There were nice snippets in Record of Youth but everything else was so anemic and rudimentary I felt like throwing a temper tantrum just to elicit some emotion around me as I watched. The drama finished this Tuesday with series high 8.740% AGB nationwide ratings, quite remarkable for a thoroughly dull drama and buoyed from beginning to end by the “It” charm of Park Bo Gum. The meta narrative actually fascinates me because the drama ended up being like a mockumentary about Hye Joon as Park Bo Gum himself (similar public personas) and with him going to the military at the end of the drama and Park Bo Gum also joining the navy after he finished, it felt like his agency must’ve commissioned this drama solely for him. Otherwise there is no reason for it to exist other than to have Park Bo Gum leave on a high note and audiences to have a good strong impression of him as he’s gone for two years. RoY’s ending isn’t even worth discussing, there was no plausible romance between Hye Joon and Jung Ah, their breakup reason made ZERO sense, and their “reunion” at the end was about as interesting as me running into a high school classmate in my forties. I’m glad it’s over because anymore episodes and watching it would induce sleep paralysis. Fare thee well Bo Gummie, thanks for showing the world you can singlehandedly make me watch paint dry.