Super natural

Super natural
Television still: My Love From The Star starring Gianna Jun (left) and Kim Soo Hyun.

Fans of the most talked-about South Korean drama in town, My Love From The Star, are basking in the bittersweet ending of the series' star-crossed lovers - alien professor Do Min Joon (actor Kim Soo Hyun) and his neighbour, the sassy A-list actress Chun Song Yi (actress Gianna Jun).

The finale of the 21-episode series was aired on Korean entertainment channel One on Wednesday night.

One of the channel's top-rated dramas in the past 12 months, it ended its run on a high at 29.6 per cent in South Korea last month, slightly below its peak ratings of 29.9 per cent scored during the 18th episode.

The phenomenally successful drama has attracted a loyal regional following. Fans were kept guessing on how the alien-human couple would continue their romance as both counted down to Do's inevitable return to his home planet.

Fans that Life! spoke to have mixed reactions but are generally satisfied with the happy middle ground screenwriter Park Ji Eun penned for the ending: Extra-terrestrial boyfriend Do gets sucked into a wormhole, a space portal that later serves as an expressway to earth, and he gets to return to see Chun for a period of time at each go.

Ms Joycelyn Poh, 26, who works in the health-care industry, says: "I was hoping that there would be a way for Do to stay on and survive. But that would have been too far-fetched as it was said he couldn't live much longer on earth.

"If the scriptwriter made it such that Do could suddenly survive, it wouldn't have been believable. I think it's a pretty good ending - at least he can return to Chun's side."

Miss Fu Qiaohan, an 18-year-old student, says: "I don't exactly love it. Then again, I can't think of a better ending for the whole series without it being illogically happy or sad."

There is also the unfinished business that fans wanted taken care of: In one of the later episodes, the couple had talked about having kids and Do revealed that he wanted seven.

Avid fan and model Teddy Zeng, 27, who described the wait for each new episode as "miserable", says: "I was interested to find out how the couple were going to have kids, since Do got so ill just by kissing Chun."

Do, who arrived on earth 400 years ago and missed his ride back to his home planet then, is allergic to human saliva and passes out whenever he comes in contact with it.

For now, the number of children the couple will have remains a mystery.

But to satisfy fans' craving for more lovey-dovey action, the production team created an additional short clip showing Do and Chun moving into a house and enjoying sweet moments together.

The clip which was posted on Seoul Broadcasting System's (SBS) official website on March 4 was later reposted by delighted fans on third-party websites to spread the joy with fellow fans.

Miss Fu says: "What's not to like about the drama when you have a hilarious heroine and a handsome alien that doesn't age, has super powers and loves only the female lead?"

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