Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final)





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Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

We’ve created it to the final week, exactly where we not only get closure on our characters and their emotional healing, but — lastly — a boot to the glutes of the corrupt terrible guys that have been hanging on for far as well lengthy.

 
EPISODES 15-16 WEECAP

Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

Mental Coach Jegal ends its run with some definitely very good beats and a message that I enjoy to bits — but also with characters neglected, a absolutely unnecessary enjoy line, and the basic feeling that this drama weakened as it went along. I want to hang onto the very good and let go of the rest, but definitely, why are Mu-gyeol and Young-to and so on. just left hanging in the wind? And why did we have to bypass the great platonic bond in between Ga-eul and Gil and make it into romance?

Prior to we dive completely into the drama’s ending notes, although, let’s choose up exactly where we left off: the epic fight of our 3 ex-taekwondo athletes and their humorous and lengthy-awaited partnership. Due to the fact if there was a storyline that I definitely liked was Tae-man’s redemption arc and his teaming up with Moo-tae and Gil — apologies, insults, teamwork, and all. I’m not certain if I entirely comprehend why Tae-man sided with the very good guys in the finish, but I’m glad he did.

Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

And so our band of very good guys just gets larger and larger, with Gil and the No Medal Club now joined by Tae-man and Moo-tae and Dr. Park. They know that in order to expose the corruption in the athletic kingdom, they have to get appropriate to the roots, and that entails some harmful maneuvering.

1st, Tae-man pretends to return penitently to Assemblyman Park in order to get the place of the computer systems that shop all the damning details. This leads our 3 taekwondo stars to an even extra harmful fight than previously — but initial Assemblyman Park shows up to mock them. He and Gil have a verbal and ideological battle, and then our 3 very good guys are beaten to a pulp by a throng of thugs. Gil, in certain, is knocked unconscious, and it becomes a bit of a turning point for him.

Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final) Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

Dr. Park arrives at the warehouse to rescue them, and certainly she does — brave and prepared to contradict her father, contact the cops, and expose the entire factor. (Her arc, although a lengthy time coming, was very good. She lastly saw his correct colors — ugh, he’s scary — and exposed his evil deeds.)

Gil is now hospitalized and surrounded by a million men and women who enjoy and care about him. He’s fine when he wakes up, hero that he is, but this tiny interlude serves for Dr. Park to confess that she likes him, and extra importantly, for Gil to have his final chapter of emotional healing. Importantly, Ga-eul — who nevertheless adores the ground Gil walks on — sees this confession from the window in the door and flees in tears.

Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final) Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

Thanks to Dr. Park, the crew get the proof they will need to make certain Assembly Park and all his evil plans are brought to light. He by no means anticipated his daughter would turn on him, so that was minorly satisfying. But definitely, who cares about that plot line, due to the fact we knew he’d get justice sooner or later, and they dragged it out a bit as well lengthy.

Similarly dragged out was Coach Oh’a take-down he circles back once again in our final episodes to taunt and threaten each Sun-ah and Ga-eul. Fortunately, Ga-eul has develop into so robust and confident now that she stands up against him, flips the narrative, and in the finish, his sexual assaults (plural!) are brought to light and he is completed for very good this time. (The drama tends to make it clear he’s in prison for keeps, but since they have brought him back at least 4 or 5 instances currently, it is tough to think them. But we will.)

Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

Essentially, for me, the most satisfying factor about justice for Coach Oh was seeing Ga-eul’s mom lastly act like a mother! Watching her clobber Coach Oh with her broom and then threaten to choke him with his personal intestines (such a classic ajumma threat!) was a single of my favourite points about this conclusion. As was, of course, her apology to, and comfort for, her daughter. Now that was a lengthy time coming.

So, in terms of satisfying conclusions for characters, I would say Ga-eul and the other girls on the group had the most development — not only in the points they overcame, but how their mentalities had been in such a superior and brighter spot when the drama ended.

Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

And now for our WTH moments. Mu-gyeol — immediately after fronting a number of episodes and then disappearing from the plot completely — returns in our final episode. He conveniently seems to hug Ga-eul when it is important for the plot, but then the drama confirms that he’s dating Yeo-woon. This is good and all, but I do not comprehend what they had been undertaking with this plot arc at all. In the finish, it felt uneven and inconsistent, and Mu-gyeol as a character feels quick-changed. Which sucks since I liked him.

And speaking of quick-changed, so is Young-to. Early on, we discovered that he was a victim of Coach Oh as nicely, and we had been promised his part in Coach Oh’s undoing. But immediately after the initial couple of episodes, Young-to was also only present in the plot tangentially — in adorable cardigans — so I really feel unsatisfied in how the drama handled his arc as nicely. If they weren’t going to do substantially with it, they shouldn’t have spotlighted him at all. And that, really, leads to a single of my key complaints with the drama: so numerous spotlights, so tiny time.

Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final) Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

When the drama did shine a spotlight on a character or moment, it did a attractive job, and the threads of mental coaching and mindset by way of this drama had been some of its strongest components. But in the finish, the plot was stretched in as well numerous directions, and we ended with a thing that felt watered down.

That getting stated, I did enjoy Gil’s final piece of coaching. He offers it initial to Ga-eul, and later to a packed auditorium of national athletes. He says that the correct opponent is not the particular person opposite us, but the thoughts in our head. And then, that we have the potential to pick out which thoughts we listen to. In Gil’s words, “Don’t let that jerk develop a home in your thoughts. Inform him to leave!” In practice, this performs for Ga-eul against Coach Oh, and his poisonous remarks are left powerless. And it performs for our other athletes, as well: they understand they have ownership of their thoughts, and I enjoy almost everything about this. I just want the drama focused on this message extra strongly, rather of juggling 55 other points as nicely.

Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final) Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

And now for our hero, who’s had his close to-death practical experience, and has discovered an essential life lesson: he by no means loved himself, so he couldn’t enjoy yet another. I acquire the initial aspect about self-enjoy, but I would argue Gil undoubtedly did enjoy other folks, and his care of the No Medal Club and the national athletes was complete of enjoy and care. I suppose they wanted this enjoy to be about romantic enjoy, although, and so… that becomes Gil’s final victory.

When Ga-eul and group win silver at the Olympics, Gil “gets his tears back.” He hasn’t cried due to the fact he was seven, but now he cries. Which does not bode nicely for these of us that had been hoping his partnership with Ga-eul would keep platonic. Certainly, the drama wavered on this pretty a bit and I wasn’t certain if they had even created up their thoughts: there was a lot of tenderness in the Dr. Park storyline and I could see him developing closer to her in that way. They undoubtedly had extra in widespread than him and Ga-eul.

But, rather, the drama goes for a subtle enjoy line in between Ga-eul and her mental coach. The two share a ~moment~ in a public ice rink exactly where Gil says to Ga-eul’s beaming smile: Let’s attempt it. Enjoy.

Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

So that occurred. And when I appreciated the subtleness, I also really feel like it was unnecessary and took away from the other strengths of the drama. If ever there had been a drama that didn’t will need a enjoy line — or definitely even have area for it — it was this a single. I could have absolutely accepted Gil’s emotional healing with out him realizing he had romantic feelings for Ga-eul. And the very same for Ga-eul: she received maximum healing in all her plot lines, and I do not really feel like Gil’s affection elevated any of that.

And so, I’m back exactly where I began. Mental Coach Jegal had so numerous strengths, and a lot going for it. It balanced its darker edges with humor and heart, and in the finish had some definitely excellent points to say about how to reside life and how to personal a good mindset. But, rather of just undertaking these points nicely, it attempted to do a dozen other points nicely, as well, and we ended up with a drama that could have been so substantially superior. I’m tempted to choose up my red pen and rework all their plot arcs and shave off a bunch of characters and episodes. But rather, I’ll just take what they handed us, and delight in the robust moments, and the goodness that was usually at the core.

Mental Coach Jegal: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

 
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