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[Plot twists] Twisting back to the start


Priest

By Waadmay

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!)


The Guest

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.


Priest

 
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@waadmay This is great! I like how you contrast The Guest with Priest, and give us how two dramas focused on exorcisms work, and twist, so differently.

(though I kind of wish I hadn't read the plot twist for Priest, as I will be watching it eventually)

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Even so you will be surprised because you won't know who I'm talking about .
You will be expecting it but still you won't know how it will come or who is it until you get to ep12 .

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I think you will still enjoy it, I was knew the twist before I watched it but I was sitting there and clapping when it came. I was so pleased.

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Oh no, this sounds really cool compared to the Guest. Now it seems I'll have to watch it! ack - not enough hours in the week.

But great writing @waadmay! well done - now you piqued my curiosity.

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Thanks πŸ’œπŸ’™
You really should .

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Congrats on getting published. Loved both the dramas,ofc guest more than priest. But priest was good in its own way. Like you, the plot twist blew my mind.

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Thanks super , ofc The Guest Is The Best πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’ .

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You got your love of β€œThe Guest” published! This was great! I can’t tell you that I wasn’t intrigued by how much you loved that show. However, I was too scarred by β€œPoltergeist” as a child that I’ll give anything with the premise of demon-possession a wide birth and just take your word for itβ€”and now I’ve been able to read about it! Congratulations!!!

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Thanks Ally πŸ’œπŸ’™ , sorry about your scars .
Bad bad β€œPoltergeist” , how dare you scare Ally .

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*berth

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@waadmay You got published!!! Congratulations, I’m so happy for you! (Though I haven’t seen either The Guest or The Priest, it was still lovely to read your thoughts.)

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Thanks Bams *Hugs* πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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*hugs tightly back*

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@waadmay
Great that you chose one of my fave shows for this year, The Guest to do a comparison with. I've yet to complete Priest, and was thinking of holding back or not finishing it because I've got a bunch of things to do, and I did not find Priest as compelling as The Guest. However I read your comments on it (I don't mind being spoiled or rather, knowing stuff does not really spoil shows or books for me) and it does sound intriguing. I'll have to see if I can find time to slip in an episode here and there in order to finish off Priest. 😆

Thinking about the 2 kinds of plot twist that you've mentioned, I too find that the unexpected 'enemy' and the 'it never actually happened' plot twists equally brain scrambling and fun. I guess I'll enjoy any plot twist, whether it surprised me completely or turned out as I'd expected. It's always win-win for me!! 😋

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The Guest Is a favorite of mine too , and it's what lead to watching Priest and OCN is a favorite channel and I'm still waiting for The Guest season2.

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"The Guest is the best"
Someone's gotta say it. ^^;

@waadmay Congratulations on this great post! I love the contrast you drew between the two, and it gives me q good idea of what to expect from Priest. I didn't read the spoiler though. 😊 *Phew*

Who'd ever have thought you'd write about these two dramas? I mean, never occurred to me at all. *Kidding*

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Thanks G πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ , then you still can pick up and watch Priest .
I really tried to keep it a secret which character I'm talking about and you won't get to know until you are half way through ep12 .

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😳😳 hahahha maybe if I can pluck up the course a second time.

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Courage*

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You can do it , fighting πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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Thank you @waadmay! Your write up confirms I'm missing out but I'll have to wait for the comedy exorcist priest drama to join in.

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This drama has wonderful comedic timing and never becomes slapstick. The main lead to be priest is very funny and cute.

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Exactly πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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It would have to be all comedy before I'd watch.

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You're welcome , hope you enjoyed reading it and that you can muster the courage to watch both .

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Yay @Waadmay!

I almost want to stop being a chicken and watch the shows you love so dearly.

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Thanks Daisy , I will hold your hand while watching πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ’™

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Unnie congrats. I love it.
Both dramas are of the same genre but different. Thanks unnie....

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Thanks safee πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ’™ .
Yes they are completely different , did you get to finish it yet ???

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I have 4 episodes remaining....

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Ok have fun watching πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ’™

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@waadmay ^^
Yay!! I am so happy for you!
And I completely agree that it was the best plot twist, I loved how they pulled it off and what it was and how neat it was.

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Thanks OFG *Hugs* πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’
It was super great

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I have a few hand down fav episodes in this drama: ep3 and 4 and then episode 7 the full flashback episode, it was just amazing, it felt like watching a full cute romantic movie.
Then ep12, I was jumping on my bed like, yay that's so cool, that's so awesome.

In the guest, I had my fav exorcism, that of the pregnant woman, it was so great, so great that I felt that the drama had even more potential than it explored.

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Good choices OFG πŸ’πŸ’–β€οΈπŸ’œπŸ’™

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The Guest Is The Best.

Or no, @waadmay is the best. Even if that doesn't rhyme.

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It doesn't have to: universal truths don't need to rhyme ;)

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Thanks again πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ’™

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Aw thanks cloggie πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ’™ , I miss you on Rabbit by the way .
How is the book going on ???

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It's going too slowly!

I miss you all too but Rabbit is too addictive and I've got too little self-control. I have to stay away from it completely, otherwise I get no work done whatsoever and the problem with being self-employed is that if you do no work, you don't get paid.

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Hope things get fast with the book , good luck and fighting πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ’™

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Fighting, cloggie! we miss you so much!πŸ’–πŸŽ‡β€οΈπŸŒΈ

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I didn't love the plot twist in Guest although it's still one of my favourite drama, the ending was sloppy and show logic went haywire. I didn't like "Priest" that much it wasn't written as well as Guest but I enjoyed it, and writers were more consistent with the storytelling but this show didn't need romantic subplot at all imo.

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I'm sorry to disagree with what you said about The Guest , it was amazing from start to finish .
And about the romantic subplot was the drive for one of the main characters so ...

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For me the romantic subplot was honestly the best thing about this show, it showed that the priest to be was so human. I always wondered how come a priest/father/sister from church never fell in love. It showed that it was not that they don't fall in love but they are just so determined to follow their principles but not every one priest can do that. l wish to see another show which explores this more on the dark side of it ...

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Yayyy! Congratulations on getting published @waadmay! I didn’t read the article because I don’t want to spoil myself but I saw your name and came to say hey and congrats 😊

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Thanks Reno πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ’™

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Big congratsnon getting published, May!

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Thanks Chingu πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ’™

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Turns out you shouldn't post a comment on your mobile, on a bus, at 11pm, drunk.
Congrats on being posted.
I'm so happy you got to post about your two favourite shows. The Guest truly is the Best.

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It's okay , I get your congratulatory feeling .
Are you ok now ????

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I'm good. It's been a huge fortnight but very satisfying. I'm sure I'll now have time to drive everyone crazy with my opinions on dramas.

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Yay May! Congrats on getting published @waadmay! I'm a scaredy cat so I don't know that I'll watch these dramas but you make me want to. That plot twist in Priest sounds amazing and well done too.

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Thanks Cori *Hugs* πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’
I will hold your hand when you want to watch and I advise you to watch at daytime especially The Guest , Priest is less scary .

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Thank you May πŸ’• I'll be sure to save these shows for a sunny day πŸ˜…

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You're welcome Cori , hope you can enjoy watching them πŸ’πŸ’šπŸ’™

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Congratulations, May!
I love your write up so much that I just up voted nearly every single comment.
As @cloggie says, 'May is the best'!!!

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Thanks Ru 😚😚😚😚
You're way too sweet πŸ’πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’πŸ’šπŸ’™

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Just being truthful... πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

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Thanks for your article on PRIEST, @waadmay. That plot twist totally took me by surprise, too. It made perfect sense, when you think about it, because it was mentioned that Old Scratch's minions go to great lengths to confound and ensnare mortals. PRIEST reminds me a bit of LIFE ON MARS in the sense that it is hard to tell what is really going on with the reality the protagonist and his homicide squad teammates inhabit. Can he believe his own eyes? Can we? And how can we tell whether the characters -- and we ourselves as the audience -- are barking up the wrong tree?

I've watched PRIEST's finale, and found the resolution to be logical and consistent with what we've come to know about the characters. I was wondering how Show would deal with the elephant in the room, and have to admire the strategic use of tropes -- and another fitting twist. Gallery owner Shin Mi-yeon seemingly set a precedent that is repeated.

On the surface, GUEST and PRIEST appear to be similar, but the emphases differ significantly. In the former, malign spirit Park Do-il and those in thrall to him injure and kill scads of victims, hence the police angle; the lady detective's family history is another compelling connection. While a retiring detective figures in PRIEST, the hospital setting gives that show a very different vibe. Truth to tell, I wasn't very impressed with that aspect as ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM set the bar high for emergency room action and quarantine. (Plus I cannot forget that Dr. Ham's insistence on medically supervising exorcisms directly resulted in all hell breaking loose.)

As with GUEST's band of demon hunters, the 634 Regia team has its own set of poignant back stories. One thing they have in common is the intrusion of the infernal (or just plain bad luck) into their younger lives. How different their adult lives would have been were it not for their fateful encounters with powerful demons. Despite their earlier losses, the team members in essence create their own families of choice. For me, that was one of the most moving aspects of both shows.

Thanks again for your write-up, @waadmay! ;-)

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You're welcome , and thanks for reading πŸ’šπŸ’™

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Congrats on getting published! #ProudofYou.
PRIEST was my first horror kdrama ever, and after watching the first episode and dreaming of zombies breaking into my house afterwards, I dug in.
By episode 5, some of the stuff weren't making any sense. By Episode 12, I was like "Nah. I'm done!" till the last twenty minutes.
I got up, I paced, I watched it again, cursed a blue streak and couldn't wait to see how the rest of the EPs would play out.
It wasn't perfect, but *grudgingly agrees* It was a good show.

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Thank you , glad you enjoyed watching it πŸ’šπŸ’™

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Ohhhh, congrats @waadmay!πŸ˜†
As expected, your love for The Guest is so deep😎. I have nothing smart to say but The Guest is The Best (Buy)!πŸ’– *runs

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I wish I can buy The Guest whole team πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰
Thanks Noo πŸ’πŸ’šπŸ’™

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Ohhh.. I love a good twist~
This is probably the push I needed to finally start Priest
(Yes..I haven't started it despite wanting to since last year...)
especially since @waadmay is the one who wrote this

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Oh you're so sweet , thanks for your trust πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’œ

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