JTBC’s Saturday and Sunday drama “My Liberation Notes” has reached the beginning of its ending.
JTBC’s Saturday and Sunday drama “My Liberation Notes” has entered the beginning of its ending. With only four episodes left after the 12th episode, Yeom Mi-jung (Kim Ji-won), the current main character among the three Yeom siblings , left Koo Ja-kyung (Son Seok-gu), who had fell into a deep relationship with her as a lover, while Ki-jung (Lee El) and Chang-hee (Lee Min-ki) began their love. In line with this, the ratings, according to Nielsen Korea, are showing signs of bouncing back up, rising to more than 4%, away from the 2-3% range that it was locked in from the beginning.
“My Liberation Notes” is the return work of Park Hae-young, who wrote “My Mister,” which is considered the holy grail for many people. “My Liberation Notes” is well-received for its freshness and detailed plot, which distinguishes itself from other dramas in general. Like “My Mister,” which had the highest ratings of 7%, this drama might remain as a work that will be remembered for a long time regardless of the high or low ratings.
“My Liberation Notes” captivates viewers with the magic of unknowingly making the time passes despite its calm and low tempo in the era of fast-paced dramas. The drama, which began with Yeom Mi-jung’s line of “Worship Me” towards Koo Ja-kyung, resembles Park Hae-young’s previous work, “My Mister” but also different somehow, like two sisters living in two different worlds.
“My Liberation Notes” varies slightly from brother to sister in different forms, but “finding happiness through self-esteem” seems to be its most prominent framework. And Yeom Mi-jeong, the most important character, tells the story of the people whose self-esteem are violated.
She wants others to live their time faithfully without harming others, and for others to respect hers as well, but the reality is not always pink. The solution to overcome pain and confusion in a life where she has to face countless people who treat her carelessly is “worshipping,” and to overcome that state is “liberation.”
Yeom Mi-jeong explains her definition of “worship” to Koo Ja-kyung, who regrets being attacked by others and wants to scold himself for interfering: “Don’t tell a person who can’t face separation to go for their death,” “Help me when I ask for help.” “I want you to worship me and charge me with confidence so that I can say everything I want to say to him.”‘
As Son Seok-gu’s admiration, who tried and followed Yeom Mi-jung, gradually continued, Kim Ji-won changed, “I didn’t know there would be someone who would listen to me before, but when I did this worshipping thing, I found out that I am lovely, something I didn’t know I could be.”
“Worshipping” is a way to build self-esteem. The playwright seems to think that self-esteem is achieved by filling it through the process of being with someone rather than training and strengthening it alone. However, the process of worshipping and self-esteem is not one-sided but creates a mutual miracle. Son Seok-gu, who was helplessly drowning in silence, alcohol and autism, also returns to a lively and warm life amid the exchange of “worshipping” with Yeom Mi-jung.
Both “My Liberation Notes” and “My Mister” are stories about “I” and about finding happiness. Park Dong-hoon (Lee Sun-kyun) of “My Mister” also tries to be happy in his invaded life like Yeom Mi-jung, and this also becomes possible in his relationship with Lee Ji-an (Lee Ji-eun), not alone. Just as Koo Ja-kyung, who is in the process of finding unspecified self-esteem, is revived, Lee Ji-an, who accompanies Park Dong-hoon’s search for happiness, also reached her inner peace.
In the world of Park Hae-young, life is painful because of others, but one also needs others to overcome and be happy. The love story in “My Liberation Note” and “My Mister” is a little different. Compared to the general love story that follows the process of building each other’s emotions, the salvation of each character is stronger, which leads to a larger and wider concept compared to the simple definition of “love”.
Although they didn’t kiss until the 11th episode, Yeom Mi-jung and Koo Ja-kyung’s relationship was quite different from any general dating couple, while Park Dong-hoon and Lee Ji-an’s relationship was also too ambiguous to be called “love”. In addition, there are quite a few similarities in “My Liberation Notes” and “My Mister” such as the background of a deficient neighborhood, the life stories that mixed closely with neighbors, and unexpected gag codes.
On the other hand, “My Liberation Notes” is a story about filling oneself up for happiness in a bright world centered on summer, while “My Mister” is a story about cleansing oneself of the darkness with winter as the main background. On the other hand, there was a difference in sensibility that the former was moistened with everyday trivialities, while the latter was driven by conspiracy and events based on the noir genre.
“My Mister” showed the best ending in the history of the drama. Its sister drama, “My Liberation Diary,” has also begun its first step toward the ending. “My Liberation Notes” might find it hard to put strength into its ending because its dramatic development is less than that of “My Mister”.
However, the audience all wants to believe that “My Liberation Diary,” which shows a wider and more mature drama but is more relaxing than “My Mister,” will not disappoint with its ending. Let’s follow the rest of the episode to see if the audience can create another all-time ending that is as good as “My Mister”.