I loved it, the ending. Without any reservations. In fact, it was more or less what I envisioned but didn’t quite dare to hope for. Ahn Pan Seok – I bow for you and your grasp of how to make a drama that has a beginning, a middle and a proper end. 🙂
SLA is such a lyrical moodpiece that I can’t see it appealing to everyone. The pace is assured but unhurried, giving scenes and moments time to develop and play out to the fullest. I guess this is dull and boring to some people but as Litte Myy of the Moomin’s fame discovered; “It’s amazing how much you can to see, when not always running!”.^^ I enjoyed the chance to get thoroughly immersed in a well put together show. Even when it made me feel a little too deeply at times and occasionally fear for my sanity.
Different moods and emotions flow through this story, pretty much like music really. It makes you think and ponder, which is probably one reason for the lack of allure for the foreign viwers. As far as I can tell, SLA was quite well received in Korea. I understand the draw of easily diggestible fluff but I generally need something meatier for my viewing pleasure. Fluff, like cotton candy, tastes awfully sweet but won’t fill you up in the long run.
It’s a shame that the premise of a clandestine affair put many off the drama. Especially as that was just the framework in which the much fuller story is being told. Hye won’s marriage was such a sham too, a mere front that was more of a business partnership than a true marriage. And don’t even get me started on the dear hubby. He may not be an abusive s.o.b but a real husband he is not. What sort of cad tells his wife to be a scapegoat and go to jail in order to keep the standard of living he’s accustomed to? Did he truly support her in anyway, ever? I didn’t see that, not even once. It’s no wonder that she fell for Sun Jae, who was always willing to put her first, to give her a shoulder to lean on.
The more I think about it the more it feels like the real secret love affair was Hye Won with Seohan Fundation. And that is a lot more unsavoury ‘do’ than her relationship with Sun Jae. I’d say the latter is much more healthy and balanced.