MBC’s drama Big Mouth (screenplay by Kim Ha-ram / directed by Oh Chung-hwan and Bae Hyun-jin) exposed the limitations of terrestrial broadcasters.
One of the reasons terrestrial shows are less competitive than those on OTT platforms like Netflix is: “Seasonal system”. OTT’s work is basically more open to new seasons. If the drama is successful, they won’t hesitate to produce season 2 to 3. They just do it, and if it continues to be popular, it paves the way for them to make another story.
Drama producers can have a convenient space to create dramas if they can do seasons 2 and 3. They don’t have to finish the whole story in season one. “Missed spoilers” could be a link to season 2 and a tool for attracting viewers.
However, terrestrial broadcasters cannot do this. Due to different production conditions, such as organizing the time and cost of airing, it is inevitable that they have to be careful in creating multi-season series. As a result, one of the biggest concerns for drama production teams is that they have to finish everything up and get to the ending in the final episode. Sometimes we see that all conflicts are suddenly resolved in the last episode, and the hero narratives that were built through solid development break down right away in the last broadcast. This is because manufacturers are under pressure to “ending“.
This is also what happened with the “Big Mouth”. A lot of people talk about Season 2, but it’s not a drama that was made with “System of seasons” in the mind of the manufacturers first. Therefore, his story had to end in the final episode, and the production team’s obsession with that “end” was clearly revealed in the last broadcast.
Apart from the fact that viewers could not sympathize with the context of the death of Ko Mi-ho (Im Yoon-ah), Park Chang-ho (Lee Jong-seok )’s motive for killing Choi Do-ha (Kim Joo) -heon) in the finals was not as satisfying as what he did in the previous episodes. One or two settings remained unresolved, and some characters’ endings were difficult to understand. Content that was processed quickly, as if it were the latest news, was too rushed.
The ending wasn’t well prepared. Even if the second and third seasons were guaranteed, the fact that “Big Mouth” ended in such a rush left great regret. That is why many viewers express disappointment and criticize “Big Mouth” as “anticlimax drama “.
However, the lead actors Lee Jong-seok and Im Yoon-ah deserve applause.
Lee Jong-seok drove Big Mouse with a cold face, but Lee Jong-seok’s special talent is that he can show warmth or anger and bring out sadness and love with his cold face when changing jobs. Some might think that Lee Jong-seok’s main prize at the 2016 MBC Drama Awards came a little early, but the actor has clearly shown how faithfully he is improving the depth of his acting skills without succumbing to the title of the grand prize. by “Big Mouth”. It wouldn’t be easy to come up with someone who would play Park Chang were it not for Lee Jong-seok.
Im-Yoon-ah’s last moves let us understand what kind of actress she wants to become. Looking back on her role as Jang Sae-byeok in KBS 1TV’s daily drama You Are My Destiny, Yoon-ah’s soaring rise is surprising. From “Confidential Assignment”, “Exit”, “Miracle: Letters to the President” and now to “Big Mouth”, Yoon-ah clearly works with passion, exceeding expectations. This proves that Yoon-ah’s goal isn’t just to be a “pretty actress.”