Thirty-Nine really dragged its feet this week, with a double-drop of episodes — after a week’s hiatus, no less — that only really built to one significant moment of real drama, which was Chan-young’s parents finally finding out about her terminal diagnosis. Based on this, there’s no reason to assume that Thirty-Nine season 1, episodes 8 and 9 will do much to course-correct, especially with focus now beginning to shift more towards Mi-jo’s relationship with her biological mother. Here’s a quote from the latest recap:
In a way, of course, this is an important, necessary step. The overarching story of the whole show is about Chan-young’s loved ones preparing to say goodbye to her, and that should really include her parents. (And it’s certainly a more justifiable excuse to discuss parents and their children than anything else here). But, as ever, the execution just feels a bit off. This doesn’t feel like a last goodbye because it isn’t, but then it doesn’t feel like the beginning of a new journey either, since there has been a lot of delay around them finding out. What this essentially means is that the revelation won’t – can’t, really – change things too much. The core story remains Chan-young getting things squared away before the end, but because of the show’s pace, the end feels many miles away.
Thirty-Nine season 1, episode 7 & 8 release date:
Thirty-Nine episode 9 is slated for release on Wednesday, March 23, at 3 pm GMT, with Thirty-Nine episode 10 airing the next day.
Where to watch Thirty-Nine online:
Thirty-Nine airs on Netflix, which is available to viewers worldwide with a subscription. In its native Korea it is a JTBC original.
How many episodes does Thirty-Nine have?
Thirty-Nine will have 12 episodes, which is slightly less than usual for k-drama, though they will air twice weekly as usual. Each episode runs about an hour and twenty minutes.
- Thirty-Nine Episodes 1 & 2 aired on February 16 and 17.
- Thirty-Nine Episodes 3 & 4 aired on February 23 and 24.
- Thirty-Nine Episodes 5 & 6 aired on March 2 and 3.
- Thirty-Nine Episodes 7 & 8 aired on March 16 and 17.
- Thirty-Nine Episodes 9 & 10 will air on March 23 and 24.
- Thirty-Nine Episodes 11 & 12 will air on March 30 and 31.