The empty space left by Roo-da in "Feel Good To Die" hits everyone hard, and everyone reacts to it differently. At the end of the day, however, it is Roo-da's life that affected these people the most, and changed how they treat themselves and others. Jin-sang takes a considerable blow, given the burden he has to try and change his savior's fate. We know where it all started, and where it can all end.
The twist I feared has come, and whether it succeeds in wrapping the series up without nullifying what it has built or not depends on how they treat it moving forward. A lot in life is a product of nurture. If we go back, will Joon-ho (Gong Myung) learn to mature and find confidence? Will Yoo-deok (Kim Min-jae) learn of his capacity to be cruel to his peers? Will Yeong-hwa (Jung Min-ah) fight for her rights?
A do-over does not harm the story's messages, but when viewers have invested emotions and contemplation on it, the hope of retaining it is important. I have hope that at least Roo-da (Baek Jin-hee) will regain her memories. But I also know that people don't simply change with one epiphany and one kind action. These characters have change in them, and any spark of the same kind that we have seen can ignite it. Perhaps that is a message we'll be left with.
One thing I am surprised about is the fact that Jin-sang (Kang Ji-hwan) never considered looking into Hyeon-jeong's (Kim Sa-hee) accident before going into the ICU. If anyone would have a reason to wish him a changed man, it would be her. I understand that he couldn't possibly remember what was on the news during the team dinner, but finding out about the fire is something Hyeon-jeong's father (Kim Jeong-ho) couldn't have stopped him from doing.
Going back to Roo-da now, Team Good's reminiscing of her is a great scene, and it counters a very common issue of typical man-woman duo stories. For one, the development of supporting folks is neglected. A tsundere man falls for the woman, he changes. But is that change real? And what about the woman's value outside of it? "Feel Good To Die" has mostly treated its women right, including their value beyond "the man" and his life.
We get some closure for Si-baek (Park Sol-mi) as well, but I do regret the series making her a 'woman scorned' stereotype. It feels like an insincere wrap up for her, even if the thoughts behind her grievances are relatable. There was a lot of potential there for her and In-han (In Gyo-jin), but one can't have it all. I hope "Feel Good To Die" delivers on the things we do need in the end.
Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'
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