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Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Episodes 11-12

It’s D-Day for our heroine, who has practiced long and hard for her official return to society. It’s her chance to take back everything that she’s lost in the past few years — her dream, her passion, her legacy. However, it’ll be much harder than she thought, as she’s starting to realize that she may have more enemies than friends.

 
EPISODES 11-12 RECAP

As Kang-woo watches Yeon-seo dance, he remembers his past lover also dancing while talking about the “Giselle” ballet. She’d said that life was unpredictable, like how Giselle didn’t know she’d fall in love and get betrayed.

“Like how I didn’t know I’d meet you, get to know you, and fall for you,” she continued. “Like how we don’t know what our ending looks like.” Kang-woo’s memory of his lover dancing like the heartbroken Giselle is then cut to her being shot.

Yeon-seo finishes her routine, but when she turns to face Kang-woo, all he sees is his smiling lover. Overcome with emotion, he brings her into a tight embrace. And when they separate, a tear falls down his face.

Kang-woo tells her that he’d been going through a deep, dark tunnel for so long, and he never thought he’d could get out. But now he’s finally found the end of the tunnel. He gets down on one knee, holding her hand, and asks her to be his Giselle.

Before Yeon-seo can answer, the nearby structure falls apart and Dan comes tumbling out. Ha, moment ruined. Yeon-seo asks if he enjoyed watching her dance around like a fool, but he blurts out that she danced beautifully — so much so that his heart fluttered.

She’s taken aback by his honest answer but pulls herself together to say that he knows nothing about ballet. He’s so useless that he can’t even drive, so she’d rather he stop spouting nonsense. With that, she turns away, wanting to leave.

On the drive back, Kang-woo suggests that Yeon-seo go to the sponsorship event, Fantasia Night. He doesn’t like showing off his ballerinas to skeevy sponsors — and a worried Dan cuts in that he doesn’t like this either — but her attendance is necessary to show who’s boss.

The next morning, Dan has his first-ever dream. He sees his younger self running away, looking back with fear, and then clinging on to a rocky cliff. He wakes up just before his younger self falls into the water.

Yeon-seo calls him over to ask how he knew about the secret beach stage, so he hands over the photograph he found. He notes that her smile in the picture is pretty, and she snaps for him to stop saying things like that. Dan points out that he may be useless, but he calls them as he sees them.

Yeon-seo watches him walk away, saying to herself, “You said you didn’t like me. So why do you keep doing this?” She looks down at her picture, thoughtful. And later, in her practice room, she posts the picture on the wall.

The next day, Dan happily skips into driving school to get his license (pwahaha). However, his excitement disappears when he realizes that his driving instructor is Hoo in another one of his disguises. The two bicker incessantly as Dan struggles throughout his test.

Having had enough, Dan exits the car and stomps off, with Hoo laughing that he’s really starting to act human. Hoo knows that this is Dan’s first mission involving a person rather than an animal, but he’s been going a bit overboard. He takes out Dan’s journal as evidence, highlighting all the sweet comments about Yeon-seo.

Dan snatches his journal away, embarrassed. But he does have a question concerning Kang-woo: Is he really the one for Yeon-seo? He wants Hoo to look into it for him.

Meanwhile, Kang-woo visits a Buddhist temple to open up his personal locker. Inside, there’s a cremation urn engraved “Choi Seol-hee, 1982-2004” (ah, so that’s his lover’s name), along with his feather handkerchief and second couple’s ring. He thinks back to the night he’d given Seol-hee her ring and sworn his love to her.

The couple was giddy leaving the church, when all of a sudden, the lights all around them shattered. They tried to run away, but two shadowed angels — one in white and one in black — blocked their path. Kang-woo shoved Seol-hee aside, saying it was dangerous, but her human eyes couldn’t see the supernatural beings.

The angels forced Kang-woo onto his knees and declared that he would be judged for failing his mission and for abandoning his deity. Angry, Kang-woo had called the deity cruel for giving him a heart. “Giving me a heart and telling me to overcome its wishes are the works of the devil!” he yelled.

The angels stated that they would then take away everything the deity had given him. The black angel raised a glowing gun (um, what?) and aimed it right for Kang-woo’s heart. He took one last look at Seol-hee — who still had no idea what was going on — and then shut his eyes, bracing himself.

Finally understanding what was coming, Seol-hee ran in front of Kang-woo just as a shot rang out. Kang-woo opened his eyes to find the angels gone and his love standing before him, her dress spattered with blood. She fell into his arms, reaching for his face before going limp. Holding her close, he cried out in anguish.

After cremating Seol-hee, Kang-woo had returned to their apartment and imagined her still there, smiling and dancing. And on the table, next to her urn, we see that the blue feather on his handkerchief had changed to black, perhaps signifying a change in Kang-woo. He narrates that he went crazy trying to become human, but he didn’t want to be human in a world without Seol-hee. He tried to kill himself in various ways, but nothing ever worked. Instead, he suffered alone for the next fifteen years.

As Kang-woo leaves the temple, he says aloud, “I think it’ll work out this time.” A Buddhist monk approaches him, hoping whoever he lost is at peace. This makes Kang-woo scoff — he thinks that the very idea of peace is absurd. The monk asks what it is that he wants then. Kang-woo merely smirks and walks away, leaving the monk (revealed to be Hoo) puzzled.

Yeon-seo is getting ready for Fantasia Night when Dan’s rejection invades her thoughts. She takes out some pills and swallows one. We see that that night, she’d run over to a pharmacy begging for medication that would allow her to be okay on her own. “I’ve been relying on a guy who doesn’t even like me,” she said, breathless.

Outside, Kang-woo drives up to the gate in time to see Dan driving his own car and accidentally banging into stuff, haha. As Dan tries to park, the two naturally start arguing. They both go quiet, however, when Yeon-seo walks out, all glammed up.

She’s surprised to see that Dan has obtained his license, but Kang-woo insists that it would be better to take his car — for safety reasons. Though Dan was eager to drive her, he can’t say that Kang-woo is wrong.

The trio reach their destination and greet Fantasia’s board members, along with the event’s biggest sponsor Mr. Ishikawa. Yeon-seo shakes his hand, and he holds hers for a beat too long. Ugh.

Everyone then boards the boat where the actual event is being held. Kang-woo wanders off to check on the dancers, and Dan escorts Yeon-seo to her table. She refuses to take his arm at first but eventually gives in.

Once she’s settled, he checks to make sure that there are no objects overhead that could fall on Yeon-seo, remembering a chat he’d had with Chief Jung earlier. With the car accident and the chandelier incident in mind, Jung was afraid that there would be danger at the party too.

Kang-woo returns and sits next to Yeon-seo, giving Dan his cue to investigate the rest of the boat. The performances for the sponsors begin, but Mr. Ishikawa isn’t really watching; he’s complaining to another sponsor that he can’t even hold Yeon-seo’s hand. And though he’s speaking in Japanese, it’s clear that Yeon-seo understands every word. She looks especially upset when the sponsor encourages Mr. Ishikawa to pick a different dancer for a “private meeting” later. Double ugh.

Director Choi watches Yeon-seo from another table, an eeevil look in her eyes. She waves a waiter over and quietly orders him to bring Yeon-seo the wine they prepared. Meanwhile, Dan looks around for any suspicious people out on deck, soon setting his sights on a man wearing a black cap. He demands to know what the guy is doing, and Black Cap nervously states he came out for a smoke. Dan lets Black Cap move on, and we see Black Cap’s expression turn dark.

Dan then notices a waiter with wine heading towards Yeon-seo. He pulls the waiter to the ground, spilling the wine and causing a bigger scene than he’d meant to. An angry Director Choi sends a text ordering someone to prepare more drinks.

However, Luna tells her mom not to hold her breath — her henchman is too much of a softie. And in the back, we see Uncle Kim catching that very henchman putting sedatives in the wine. Uncle Kim immediately dumps it out.

Choi is surprised that Luna was aware of her plans. She’s even more surprised to see that Luna had her own backup. Another waiter — Black Cap — delivers what’s sure to be tainted grapes to Yeon-seo’s table. The unsuspecting Yeon-seo eats some of the fruit.

The performances come to an end, meaning it’s time for Director Choi to introduce Yeon-seo. Choi makes a big deal about stepping down from her position and then says, “Allow me to introduce the person who will take charge of Fantasia’s future. My lovely niece, Lee Yeon-seo.” Yeon-seo heads toward the stage, only to stumble from a sudden headache.

Dan bumps into a waiter and, realizing that it’s Black Cap, runs into the main hall to find Yeon-seo hysterical. To the room’s horror, she’s stomping around and screaming in Japanese that all the sponsors are perverts. She slurs that she’ll go ahead and dance for them, twirling over to the deck and nearly going over the railing. Thankfully, someone gets a hold of her just in time.

Yeon-seo looks up at her rescuer and mumbles, “You again?” Dan smiles and nods, while behind them, Kang-woo looks on with concern. Yeon-seo continues, “It’s always you,” and then passes out in Dan’s arms. Well, this feels familiar.

Dan brings her home and tucks her into bed. Still dizzy, Yeon-seo sees his face, and for a moment, she sees the face of the young boy she befriended years ago — the boy who found her when she was crying. When the boy, now Dan, turns away, Yeon-seo grasps his hand and tells him not to go.

The following day, Yeon-seo wakes up, horrified as she remembers her actions from last night. Chief Jung chides her for getting so drunk, but Yeon-seo insists that she barely had anything to drink. They exchange knowing glances.

At a board meeting, Director Choi gives everyone the I-told-you-so speech, saying that Yeon-seo is far too unstable to act as chairwoman. They all look to Kang-woo, who stands and states that it’s their own fault if they back out now; they’d lose the chance to sponsor what’s sure to be the greatest ballet performance in Korea. Unafraid of his threat, several major sponsors walk out on the company.

Kang-woo’s bad mood follows him to the practice room, where he’s furious to discover that, following last night’s events, the dancers are against Yeon-seo’s return. Kang-woo yells that they should worry about themselves. Watching Yeon-seo dance had inspired him, but watching the other dancers last night was another story. “How are your dance moves so empty? Why?!” he demands.

Kang-woo’s harsh words push Nina into drinking at a bar. She later cries in the streets, earning the attention of an irritated homeless woman. Nina recognizes her as her first ballet instructor Ms. Elena, but the woman doesn’t want to hear anything about ballet or Fantasia ever again.

Dan meets with Luna to ask her to investigate the party guests, but he can see that she’s already decided that Yeon-seo is at fault. He’s about to leave Fantasia when he realizes that someone is watching him — Black Cap. He tries to go after the guy, but Luna stops him and kicks him out for interfering with business. He finally leaves, with an amused Luna saying, “How cute.” She orders Black Cap to keep an eye on him.

Dan returns to the estate just as Director Choi shows up. She’s there to demand that Yeon-seo hand the company over; it’s not like anyone there will be welcoming her back. Dan speaks up at that, surprising both Choi and Yeon-seo.

He tells Choi that he understands the greed and temptation she may have, but she’s one of Yeon-seo’s only remaining family members. “Why don’t you love her?” he’s practically yelling. “How could you treat her no better than a stranger?”

Choi smirks, saying that Yeon-seo doesn’t need family with such a loyal secretary. She makes her exit, leaving Yeon-seo emotionally drained. Dan suggests she go upstairs to rest, but she wordlessly wanders out the door and onto the streets.

Dan follows her into a bar (our characters’ favorite place these days), and he urges her not to drink. They just have to wait for her blood test results and go from there. However, Yeon-seo sighs that Chief Jung had called earlier asking if she took any medication. Since she had, the results won’t serve as proper evidence.

Dan sadly apologizes, saying this is all his fault, but Yeon-seo thinks that it’s all on her and her own greed to return to ballet.

She admits that she danced in front of this kid once, and that kid’s emotional response had made her so happy. “He helped me realize that dancing made me happy,” she says, “But I forgot about that for a long time.” She may have come to this realization again, but it’s too hard on her now.

Outside, Dan kneels by Yeon-seo’s side and asks if she could give up dancing for Fantasia since it only makes her suffer — she could always dance for him.

She slurs that maybe it would be better to simply stay with him forever. She gets up to show him the “Giselle” dance, but she’s constantly losing her footing. Dan catches her before she passes out, then having to piggyback her home.

On the way back, she regains consciousness and asks why he’s always saving her. He doesn’t answer, so she then asks why he doesn’t like her. She gets that pretty much everyone in the world doesn’t like her, and she doesn’t care about that.

“But,” she continues in a small voice, “I’m not okay with the fact that you dislike me. I hate it.”

Dan remains silent as Yeon-seo reminds him that he called her pretty, so why doesn’t he like her? Why? She passes out again, tears streaming down her face.

He gets her back home and into bed, finally able to give his answer. Looking down at her sleeping face, he says that he can’t like her and he can’t stay by her side forever. Then, with a heavy heart, he says, “Lee Yeon-seo, how could I not like you?”

He wanders outside again, along a bridge, looking up to the sky and laughing out of sadness. He figures that he’s in big trouble now. Then, out of nowhere, Kang-woo tackles him to the railing.

Kang-woo is fuming, saying that he won’t have Dan interfering with Yeon-seo’s life anymore. How dare he tell Yeon-seo to give up on dancing? It starts to rain, and Dan panics as the spot where his wings should be start itching.

Dan tries to escape, but their tussle sends them over the railing and into the water. They slowly sink deeper and deeper, losing consciousness.

 
COMMENTS

Was it just me or was this the first episode that was a little… off? Almost as if it were written and directed by completely different people. We still got plenty of the quiet, humanizing moments that make our characters so great (which I’ll get to later), but we were also given a lot of the business corruption, which was always the weakest part of the show. At this point, I don’t care about Director Choi or Luna — they were cartoonish villains in episode 1 and they’re cartoonish villains still. For one, I don’t find Choi at all threatening; she’s more of an obstacle that Yeon-seo can’t get around. But most importantly, I don’t pity her at all. I understand that she and her family need Fantasia to keep the foundation they’ve built for themselves, but I’m siding with Dan here. She’s Yeon-seo’s freaking aunt. What she and Luna did to Yeon-seo at the party is just crossing the line. But I guess they were over the line to begin with.

You know who else is pissing me off? Kang-woo. But as I’ve established before, all the negative feelings I have toward Kang-woo are not at all similar to the feelings I have toward Choi. With Kang-woo, all the anger and confusion I have is buoyed with one simple thing: SYMPATHY. I feel sorry for this guy, I truly do. Seeing him with his lover Seol-hee, seeing him lose her — to be honest, it was hard to watch. Seeing the black and white angels make their dramatic K-Pop MV-like entrance? Also hard to watch, in a bad way. But I digress. From Kang-woo’s point of view, we can obviously see how he’s gotten so bitter. He lost someone in such a tragic way, all because he wanted to love her. On top of that, he was given the weight of never being able to die himself. I wonder if it has anything to do with his handkerchief changing color. I think Dan’s handkerchief did the same thing when he kissed Yeon-seo, so I’m anxious to know what this means.

Kang-woo had nothing in his life for those fifteen years, nothing until Yeon-seo came along. So his actions toward Yeon-seo and Dan make complete sense to me. However, that doesn’t mean I’m supposed to like it. The reason why he’s pissing me off is because he’s gotten way too possessive of Yeon-seo. He has a tight grip on her, and now he thinks that he has to do whatever it takes to complete the mission he’s given himself. Judging by his actions, he’s going to continue this mission without actually considering Yeon-seo’s feelings. It makes me worry that he really sees Yeon-seo as Seol-hee and not Yeon-seo as Yeon-seo. And now we have Kang-woo threatening and nearly killing Dan, which arghhhh. It has to get worse when he discovers that Dan is an angel. It’s inevitable.

Even though this episode wasn’t as good as the last, the show hasn’t lost its magic with the main characters and their dynamics. Any time we see the cold and stern Yeon-seo show even the tiniest bit of vulnerability, it feels like a reward. The piggyback confession was what finally broke me — she seemed so small and so childlike when she asked Dan why he didn’t like her. It made me kind of hope that she was awake when Dan admitted that he did like her. In my opinion, Dan shouldn’t have to feel guilty for loving her because for all he knows, he is her destiny (cue You From Another Star OST). This is the only loophole I see that could keep him from disappearing. But first, we need to know how Dan got from point A to point B. How did he go from a possibly suicidal child to an angel? We need to know what we’re missing in between.

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I agree: this was the weakest episode for me as well... It left me mad and frustrated. I am team LYS all the way, but everything that happened this episode went against her.

Already said my piece about the villains but their brand of evilness veers into pathological (first pimp your niece to Japanese investor, then make her look ready to be shipped to the asylum). Their win this time felt too easy though... knowing what they are capable of, I'd have anticipated a low blow and made sure not to touch anything at the party. The only good thing out of it is that Dan finally started to see them for the monsters that they are...

KW is another monster in the making... he is obsessed with YS but only as a substitute of his lost lover. He does not care about her, does not even see her. The only thing he cares about is putting up the Giselle performance of his dreams... LYS is just another pawn required for making that happen. I find it interesting that his Giselle fell in love with someone who was not what he seemed and the reveal of his true identity lead to her death... We're not even being subtle about the symbolism there. Also it's impossible not to notice that each and every statement of KW is about him. What he wanted, what he lost, how the dance is going to give him back meaning. Selfish to the extreme and not worth an ounce of sympathy. I feel very bad for the woman who died for him, but that's that.

What I want for the future is for LYS to summon all her righteous rage and burn the lot of them. All of Dan's turn the other cheek, give up on everything as long as you can be happy, does not sit well with me at all. Even if she gives up she won't be allowed to be happy: her aunt will make sure of it. And since even the gods are inclined to cruelty, I have no idea where are we going with the story at this point.

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I started to write a comment, then refreshed and saw yours which, conveniently, said so much of what I wanted to say. Yes to everything. I hate convoluted romantic doppelganger stories with a passion, for exactly this reason.

Shin Hye-sun is so exceptional in these roles. I mean...her and her doppelganger don't even seem similar, that is how great her performances are. So, pretty much, it both creeps me out and leaves me feeling cold that Kang-woo wants so much to have Yeon-soo fill his lost lover's role in his life. I get that Yeon-soo dances and that there was probably a time in her life when she was more carefree, but she still seems like such a fundamentally different person that Kang-woo's obsession over her getting progressively worse is insulting to both her and his lover's memory.

Aside from Yeon-soo, my sympathy goes to all the other dancers at Fantasia, honestly. She just happens to get 2 angels by her side, while a slew of hopeful dancers get treated to ridiculous tantrums by the obsessive one. What a messed-up fate they have, after all their hard work.

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@charlieblue17 @chandler @hobakky @lindag @silentbeluga @katrina @hazel91
I was reading your thoughts on Giselle and thought to add my 2 cents ...

It is actually troubling but understandable that KW wants YS to be his Giselle. Taking it as he really wants her to dance the ballet Giselle under his direction …
1) This is understandable because Seol Hee had danced Giselle and spoken of unpredictable endings. Now KW wants to direct the ending to the predictable one that he chooses.
2) KW had said at the temple, that others (meaning Seol Hee) had been deprived of the privilege of dancing, unlike YS. He sees his chance to enable Seol Hee to fulfil her dreams to dance Giselle through YS.
3) Giselle after being raised from her grave by the Wilis to exact vengeance on Albrecht, had chosen love over resentment and forgave her foul lover, thus enabling both of them to be at peace. He to continue his life, redeemed, and she to be happy in death. In the same way, KW may be looking for his own redemption in the successful comeback of YS (Seol Hee) through the ballet Giselle. He will 'imagine' that he's made amends to Seol Hee through YS, and so find peace for himself.

I was thinking that the moment Dan fell out of the guard house was so appropriate, because in the ballet, Giselle had another suitor, Hilarion, who loved her secretly and hides away when she comes out of her cottage. So I agree with you that Dan is the hidden Hilarion, falling out of the rotting guard house! LOL.

It's true what we've been saying all along. KW's problem is that he is self-serving. His true redemption can only come from a lot of letting go and being others-centred. Dan is a natural when it comes to being others-centred. I hope KW will let Dan help him there.

There's also the troubling aspect of being 'forced to dance to death' that is in the ballet Giselle. Here instead of the men being victims, Ni Na and possibly YS (who over-exerted herself already) literally may over extend themselves in dance under the ruthless KW.

We see that KW is incapable of understanding what real love is, in his harshness towards all who are not YS. YS has to become confident that she is lovable in herself, whether or not she's the prima ballerina and chair of the foundation, and Dan needs to know that he's not in the wrong when he follows his good heart. We hope that Dan can work his love mission 'magic' in time to save everyone!

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Thanks for the detailed explanation. I find your argument really compelling as written. But it's not the vibe that I get from the actual drama. To me KW feels like the Willis who raise Giselle from her grave using her to punishing the ones who have scorned them - originally mortal men but here the gods. The main problem is that the execution and delivery leave me cold.

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Ur explanation makes things so much better.. I feel like i understand KW more now and if he is acting as per that story..

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I'd rather call it amateur guesswork and not accurate explanation, since I do not actually know the writer's mind. 😜

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its the wild theories that give life to kdramas!

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Thanks for the link😁👍

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I think the incident at the party was more of a wake up call for Dan than anybody else. He is now fully aware what this so called left over family thst Yeon Seo has, are capable of doing to Yeon Seo. It made my stomach churn. He was way too naive thinking family always look out for one another. So he knows what or whose life is at stake. I feel for Kang Woo but I still dislike his obsessive, unacceptably controlling behavior. He had no game plan during that party scene to actually ensure Yeon Seo's safety and is responsible for directly putting her well being, physical, emotional and professional in harms way. Can we all here take a moment to appreciate Shin Hye Sun. Her vulnarability at the drunken confession scene, bitterness, rage at the party, happiness as her doppelganger were all so well done. And L too. That last scene broke my heart. She wants to dance only for Dan and live with him. L did well there. You could see that he is holding himself back with sadness there and it is taking a lot to do so. But the next week preview gives me hope. Seems like she has decided to stand up for herself to even Kang Woo. And Dan seems to have fully accepted his heart. Also what is up with Nina and the former ballet instructor of Fantasia. Btw, the women is an actual ballet artist and trained both the actresses for ballet scene. Nice that they gave her a part.

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My favourite thing in the earliest episodes was Yeon-seo-Dan relationship, overall their bickering. Now, they kind passed this step in their relationship, it's getting harder for me to be interested in the story. I have no interest in Kang Woo's past or purpose and all the business part of the ballet and the manipulations are boring.

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I’m going to post a series of long posts with my ramblings/questions/theories/rants about what’s going on in this show, so pardon the multiple posts. I just want to get these thoughts finally out of my head lol

1. On Angel Hoo and his possible hidden agenda:

I’m getting the sense that Hoo is not being 100% honest to Dan and is intentionally withholding information from him. I could be wrong, but the way that scene with him and Kang Woo at the Buddhist temple was cut seemed like a flashback to me, which would mean Hoo not only knows the angel from 15 years ago, he knows exactly what happened to him and didn’t tell Dan. Plus, the silhouette of the white Angel when Matil was killed looks very similar to Hoo. Kang Woo’s reaction to Hoo in disguise at the temple also seemed like an “I can see right through you and am not going to give you want you want” kind of look to me, so I wonder if Dan’s mission is actually to bring Kang Woo back to God/love, but they used Yeon Seo as the cover up mission since Kang Woo keeps recognizing when they send angels for him? Perhaps that would explain his chocolate bribe to Dan in the beginning as well as Hoo letting Dan think that Kang Woo is Yeon Seo’s soulmate, even though he’s not (I’m convinced Hoo has actually been Team Dan/Seo from the beginning). It could also explain Kang Woo’s angry outbursts against Dan. Dan’s just trying to do what’s best for Yeon Seo, but Kang Woo could be interpreting his actions as Heaven interfering with his life again. One more interesting thing to note with Hoo is that he stepped in to save Dan from angel exposure more than once, but he let Yeon Seo see Dan’s wings right off the bat and doesn’t appear to be coming to his rescue now with Kang Woo either.

2. Where is Kang Woo getting his intel on Yeon Seo?

There have been at least 2 instances now where KW has known info from private conversations that YS had with Dan (her conversation with kid Dan at the beach about wanting to quit dance, and then the conversation in the park where Dan suggests she just give up on dancing professionally). He’s also got some other informant that he calls on the phone, which I originally thought was the Aunt/Luna, but now I’m wondering if it’s actually another angel (Hoo?) or devil… One thought I had was that since KW was an angel of the arts, maybe he’s somehow able to know whenever YS gives up on her love of dance. My only other possible theory for this is that KW has animal spies that he can talk to, but I don’t think this is that kind of show lol

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1. Interesting. His mission was love, and he's the one who interpreted that to mean find someone for YS to love and be loved by, and he's the one who chose KW. But the real mission could be to help Dan and YS experience love, and KW to find love again, divine love.

2. As far as knowing about her giving up on dance, I think he probably was spying on them on the way home from the bar. I can't come up with any other explanation.

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I'm half waiting for the writer to go completely crazy and have it revealed that Kang Woo can shapeshift into a bird and eavesdrop on people lol

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lol if he can shapeshift into a bird, he's lucky the mom from The Last Empress isn't in this show

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I'm sure they'll show a flashback of him overhearing that conversation. The bar is pretty popular on this show. 😁

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Well I hope you're right. My interest is mainly in getting the lead couple to the end and together. I just wonder how that will work out since I'm afraid Yeon- soo was supposed to have died more than once and Dan has already been an angel.

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Ramblings/food for thought Part 2:

3. Who/What is Luna?

Now that it’s been revealed that the brake-line cutter was actually Luna’s minion and that she’s not entirely on the same page with the Aunt, her motivations are a huge question mark for me. I’ve always thought the Aunt wasn’t behind the car accident since she’s been pretty consistent about simply using sly tricks in her quest to own Fantasia, not necessarily killing her niece, and murdering her for the sole sake of getting her inheritance would be way beyond redeemable. But I’m failing to see how Luna’s character fits into this story. She doesn’t appear to have a strong desire for Fantasia (she’d have to pry it out her mother’s dead hands first anyway) and she doesn’t have a lot of love for her sister either, so what grudge could she possibly have against YS that she wants to cause her such serious harm all the time? Perhaps she’s the Devil in disguise? Or maybe some other celestial being that has a kind outside appearance but is actually evil underneath?

4. Who/What is Matil?

I’m still not convinced Matil was a real human. Her first meeting with Kang Woo seemed very temptress like to me. She quite literally swept him off his feet solely through appealing to his love of art and got him to turn his back on God. It also strikes me as strange that a celestial bullet she supposedly was unable to see and that was not intended for her managed to hit and kill her. And it still boggles me as to what her relationship to YS is. Reincarnation isn’t a possibility and a doppelganger doesn’t seem enough to account for all the coincidences. I wonder if the timing of her appearance/disappearance has to do with YS giving up/starting a dance career. Maybe she’s like a representation of YS’s runaway muse (love of dance)? Also, there was a glimmer of light in the corner of the screen when Matil was dying in Kang Woo’s arms, as if a spirit was leaving a body. Perhaps human Matil was possessed and the bullet was meant to kill/release the spirit possessing her?

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3. I think Luna is who she appears to be, the human sister of Nina. Why she is willing to kill her cousin is a different question, and one that I'm afraid the show won't have a fitting answer for. I think YS's success and even NN's success left her in the shadows. But that wouldn't turn most people into a killer.

4. Hoo described Choi Seol-hee as a human. (KW fell in love with a human.) So I don't see any reason to doubt that she was human. The whole celestial bullet thing doesn't make sense, including that the bullet killed her. But her name makes me wonder if she was maybe a younger sister to Aunt Choi and YS's mother.

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I like to think Luna's actually the devil incarnate in part because I like my theory that the Butler is actually God and if one of our main characters is a good deity then surely one must also be a bad deity. The other thing though is that I'm pretty sure this show is going to try to redeem the Aunt (which I think is still possible since she hasn't quite yet gone completely over the line) but now there's no way the writer is going to be able to give Yeon Seo a true loving family as long as Luna is involved in it. Even going to jail would not be enough for her and she doesn't have any motivations that the audience can sympathize with, so I wonder what purpose her character is serving.

Choi Seol-hee is still a mystery that I don't know how to make heads or tails of, but I'm just hoping the writer has a reason for making her a complete lookalike for Yeon Seo. Also, I don't think she's related to Aunt Choi because I think the aunt is actually a very distant relative of Yeon Seo's. I could be wrong, but the word used in her bio to describe her was that she's a cousin of one of Yeon Seo's parents (likely her mother), which would also mean that there's no way Seol-hee she could look just like Yeon Seo from simply sharing the same gene pool.

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Ramblings/Food for thought Part 3:

5. What the heck happened to cause YS’s hysteria episode?

Major applause to Shin Hye Sun for that scene btw she looked completely bonkers, but how in the world does 1 grape cause a complete 180 personality change? It was more like YS was temporarily possessed than just simply high on drugs. Not to mention, I don’t know how or what you could drug a grape with. Wouldn’t you be able to feel a powder on the outside of the grape? Plus, why would they drug her if they knew it could come out on a blood test later? Did they already know she was taking a medication, or did they assume she would drink the drugged wine? Was the camera focus on the grapes just a red herring? Also, YS said she didn’t drink any alcohol that night, but alcohol, sedative, and a stimulant drug were found in her blood result. Were the blood results fabricated? Two other things that caught my eye in that scene were that YS had suddenly acquired the strength to overpower several grown men at once despite being a recovering dancer, and that KW got that look he gets whenever he thinks he’s seeing Matil in YS when YS started trying to dance for the men.

6. Who were the two angels that were sent to judge Kang Woo?

I’m going to put this writer on my permanent blacklist if she expects us to believe that God has fallen angels shot to death. I’m sorry, but that’s just embarrassingly bad, especially coming from a writer that keeps quoting from the infamous “Love is patient, love is kind” passage in the Bible. Hoo already said before that angels are disintegrated when they have judgement passed on them, so what on earth is the deal with the gun? And how could God accidentally kill a human instead of an angel, especially with a gun meant for celestial beings? Are the black and white angels part of some Inter-Celestial Police Squad sent to kill those who find out about angels or something?

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Re the angels (what was the white angel there for?) ACCIDENTALLY shooting the girl with a GUN, all we can do is laugh. As others have pointed out, this drama, however entertaining, cannot be described as being theologically accurate.

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I can't believe no one on that set went, "Um, hey guys? Perhaps we should change this just a bit?" I'd even be willing to take a trident that summons heavenly lightning over the gun lol I feel terrible for the people involved who have to have their names associated with such an atrocity. Perhaps we should be giving daesang awards to actors that manage to get through promotions for their works without letting it on that inwardly they think it's crap lol

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To me the whole idea ranks right up there with doing CPR on a fish OUT OF WATER on a table.
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Dramas had a weird week 😂

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I thought the same regarding the Grape Incident. Shin Hye-sun was great in that scene, so I was kinda able to forgive the ridiculousness. But really? ONE grape? That's some powerful stuff.

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I was so sure it was the earrings that the grapes didn’t even occur to me!

... I have no explanation for the gun and am only trying to forget...

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Can't help it, the poisoned grapes made me think about Snow White. "Mirror, mirror...."

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When I watched them shoot her with a gun, I was like...it's impossible! An angel with a gun? Sounds like an old rock and roll song from the 80's.

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Maybe they were inspired by this? Shockingly, it's not from the 80s though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQKMLmXc0xo

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Are the black and white angels part of some Inter-Celestial Police Squad sent to kill those who find out about angels or something?

I really don't want to overthink this, but why was the one angel wearing black? Black isn't a colour you associate with God, we all know that.

Celestial Police Squad. LOLOLOL. I don't understand why this punishment scene cannot be like that scene with Dan when he was being sentenced? His had white backdrop and all, looking so heavenly. Also Kang Woo should have faced his own Angel senior, no? Like how Hu was the one sentencing Dan. But I guess logic has once again went out the window for the sake of dramatic effect. They were trying for an emotional heart wrenching death (which I was so invested in at first). But seeing the actual execution, I realized what a big joke this scene has turned to.

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If you're surprised at an angel wearing black, you must not have watched very much supernatural stuff...

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Lol. Your attention to detail is quite a bit more advanced than these writers'

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I'm still struggling to stay in "The plot can be saved!" mode lol I fear my imaginative fixes will sadly reach their limit with this week's episodes though.

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Me too. I love Shin hye-sun and L enough that I'm in it to the end. Staying hopeful.

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Inter-Celestial Police Squad AHAAHAHAHAHA DYING.

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I don't want to take that writer's side bar actually it's possible to inject drugs into grapes. She told her mother that she'd prepared something special and she could reach for some psychotropic drugs with the pill taken for anxiety it could make strong contradiction. We have to count that YS didn't eat for days refusing food and overexercising herself that her body went to starvation mode and even 1 grape is enough to make that damage. Woman in rage has so much power that you need four strong adults to hold her, even the tiny one. Saw it.

I would like to see a scene how her aunt would react if Ni Na was actually offered to the perverted investor because he liked her tights. Her own medicine would shoot back at her.

White and black angel are (I especially like the Emperor's Kuzco version) representing heaven and hell - Lucifer, the one ruling underworld is an angel as well. The gun was funny, I expected an archery but I don't think it would kill the angel it was aimed to make the judgment for KW to turn him into a dust if his feelings weren't genuine. Hoo was talking about KW that he was sent to bring back inspiration and that he confused love with inspiration. Was he really in love? If so what would that bullet do to KW? Turn him into a dust or a human with burning his wings?

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I thought Ni Na really was offered to the investor. Perhaps because the dialogue was in Japanese the aunt missed it? I remember thinking during that scene that Choi Yeong Ja has really become so blinded by greed and obsessed with her goal that she unknowingly has started thinking of Ni Na as a pawn in her plans instead of as her daughter.

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For some reason I thought they actually meant to kill Matil. The dialogue was that everything he has will ne taken away from him. Nit sure if that's what the writer meant, i could be just reading too much into it

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Several of us also thought that except we accidentally discussed it all on the last recap and not on here pfffft

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I thought the same thing.

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Yeah, I definitely thought that too. Matil being killed would also make sense if what OP previously said was true, that Matil isn't fully human and instead was some form of temptation. She didn't seem too affected knowing that Kang Woo was an angel and that he had abandoned the deity for her.
Idk, I'm just trusting the writer to paint a bigger picture for us and I'm hoping she ties all the loose ends together in a way that makes it both shocking and believable.

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If she's not human, then I can see her being the true target of the gun. But if she is in fact human then that theory just enrages me. What about her family? Why should they be punished by losing her when she didn't actually do anything wrong? I can't believe God would punish Kang Woo by killing an innocent victim of his human charade.

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the grape was probably injected with the stimulant. but i am surprised she didn't take one drop of alcohol?

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It's unclear to me whether she was fake drinking the wine, or simply only took very small sips because she knew she was on medication already. Either way, such a small intake of alcohol shouldn't have had any effect on her and it definitely wouldn't have stayed in her system long enough to show up on a blood test the next morning. Maybe this was just a plot-hole on the writer's part, but you would think that with South Korea's drinking culture being the way it is that the writer would know more about blood alcohol levels and how fast the liver can detox you...

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I recently discovered stuff about angels in the Bible. God does not use fallen angels! But... he uses good angels in what our human eyes are evil things (or in Kang Woo's; he said something about God's evil doings)
Remember the Passover? God send good angels (with an evil scope) to Egypt to bring disasters and designated one of them to bring death for the first born kids.
"He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them."Psalms 78:49

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Last one! Again, sorry for the multiple posts. I thought it’d be easier for discussion purposes to break them into separate threads.

7. How does the Giselle metaphor fit into all this?

I find it curious that KW asked YS to be his Giselle, when Giselle dies in the original ballet. In the ballet, Giselle’s pure love for Albrecht allows her to forgive him and save him from death while also earning her freedom to rest in peace. Perhaps KW is trying to make YS into a Giselle that can save him from his never-ending misery living on earth? Also, what if when KW said, “Be my Giselle” he meant it literally, not just the role in the ballet? Is his obsession with YS returning on stage and Fantasia performing Giselle because he wants the play to become real and turn YS into some kind of sacrifice so he can be reunited in death with Matil?

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7. Or does it just mean, "Take her place in my life."

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How romantic. "Please take the place of the woman destined to kill herself out of heartbreak because I'm unfaithful." I hope that at some point, when Yeon Seo fully realizes how crazy he is, she suggests to him that he find a new pick-up line.

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It's great that you ask that question because I've been thinking about it a lot. I was wondering from the get-go why they would pick that ballet to dust off the image of the company, especially since it's the most old-fashioned, hyper romantic ballet in existence. But after watching this episode, I think it's because it ties in to the idea of love, sacrifice and how art can be made into salvation. Kang-Woo was an Angel of the Arts, who betrayed his mission, by pretending to be human and loving a human, very much like Albrecht, who was pretending to be a peasant boy so he could get close to Giselle, even though he was promised to another woman. The parallel of Giselle dying of exhaustion at the end of Act II and Yeon-Seo/Seol Hee dying in Kang-Woo's arms after she got shot makes me think that we're actually in the second half of the ballet. Yeon-Seo died once, symbolically, when she lost her sight and gave up on ballet, so if Kang-Woo can get her on stage again and have her die again (symbolically) for him, then he will find salvation. I think it's a sort of artistic/cosmic exchange: his betrayal of his mission cost the life of one dancer, so if he can give her life back to another dancer, maybe he gets to ascend to heaven. I guess this makes Dan into an Hilarion, which is both genius and heartbreakingly tragic.

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Huh. I didn't know the story of Giselle it sounds dreadful, but it also reminds me forcibly of The Little Mermaid which for some unknown reason Korean dramas have referenced repeatedly despite having a freaking horribly depressing ending( which I hadn't even known till I started watching Kdtamas

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@katrina oh yeah, it's highly dispiriting and misogynistic. Written by Theophile Gautier, who was never known for his progressive views on women.

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I'm with you on thinking that we're in the second act of Giselle and that Kang Woo is trying to help himself in some way by making Yeon Seo into Giselle, but I wonder how the Wilis come into play in this. The Wilis play a huge role in Giselle, especially in Act II, so who's playing that role? Interestingly enough, if you consider Kang Woo to be a sympathetic character, then I think the metaphor would work with him being Albrecht and that he wants the story of Giselle to play out like you described. However, from the viewers point of view, I think Kang Woo more closely resembles the bitter Queen of the Wilis who will use Yeon Seo and Ni Na to enact his revenge and that Dan is actually Albrecht who will be saved from the Wilis' wrath by Giselle's love. I think Kang Woo wants vengeance instead of peace, since he's already admitted he doesn't believe in peace and he clearly has a grudge against god/angels.

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@hobakky that's an excellent question. I think, if Yeon-Seo is Giselle and Kang-Woo is Abrecht, then Dan is Hilarion who will die for her and the Willis are Yeon-Seo's family, hell-bent on keeping from dancing again. I actually think, based on the relationship between Ni Na and Dan that Ni Na is going to morph into a Myrtha figure, angry that she's been discarded for so long and only fueled by revenge and destruction. If I'm right, poor Giselle's gonna have to do a lot of dancing to save everyone.

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KW has a different ending in mind for Giselle ... an angry and vengeful one!

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While I still really enjoyed the character moments, especially between Yeon-seo and Dan, this episode felt off to me too. Whenever it focuses too much on Evil Aunt and Evil Cousin and their mayhem, things go south. This show is definitely strongest when it doesn't try to do company politics.

And what the heck was with the sparkly gun?! That was bizarre to say the least. That whole scene was...bad. I get that the writer is clearly not working from a theological standpoint, but a sparkly celestial gun? It's not good when an execution scene makes you giggle.

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It's actually funny. We already knew that what killed Matil Seol Hee was a gunshot. Seeing that a gun was indeed used, a glittery gus no less, had actually made my eyes rolling hard I saw my brain. I really don't want to hate this drama. Writer-nim can we go back to just gushing over Yeon Seo and her angel? That ep 13 preview better not be a bait.

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I don't understand why dramas have to incorporate company politics in at all. it's never interesting.

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It is a mystery why they're such a staple.

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The sparkly gun definitely did get me to laugh a lot, so I didn't mind it. But I was curious why the white angel was there with the gun-totin' black angel. I figured they were kind of like the good and bad angels on your shoulders when trying to make a decision, but the white angel never said anything. Maybe he was supposed to say stuff and they cut his lines?

I agree with you that we could use less of the company politics, but that's pretty much true of every drama. I'm just watching now for Shin Hyesun and dorky L, and the pretty dancing.

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Maybe the one angel was just backup? Or a cleanup guy?

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I personally found this episode to be the weakest among all 12 as well. And, I do worry that everything will go downhill from here, considering the fact that this writer is behind what is possibly one of the worst K-Dramas ever. *coughs* Lucky Romance *coughs*

I am starting to get irritated by Kang Woo's obsession towards Yeon Seo, too, and I couldn't really fully express how much I HATE the aunt and Runa ruining things for Yeon Seo. Sure, they're supposed to be the villains of the story, but can't they be more despicable in... I dunno... a more effective way? Yes, they are cartoonish. And yes, they are annoying af.

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AND WTF WAS THAT ENDING??? Like, REALLY??????????

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I think the writer did not have much flexibility there. It was based on webtoon. This show will tell us whether she is decent or not truly.

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Oh no. It didn’t realize it was one of the creators of Lucky Romance... *expectations go drastically lower*

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Great first half, train wreck of a back half.

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Charming characters that get treated badly, check

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I am with you there SailorJumun that this episode had a different vibe compared to the first 10 episodes. I was disconnected for a moment there during the cruise scene. I didn’t appreciate how Dan looked like he was running like a chicken with its head cut off and how he walked away after attacking the server and making a scene. And then next we found out he was in the bathroom all along and he had run into the assailant. Like dude what just happened there?!!! I thought he was watching over her. Anyways that aside......

The piggyback confession was what finally broke me — she seemed so small and so childlike when she asked Dan why he didn’t like her.

Yeon Seo broke me 😭😭😭😭😭😭 We know she is someone who doesn’t speak her mind. She had shut her feelings off for such a long time, but there she is! Wearing her heart on her sleeve, being so vulnerable to Dan.

“Why don’t you like me?”

I keep remembering that time in ep 1 during her speech at Fantasia’s 20th. She said all her life was dedicated to ballet. She had never fallen in love; she didn’t know the world outside ballet. And then that world she only knew was taken away from her.

Dan came into her life when she was at the lowest - her most beloved ahjusshi gone and her feet not moving the way she wanted to, the way a ballerina would move her feet.

That one time she finally let her guard down and love somebody, it isn’t reciprocated. You might think she is shallow-minded for wondering why Dan doesn’t like her back and being snarky at him when he told her no, but it made me actually love her more. We know she is someone who doesn’t have a lot of positive feelings within her. She doesn’t know about love too well nor how to act on it when it wasn’t reciprocated. All her life, well maybe at least the time her parents passed on and/or she went blind, she was spiteful to everyone. She’s been always on a look out who is next to attack her. She already said she didn’t like love, she wasn’t comfortable receiving love, it makes her weak.

That one time she finally did love somebody, it didn’t go too well. It made her sick to the bone, she resorted to taking pills. I can’t completely hate her when I know what she went though. Her reaction to rejection aligns to her frantic personality. And you have to admit, it’s hard to pin for someone who doesn’t love you back. I don’t see the logic in staying friends with someone you fell in love with either - don’t be a masochist.

Anyways Yeon Seo is a goner. She’s fallen for him. And I love that she doesn’t beat around the bush by the end of this episode about how much her heart breaks by his rejection.

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And who can blame her—‘I exist only for you’ is a HIGHLY romantic thing to say, it’s just tragic that a celestial being not acclimated to human society doesn’t know that. He led her on romantically and unintentionally—but then, bless him, he did immediately jump on asking his mentor if he could hurl her ‘rib’ overboard and love her romantically himself hours after diving for a first kiss.

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I still don't feel sympathetic towards KW. He's so selfish. I feel sorry for Seol Hee though. Right now, I'm most curious on how, where, why she's connected to Yeon Seo.

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Yes, he is selfish. And that's why he is Fallen... Fallen Angel.

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But was he suicidal? I think he was running away from something or someone. I also think that he might have been trying to hide. If he slipped and fell...
Poor Dan.

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I think maybe the suicidal part comes from him recognizing his own feelings when YS said that she had always wanted to die but now she wanted to live - and the scene changed to Dan drowning as a child. But I don't agree that those feelings are suicidal. Wanting to die and wanting to kill yourself are not the same. If he had committed suicide, I don't think he would have become an angel.

This is a long way around to say that I agree with you. I think he was trying to get away, slipped and fell. Such a sad ending for a child. I have to think he was better off as an angel.

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Bad wording on my part! Sorry about that! I'd say he was depressed and, as other beanies have speculated, horribly abused. For our angel's sake, I hope we're wrong. 😢

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No, I think you're absolutely right. And there has to be an explanation for him becoming an angel as a child, because he is so childlike (in a good way).

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Those bruises ever present on the young Dan tell us different

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Also, nothing to do with the plot, but I just wanted to take two seconds to show appreciation for the work of all the ballet dancers in the company, particularly Ni Na and the lady who did Don Q. I'm a sucker for shows who actually hire dancers to play dancers, so just wanted to say, all that professionalism in the background makes me very happy.

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My random thoughts:
-- the use of a gun was weird!
-- I don't like seeing Angel/Kim Dan wearing black shirts.
-- having done some ballet, modern and ballroom dancing, I love seeing Seol-hee dancing, and Yeon-soo's dancing leotards. I wish I could have afforded those when I was younger !

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Black shirt with a white jacket over it was an eeenteresting wardrobe choice specially as we know from ads striding about in the shadows in a black ensemble comes later...

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I thought it was just me that got bored with this episode. All ya'll have validated my feelings!

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This god is so mean and petty.

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Most gods are. Power must go to their heads.

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"Seeing the black and white angels make their dramatic K-Pop MV-like entrance? Also hard to watch, in a bad way."

- Lol, the fact that I was too distracted by other issues with the show that I didn't even think to criticize this ridiculousness and the whole execution via sparkly gun is not a great sign.

Despite all that, this episode I finally felt completely in-sync with the feelings between the leads. I've loved their relationship, but felt we got a bit of build-up lost before. I'm also invested in finding out Dan's backstory still so hopefully that will hit the right notes for me.

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Hmmmm.
In Episode One when Yeon Seo first meets Dan, she rants to him about about what a fat lot of good God is, how God never listens, because she prayed when her father died and when she lost her eyesight but got no response.
I still wonder if they will ever expand on that. Will Dan have an answer to Heaven's apparent "cruelty", and the World's cruelty? Or will he turn against his order also because he sees it as unjust? How will they handle that I wonder...

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Turn against his order? Only if this drama loses engine power and spirals into an uncontrolled freefall. I know it can and does happen, but I'm putting my trust in the Healer director to save us from that kind of end.

I think Dan will continue to have faith in love -- God's love, love of one being for another -- even if he learns that he, as a child, was not loved.

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I don't think that's what this story is about, so doubt they'll expand on that aspect. It's a little too deep of a subject. But wow, I sure wish they would.

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I don't think it is either, and I don't think they'd have the balls to go there, but this recap thread made me keep thinking about it lol.

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God is cruel - created his image like creature = a human just because of boredom and tiredness to keep his company and he ate from tree of wisdom and now is slowly destroying what "god" created. If humans are his reflection he could be the same or we hope better.

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... are you looking for a theological debate or what?

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Nope, I was just reading some news...

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Oh, start one! This drama is asking for it!

(Runs for the nearest bomb proof bunker)

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... LMAO not in a million years.

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But God did listen. God sent her Angel Dan. Hehe. Anyway, everything happens for a reason, and when we are dealt a cruel blow, we would like to believe that it is all God's divine plan from the beginning. Perhaps we had been on the wrong path all along, and this is God's way of setting us back onto the correct path.

What happened to Yeon Seo, her parents' & driver's death, the loss of her eyesight, made her the person she is today. Stronger, more wary (of her evil relatives), mentally tougher. Had none of that happened, she would have still been obliviously living her ballerina high life, unaware of even how Nina had been feeling. The chain of events set her on a path for a higher purpose and enlightenment, to be more self aware and ultimately be a better person than she could have been. So perhaps Dan would say, Heaven had better plans for her?

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I mean... I just...

Look, I'm not going to comment on this in the context of the show. I'll just leave people to interpret what's happening however they want. I don't want to start a fight her, but I do find this particular philosophy to be extremely problematic.

But, again, not going to talk about this show.

Instead I'm going to talk about the awful movie Signs, which was supposed to be a fundamentalist film about faith. Where the aliens were demons and the whole point of the film was for the protagonist to have faith in God's plan; that everything that seems small, irrelevant or even cruel is actually evidence of a Divine Hand.

But that meant the entire alien invasion, the property damage, the thousands upon thousands of dead people were all about the white male lead's faith and, quite frankly, the whole thing is narcissistic to the point of being sociopathic.

I will make no further comment.

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The second I pressed 'send' on that comment, I remembered that the drama this writer last penned was Lucky Romance, which is memorable for having a female lead whose superstition was so unbelievably narcissistic that I wanted to reach into my screen and slap her - repeatedly - and tell her that she was NOT THAT IMPORTANT. She was not the centre of the universe, the whole of creation did not revolve around her. Acting as though her existence was sufficient for terrible things to happen to the people she loved was so self-centred and so self-absorbed I actually wanted to strangle her.

So I guess this is a theme for this writer and now I realise why I'm struggling so much with this whole show. It's nice to have that pinned down.

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Soooo is Kang- woo following them around listening to private conversations? That is so wrong talk about line crossing. I was glad to see Someone can think of something other than Fantasia. Why does her dancing have to be as their Prima ballerina. If the aunt wasnt such a terrible selfish person I'm sure she could have kept her seat as the head of the company, in trust for her niece. How dumb.

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what irritate me is that theyre talking really quietly..how can ppl in k dramas hear even the lightest of sounds.. and its their talk..why interfere.. i was soo annoyed ugh

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I've got next to no sympathy for KW. Up until now there's not a single hint or clues as to whether KW knows Dan isn't human. We know that Dan will survive that fall but KW doesn't. So that means he almost killed (in his knowledge) a normal human being for his obsession with his dead gf's doppelganger.

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Okay, aside from all the bad points from this ep (I didn't even write anything in my iNotes about it! I usually do, but not this time), SHS's acting during the boat scene was both impressive and terrifying.

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it's really just so sad seeing yeon seo cry out for love lol. it's like she feels like she's been abandoned, and the first time she actually starts to feel something for someone, that person doesn't like her back. and she feels like she needs to be independent, cant trust people, and needs to survive all on her own (that scene at the pharmacy was truly heartbreaking).

and it's just sad because dan feels the same way, but hasn't really come to terms with it or can admit it. i'm looking past the crazy villains and the stuff that doesn't make sense, but underneath it all, it is and has always been yeon seo and dan's story that has me attached and yearning for more lol

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These comments are giving me life. Y'all are too funny! Love it!

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This episode definitely did feel off, so hopefully it was just the writer getting a load of evil relatives, business politics, and absurd divine retribution off their chest and things will pick up again in the next episodes. Wishful thinking maybe lol. I'm in this mostly for Yeon Seo and Dan and as far as they're concerned the show has yet to disappoint. The ending (until KW showed up) was moving as usual and Shin Hye-sun might have made me tear up every episode.

I'm really having trouble sympathizing with Kang Woo. I feel bad for his situation for sure, but his temper and possessiveness have me wanting him to find peace so that he'll finally just leave everyone else alone.

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I didn't read all comments yet so I don't know if I'm repeating someone's thought but this sentence strike me "How did he go from a possibly suicidal child to an angel?"

We saw marks of physical abuse on his body when child and that he was running because he was chased by someone so he wanted to hide but fell down instead and it's not like in other dramas where people find strength to pull themselves up with some miracle from slippery cliff, but finally some realism to it.

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@kerouregan BC, the part where he was hanging onto the rocks and lost his grip was definitely not suicidal. I'm trying to remember if there was another scene ... there was one where YS as a girl managed to keep him from falling off ... that may have been what got viewers thinking he was suicidal.

I've commented below on the error of thinking that dead children become angels. It's something we see so often in shows or it's generally 'thought' and 'accepted' in stories, so it's hard to change the thinking. It seems obvious that writer is suggesting that Dan was once human, ... therefore once again the idea of being able to change from human to angel is being pushed, erroneously.

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When there's a funeral of a baby or a little child often the priests tell this to comfort the parents and siblings if they're any. Such an innocent soul can't be judged so the idea of a child becoming an angel is much more acceptable than a human being a saint.

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I am then aghast with those priests. They need to use the right 'term'. Being a saint is delightful. Unlike an angel who has work to do, saints are on permanent vacation, united with the One who completes and fulfils them in every way.

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I thought the role of all those saints is to protect those who pray to them.

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@kerouregan The great thing about the Christian community is that it includes both those on earth and those in heaven (and even those in between ie in Purgatory) ... all who believe make up the Church and we can pray for each other.

Saints remain interested in us and will intercede for us to God as well, adding their prayers to ours. Saints often had work/jobs or interests when they were alive and then in death, people regard them as patron saints of those jobs/interests. For eg. St Gerard is the saint of mums-to-be (and others). St Luke is the patron saint of doctors (and of others). Their prayers are particularly efficacious, and so people ask them (as if they are still on earth) to pray for them.

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“Yeon-seo finishes her routine, but when she turns to face Kang-woo, all he sees is his smiling lover. Overcome with emotion, he brings her into a tight embrace. And when they separate, a tear falls down his face./ Kang-woo tells her that he’d been going through a deep, dark tunnel for so long, and he never thought he’d could get out. But now he’s finally found the end of the tunnel. He gets down on one knee, holding her hand, and asks her to be his Giselle.“

- if that isn’t signs of blurred lines beginning to appear, I dunno what is

“The next day, Dan happily skips into driving school to get his license (pwahaha). However, his excitement disappears when he realizes that his driving instructor is Hoo in another one of his disguises. The two bicker incessantly as Dan struggles throughout his test.”

- little comedic moments like these when the fantasy aspect collide with the more human side are some of my faves, in general, for fantasy-meets-real-life dramas such as this one

“She’s surprised to see that Dan has obtained his license, but Kang-woo insists that it would be better to take his car — for safety reasons. Though Dan was eager to drive her, he can’t say that Kang-woo is wrong.“

-shots fired 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

The aspect of “the one I love is dead because of me but I can never die and be with her” reminds me of the ending of the Chinese fantasy wuxia drama “Journey Of Flower” 😂😂😂

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First of all.. this episode was not up to THAT level.. its not bad but as compared to episodes 1-4, i felt like there were a lot of things off..
First scene , both of them were seeing someone else..
KW was seeing his lover. he hugs Matil and talkes to Matil.
And Dan too was seeing something else.. like yeah it was technically her and everything but still i found this really fascinating.
Dan was abused and she and him are related in someway.. im dying to see that thing explored..
KW is really annoying me. Matil is gone why are u trying to ruin the life and relationship of two people. why must they be caught in his personal turmoil. He wants LYS to be on the top and he can very much help her get there.. but the thing is.. she is suffering. and she has no one who could see that and help her. ive noticed that KW doesnt give her much in the way of comfort. Dan on the other hand notices this all and truly cares for her.
And hey.. sometimes u just need someone to tell u thats it okay to give up. its comforting if there is someone who doesnt are about ur accomplishment and just understands and wants u to be happy. even if u dont take that option. Ive had that when i needed it the most and I could see LYS was touched at this.
KW is annoying me now. has that guy heard about personal space?
Who is he to order Dan. And that idiot Dan just listens to him.
Moving on o the adorable silly idiotic angel.. is that guy says considerate things and always comes to save her and care for her.. then why wouldn't she fall for him?
And lastly.. at the end when Dan laughed and said "Im in trouble".. that is the moment he really realizes what situation he is in and its .. idk.. i think it makes seem more serious about this whole ordeal.
And also im dying from seeing preview.. she tells the directors.. i think its the sponsors that she would make them like her.. and then KW calling him Angel.. AAh.
okay im done

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Thanks @sailorjumun

I just have to put this out here first and then I'll be set to do my regular stuff ...

To an extent, I may quietly accept errors in what is portrayed as (ostensibly) Catholic beliefs, if they are relatively minor, but not when these errors start confusing and giving an erroneous view of God. (An interesting thing I found out is that an angel is not what one is but what one does … what one is, is spirit. Being an 'angel', like being a 'teacher' is an office [the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group].)

" What is the purpose of the angels? The purpose of all of the angels is to serve God, praise God, worship God, and pray to God. In the process of serving God, they also protect us, pray for us, inspire us, encourage us, and guide us during our journey on Earth." - http://www.catholic365.com/article/2043/the-catholic-teachings-on-the-angels-part-1-the-angels.html

One of the more minor errors that I can overlook is that children die and become angels. Well, no, angels are not dead humans given a lease of life and a' chance at heaven by fulfilling missions. Humans have their lives on earth for that. Angels are spiritual beings created by God for service. While angels can be called Saint 'their name', they are not the same as those who die, who then may become saints themselves. The latter saints are not given the office of angels.

Angels know each other. But in this drama's logic, they do not. Our drama angels also have insufficient information about each other which they seem to gather from rumours/hearsay.

Sunbae Angel Hu is doing a great disservice by his threats and warnings. It could just be lazy writing to get the characters to do stuff to suit the 'tale' or Hu is written as a very misinformed angel and a very lacking mentor. In actual fact, angels probably do not need mentors as they have direct access to God. Anyway, after we see that he says one thing but it does not happen, we should know to take what he 'believes' or says with large doses of salt.

Hu's mistake/misdirection about punishment by being dissipated into nothing: Catholic belief is that even the most wicked angel was allowed to continue to exist after gross disobedience and rejection of God. Lucifer was an angel who chose his own way and battled the good angels until he was cast into Hell. He's still around. Angel Dan should know this much, but he seems to be a total novice (again no such thing in actuality) and totally dependent on undependable sunbae.

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God being shown as unmerciful and sending a white feathered messenger and a black henchman with a gun was the most ridiculous thing ever. From the serious tone of that scene, it was not meant to be a ridiculous event. So either writer is old school and buys into brimstone and fire and a god who is unforgiving, or he does not care what he writes as long as he can push the story along certain lines (which I believe is the case).

I gather that this scene is supposed to make us feel sorry for KW and understand his anger and his self-imposed mission to return YS to the stage. Actually, it would have made me feel sympathetic for KW, if writer had not toyed with theology. It would have been far better to have made Dan a non-Christian muse working for a Greek god, where I'm concerned.

So unfortunately, we have what we have… a mish-mash of false and true beliefs, in fact a mish-mash of pagan and other beliefs, all bandied under the umbrella of the Catholic faith. My advice, if we watch: it's best to do so understanding this is un-researched, self-serving 'theology' and we had also best not be deceived.

I can still watch the show on the level of a story, but I'll be grumbling. 🤨

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This show, much like any tv show that tries to use Christian theism as it set up, does not actually know anything about the theology it has chosen, and did not set out to be accurate in any way shape or form to it either. It does not care. It never did.
Like Supernatural, it strays so far from it's "source material" as it were, that it basically becomes fantasy.
Usually I actually find it very difficult to watch anything supernatural because I am a Christian and have trouble viewing whatever butchered form of my faith they've gone with as fiction.
I definitely didn't go into this expecting it to maintain theological accuracy, and thus watch it in a semi detached nature, because that's the only way I can watch it. I have very little hope of it ending any of its themes well, partly because I'm naturally a distrustful and cynical person about people's abilities to tell stories well, and partly because some of the themes they have touched upon in this, outside of the ballet symbolism, no drama in a million years has the intelligence to deal with well, let alone end well.

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It's not the butchering that bothers me so much, because I understand that people may take elements from different belief systems in Korea. What bothers me much more is outright superfluous offensive putdowns of Christ/Christianity, as in Goblin.

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@lindag
Which part of Goblin put down Christianity? ... strangely although I've watched that show and re-watched parts of it, but I do not recall this.

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The Goblin made a rude remark about Christ not being as great as people thought. Something like that. As though he had met him and dissed him.

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@lindag @growingbeautifully and tagging @vanruth as well as the post is sort of related to this.

I must have misunderstood? I thought Goblin’s God was not the Christian God cuz it dealt reincarnation and stuff. That cycle of Ji Eun Tak, Grim Reaper and Sunny being born over and over again.

Anyways yeah I agree with latebloomer this is the writer’s take on her God, just like Kim Eun Sook portrayed her God as an angry God punishing Kim Shin of immortality for his mass murdering his enemies during war! Like imagine that!

So from here on I’ll just take this writer’s belief in Christianity and Buddhist too (if she happens to butcher this religion too down the road) as is.

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@13infamyss, re Goblin, yes, that disparaging remark was made with a pluralistic worldview, where Christ was just some religious figure that Goblin had met and scorned. That remark was so superfluous to the script, it felt like the writer was just dying for a chance to be able to say it. It made me feel like I had to go against my conscience to watch any more of the drama, even though I really enjoyed the Goblin-Reaper bromance. It was the most notable putdown of Christianity I've come across. There are plenty of human characters who have expressed their scorn for Christianity, but that's true to life and doesn't bother me nearly as much. They just reflect the world the way it is.

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Oh I don't find this show in particular to be "butchering" it per se, at least not that badly, just that that's why I struggle to watch many other supernatural shows with a Christian base. E.g. literally SPN and Constantine. For me, my faith is real, for them it's a free for all.

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You expressed this so well. Yes, this drama did not import actual Christian faith, but created its own god and its own rules-of-the-universe. It may look and sound Christian at different moments, but it really is a mish-mash of different elements, real and fictional, pagan and Christian, just as you said.

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Yes, this is the only thing that bothers me. It's not close to scripturally accurate, but it does contain some real scripture. So people not familiar with the Christian faith (and, let's face it, a lot of self-professed Christians are not familiar with the Bible either) might mistake this for what Christianity really is. I guess the only thing we can do is gently point out the differences/errors, as @growingbeautifully did very nicely in the above comment. 😁

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I've been thinking that @growingbeautifully should change her name to "writingbeautifully".

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Shucks @blnmom and @lindag, thank you for your kind words. You've made my day / week / month!!!

We all of us can do our little bit to illuminate the darkness of misconception. You are doing it too!

I'm glad my little 'salt' added flavour here. 😄

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Thanks for a great recap!

I didn’t feel this episode was much weaker—the aunt stuff has been one-note all along, so I was just like ‘oh no more of this.’

Yeon Soo is amazing always. Last episode her distraught face before she asked him if he liked her! She’s the Tsundere Hero type, modulated in certain ways as she’s a girl... but it was only in this episode I understood that she has a certain trait this kind of hero has - her ferocious focus on the (sweet natured, candy-heroine-type, not glam love interest! Shades of Boys over Flowers.) Iron-willed Yeon Soo is begging for drugs to get over the pain of her artless object of affection not loving her! She has a jealous fit over him calling another lady nice! She doesn’t care about the social status or that he can’t drive, she 100% knew he was behind the beach scene, she thinks he’s a huge wings wearing sex freak and she’s SO IN. He can wear the wings if he’ll just promise to love her foreeeeever.

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🤣🤣🤣 total goner! Yeon Seo, chaebol lady as she is, never cared much about social status. For all his oddity, imperfection and lacking as a secretary, his “cult” that she scorns at, she’s surprisingly accepted all these aspects of Dan.

He told her his reason for existence was her, that stuck in her brain and she believed all his words, his promises! 😭 This was coming from a girl who sneers at people who tell her “trust me” “i’m Different”. When these exact same words came out from Dan’s mouth, she held on to them. Now, all that Dan can do is give her a sad smile whenever she brings up forever. He starts to mind his words around her. And I’m glad he is aware of the gravity of his words now.

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As far as she’s concerned he’s a religious fanatic with a wings fetish and she cares not a whit. All she wants is sincerity! And Dan is sincere... BUT.

And the more socially appropriate match isn’t making a dent in her, because he isn’t sincere *toward her*... she knows she doesn’t get fever when it rains! He’s sincere toward someone else, even if he doesn’t realise it himself. (He actually has a much more authentic relationship with and is more likable with Dan and Ni Na, because he isn’t interacting with a whole other person who’s not present.)

I kind of love the idea YS has been icing glittering suitors for years upon years and is now taking drugs (so extra! Maybe my favorite thing about the episode and what saved it for me) to cope with her excessive secretary pining. And that Dan was the one who said she should get into the other guy’s car—you just KNOW that if she was deciding, into the worst angel driver in the world, used to winged transportation dude’s car she would have gone!

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When I saw the two beings, I immediately thought of 牛头马面. They are the underworld demons of Chinese mythology responsible for bringing souls to their afterlife.

The writer is obviously not a Christian but borrows ideas and concepts from Christianity and mythologies. The result is a controversial and unreasonable god. I wouldn't bother to use theology to make sense of what's happening in this drama or predict the outcome.

Evil Aunt and daughter are so exhausting to watch. Is there a need for such caricatures? I would think that keeping the foundation going and dancing again after a hiatus of 3 years are already insurmountable challenges. Rather than these two, I'd prefer the story to focus more on Ni Na. I'm sure the unforgiving world of ballet and competitiveness of prima ballerinas are enough.

Shin Hye Sun is the beyond words. I was mortified and amazed at the same time watching YS go bats*** on the ship. There has been comments about L not matching SHS's level and I won't argue that he is but this is really his finest performance yet. He does better than some actors out there who rely on exaggerated or forced expressions to express hurt and pain. I can truly feel for Dan and his wretched state.

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I found it quite weird that they dropped KW backstory so soon. I thought we would be left guessing for a bit more.
He is obsessed with YS only because she looks like his past lover and is a ballerina. Giselle is quite fitting in this case.
Reg what the boss angel said: KW confused his feelings for love and that is one reason why he was punished for turning his back on god? Did I get that right?
Does this mean that if Dan really does love YS but is willing to give up his relationship with her to follow god, he will be rewarded with a human life?

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Yes, I think that's close to what it means.

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@tesshan The way this writer puts it is that the reason KW was punished, is because he put himself and his so-called love for a single creature, before God and his mission to care for various artists. He had disobeyed God and by leaving his handkerchief on the altar, he was rejecting his relationship with God as a muse and servant of God. So yes, he was punished for turning his back on god.

As for your last question, that Dan will be rewarded for not putting himself first and for sacrificing his own desires ... that's a possible way for show to go, but since we are not entirely sure of show's angel logic, we can't say for certain.

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What keeps me compelled to watch this drama while ignoring (well, not ignoring but more noticing and accepting) its flaws is my trust in the writer. Which sounds really puzzling considering I ditched Lucky Romance at like the 2nd episode. But the first few episodes of this drama really got me feeling all sorts of emotions and it kind of just made me feel like there was something special about the drama. I especially love all the allusions and references towards ballet (Swan Lake and Giselle) and the Bible as well. For some reason, I've never really took this drama as a show about characters and their lives (although I am deeply invested in all of the characters), but from the start I've thought of it as an allegory or metaphor of some sort with the characters serving to portray this deeper meaning. I'm still unsure what message and meaning the writer is trying to convey; I feel like it's exterior is sort of being peeled back each episode but it's still hazy and messy. I hope the writer will be able to present it nicely to us by the time the drama ends, but for now I'll just enjoy the ride that the emotionally complex characters have been giving me.

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Reading through the comments I also notice some people citing the inaccurate portrayal of God and Christianity... which I wholeheartedly agree with. Many scenes had me going like "Whaaat-", but for some reason they didn't bug me a whole lot. Thinking about it I do think this might actually paint an incorrect and harmful image of Christianity. Hopefully the writer does try to clear things up and set things straight in the later episodes. Like, explain why an angel is holding a gun or why Kang Woo is still free to roam around...

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@vanruth lazy ~ gogo! I don't hold out much hope that the writer will right his flawed portrayal of Christianity or of God from a Christian perspective. For one thing, his main aim is to justify the reactions and actions of the characters in order to move the plot a certain way. Being accurate in how he 'uses' Christian elements is very low in his list of priorities, especially if it does not fit in with his plotline.

For another, it may never have been his intention at all to be accurate anyway, and he really does not care.

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Sadly I do agree with you. I would like to know why the writer chose to make a drama centred on seemingly Christian beliefs. Especially when he/she does not seem to be greatly knowledgeable in that regard. Other dramas do have some allusions to Christianity but this drama probably has the most out of all the dramas that I have watched.

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I enjoyed the way The Guest portrayed scenes with the priest exorcising the demons. I had no issue with that show and how Catholic elements were shown.

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I have just forced myself and finished the episode. Forced. For the first time. And I agree with every.word.you.said, SailorJumun!! Exactly my thoughts!

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My theory has changed on the young boy on the beach with young YS. It is now more probable that the boy was not Dan but KW, a year removed from losing his ballerina. We have seen that high level angels can change their appearance at will, so KW may have been given a mission to give Matil's dream (spirit) to another ballerina, YS, who was afraid and unsure of herself.

I think then the writer is folding the story back onto itself. KW crossing the line with Matil violated his mission with tragic results. KW is upset that Dan is is repeating KW's behavior/mistake with his relationship with YS.

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I hope more back story about the aunt and her family will be revealed. There has to be something between YS's parents and them years back. I Al sob want to know what's past of instructor Elena (she probably will be the one to tell the secrets).

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While I adored the casting for this drama, I'm starting to see the cracks seep through, which i was really afraid of paying attention.

The very first thing that I'm still not grasping well is the whole deity persona coming into play with the show. It's like a mish-mash of all religions that honestly, the explanation of angels existing still confuses me, but it seems that this said higher power in their world is sitting on a gray area, since it doesn't really explicitly mention Christianity nor Jesus, and the practices with Buddhism is depicted as somewhat a acceptable way of communicating with the "God" they put their faith into.

The revelation of Kangwoo's origin story, is an addition to my confusion, with the angels who came to dispose of him after he resolved of becoming human, leaving his Angel duties, and yet god doesn't seem to care about turning him into dust after Seol Hee's death, followed by his multiple attempts of dying but he ain't dying, when it's been a recurring reminder from Angel Hoo that Dan will turn to dust if he fails to carry out his purpose, so didn't Kangwoo fail as well? and how come he's not snapped into dust as it was said- and speaking of Angel Hoo, his identity still a mystery. This just makes it clear there's a lot of things to explore there. I don't necessarily think it's a plot hole though.

Another is with Yeon-Seo's sudden 180 degree personality shift with a piece of grape that was drugged. I personally find this comical and unnecessary but props to Hye-sun's acting, it was done quite well. Her Aunt and Luna were really annoying with their behavior still if it weren't for Nina whom I surprisingly appreciate despite how naive she appears.

It's been a while since I got hooked into a drama. :) all in all proud of L's evolution with his acting skills. he came a long way.

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The entire thing is far from Biblical. I am not pushing for any drama to depict Christianity because I have not come across any who do it accurately. I'm sure this extends to other faiths, just that I have less knowledge of it. As such, I find it futile to use Christian theology to make sense of things happening here. It's a pity because this story can do with some theology to explore themes like pride, forgiveness, sacrifice and love.

Who is Angel Hoo? I have no idea. I won't be surprised if he turns out to be the almighty one. Drama gods can be idiosyncratic, just like the gods of many mythologies. Poor humans!

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I totally agree. And yes i have this feeling Angel Hoo might actually be the so called almighty one, and i'm rather curious how Dan ended up in his hands, how humans can turn into angels and if Kangwoo was once human in his past life prior his Angel duties

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That is entirely up to the writer and his/her imagination.

You brought up an interesting point. If the little boy was Dan then who was Kangwoo before he turned into an angel?

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I'm loving Shin Hye Sun duality being the lover and YS. Same face but totally different mannerisms and character. When she acts as the lover, I didn't even think about YS, vise versa. I'm glad SHY is cast as YS.

BUT....This episode gives me whiplash tbh.
Dan and YS scenes are still great but there are too many cartoonish characters popping in this episode. wth with black and white angels carrying a gun? A.GUN. Really show? That incredulous laugh I make during that scene, even my cat was shocked. smh

KW also starts to annoy me tbh. I mean, sure, I felt bad for his dead lover but he is not even being subtle with his own goal. Him getting angry at Dan, I mean, are you sure that kind of action you suppose to be doing? Think about it, Dan actually the one who can help YS and in the end help him fulfilling his desire.... As a director, strategic thinking doesn't seem to be his trait.

Aunt and cousin are just being cartoonish, like always. The perverted japanese investor's subplot? whatever... They can make her go crazy even without that plot tbh. (or is the writer's way of referencing to the real-life case that is going on rn now?)

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