I don’t even know where to start. I am actually really devastated this drama ended. I can easily say this is the best drama of my life by far. And trust me, friends, I have watched too many dramas to count. So many dramas have an awesome start and lag and completely crash and burn at the end. But never once did 1997 falter. Episode 16 was perfect in every way, so I’ll keep my comments succinct.
Overall the whole drama and plotwise everything was so perfect. The vignettes, woven together so artfully, made us fall in love with the love stories. The plot was so real that it made us cry with each character. The guessing games kept us hooked and on the edge of our seats. Although I was in elementary school in 1997, this story really pulls me in. I feel connected with each character as if they were my friends and my family.
Halfway in, I pulled Pinkblossom on board this 1997 train because I knew she would get hooked and recap this drama. The subs just didn’t come out fast enough for me! I am forever grateful to Pinkblossom who knows all things Korean and can recap so eloquently all the minute details!
Gosh, I don’t know what else to say. No drama can ever be as good. I don’t even want to get to into the details of episode 16 because I’m afraid to fall into a deep depression (that there will never be such an awesome drama). I am glad this drama was 16 episodes. I am glad they didn’t drag out the story with inane occurrences, which happens all the time when dramas get extensions for good ratings.
I think I’ve said this before but…Thank you, Answer me 1997 for making my 2012 so much better.
P.S. Thank you to all of you who joined us at Carrotblossom Patch for this crazy crazy ride. May you continue to check out our posts and fan-girl/boy with us in the future.
I hate shows like Answer Me 1997. Really. ’Cuz they pluck me out of my idyllic, peaceful life, take me for one crazy tempest of a ride, then dump me back into my now comparatively boring life – forever changed. Everything around me continues on its way, but I’m no longer the same person. I feel like a stranger in my own world. You know what’s worse, though? That I’ve become so melodramatic! I’m spouting impassioned, fevered spazzisms over a fictional world and fictional situations and fictional characters and fictional relationships… that so closely mirror our own. Okay, maybe that’s where things went wrong for that precious thing I call my sanity. The 1997 world is not unfamiliar. If anything, it is all too familiar and recognizable. And that is why it has burrowed its way into my heart, probably to stay for a long, long while. If not forever. Okay, no more dramatics. For realsies.
There are just too many things to say and not enough words to describe all I have thought, am thinking, and will think about this drama in the days to come. Now go back to the last part of that sentence and insert “feel” where “thought” is. Yeah, see? Just not enough words and grammar to convey the maelstrom in what passes for my brain. I said before in the Episode 16 recap that my heart literally (yes, literally!) hurt, and it still aches even right now. Recalling the last line of the drama gives me goose bumps. Still. What to do?
It’s been a very veeerrry long time since I’ve been this absorbed by a drama. Okay, fine, I went crazy over Rooftop Prince, and the first ten episodes of The Moon that Embraces the Sun, and Sungkyunkwan Scandal before that, and okay okay okay, fine. But for seriously. The level of my madness has not been like this in a truly long time. And even more astonishing is that I don’t need a qualifier for my adoration of this darling show. I often find myself recommending various dramas to friends with the allowance: “But it gets kinda slow/stupid/just-plain-wacked towards the end.” This time, though, no qualifier. From start to finish, Answer Me 1997 was magnificent. It was clearly thought out and brilliantly executed. True, it was not perfect, but it came as darned close to perfection as I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a LOT.
Episode 16 was one of the sweetest finales I’ve seen in a long time, and it struck the perfect balance between fanservice, closure, and didacticism. It was a beautiful bow that wrapped together all the precious memories we made with this unexpected gift of a drama. And it’s a knot I will be undoing with wistfulness and joy many, many times in the years to come.
Whitecarrot claims to have had ulterior motives for dangling this drama in front of me ’til I broke. If this is what you call nefarious scheming, bring it on, girlfriend. As much as I am grateful to this show for having entered my life, I am even more grateful to whitecarrot for all the wonderful, witty posts she wrote to get me hooked. And I am eternally grateful to have had a partner in crime – it’s never quite the same traversing the dramaworld alone.
Which brings me to all of you wonderful readers who have made this journey more special than any other I have known. I cannot express how humbled I am that you were willing to read the wild ramblings of a drama fanatic and leave your kind comments and thoughtful musings. You all were the reason I was able to get out recaps in zombie-mode, and you all were the fairy dust that created this magical time together. I hope you continue to join us here at Carrotblossom Patch and continue with us our never-ending journey to the Wizard of Drama-Oz. Thank you, truly, from the bottom of our hearts, for a magical experience.
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 16 (Final)
- Answer Me 1997 Ep 16 Spoilers!
- The 1997 Countdown
- Answer Me 1997 on tvN’s Taxi
- Why Do We Love Yoon Yoon-jae?
- Answer Me 1997: Thoughts on Episode 15
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 15
- Answer Me 1997: Ep 16 Preview
- Answer Me 1997: Thoughts on Episodes 13-14
- M Countdown – Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Guk
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 14
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 13
- Answer Me 1997 – Ep 15 Preview
- Answer Me 1997 OST Part 2
- Answer Me 1997 Gets an Extension
- Answer Me 1997: The Case for Baby Daddy Yoon Yoon-jae
- Answer Me 1997: Thoughts on Episodes 11-12
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 12
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 11
- Answer Me 1997 Official OST Love Story
- Answer Me 1997 – Preview 13, 14
- Who is the Baby Daddy? Answer Me 1997
- Answer Me 1997 – Ep 10
- Answer Me 1997 – Ep 9
- Answer Me 1997 – Preview 11, 12
- Answer Me 1997 – Episode 7, 8
- Answer Me 1997 – Heart Attack
- Answer Me 1997 – Episode 5, 6
- Answer Me 1997 – Heart Palpitations