If ever there was a production team who seemed to take sadistic delight in tormenting its loyal viewers, then SETTV‘s King Flower (Substitute Princess) wins the award hands down. I don’t even know how to describe them anymore – brilliantly machiavellian in manipulating the viewers to dance on a string, increasingly losing their mental acuity like Flowers for Algernon so we can’t fault them, or really just a bunch of clueless people trying to balance too much and ended up servicing too little? The written preview for the final episode 21 is out and its caused a fresh stir of worry that the drama will have an open ending. Everyone is screaming that if it ends like The Fierce Wife heads will roll. Speaking of TFW, I can’t believe that my dislike of James Wen‘s Lin Guan Jun actually is greater than my loathing for his Wen Rui Fan. I mean, c’mon! Wen Rui Fan – the guy who went to his sick wife’s hospital bed and forced her (holding her hand, no less) to sign divorce papers so he can flounce off to be with his floozy and has the gall to tell her “please let me go, I don’t just love you anymore, why do you keep holding on to me.” Rui Fan makes me see red but at least his weakness and assholery was well-developed, Lin Guan Jun is just one giant empty personality and purpose suck. His existence offends me from a narrative perspective. Maybe it’s the law of opposites kicking in, Terry’s unmatched awesomeness can only exist in a world where Lin Guan Jun’s douchebaggery provides a counterbalance.
SETTV Sunday night dramas are almost always live-filmed on the same schedule as live-filmed K-dramas so starting in episode 8 I started seeing more and more Terry as fans clamored for him starting around episode 3 when poor Liang Yen tumbled off a cliff. Normally SETTV Sunday dramas flounder on the episode length, the ending is set but really obvious and crappy filler material is inserted in the last few episodes to extend the drama leading to the final happy ending. This is the first time I’ve seen genuine narrative turmoil in the writing team and the bipolar story that resulted would be amusing if I weren’t so invested. I’m going to really miss this sucker when it ends this weekend, but I also feel like its ending a really bad relationship and finally I’m free to move on. I’m hoping Annie Chen and George Hu‘s Love Around is just okay because I need to take a break from SETTV now. Reading the written preview I get why some fans are saying its going to be an open ending where Da Hua doesn’t pick either guy but they are all good friends, but I think that won’t be the case. My gut tells me her heart lies with Terry and once she knows Guan Jun is fine and has moved on, she’ll finally have the guts to pick the most perfect man on the planet and spend the rest of her life making it up to him for dragging him through emotional hell and back.
Written preview for episode 21 (final episode):
Because of Guan Jun’s sacrifice to allow her to move on, Da Hua cannot accept the happiness right in front of her. But she excoriates herself because her indecision has hurt Terry, who has always sincerely given his heart to her. Da Hua comes to apologize and say goodbye to Terry, unwilling to continue letting them be sad around each other. The two of them have so many things they want to say to each other, but in the end they each say their farewells.
After going through so much, Da Hua decides to start anew and go to Australia to work and study. And Guan Jun is the first person to support her! For so long Guan Jun oppa has always been to Da Hua, the person who is nicest to her and understands her the most. Faced with this parting, when they meet again, will each become more mature and different?
Even though Da Hua still doesn’t know how she really feels, but when she takes the step towards her next adventure, the two most important men in her emotional world, the two men that she has a hard time choosing between, appears like Heaven’s destiny beside her again! Perhaps, a person’s life has many transit passengers, but love as an impossible to solve equation will follow her on the entire journey. In the end, who will win Da Hua’s heart?