So Highkick Through the Roof ended on Friday. And it’s a contender for one of the suckiest sitcom endings EVER. Korea should know how to make sitcoms that is funny and character oriented without having to resort to the melodramatics and sap.
Throughout the 125 episodes of Highkick, the sitcom has been a wonderful viewing. Tho characters are not necessarily the most realistic characters, but they are full of little quirks that they are believable in their own little world. There’s the well meaning but annoying son in law, there’s the little girl whose middle name is Bratty with capital B, there’s a boy on the gate of adulthood who is rebellious but is sweet at heart. All these characters were charming, even down to the supporting role like Inna the popstar wannabe or Gwangsoo the jobless sweetheart.
The stories have been really fun as well, helped by many cameos around here and there. From Yoon Jongshin, who stole Jungeum’s kiss in the most hilarious way, to Pierre Deporte as the delusional pastry chef who kept asking Sekyung out on a date. The cameos are not the biggest factor, but they do add a little spice here and there and let’s face it, it’s more fun to see familiar faces on the screen.
Basically, I just want to say that the last 6 months (or 5 for me) of watching Highkick were really wonderful times. I started out hating Haeri, who is played fantastically, but in the end, Haeri was probably one of my favourite character. She was selfish to no end, but pure and honest at heart. I watched the series for Hwang Jungeum and true she is still my favourite, but I grew to like other characters as well.
But the last 2 weeks, as the show was wrapping up its loose ends, it went down the typical route: Angst. A little background here. Jungeum the tutor and Jihoon the doctor have been secretely dating. Jungeum was tutoring Junhyuk under the lies that she’s a student of the prestigious SNU. When she confessed to Junhyuk’s mother, who’s also Jihoon’s older sister, she was naturally fired and earned herself an emotional buttkick. At the same time, her parents’ business went south and she was forced to not only fend for herself but also for her family by doing various oddjobs and part-timing. The peak of this was when Jungeum felt so pressured that she broke up with Jihoon.
On the other hand, Sekyung the housekeeper received news from her dad that they would immigrate out of the country soon. Hearing this, Junhyuk was crushed. Despite knowing that Sekyung liked Jihoon, Junhyuk told her sincerely how he felt but Sekyung was set on going.
This was basically the position of everyone before the ending. There are other stories, but in all honesty, fans are mostly flocking to how this love quadrangle would dealt in the end. At times there have been blurry lines, but there were always 2 couples that were clearer than the other variations. Junhyuk/Sekyung and Jihoon/Jungeum. So far, the built up pointed to this permutation.
Thus, imagine my fury when the PDs/Writers didn’t give me my most deserved happy ending. The ending was the kind of ending that is supposed to be beautiful, haunting, and an open ending where viewers are left to their own devices to conclude what happened. To me, the ending was nothing but a stupid ending.
The series basically ended with the implication that Jihoon and Sekyung died in a car accident with Sekyung on her way to the airport and Jihoon on his way to pursue Jungeum in her home city. But in the car, Jihoon and Sekyung died together. What? Because they can’t be together physically in this world, the production people think it’s clever to let them be together in the netherworld?
I swear to god, it’s bull-fucking-shit.
Not only the ending was so far out of anything we’ve seen until episode 125, it was also an ending that was there just to create sensation. Instead of a sitcom, HKTtR would do better to categorize itself as a Banjun, with unexpected and irrational ending. Who cares about continuity when you can gain high ratings from ridiculous twists??
Another beef of mine is that this is a SITCOM, for god’s sake. Last I checked, the COM stands for Comedy. I see barely any of that in the last 2 weeks of HKTtR and pretty much zero in the last episode. If you want to call yourself a Comedy, doesn’t that entail making people laugh? Making people happy? The only happiness I felt was that I was rid of this sitcom and am ready to forget about the godawful ending.
No, I don’t regret getting through 125 episodes, it was a great fun watching so many of the characters. So, Highkick Through the Roof was an enjoyable sitcom, OVERALL. But it will be remiss if I don’t say it out loud: The ending was shit!
Next up, I can’t wait to see Hwang Jungeum and Jung Boseok in Giant next! Hopefully 50 episodes won’t be a painful journey! And Jin Jihee must must must do something soon. She’s the cutest thing ever!
Watch the last episode: HERE
Otherwise, good night and thanks PDs/Writers for ruining the sitcom for me. Cheers!