We’re almost at the end, thankfully, and after perhaps the most tortuously overlong and empty double-bill of Thirty-Nine yet, that end can’t come soon enough. The latest pair of episodes really conspired to expose and highlight all of the problems with the show’s lack of focus and meaningful drama. Thirty-Nine season 1, episodes 11 and 12 seems to be veering towards more focus on Mi-jo, her biological mother, and her shady associates, so that doesn’t bode well for a conclusion to the show’s central relationships and themes. Anyway, from the latest recap, here’s how I’m feeling about the show at the moment:
Meaningful and lasting are two words that, unfortunately, simply cannot be applied to Thirty-Nine. Its ripe premise has been thoroughly underused across a string of painfully lengthy and bizarrely empty episodes that have reiterated the same clutch of ideas and wasted almost all their time on dull tangential subplots that take focus away from the core. I honestly can’t tell if Mi-jo and Chan-young third-wheeling Joo-hee at the end here is supposed to be intentional irony or is just a colossal oversight, and the fact I can’t tell is worrying. If the show itself can’t take its character drama seriously, why am I being expected to?
Thirty-Nine season 1, episode 11 & 12 release date:
Thirty-Nine episode 11 is slated for release on Wednesday, March 30, at 3 pm GMT, with Thirty-Nine episode 12 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 aired on March 23 and 24.
- Thirty-Nine Episodes 11 & 12 will air on March 30 and 31.