These are the two reasons why the writer of “2521” is being criticized.
Not all dramas have a happy ending. Sad ending can also create a sense of melancholy and affection. However, the ending of “Twenty-five, Twenty-one” is considered meaningless because the characters of Nam Joo-hyuk and Kim Tae-ri became unlike their usual self. Kim Tae-ri, who was trying to find a way to overcome any hardships, became a child who easily said goodbye to her love because she was exhausted, and Nam Joo-hyuk, who wanted to love her forever, turned into an ambitious man who decided to become a New York correspondent. The writer also failed when trying to draw empathy by mentioning Kim Yu-na and Asada Mao.
tvN’s Saturday drama “Twenty-five, Twenty-one” ended on April 3rd. Viewers’ expectations for the ending were also high as the drama gained huge popularity with a viewer rating of 10%. Above all, the fact that Baek Yi-jin (Nam Joo-hyuk) said, “It’s late, but congratulations on your marriage” to Na Hee-do (Kim Tae-ri) in a video interview in the 14th episode shocked fans as they might not continue their relationship. Viewers did not let go of the hope that there would also be a twist.
But the drama indeed has a sad ending without any twist. Ko Yu-rim (Bona) and Moon Ji-woong (Choi Hyun-wook) prepared to get married, and Ji Seung-wan (Lee Joo-myung) heralded a love line with Baek Yi-hyun (Kang Hoon). However, Baek Yi-jin and Na Hee-do said, “I loved with all my heart. Goodbye,” and walked on their own paths.
People say that first love usually does not come true, but this ending still came as a shock to viewers who have supported their love. In particular, Baek Yi-jin applying for a New York correspondent position without any consultation with his girlfriend, and Na Hee-do‘s choice to leave her first love, did not match the characteristics of the characters they had portrayed.
It is also difficult to understand how the trust and love of those who have been closely together since the first episode are completely ruined by a single breakup. Ko Yu-rim and Moon Ji-woong have been in a long-distance relationship between Russia and Korea for nearly seven years, but Na Hee-do, who is tired of being busy and having difficulty in contacting her boyfriend, decided to end everything.
Kwon Do-eun, the writer of “Twenty-five, Twenty-one,” once caused controversy by referring to former figure skaters Kim Yu-na and Asada Mao while introducing the relationship between rivals Na Hee-do and Ko Yu-rim.
Although it has been deleted now, in the keyword of the drama’s official website, “Rival of Destiny,” the writer wrote, “What did Kim Yu-na and Asada Mao mean to each other? Without each other, both athletes could not have shined as they do now,” comparing the two main characters to Kim Yu-na and Asada Mao. Comparing the relationship between the two main characters competing as colleagues in the fencing department of the same school with real people who were in international competitions between Korea and Japan was a clear mistake that the public couldn’t turn a blind eye to. This became more controversial after the broadcast.
The idea was to win sympathy but turned out to be rather disappointing. When the writer asked if the ending was too sad, the cast said, “It’s because it’s real.” The drama is over, and the ending doesn’t change. There is no choice but to acknowledge and accept the writer’s limitations.