Yun Yu Seul is a haughty piano prodigy who constantly gets first in every competition, while Seo Jin Mok, her bitter rival whose playing is technically brilliant but lacks passion, always comes in second to her. Meanwhile, Jeong Cha Sik is a talented pole vaulter who zealously gives his all in everything he attempts.
When unrelated accidents send Yu Seul and Cha Sik to the same hospital, they both receive a diagnosis that they may never be able to continue in their respective fields. Struggling to adapt to the sudden changes thrown at them, the two meet by chance and unintentionally help drive each other forward. Along the way, all three teens are forced to reexamine what they want from their lives and consider what they're truly passionate about.
This short and sweet drama shows students in despair, failing under the pressure from their parents and the tragedies that occur to them. Watching the leads step by step overcome their difficulties can give hope to all the (young) people that relate to this feeling of 'not quite making it'.
"Having an injury, not being able to do what you had worked hard for until today is not the end of the world. If you find a new dream to run towards, just try hard and gradually you will make it."
That's the kind of message I was expecting from this drama. However, I didn't quite get it at the end of the last episode.
I didn't like that we didn't get to see Cha Sik succeed at the end. Yes, he ends up playing the song correctly and gets applauded by the crowd at the tunnel. But he put so much work and they should have shown him getting recognition by professionals as someone with no background or previous knowledge of music that worked hard and accomplished things however "small" they were.
He didn't need to become a world famous pianist afterwards but honestly him deciding to not compete at all felt like running away.
I understand that he made Jin Mok to play instead so that they would secure their win and Yu Seul would not give up playing the piano. But the thing is that, even if they hadn't win the trophy, Yu Seul should have decided to continue playing anyway because [i]that's what makes her happy[/i].
Having Cha Sik compete and come second place -or even last, it doesn't really matter- but then have the supposed father and famous pianist tell him he is in no position to win but he is good and passionate and he should never give up, would be a more fitting ending.
And all that could happen with the help of Jin Mok who gets recognised by his 'enemy' Yu Seul as a talented pianist and decides to help Cha Sik improve and later cheers for him and Yu Seul, even if they don't win.
There's this saying: what's important is not your destination but the journey there. "We were together, we worked together, we had fun together, we got where we got together -even if that's not first place"; [i]that[/i] should have been the feeling of the ending.
I'm a bit disappointed, but don't get me wrong, this is still a really good drama and I certainly recommend it. I just felt that the ending fell short to the overall meaning the drama had; 'have hope, keep going and everything will fall into place'.
PS: The fact that Yu Seul didn't know she wasn't playing the duet with Jin Mok in the stead of Cha Sik bothers me a little. :/
PS2: I kept wishing until the end that the homeless ajeossi was a piano instructor under disguise that sought new talents and that he would help Cha Sik and maybe train him and make him big, but nothing like that happened. (He was always sitting next to a seemingly ownerless piano, it was a possibility. ;) )
I also wished Yu Seul's mother would offer Cha Sik piano lessons or at least help, but that didn't happen either.
This was a short and sweet drama. With only 3 episodes, we really got to see the each of the main characters grow in their own way, and overcoming the struggles that they had faced. I loved seeing the relationships between each character and how much they have changed within the span of 3 episodes.
I love how simple this drama was, with a basic storyline of high schoolers trying to please what their parents want of them, yet was packed with just enough in each episode for the viewers to feel the same emotions as the characters. I do somehow wish there was more to the ending, although I definitely did find the ending so beautiful. Seeing two people who once saw each other as enemies play a duet together, and realizing what they loved. Beautiful and simple drama, i love it and recommend it!