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The Guest: Episode 1

The Guest marks OCN’s first foray into the Wednesday-Thursday line-up, and it’ll be interesting to see how this horror drama stacks up against its competitors, especially since one of those competitors is The Ghost Detective — ’tis the spooky season! The premiere certainly lived up to the horror genre, though — it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. (You have been warned!)

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

A woman hands out restaurant flyers by the beach as a voice tells us that “the thing” comes from the East Sea, possessing people by using their weaknesses and encouraging their dark sides. All the holiday-goers ignore the exhausted woman and belittle her, tossing the flyers on the ground.

But a strange look comes into her eyes as the voice tells us that anyone possessed by “it” is no longer human, but a creature that enjoys death and deception, laughing at people’s despair. The woman grabs a knife and brutally stabs one of the pretty holiday-goers that had sneered at her.

Jumping back twenty years ago to a small seaside village, a group of shamans prepare for a harvest festival. YOON HWA-PYUNG, the youngest of the shaman family, watches TV with the sound turned up loud. When his father yells at him to turn it down, the boy says that the scary woman is looking at him.

No one else can see the woman he’s pointing at, so it unnerves the other shamans. But Hwa-pyung’s grandfather realizes that the boy is a psychic and can see ghosts.

The other shamans are suspicious of his abilities, and Hwa-pyung worries that there’s something wrong with him because of his visions. But his mother gently tells him to pretend he doesn’t see the ghosts and tell only her about it.

The shamans begin their festival to honor the spirits of the wind and rain so that the fishermen will have a safe and fruitful year. One of the shamans, Woong-jin, tells Hwa-pyung that they also perform these rites to protect the village from a vengeful spirit named Park Il-do. This spirit possessed one of the villagers a long time ago, and the possessed man killed a lot of people.

They attempted to exorcise the spirit, but failed, and the man ran into the sea and stabbed out his eye. But the man didn’t die until days later — he just stayed floating on the water, staring at everyone.

It’s a classic bogeyman story, as Woong-jin adds that people would say “Park Il-do is coming” or “Sohn is coming.” Hwa-pyung wonders why they would say “a hand is coming,” but the Woong-jin corrects him — “sohn” can mean guest or… But Mom cuts him off, chiding him for telling her son spooky stories when they’re supposed to be headed to the ritual.

Evening falls, and the shamans perform the ritual, asking for blessings and a bountiful harvest for the fishing village. They send off a raft of their offerings to the sea, and laugh when Woong-jin accidentally stumbles into the water.

But something else is in the water, something that can’t be seen, and Woong-jin is suddenly dragged down. As the other shamans worry if they should go in to save him, Woong-jin suddenly surfaces, gasping for air. One of the shamans suddenly starts to shake and declare, “Sohn is coming!”

As everyone cleans up after the ritual, Woong-jin starts to deeply scratch at his neck, enough to draw blood. He also has difficulty seeing out of his left eye.

Woong-jin suddenly grabs a knife and stabs Hwa-pyung’s grandfather. As all the other shamans run to intervene, Woong-jin’s bad eye grows black, and he pushes them off with supernatural strength.

They quickly realize that he’s possessed, and the head shaman screams at Woong-jin to drop his knife. Instead, Woong-jin stabs his possessed eye. Hwa-pyung peeks out from behind his mother and stares in horror as Woong-jin gives an unearthly scream and collapses.

Hwa-pyung now feels sick, and can’t see out of his left eye. His parents worriedly tend to him, and Hwa-pyung stares at a dark corner of his room as though he can see someone there. He fearfully says that “it” is warning him that if he says anything, it will kill everyone.

Later that night, Mom sees Hwa-pyung walking alone to the rocky cliffs by the seaside. Worried, she follows after him, frantically screaming out his name. In the morning, Mom’s body is found floating in the sea.

Realizing that the boy must be possessed, the shamans gather to perform an exorcism. Hwa-pyung’s father is the hardest hit by his wife’s death, and watches from a distance as the head shaman dances, chants, waves knives over head, and gruesomely bites into a pig’s carcass.

With the sound of drums and cymbals reaching a feverish pitch, she dances over to the trembling Hwa-pyung, who keeps rubbing at his bad eye. Yelling at the evil spirit to be gone, she stabs the air near Hwa-pyung’s head. Suddenly Hwa-pyung glares at her, and her eyes grow cloudy as she suddenly spits up blood.

The head shaman realizes that this is a seriously strong and evil spirit they’re dealing with, one that can control weaker spirits — she was able to exorcise the smaller, weaker spirit, but the big scary evil spirit still remains. The head shaman insists that the boy needs to be killed.

But Grandpa decides to call in a Catholic priest to do an exorcism. Priest Yang declares that the boy isn’t possessed, since Hwa-pyung — despite looking ill and having lots of scratches on him — doesn’t react to the Bible or the crucifix.

The young priest-in-training, Priest Choi, suggests that perhaps Hwa-pyung is being abused, and leaves behind his information in case Hwa-pyung wants to talk. Hwa-pyung whispers that he has something to tell him, and Priest Choi leans in close.

Whatever Hwa-pyung told him has him rattled, since as the priests wait at the bus stop, Priest Choi looks sick to his stomach. Priest Yang is worried that the younger man might be too spiritually weak to become an exorcist, but Priest Choi insists that actually, for the first time ever, he’s confident in his faith.

He suddenly decides to see his family. His father wonders why he’s home, and Priest Choi says he has a surprise for them. Then he asks where his younger brother, CHOI YOON, is. Dad says that Yoon is supposed to be in his study classes, but really Yoon is hiding in his room, playing video games.

Outside, the family dog keeps barking incessantly, and Priest Choi says he’ll take care of it. With a glassy look in his eyes, he grabs a bat and slowly walks outside. He “takes care of it” by brutally beating the dog to death.

Hwa-pyung realizes that he can now see out of both eyes. His father is drunk and still convinced that Hwa-pyung is possessed, and tries to strangle the boy. Hwa-pyung runs away, remembering that he has Priest Choi’s address in his pocket.

Except Priest Choi is slowly walking through his family’s dark house, using his bat against his father as he growls out that he never wanted to be a priest. Just like the dog, Dad is brutally killed.

Priest Choi is desperately thirsty and gulps down an entire pitcher of water as the lights flicker. The phone rings. It’s Yoon’s teacher, calling to let his family know that Yoon never showed up for his evening classes. Priest Choi realizes that Yoon is in the house and begins to walk to the bedroom.

Yoon, terrified, leans against the door, locking it. Meanwhile, Hwa-pyung walks barefoot along the road until he reaches Priest Choi’s house. But he sees something that makes his eyes grow wide in horror, and he stops in his tracks.

A mother and daughter drive down the dark road. The woman, following her motherly and policewoman instincts, gets out of the car to check on Hwa-pyung who’s staring at nothing (at least to her eyes), but she mostly notices is the bruises on his arm. She tells her daughter, KANG KIL-YOUNG, to stay in the car while she investigates potential child abuse.

Meanwhile, Priest Choi frantically beats on the door to Yoon’s room until it opens. Yoon hides under his bed, his hands over his mouth so his brother can’t hear him breathe. But Priest Choi bends down and tells Yoon that he shouldn’t have skipped classes.

The woman knocks on the front door and Priest Choi answers it, carefully hiding his bloody hands. She asks if Hwa-pyung lives there, and Priest Choi says that he doesn’t — his younger brother is already home. The woman notices the bloody hands and suddenly asks if she can have a drink of water.

Priest Choi excuses himself to use the bathroom, leaving the woman alone to investigate. She tries to open a door, but it doesn’t budge very far because Dad’s bloody body is blocking it. The woman stifles a horrified gasp when she realizes why she can’t open the door. She quietly calls in for backup.

She finds Yoon hiding under the bed, and whispers that everything is going to be okay. But when his eyes widen, she suddenly spins around and finds Priest CHoi attempting to bash her head in. She fights him off and yells at Yoon to run.

She thinks she has Priest Choi pinned, but he’s got supernatural strength and throws her off of him. He grabs a huge glass award from Yoon’s dresser and beats her to death. The lights flicker.

Hwa-pyung and Kil-young watch as Yoon runs out of the house. Kil-young stops him, demanding to know where her mom is, but Yoon yells that he doesn’t know. She heads towards the house, but Hwa-pyung grabs her. His eyes wide in terror, he tells her that she shouldn’t go in.

Later, the police and ambulance arrive. Kil-young’s mother’s body is carried out, and Kil-young screams in grief while Yoon dazedly watches. Hwa-pyung, though, sees the possessed Priest Choi, standing eerily in the middle of a field like a terrifying scarecrow.

In 2018, adult Hwa-pyung (Kim Dong-wook) is a taxi driver who’s been traveling from town to town, looking for someone. He’s got a breezy, nonchalant attitude, but uses his psychic ability to protect a very drunk woman from going home with a guy who’s trying to take advantage of her.

Hwa-pyung’s ability to figure out what’s really happening is enough for the man to get out of the car, so Hwa-pyung drives the girl safely to her home. But he gets no gratitude (or payment) because the drunk girl complains that she wanted to be with the other guy.

Hwa-pyung can’t stay annoyed at her for too long because he sees a tall, creepy figure looming at the other end of the street. Except it’s just a guy, waiting for his girlfriend — not a possessed priest.

Adult Yoon (Kim Jae-wook) is now himself a priest, and he slowly walks down an alleyway filled with sleeping homeless men, glancing at each face. When he sees one whose face is covered, he yanks off the blanket, then apologizes since the man isn’t who he’s looking for.

The homeless man pleads with Yoon to give him some money for alcohol, but Yoon just silently shakes him off and keeps walking.

Hwa-pyung arrives at a shaman’s house. The shamen, YOOK KWANG, cheekily greets him. Hwa-pyung asks if he’s heard through the shaman grapevine about any possessed people, but Yook Kwang says Hwa-pyung should just give up his endless search for this “Priest Choi” and move on with his life.

That doesn’t seem likely, since Hwa-pyung has an entire wall devoted to news articles about families being brutally killed. Hwa-pyung has been apparently tracking deaths all over the country, ones that are suspiciously similar to those committed by Priest Choi.

It’s his mother’s memorial day, and Hwa-pyung sets out his meagre offerings, including a bowl of the mint candy he hated so much as a kid. But they were his mother’s favorite, so he eats one now. He vows to find and catch Priest Choi — or at least the spirit inhabiting him.

Hwa-pyung has a psychic vision, seen through the eyes of someone dragging a body to a reservoir. Hwa-pyung searches online for images of nearby reservoirs and finds the one from his vision. When he gets there, he peers in and tells a nearby man to call the police.

The crime scene is under investigation as adult Kil-young (Jung Eun-chae) drives up. She’s now a detective, and the other detectives on the scene don’t look thrilled to see her. It seems her insolent and violent tendencies get her in frequent trouble — she has no fear or shame in beating up criminals (or eating at a crime scene).

Her sunbae, DETECTIVE GO (Park Ho-san), fills her in on the case, revealing that the victim was randomly stabbed all over at an unknown location and then moved to the reservoir after he died. Detective Go finds it odd that the reservoir is dry, yet the body is soaking wet.

They investigate a nearby abandoned car with a backseat that’s covered in blood. Kil-young wonders why the killer would leave the car in such an obvious place but go through the effort of moving and hiding the body.

Kil-young follows up on information about the victim. She finds out that the victim was the owner of a cleaning company, and his company had been hired to clean the drain at the reservoir.

A few months ago, one of their workers was seriously hurt while cleaning the reservoir. The cleaning company employee giving her the injured employee’s contact information finds it odd that everyone’s been asking about that incident. They already had “some taxi driver” ask him for the same information earlier that morning.

Hwa-pyung visits the employee’s house and explains that he’s from an agency that investigates cases where workers were treated unfairly. Hwa-pyung can only speak to the man’s wife, however, since the injury the man incurred while cleaning the drain caused brain damage — he can’t walk and can barely speak.

The woman begins to cry as she says that since her husband was only a temporary employee, the fact he was hurt on the job means the CEO wouldn’t give them any compensation. Hwa-pyung still wants to try and talk to the man, though.

The man doesn’t even acknowledge Hwa-pyung, but when Hwa-pyung holds up a photo of Priest Choi, asking if the man has seen him, the man becomes distressed, grunting and flailing in his wheelchair. Hwa-pyung leaves his contact information with the wife, asking to be informed right away if her husband starts acting like a different person.

As he leaves, he sees a teenage girl lurking outside. It’s the man’s daughter, who doesn’t want to go inside her house. Hwa-pyung wonders if it’s because she’s scared of her father, and she’s shocked that Hwa-pyung knows how she feels. She admits that, even despite his injury, her father hasn’t been acting like himself.

Hwa-pyung grabs her arm and intensely asks her what she means, which unnerves her. He quickly backs off, offering to give her some money for a snack. The girl says she can’t take it or else she’ll get in trouble, then hurries away.

Hwa-pyung returns to his taxi, lost in thought. He’s startled when Kil-young raps on his window. He insists that it’s not illegal for him to nap in his taxi, but she asks him if he was at the reservoir that morning. Hwa-pyung plays dumb, explaining that taxi drivers go everywhere — he can’t possibly keep track.

But she’s got him on CCTV, so she hauls him down to the police station. She takes his statement, where he grumbles that he was just passing by. She snarks that he must have just been “passing by” the cleaning company, too. But Hwa-pyung’s distracted by a big gangster that has a black eye, courtesy of Kil-young.

Kil-young says that she’ll beat him up, too, if he doesn’t answer her questions. Or at the very least, she’ll have him arrested as a suspect. Sighing, Hwa-pyung explains that he’s had psychic visions since he was a kid, and he had a vision of the killer leaving the body in the reservoir.

Kil-young thinks it’s nonsense and orders Hwa-pyung to stay put while she continues the investigation. Hwa-pyung protests that he has an emergency to attend do, but Kil-young doesn’t care. A man was murdered and Hwa-pyung is a suspect. He’s not going anywhere.

Detective Go updates her on the autopsy, which reveals that the water soaking the body was salt water — which is odd, since the reservoir should hold freshwater.

He also doesn’t understand why Kil-young is so determined to look into the man in the wheelchair, since the man couldn’t kill anyone due to his mental and physical state. But Kil-young thinks the death of the CEO is related to that family. She especially finds it strange that a man who can’t walk has shoes that are freshly covered in dirt.

His wife seems to find it odd, too. She’s also unnerved when she gives her husband the huge glass of water he desperately begs her for, discovering his hands covered in cuts. Her husband looks at her, and his head tilts. In a creepy voice he tells her “Let’s die.”

Scared, she tells him that she’s going to go to work. She nervously starts to put on her shoes, but in that same creepy-demon voice, her husband asks if she’s going to call Hwa-pyung. Her husband doesn’t look so helpless as he starts to wriggle and rise out of his wheelchair. His wife stares in horror as the man stands on his tiptoes and stares at her, eyes and mouth wide open.

While Hwa-pyung dejectedly sits in the police station, he has another vision — this time of someone attempting to wash off the blood on their hands. The person in the vision turns and looks at the teenage daughter from before.

Hwa-pyung’s been at the station for hours, but he’s finally released once they confirm that Hwa-pyung wasn’t near the scene of the crime when it happened.

Hwa-pyung races to the wheelchair man’s house, getting there just as Kil-young’s about to knock on the door. She’s annoyed that he’s there, but Hwa-pyung barges into the house, anyway. As soon as they see blood in the hallway, Kil-pyung stops him and goes in first.

The lights won’t turn on, so she uses her flashlight, following the trail of blood through the house. They find the wife lying in a pool of blood — but the body also soaked with water, just like the body in the reservoir.

Hwa-pyung realizes that the daughter isn’t there, and Kil-young orders him to get out of the crime scene. The lights flicker and on the street below, they see the wheelchair man standing and creepily grinning at them.

COMMENTS

Ooooohhhhhh, this was genuinely scary! And overtly gory! Not that I would expect anything less from this director, knowing his style quite well from his past work on Voice and Black.

I am not generally a horror fan, so I don’t have a lot of basis of comparison, but I am excited that OCN seems to be branching out in a genre that I feel is pretty overlooked when it comes to dramas. Considering how excellent (and terrifying) a lot of Korean horror films can be, I’m a little surprised that more shows haven’t tried to fill that niche. There have been various ghost-themed dramas throughout the years, but a lot of them are fairly benign — more focused on mysteries (and even romance) than pure terror. This is definitely no Master’s Sun or Oh My Ghost, in case anyone is wondering.

Overall, though, I think this was a decent premiere — it set the stage for the Big Bad, as well as the various characters and how they’re all connected. This is not just a random grouping of a psychic, a priest, and a detective — they all have a personal vendetta against Sohn. He killed their families and they’re all determined to track him down. Well, at least Hwa-pyung and Yoon are. I’m not so sure about Kil-young, although I wouldn’t be surprised if she had her own collection of “mysterious death” articles hidden somewhere. Or maybe that wouldn’t be practical enough for her, since she didn’t personally encounter the possessed Priest Choi, so can only assume that her mother was killed by a violent, disturbed individual. Which is perhaps why she’s so willing to beat up criminals, making them the literal punching bag for the death of her mother.

My only real quibble is that we got barely a couple of minutes of Kim Jae-wook. I realize that the backstory is important, but couldn’t there have been a little more time to get to know Yoon as an adult? All I’m asking for is a little less blood and little more cheekbones. That’s all! I do love Kim Dong-wook as Hwa-pyung, though. He adds some much-needed humor, and I hope that he stays cheeky and irreverent because I figure we’re going to need all the lightness we can get in a show that’s so oppressively dark.

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Thank you, for the recap. I loved the 2 episodes. Though I'm not the fan of horror dramas or movies coz it doesn't scare me. (All thanks to my brother with whom I used to watch in childhood days)
But, this drama has depicted the story so well. It's right amount of spooky. The amount of blood shown in the first episode itself is high. I love how they have started with the childhood connection and the spirit Sohn (Park Il-Do).
Though the female character is quiet a weakling and I didn't like her acting upon her suspicion without solid evidence. I hope the story progresses well. I'm totally hooked to the show.

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I haven’t watched the detective actress in anything before but I felt like she fell short compared to her two main co-stars.

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I don't think she has been given much to work with yet. I'll give her the benefit of the doubt.

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Well said, I agree

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Let’s hope she’ll be giving more meaty scenes in upcoming episodes!

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The actress was in Return. She plays a house wife of a rich man but she was a lawyer prior to her marriage. She portrays a female figure who is smart and enduring often seems quite submissive yet at some point she mustered up her inner strength to break up with her husband. I thought that she plays the role quite well. I like that she looks somehow different( she is quite pretty nonetheless.) from the typical Korean actresses. Having said that, I cannot pinpoint how she looks different from the rest of the crowd.

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She looks Japanese to me because her features are sharper and her nose bridge looks really high.

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Mimu, horror doesn't scare me either, but I agree this is well done. I've seen the female character in 2 other dramas. She doesn't inspire me, but I also don't think she is a scene chewer either. So it balances out.

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I like her acting but the way the female cop character was written for the 1st episode is what I didn't like and compared to the other 2 she's lacking but I'm sure as the story progresses we can see her being much more wise and coming into picture for the maximum time as the story revolves around these 3 trio.^^

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Love the first 2ep, BUT I'm for sure watching it in bright daylight, while holding by monkey stuffed animal !!! ^^

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Same. I watched the first two episodes thankfully during broad day light on Sunday, unless I'll be really scared as I live alone, LoL.

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Unlucky me, I choose to watch this drama at the wrong day and time. Sigh

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You survived @odilettante, and managed to screencap. Though kitty pictures might have worked too.

This first episode was a doozy, and the lack of Kim Jae Wook's cheekbones was definitely a negative. On the plus side, they have gotten through a lot of backstory and should be able to move full steam ahead going forward. So, hopefully we won't keep flashing back to gather more information about our trio because they have given us their motivation and relationships already.

I've only seen Kim Dong-wook in Coffee Prince and Radiant Office, and am really enjoying what he is doing with this character so far. Is it too much to ask that him and Kim Jae-wook have a meeting in a coffee shop and order waffles? Maybe a barista Gong Yoo cameo?

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That would be great to ease of the intensity of the drama 😊

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Your last sentence would make this drama AH-Mazing, lol.

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"This first episode was a doozy, and the lack of Kim Jae Wook's cheekbones was definitely a negative"

My sentiments exactly...

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Yep, not enough KJW's cheeckbones but at least they realize their error and gives us plenty in ep2 so I'm not holding grudge or sending minion sohn to them.. Hwa Pyung actually reminds me of his character in Along With The Gods a bit tbh

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The story in the past was pretty gory. I prefered the present days :p

I don't see any issue with the actress or her character.

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Wow I really can’t watch this show. It’s too scary for a scaredy cat like me. Maybe I’ll keep skimming thru the recaps. :P

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This is definitely the scariest k-drama I’ve ever watched. So creepy but so good at the same time. The story is set up nicely, I’m looking forward for our trip to work things out.

I definitely recommend watching this in broad daylight because you probably won’t sleep after watching this in the dark 😱

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I can't watch horror movies like chainsaw massacre but psycho ones yes it does nothing to me. So it didn't scare me so much. The actor who plays the last victim did a good job. I wouldn't compare it with GD it's definitely different. I find the lady in red dress more spooky than the blood thirsty water ghost.

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What a scary premiere but interesting premiere. I’m already hooked with this one and can’t wait for next week

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Same Seoul same 😢😢

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I want to binge, and never sleep again.

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Thank you for the recap @odilettante - your explanation of the very first part of the episode helped me understand what went on. I think I was too tired to start it and ended up watching it the next night.
Generally, I don't like scary shows - but I DO like anything by OCN - so I'm giving this a go for now.
I'm so glad that we don't see too many priests that look like Kim Jae-wook as his cheekbones are seriously distracting.

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Is it too much to wish that all days are Wed-Thurs , or to have an episode a day 😢😢
I really want to see it non-stop for months to come 😭😭😭😭😭
Give me my crack .

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2 sec of kim jae wook already left me breathless, I need to see more. omg
Will continue watching for the two oppas 💕

And I was wondering why the directing style was so familiar but it was actually from Black pd, one of the few dramas I was able to finish. He's definitely not joking here, but I hope doesn't mess up the ending though.

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I am honestly the opposite I'm such a horror fanatic so this season with this and The Ghost Detective are right up my ally. Even though the main premise of both dramas are quite similar (some vengeful spirit causing people to kill and/or commit suicide), the vibe of the shows are completely different. While in Ghost Detective the Lady in Red is a total B and cruelly manipulates people, the Sohn or whatever the spirit/demon is in The Guest seems more omnipotent and otherworldly, like in any true horror media. I'm really drawn to the dark tone that OCN seems to love when it comes to their thriller/mystery dramas (Children of a Lesser God, Save Me, Black, Voice, etc.).
Plus, any drama with Kim Jae Wook is a must for me - how can you refuse those cheekbones! I haven't seen the lead actress in anything else, but so far I'm digging her characterization. It's also really nice to see Kim Dong Wook in a lead role and I can't wait for next week's episodes to come!

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I am going to stick with the show just to watch the 3 of them defeated Sohn. Even though that would bring me hours and hours of watching behind my fingers. It’s like an extended horror movie. So scary!

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Thanks @odilettante for taking on this scary show 'for us' although you're not a horror fan. Come to think of it, neither am I. I'll be mainly depending on your recaps to know what I missed as I FFD at each scary or gruesome part.

I thought it interesting that Priest Choi 'took over' the demon from a young Hwa Pyung (who then recovered) or rather that the demon found Choi weak enough to use him to wreak more mayhem. Demon must have found the boy too little and too much under the control of the adults.

But seeing as demon moves around a mighty lot from person to person, it would not be likely that it would hang around Choi. Even if Hwa Pyung had found Choi, he'd be either dead or the demon would have left for another living body. I guess, it was the last iteration of demon that he had, and for the last 10++ years, he'd be hoping to follow up on this one lead.

Except for the reason why the demon exists in the first place (revenge on a village?) which is never assuaged? This drama starts off by being more comprehensible than Ghost Detective.

I was thinking that among the 3 who are after Choi, the one who should be the most invested is his own brother, Priest Yoon. So it's strange that he does not feature more in the hunt for Choi.

Anyway, I like the lighting in this show, in that although some scenes are meant to happen in the dark, it's not so dark that what is going on cannot be seen. I've been finding lots of shows literally too dark and never could catch the details of some actions/scenes.

I look forward to more recaps, more FFDing and an enticing show that gives us the 'ways' to catch an evil spirit!!!

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I liked this episode. Gore and horror have no affect on me. (That probably says something about my mental state, but Hannibal is one of my favorite TV shows sooo...) Our coffee princes have aged so deliciously, utterly FINE. The set up looks good and feels good, so I'm here for it.

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So creepy

If this will continued to be recapped, I'll just watch out for it here. 😨😨😨

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totally next level of scariness. i watched voice and black and this is like beyond voice and black although voice was scary enough. watched this without sound but its interesting enough for me to follow the story. just wondering whether a love line would form in the midst of all this happening...

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LOL I didn’t watch it mute but with volume down and fingers covering my eyes 😀

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I expected gory cinematography and that's what I got which was a very thrilling experience in a spooky way. The first ep was dark but I loved how they set the stage by making us feel the chills too. The Shaman scene for instance was chilling with the eerie lighting, background (animal offerings, loud clanging noises, dance) and uncertainty. Even when the priest got possessed I got goosebumps and the dog barking heightened this because the dog probably felt it too.

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The first two episodes were so good. Now if only we can have more Kim Jae Wook (this occult/paranormal theme is so up my alley, but the major draw was Kim Jae Wook in that collar - just being real).

Funny that Kim Dong Wook is here chasing an evil spirit considering his character in Along With The Gods 1.

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I guess he didnt take that offer~
(I hope you watch AWTG2 or else this is nonsense reply...XD)

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Agree on the lack of Kim Jae-Wook. I yelled, 'THAT'S IT !!!!" when the episode ended.

2 minutes of cheekbones, just cruel show, just cruel.

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I really want to watch this but it might be too scary for me. I'm willing to try because I want to see Kim Jae Wook. I'll just wait until a sunny Saturday afternoon to watch and maybe skip the gory scenes.

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Jeez what's the obsession with Kim Jae wook? Every time he is cast in a drama everyone acts like he arose from the dead or something. He never really has to do much either. He plays the same stone faced guy every single time now. I'm sure he won't crack a smile in this drama either. I'm only watching because it's a horror drama anyway and I do like Kim Dong wook, at least he has some range.

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He's a decent actor, but he really gave good performance in this drama. A lot better than any of his drama that I've seen.

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I dropped the drama a few weeks back. It was entirely too formulaic for me. I just wasn't a fan of anyone in the cast either but Kim Dong wook. I thought it was kinda boring. Sorry.

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I like the backstory of first episode. The second episode make more sense. I smh at some of things that girl cop does though. Although, the first was scary but not that much. Voice and Save Me was the one that I could not go to sleep. This was pretty much make me sleepy after I finished watching both episode. I am gonna wait until it is finished to binge watching in October when it is closer to Halloween.

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I must say that the exorcism scene with the shamans was terrifying!

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Thanks for the recap.
I like the first episode. Enough background and solid introductory to 2 of the main character. Hopefully we get some background on why Yoon/Mateo decide to be a priest. I think that is an interesting choice for him since his killer brother was a priest. Hwa Pyung character reminds me a bit of KDW's Suhong character in Along With The Gods. But I kinda laugh tho that he is waiting for probably hours at the police station. I thought he just gonna bail the moment Kang Gil Young left.
It is quite gory and creepy but as someone who into this kind of genre, I welcome it with an open arms. Give me more show!!

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Thank you for recapping this!! Some parts were a little too much and I had to look away. I can't wait for our three main characters to figure out their childhood link! I have trouble imagining how they could possibly defeat Sohn.

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This was the scariest kdrama episode I've ever seen. The past scenes were especially scary. I barely handled watching it while covering my eyes. I could handle Voice though. I think the exorcism and the supernatural/ghost elements are what creep me out the most. I don't think I can watch this anymore, maybe only follow the recaps. >w<;;

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This was seriously scaryyyy! I was peeking over my pillow for most of it, but dang I love the ominous tone and the nerve-wrackingness of it. This is horror and suspense done right! I couldn't even enjoy my ice-cream, literally shoved Crunch down my throat (wanted to distract myself with food to no avail) Definitely not for the faint of heart and for scaredy-cats like me, watch in broad daylight.

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"All I’m asking for is a little less blood and little more cheekbones."

Yes ? I'm here.

Is this scarier than Ghost Detective ? For now I'll follow the recaps.

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Beware of Spoilers & Rampant Speculation!

Part 1 of 2

Thank you for recapping THE GUEST, odilettante! The show got off to a gory start with primordial evil emerging from the depths of the East Sea in search of weak human hosts to enslave and destroy. Here's hoping that it doesn't scare you out of a year's growth. If it does, you'll have me for company in the cooked-goose department. ;-)

The vengeful spirit who possessed one of the villagers long ago is referred to as Park Il-do. I cannot help but wonder if wordplay is involved in its name. Do can mean “island” as well as “province,” so perhaps what sounds like a human name is really something else. (For instance, OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN could be interpreted as “another Ms. Oh Hae-young” or “another [haeyoung] mistake,” IIRC.)

The entity is also called “guest” – which sounds like the Korean word for “hand,” a mondegreen if ever there were one. “Guest” strikes me as an obsequious and confusing euphemism. (I would really be worried if it were considered a guest, for that means it is being welcomed -- or invited like a vampire to cross the threshold.) The shaman who related the tale to little Yoon Hwa-pyung was about to tell him another name when the boy's mother interrupted. How much do you want to bet that the young seer, who is an oddball even among hereditary shamans, will need to discover that name by show's end?

I am reminded of the tempters in The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. In it, Hell was depicted as a dog-eat-dog bureaucracy. Minor devils who failed at their assignments to corrupt human souls were devoured by bigger, stronger tempters. Park Il-do sounds like one of the latter.

I'm also reminded of a piece of American folklore in which the dead on dry land are discovered to have drowned. It sounds like a tale in my childhood copy of the LIFE Treasury of American Folklore. In a similar vein, the thirst exhibited by most of the possessed individuals caught my attention. I suspect that water is the medium that sustains and/or conveys Park Il-do. It is also the element associated with emotions, yin, and the unconscious. In Five Elements theory, the kidneys are associated with both water and fear, which makes me think that fear enables the evil spirit to get a foothold in its victims. As Park Il-do attacked one shaman after another, it was like a virulent infectious disease spreading from patient to patient.

For some reason I'm reminded of “ocean of compassion,” which refers to the Dalai Lama. Hmmm. The East Sea seems to be devoid of compassion. Perhaps compassion and metta / loving-kindness will be the key to releasing Park Il-do from its relentless grudge. I'm all for that.

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Beware of Spoilers & Rampant Speculation!

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MAWANG / THE LUCIFER / THE DEVIL made a big impression on me when I watched it last winter. In that show, bullying and violence that seemingly should destroy its victims in certain cases actually turn weaklings into implacable monsters. I have a feeling that there's another side to the story of Park Il-do, and I want to hear it. He may have been the village wangtta before he became the Big Bad. And he may have a darned good reason for continuing to wreak havoc.

In the first episode alone, there is enough emotional and physical violence to make me wonder about the spiritual wounds sustained by various characters that predispose them to possession by malign spirits. In particular, young Priest Choi seems to have been forced into the priesthood. Perhaps his father had wanted to be a priest himself and was not allowed to. Or maybe there is a family tradition of religious vocations, but the elder son was not cut out for it. (If that were the case in real life, he would never have been ordained.) Now I can't wait to find out why Yoon followed in his hyung's footsteps.

We don't know much about future detective Kang Kil-young and her mother yet. Mom was a cop who put herself in harm's way to save young Choi Yoon. It calls to mind John 15:13: “13Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.https://biblehub.com/niv/john/15.htm, New International Version.

Now that I think of it, the seer and the exorcist could be considered religious / metaphysical counterparts of the police officer who works a mundane beat.

I was intrigued when little Hwa-pyung's paternal grandfather called in a Catholic exorcist after the mudang declared the evil spirit to be too strong for her to expel, and said to kill the child. I wonder if they could have succeeded if they had double-teamed Park Il-do. Another thing that gave me pause was Dad's drunkenness and attempt to strangle the boy. Who needs unclean spirits flitting around when garden-variety substance abuse and addiction can give rise to physical violence, murder, and other evils?

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New Testament Background on Exorcism

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In various traditions, knowing a being's true name gives one power over it.

The torrent of voices that chatter in whispers when a human is in thrall to Park Il-do or its ghostly minions made me immediately think of the unclean spirit's answer to Jesus' question as to it's identity in the gospel of Mark 5:1-19, New International Version. I include it here for the convenience of readers unfamiliar with Christian scripture:

1They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes [aka Gadarenes]. 2When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

6When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

9Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

11A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.”13He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

14Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

18As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

https://biblehub.com/niv/mark/5.htm

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I was excited to find Richard Bledsoe's commentary on the above passage's Gadarene madman as it specifically describes him as a scapegoat, a sacrificial type of wangtta (outcast). I've posted it on my fan wall, along with a few comments. It's a long article, but a worthwhile read that deftly ties in several germane social issues with the passage from the Gospel of Mark.
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/607451/
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/607451/#acomment-607560

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Does anyone know where I could watch this show online? Thanks

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I loved this...lots

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Um...so it took me two hours to watch this one hour episode - two hours which included a lot of BTS performances, a couple of SVT performances, conversation with @bammsie, conversations with my dog, and lots of clutching onto my dog. T.T

UGH this Show looks to be SO GOOD but why can I not take horror?!!!

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In my creeped out stateof mind, I forgot to mention how important this recap was. T_T No way I would have gotten through the Show without it.

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You had a conversation with Bammise, no? 😂

You survived!! And are stronger than I am! I can watch neither Ghost Detective nor this.

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Yes, we were talking about "Togo Shipka" & SVT's 2017 Gayo Dejun & BTS's 2017 MBC Gayo Dejun hehehehhe. And watching the performances. :D

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😂😂 Ahaa, I see!

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I hardly watch horror because I hate being scared and this first episode felt like a horror movie! The number of times I found my hand in front of my face covering the screen ... it really is HAND: The Guest. It's a great first episode and I really wanna know what happens next, but I might need to watch with a friend next time.

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