean dramas I have seen. I especially loved that they kept it in tact. There were plenty of chances to break it though. As much as the lead couple was Yeon Doo and Kim Yeol, the strongest couple was Kim Yeol and Ha Joon. You can tell their closeness also kept them untouchable from others, but opening themselves up with the team helped them both overcome the issues that brought them together. Two broken boys now have a chance to become good men. I adored their scenes together. The parts where they spoke without words and the parts where they shouted their emotions are so great. I was never afraid they would be apart. I’m just sad that this drama is over and I can’t see more of them.
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*4 episode test – An unofficial test that is given to Korean dramas in the dramaverse. First taught to me by India of DramaDebussie.com, it is basically a trial watch of a drama. If after 4 episodes, it does not progress well, you drop it without any conscience.