[Plot twists] Twisting back to the start
by Guest Beanie
Editor’s note: This post contains spoilers.
I never thought that the day would come when I would be comparing K-dramas and movies in terms of plot twists, especially considering that the list of dramas I’ve watched in the past nine years is quite short. But after watching the latest episode of Priest, here I am.
It all began with The Guest. I fell in love with the characters and the story of three good people who had suffered immensely but found strength in their bonds, all while trying to find and rid the world of an evil spirit. The plot twist managed to sneak up on me even though it had been hinted at throughout the show. The revelation: The enemy our heroes were chasing was much closer to them than they had ever thought. The evil spirit that had ruined so many lives had stayed very, very close to one of our heroes and even shared many touching and fond moments with him in order to eventually break him down and possess him. (Shiver!)
After I finished watching The Guest, I felt so sad that I had to say goodbye to The Best Team you could ever find in both dramaland and real life. (Don’t argue with me on this, I’m not listening.) So I thought, why not give the next OCN supernatural drama a go since I tried and liked the genre? And so, I started watching Priest.
I didn’t have high expectations since I knew no one would ever be as awesome as The Guest’s lovable psychic/cabbie, the devoted priest, or the badass detective. But Priest delivered. In contrast with The Guest (where the focus was on figuring out and fighting the big baddie while saving innocent people), the focus of Priest is more on the exorcism process, possession, and the medical condition of the victims.
Though the drama has ended, I’m still catching up and while watching the latest episodes, the drama left me annoyed for the first time because I thought the writing was getting sloppy. It seemed like there was a major plot hole and I had wasted my time watching the show. It was unforgivable. Then I discovered, during the last twenty minutes of episode 12, that all of the things I thought were plot holes were actually hints that what I’d seen in the drama wasn’t real–all the losses I grieved for were fragments of one character’s dream. Those last twenty minutes turned everything upside down and returned us back to the starting point. It totally blew my mind. I can only compare that feeling of shock and surprise to the plot twists in movies like Fight Club, The Sixth Sense, or Vanilla Sky. I loved this plot twist, and now I’m anticipating how the writer will use this opportunity to unspool the story in a good, alluring way that can keep all of us watching and guessing to the last episode.
The Guest and Priest made me realize that I like my dramas with a good plot twist that will leave me amazed. One that turns everything I’ve learned upside down and delivers a good knock-out, and my jaw dropped in awe.
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