This little tid-bit leads to the eventual destruction of the band as Eye Candy is basically ruined and HR refuses to comment on this scandal. Ji-hyuk pulls out the noble idiot move and forces Hyun-soo to leave the band so that at least he will have some sort of salvageable career after this debacle. Hyun-soos forced abandonment of the band leads to even more fragmentation of the group, eventual disbandment, the breakup of Su-ah and Ji-hyuk, and the burning of the Ji-hyuks guitar. Oh my poor achy breaky heart. But dont worry after moping and angsting throughout half of episode 15 Shil-ba returns with the news that Eye Candy has been offered a deal with a Japanese entertainment company where they have more chance to succeed. Hyun-soo quickly leaves the HR ship and rejoins Eye Candy and the boys make up and everythings sunshine and rainbows, until Ji-hyuk comes in with reality. He questions his friends’ willingness to commit to the band itself, aside from Hyun-soo and Ji-hyuk the rest of the band has interests in fields other than music; Ha-jin wants to become an actor, Kyu-Jong wants to start a business, and Do-il wants to do something other than a being celebrity and a gangster which leads him to academics. Ji-hyuk realizes that and he forces them to understand that it’s okay to be selfish and look to their own future because thats the most realistic thing to do. This leads to the finale of Shut Up: Flower Boy Band, with Ji-hyuk becoming Rock Kims grasshopper prodigy, Ha-jin pursuing an acting career and inspiring the Chwa in Cha Chi-soo from SUFBBs predecessor Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, Kyu-jong becoming the next business mogul or at least on a path to it, Hyun-soo succeeding in his solo career, and Do-il becoming a nerd. It was a satisfying ending which had me in sniffles.
In fact I dont think Ive been this emotionally invested in a Korean drama since, well, since forever. It had me laughing, cooing at Kim Min-seok and his adorable accent, swooning (this is completely and utterly Sung Joons doing with Myung-soos smolder making a guest appearance), and crying. I cried at the end of episode 13 when both Ji-hyuk and Hyun-soo broke up and they were in tears. Seoulmates, I hadnt cried over a T.V. show since the Masters death in the Series 3 finale of Doctor Who and that had me bawling like a blubbering walrusit was not a pretty sight. This scene had me with tears down my face as I screamed at my computer screen in anguish. Thats how well the drama had me, an emotionally detached cyborg, invested.
What Shut Up: Flower Boy Band did was take five average boys, boys with back-stories and real life problemsnot of the psychotic chaebol mother variety and weaved them perfectly into the story. The characters were developed nicely, with each of the major characters having their flaws and attributes. Even the supposed antagonist of the play, Seung-hoon, wasnt hate-able. A little bland, yes, but not this evil devil from hell that I tend to see in some K-dramas. I also really liked how the romantic relationships, while they had a role in the plot and conflict, did not become the crux of the story itself. Mainly because none of the couples had good chemistry to begin with and the fact that if Myung-soo showed any sort of physical affection towards the opposite sex the Inspirits might collapse but thats just my theory.