“Love Alarm 2” has been officially released on Netflix, the wait is finally over to the many fans around the world who have been waiting to see how the love triangle ends and wow, was it an unexpected ending or what.
Earlier today on twitter, #LoveAlarm2 was one of the top trending hashtags with many many fans expressing their disappointment and anger with the ending.
But was it justified? and how did “Love Alarm 2” end exactly? Did Team Sun Oh Or Team Hye Young win? I am here to spill the beans and talk about why I dislike Sun Oh a lot and why I am happy with the ending.
Note: this will be a spoiler review of the said episodes in the title. This is a subjective review.
“Love Alarm 2” episode 6 recap [bullet points]
“Love Alarm 2” ends on a happy note with Kim Jo Jo learning to let go of her dark past and accept the future, she learns that she should stop running away from her issues and face them head on instead. That’s a noticeable improvement from the 18 year old Kim Jo Jo who ran away whenever she could.
Kim Jo Jo also admits to being the writer behind The Ringing World and explains that her illustrations are not about sending vague messages to those struggling with the love alarm app but its about herself.
Hye Young also gets an explanation about why Jo Jo lied to him about having a shield from Dok Gu himself.
Kim Jo Jo also decides to go on a marathon in Jeju and get over her fears. At the finishing line, Hye Young awaits her.
Before leaving to Jeju, Kim Jo Jo meets Sun Oh and they exchange what would become their last encounter. They discuss the shield again and how despite the regret she felt about it, she would probably still do the same thing had she gone back to the past. After apologizing, Sun Oh tells her she shouldn’t apologize for liking someone. They part ways after establishing that liking Hye Young was her own choice.
Dok Gu tells his brother [who’s been cosplaying as the developer] to give up Love Alarm 2.0 and if he does, he can claim to be the developer forever.
One month passes
Gul Mi arrives at the hot meeting spot for the love alarm club, she meets Dok Gu and finds out she’s the inspiration behind the app, she is harsh when finding out, but later becomes happy when the news of her being the muse makes to the internet. She capitalizes on that.
Sun Oh and Hye Young meet up once again, and despite their rocky relationship, you can still see that Hye Young deeply cares for Sun Oh. They agree to meet at their favorite spot if things become too difficult for Sun Oh.
Sun Oh also seems to have had a change of heart, he misses his former girlfriend Yuk Jo while she was away for a month fixing something he’s caused. He still can’t ring her alarm but he says he’ll continue to try his best until he can ring it.
Hye Young tells Kim Jo Jo he loves her. They kiss.
On another day, Kim Jo Jo meets Dok Gu who talks about restarting again, he gives her a cassette of the times she rang Hye Young’s alarm. She tries to listen to it via a radio Hye Young tried to fix, but it doesn’t work. They leave to get lunch.
The cassette plays on its own showing all the moments she rang his love alarm and there were many.
So which team won? Team Sun Oh Or Team Hye Young
Team Hye Young won, congrats to everyone who was rooting for the underdog.
If you watched the entire second season and didn’t jump straight into the 6th episode [I know some of you did it J], then you probably know well that it didn’t end the way most would’ve expected.
Kim Jo Jo learns to let go of Sun Oh and accept that she’s fallen for Hye Young, you can clearly see it in her actions throughout the entire second season of “Love Alarm.”
But at the same time, Kim Jo Jo thinks she caused pain to both of them by using a shield and complicating things. She has many past regrets which confuses viewers that she might still be hung up on Suh On, but throughout the second season, you can see whenever something bad happened, Jo Jo always ran back to Hye Young.
“Love Alarm 2” ending- the severe backlash
If I take a look at the credits, some websites say Song Kang is the first male lead while others say he’s the second male lead. To me, it always felt like he was the first male lead not the second considering his screen time, so I’ll go with the assumption that he’s the first lead, if you know verified info that says otherwise, please let me know. So this means this is one of the few times a female lead ended up with the second lead.
Now onto the backlash and why I disagree with the hate “Love Alarm 2” ending has received.
I am kinda upset by the amount of backlash “Love Alarm 2” ending has gotten because it’s a sign that there is something wrong with the way many girls around the world view romance, and what they classify as romantic versus obsessive.
Under normal circumstances, Sun Oh would’ve been a mere villain in another story. Sun Oh, as a character, is extremely obnoxious, obsessive, possessive and a brat.
Of course, I am going to be discussing characters below, so don’t twist my words. This isn’t aimed at the actors.
It’s been a while since I’ve disliked a male lead this much. Sun Oh has no redeeming qualities about him aside from his handsome looks and background, none of those are things he earned himself. I felt kinda sad for him at the end of episode 6 but it’s because Song Kang does a good job making me feel sorry for him even when I know I shouldn’t. Sympathizing with a character is one thing but going out of your way to classify obvious terrible actions by Sun Oh ‘good’ is whats worrisome.
I binge watched the first season two months back and I was astonished by how terrible he was. I didn’t like any of the main leads in the story but he was by a landslide, the worst among them.
[Discussing season 1] Even if we assume Kim Jo Jo had fallen out of love with her highschool boyfriend at the time, it struck me as odd that he’d kiss someone who’s taken in the first episode of the first season. That also means Kim Jo Jo was in the wrong for following him to the ally, I wished there had been more discussion about how bad this point was instead of the screenwriter using it as a ‘shocking’ start point for the series.
Then, even when he knows well that his childhood friend, the one who has always put him first and been there for him, likes someone, he goes out of his way and eventually dates her despite knowing well how Hye Young feels about her.
Even if Hye Young didn’t say it, if you’ve been his friend since childhood, shouldn’t there be a better way to tackle this? lets say its a teenage ignorance and immaturity. Forget how shady he was in the first season.
In the second season, Sun Oh still feels like a child in an adult’s body, a man-child who can’t take no for an answer. Even when Kim Jo Jo is dating Hye Young, he kisses her again when finding out she’s been using a shield.
Even if you can’t get over someone, that doesn’t mean the same for them. A no, is a no. why can’t he take a no for an answer and has to be rejected in the most humiliating way possible for him to take a look at the mirror? What would it take for him to realize that those who care about the feelings of others might win before those who only care about themselves?
Not at even one point does he attempts to see things from her perspective as she did with him, this is not to say Jo Jo isn’t frustrating as a character or that she handled their breakup well because I think she didn’t. BUT not at any point in the second season that Sun Oh does anything good or nice towards Jo Jo, he follows her around and causes a ruckus and inconveniences wherever he goes.
An example would be when he followed her to the class and in front of everyone made a scene, he knows he’s famous, and that he’s publicly dating an influencer, yet, instead of picking a quiet place to talk it out like adults, he goes out in the public as if Jo Jo has EVER responded well to such settings before.
I am shocked that so many girls, teenagers and even women consider a character like Sun Oh cool or that he should’ve ended up with the lead as if he’s done anything to deserve it and some go out of their way to defend his obvious flawed actions.
What I worry about is how some young impressionable girls might grow up and think a man-child like Sun Oh is a cool man, that would be a travesty.
Had Sun Oh been played by an average-looking Korean actor or someone that is unknown but doesn’t look half as good as Song Kang, no one would’ve sided with him. Being handsome doesn’t equal manners. Sun Oh has a long long road ahead of him to learn how to be an actual adult.
Such a man-child who can’t take no for an answer and gets aggressive and pushy isn’t ‘cool,’ it’s very scary. I hope that whoever is watching realizes such actions shouldn’t warrant an okay reaction. If you meet a man like that in real life, run for the hills and file a restraining order.
To those who think I am overreacting, I am referring to those who are calling Sun Oh’s actions romantic when they’re not,
to those who call his obsessive behavior towards a taken-woman who happens to be dating his former childhood BFF hot,
to those who think a man who forces a kiss on a woman who is dating someone else romantic.
Even if he’s resolved a misunderstanding from 4 years ago, it doesn’t mean that people can’t change or start liking others besides him. He’s assuming she’s still hung up on him, why? who? what?
So many of his actions irk me and I do not find him a likeable character. Song Kang does well with the character and tries his best to make us sympathize for him, but to me, Sun Oh was always a terrible friend and boyfriend.
“Love Alarm 2” ending is in my opinion great, and not only great because Kim Jo Jo ended up with Hye Young but because Sun Oh got called out and rejected properly. I also like the message that suggests you can learn to try and appreciate a person who likes you.
Sun Oh will try his best to make things work with Yuk Jo knowing well how much she cares for him. He’s willing to put in the extra effort to not let go of the one person who put up with his shenanigans, that’s a smart decision. I like the message it conveys although I feel terribly sorry for Yuk Jo because I think she deserves better.
I have a lot of things to say about the writing of the drama, but since this article is merely on the ending and the last episode, I’ll stop here. The review for the entire series is out, read it here.
So what about you guys? what did you think of “Love Alarm 2” ending? were you Team Sun Oh Or Team Hye Young?