Monstar just ended and already I’m re-watching and missing the kids like mad. I actually think the final episode gets better and better on re-watch once its understood what the writer was doing. A lot of questions were answered and what’s left is actually the process of people processing the information and dealing with it over time. The trip up is that we the audience won’t be seeing it anymore, so it feels rather open ended. Se Yi’s trauma over learning the truth of her dad’s death wasn’t that her fiddling with the radio caused his lapse in focus, it was that he curled his body around hers to protect her hence he died on the spot and she lived. So Se Yi has to deal with the fact that her dad died to protect her, and that is going to take some time to deal with. Seol Chan’s talk with her on the park bench was absolutely perfect – he shared his deepest darkest secret about his past with her, and also used it to tell her that they are just 18 but have already experienced so much, hence reminding her that she’s already dealt with a lot of pain and therefore she can get through this one as well. Mnet released an official MV for the final song performed by Color Bar which was a mash up of “That is My Only World” and “March”, which isn’t just a performance piece but actually the narrative conclusion for this drama if you listen to the lyrics. The kids are acknowledging that they might not know what their future world holds, but they have no regrets about all the tears and laughter they have experienced so far, and they will continue to march forward because this is their world.
The drama uses the final performance songs to wrap up the story, telling us that these kids will be fine no matter what happens because they’ve grown yet again through the trials and tribulations we’ve watched. Se Yi and Seol Chan are definitely together, which makes Sun Woo’s childish antics in this episode actually quite adorable and honest. He can’t let go of Se Yi yet so he’ll have to do it slowly, and he’ll let himself be immature like Seol Chan for once, but he accepts she’s chosen Seol Chan. In the end, he acknowledges that the jacket from Na Na fits when he thought it wouldn’t, an allusion to a possibility for that ship as any. When Se Yi took off after hearing about the truth of the accident, Sun Woo stopped himself and let Seol Chan go after her. And Seol Chan and Se Yi have chosen each other despite never explicitly saying it, in his room right before he serenades her, Se Yi asks for the sheep back and Seol Chan reminds her that she was going to return it when she gets a boyfriend so Se Yi puts the sheep back because she does have a boyfriend now (Seol Chan). I loved how this drama didn’t need to say things outright but really took its time craft an ending that felt wonderfully earned. Check out the official final song MV which includes tons of great scenes from the entire drama. If anyone is waiting for Monstar to end before starting it, I’d heartily recommend this sweet and sincere drama.
Official MV for “That is My Only World” and “March”: