K-Drama Review: “Sisyphus The Myth” Strikes An Intriguing Story But Concludes To Less-Satisfying Ending

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Consider you’re forewarned, Sisyphus The Myth felt like the best part of a romantic relationship especially those times when you can’t get enough of each other. But the good times do not equate to a happy-ever-after.

It has been an exciting 16-episode run joining the cast in their virtual time traveling. At the very least Cho Seung Woo, Park Shin Hye and Kim Byung Chul gifted an enthralling adventure all throughout until the last 20 minutes.

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Title: Sisyphus: The Myth
Network: JTBC
Themes: Sci-Fi | Thriller | Drama
Length: 16 Episodes
Broadcast Date: 17 Feb 2021 | 08 April 2021
Main Leads: Cho Seung Woo | Park Shin Hye
Highlights: Consistent Thrilling Plot | Hero-Villain Showdown
Overall Rating:
Rewatch Value:
Related Dramas: Circle | Nine Times Travel | Kairos

Episode Recaps: 01 & 02 | 03 & 0405 & 06 | Mid-Series | 09 & 10 | 11 & 12 | 13 & 14 | Finale Week + Review

Sisyphus The Myth Peak Points

Consistently Engrossing Plot

Narrated in two timeline perspectives, Sisyphus The Myth powered an intoxicating story that would make you think a lot. Blending its relatively big cast in high amount of energy and you get a series you can look forward to each week. Its unveiling of plot twists is explained through the cause-effect pattern making the two timelines merge to a one whole picture.

Almost perfect to its episode closures, the series vaunts mind-blowing scenarios that would reel in viewers who particularly like deciphering labyrinthine narrative.

Main Lead’s Chemistry

In the imaginary world that Seo-hae and Tae-sul traversed, their individual growth to accept personal setbacks and push forward to make things right is commendable. Them working together is as equally rewarding. Taking the bulk of the story, it is easy to wish them success in their intended plans. While the story gave some romantic mood, it also readied us not to dwell much on it because their ultimate goal is to save the world.

Assuming role reversal with the female lead saving the hero, it also helped in establishing the charm of the storytelling.

Hero-Villain Showdown

The phone call scene in episode 17 is probably the longest phone call in my history of watching K-Dramas. A lot is to be credited to Kim Byung Chul for presenting an interesting anti-hero equally engrossing as the main leads. His banters with Tae-sul are always layered with wit and enjoyable showcase of sarcasm which makes the plot addicting.

His arguments are even sometimes convincing. As the focal villain he has shining moments matching the heroics of the hero who ultimately defeated him with his smarts and compassion.

Impeccable Supporting Cast

Serving their purpose well Teams Control Bureau and Asia Mart provided unparalleled effort to solidify the action and emotional scenes of the narrative. Their stories entangled to Seo-hae and Tae-sul’s fate made the story even more robust.

Sisyphus The Myth Series Musings *Spoiler Alert

I was honestly nervous the whole time I was watching the finale episodes of Sisyphus The Myth. That, I really want to blame it as part of occupational hazard as a K-Drama reviewer. *chuckles 

My heart is still breaking remembering how the series just gave me a fading out closure. Something I can’t complain about because I can’t still process that ending. I’ll be blunt to say that closure does not match the promise of the story. That decoding it is futile, because it defeats the beginning purpose of saving Tae-sul to save the world. And no amount of science-based rationalization can make us feel better.

Staying faithful to all those time-traveling sessions really warrant a perceivable finish. So, I really can’t comprehend why Eddy Kim suddenly went crazy. I know the love story is impossible to happen, but killing the hero defeats the purpose of its initial pitch to me.

You see I rooted for Seo-hae’s mission to save Tae-sul and the world. I know at the end of the day once the world is saved the future and present times that are forced to converge will have separate endings. In the end, the villain survives and his face looks intent to create another havoc. Altering his direction towards evil implicated his future as Sigma. So, I’m also not happy to the confusing picture left about him.

Sisyphus The Myth reminds us to always be kind because creating a human monster like Sigma is also part of all unkind things we chose not to give to someone. At some point of our lives, we might not be aware of it, but we could have extended a sliver of hope to someone who badly needed it. It all boils down to how kindness is an easy thing to do, but we often neglect doing it.

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Tae-sul’s Sacrifice

I had gone through a lot of analyzation in Sisyphus The Myth. That’s probably why I felt disappointed for the loose ends not being tied neatly. Seo-hae’s goal is clear-cut. She even inadvertently sets the motion to break the order of events by making Hyeon-gi realized his mistake through her genuine chiding. Therefore, Tae-sul’s sacrifice is deemed unnecessary especially since his best friend’s rage came out of nowhere and definitely unreasonable.

I would have accepted it if Tae-sul just opted to board the uploader and spent his days with Seo-hae in the future. But why drama, why did you make me fall for you so hard and then left like a thief? *chuckles Before the finale week, I marked Eddy Kim to have a key moment, but now I regret expecting much from him.

Tae-san waking up somewhere did not even make me smile because his happy reunion to Tae-sul is my primary wish in the story, apart from saving the world. Nonetheless, the brothers’ relationship left a message of how we should never let success consume our lives. Having a happy relationship with your family trumps any life victory.

Seo-hae’s Mission

True that Seo-hae’s fervent yearning to grow up not being alone was achieved, but was there any other way but a disheartening one to get it? Was it also too much to expect a fading scene of Seo-hae’s happy future than Gil-bok’s menacing face after Tae-sul’s sacrifice?

Seo-hae represents a woman of fortitude who perseveres on her goal. If there’s a takeaway from what happened to her in the series, that would be expecting bitterness is expected when accomplishing triumphs.

I won’t go through the disappointing details since the series has merits of its own. It could have been perfect if the ending was well explained as its “time paradox” plot element.

Sisyphus The Myth is still a good watch especially if you like mind-stimulating stories and a fan of the main leads.

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