We reach the end of the long and winding maze that is Chicago Typewriter. I really enjoyed reviewing this series, although it’s just sad that it got low ratings in Korea. I just hope more people get to watch it and appreciate the superb writing and admirable execution of the script. Yoo Ah-in, Go Kyung-pyo, Im Soo-jung, and Kwak Si-yang all did a great job for me. Their acting was so convincing that I never saw each of them as their real identities.

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As we start the final hour, we finally get to know the answers to the lingering questions in the story. Seo Hwi- young (Yoo Ah-in) died as a hero, offering his life for the country as the respectable leader of the Joseon Youth Alliance. Instead of being caught by Heo Young-min (Kwak Si-yang), he shot himself. This possibly explains why he is reborn as a writer, if we take into account what Yoo Jin-oh (Go Kyung-pyo) said during the early part of the series. “Sinners are reincarnated as writers in their next lives.” Suicide is considered a great sin to the Almighty.

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The most satisfying part of the series finale for me was Ryu Soo-hyun’s (Im Soo-jung) major revenge against those responsible for the fallout of the Joseon Youth Alliance. From the Japanese imperialists, to Young-min, and to Madame Sophia, every death in the story is a well-deserved ending. Soo-hyun did a great job in putting their story to an end. But it’s just so heartbreaking that this means she also had to kill Shin Yul (also Go Kyung-pyo) after he revealed the identity of Hwi-young as the leader.

I think this series gave Kyung-pyo oppa the biggest break to improve his craft as an actor. His grieving scene while reading Hwi-young’s letter made me cry so much. I am sure that no hurdle can ever break their friendship. Their love for each other as brothers is truly admirable.

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I may not be a fan of Im Soo-jung unnie before Chicago Typewriter, but from now on I will be on the watch for her next project. The role of super fan girl Jeon Seol fits her so much. She is the epitome of a fan girl’s dream come true. Her relationship with Han Se-joo (also Yoo Ah-in) may be not the center of this dramaverse, but I believe they had enough screen time to be able to let the viewers feel that their love is for real.

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Kwak Si-yang as Baek Tae-min just set the standards for yet another iconic villain in the K-Drama world. Si-yang has come a long way from being the lovely Cordon Bleu in Oh My Ghostess. I remember how he made me feel giddy while watching We Got Married, but now I am so annoyed whenever I see him on screen as the evil Young-min/Tae-min. His capability as an actor is endless.

VERDICT:

Chicago Typewriter is not your conventional Korean drama. If you are into mind-boggling heavy dramas, this series is for you. If you prefer a series that will make you think, this one is for you. The cinematography and scoring of this series should also be commended. The show depicts vintage romanticism at its best in the 1930s Kyungsung scenes.

The relationship among our three best friends both in the 1930s and the present time line were also so believable that I want to enter their world and become their friend too. I am just worried how Yul mentioned that he had a long dream at the ending of the story. So was it all really a dream? I was sure for a brief moment that Jin-oh would reincarnate as Se-joo and Seol’s son.

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