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Abyss: Episode 4

Our heroes just can’t seem to catch a break as their troubles continue to escalate with each passing day. And while some are trying their best to help, others will do everything in their power to throw a wrench in the works. It’s hard to know friend from foe when faces are easily changed, but as long as Min and Se-yeon have each other, they’re sure to find a way, right?

 
EPISODE 4: “Abyss; Soul Reviving Bead”

In the chaos following taxi driver Park Ki-man’s stabbing, Min spots his ex-fiancee Hee-jin in the crowd. He gives chase through winding alleys until an oncoming motorcycle knocks him down and Hee-jin slips away. Se-yeon rushes over to him, but Min’s frantic that they need to find Hee-jin. He insists she’s in trouble and that’s why she hasn’t contacted him.

Se-yeon snaps at him to remember that he’s in a new body and can’t reveal his identity — nor should he, as he’s wanted for murder. Min tries to go after Hee-jin anyway, but stumbles because his leg was injured in the collision. Min brushes it off, but Se-yeon insists he lean on her. Their argument is halted by detective Dong-chul screaming Ji-wook’s name.

Dong-chul leans over Ji-wook’s unconscious body and urgently tries to wake him. Ji-wook points weakly with a bloody hand and sputters that “he” went that way. Se-yeon and Min join them but before Dong-chul can run after Young-chul, Ji-wook stops him. “Oh Young-chul… it wasn’t him,” Ji-wook manages before passing out.

At the hospital, we learn Ji-wook suffered a blow to the head, but damage is minimal and he’ll wake up soon. Se-yeon and Min arrive after getting Min patched up and Dong-chul relays Ji-wook’s diagnosis just as he begins to stir. Ji-wook asks if they caught the culprit, but Dong-chul admits their search came up empty.

Dong-chul questions Ji-wook’s final comment before passing out and Ji-wook explains that it wasn’t Young-chul, but Young-chul’s “father” that stabbed Ki-man. Se-yeon fires of a series of questions and Dong-chul tries to shush her, but Ji-wook sighs that Mi-do (the co-worker Se-yeon now resembles) is no longer with the prosecution office and therefore shouldn’t be privy to such information.

Unfazed, Se-yeon whips out a slip of paper — that Park Ki-man had given to Min which reads “I’ll tell you everything. Please help me.” — and says she now represents Ki-man. Afterwards, Se-yeon and Min anxiously wait for Ki-man to get out of surgery. She asks if Ki-man had mentioned anything about Young-chul’s current appearance before his attack, but Min solemnly shakes his head. Se-yeon prays that Ki-man recovers so he can lead them to Young-chul. Min assures her Ki-man will be fine, and then tells her to call him with any updates.

Se-yeon’s head snaps up and she demands where he’s going. Min wants to search around the crime scene for traces of Hee-jin, but Se-yeon can’t understand why he won’t move on after Hee-jin abandoned him. Min agrees that if Hee-jin was living happily, he would’ve… but if she was the woman he saw tonight, something is very wrong. He walks away, ignoring Se-yeon’s cries for him to stop.

Min races around the area, searching for Hee-jin despite his injured leg. By morning, he still hasn’t found her and sits gloomily outside the convenience store. He’s startled when Se-yeon appears and Min asks about Ki-man. Se-yeon sighs that although surgery was successful, Ki-man may never wake up. She opens a bottle of water and places it in his hands, saying they need to recharge so they can search for his fiancee.

Min’s shock is apparent, so Se-yeon explains that he’d said he needs to see Hee-jin happy in order to move on. Se-yeon says she’ll help him do that and saunters off as a small smile creeps across Min’s face. He follows as Se-yeon retraces Hee-jin’s alleged path, pointing out he’s already searched the area and she’s gone. Se-yeon agrees, but says that Hee-jin was on the run and likely dropped something.

They must not find anything, though, as their next stop is the police station where Se-yeon whines loudly at Dong-chul to help her find Hee-jin. He resists until Min suggests they find a less grumpy cop to help. Dong-chul quickly agrees to do it, but gripes that Se-yeon brings Min with her everywhere. Hee.

Turns out they didn’t need him, though, as Hee-jin sashays into the police station just then. Se-yeon notes that her style seems different and all the detectives leap up to help, including Dong-chul. Hee-jin declares she has information on Se-yeon’s murder and wants to give a statement regarding Min.

In an interrogation room, Dong-chul opens by questioning why Hee-jin’s name (Oh Soo-jin) doesn’t match her wedding invitation. Hee-jin haughtily replies that she was going to change her name after getting married, redirecting focus to the fact that she’s Min’s ex-fiancee. She tells Dong-chul to confirm it with Min’s family, but he fires back that they’ve never mentioned her.

Hee-jin explains that Mom never approved, so the engagement was kept very low-key, making it easy for them to now pretend it never happened. Dong-chul doesn’t seem convinced, but lets her answer slide. Instead, he asks about her supposed info on Min and Hee-jin says the real reason she broke off the engagement seems to be connected to Se-yeon’s murder.

Se-yeon storms towards the interrogation room but Min pulls her back, pleading to go in with her and explain things to Hee-jin. “The fact that you were reborn as a handsome stud and that Go Se-yeon is still alive?” Se-yeon asks. Min nods and Se-yeon snaps that he’ll be lucky not to be committed to the psych ward, let alone have anyone believe him. She insists he wait while she go in alone. Min starts to argue but immediately drops it when she glares.

Inside the interrogation room, Hee-jin says it’s all because of Se-yeon. Se-yeon slips in with the other detectives in the viewing room as Hee-jin recalls that she used to work at Se-yeon’s parent’s store and that’s how she’d met Se-yeon and been set up on a blind date with Min. Hee-jin snorts that from then on Se-yeon had always come between them in their relationship.

Hee-jin recalls Min desperately trying to hold Se-yeon back from leaving after introducing them, browsing Se-yeon’s social media while on a date with Hee-jin, and drunkenly complaining that even after getting engaged, Se-yeon wouldn’t pay him attention. Hee-jin says she’d accepted Min’s proposal because he seemed loyal, pure, and innocent, but snorts that no one would actually like a guy with such an ugly face. Ouch!

Se-yeon grows increasingly enraged by Hee-jin’s story. When Hee-jin claims to have felt betrayed, Se-yeon can’t help but blurt out that Hee-jin is a lying gold-digger, to the shock of the other detectives in the room. Hee. Next, Hee-jin claims that Min came to see her a few days after Se-yeon’s death, but Se-yeon knows that isn’t possible as Min was already in a new body by the time she was killed.

Hee-jin lies that she’d gone on a trip following the broken engagement and when she returned, Min somehow found her at her new address. He’d looked disheveled and forced his way inside where he told Hee-jin that he’s always gotten what he wanted. Hee-jin claims to have kicked him out, thinking he was trying to get back together, but he hasn’t contacted her since.

From her purse, Hee-jin procures Se-yeon’s bracelet (the one Se-yeon’s father had given her on her graduation day and laid on her body right before Min had revived her… hmm…). However the sight of the bracelet causes Se-yeon to wonder if the man she’s running around with isn’t Min at all… but her murderer.

Se-yeon bursts out of the room and Min leaps up, asking what happened and if Hee-jin cleared his name. Se-yeon ignores him and it isn’t until he finally stops her outside the station that she rounds on him, demanding to know if he’s really Min. He understandably doesn’t know what she’s talking about and Se-yeon sighs that he can ask Hee-jin directly before walking off.

Hee-jin exits the station, informing someone over the phone that she told the police everything and gave them the bracelet. She cuts her call short when Min approaches her. He’s unsure how to ask his questions and soon there’s a beep of a horn from the parking lot. Hee-jin excuses herself and gets into the car where Young-chul is waiting for her.

Meanwhile, Dong-chul exhumes Se-yeon’s body. Prior, he’d questioned the cemetery guard, who mysteriously remembered seeing Min there one night digging up Se-yeon’s grave. The CCTV footage doesn’t show the man’s face but the guard was adamant that he’s positive. Presently, they unearth Se-yeon’s coffin, but it’s empty.

Min is startled awake by Se-yeon holding a knife and asking him to demonstrate stabbing someone. Min demands to know why she disappeared after hearing Hee-jin’s statement (which she refuses to tell him). Ignoring him, Se-yeon locks herself in her room and recalls how sweet Min’s been, wondering what she’s supposed to believe.

The next day, Min frantically demands why Se-yeon is blocking him out while Dong-chul tries to herd him out of the station. Se-yeon coldly says it’s nothing personal, she just doesn’t want him on the case anymore. Min pulls her aside for an explanation and Se-yeon cries that she can’t be sure he’s really Min or if he has Min’s things because something else happened after her death.

The forensics report comes in confirming Min’s fingerprints are on Se-yeon’s coffin and she drags Min away. Se-yeon finds a coffee shop and uses the ID scanner to check his fingerprints. They match and Se-yeon cries out in relief that he’s truly Min, explaining how scared she’d been he was really her murderer lying about his identity.

Min is miffed she doubted him, saying he didn’t need absolute proof to know she was Se-yeon. She’s just relieved he’s really Min but suddenly a memory is triggered as she recalls Young-chul’s fingerprints were found at his last crime scene despite him never leaving evidence in the past. Se-yeon realizes that Young-chul must’ve not known that although their faces change, their fingerprints remain the same.

A sudden news bulletin informs them that Min has been officially declared as Se-yeon’s murder suspect. Hee-jin calls in and sobs over the phone that she still loves Min and as we see Young-chul threatening her with a sledgehammer, she pleads with Min to come forward and pay for his crimes. Se-yeon immediately tries to tell him how Hee-jin had lied at the station but he puts a hand over her mouth as Hee-jin begs him to do it for their baby. Wait, what???

Min returns to the station, determined to clear his name. Se-yeon shouts at him that no one will believe him, so he suggests they demonstrate Abyss to the police by Min killing himself and Se-yeon reviving him. She refuses and a silly dance ensues as Min tries to make her take Abyss. Dong-chul witnesses it and asks what they’re doing, yanking Min’s hand out and frowning to find it empty. Glowing words float above Abyss, “Only the ones who were revived by abyss can see it.”

Min’s mom screeches at her assistant to take down the articles painting Min as a murderer and demands that Min be found immediately. Meanwhile, Se-yeon tells Min that she doesn’t think she was Young-chul’s first victim and starts to mention the Eomsan-dong Killer, but Min blurts that he needs to talk to confess everything to Hee-jin.

Se-yeon snaps he’s being used as a scapegoat and that Hee-jin is the one that told the police he’s guilty. She demands whether the baby is even his and Min sheepishly admits he’s unsure since he’d once passed out after drinking and they’d woken up in bed together. Se-yeon declares it impossible and doesn’t understand Min’s blind belief in Hee-jin.

Min finally grows angry and spits that he’s always believed Se-yeon but she doubted him. “Hee-jin was the first and only woman who loved me,” Min says, “Why should I believe you over her?” He storms off even as Se-yeon screams after him.

Hee-jin meets Young-chul at a coffee shop. Her bratty behavior reminds Young-chul of her mother and Hee-jin demands to know where she is, threatening him not to harm her. She orders him to tell Young-chul not to look for her again as she’d done what she was asked, and warns that if he does, she’ll reveal everything.

Back at the police station, the tip line is flooded with calls of bogus Min sightings. Dong-chul notices Se-yeon staring glumly into space and tries to cheer her up. His antics elicit a smile, but it’s short-lived as a detective announces Min has resurfaced. Sure enough, Min’s turned his old phone on and picks up a call from Hee-jin, who promises she’s almost there.

Se-yeon runs out of the station dialing Min just as a delivery man arrives. She commandeers the bike and speeds off while Min confirms with Hee-jin where he is, promising to wait. Hee-jin hangs up and dials someone else, agreeing to stall Min until they get there. At the same time, Young-chul receives a call at the cafe and tells the caller that they should dispose of something since it’s served its purpose and says he’ll be there soon.

Se-yeon finds Min first and orders him to get on the bike. Min doesn’t understand why she’s there and Se-yeon explains that Hee-jin called the police and they’re on their way. Min thinks that he can explain what happened but Se-yeon is adamant that he’ll be charged for murder. Min sees Hee-jin pull up behind Se-yeon and starts to approach her, anyway.

But he never reaches her because a truck suddenly runs over her. Min and Se-yeon rush over to Hee-jin’s motionless body as the truck speeds away, Young-chul at the wheel muttering that useless people are no better than bugs. Min and Se-yeon hover over Hee-jin and Abyss starts to glow. Min remembers how Abyss had activated at the hospital but immediately went out when Ji-wook walked up.

He scoops up Hee-jin and Se-yeon helps him load her into the car, thinking they’re going to the hospital, but Min blocks her for getting in as well. He tells Se-yeon to wait since Abyss can’t work if she’s with him. As he speeds away, words glow across Abyss “Abyss activates only when the owner and the corpse are alone.”

Min pulls over and begs Abyss to save Hee-jin. As he holds her, her heart resumes beating and Min speeds off again. Dong-chul and his team arrive to find Se-yeon frantically calling Min to no avail. Meanwhile, Min carries Hee-jin into a hospital and runs off to find a doctor while she freaks out that she was hit by a truck.

Dong-chul’s team reports back that there’s no signs of Min and they can’t reach his fiancee. Se-yeon asks him to release her and we see Dong-chul has handcuffed her wrist to his. Hee. He refuses to let her go until she explains what happened and why there’s blood all over the road.

At the hospital, Min learns Hee-jin was never pregnant. She joins him and mentions that she thinks she should be hospitalized. Min says the doctors have already cleared her, but Hee-jin points out her acne scars are reappearing while her eyebrows are vanishing. Min attributes it to her accident (and not her nasty soul) and asks if she wasn’t pregnant. Hee-jin is taken aback and denies it, identifying herself as single.

Dong-chul interrogates Se-yeon as to what she was doing out there, growing increasingly frustrated with her obvious lies. The blood results come back as a match for Hee-jin. Se-yeon perks up to hear Hee-jin’s last name is different and then calls Min to inform him Hee-jin already has multiple counts of marriage fraud.

Min solemnly agrees with all of Se-yeon’s accusations towards Hee-jin and promises to talk to her later before hanging up and rejoining Hee-jin. He brings Hee-jin to the apartment and neither woman is happy. Se-yeon pulls him into her room to talk. Min says Hee-jin’s death wasn’t an accident but murder and there must’ve been a reason she lied about his guilt only to be eliminated.

Se-yeon doesn’t see a way to figure any of it out without catching Young-chul, but Min says Park Ki-man could tell them. She reminds Min he’s in a coma and Min says they just need to use Abyss… by killing Ki-man and reviving him. Se-yeon balks but Min says there’s no other way to prove his innocence and catch Se-yeon’s killer.

Min walks out, telling Hee-jin to wait for him to return because he has a lot of questions. Se-yeon chases after him, pausing to warn Hee-jin to stay put until they return. Hee-jin starts to argue, but Se-yeon snaps she would’ve killed her already in the old days and Hee-jin immediately cowers. Se-yeon continues after Min but he leaves in a taxi before she can reach him.

Ji-wook checks himself out of the hospital and then goes to see Park Ki-man. He gives his coffee to the attending nurse… which turns out to be drugged because she soon passes out and Ji-wook walks back out as Young-chul walks towards Ki-man’s room. Oh my what?

Min arrives at the hospital and takes off running when he sees the unconscious nurse. Luckily, Ki-man is still alive and Min pulls out Abyss but can’t bring himself to remove Ki-man’s life support. Unbeknownst to him, Young-chul is standing behind a nearby curtain, syringe in hand.

Se-yeon runs into the hospital and tries to crawl past the nurse’s desk… but she’s awake now and easily catches Se-yeon. She manages to convince the nurse to let her in, since she’s Ki-man’s lawyer, but everything seems in order. As she leaves, she tries calling Min, but he’s not answering. Hearing his phone ring, Se-yeon follows the sound to find Min badly beaten by the dumpster.

He weakly tries to hand her Abyss before going limp. Se-yeon starts sobbing, begging him to not be dead. Abyss glows and Se-yeon picks it up, crying that she doesn’t know how it works. Words appear on Abyss that read “If the owner of the Abyss dies, the next revived is its temporary owner.” It then glows white and disappears in smoke.

Se-yeon sobs uncontrollably over Min’s body while Abyss reappears where Young-chul is scrubbing Min’s blood off his hands and slips into his pocket.

 
COMMENTS

Y’all I’m gonna try real hard to watch my tongue, but know that there are words I have for this show at the moment that aren’t okay to say in front of Grandma. Ji-wook has been pretty sketchy from the start and while it was clear he knew more than he let on — and last episode revealed that he’s (most likely) Young-chul’s son — I thought the issue Ji-wook had with catching him was more a moral dilemma between justice and loyalty to a parent… not actively assisting him in his BS!

I’d forgotten that Ji-wook has also been picking up on weird information regarding Se-yeon and her “death” (such as Min referring to “Mi-do” as Se-yeon and then Ji-wook digging up her empty coffin). Does that mean he and Young-chul are at least vaguely aware of Abyss? I am honestly so confused by all the chaos in this episode, I’m not even sure I can process what’s happening. Either way, Ji-wook clearly allowed Young-chul into Ki-man’s room, presumably to tie up their final loose end. So I’m curious why he attacked and killed Min? Young-chul couldn’t know who Min is and it’s not like Min alone is a threat to Young-chul when he doesn’t even know his current face.

I think I missed the part where they said where they’d found Young-chul’s fingerprints. At first I thought it was Se-yeon’s crime scene because Young-chul is so strangely adamant about pinning her murder on Min… but if that were the case, Young-chul would be the prime suspect. So I’m back to square one on his obsession with making Min a scapegoat. It seems unnecessary to go so far out of his way if there wasn’t any evidence tying him to the crime in the first place. And what is his connection with Hee-jin? Is she his daughter? We haven’t been given any other connection between the two, and she seemed to have been the one to call Ji-wook’s phone back when she was trapped in the warehouse, but I am so lost. So much information is thrown around and none of it really seems to weave together.

The only thing I do know is that I’m genuinely peeved. I want to love this show so much. The premise is fun and different, the characters are interesting, Park Bo-young and Lee Shi-un always make me smile, and Ahn Hyo-seop is such a cutie patootie… but something about the writing at this point just seems sloppy? I like shows that make you think but the mental gymnastics I’ve had to pull in this week’s episodes have been exhausting. I could’ve forgiven Se-yeon for doubting Min if he hadn’t already proven to her he was telling the truth with things only Min could know, by behaving as Min does, and just the general insanity she’d witnessed with Abyss. I do understand her confusion with the appearance of her bracelet, though, and I am curious how the heck Hee-jin got ahold of it. I thought Min took it off Se-yeon’s body before Abyss worked, but even if he didn’t, her father had placed it with her. Unless it fell into the casket when she sat up and Ji-wook found it when he dug up her empty coffin?

Above all, though, the thing I’ve loved most is Se-yeon’s relationship with Min. And now he’s dead??? And with seemingly no way to revive him. Abyss said it “temporarily” changed owners when it’s original owner dies so I’m hoping there’s a loophole somewhere. There has to be since we’re only two weeks in and half of our OTP has died… again. If only Min could’ve read the instruction manual! Despite all my frustrations, I’m not ready to give up on Abyss just yet. As crazy as it is, I’m invested in the story and my curiosity outweighs my rage… although the margin is pretty slim at the moment.

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I'm with you there, Sunny -- definitely holding back some harsh words. And tears of utter betrayal. WHY U DO DIS, ABYSS ORB?

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#His_Zombie_Life

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Abyss said it “temporarily” changed owners when it’s original owner dies so I’m hoping there’s a loophole somewhere.

Sure. Somebody just has to kill Young-chul (again!) and Se-yeon becomes new owner because she would then be the next-revived. Then she revives Min, hopefully before he gets too decomposed. His soul probably hasn't changed so he will look the same, unless they decide they *want* to put in a different actor.

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Temporary is the loophole. I’m guessing if Min gets resurrected he is still owner of the abyss. Now how can they get the murderer to resurrected him?

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ooh, good point! And i wonder if there are limits to the power of the temporary owner.

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If only Min could’ve read the instruction manual!

Who needs a manual when they have that nice context-sensitive pop-up help system? And its more dramatic this way instead of spending half an episode reading :)

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Do you think that only the viewers get the see the pop-up help? I'm wondering if Se-yeon knows where the Abyss has gone next - or only us.

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Se Yeon would have needed to have read the manual to know where the Abyss might have gone. We never saw her read it and Min didn't tell her or know it himself ... so ... if somehow she just knows, and no explanation is given as to how she knows, I'm going to shout plot hole at the screen!!!

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I think they can read it. Thats how Min figured out that a third person should not be present when the owner is reviving a dead person right?

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That's what I initially thought too. But didn't he figure that one out for himself?

So then I thought that when the characters figured out one of the rules, the Abyss Handy Pop-up Manual displays it for the viewers. But that can't have been the case with the latest caption.

So yes, I'm confused about the Abyss Manual Rules. I need a manual for the Manual

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@edgarpordwed I hope that Se Yeon really did read the instructions on what Abyss does when its owner dies, before Abyss flew away. If so, then she must know that the next person Min revived was OYC.

I'm not too sure that Min did read instructions on reviving the dead without anyone else present, . The reason I say I'm not sure is because when Min figured it out, we were given scenes of him trying to revive someone when he was not alone and it did not work. He put two and two together before the words popped up (for us).

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Still not sure if the characters can read the rules because when Min figures out he needs to be alone, he had a flashback of the morgue. And, he tried reviving a random person with all the family and friends gathered and was kicked out for disturbance so THAT try obviously didn’t work.

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"The Abyss is in an alien language"

The Abyss pops up instructions in Korean.

No clue, really.

Also, the Abyss was green in this, which I think means that it changed owners. But we haven't seen it be green before and it wasn't green after the other two resurrections. So, why???

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I think Min mentioned he read the manual but he couldn't understand it. But the pop up is in korean so 🤷‍♀️

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He does. He says he tried to read the manual but it was in some weird alien language.

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Dear @Sunny, the writing of this drama is not sloppy, it is just bad and chaotic! 😠
Are the writers the hong sisters? Because this craziness seems to be from them.

Anyway, here I am, just reading the recap, in order to find out whether the show makes sense, but no.
And it is not Sunny's recap, she is doing a great job.
Something that makes me angry is that this show takes life and death very lightly, even disrespectful. I hate it.
How many people more they will kill and revive in order to learn the truth?????
Our OTP, who are supposed to be our heroes talked very lightly about killing a man, and yes then bringing them to life again through the bead, but killing him first!!!!😱
It upsets me however the case, even if you use the abyss to bring him back alive, you became a murderer, and you plan it so easily??? Never thinking, it can happen that abyss won't work anymore? A rule could be, the same hand cannot kill and revive at the same time.... don't know...

But anyway, at least they didn't melt Min a killer, instead, he is dead again!

The situation turns ludicrous.

I will abide my goodbye for now... at least I didn't wasted one hour watching this crazy episode.

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Really frustrating watching this show. Everyone just won't say things, won't listen, make their own judgement and conclusion, keep doing the same mistakes and so on...
At least So-yeon should be a smart prosecutor, but *sigh...
I really adore Par Bo-young, but I'm with you, I'm dropping this nonsensical drama

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I've begun to wonder if with the Abyss, our dead people are going to be bouncing back only to be killed again ... and again. We've had 4 resurrections so far, And if Min gets resurrected this time, it will be his 2nd time. This time, without Abyss, to help Se Yeon, Min will stay dead for a longer time. She has to retrieve it or get OYC to use it to resurrect Min.

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If Young Chul finds out which body Se Yeon is in, will he kill her again?

I'm finding that the dying and resurrecting (4 in 4 episodes) is getting so that it become hard to take seriously. If death is not the last word, and anyone can come back to complete unfinished business, are the stakes high enough or compelling enough to draw or keep viewers watching?

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It loosely reminds me of Live Up to Your Name, where each time the doc dies he just time travels.

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I have to admit that I was amused by Young-Chul now having the Abyss and all the people he's got buried in his garden accidentally coming back to live (as we saw in the preview). That also means that there's no 'time limit' to when you have to resurrect people.

But my biggest take-away from this episode is that I'm not that emotionally invested in the Seo-Yeon/Min relationship, as I didn't really care that he was dead. Partially that's because I'm pretty sure he'll be alive again in ep 5 or 6, but also because I like Seo-Yeon and Dong-Chul together much more. I really enjoyed ep 3 because of the dynamics between the three of them together and felt that ep 4 was a bit flat.

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Oh! There were preview? I didn't know! Then I suspect Young Chul will get killed -again- by people he killed? 😂

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I like your thinking! That could well be how the Abyss goes to the Next In Line Seo Yeon...

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Probably Ji Wook carrying his father torch to get his hand on Abyss in order to revive his father, he seems to be an accomplice now.. oh wait, he need first to be revived to even see the Abyss. 😂😂😂 omg #zombierecycle

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I love the actor playing Dong-Chul. He's always a charismatic second lead who brings a lot of heart to his quirky roles.

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Maybe with another revival Min will get new better working brain? Because boy make bricks look like sentient interesting beings, I guess in his old body only money worked in his favour.
But honestly this drama is such a crazy ride, and not in good sense, but I can't bring myself to drop it yet, I'm curious how much mess writer can bring on, it doesn't seem like he know at all what the story is too. It shapes to be my hate watch.

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Many complain about that leads needed to read a manual but Min said himself that he tried but it's written in alien language (or whatever). So, he isn't that stupid as many viewers had said. And tbh i even can proof his actions lol

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yeah betrayal scary sad blah blah but i could allso talk about min's whole look at the police station for like 3 hours

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Thanks for the recap @sunny. I'm with you trying to enjoy this show but I keep falling asleep and constantly rewinding so maybe that and the odd writing/editing isn't helping.

Maybe this show needs to be axed/stopped/stopped, then revived with Abyss to see if it comes back as a better written show.

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It's actually more enjoyable (or watchable) when you decided not to take this drama seriously. I even laughed when Cha Min dies.. again lol. I am expecting things get crazier and ridiculous as this drama already is. Actually somewhat reminds me of Dr. Jin........... 😂😂😂😂😂 Will tune it with the show for Park Bo Young and my curiousity on how this drama will get even absurd. 😂

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I laughed too. I'm glad to read that I'm not the only evil person who did that.

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When Min died the first time I laughed.
When Min died the second time I bursted *facepalm* “Idiot!”

They did classify this as comedy (loosely). Just because the characters aren’t funny doesn’t mean we can’t laugh at it. 😂

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I am actually enjoying this show; I love thriller, crime, comedy, science fiction genres. This show reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock's movies - lot of information thrown out and then only making sense as the movie moved along.
I think what also works for me is that I came to the show without knowing any of the actors and thus do not have any emotional baggage to their previous dramas/characters.
Plus whenever I watch a show, I suspend all my logic and just go with the flow of the show.
My only regret for starting the show is that I now have to wait patiently for each episode to come along :(

And oh yes, as @Ana had already commented, Min had said to Se-yeon he couldn't understand the manual as it was in an alien language.

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At this point so many people died and were brought back with the abyss with somewhat different faces that I am really curious how things will settle regarding their identities at the end of the drama (unless they all die again for real this time). I don’t know what the “manual” of the abyss Min was supposed to read referred to, we know he never read it. But I do like that it has rules and I like the way they show them to us and the users. I hope no rules are broken and it all makes sense. However that ending!!!! Min dead, abyss in the hands of the villain! How are they going to fix this?

I’m glad Min learned the truth about there not being a baby quite quickly but he really lost the plot int this episode. What the hell kind of an idea was it to kill the cab drive who is in a coma and bring back to life to clear himself?

I find the villain quite creepy and very scary.

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my main reaction after episode 4 was 'WTF' - what the hell was that and a ooomo at Min's 2nd 'death' and so I thought maybe the dramabaeasn summary will clarify something I have missed but Im pleased you are equally as baffled at this writing and plot trajectory...... buuuut it is keeping me on my toes! can't wait for episode 5

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The story is messy but captivating. Soon there be a horde of revenants (I think this is the correct term for sentient zombies) running around.
On another level, I was glad to see An Se-Ha do some versatile acting, and not just be there for comic relief.

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Whoever wrote this drama is a serious nutcase. The rules are displayed like this is some game and the mission is just catch the killer. MPCs showing up sometimes on their side and sometimes on the killer’s side just to add more challenges. Player is now dead for the 2nd time. We’ll he how many lives do he actually have as the drama continues but obviously it’s not game over for him.

I’m still watching because this drama is crazy in away that keeps me interested. Kinda like the outright craziness of Last Empress.

Adding to viewers’ confusion, they do something other dramas rarely do... act out the lies as if it were flashbacks. I see so many comments about confusion regarding Min’s love for Se-Yeon but marries the fiancé or leaves her when she’s scared... but does he really? I don’t think he still loves her after those 20 years of friendzoning. Almost everything he does says he loves his fiancé. So it don’t think he’s as superficial as the setup makes him seem. Yea he likes pretty girls but not like he’s using money to court them one after another. He thought someone finally didn’t mind his looks and genuinely fell for her. SeYeon shitting on him for caring too much about a scammer when she was the one who didn’t bother to do some background check before setting him up. If it were easy for this guy to give up someone, he wouldn’t have stayed “friends” with SeYeon in the first place. I’m kinda glad he took the ugly fiancé home cuz now it shows he wasn’t completely dating her for looks.

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Agree, regarding Min and Se Yeon relationship, I don't even think they were friends, just acquaintances, with Min having crush on her in the beginning. And Se Yeon doesn't need to be humbled down imho, after all she is hot shot prosecutor with banging body, what's there to be humble about ;)

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Well, more than acquaintances, since SeYeon just leaves her door open for him to come in while she’s drunk asleep, but they do not seeing each other as man or woman, at least in the recent years that she’s been setting him up with dates.

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Sorry, you are right, in my language "acquaintance" imply closer relationship than in English, someone your know well and for a long time but don't reach the level of friendship.

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Whoever wrote this drama is a serious nutcase. The rules are displayed like this is some game and the mission is just catch the killer.

OMG, that's EXACTLY what it's like. You don't get a piece of information until you pass the next level. If you die you go back to the last save point. The Abyss is just a MacGuffin and now getting it back has become a new mission. The overall mission is finding the murderer. It's written like a computer game.

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This drama is so crazy!! Sometimes I was really confused and only understood some stuff they said later on.. But I don't know, I still enjoy it. My drama standards aren't too high, so I'm satisfied with the story and especially the leads' relationship (for now, who knows). Excited for Episode 5 & 6!!

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i waited for this drama and i have always set high expectation with Park Bo young's drama. yet after watching 4 episodes we were on the same spot @Sunny, I feel a bit annoyed and lost on some loopholes and inconsistencies i have noticed.
I remember on the 1st episode when Min was revived by Abyss when he asked his rescuers when will be his new face will disappear or if there were some expiration date of his new face, So in Guk said it will disappear once he died. Then why his face was still the same even after he died? until how many times can Abyss revive a persons life? will the face changes for the next revive? and why when Min died the Abyss Words appear on Abyss that read “If the owner of the Abyss dies, the next revived is its temporary owner.” what is the meaning behind the word temporary? Is there any way to revive Min?

I had a lot of question in my mind and it seems like the writer failed to convey all of this loose end to the viewers like me who is lost.

Also i wonder the way the writer represent Ji Wook's character in almost transparent way, we can tell from the very start that He was an accomplish of the bad guy. The writer didn't made any means to disguise his character in order to lure us.

Hopefully on the coming episodes these riddles will have clear answers.

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i think (not sure though) that the face of the revived Min will be the same as the one he had when he died in epi 4 because it's the actual face of his soul. So no matter how many times he died... i'm just wondering where our heroine will hide Min's body until she gets the Abyss to revive him.

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I think my frustration is that the writer is forcing characters to do things that aren't natural for them, your case in point with her not trusting him. Also, them always hanging up on each other, running away from each other, and general stupidity that even the casual viewer has a hard time buying into.

Good writing builds the right characters with the right motivations and they will naturally do things that further the plot. That said, I am curious as to how they are going to get the abyss back from old dude bad guy.

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Truth!

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You wrote: "I think I missed the part where"
and truly, that has been my motto since this drama started. I just keep getting confused and having to rewind to see if i missed something. When our heroine switched places with the travelling lady prosecutor, the transition wasn't clear and i was like "why are they talking to her new face as if they have seen it before?" That's my first foray into the rewind blues and there have been quite a few since them. And sometimes rewinding doesn't help me understand a thing. But, i am so hooked on this drama. Am gonna hope it doesn't burn me (Like blade and petal did) and i truly believe it won't disappoint me. I think it'll be a fun ingenious ride. I just am not sure if i'll understand the ending or how we got there because writer-nim will leave out some major clarifications. Thanks for the review.

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We all know Min is not going to die, but is there a time limit in bringing a person back to life? This twist of Oh Young-chul being the new owner of the Abyss is refreshing, but Se-yeon was thisclose to being the new owner had Min revived her first.

I really wish they had cast another actor for Oh Young-chul and Hee-jin. It makes no sense that Min and Se-yeon were Abyss'd into new bodies, but Oh Young-chul is just an older version of himself and Hee-jin is just herself with lighter eyebrows and acne. Why did Hee-jin not react to Se-yeon calling Min "Cha Min"?

Ji-wook having the blood of a serial killer running through his veins explains why he was able to casually dig up Se-yeon's coffin, but Ji-wook should have questioned why "Mi-do" sunbae called herself "Se-yeon" earlier.

@Sunny They had found Oh Young-chul’s fingerprints in the car of the murdered prosecutor whom he accidentally bumped into.

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Yeong Chul's fingerprints were found in the taxicab where he tried to murder Ki Man.

Yeong Chul's relationship with Hee-Jin is that he's kidnapped her and is holding her in secret somewhere, and his son,the creepy detective, knows this (he got a phone call from her once asking for help, which he just ignored).

Su-Jin is posing as Hee Jin. They are likely sisters but I just guess that based on names. She is the one who was seen at the airport and mistaken for Hee Jin- because she had just gotten plastic surgery. She says this on the phone at the airport. Su-Jin isn't freaked out about looking like a different person because she *doesn't* look like a different person. She looks like she did before the plastic surgery.

I don't think she knows that Hee Jin is being held by Yeong Chul.

I'm actually really pleased at this latest twist, because I don't ship the new and improved handsome Min with Seyeon, who never had the time of day for him when he was ugly, but still kept him dangling on her string. I want her to learn to look beyond looks and actually date Dong-chul.
I want Hee Jin to have really loved Min (and the text message he got wasn't from her, but her kidnapper(s)).

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Soo Jin is Hee Jin real name

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Love the cast, hate the story so far.

At this point I'm gonna have to read a few weeks' worth of good reviews to hop back onto this one. The writing is getting to the point where it could be justifiably called "inane", rather than convoluted/complex.

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I’m so confused with this part. Wasn’t hee -jin the last person revived?? Therefore shouldn’t she be the temporary owner??

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Rule is next person, not last person

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By the end of this series, there will be a town full of revived people, right? Ala The Guest possessed villagers?

Thank you for your recap (and your sufferings).

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LOL. The Guest Part 2 - Zombie Possession.

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thank u for the recap...i usually love shows with supernatural element but i'm having such a tough time with this show, as i'm not enjoying it at all...love the actors' previous works so i had high hopes, i'll probably just follow the show now via your recaps.

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This story is seriously getting confusing, episode by episode. I liked the first 2 but the next week I watched it,I'm not sure if I'll continue liking it. I love PBY so it will be hard for me to put this on the shelf. Also, this vibe feels like Strong Woman Bong Soon but much darker in some way because of less comedies. Ugh. I'm not sure but... are the writers okay?

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Waaaaay too many loose ends in the drama. What kind of prosecutor would stupidly go unarmed to meet a killer without taking precaution and getting backup (She was killed once! so what is she, a donkey who falls into the trap twice, seriously?).

They both know Young Chul has the orb when he was arrested and yet they chose to be busy attending the mom who's not even in critical condition (duh!).

It's only 6 episodes and already so many gravely illogical/nonsensical progression in this drama. Quite disappointing tbh.

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Was this written by a 10 year old?
No establishing mythology.
Just "And then this happened!" "And then this happened!" And then they went there and then the ball was green. And then the ball was red. And then the ball was gone!"

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I might be wrong about this, but I thought that Young Chul is using Min as a scapegoat because he's already the main suspect. He's using Min as someone for the police to target that isn't himself. So he found out that Min's weakness is Hee Jin (probably not difficult to find out who his fiancee was) and abducted her to use her to his advantage. One thing I'm still confused about is where Ji Wook falls along in this and who exactly he is, but I'm sure that will be explained in another episode.
The bracelet thing confused me a lot when I was watching, so I'm glad I'm not the only one. It was placed on her corpse when she died so I don't even know why that means anything because it's not like it's an indicator of who the murderer is. Oh well. I guess it doesn't matter anymore.
As for the Abyss, I'm also hoping the "temporary" thing is a loophole. I don't know what it means, but it's possible that Young Chul only a temporary owner because he wasn't actually given the Abyss, so he's not the official owner. Or maybe it means that there are limitations to how long he can keep it? Anyways, the only way I can see Min coming back to life (which he obviously will since we're only on episode 4) is if Se Yeon or someone else kills Young Chul, that way the ownership passes on to the next revived, which was Se Yeon. I don't know how they'll kill him since they don't even know what he looks like right now, but I have no idea what else they can do. It seems unlikely to me that they'll get Young Chul himself to revive Min, especially since he must be alone with him to do it.

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