I have mixed feelings after the drama ended. Am I satisfied? Did I feel that the story was rushed towards the ending? Has the story showed the villain realizing his wrongs and finally accepting defeat?
If I will just based my thoughts in how the story ended, maybe I will feel that the strength of the story from the start has waned towards the ending, thus unsatisfactory to the senses. The build up of tension and the climax towards the result of the drug that can make infected turns back to human are so great that I was hoping to see a great match between Ji Sang and Jae Wook. But then, maybe it an hour is not enough to wrap up the story the way I expected it to.
What did I expect? To see Ji Sang much stronger than Jae Wook. To see Jae Wook at least kneeling in defeat in front of Ji Sang to atone for his devilish acts of killing his parents. To see Ji Sang win even just once in front of Jae Wook not in words but in action. But then, the story shifted, made Ji Sang received that stab in the chest, to give justice to where the story goes, for the decomposed blood to be cultured inside his dead body which is the only option. Then and only then will the vaccine work and make the experiment successful. VTH 17 will be created. And infected will turn back to humans again.
Perhaps I expected so much in the fight between Ji Sang and Jae Wook that I forgot that the central story is about finding solution to cure infected persons. Realizing this, I can not say that I was disappointed because finally, the story found the answers they were all looking for.
Episode 19 was one of the saddest episode and a shocker. With the Chairman committing suicide, it was a form of atoning for his sins and to show RiTa he was sincere in loving her and in asking for forgiveness. It was a start for RiTa to move forward and know her legacy as her parent's daughter. She got stronger after accepting the truth that the people she trusted betrayed her and that they have to pay for their betrayal. Associate Director turns out to be a disappointment character for me. Her greed was a surprise and a twist in the story. Although the premise had already been shown, still to know that she acted on that evil action made her scary. She was defeated by greed and whatever affections she has for RiTa, I knew it seemed sincere just as the Chairman's, but it can never equal or compensate for the wrongs she did RiTa. Until the end I hoped that she will awaken from that dark avarice and pay for her sins voluntarily, but no, she hold onto to her position. RiTa had to forcefully pull her out with the help of the authorities. It was not fear of the consequences, but buying time to keep on denying that she did something wrong.
Next shocker was the way Hyun Woo exited the story abruptly, without notice. His presence though secondary to the leads was so big even if he is only confined to researching the solution to help Ji Sang. But when he died, it was as if the story turned gloomy. Hyun Woo was everywhere. His works was his legacy. His cheerful character made the drama brighter. His brotherly romance with Ji Sang were amazing. So I could not help but curse the writer [only for a bit] when Hyun Woo died. It was as if it was never really necessary, but for the story to move forward, his death is a must. His gift, the last research on Ji Sang's decomposed blood is the most precious research he had done. What Chief Jung's father failed to accomplish, Hyun Woo did. Now it was time for Chief Jung to continue that legacy and make the result satisfactory and successful.
Seeing how Ga Yeon persevere to be human even if infected makes me feel the warmth of her character. She has always been hard to read after learning she was the one who stole Ji Sang's medication and shot him with a vaccine that can kill an ordinary infected person. But towards the last few episodes, her empathy towards the sick and her devotion to Na Jung clearly differentiates her from Jae Wook and his minions like J and Chun Hool. She was grateful for the life Jae Wook gave her but it did not changed her or take away her basic compassion towards people and doing good. That is why when she put her body in between Ji Sang and Jae Wook to receive the fatal stab that kills infected persons, I felt sad for her. But then it has to happen to give justice to her extended life that should have been cut off long ago. She showed Jae Wook that although she was thankful towards him and love him like a daughter, he must open his eyes to the reality that his works and greed are all over and done. In the end she looked at Ji Sang telling him she was grateful for everything, a sight that gave a painful emotion to Jae Wook. There she goes, the one he nurtured, but as she closed her eyes, she was thanking Ji Sang.
Ji Sang and Jae Wook
Two infected persons that have opposite goals.
While the story tried to give justice to Jae Wook's greed, which can be easily and mistakenly accepted by anyone who can understand where he is coming from, the story also showed that not all good intention are good particularly if the means are evil.
While Jae Wook got the fatal vaccine Ji Sang was able to inject on him, in return, Jae Wook was able to stab Ji Sang at the heart. Still, it is not fair. But for the story's sake Ji Sang must die. I believe, Jae Wook did not die but only got weaker and caught up with his actual age. It is not clear though as I watched him sitting down on his chair inside his house looking at the big art work in front of him, talking about changing the world. But then that scene made him accept the truth that changing what is destined is a work of devil, which somehow showed that he did exactly what a devil is doing, changing and manipulating fate. Jae Wook looked tired after realizing his mistakes, his sins. But I think he just dozed off to rest but still lives on.
Ji Sang however has his own fate. He accepted his death. It should happen for the sake of many infected person. His death means achieving great results for the protection of humanity.
Ji Sang and Ri Ta
I love the rooftop scene so much that although it both gave the feeling of sadness and melancholy, it also showed how beautiful that scene was executed. The cinematography is amazing. The dawn is fatal to infected person and that is what Ji Sang has been missing all his life. But in the last minutes of his life, there he was, not scared of the rising sun but anticipating it to witness it for the first time and for the last time. The scene spoke of so much more emotions and hidden meanings that words and conversations are not really needed. Ri Ta who held Ji Sang's head on her lap as she cried resignedly to the fate of their romance was an epic scene. Everything matched in that rooftop scene. Ri Ta in her red dress, trying to be brave and stronger while Ji Sang was in his black suit, weak and dying.
Did the story justified the ending?
I believe that the VTH 17 was successful after a year had elapsed from the culturing of the vaccine. I think at least in the ward 21A, the problems were solved by the hands of Chief Jung and Soo Eun and Ri Ta.
Ri Ta who came to Konechia to meet the girl Ji Sang once saved gave the feeling of sad recollection of what happened in the past year. The young girl and Ri Ta both owed their lives to Ji Sang. Meeting each other is like getting comfort and strength from each other.
Anyone saw the fingers flicking on the chair's handle? I believe it was Jae Wook who has that habit but what is he doing in Konechia? That's why I think he did not die. Then vampires came chasing RiTa. Scary looking vampires hungry for her blood.
Out of nowhere, Ji Sang appeared fighting them off until they all scattered away. Ri Ta saw him then he held his hand for her to grab.
The story ends.
Going back to what I wrote above, I have to understand the story to appreciate the ending. Because if not, it will leave me feeling unsatisfied. Now I think Ji Sang came back to life through the vaccine that was cultured inside his dead body. But I don't believe that he came back human. First, the vaccine can be cultured to his dying body [or dead body]. But then I remembered that Hyun Woo once told Ji Sang that after he was shot with the harmful vaccine in the earlier episodes that luckily he survived, and only he can survive, it made him even stronger and nothing can kill him anymore.
I want to think that Ji Sang only stopped breathing for a period of time and came back naturally with the vaccine that was cultured inside him. I can be mistaken for I am not an expert in this medical drama but this is how I interpret the story as the writer left us room for interpretation.
Ji Sang could not have powers if he is human.
The story seems open ended in parallel to Ji Sang who came back alive. I want to think the writer wants it this way not because he ran out of ideas or that he was pressured by limited time. I think the mission is just starting again for Ji Sang and Ri Ta.
I like to say that the story although found many criticism from antis is a successful drama for me. The plot did not stray away from the original path. The romance may be short but it is there for viewers to appreciate. The medical part of the story is satisfying and well researched to justify the outcome of the experiments. Maybe a little bit difficult to comprehend but can be understood somehow.
Can I hope for a sequel?
Yes. I hope that Blood 2 will be given a chance to be created.
For Goo Hye Sun and Ahn Jae Hyun, they have good chemistry. Ahn Jae Hyun surprised me. He improved in acting and definitely brought Ji Sang to life. Goo Hye Sun who was target for critics, I felt sorry for the unbiased attacks. I hope that she will not feel sorry if the drama fails to get higher ratings. This is a solid story from start to finish. She has done her part as what her character has asked of her.
And of course, the villain. Suave and handsome yet scary Ji Jin Hee. Effortless acting. Never exaggerated. Lee Jae Wook is a sophisticated villain in k-dramaland. And Ji Jin Hee carried the role perfectly.
I did not write a recap but these thoughts are what's running in my head as I watched the last 2 episodes and after Blood ended.
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