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Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter finale: Confusing storylines given clarity and conclusion as everyone lives ‘Happily Ever After’ [Spoilers]

Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter
The four main actors for Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter pose for the promotional poster. Image Credit: Total Variety Network (tvN)

Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter — also known as Tale of Fairy — recently concluded airing its penultimate and final episodes earlier this week. The week prior to that, fans were shocked to learn both male leads were previously immortals living in the celestial plane, one of many plot revelations that came to be. However, there were still many holes that needed to be filled.

Thankfully, the confusing storyline Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter had was given both clarity and closure. And in true fairy tale form, the K-drama ended with the characters living “happily ever after.”

Everything comes full circle

The last two episodes of Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter splits completing the K-drama into two major parts. The first is providing clarity to the plots so that viewers understand what is going on. The second is the closure as in what the characters of the plot are going to do now they know the truth.

Apparently, the insight provided in a previous article about who Professor Jung (Yoon Hyun-Min) is proved to be true. Originally, Jung was an orphan boy in a past life who starved to death in a shack as a means of sacrifice for a better harvest for the village.

He becomes Immortal Izy, a vengeful celestial who sets fire to villages and people who hurt orphans and the weak. By hurting humans, Izy violates the rules and is banished to Earth. She takes on the form of a deer and eventually passes on. She is reborn as Professor Jung in the present.

Fairy and the Immortals
Fairy Sun Ok-Nam with Immortal Izy and Immortal Daube. Image Credit: Screen Capture of Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter

As for Kim Geum (Seo Ji-Hoon), he used to be the Immortal Daube in the celestial plane. On Earth, he is Bausae the Woodcutter with one little catch: he doesn’t remember he was the Immortal Daube.

So when Deer Izy recognizes Bausae as Daube, she first mocks him as his demeanor is so different from how he was in the celestial plane, then she tricks him into stealing a robe from one of the fairies while they bathe. Izy’s plan is to use the robe to get back up to the celestial plane.

Unfortunately, Bausae is now a mortal and when he touches Fairy Ok’s clothes, the butterflies on them fly away. That is why Fairy Ok is unable to ascend and why she can’t find her robes.

There is a lot more to the plot but it shall be omitted to avoid full spoilers of the penultimate episode. The aforementioned is just enough basics prior to the resolution that happens later on in it.

As for the final episode, it shows what happens to almost everyone after the resolution to the plot’s conflict in the penultimate episode. Since the meaning behind what happens in the episode is directly related to the outcome of the previous, there shall be no spoilers on the final episode revealed whatsoever.

The K-drama ends so-so among viewers

It is good the Total Variety Network (tvN) gave closure to the plot of Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter. Unfortunately, the confusing plot might have been the reason why many of the initial viewers left. Ergo, the K-drama ended so-so.

Starting with domestic viewership, the ratings provided by AGB Nielsen Korea, the final episode ended with 3.587 percent for Seoul and 3.787 percent for the nation, a rarity as Seoul is usually higher than the nation. Overall, the K-drama averaged 4.124 percent for Seoul and 3.780 percent for the nation.

It should be noted for a pay-to-view or cable network in Korea, the aforementioned viewerships are not bad. But compared to other tvN K-dramas, especially Encounter and Memories of Alhambra, they are lacking.

The full series reviews on Rakuten Viki are also so-so too. Though some of them give high praise or condemn the K-drama, most of the newer reviews — the ones by viewers who see the series in its entirety — are averaging around five out of ten stars. Many complain the plot dragged on certain points. The story became so tangled and confusing that even the resolution at the end didn’t seem satisfying.

So far, this season of K-dramas (ends just before the new year) have reportedly been disappointing. Along with Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter, Fluttering Love was also met with a lot of negative feedback. Let’s hope any other K-dramas that might end before 2019 turns out to be better.

For those interested in seeing for themselves if Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter is what the critics say it is, the entire K-drama is available for international viewers, mostly the Americas, on Rakuten Viki. Viewers will need to have a Viki Pass Standard subscription to view the last six episodes of the series.


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