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Since I watched the last episode of Nice Guy yesterday, I haven’t stopped thinking about the ending. That means either that I love it, or I hate it, or that I’m trying to decide whether I love it or hate it. What do you think?

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Don’t you DARE go soft on me!

I didn’t have the know-how to build in an expiry date for my Nice Guy Ending Poll, but obviously it would make no sense to keep the poll running once the last episode has aired, so I’ll call the results then. At the moment, with 134 votes in, we are 10% at option 1 (they die tragically), 58% at Option 2 (they reconcile, but Ma Roo dies while Eun Gi survives), and 32% at Option 3 (happily ever after).

I think it’s really sweet that some of you are so sunny and optimistic as to go for ‘Happily Ever’, but I have to say that from having had my money on Option 2 like most of you, I’m now shifting even to Option 1; if not in the detail (maybe they’ll live?) at least in a massive conflagration of Tragedy (anyone who survives will be broken and miserable). The direction of the show’s tone and sensibility would make it very challenging, I feel, to bring sunshine, rainbows and world peace in the end, while maintaining thematic or artistic integrity. At most, perhaps it could manage to turn around without awkwardness to moderated sadness. But with two episodes to go, I just can’t see my way to any relaxed, unclouded cheeriness at the end of this ride. But… we shall see, shan’t we. Only a few more days to go!

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What could be more glorious than Song Joong Ki angsting? For many of us, this would be a rhetorical question.

I’ve not been blogging much this weekend. I’ve been busy conducting a normal life, you know, getting out in the sun, meeting people, having long meals with friends… that sort of normal stuff. I’m quite proud of myself, actually (*pats self on back*), that I don’t spend ALL my weekends on my computer all the time. Still, in between life I have been getting some k-drama watching done. But only the really compelling stuff.

I’ve watched only one new episode of Nice Guy, everyone’s angst-crumpet of the moment. Because there is something else even more compellingly angsty than Nice Guy, calling my name. WHAT? you cry. YEA! I reply. Hard as it may be to believe, there is an even more gripping tale of betrayal and revenge, an even more tightly plotted saga, even more deliciously angst-y heros, even more head-spinning politics, even more psychological drama, even more all-round awesomeness than Nice Guy screaming for my attention. I KNOW, RIGHT? What could be this impossibility of which she speaks?

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Polling time! We have eight episodes of Nice Guy to go. Eight episodes of delicious angst, betrayal, and counter-betrayal. Much as it may seem in bad taste to be wagering on the outcome of a train smash, let us throw decorum to the wind and have a bit of fun.

Nice Guy is an interesting creature. It is entirely unoriginal in its use of melodrama tropes, and yet it doesn’t feel old or stale. In fact, it’s rather gripping. Its plot seems eye-rollingly contrived, but its execution is so fine it doesn’t feel stupid.

One thing is for sure: It will all end in tears! And probably a high body count. Or… will it? Let us pit our wits and shamanic powers against writer Lee Kyung Hee!

18 Nov ’12 Postscript: The poll is now CLOSED! (Well, technically, it isn’t, because I can’t figure out how to, and if you want to be annoying you can still vote even though we all know by now how it ended.) For the results as of the time of the airing of the last episode see here.

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Random (non-spoilery) thoughts:

A show that is entirely predictable and rather unpredictable at the same time is quite a thing to behold.

Lee Kyung Hee (scriptwriter) really does so love exploring self-loathing.

My love for Song Joong Ki is not deterred by his unflattering new look, a look so smirky it gave me a momentary Yoo-Ah-In-in-Fashion-King flashback *shudder*. Ergo, my love is pure.

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Decisions decisions.

What hard times these are, for a conscientious noona such as myself. I can’t remember the last time two such lovely young men have been in such equally dire need of my tender ministrations.

Come, my precious JK, come to your noona. Let me smooth your furrowed brow.

But… which JK?

[Largely non-spoilery stream of consciousness on their relative merits follows…]

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Verdict: Improbable but Arresting.

As is her habit, writer Lee Kyung Hee ratchets up the pain and damage in Episode One. The roller-coaster is dragging up its load of angst and broken dreams, and at the end of Episode One it stands poised on the pinnacle… Will it be a gratifying ride to the bottom, taking us along the ups and downs of life but eventually arriving safely at its destination, a la her Thank You? Or will it derail and smash, a la her A Love to Kill or Will It Snow for Christmas?

[non-spoilery wittering follows]

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