On the Way to the Airport – Overall Review

Year: 2016
Korean Channel: KBS
Episodes: 16

Overall Thoughts
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I got to say, honestly, that this show is really filmed beautifully in terms of cinematography. Yes, this is an affair show and the characters would make you frustrated. However, sometimes, you may understand why.
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I can’t say I can put myself in any of their shoes because I could not know how to relate at all. But I judged from my own view. Why I picked this show up? Mainly because of the actors and its title ‘On the Way to the Airport’. The title itself really piqued my interest as I wondered what they could do with an airport in a show.
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Of course, friends, it’s where they all met and the female lead, Kim Ha Neul portrayed a veteran air stewardess Choi Soo-ah who is married to an experience pilot Park Jin-suk (played by Shin Sung Rok) with a daughter. After picking up few episodes, I couldn’t help but to be captivated by the cinematography, damn. And of course, our Liar Game men.
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Lee Sang Yoon is the male lead (actually, more like one of the leads) as Seo Do-woo. Also a married man with a step daughter from his wife, Kim Hye-won (played by Jang Hee Jin). Let me tell you, Kim Hye-won is such a big liar, wow. This is where my understanding of Seo Do-woo comes in.
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With a wife who lied about almost everything even down to lying about bringing up her daughter, Annie Seo (played by Park Seo Yeon), on her own when, in fact, she was sent to her mother by her father on the day the couple met, Do-woo has no one else to turn to, but his good friend and his late daughter’s friend’s mother.
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It’s understandable when they began to develop “special” kind of feelings towards each other since Do-woo has issue with his wife and Soo-ah’s husband is someone who always decide everything on his own without consulting his wife, leading to arguments where Soo-ah often fails to win. What Soo-ah needs the most is comfort.
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But, because of the fact that they each have spouse, it’s still considered a cheating for both as they once went over the line. However, first of all, this show never make a third party a reason for a divorce. Do-woo filed for a divorce due to the trust issue and Hye-won’s ambition.
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As for Soo-ah, from what I was not able to perceive in the final episode, I am not clear if they are divorced. Anyway, eventually, Do-woo and Soo-ah remain as texting buddy (before becoming official?). And they met up again at the place where they first met. Because, it was and is the beginning. Beautiful.
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Soo-ah’s husband, Park Jin-suk, you can say that he is all about himself. Even though he was in wrong for leading women on, at least he still cares for his wife, calling her “precious”. There is something about him – him not being able to accept his wife’s affair in reality and that his claustrophobia triggered after seeing both her and Do-woo at the same time.
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It’s no wonder he only thinks for himself. Poor their daughter, Park Hyo-eun (played by Kim Hwan Hee), who witnessed her father’s anger. At least Hyo-eun has grown matured and made her own final decision to study in New Zealand where her father got posted to.
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Right, Song Mi-jin (played by Choi Yeo Jin) is a good friend of Choi Soo-ah and an ex-lover of Soo-ah’s husband. Here, importantly, what I liked about her is that her good friend always come first and she is definitely over Jin-suk. She never once tries to do anything to their marriage, even though she may have wavered for once, but it was a situation where she had to help her good friend indirectly. All is good in the end for ‘em together. 😀

Please note that I don’t condoned the act of cheating on a partner at all.

Airport is an adultery melodrama with many feels and beautiful scenes. Also, secrets. Annie’s backstory is what saddened me the most in this show. It’s sad how she has been waiting for her father, only to learn the truth about her father’s death, after living under her mother’s thumb for few years. And then, she passed away at such a young age.
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I have nothing more to say about Airport, except that the story is written with careful knowledge. The director even made it into something exquisite, making the story look not-so-messed-up and not even slightly evil. Kudos to ‘em. Lastly, this is not relevant but can we have Liar Game 2 soon? Hehehe. 😛
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