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Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Episodes 7-8

Oh boy, feelings are all over the place with this episode. Our heroine has been pushing people away for so long that it’s become a sort of reflex. Even when it hurts her more than anyone, she has to keep what she believes to be a safe distance. However, with a certain someone, she just can’t seem to let him go.

 
EPISODES 7-8 RECAP

Dan wakes up on a bench in Yeon-seo’s courtyard, and he’s bombarded with memories of last night when he danced with her. He starts to freak out from embarrassment when the police show up to take him away — Yeon-seo reported him for breaking in.

Before he’s pulled away, Yeon-seo gives him one last chance to explain himself. He says that he only came back because he felt sorry for her, that he never once lied to her, but she doesn’t believe him. “We’ve met before, haven’t we?” she asks, looking betrayed. “When I couldn’t see.”

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We’ve met before, haven’t we?

 

She thinks back to last night, after she set Dan on the bench and covered him with a blanket. He’d talked in his sleep, saying that he would definitely complete his “mission,” and Yeon-seo had taken it the wrong way. He’d then said the same thing he said the day they met, that she handled trauma strangely.

Since Dan is unable to lie, he struggles to explain without revealing his identity. All he can say is that they did meet before and that he was sent by someone, er, above. But after all the weird things he’s said and done, Yeon-seo has to believe that he was sent as a spy and that he broke the window.

She throws his handkerchief at him, and Dan just stares at her incredulously and repeats, “Spy?” With that, Yeon-seo tells the police that she’s done, and they drag him off to the station to be questioned. Fortunately, they don’t hold him for too long and let him go.

Later, Yeon-seo is packing up Dan’s stuff while Chief Jung is trying to convince her to reconsider. Jung finds some of Dan’s notes and points out that he’d written words like “Love” and “Dating.” Could it be, Jung suggests, that Dan saw her at the park and fell in love with her? Pfffft, I dig this lady’s imagination.

Yeon-seo thinks the idea is ridiculous, but she does find herself wondering if she made the right choice. Still, she tells Jung to deliver Dan’s things, to which Jung reminds her that he was kicked out of his home before.

In fact, Dan is trying to get into the angel headquarters as we speak, only to have Hoo send him flying back every time. Hoo tells him that he can’t return until he finishes his mission, meaning Dan is now homeless and broke. But that’s okay — Dan figures he can still play matchmaker even if he’s not by Yeon-seo’s side.

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Why is this body having emotions?!

 

At Fantasia, Kang-woo catches the dancers watching Nina’s livestream of Yeon-seo (from the party yesterday). They ask when Yeon-seo will join them, and he replies that he’s taking care of it. He gets them ready to practice their new show “Giselle,” but the “Swan Lake” music comes up on the stereo instead.

Kang-woo finds Luna to confront her about the music, but she has to take him to an emergency board meeting first. Everyone is up in arms about Yeon-seo’s return to ballet, so Kang-woo makes himself loud and clear: “I will bring Lee Yeon-seo. I’ll bring her in front of you — no, I’ll bring her in front of the whole country.” He’ll have her speak at a press conference to seal the deal. For now, he’ll have to deal with that livestream video that makes Yeon-seo and Nina look bad to the public.

Kang-woo asks Nina to take some lovey-dovey photos with Yeon-seo, but when Nina heads over to the estate, she’s too nervous to go inside. Dan comes up from behind her, scaring her and making them both jump. Then they hear Yeon-seo’s voice and really get scared; they hide behind each other before straight up bolting. Ha, aren’t you two peas in a pod.

Nina can see that Dan is starving, so she takes him out for some sweets. She reveals that she came to see Yeon-seo as a favor to Kang-woo, making Dan’s ears perk up. He asks what kind of person Kang-woo is, but even Nina isn’t sure. She doesn’t know if he’s a good person or a bad person, but she does think that he’s cool.

Back at the estate, the rest of Yeon-seo’s staff hand in their resignation letters. She asks how much it’ll take to keep them, but to her dismay, their only demands are to rehire the staff she already let go. Off to the side, Chief Jung warns her that nothing will get done if they quit. Yeon-seo scoffs at that and grabs the letters, accepting them.

Once the staff files out, Yeon-seo notes that Jung is her only remaining employee. Frustrated, Jung states that Yeon-seo can’t keep buying people with money; it won’t keep them by her side. Yeon-seo turns and walks away, hiding the pained expression on her face.

As Yeon-seo walks over to the vet to pick up her dog Gureum, her building stress starts to blur her vision. She closes her eyes and uses her white cane to guide her the rest of the way. The vet congratulates her on her rumored ballet return, showing her the news article about her upcoming press conference.

Furious, Yeon-seo heads over to Fantasia to confront Kang-woo. She hears the dancers practicing in the performance hall and wanders in. And seeing Nina dance on stage with her partner, Yeon-seo’s expression grows wistful.

Kang-woo approaches her and reveals that the male dancer is actually her partner. Yeon-seo glares at him and demands that he cancel the press conference, but he refuses. Their arguing earns the attention of the dancers.

Nina looks hopeful to see Yeon-seo, but Yeon-seo announces that she will never return. She turns to leave, and Kang-woo chases her down outside. She asks why he’s doing all of this and he responds, “I’m trying to protect you. You and Fantasia.”

He tells her that she barely escaped death and that he could feel how tightly she’d grasped his hand that night — this is her chance to start living again. Assuming he’d been wanting a reward for that night this whole time, Yeon-seo takes out her wallet and throws a bunch of checks to the ground.

Now desperate, Kang-woo insists that she’s worth so much more than that. But Yeon-seo just holds out her cane and snaps that she’s not the same ballerina, so he should come to his senses. She heads to the street to catch a taxi, only to have Kang-woo block her way again.

Dan, who’d been wandering around Fantasia, comes across the checks and happily gathers them up, thinking it’s a gift from above, HAHA. He then notices Yeon-seo and Kang-woo together and muses that they must really be fated. After Yeon-seo escapes in a taxi, Dan approaches Kang-woo with a smile.

Yeon-seo comes home to a delivery from Director Choi. Her aunt calls to explain that it’s an agreement on an extension of the power of attorney — her final way in as the permanent director of Fantasia. Angry, Yeon-seo tells Choi to forget it; she’ll walk into the press conference perfectly fine, and she’ll do it all by herself. She hangs up, instantly regretting that promise. And on the other line, Choi smiles as she watches her husband burn the cornea donor documents she’d stolen from Driver Jo’s room.

Yeon-seo goes out to the courtyard and stands a few feet away from Gureum. She tells him to stay and then shuts her eyes, saying, “I’m the owner of my body. I’m fine. My arms, my legs, and my eyes are fine.” She drops her cane and takes one shaky step forward, only to crumple to the ground.

She cries out in frustration and then remembers how she’d danced with Dan, moving with ease. She squashes the thought and half-heartedly grumbles that she doesn’t need him.

Meanwhile, Dan eats ramen at a convenience store, having turned Yeon-seo’s checks in to the police. While Hoo, disguised as a store clerk, keeps him company, Dan watches the people around him and wonders if Yeon-seo has ever been close to anyone.

The next morning, Yeon-seo tries and fails to scramble eggs (and I thought I was a bad cook). Chief Jung interrupts, however, to introduce her to the maid she’d fired for leaving the stool out. Jung had re-hired her to work at Fantasia, where the maid had discovered of the former security guard’s work as a spy.

That meant, of course, that Dan was innocent. Jung encourages Yeon-seo to seek him out, but Yeon-seo stubbornly refuses… until the very next scene.

Yeon-seo eventually comes across Dan in the park, sleeping on the bench and covered in newspapers. When he sits up and reveals his face, she surprises herself by getting all googly-eyed. She shakes it off and approaches him, offering to double his wage if he returns to the estate.

As she explains that she has to walk on her own by next week, she struggles to say that she needs him. He smiles and says that he already knows, showing her a newspaper article about the press conference. And while he doesn’t care for payment, he does have a condition for returning.

During practice, a dancer informs Kang-woo that she has to pick up her child from daycare. So he tells her to leave — forever. Nina waits up for Kang-woo after practice to try to change his mind, but he’d been wanting to get rid of that dancer anyway since she didn’t move with the others harmoniously. He wants Yeon-seo to come back to the perfect team. He also wants Nina to stop focusing on others, but considering the sad look she’s giving him, that won’t happen anytime soon.

At home, Kang-woo thinks about Yeon-seo as he watches that same video of the mystery woman. The woman narrates in English, and he responds aloud, “Sometimes you have to push yourself so you can go farther.” He then takes out his phone to call someone.

To begin Yeon-seo’s training, Dan places footstep markers all over the estate. He helps her walk the path, starting by linking arms and gradually working up to only linking pinky fingers. But when she has to do it alone, she still ends up falling.

They go to the park for another test run, with Dan moving a couple feet back and encouraging her to walk towards him. She just stands there, looking terrified, so he closes the distance and cups her face in his hands.

“Just look at me,” he says. “Imagine that it’s just you and me in this world.” She nods timidly, and he goes back to his place. But like before, after one step, she falls to the ground. Dan rushes over to her side, and she shoves him off, causing him to fall over her.

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Falling in love, step by step

 

They stare into each other’s eyes for a few tense seconds before a little girl walks up to them and claps for them to kiss. An embarrassed Yeon-seo tells the girl to scram and then tells Dan to get off her. Well, can’t blame the kid for trying.

With their practice session over, Dan says that he has the first of his three wishes (the condition he mentioned earlier). He takes her to a temple for the floating lantern festival, and they conveniently run into Kang-woo, of all people. Kang-woo explains that he came for the anniversary of a friend’s death.

Dan pushes for Kang-woo to join them and then stands back, watching eagerly as Kang-woo and Yeon-seo write down their wishes and place them in lanterns. The boys exchange knowing looks, and we flash back to earlier, when they’d met at Fantasia. Dan had promised to do whatever he could to help Kang-woo, which gave Kang-woo the idea for the “coincidental” festival meetup.

The time to send the lanterns off comes, and Dan pretends that he can’t find Yeon-seo’s shoes. He says that he’ll look for them and runs off, leaving Yeon-seo and Kang-woo alone. Since Yeon-seo is barefoot, Kang-woo offers to carry her down to the river. She hesitates, wanting to wait for Dan, but ends up giving in.

Night falls by the time they make it to the water, their path lit with colorful lanterns. Kang-woo turns to Yeon-seo and apologizes for the day before — if she’s not ready for the press conference or her debut show, he’ll push it all back.

He just wants her to know one thing: “The life that you’re giving up could be the dream that someone else desperately wanted.” She asks if he’s referring to the friend he mentioned, and he wordlessly smiles.

Dan appears on top of the hill, Yeon-seo’s shoes in hand, to watch the two send their lanterns down the river. He remembers having Kang-woo promise that whatever he planned to do, it was for Yeon-seo’s happiness.

Kang-woo had said that happiness was too vague but promised anyway, to Dan’s relief. Dan looks at Yeon-seo now with a bittersweet smile, hoping that her one true love is more angelic than an angel.

A few days pass, with the press conference going on as scheduled. Kang-woo is furious with Director Choi for not canceling like he asked, but Choi just smirks and takes her seat beside the empty spot reserved for Yeon-seo.

Choi starts to tell the press that Yeon-seo was unable to come because of a mental condition, when the doors suddenly burst open. It’s Yeon-seo, with no white cane and no Dan — and to everyone’s surprise, she confidently struts down the room and over to her seat, perfectly fine.

Fully aware of Choi’s hard stare, Yeon-seo reveals to the press that she is of good health and that she’ll prove it with the upcoming performance.

Afterwards, Choi grabs Yeon-seo and accuses her of being fine this whole time. Yeon-seo coolly dismisses this, instead requesting that Choi retract the role as her legal representative — Yeon-seo plans to take Fantasia back.

As Yeon-seo walks away, she smiles, and we see that she has Dan’s handkerchief tied around her wrist. Apparently, earlier that day, Kang-woo had called to warn her about the conference. Dan wasn’t sure about having her go alone, but Yeon-seo insisted that she could do it as long as she had his handkerchief and thought of it as him.

That evening, Yeon-seo and Dan sit in Fantasia’s outer stage area and celebrate her success with some (ha, nonalcoholic) drinks. He happily says that she did her best and that he’s proud of her. He starts to worry when she squeezes her eyes shut as if she’s sick, but she’s merely building up the courage to tell him thanks.

He figures that she won’t need him now that she’s walking on her own, making both of their smiles falter. Still, he hopes that from now on, she can walk, dance, and lose her temper freely. She asks if that counts as his second wish, but he’s not ready to use it yet.

Her face serious, she says that she knows exactly what his wish would be. First, she wants him to close his eyes. He does, and she slooowly inches closer to give him a peck on the cheek. But at the last second, he gets impatient and turns to look at her, accidentally kissing her on the lips.

A flustered Yeon-seo stutters that she was aiming for the cheek, but Dan’s intense gaze makes her trail off. He leans in and gives her a real kiss, and she finds herself falling into it.

From afar, Kang-woo watches their intimate moment with a dark expression. He has a sudden flashback of a woman getting fatally shot and collapsing in his arms. And the woman looks exactly like Yeon-seo.

We see that the woman wore a ring that Kang-woo is currently wearing on his pinky finger. As he caresses that ring, we see his shadow grow larger and then, ohmyfreakinggod, grow wings.

  
COMMENTS

WHOA. WHAT?! What is… Okay, hold on. You can’t throw in a fakeout kiss, a real kiss, and then a humongous twist all in one ending! How am I supposed to take all of that? My brain is short circuiting. Kang-woo is an angel? And he lost someone who looks like Yeon-seo? This opens so many doors of possibilities, I don’t even know where to start. But we have to start somewhere, so let’s all join hands and jump into the angel theories!

Theory #1: Ji Kang-woo is an angel that fell in love with a human dancer, who, if I remember correctly, he called Matilda. He lost Matilda in a tragic way and, for some reason, he always blamed himself. Time passed and he came across another dancer who had a striking resemblance to his love — Yeon-seo. After doing his research on her and her situation, he vowed to redeem himself by bringing Yeon-seo back into the ballet world. Theory #2: Ji Kang-woo is a fallen angel who, in some way or another, was directly involved with Matilda’s death. As punishment, he was sent to Earth by his own superiors to complete a crucial mission. A mission that doesn’t necessarily benefit Yeon-seo.

I think that in both theories, Kang-woo does not have Yeon-seo’s best interests at heart. In fact, now that we know he’s a legitimate supernatural being… I’m scared, y’all. I’m scared for all of our characters. The little things that Kang-woo says and does makes me strongly believe that he is a negative entity. His relationship with Nina is especially alarming. He convinced her that she has to become selfish, to disregard everyone around her, when her selflessness is actually the most charming thing about her. Sure, the girl needs to look after herself more, but complete selfishness, like what Kang-woo is trying to sell, is going way too far.

One thing’s for sure — Kang-woo is nothing like Dan. What I find most interesting is that Kang-woo seems to have all of his past memories intact while Dan’s are in pieces. Is this because they’re different types of angels? Or is this because Dan is simply a special case? Does Hoo have past memories? I hadn’t thought too much about the rules to this fantasy world, but now I’m curious. I want to know how these angels work. I want to know how many other angels are out there. Are there more angels out there? This dang show’s got me paranoid now, but in such a good way. I mean, that ending just made me 1000% more creeped out by Kang-woo, but because of the guarded emotion Lee Dong-gun is giving the character, I’m tempted to search for the good in him.

My brain is still fried from the big reveal, but not so much that I’m unable to gush over our main couple. Because how precious are they? I so appreciated the fact that Yeon-seo questioned Dan’s loyalty to her. It made sense considering her character and all the weirdness surrounding Dan. Her head was warning her to guard her heart, when really, her heart was in no danger at all. Thankfully, she learned that she had to take baby steps instead of one big leap. It took baby steps to walk again, to trust again, and from the looks of it, to love again. And while she doesn’t always need a helping hand, I’m sure she feels comforted just knowing that she’s not alone anymore.

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I’ve been waiting anxiously for your recaps and comments, Sailorjumun and your very interesting theories did not disappoint. That ending was a huge game changer. Was YS lookalike’s wedding ring meant she was married to Director Ji? It’s no coincidence she was wearing white and did you guys notice the blood stains on her nightgown in the back were where angel wings would be? He very specifically avoided promising to make her happy either a. Because he’s jaded now and failed so badly at that in the past b. He’s about his own goals and not about her happiness. All these mysteries now. I’m dying to heRe everyone’s theories.

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My brain is short circuiting as well. I forgot to mention that instead of oo-ing over that unexpected sweet kiss, we’ve all become conspiracy theorists or amateur sleuths. Why was he on his knees in that contrite or begging position? Mathild preferred “chocolate over” whiplash (?) So Ji constantly eats chocolate & so does Dan. Angels are supposed to be above the desires of the flesh but both men in their human forms are now obsessed with chocolate & in their own ways YS.

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She already fallen for him

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Kang-woo is nothing like Dan. What I find most interesting is that Kang-woo seems to have all of his past memories intact while Dan’s are in pieces. Is this because they’re different types of angels?

Copying and pasting my reply in one of @kdramaswimmer's fanwall posts:

I don’t think he’s in the same angel group as Dan. Or at least not anymore. That big reveal made me take a step back and think of what just happened this entire episode…. Dan wasn’t comfortable going to a temple (it's not his religion), but the director was adamant to meet up at the temple and perform a tradition. It’s like he’s switched religion, yknow, hence, he’s not the kind of angel that Hu and Dan are.

If we were going to follow the Catholic/Christian story about angels and demons. I’d say he’s some sort of Lucifer.

Lucifer apparently became so impressed with his own beauty, intelligence, power, and position that he began to desire for himself the honor and glory that belonged to God alone. The sin that corrupted Lucifer was self-generated pride.

-from Google

Doesn’t this sound like Director Ji at the moment?? 🙃

Also @growingbeautifully mentioned it in the previous recap - the difference between Kang Woo and Dan - Dan teaches Yeon Seo to be grateful everyday for what she has, what shes doesn't have, and then there's Kang Woo who tells people they need greed to get to the top. There is no room for compassion.

Kang-woo does not have Yeon-seo’s best interests at heart.

Same. He was projecting Matil's image on Yeon Seo.

By the end of the episode, Kang Woo was painted as someone who had his loved one killed tragically. But this was from his POV. Of course he would see it as a “poor me, my love died because of something/someone. I needed to get her back if there’s a way”. I have the feeling one way or another he caused the death Matil. Perhaps his greed and obsession did this, and seems like he hadn't changed one bit since that incident...

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My brain is still fried from the big reveal, but not so much that I’m unable to gush over our main couple. Because how precious are they?

Oooohhhh I`m so in love with Yeon Seo and Dan's progress this episode! Yeon Seo has completely put her guard down around Dan. My heart, though very happy, ached so much when she asked for his hanky. His hanky served as a reminder to her that she was not alone in her battle - that Dan is around her, doesn't have to be physically around, anywhere she goes. Oooof!!!! I don't like the meaning behind this one bit, but Yeon Seo was so strong in this scene that I was so conflicted if I appreciated this scene or not.

I really want Yeon Seo to discover that Dan is playing cupid for her and Kang Woo and will tell him to stop doing it cuz it's him she wants! 😍 And for Dan to realize that he doesn't want to pay cupid anymore cuz he wants her to himself!

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Auuggh! there's sooo many great things in this episode that I cannot stop myself from writing more! 😝😝

Anyways I forgot to mention how I appreciated that scene with Yeon Seo sending all her male and female servants away after they handed in their resignations. I really hate people who do something to test you, manipulate your emotions so you give in. I know they did that to make Yeon Seo act a little nicer to them, but I have an issue with the way they handled the situation. There was a reason why lady butler did not participate in this ploy. She doesn't toy around Yeon Seo's feelings to get her to bend. (I know she said she loved her hefty salary, so she wouldn't quit). But lady butler is genuine to her and Yeon Seo can see that.

Also love how she keeps demanding lady butler to live with her but she's not doing it. LOL.

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ad her istincts were right -in part because a previous employee Was a spy and a saboteur. I didnt like how she fired so many people but its getting easier to see Why she became so cynical

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Yes! As she had said before, she's seen them all. People asking her to trust them, that they were different, etc.

Also if I may add, I think to the ones she put her trust in, she becomes really clingy. When Lady Butler told her she would have nobody by her side if kept her nasty attitude, Yeon Seo justified that she had Lady Butler. Lady Butler looked away and had a pained expression on her face. She's really close to doing the same thing to Dan. Latching herself onto him, not letting go. TT____TT

Dan: You don't really need me anymore.
Yeon Seo: (paused. her smile froze) You're right.

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i know Im loving all these tender feelings that are developing but am scared about the fallout to come

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I love the switched religion theory. That might be it. Or the fallen angel one. Here I was merely thinking he's probably a devil.

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Gaaah! Switching religion! Buddhism believes in reincarnation. Catholics do not. This is what google tells:

Reincarnation is the concept that the soul, or some aspect of the soul, is reborn into new lives

Reincarnation is widely accepted by the major Eastern religions -- most prominently Hinduism and Buddhism.

Christianity, Judaism and Islam -- the idea of reincarnation seems foreign and maybe even a little strange. That's because Christianity, Judaism and Islam conceive of time linearly. Life is simply a short step that determines the quality of an afterlife. For those who believe in only one life followed by an eternal afterlife, reincarnation is like an unwieldy marathon run by relay instead of a short, concise sprint.

Perhaps Kang Woo has repealed the idea of God in the Christian view because of this. The only way he could get Matil back is through reincarnation, to believe in more than one life.

I find his choice of words interesting too - he said he wanted to “fake” a coincidence. He’s willing to do all means, even manipulating destiny if that would mean getting what he wants.

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@greenfields @13infamyss @ssandulak @marybee @umbrellaman @pakalanapikake @oldawyer
About the reincarnation. I know whenever we see a 'dead' person's doppelganger, especially in a kdrama, we immediately thing reincarnation is in the offing.

I'm somehow feeling that if show wants to stay true to it's Judeo-Christian bias, then it will not come to pass. It would be interesting to mix and match Buddhism with Christianity, however it's already a bit much that even within just the Christian faith, there's already the on-going battle between good and evil, and I don't really get the reincarnation vibe.

My wild guess about Kang Woo and Matilda: He was an angel who cared for Matilda. She looked like Yeon Seo and she also wanted to be a prima ballerina. She was was killed (maybe the bullet was meant for Kang Woo but got her instead?) and this changed Kang Woo to turn to 'the dark side'. Kang Woo discovers Yeon Seo's likeness to Matilda and gathers info on her, wanting to bring her back to top form as prima ballerina again, to assuage the guilt/regret (or whatever) over Matilda.

He clearly knows that Yeon Seo is not Matilda, in the way he approaches her and speaks to her. Therefore I don't really think reincarnation is what we are dealing with here.

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The writer is Korean so coming from a place where East and West meet in the way of believing she can be more "ecumenical" as we could think. ( I find it quite strange the amount of different type of christianity providing in Korea it's like every preast is considering himself as an apostle and having luciferous /@13infamyss " he began to desire for himself the honor and glory that belonged to God alone. The sin that corrupted Lucifer was self-generated pride"/ cult air around him. Mixing reincarnation and angels might be possible in some way because Christians believe in God's reincarnation into a human (Jesus, an other messiah to come) and peagan customs, gods and way of thinking mixed with christianity for centuries and it formed it in it's own way, even Pope Gregory adjusted today's calendar to cover most of those "barbarian" traditions by christian ones and replace different god's, feries, etc. by angels, saints and Lucifer. He was a clever man and it worked, we'd almost forgotten the reason and symbolism behind all those feasts and strange looking traditions.

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Yes I glanced at what Wiki said about reincarnation in the Korean milieu and it did mention a host of different religions and many under the banner of Christian. I know what you mean about the free-floating mixing of different aspects of different faiths.

From the more established Christian traditions, Jesus is the Incarnation, ie God who took the form of man. He will return still fully incarnate God and man, but it's not called reincarnation in Christianity.

If Kang Woo had spoken to YS as if he believed her to be Matilda, I'd have no trouble 'seeing' that YS is a reincarnation. However, he has interacted with YS entirely as if she's another person. He never even showed a sign that he was looking at her in such a way as to draw a comparison with Matilda. So it's hard for me to think it's really reincarnation (for now) and this makes KW's reasons for bothering about YS still as murky as ever.

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"I know whenever we see a 'dead' person's doppelganger, especially in a kdrama, we immediately thing reincarnation is in the offing."

Yet, the description above says "Reincarnation is the concept that the soul, or some aspect of the soul, is reborn into new lives" not the body. I loved the fact that in Goblin the initial reincarnations held no physical resemblance to the earlier lives so the immortal beings (as well as the viewer to a certain point) had no idea who was the reincarnation of who.

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@growingbeautifully Thinking of it again, I, too, feel like adding the reincarnation is bit too much for the story. No clue on the duration of when reincarnation takes place, but 15 years seems to be short of time if we are going to based the theory that it was Matil that Kang Woo was referring to who died and he was visiting. Yeon Seo was already born into the world at that time. Naver says Yeon Seo is 26 years old now. So she was 11 fifteen years ago.

But as kerouregan said, it's possible that they could have a mix Buddhism with Christianity beliefs in here. I don't understand what Kang Woo meant that he was visiting a friend. Kocowa and Viki's subs were so vague, but did he mean that his friend who died was put to rest at a Buddhist temple 15 years ago? Assuming this is Matil he's talking about here, the fact that he laid Matil to rest through a Buddhist tradition, and not the Christian way could mean there was something in Buddhist beliefs that is in line with getting her back and cannot be found in the Christian beliefs. I think the fact that he emphasized that they must meet up at the temple meant a lot to him. Again Kocowa and Viki failed me here. Kang Woo said "Come out to make a wish before the important day". Important day = press conference? And why was it so important to make a wish at the temple?

She was was killed (maybe the bullet was meant for Kang Woo but got her instead?)

Yes! It looked like to me he was on his knees ready to receive what seemed to be a punishment. He had his eyes closed when the gunshot was heard. He opened his eyes and Matil was standing before him with bloodstains on her dress. As you have said in your post below on Giselle:

Giselle has the theme of love and redemption, where Giselle refuses to join the Wilis but out of love, saves her foul betrayer and in the process, she saves herself

It's really possible that he chose this piece because it speaks of his past.

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A fallen angel is a devil...

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Oh. The things I don't know. Thanks for the clarification.

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All g. You wouldn't believe the amount of times fiction as romanticized them as separate entities.
but yeah, Lucifer? Satan? The Devil? = Fallen Angel. Same with anything lesser.

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I didnt care much for Ji Kang Woo and actually was annoyed with him. This puts everything into perspective though and makes it more interesting!

I'm also invested in Nina's story arc.

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I like both your theories @sailorjumun!

However, I'll just put it out there that the rule that we have seen far for why angels are turned into wingless humans, is that it's some kind of 'punishment' for when they were supposed to have been a witness to someone's death but saved that person instead. So maybe the same thing happened here?

I don't know who the woman was, but in my mind it's possible that Kang-woo saved that woman (and therefore got sent back wingless) instead of being responsible for her death. And now has some Mission to fulfill all of his own. Maybe to turn someone into a star ballerina? Then he can think it's supposed to be YS but it's Nina instead.

You see, I like consistency in my fantasy worlds. But who knows - we'll find out soon :-)

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I like this theory. It makes a lot of sense to me. He may not have to turn someone into a star, maybe just help her overcome her self-imposed obstacles. And it would make sense if his target was really supposed to be Nina. But I'm not sure he's good for her. Hopefully he won't corrupt her.

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maybe, with the way he was scream/crying I asssumed Matil is no longer with us. but heck with this show anything could happen its so fun to speculate while we wait.

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I think the rule isn't necessarily not save but they aren't supposed to touch/interfere with humans. So another theory is that Kang Woo might have interfered (can even be by marrying her) but she still died in the end so he maybe rebelling now.

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My mood is still "!!!!!" after that ending. I'd go with the fallen (or perhaps sauntered vaguely downwards) angel theory. I wonder if angels can recognize other angels though, because it seems a little odd that sunbae Hu doesn't notice anything off about him. I wonder if he could've been just a regular guy whose maybe made a deal with the other side to get his lost love back, but don't see how getting Yeon Seo back on stage would be related to that. Whatever it is, it's an exciting twist!

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because it seems a little odd that sunbae Hu doesn't notice anything off about him.

Maybe he knows.... but Hu has been around for so long and perhaps is fully experienced to understand not to interfere with the course of nature. He talked about destiny to Dan and he opened the gate Kang Woo was there. At the end of the day, everything happens for a reason. That God let all these things happen to serve a purpose

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That makes sense! I could understand Dan not being able to see Kang Woo was disguised as a human but since Hu has been around I thought he'd see through it right away. But maybe it is all part of a bigger plan and this mission isn't just for Yeon Seo and Dan, but helping Kang Woo too

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I like that idea too! That Kang Woo is in the picture because he, too, needs to be saved. At the moment, he looked like somebody stuck in time, unable to move on from a tragedy.

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But Hoo was winking at Dan when Kang Woo appeared and they've been talking about finding her "rib" aka true love. Dan seemed to be on probation in the first episode to get recognised as full angel but he failed his mission and he played a lot. That is only deity or children who are allowed to play, so he didn't pass his "leaving certificate" of angels because he's still like a child in grown up pants.

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...before they've been talking...

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Well, Kang Woo doesn't even recognize Hu when he is in disguise as someone else.

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Ooops, I mean Dan....

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“Sauntered vaguely downwards”

... Cori, did you just watch/read Good Omens as well? ;)

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haha I'm watching it right now actually! The book is one of my favs and I'm liking the show too

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Just finished the show today! Hadn’t read the book before a few months ago, but I’ve been reading progressively more and more Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen over the last couple of years ~

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Oh neat! How did you like it? I've still got 1 more episode to go.

Aside from Coraline, I haven't read anything else by either of them yet, but I think I'm going to start the Discworld series next.

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I did NOT see that twist at the end coming. I was always suspicious of Kang-woo as he seemed to have a surveillance wall on all the main players in his place. I thought he was some sort of stalker.

I got the impression that he was married to the doppelgänger (reincarnation?) when she died. I wonder if he was given a mission just like Dan and fell in love with a human. Or does Kang-woo remember his human past and Yeon-seo is the reincarnation of his wife? Is Kang-woo a fallen angel? So many questions!!!!

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I was also freaked out with the revelation. I was already on team Cupid even if that meant he was to have his heart crushed by sending her to a man, but now this guy is not even human! 😱
I am so curious about what kind of drama is this.
I don't need necessarily an otp or a love story... in her case, she doesn't need a partner, she just needs someone to trust and learn to love as a human being or an angel, that love is also ok... to regain faith, although personally I don't believe angels will appear in front of our eyes in their human shapes nowadays...
But anyway, she needs friends, people who genuinely care for her...
If it is a healing drama that way, I am ok with that, but... If now it will turn into a love story between and angel and a human... I scratch my head not knowing what to think 😒

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I'm with you that her main need right now is a friend/someone she can trust, so I would be fine without an OTP. It's a drama, which means we're probably gonna get one, but I don't think this story needs one. However, if they do go the love story between an angel and human route, which I'm expecting, I am curious how that'll pan out. So either way, my interest is piqued.

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This is definitely not a simple romcom- it is a true drama. But I do think that ultimately it is a drama about love, in all of its forms, including Divine love.

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Yes, I think you are right about that -- but also evil self-love (aunt), and selfish obsessive love (JKW).

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As I said- all of its forms- including the bad ones.

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Well said!

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I was waiting for this write up just so that I could see everyone's theories.

I sense a tragic love story with an unhappy ending and our surprise angel might be trying to stop a repeat performance from our OTP. Just a theory.

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"When he sits up and reveals his face, she surprises herself by getting all googly-eyed."
Understatement. She watched him in slow motion like he's some sort of weird super model as petals fall around him. Whether she likes it or not, girl, you're falling hard.

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LOLOLOL. I loved that part when she said "Oh no, he shouldn't fall for me" 🤣🤣🤣 thinking her feelings out loud, but projecting her feelings on him!

I don't know what I`ll do once she figures out he doesn't like her that way. 🙈 She wanted to kiss his cheek because she thought the feeling was mutual. That he wanted that kiss as much as she did. It's gonna hurt knowing it's a one sided crush..... for now! xDD

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yeah, thats going to sting but everyone (but him) knows the feeling is mutual even if he denys or ignores those feelings she has to feel that they are reciprocated, no matter what he says.

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Oh I love that part too ..
How she feels when she realize it's actually one sided love :D

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@13infamyss Same, same ... I was laughing at her for saying that when it was she who was falling for him!

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Would he have kissed her back for real if her feelings weren't reciprocated though?

The recap didn't pick this up but before that scene Dan called Kang Woo and told him where they were so he could come. He was planning to bring them together again because a) he is unaware of his own feelings at the moment b) he is still thinking Kang Woo is the rib he was looking for. So he wasn't intending to kiss her nor trying to get Kang Woo to witness it - and that kiss was what caused Kang Woo's wings to appear which makes his intentions creepy.

Anywho, my point is that more than anyone else that kiss must have taken Dan by surprise.

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Yes! His feelings took him by surprise. It's so obvious that he is coming to love her without realizing or understanding it.

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my point is that more than anyone else that kiss must have taken Dan by surprise

Yes I agree. He did mention to Hu that being with Yeon Seo had his emotions fluctuate. He's blaming that there's some defect in his human body. Only with Yeon Seo does he get a rise of emotions. So it does make sense, in a yet spur of moment, he's done something drastic again with Yeon Seo involved. He found his lips on hers. He was not sure what it meant (giving her mixed signals again), but boy it felt good, it felt right that he went in for another one.

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Kang woo is a fallen angel. Reminds me of Lucifer lol

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That was a great twist. I already thought something was off and even vaguely sinister about Kang-woo, but I didn't see that coming. Now I'm really curious (and apprehensive) about his plans involving Yeon-seo. Also, I'm curious what his effect on Nina will be going forward, since she seems to take his advice to heart. I feel like as Yeon-seo becomes brighter, Nina will become darker.

On a lighter note, I enjoyed seeing Yeon-seo open up to Dan a bit more. They make a fun team.

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Oh yeah, I forgot about the phone calls. 🤔

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he is just full of surprises!

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Also, I'm curious what his effect on Nina will be going forward, since she seems to take his advice to heart. I feel like as Yeon-seo becomes brighter, Nina will become darker.

Nina said it herself - she doesn't know if Kang Woo is a good person or not, but one thing is for sure, he's very cool, and she's attracted to that aspect of him. Irony is she could tell right away that Dan is a good person. I agree on the bright/dark reversal on Yeon Seo and Nina.

I was thinking that there cannot be only Hu and Dan the wandering angels on earth. There's got to be another unearthly beings in the story. And look at what we've got here! Director Ji, the perfectionist, is otherworldly himself. Great twist I totally didn't see coming, even tho I was hoping for a supernatural antagonist from the start.

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Also, it seems like Nina gets treated as fragile by everyone around her; the director seems to be the only one who expects her to stand on her own feet and take responsibility for herself. Despite his harshness, he treats her like an adult and respects her autonomy. That probably draws her to him as well.

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Kang-woo and the mysterious person on the phone could be the evil equivalent of Dan and Hu. What if part of his mission is to corrupt Nina?

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This gets me thinking if Jung too might be an other worldly soul!! She certainly puts up with YS like a saint!

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"I feel like as Yeon-seo becomes brighter, Nina will become darker."

More Swan Lake references?

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I'm just going to interrupt all the angel theories to point out something else. Did anyone else find it interesting that when Yeon Seo was upset because everyone had left her she resorted to acting blind? Perhaps it was just because she was trying not to cry, but this writer has a good track record with foreshadowing so far (the kiss, the chocolate, Nina, etc.,) so I'd rather like to think it has a deeper meaning.

I really like that despite the fact that Yeon Seo blames the tragedy that caused her blindness for her messed up life, the show keeps showing how she uses it as a crutch to keep herself from moving forward. For instance, once she gained her sight back her brain created another problem to replace it. As the doctor told her, it's her mind that's the problem, not her body. She has a deep-set fear that's been keeping her from returning to dance/Fantasia and opening up to people and she's been using the blindness as a cover-up for that.

I'm really hoping that the writer goes the direction I'm thinking they will and make her a "blind" ballerina after all, since the act of dancing blind would require the utmost trust in both herself and her partner. It would be both aptly symbolic and a great turnaround if they made her former disability into a coping mechanism by having her learn to close her eyes when she dances on stage to overcome her fear. Plus, Dan teaching her to dance blind would be a treat to watch^^

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Did anyone else find it interesting that when Yeon Seo was upset because everyone had left her she resorted to acting blind?

Yes. That she was more comfortable shutting her eyes out and how her path became much clearer that way.

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I am already behind the comments and it’s barely two hours since the recap was up. Haha! That’s a good thing though as it only means a lot of beanies are tuning in to this drama. Love! ❤️

First, thank you @sailorjumun for the recap! My brain also got fried when the show threw the fake kiss, the real kiss and the Kangwoo reveal in one cliffhanger ending. So many theories are swirling up my brain. Still, I want to dwell on the thought that Kangwoo is still a good person/angel or whatever he is. He’s shown some bits of thoughtfulness like when he suggested to postpone the press conference or Yeon Seo’s return to ballet as well as when he earlier called YS that Director Choi pushed for the presscon even if he already requested for its cancellation. He was even enraged on her behalf. So, I want (badly want) to believe that he wants YS best interest all along. Not that I want him and YS to be a couple. No, not that. I am team Kim Dan! However, I just want YS to be surrounded with people who she can trust after losing Mr. Jo. It would help her heal mentally and emotionally.

On another note, I would like to shout how adorable that little kiddo in the park is when she said “kiss kiss” and when YS told her to go back to her mom, the cute little “humpfff” is so priceless! Sending virtual kisses to that cutie patootie! 😘😘😘

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Still, I want to dwell on the thought that Kangwoo is still a good person/angel or whatever he is. [...] So, I want (badly want) to believe that he wants YS best interest all along.

Ohhhh gemwendz, same. I want more people Yeon Seo can put her trust into and not betray her.

But this conversation between Dan and Kang Woo is troubling me.
Dan: Just make this promise to me
Kang Woo: ANYTHING. Tell me
Dan: Promise me that whatever you do, you`ll will do it for her happiness
Kang Woo: (scoffed) Her happiness? That's too abstract
Dan: Promise me. Now.

AND! We didn't get to hear his answer! He said he would do anything in exchange of Dan's assistance, but he was reluctant of Dan's condition. Ack!

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I really would like to believe that KW’s reluctance is based on what happened between him and his wife (or lover). A person’s happiness does not necessarily mean that is what’s best for her/him. That’s why he said it’s vague. He might want what’s the best for YS but in doing so, YS might be unhappy in the process. I don’t know. It’s me wanting to believe the goodness in him. I want him to be the one person in Fantasia who is on her side. The battle YS will be facing to get back in the ballet world is just so difficult but if KW is there to back her up, then it will be a little bit less.

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Also, the fact that Angel Dan staged the “coincidental” meeting with KW at the temple means somehow KW said yes to Dan’s condition to only bring happiness to YS, right?

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I really hope I am overthinking! I rewatched the episode and the talk on happiness did show up again. It was when Yeon Seo asked Kang Woo if he wished for the same thing he told her to wish for - happiness. And he didn’t answer, rather gave her a smile. Same gesture he gave when Dan asked for Yeon Seo’s happiness from him.

Anyways you are correct. Knowing Dan, he must have gotten a yes from Kang Woo one way or another before doing what he requested him to do.

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Yes, I rewatched that scene too where YS asked if KW wished for happiness as well. My thoughts is that since we all know what happened to his lover, then his definition of happiness might be to have his lover back. And since it is impossible, how could he honestly respond with a positive? He could only smile at that.

I really wish I could be right on my hunch about KW because the other option is just so painful both to YS and me. If KW is indeed Lucifer or the Black Angel (the main villain in this drama), it’s just so dreadful to think about it. I just want to have a light drama. I am already okay with having the aunt and Luna as the villains. Forgive my weak heart.

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Omg this drama had the most cliffhanger ending every single episode. Now the waiting game until the next ep.....

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I am dying at what a bad matchmaker our Angel Dan is. Like... a handsome prospect arrives! Cool! ... tackle him, stink-eye him, never even consider him as a prospect until... oh no... all these destiny sign-posts... okay, maybe help his fated love for like twenty minutes, then MAKE OUT with his fated lady yourself! I mean, I thought he'd be hilariously bad, but I imagined it'd be by overenthusiastic helping, not this 'you tried... but did you... really?'

Who knows what's up with Kang Woo! I'd be pleased if Yeon Seo was his love reincarnated (and if he was the boy in the flashbacks!) because then we wouldn't get Childhood Love trumps all. Sometimes you get reincarnated and you meet a cuter angel. Maybe Dan was in the past life too! We just don't have enough information, but Kang Woo is clearly Hung Up and not fighting against being hung up, which is no trajectory for a hero. I'm also unsure where Dan's head is at... Impulse City, I guess! I look forward to seeing him work it out.

Yeon Seo, of course, I'm with every step. She's so proud and so helpless at once, and oh lord, is she already in love. I'm a little apprehensive getting the kiss so early, as that can be a bad sign the drama will lack tension later, but here's hoping all will be well! It's so sad to see how secretly eager she is for love. Her 'will you stay with me until I die' to Dan earlier--she meant it! She fastens hard onto her awesome employee's suggestion Dan is crushing on her! She hopes he is (and no judgement girl, he real cute). This girl is READY to incorporate his weird wings fetish into her sex life, doesn't suspect him of being materialistic when he's functionally sleeping on a park bench... she deserves what I hope is his holy wrath when he realises how terrible her family is. She goes on a date with Kang Woo purely in order to have a date with Dan. She's giving him the green light. If he was just a sincere secretary, he'd be in the lap of luxury with a beautiful girlfriend in no time flat, but of course... he's an angel, and it can't be that simple. I hope they both work out their feelings/that their feelings aren't unrequited.

Thank you for a great recap!

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Given that we have a Fallen Angel to contend with now there is no way for there to be a lack of tension in the drama. The early kiss just starts to set up the storyline that begins with the simple objection: Yes, BUT HE's AN ANGEL. Lots and lots of repercussions to come.

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And there's his countdown in his calendar that Lady Butler interpreted as his birthday. We don't know if he is allowed to fall in love with a human nor whether he has the option to stay should he wish to. Tons of reasons for tension even if they would acknowledge their feelings and become a couple.

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Clues to the JKW mystery:

1. Humans can't touch angels unless something special happens, like Angel Dan breathing on YS on the bridge. So JKW may not have been a supernatural being when his "friend" died, since he was able to catch her body in his arms.

2. His friend would have given anything to be a ballerina with YS's talent and opportunities, but she died 15 years ago. So YS can't be her reincarnation. Who would have shot an aspiring ballerina? The only villain in our show? She also was a ballerina, I'm sure. We saw her stretching in a ballerina pose in one of her conversations with her husband.

3. As someone mentioned in the last recap, the fact that JKW's wings can't be seen differentiates him from Dan, so maybe he isn't an angel at all. What other kind of winged supernatural beings could there be? Did he become a demon because of his bitterness and his determination to make things happen his way? Then he wouldn't have had any resistance to going to a temple. But if he's a demon, is he necessarily evil? Or maybe conflicted? Or just wrapped up in his own sorrows and plans?

4. I found it hard to read his expression as he looked down at Kim Dan and YS kissing. Some have said he was angry or even furious, but I rewatched and really didn't see that. That very innocent scene below reminded him of his "friend's" dying moment, definitely a painful memory -- what's the connection between past and present?

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1. Could be a City of Angels scenario. Angel becomes a mortal because of his love for a human woman who short time later dies... but certainly KW was not a full angel at the time of Matilda’s death.

3. Dan’s wings only pop out during rain when he is with YS. KW’s wing appeared as he was viewing the kiss because... there is a clue here. Connects directly to 4.

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I'm just over the moon when the kiss and my heart just stop seeing the shadow wings! What a twist!
I think Kang Woo is the fallen Angel and I thought that Kang Woo is from the future and he's going back to 'fix' Yeon-seo future so she won't be dead tragically but Dan is coming and screw up his plan.
Any other possibilities I'm still hooked with this drama.

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So, why did Kang-works wing appear at that precise time? For Dan it was the rain connecting him and YS that made his wings appear. For KW ... YS (“his woman”) kissing another man? This leads to some dark scenarios. In any case, there is a clue here...

Did everyone note the band of light circling the handkerchief wound around YS’s wrist during the kiss scene? To adapt an old tune, a kiss is Not just a kiss, a handkerchief is not just a handkerchief when they’re from an angel!

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Yeah. I noticed that one. It seems like an angel’s kiss is binding. So, Yeon seo will be binded to Angel Dan forever? Hmmm...

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Fracking autocorrect! And my inattentiveness! Kang-woo not Kang-works! Arggg...

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The wings appeared in response to Kang-woo's anger.

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So, who the heck is KW talking to when he is on the phone either reporting or making requests???

Majordomo Jung?!?
Someone we haven’t seen yet?
Who does a defrocked angel report to?

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Lol. Ultimately yes. My question was more local... next layer up.

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I was all for Kangwoo being 2nd lead and maybe getting the girl (or at least Nina) until he fired that ballerina for needing to pick up her kid. He's just evil. Even before his creepy wings popped out.

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Outright and deliberately evil? Or just so obsessed that he is blind to everything except the perfect execution of his plan?

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Thanks @sailorjumun!

So we find that in Kang Woo, we might be dealing with an angel of darkness (standing appropriately in the shadows). One who is tempting Ni Na to give in to selfishness, tempting Yeon Seo to grab hold of fame and continue to be self-seeking. He is not actually kind or compassionate, regardless of how he seems to treat Ni Na, because it never extends beyond what his plans or agenda might be, so he fires the poor ballerina who had to pick up her child without compunction.

About the Ballets - Reading the blog of Bitches over Dramas, added ballet and other ideas into my head. http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/05/29/angels-last-mission-love-first-impressions/#comment-8935

In the ballet, Swan Lake, quoting @packmule3: "... Yeonseo is the cursed swan Odette. Yeonseo’s cousin and understudy, Nina, is the Odile. The Angel Dan is obviously the Prince Seigfried and director KangWoo is the evil Count von Rothbart and father of Odile."

"I’m not sure if Yeonseo’s cousin Nina is a villain-in-the-making or just a helpless pawn in the scheme of KangWoo. Right now, she appears to be similar to Odile in the Swan Lake who was used by her own father."

http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/05/31/angels-last-mission-love-episodes-56/

"The influence of the Swan Lake ballet in this drama is unmistakable. The Swan Lake is about dichotomies: good vs evil, Odette vs Odile, night vs day, freedom vs curse, castle life vs the swan lake, love vs deception." - However I'm thinking that this drama has some nuance, because I believe we have grey areas in most of the characters. I hope 'dear' aunt has a grey area too, (maybe later?), but her husband and Nina do.

Still it is fun to think simplistically of show being a battle between good and evil, or light and dark, bearing in mind, that even the devil can look like a sweetie when it suits his purpose.

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Kang Woo wanted to change the ballet repertoire to a new kind of Giselle, a story in which death and ghosts (Wilis) of dead maidens, betrayed by their lovers, play a big role.

The Ballet Giselle
Wikipedia says of Giselle: “The ghost-filled ballet tells the tragic, romantic story of a beautiful young peasant girl who falls for the flirtations of the deceitful and disguised nobleman Albrecht. When the ruse is revealed, the fragile Giselle dies of heartbreak, and Albrecht must face the otherworldly consequences of his careless seduction.” Giselle is supposed to also turn into a Wilis and seek Albrecht's death, but even in death, she chooses love over revenge.

It seems suitable that Kang Woo decided on the ballet Giselle to replace Swan Lake. If he had loved Matilde/Matilde? and lost her, and is out to bring ruin to the one who was responsible (YS?), then he’s also the head of the Wilis who wants to dance YS to death.

Giselle has the theme of love and redemption, where Giselle refuses to join the Wilis but out of love, saves her foul betrayer and in the process, she saves herself. In the usual lighter aspect of kdrama, even bad guys are not entirely black but grey. Might it be that Yeon Soo will overcome her anger, hurt and pain, to forgive and actively love her enemies, to lay her many ghosts to rest, (continue to turn away from the temptations presented by Kang Woo), and redeem not just herself by Kang Woo and Dan and Nina?

Angel Handkerchief - She wore the handkerchief on her wrist, as a metaphor for him being her bandage and healing her. As he she had him by her side.. I hope it's not used as a talisman however, meaning that she will not think that without it, she will be unable to walk again. if she does not wear it.

It's interesting that at the proper kiss from Dan, the hanky's embroidered feather glimmered. A sign that Dan had finally hit the 'love' part of his mission, perhaps?

The Improved Yeon Seo - I was struck by how hard it was for her to put aside her normal state of being defensive, independent and proud, so as to say thanks to Kim Dan. This at last was a true acknowledgement that she had needed help, that she had trusted him (we commented much on distrust before!) and was grateful at last. I hope she also thanks Manager Jung some day.

I am a bit worried though, that it is/was Jung who is innocently giving Kang Woo insider info on Yeon Seo. There's going to be fallout from that if this is the case.

So many ideas to bandy about and so much to love about this show!

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Majordomo Jung was my guess as well ...

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Maybe Manager Jung is Yeon Seo’s guardian angel that’s why she can’t leave her no matter how mean the lady is.

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I couldn't figure out why the feather on the handkerchief lit up. I like your theory.

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I read online that the colour of an angel's feather has a different meaning. The blue one (as shown on the handkerchief) means protection. So maybe it did light up as it is protecting YS.

Giselle: The Wilis, a group of mystic and supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. I thought that in this case KW is summoning his dead lover from the grave through YS. He is more obsessed about his lover (videos constantly on etc) than YS. She might be the vessel to get his lover back?

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Just loving the ballet connections so, so much...

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The blogs at BoD are certainly thoughtful and interesting. Thanks for the links!

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You know, it would be epic if Dan is the white swan Odette (has the white angelic wings) and Kang-Woo is the black swan Odile (has the black wings of shadow) and YS is the Prince(ss)!

About time in Kdramas for major gender and role reversals, don’t you think?

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@hebang @tesshan @gemwendz @lindag
I actually quite like your idea FlyingTool, based on the wings :-D

Taking this thought a step further with the story of the ballet as the background for our show's characters, then who's the evil sorcerer 'father' of Odile? Is a spell being cast so that we see Kang Woo as one thing when he is actually another? Is Yeon Seo pledging herself to Dan only to be tricked into following Kang Woo instead?

I was reading one synopsis of the ballet https://www.liveabout.com/swan-lake-acts-i-and-2-synopsis-723768 and it brought up an interesting point. "in many performances, a single prima ballerina plays both Odette and Odile. It is a role that ballerinas strive for from a very young age."

Take this together with "The fight between good and evil is found here as well. After all, what good love story doesn't have a little conflict? The juxtaposition of a ballerina playing two opposing roles only enhances this concept." - we see that Yeon Seo (and Nina) are capable of both good and evil, depending on how they respond to the temptations of Kang Woo. Kang Woo himself also displays both good and possible evil. So the battle between good and evil takes place between characters and within them as well.

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The evil sorcerer would be the aunt, Director Choi? Her attempted murder (IMO) of YS caused the fateful intervention by Dan caused him to lose his chance at heaven (the curse?). KW is trying to trick the Princess YS to the path of false love - obsession with being the prima ballerina vs Dan and the true path of love. This drama being about Love in all its forms.

I think it would be a really interesting take on the story.

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That ending. I have watched a lot of KDramas but none of them had a reveal like that: It was a genuine punch in the gut. As an old sailor I had a lot of very appropriate (but not printable) language to express my feelings at the sight of Kang-woo's wings.

Sailorjumin, you are right to notice the things which Kang-woo has said and done- because they show us where his heart lies. Until he spread his wings I was going with the idea that he was just an obsessive artist pursuing his vision. But now we know the truth- forget the first option, this is a fallen angel.

This story has just been elevated to a whole new level.

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Your commentary is basically my brain the past week. WAIT WHAT.

I have a feeling that the woman is YS but we don’t know how they are all connected yet. YS was in America and he does know her. Something happened and she probably lost her memories or blocked them out.

L is totally killing me in this. The main leads are perfect for each other, and Dan is already pulling YS out of her shell.

I can’t t for this journey!

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So good. I’m still chomping at the bit each week. That reveal at the end of ep 4 was real good, and I didn’t see it coming. I’m excited to learn more about the director. Curious if YS was reincarnated from previously being an angel? Or just another human.

Some of the characters are still confusing me though. Like Nina’s father. He seemed like he was a decent enough person, but then you see him burning YS medical records with the evil mother. Nina herself seems almost too nice, surrounded by fairly bad people so I’m almost suspecting the eventual reveal she was behind something horrible.

Main couple is still amazing though, and I can’t wait for further hijinks.

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@ssandulak Oh dear, what you say about Nina and even her dad,... in a show like this when not everyone is who or what they seem to be, it becomes a possibility that the least suspicious person may be the most devious and evil!!! 😮

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BTW, do we know which one -- the reluctant father or evil mother -- is actually biologically related to YS? I'm guessing it's the father.

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I don’t think it’s been said which one is actually related. Could be either one, but I’m almost betting on evil mother who was jealous of brother or sister’s wealth. Could be either though.

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We have seen Nina's dad being disapproving of his wife's machinations. But that does not mean that he would not act to protect her- he is her husband and so he has to protect her and his daughter too- his family. Helping to burn the records was a protective act- but not necessarily a stamp of approval.

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Honestly, since episode 1 I have been suspecting the uncle and Nina of being the truly devious ones in the family (the Aunt was just too obviously evil), but so far I’ve been proved wrong each time... maybe this show will just have more characters with gray areas than I initially thought..,

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Oh dear, Dan is so naive. He interprets just seeing Yeon Seo and Kang Woo together to mean that they are dating. He has to be a lot more observant and a lot less of a jump-to-conclusions, or overly gung-ho angel. For instance, what exactly was that kiss? He tells himself YS and KW are dating, and he calls KW over to join them, but the next thing an accidental peck from YS gets him kissing her. He's really a 'be- true-to-one's-feelings kind of angel. It got him into trouble before and is now going to land him in hotter soup with YS. Once again he has no one to blame but himself.

Here's a girl who's constantly expecting to be cheated and jumping at all kinds of evidence that she's being betrayed, and here also we have a thoughtless Dan who does not know how to be more careful that he does not give the wrong message.

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I could only come up with one reason for Dan kissing Yeon Seo and that is curiosity. Nowhere in the drama did I see Angel Dan showing some interest to Yeon Seo.

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@gemwendz You could be right. I felt that he never entertained the thought before, but the minute the idea was put into his head, and he finds it interesting, he's all out to try it for himself. Or maybe he thought it was something that would contribute to Yeon Seo's happiness? Or he really had liked her for some time but just never knew it until the accidental kiss. Then he just let his heart take over. 🙄

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Yes, it could be that Dan has already these feelings inside him though he didn’t connect it yet as him falling in love for YS. I wish everything will turn out well for everyone. I am reading comments that the love between an angel and human could only end in tragedy. Oh no! Please, don’t.

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I think he did it because Yeon Seo said she was going to kiss him on the cheek as a reward, so thought besides being a romantic thing, a kiss can have a "job well done" kind of meaning too

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OMG, I just remembered the "kiss" Dan gave YS on the bridge. The invisible one. Maybe a kiss does have a different meaning for angels.

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@gemwendz @moomoomoondog Cori @smolo @moonbean @lindag @13infamyss @bdxpelik @katrina @parksooha13

After reading you all ... thought I'd mention this and see if you think the same. There are 3 instances of so called kisses and 1 instance of an almost a kiss.
1) Bridge kiss - where he was ethereal and invisible to her and superimposed his face over hers. But I felt it was not a kiss per se. Rather it was him giving her some positive vibes or the breath of life ... because she was thinking of death and dying. His words were roughly: "Foolish human, don't you know you need breath to live."

2) Fall Down kiss - Little girl sees Dan has fallen over YS and tells them to kiss. Dan repeats the words: "Kissing ... kissing ... kiss..." as if experimenting with that sound/word/thought. YS gets the wrong idea and pushes him off. He next asks for 3 wishes. YS puts the wrong 2 and 2 together and still thinks that one of his first thoughts on what to wish for includes a kiss from her or with her. She files that away...

3) Accidental kiss - And so because YS filed that away as a thing Dan wanted as a wish, she offered to fulfil his wish by kissing him on the cheek. But he turned his head so it was a quick lip-to-lip peck.

4) Proper Kiss - He goes with the flow and the feeling (as in: that's nice and it should be responded to properly!) and as is his wont, he impulsively acts upon the feeling, hence his return kiss.

So next episode we'll have a confused YS having received mixed signals. Not to mention KW too who's received mixed signals!!! LOL.

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Yes, I wouldn’t count the bride kiss as an actual kiss. Rather, it’s a breath of fresh air to Yeon Seo so she will have a positive outlook in life. At that time, she’s clearly remembering the time when she jumped off the bridge after becoming blind. So, she was in a dark mood and Angel Dan gave her a breath of positivity to lighten up her heart.

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*bridge kiss

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Heh. So what you're saying is the kiss is actually what was on her mind more than Dan? 😆 That she had once again projected her feelings on him by saying she thought Dan would like the kiss on the cheek, when really, it was her who wanted to kiss? HUEHEHEHE

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Yup,... projecting her feelings, where it comes to Dan, for some time now, is what our YS is doing. She says, "Oh, he shouldn't fall for me" ... when actually it's herself who's falling for him.

Ah, the problem with Hu-speak. We do not know if he's to be taken literally or whether it's a metaphor for something else. It might also have been merely a way to scare Dan so that he would keep a bit of distance from human beings. But we see that our gung-ho and impulsive angel does not do that.

Not only does he put his face up close to YS's when she was still blind, he shared the park bench with her.

When he was supposed to help the dying pup find peace, he could have just gone to where the pup was, but he sat in the truck with the driver/dog seller and scared him.

So even when Hu gives Dan the impression that at the end of 100 days he'll disappear or not get to enter heaven at that time or whatever if he fails his mission, I'm not entirely taking that at face value. His 'punishment' might actually be something that he prefers more than entering heaven immediately. 😉

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The sign of a great twist is one you didn't see coming, yet when it happens it suddenly seemed obvious all along. There was always something so OFF about Kang Woo, and so to have him revealed as some otherwordly being fits perfectly. This gives me hope that this show has some more twists up its sleeve, since it seems like one that pays a lot of attention to detail, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

I had a wild theory that the flashback we saw was actually a vision, and that we were seeing those two in the future. And that maybe he is trying to avoid that fate somehow. I don't know how that would relate to his friend who died 15 years ago or the woman from the videos, though. But hey, who knows?

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I love your wild theory. Better than reincarnation any day. How it could relate to his friend: maybe she died somehow and never realized her dream so Kang Woo is trying to make that happen for someone else? Maybe that mission will give him hope for the afterlife with the dead friend?

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What a twisty twist!
In my opinion Kang-woo had the same mission as Dan...he needed to find love for Matilda and he ended up in love with her. I wonder what caused her death and if it was his fault...
Maybe he spent the last 15y looking for another dancer that could equal his love and now that he found her, he wants her back on the stage.
I am not sure if he actually remembers that he is an angel...maybe the shadow was the manifestation of his emotions but he did not grew wings in his human form (because I do think he is human now). If he was an angel, how could he not spot Dan as one?
I also find interesting that the show he choose is Giselle: The ballet is about a peasant girl named Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover, Albrecht, is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of mystic and supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave.
Somehow he is summoning his past lover from the grave through YS.

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@tesshan Nice and plausible link to the Ballet Giselle. I had thoughts on that ballet too, on whether show was going along with the clues that might be dropped from the stories of the ballet.

Stuff on Giselle upthread
http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/06/angels-last-mission-love-episodes-7-8/#comment-3469873

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maybe the shadow was the manifestation of his emotions but he did not grew wings in his human form

After his wings grew out of his shadow, we saw Kang Woo again watching the two liplocked, but there was no sight of wings behind him..... wondered if that is actually the case...

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I just had the thought -- what if she took her own life so she could be an angel too? (Not sure that works, though.) But instead of bringing them together, it left them separated because he has to finish his human life, and even then he might not be an angel in good standing.

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Ahh I’m dying to watch the next episodes already!! The kiss was completely unexpected and then we get the reveal that the director is an angel as well omg! A fallen angel or something along those lines I’m presuming. He just seems evil to me. Him tempting Nina to be selfish and getting rid of that poor mother who had to go pick up her kid from daycare like wtf?? He might seem caring at times towards Yeonseo but I believe it’s purely for selfish reasons. He has some sort of goal and I highly doubt it’s her happiness. I wish we heard his response when Dan asked him to promise him that everything he would do would be for Yeonseo’s happiness. Ugh and Dan’s wish.. for Yeonseo to find someone that’s even more angelic than a real angel. MY HEART!! He meant it when he said that all his wishes would benefit her. I just can’t wait to watch as these two fall harder and harder for each other. They’re already starting to no matter how much they try to deny or ignore it. I’m just scared about the angst that’s going to come along with it because I’m preeeeettyy sure there’ll be quite a bit of that. This is one of the few Dramas that I’ve watched where I really don’t know how it’ll end and am scared about a sad ending or even a bittersweet ending... I just really want a happy ending for these two please! 🙏🙏🙏

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Even if KW had replied to Dan saying that 'Yes' everything would be for Yeon Seo's happiness, I'd not put much store by it since the fallen angel = devil = the father of lies. 😓

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Okay yeah that’s so true!! I’m not gonna trust him lol I’m not falling for it. My gut has been telling me he’s bad from the moment I saw him.

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Quoting again what you’ve said, @growingbeautifully cuz I couldn’t have said it better

that even the devil can look like a sweetie when it suits his purpose.

I’m still hoping for twist that we are overthinking what Kang Woo is in this story. Perhaps he was just an angel who happened to fall for a human and this somehow violated the rules of heaven. But I can’t help thinking the heart of this story is rooted in good vs evil. Yeon Seo has got an angel and a devil by her side whispering to her, and she has the free will to choose what to do.

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If he's a devil/demon, I appreciate that he's subtly evil. He's not a murderer as far as we know, and he doesn't seem interested in money. He's all about personal glory and self, self, self.

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I'm thinking that as is the case with created beings, whether human or angel,... although all are made good, there is free will and there can be flaws in thinking, attitude, etc. I'm putting KW under "dark" but not "black" for now. He has nuances of grey with a chance of hitting the lighter shades and he can even slowly become an angel of light. Change for the better is always possible!!

If only we can say the same with some confidence about dear Aunt Choi. LOL.

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This bit had my heart wrung out @cherryblossom! 😭

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That was just harsh firing the mom because she had to go pick up her child and shows that KW doesn't care about others as long as he can achieve his goals. I'm really worried about the influence he could have on Nina because she is so genuinely kind but with the pressure on her from her mom she could wind up taking his advice.

Awww and Dan's wish was so sweet ❤ I love him and Yeon Seo and hope we get plenty more bickering and cuteness before that good 'ol kdrama angst comes along.

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Cori, I cannot get that scene out of my head - that scene where Kang Woo was so passionate in telling Nina that he needed a perfect team ready when Yeon Seo comes back on stage. His hands were trembling in excitement at the thought of forming the best team for her. Only for Yeon Seo. The ballerina mom was lacking to begin with; he found an excuse to kick her out of the team and def did not shy away from using that.

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Oh, I didn't notice that before! Did they ever say the date that Fantasia's show opens? I know KW showed up before Dan received his mission but I wonder if it's all around the same time and they've both got the same 100 day dedline.

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I wondered in the beginning of this drama who was she going to end up with and the likely answer was the human rather than the angel (I hate ending up on the wrong ship, ruins a perfectly good drama for me). If both guys are angels anything goes regarding who she will end up with. The stakes are really high here. Once Yeon Seo and Dan realize their feelings for each other Dan will start worrying about his limited number of days (and so will Yeon Seo if she knows the truth).

What I want to know about the angels more than anything else at this point is don't they recognize each other (not necessarily know each other but sense that this a human versus an angel).

To me the creepiest thing about Kang Woo is not the wings but the fact that he is after Yeon Seo due to her resemblance to someone else. That is disturbing.

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When he was an angel in training, Dan was told that if he touched a human, he would be "dissipated" like smoke. But he wasn't. He was sent as a human (but with his angel's handkerchief and wings) to accomplish his mission (love) in 100 days. He was told it was his last chance. But last chance for what? To move up to heaven? To be an angel? And what are the consequences if he fails? To stay as he is? We don't know, and he doesn't know.

I can't see an ending where Dan and YS are not together. So to me, that means that either Dan lives on as a human, or YS becomes an angel in training together with him.

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Funny, I never thought of YS becoming an angel for them to be together because that requires her to die. In these kinds of cases we are conditioned to expect the immortal being sacrifice their immortality for love (except for vampire stories where they can't turn back to being human).

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But she was already supposed to die at least twice -- once when she jumped off the bridge (remember he said she died there), and again when Dan saved her from dying in the car wreck. So her destiny has already been thwarted twice.

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I'm thinking that with one of the repeated themes in the first few episodes being thoughts of death, of family dying and YS wanting to die, of YS being dead inside, of her being without love/empty like a noisy gong, etc. that if show is going to be a healing show, (and I think it's purpose is to lead all to healing), ... then the end will not have death but life and love as its goal. If show is about diametric opposites, then we are moving from the not good to the very good.

I was thinking that of all the ballets, Fantasia should change from Swan Lake or Giselle to Coppelia. A fiesty Swanhilda who'll thwart the somewhat diabolic doll maker and save her beloved, and live on, would be the kind of ending I want to see for this show, and actually (courting disappointment) what I'm expecting for this show. I'm thinking that Dan together with YS will not only save/heal each other, but the people of Fantasia as well.

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I've been trying to read all comments before I post but it's now an almost impossible task!

I don't even know what to think anymore and I mean it in a good way. Of the three shows I am watching now, Arthdal, My Absolute Boyfriend and this, I think this drama is the most likely to reward me for working my brain cells. If my brain overheats, I'll just resign myself to measuring the depth of L's dimples.

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And comparing it to all other Mr Dimples. :)

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I always thought KW was something other than a ballet director. He seemed like he was a detective trying to solve a mystery. I thought he was trying to unravel the mystery of YS's parents deaths.

The incomplete time line seems to be important. KW is haunted by something that happened 15 years ago. When did YS's parents die? How did they get so wealthy? Her parents seemed extremely wealthy with the mansion, the ballet company, etc. YS would have inherited everything upon their passing which I assume was shortly before her blindness accident. It seems her aunt has only been in charge for three years to the present.

Her aunt wants to retain the power, status and wealth of the company, but is she willing to kill/harm/destroy three family members to achieve her goal?

Is KW on a personal mission of redemption or revenge? He was brought as the new director to push YS comeback (and prospective failure and "mental" breakdown) so the aunt could take over the company. That seems to be the aunt's plan, but Dan (and presumably KW) have thwarted that plan. Is KW working for or against the aunt? Does he really want to give YS a second life as a star ballerina, or does he want to hurt her?

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When did YS's parents die?

Yeon Seo said she was 17 when she became orphan. She is 26 now. So nine years ago was when they passed.

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Since YS's Aunt Choi is the only villain that we know of, I won't be surprised if she had a hand in the death of KW's ballerina, and I won't be surprised if part of his personal mission is to avenge her by bringing down Aunt Choi. I'm pretty sure that Aunt Choi was a ballerina, and since we know that she's willing to kill to get ahead, I wouldn't put it past her to have killed to get ahead in her ballet career. Although shooting someone is a little more hands-on than paying for someone to tamper with the brakes.

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