A meaningful, modest series that complements the subtle truths of life was promised at the start of My Liberation Notes. Unfortunately, as the series came to a close, what had initially seemed interesting turned out to be tedious and tiresome. Every lovely plotline that once sounded intriguing fizzles out with time, leaving one feeling bad for having sat through the tedious episodes in vain. Where, though, did the series fall short? Find out by reading on!
Why Is Gi-Jeong A True Pick-Up Girl?
Because she was willing to fearlessly pick up her lover’s severed head, Gi-Jeong has always been referred to by her college friends as a pick-up girl. She is quite proud of it. She can see right through Tae-soul Hun’s and doesn’t regret falling in love with him in spite of the circumstances. Yu-Rim is disappointed when Gi-Jeong and Tae-Hun decide to get married after Yu-Rim turns 20. Accepting Gi-Jeong as Tae-wife Hun’s is still tough for Gyeong-Seon and Yu-Rim. Gi-Jeong feels as though she is losing control of her life as a result of the death of her mother, which makes things worse. She thinks like cutting her hair is the only thing she can control, so she does it on an emotional whim. Tae-Hun is led to assume that Gi-Jeong is suffering as a result of him by this.
She learns that Tae-Hun was frightened she would date him out of sympathy and be unable to leave him for it. Gi-Jeong advises him to not distinguish between love, sympathy, and respect because she feels all three for him. Although she can fathom ending their relationship, she is ready to confront whatever difficulties that arise. She assures him that she would always stand by him, no matter what. Positive resiliency in Gi-Jeong allows him to unwind. One day, when inebriated, Tae-Hun gives Gi-Jeong a snack and a red rose. She notices that the bloom is no longer attached to its stem. It makes her think of keeping her lover’s severed head in a soy sauce dish out of love. Gi-Jeong is chuffed and pleased that her theory about pick-up girls was accurate.
Does Chang-Hee Find His Life s Purpose In Seoul?
Chang-Hee had always dreamed of moving to Seoul, becoming wealthy, and leading the life he had always imagined when still living in Sanpo. Despite having relocated to Seoul, the pretext of his mother’s passing keeps him from doing so. After quitting his work, he owns a convenience business and earns more money. But unlike his earlier self, who despite his issues remained optimistic about the future, Chang-Hee loses his zest for life in Seoul. Chang-Hee understands that Hyeon-Ah only dates men who are at risk in their personal lives. She feels more self-aware and useful as a result. Chang-Hee believes that if he were to marry her, he would have to go through life acting like a victim in order to get her approval. As a result, he decides to break up with Hyeon-Ah but makes a friend vow to her.
While waiting for Hyeon-Ah, Chang-Hee once pays a visit to Hyeok-Su (Hyeon-ex) Ah’s in the hospital. He learns, to his horror, that Hyeok-Su is exhaling his final breaths. Hyeon-Ah does not answer his calls despite his repeated attempts to reach her. He decides to be by Hyeok-side Su’s until the very end. He is informed by Chang-Hee that he has witnessed numerous fatalities, including those of his mother, grandmother, grandfather, and now himself. He has however been happy to be able to console them. Chang-Hee chooses to stick with Hyeok-Su rather than attending a crucial meeting that could advance his career. Chang-Hee has always thought that acquiring material goods would lead to ultimate pleasure. But at his most trying times, he consistently put other people and their feelings before his gain. Chang-Hee makes the decision to stay in class one day after entering it at random. When the speaker begins discussing life and death, he is perplexed, but he soon understands that it is a seminar for funeral planning. Chang-Hee sits through the lesson with the unusual impression that despite having witnessed numerous deaths throughout his life, he has kept his feet where they should be.
Ending Explained: What Was The Purpose Of My Liberation Notes ?
Mi-Jeong quits her job at Joy Card after relocating to Seoul and gives up her career in the arts. She thinks that rejection in previous creative work always affected her self-esteem, whereas at her new profession, it doesn’t. She is happy to have found a job with amiable coworkers and no negativity, in contrast to her prior position. She is relieved that Jun-Ho and Su-toxic Jin’s behaviour are no longer a problem for her. Mi-only Jeong’s regret is that her resignation forced the Liberation Club to close. The Liberation Club members eventually get together again. Sang-Min lets his friends know that a book version of their Liberation Notes is being planned by a publisher friend of his. In response, Tae-Hun queries whether the notes actually assisted them in doing anything. Mi-Jeong believes that the Liberation Club’s goal was to help people better understand their problems rather than to solve anything after reflecting on their journey. Because half of a problem is solved when it is understood.
On the other side, Mr. Gu’s drunkenness develops become a significant issue at work. He believes he can’t quit drinking, though, since when he’s clean, his past demons come flooding back. He began to rely heavily on drink to help him forget about his time spent in Sanpo in the past. However, Mr. Gu finds that his mind can be calm while he is sober after dating Mi-Jeong. Gu hurries to save his friend Hyeon-Jin from the criminals he had lent money to one day. Gu’s company and financial resources were utilised by Hyeon-Jin for his gambling habit. However, Hyeon-Jin acts like an ungrateful jerk by fleeing with his money after Gu and his helper (formerly known as Sam-Sik) sustain injuries while attempting to save him. The series withholds a lot of information on Gu Ja-job, Gyeong’s his past, and what transpires after Hyeon-Jin cheats on him. His friendship with Mi-Jeong, which aids him in overcoming many challenges in his life, continues to take centre stage. Similar to how loving Gu brings about numerous positive changes in Gu’s life, Mi-Jeong starts to feel that she is lovable. Things improve as Mi-Jeong finally develops perspective in life, and Chan-Hyeok vows to pay back his loan. The Yeom twins’ and Mr. Gu’s monotonous existence remain unchanged, but as they grow more liberated, their perceptions shift.
Final Thoughts: Why Did The Series Fizzle Out?
My Liberation Notes initially strikes me as a break from the annoying rom-coms in K-dramas. The series provided fans with a much-needed respite after watching reruns of dramas with melodramatic and overly sentimental plotlines and unrealistic characters. It’s unfortunate that this aspect of the series backfired. This series neatly skips over the boring bits of real life while keeping the gooey, romantic portions, much like mushy dramas do. Even when the series’ overdone melancholy is no longer significant, it is still difficult and heavy-hearted to watch! In other words, beyond a certain point, the show is neither heartwarming nor entertaining. My Liberation Notes’ conclusion neither does justice to the great performances by Kim Ji Won, Lee Min-Ki, Lee EL, and Sukku Son, nor to the film’s overall message. Consequently, even if I used to enjoy the series, I do not suggest viewing it.
See More: My Liberation Notes Episode 1 & 2: Recap And Ending, Explained: What Is Mi Jeong Hiding From Her Family?