KBS drama “Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol” has aired its last episode on November 26 to mixed reactions from fans. While “Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol” ending is considered mostly a happy ending, the execution left a sour after-taste. so what just happened? and why did the ending generate such mixed reactions from fans?
Note: below is a spoiler summary recap of “Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol” episode 16. It also includes a review, it’s a personal opinion so take it with a grain of salt.
“Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol” episode 16 recap
The first half of “Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol” final episode was mostly positive. Ra Ra continued to work hard and live her fullest while Jun focused on his alleged studies overseas, the couple would keep in contact via phone calls. While Ra Ra was under the impression that he’s okay, he was in the hospital going through a difficult time receiving treatment for his cancer. Meanwhile, grandpa wakes up.
Ra Ra wants to propose to Jun, so she prepares an event for Christmas and he tells her he’s supposed to meet her then with the rest of the family and their friends.
They agree to perform a duet of their fav piano composition. He doesn’t show up and instead, a video recording of him playing alongside her plays in the background.
After the event ends, Jun’s mom comes in wearing black clothes and breaks the news that Jun has passed away. She gives her a letter and says he kept it a secret because he was afraid she’d worry about him and he ‘didn’t want her to see him ill.’ She says that despite his blood cancer diagnosis, she gave him strength to go through difficult times.
Everybody who was close to Jun or interacted with him are not only taken aback by the news but grieve a lot over the news of his sudden passing.
5 years later [because why not at this point]
Ha Young and Seung Ki have married and had a baby together, Ra Ra takes their baby to a gathering they had, the married couple talk about how they don’t want to stay married anymore, jokingly….
It turns out that grandpa has passed away too. The family remembers Jun and the grandpa.
Eun Seok and his ex-wife are revealed to have been dating secretly for the past five years, he finally decides to propose to her by giving her lettuce plants they can raise together. He tells her he took it slow because of their previous failed marriage. He later tells Ra Ra.
On another day, Ra Ra is playing the piano when Jun appears in front of her wearing a suit. She is shocked to her core. Later, they sit on a view and she asks him if he’s real [no shit sis!], he says he is and he didn’t want to worry her, he said,
“I wanted to wait until I fully recovered.”
Not fully convinced, she asks again if he’s a ghost. He kisses her to prove he’s real.
And that’s how ladies and gents, you ruin a drama.
I had low expectations after I found out the screenwriter is the same one who wrote “My Secret, Terrius” wrote this, but nothing could’ve prepared me for the abomination of an ending that was. It will go down in history as one of the most disappointing endings in my opinion in kdrama land.
I just want to sit down with screenwriter Oh Ji Young and have a chat. I am legitimately curious about the thought process that went into her head writing this. I just want to know, why? Please, I am seriously asking, why???
I want to know her age because I hardly doubt someone over the age of 25 would write something even similar to this.
I accidentally stumbled upon spoilers before watching so I was already prepared for the worst, so I wasn’t entirely convinced he died. The dialogue and the entire way the episode was written is…. as politely as I can say… nonsensical. There is no logical explanation to this.
I also want to know, did Lee Jae Wook pick this script knowing she was going to turn his character into this barely grown-up high-school student? I am also legitimately curious about this particular point.
The thing is, kdramas are written as they’re filmed so the screenwriters usually write down the first couple of episodes before filming begins, at least that’s the idea I have, but usually they finish up as the drama is getting filmed. This is the reason why many kdramas go downhill pretty fast during its second half.
It’s like the screenwriter is trying her best to be different but can’t come up with the concept to do it, she comes up with an idea but doesn’t know how to follow up on the initial action/reaction.
If this ever happens in real life, anyone with a brain wouldn’t react the way Ra Ra did. If it happened to me, I’d hug them and make sure they’re ok and this would be the last time we’d ever see each other. Also, how did the mother go along with this trick and went up to the woman who loves her son to lie to her that he’s dead???
I don’t understand how he could’ve loved her so much but hid the fact that he had cancer during this time, he could’ve been through the treatment with her, had it been a success then cool, if not, sad but expected. It’s a happy ending in its core but damn, it makes no sense. He lied to all those people who all think he’s dead, he missed his chance to say goodbye to grandpa had he been there before he died and for what? cause he didn’t want to worry her?
And why that 5 years? so his character is old enough we won’t feel weird about shipping them together? why, please, why?
Personally, a sadder ending would’ve made a sloppy but more logical ending. That resurrection is sooo something that someone who has just started writing would do. I can’t begin to comprehend how this was aired on a major Korean network.
it could be that Jun is actually still dead but Ra Ra has lost her mind, imagine if this was what the writer meant for real… imagine.
Beautiful acting, great cinematography but terrible script. It could’ve been average but that ending ruined whatever chance it had at redeeming itself. While I don’t usually have the highest expectations for rom-coms since it’s an exhausted genre, I still had higher expectations for “Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol.”
So these are my thoguhts on “Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol” ending, what did you guys think of it? are you happy with the ending or not?