My golly goodness gracious great balls of fire holy mackerel, where to begin? I’ve been both dying for, and dreading, this very day. Hmmm, January 7, 2013 – what could possibly be so important about this day, you ask? Wrack your brains. Birthday? Anniversary? Holiday? Deadline? … Nothing, you say? HOW CAN YOU SAY NOTHING?!?! Today, January 7, 2013, is none other than *drumoroll* the day I must say goodbye to the wonderful, fantabulous, heartwarming, heartrending, stupendous, magnificent, one and only Anthony Kim. Or, well, I suppose I should say The King of Dramas.
I do wub to talk about dramas. And actors. And actresses. And all the lovely loooovely junk filling the scandal rags – they wub me, too. And thus I find myself sitting here in front of my computer, wanting to talk on and on and on about this amazing show, and… I don’t know what to say. Words are insufficient, truly, and I do dislike being redundant, but here goes: Words don’t do this show justice.
Over the past maaany years – don’t want to date myself! 😉 – I’ve laughed and cried and screamed and aaalmost fainted and pretty much run the gamut of human emotions while watching dramas. And in that time, I’ve realized that many of my favorite shows weren’t ratings hits. I don’t know if that not so teensy factor had anything to do with my attachment, but I always felt a stronger pull for those shows that didn’t get the attention, kudos, and acclaim I felt they deserved. Something about underdogs or whatever. *flips hair* The King of Dramas is precisely one of these Precious Pinkblossom Power winners: you may not have moved the Korean broadcasters’ ratings meter, but you made my meter go nutso.
Okay, enough of the psychobabble and on to the mushy stuff. Here we go: pinkblossom’s final farewell.
I do not wish to say goodbye. You were my bestest friend the last ten weeks. Weekends were made brighter because I knew you were waiting for me. Mondays and Tuesdays were the best days of the week – the remaining five days were spent waiting for you.
Each week, each episode, you gave me tantalizing glimpses into that magical land I love – and showed me that maybe it ain’t as sparkly and glittery as I like to think. But I loved you more because you knew how to poke fun at yourself as well. Your self-deprecating humor was magnificent. So many other friends have tried to talk about various careers, but the workplaces merely became backdrops. They were Grey’s Anatomy instead of House. But you, you stuck to your guns and made your world so real that everyone was clambering to watch Kyeong-seong’s Morning. I wanted to watch it, too. Maybe you’ll share it with me some day?
Thank you, bestest friend, for sharing your Anthony with me the last ten weeks. And for letting him have his adorkably sweet, happy ending with Go-eun. I don’t know if you were planning on the whole blindness angle from the start, but I appreciated that there was a solid, legit basis for that development. You didn’t just throw in some random Stage IV cancer. The, uh, mabajillion hits with the defibrillator was a bit over the top, but I’ll forgive you. This isn’t a medical drama, after all. I have to admit, I wasn’t too happy with Hyun-min in the first several episodes, but you really helped him worm his way into my heart. His laugh, too. I won’t ever forget his “mother father!” line – heeee! Hilarious!! That’s another thing: you never forgot to have fun.
You were one gorgeous show, and I will thank your director for prettying you up. Really, just absolutely beautiful. And honestly, you were so eloquent and thought-out and smartly written, and just everything mahvelous. To borrow a word from my friend Whitecarrot: you made me jelly. You need an example? How about the moment when the last item on Anthony’s list was revealed? “Forget Lee Go-eun.” The writing, smudged by his tears, becoming further blurred by Go-eun’s own tears… Gah, it was magnificent.
In short, thank you, bestest friend, for a wonderful 2 ½ months. The ride was one of the best of 2012 – and of all time, to be quite honest. I am engraving your name on my Favorites page, so don’t be a stranger!
Lots and Looooots of Love,