With the background of the chaebol family, Mine was expected to follow the line of a “makjang” drama. (Makjang is to play up outrageous storylines to keep viewers hooked despite how ridiculous the stories become. But it made a unique and successful plot and ended on a high note.
According to Nielsen Korea, tvN Mine’s last episode scored an average nationwide rating of 10.5 percent, achieving the highest viewership ratings of its entire run.
In the last episode, the truth behind Han Ji Young’s murder was revealed. Also, Jung Seo Hyun became the CEO of Hyowon Group. And last but not least, Seo Hee Soo returned to drama. Mine reminded us of Baek Mi Kyung’s previous work, The Lady in Dignity, in the beginning.
The two dramas shared many things in common, such as having struggles in the chaebol family, characters’ insecurities, and the drama’s composition based on events and accidents. But Mine showed further development, unlike the previous chaebol family dramas. They fulfilled the audience’s desire to take a peek at the chaebol family through incredible scenes and fashionable characters.
Furthermore, the Chaebol family’s daughter-in-laws were presented as independent figures. Rather than being jealous women fighting against each other, they made an ally and fought against a common enemy, thus, breaking the patriarchal tradition within such type of drama.
The series delivers one meaningful message in Seo Hee Soo’s last line: “Even when I lose everything, I love myself for who I truly am. Because the whole experience itself is solely mine.”
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