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“The past can be changed.” – Park Hae-young
I have been delaying writing this post because I almost have no words to express how fantastic Signal is. It’s truly super-duper awesome show with top-notch acting skills coming from the casts. You can also say it’s mind-blowing, because time paradox. Time that goes in loop unless one changes something that affect the rest of other timelines.
The communication between the past and present is one thing. Affecting one another’s timelines is another thing. Park Hae-young (played by Lee Je Hoon) races to save Lee Jae-han (played by Cho Jin Woong) through walkie-talkie transmission which Cha Soo-hyun (played by Kim Hye Soo) is in the know of. Which is pretty intense, let me tell you.
From the beginning to the end, they have been keeping us on our toes. History is going to repeat but we know Hae-young and Jae-han would change the future by changing the past, affecting all three of them. I am glad that Soo-hyun is involved and therefore having two set of memories, remembering Hae-young after the future changed. It’s just so awesome. I mean, Jae-han may have gone missing again in new timeline but yeah, we can tell he is still alive!
Which brings us to the open-ended ending which could hint at the possibility of season two, which I don’t think I want to happen (will explain later). Before the ending, Soo-hyun mentions how someone sent her a message not to go somewhere on a specific date. I bet that Jae-han is communicating with someone from future of year 20xx. Cool, yes?
In the new timeline, Jae-han still has the walkie-talkie as he is still alive with the past changed, thanks to Hae-young and Soo-hyun. However, Hae-young doesn’t have it anymore because, remember, there is only one walkie-talkie in one timeline. All is well, that’s probably what matters for this open-ended ending. Jae-han is alive and probably done some badass stuffs while missing. If you have no idea, Cho Jin Woong is one of da best ahjusshis who knows how to kick ass for his role.
Regarding the discussions demanding for season two which I read somewhere, I don’t think it’d be great to have another season. Because, who knows, it might be a flop. Signal itself with first and only season is already good enough and I am satisfied with it. Besides that, open-ended endings are quite common these days, leaving up to us, the viewers, to imagine what’s next.
Really, hands down to the writer’s amazing writing skills as well as the superb acting skills from our main characters and, of course, everyone else. I am so glad that Signal is a success, especially for Lee Je Hoon. Same goes for Kim Hye Soo who made a screen comeback after almost three years. Its writer, Kim Eun Hee, to the end, never fails to disappoint me as I watched and loved her past works (Three Days, Phantom). Hugs.