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There Is No One Else: A (try not to cry) Review Of Jin’s The Astronaut

Note: The following is a review of The Astronaut by Jin and is the writers perspective. This is not an official explanation of the content.


BTS’s chapter two has officially begun, and any tiny-7-owning ARMY will tell you it’s been one whirlwind surprise after another. From SUGA’s fabulous locks to Jin’s (almost naked) “7” tattoo reveal, the rollercoaster of unexpected twists and turns does not stop. So, on October 15, 2022, as ARMY prepared for what would be the last OT7 concert for a bit, there was an almost tangibly electric sense of expectation in the air.


Hundreds of thousands of BTS-loving humans from every corner of the world flocked to Busan, South Korea, to attend the free event and spend one extraordinary historical evening with BTS. In true BTS fashion, the concert was perfect, from the first-ever live performance of Run BTS to fan favorites like Spring Day, Butterfly, Epilogue: Young Forever, and Cypher Pt. 3. The concert was everything ARMY could want and more. It was BTS’s musical journey and history. ARMYs sang their hearts out under the twinkling Busan stars as the entire city turned purple for BTS.


A HAPPY SURPRISE


During the closing comments of the “Yet To Come” in Busan Concert, Jin dropped a bombshell announcement that left ARMYs screaming with joy and anticipation. He would be the next member after j-hope to release his solo work. “And here’s something to share with you. I have a new album coming out. It’s not that big of a deal. It’s just a single. I was able to collaborate with someone that I really adore. I have a lot of content to share with you, so I hope you enjoy them,” Jin shyly told the crowd, as reported by Showbiz CheatSheet. ARMY left the concert beaming with excitement because of the stellar performance BTS gave them and the promise of new Jin music.


OCTOBER 17, 2022


The Weverse Notice that shook the world came on Monday, October 17. Of course, ARMY had always known the day would come. But seeing the words, “Big Hit Music is proud to announce today that the members of BTS are currently moving forward with plans to fulfill their military service,” written out in black and white, the moment felt more real than anyone was willing to admit.


When asked the dreaded enlistment question, the boys made it clear in every interview that they would be ready and willing to serve when it was their time. However, it was the moment ARMY’s eyes read, “Group member Jin will initiate the process as soon as his schedule for his solo release is concluded at the end of October,” that the immediacy of the situation was made crystal clear.


OUR ASTRONAUT


On October 28, Jin’s The Astronaut touched down and left ARMY speechless, crying, and filled with every human emotion possible. The song is more than just a song. It’s a love letter, a “see you later,” a “know you’ll always be home to me,” and a “don’t worry, I will be okay,” all rolled into one neat and beautifully melodic package. The moment the first strum of the guitar riff drops, ARMY is whisked away to a magical land where only they and Jin exist. A land where Jin’s love and sincerity can be felt with every breathy, magically angelic note he sings.


The music video tells the story of an alien whose spaceship crash-lands on earth. He’s out of place and wants to go home. He befriends a little girl who pulls him out of his shell and teaches him about his new world. One day, he receives word that he’ll be able to go home. As he’s about to leave, he meets the little girl and places his helmet on her head before walking away.


As he’s being rescued, he remembers the little girl, laughing with her and teaching her how to ride a bike. Then, finally, it dawns on him—she’s his home. While he may feel like an outsider in this new world, with her by his side, he’s never alone. So he chooses to return to her.


The little girl is ARMY. The song is a love letter to the people he loves. Jin then joins Coldplay on their Argentina stop to give ARMY one final gift: a heartfelt, tear-inducing live performance of The Astronaut. Truly magical.


CONCLUSION


The Astronaut is the story of BTS and ARMY. BTS were aliens in the industry until they met ARMY, and found a home.


To ARMY, the song is a warm hug from Jin. A reassurance that this is not a goodbye but a “see you soon.” A reminder that BTS and ARMY are family, and nothing, not time nor distance, will ever change that.


Written by: Lisa

Edited by: Ren

Designed by: Achan


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