Why did “Big Mouth” end like that?… However, Lee Jong-seok and Im Yoon-ah’s performances were amazing

MBC’s drama “Big Mouth” (scripted by Kim Ha-ram/ directed by Oh Chung-hwan and Bae Hyun-jin) revealed the limitations of terrestrial broadcasters.

One of the reasons why terrestrial dramas are less competitive than those on OTT platforms, such as Netflix, is the “season system”. OTT works are basically more open to new seasons. If a drama becomes successful, they will not hesitate to produce season 2 to season 3. They just make it and if it continues to be popular, it paves the way for them to create the next story.

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Drama producers can have a comfortable space in creating dramas if they can make seasons 2 and 3. They don’t have to wrap up the whole story in season 1. The so-called “Uncollected spoilers” can be a link to Season 2 and a tool to attract viewers.

However, terrestrial broadcasters cannot do that. Due to various production conditions, such as organizing airing time and cost, it is inevitable that they have to be conservative about making dramas with many seasons. As a result, one of the biggest concerns for drama production teams is that they have to conclude everything and reach an ending in the final episode. We sometimes see all conflicts suddenly be resolved in the last episode and the narratives of the characters, which have been built through solid developments, collapse at once in the last broadcast. That’s because the producers are pressured to make an “ending”.

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This also happened to “Big Mouth”. Many people are talking about Season 2, but this is not a drama that was made with the “season system” in the mind of the producers in the first place. Therefore, its story had to be concluded in the final episode, and the production team’s obsession with “making an ending” was clearly revealed through the last broadcast.

Aside from the fact that the viewers could not sympathize with the context of Ko Mi-ho (Im Yoon-ah)’s death, the motive for Park Chang-ho (Lee Jong-seok) to kill Choi Do-ha (Kim Joo-heon) in the finale was not as satisfying as what he had done in the previous episodes. One or two settings were left unresolved and the endings of some characters were difficult to understand. The contents that were quickly processed as if they were breaking news were too rushed.

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The ending was not well-prepared. Even if the second and third seasons were guaranteed, the fact that “Big Mouth” ended in such a hurry left a great regret. This is why many viewers are expressing disappointment and criticizing “Big Mouth” as an “anticlimax drama”.

However, the main character actors Lee Jong-seok and Im Yoon-ah deserve applause.

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Lee Jong-seok led “Big Mouse” with a cold face, however, the special talent of Lee Jong-seok is that he can show warmth or anger, and bring out emotions of sadness and love with his cold face as he changes the work. Some people might think Lee Jong-seok’s Grand Prize at the 2016 MBC Drama Awards came a little bit early, but the actor has clearly shown how faithfully he is in improving the depth of his acting skills without being swayed by the title of the Grand Prize through “Big Mouth”. It would not be easy to think of someone else to play Park Chang-ho f it weren’t for Lee Jong-seok.

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Im- Yoon-ah’s recent moves let us understand what kind of actress she wants to become. Looking back on the role of Jang Sae-byeok she played in KBS 1TV’s daily drama “You Are My Destiny”, Yoon-ah’s steep growth is surprising. From “Confidential Assignment”, “Exit”, “Miracle: Letters to the President” and now to “Big Mouth”, Yoon-ah is clearly working passionately beyond expectations. This proves that Yoon-ah’s goal is not to be just a “pretty actress”. 

Source: daum

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