SBS time-travel “Alice” drama has ended its run last night on October 24. We’re here to quickly recap “Alice” episode 16.
Note: this recap is of the episodes pivotal highlighted moments, it is not a recap of every scene.
Young Jin Gyeom talks to old Jin Gyeom saying he’ll stop him after saving every soul he’s killed and then kill him. ‘you started it, I am going to end it.’ When the older version pulls out a gun and as he’s about to shoot, young Jin Gyeom is transported back in time to 2010, the day his mother died.
In 2010, 2010- Jin Gyeom is talking to Do Yeon about his mother’s birthday. she suggests he buys her a present and cake. Sun Young finds that someone has called her phone (Her son from 2020), she goes to Seok O Won to let him know that she doesn’t want to proceed with their agreement and that he should disregard their research. Her reasoning, she doesn’t want to cause pain and damage, she thought time travel would help people out but she was wrong.
Meanwhile her son from 2020 is searching for her, after failing to find her at her home, he goes to visit detective Hyeon Seok hoping he can help. They have a chat, the detective says he won’t kill his mother and Jin Gyeom says he understands, he asks about the teacher, but the detective says he knows nothing about who that man is. 2020- Jin Gyeom hugs him and leaves empty handed.
Night comes and the same scenario is repeated. This time, Jin Gyeom is tailing his mom, he sees Seok O Won and is stopped by him, Seok O Won claims at first that he’s here to stop him from stopping the murder of his mom. He eventually slips up and talks about the people who’ll die in the future, he raises his gun towards him after he’s exposed. Then detective Hyeon Seok appears with his own gun, he tells Jin Gyeom from 2020 to go after his mom.
He arrives at the house to find that she’s already conversing with the older version of himself. The older one talks about how he’s become a monster because of his mom.
Apparently, when Sun Young read the book of prophecy in 1992, she learned that her son would have the ability to close the door of time if he died. Back then in 1992, she met Jin Gyeom as the oldest version of himself. Back then, he tried to stop her and asked her to abort the baby and save all the people from the future, she refused and when he held a knife to her face, she shot him. He says ‘mom,’ she utters back the words ‘no way, that’s impossible’ before running away.
2020- Jin Gyeom refuses to believe the story old Jin Gyeom is saying, however, the mother understands and sheds tears talking about why he’s right and how she should die here and now. She ends up shooting herself while asking for 2020- Jin Gyeom to forgive her and stop.
After she dies, Jin Gyeom shoots his older self. The Alice begins to shake and eventually disappear, past events up until the day 2010- Jin Gyeom sees a student fall to his death are erased.
After this scene ends, time goes back again to the moment when 2010- Jin Gyeom sings a happy birthday to his mom while 2020- Jin Gyeom watches from afar, she doesn’t die that day and he watches her from afar as she goes to the supermarket to get alcohol. He talks about keeping his promise to protect her, he disappears while she watches from afar. She hugs the 2010- Jin Gyeom and thanks him, they go to the supermarket together.
In 2020, Professor Tae Yi wakes up from what appears to be a dream with the memories intact (somehow), she goes out looking for 2020- Jin Gyeom but fails to find him, apparently, he didn’t become a detective.
After looking all over for him and going many places such as the police station and his house, she goes back to her office to find the professor whom she dearly loves is alive and well. She remembers that Jin Gyeom’s mom told her,
‘Once time travel is stopped, everything is reset. All time travelers disappear from this world.’
She then moves on remembering the detective who is probably okay doing his thing. One day, she gets an inquiry from reporter Do Yeon who’s alive, she wants to interview her about time travel.
They end up meeting and talking about it. Professor Tae Yi says time travel is possible, but she doesn’t think it should ever happen. Do Yeon comments that this reminds her of what an architect whom she interviewed once said to her.
She asks her about his information and goes to find him. Jin Gyeom had said something she told him during the time they spent together while working on the cases from the time travel period.
It turns out that Jin Gyeom from this world has become an architect. After going to meet him, he fails to recognize her.
Later, he recalls drawing a woman’s face and a voiceover telling him not to sell his house cause she’ll come find him there. He runs over to the place he used to live and finds her there.
The review and “Alice” Ending Explained
If you’re here looking for a logical more thorough “Alice” ending explanation, you’ve come to the wrong place and I highly doubt you’ll find a satisfactory answer ever since I highly doubt the writer even knows what’s up.
In my early reviews of “Alice,” I talked about how skeptic I was of the entire premise and how time travel themed dramas are always extremely difficult to pull off. I have yet to meet a kdrama writer that wouldn’t screw this up. Please stop making time travel dramas if you’re going to write and film at the same time, why go through the trouble and be remembered as an illogical and incoherent drama?
There are so many plot holes in “Alice,” it’d probably take days to go over them. The plot gets especially messy after episode 8 and starts to show cracks in episode 6. Introducing multiple universes and dimensions was the first red flag because it only confuses everyone even more. To justify certain plot points and make sense of the disgusting possible love scenario between Jin Gyeom and his mother look-alike, the writer ended up ruining whatever chance “Alice” ever had to make sense.
I don’t understand why the screenwriter added this particular point to begin with, just work with one dimension. Time travel themes are difficult to pull off already, when you mix so much together in an already messy illogical plot, it just ends up a pot of stew that mixes everything from clay, to chairs and carrots and cakes, why?
I don’t understand how killing the mother in the year 2010 solves anything and how killing his older self is supposed to eradicate him, isn’t it the other way around only? If you kill your younger self then you’re killing the older self not the other way around…. This is so confusing.
Also, the older Jin Gyeon could’ve just come to 1992 and stabbed his mom in the stomach killing himself instantly and saved us all the trouble instead of all of this nonsense.
No matter how hard I try to make sense of “Alice” I always go back to point zero because nothing made sense from the get go and that’s considering the rules the writer has supposedly given us regarding time travel. Do you know why “Alice” ending doesn’t make sense? its because the writer never intended for it to make sense, it wasn’t written in a way that is supposed to make sense.
Aside from that, I don’t understand why the writer kept two versions of the same character in the same verse and why the professor somehow recalls her time with him even though it should’ve never existed. If the time travel had never been initiated, how can these characters have any memory recalling anything even as déjà vu?. Jin Gyeom then shouldn’t have existed because his mother from 1992 couldn’t have come to the past because the time travel thing doesn’t exist. Jin Gyeom can only exist in the future if Min Hyuk and the professor meet and somehow get to know each other in the future under perfect circumstances.
Seriously, it is so easy to pick “Alice” apart. If anyone can provide answers to any of the questions I asked, I’d highly appreciate it.
“Alice” ending is as confusing as the entire plot, and is hardly fulfilling as a drama. It started out fun but quickly became messy and illogical,you keep watching hoping to eventually come to a logical conclusion but deep down inside you knew you were never going to get it.
I was so happy Joo Won was back but honestly, “Alice” turned out to be one of the most disappointed kdramas of 2020 hands down. I had high expectations and the way everything turned out simply turned me off.
I hope Joo Won picks a better written project next time.