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Hotel del Luna: Episode 3

Curiosity can be a dangerous thing and despite his urge to run away, our hero keeps finding himself wanting to know more about Hotel del Luna and it’s ethereal mistress. Each new discovery sparks more questions and if he’s not careful, Chan-sung may discover more than he’d bargained for.

  
EPISODE 3 RECAP

Staring up at the ancient tree in the hotel, Man-wol thinks back to Chan-sung’s question as to whether or not she’s alive and laments that she’s just stuck. A flashback takes her back to her life before the hotel as she sits atop a cliff overlooking a convoy below. She nods to one of her companions, whose name is YEON-WOO (Lee Tae-sun), and he leads an attack on the party.

Man-wol remains on the cliff and watches as Yeon-woo is disarmed by the head guard, who’s name we’ll learn is GO CHUNG-MYUNG (Lee Do-hyun). She draws her bow and fires at Chung-myung, who senses it in time to knock the arrow away. The two stare at each other for a charged moment and then Man-wol whistles for her team to withdraw. Chung-myung gives chase and manages to catch up with Man-wol, tackling her from her horse.

He’s stunned to discover that the ringleader is actually a beautiful woman giving Man-wol the opportunity to knock him out. She takes him prisoner, but Chung-myung doesn’t seem particularly bothered as he rides behind her all tied up. He asks her to release him on the grounds they hail from the same homeland, but Man-wol doesn’t take kindly to his familiar speech and kicks him to the ground.

Chung-myung warns her he’s a lowly foot soldier and won’t fetch a ransom, but Man-wol smirks that the noble woman in the carriage had seem more concerned about his safety than her stolen possessions. He cheekily suggests that he can persuade the noble woman better if Man-wol unties him. Man-wol wonders if cutting out his tongue will lower his price.

Something spooks Man-wol’s horse but when she starts to chase after it, she finds herself caught in quicksand. Chung-myung wanders over to the pit and Man-wol throws out her scarf, shouting for him to pull her out. He suggests she throw her sword instead, pointing out he’s still bound and calmly warning her not to struggle since it’ll only make her sink faster.

Out of options, Man-wol throws her sword and Chung-myung cuts his ropes. Man-wol throws out her hand for help and cries out as Chung-myung saunters away. She frantically tries to fight her way out, sinking ever deeper… and then Chung-myung reappears with a rope he’d tied to the horse. Once out, Chung-myung holds Man-wol’s sword to her neck and declares her his prisoner now.

Chung-myung further reveals that the woman he’d been escorting was a princess and he’s actually the captain of her guards. Man-wol stares up at him with angry tears but he suddenly crumples to the ground as a rock smacks him in the head. Looking up, Man-wol smiles to see Yeon-woo grinning back at her.

In the present, Man-wol’s reverie is interrupted by Mago, the deity that left Man-wol in charge of the hotel. Mago wonders aloud whether Man-wol is looking at this moon… or the one from long ago. Man-wol quips that they’re all the same and Mago coos that the flowers around the ancient tree are beautiful — indicating Man-wol has done well as the hotel’s proprietress.

Mago tuts that she noticed Manager Noh had passed on and Man-wol wonders when it’ll be her turn. Mago chides that Man-wol isn’t dead yet, rather her life force is tied to the tree and the flow of life and death has stopped for her. Man-wol demands when Mago will release her, but Mago says Man-wol is keeping herself chained.

Indicating the tree, Mago says that it’ll blossom once more and time will return to them, suggesting Man-wol leave something pretty behind. Man-wol snaps that she has no such thing and Mago watches sadly as she sashays out of the room. Turning back to the tree, Mago makes a branch bloom which she then places on Chan-sung’s chest (as he’s sleeping in Man-wol’s office after his run in with the vengeful spirit).

In his dreams, Chan-sung sees Man-wol from her life before, smiling brightly as Chung-myung and Yeon-woo run towards her with drinks. She holds out her hand and Chan-sung wakes up… the flower has vanished. We pick up in the hotel lobby, and Chan-sung stares up at Man-wol with new eyes.

Chan-sung thanks Man-wol for saving him and she says if he’d been wearing his ugly brown shoes, she wouldn’t have. She reasons that he wore the shoes she’d picked because he was waiting for her, citing his text message about the tiger as proof he was thinking of her. Chan-sung worries Man-wol cast a spell on him and she snorts when he admits he’d dreamed of her.

Looking at her now, however, Chan-sung can’t imagine she’s the same girl that smiled sweetly in his dreams and dismisses the idea. Man-wol assumes it was a dirty dream and ignores Chan-sung’s protests. He wonders how she brought him to the hotel and a flashback reveals she’d called the bellhop, Hyun-joong to possess him and walk back to the hotel. Hee.

Man-wol gives Chan-sung a tour of the hotel and reveals that while the hotel exists in the real world (and pays real taxes) its presence is vague so that it’s only noticeable in bad weather or to people with a strong sixth sense. She adds that there are some people that search out the hotel and they have a special room for humans that insist on staying.

Standing in front of the room, Man-wol ominously says those that check in, don’t check back out. She dares Chan-sung to enter and he reaches towards the door… but is only too happy to move on when she suggests there are other things to see. Man-wol leads him to the pool area and Chan-sung gapes at the ocean stretched out before him.

Man-wol simply explains that time and space are different in the hotel. As they stand on the roof, she adds that nothing in the hotel exists in the real world, no matter how beautiful. Chan-sung questions whether the same applies to her and with a sad smirk, Man-wol admits that it does. He pokes her shoulder, but it’s solid and he quickly changes subjects to ask if he’d still die if he fell from the balcony.

Grabbing his arm, Man-wol warns him to be careful since he’s still alive. She puts her hand on his chest and feels his heartbeat, adding that he needs to live and serve her. Chan-sung asks if she’ll push him over should he refuse, but Man-wol just takes her hand away. Chan-sung says he requires good benefits and declares he’ll choose his own shoes.

He admits there’s no point running anymore and thinks it might be fun.”I want to know more,” he concludes, “about you and this hotel.” As they stare at each other, neither sees a shooting star streak across the sky. Man-wol smiles and says she wasn’t going to release him, anyway, as he’d caught her fancy.

As she saunters back inside, Chan-sung is rooted to the spot as he realizes it really was Man-wol in his dream. He turns back and nearly jumps out of his skin as a ghost asks for a coffee refill. Hee. Meanwhile, a schoolgirl falls from an overpass onto a passing vehicle. Her fingers twitch as her classmate, Kim Yoo-na, looks down from the overpass.

The couple in the car call in the accident and Yoo-na runs home as the other girl’s eyes shut. By the time the ambulance arrives, it’s too late. Yoo-na lies in bed, frowning at a silver dream-catcher necklace. A drop of blood falls on her cheek and she looks up to see the ghost of her classmate hovering on her ceiling.

The spirit falls onto her and Yoo-na rolls onto the floor… only to look back and see herself lying on the bed. Her body sits up and Yoo-na looks down to see she’s now translucent. The ghost in her body holds up the necklace and announces, “This is mine.”

Back at the hotel, Man-wol announces to her team that Chan-sung is the new manager. Guest manager Seo-hee and Bartender Kim are dubious and suggest Man-wol wait and choose one of the other two candidates she’d selected as Manager Noh’s replacement. Man-wol grips her champagne glass angrily and snaps that the first candidate ran off to catch a ghost.

A flashback reveals the first candidate to be a priest, (cameo by Lee Jun-ki!!!). Man-wol had watched impatiently as the priest attempted to exorcise a spirit from a man tied to a bed. She’d attempted to interrupt but the priest had shouted at her to leave him to his work and she’d declared him too scary. Heh.

Man-wol grumbles that she’d given him the ability to see ghosts and he’d run off to chase them all down. Hyun-joong asks about the other candidate, an astronaut (cameo by Lee Shi-un) who refused to go back to earth with Man-wol. Seo-hee says Manager Noh cleared out his office for Chan-sung and the three are obviously disappointed by Man-wol’s lack of emotion.

Once they’re dismissed, however Man-wol stares sadly at her wall of photos and firmly declares that Manager Noh was only the 48th human that worked there… and Chan-sung will only be the 49th.

Chan-sung checks out his office and smiles at his nameplate. He wonders why he caved so quickly, noting it’s unlike him, and flashes back to the roof when Man-wol had put her hand over his heart. The other three employees drop by to greet him and Chan-sung learns that Bartender Kim has been here the longest, having died 500 years ago right after taking the civil servant exam.

Guest manager Seo-hee declares she had been the eldest daughter-in-law of a prestigious family 200 years ago, but they’d murdered her. She’s now waiting for the last member of that family to die. Hyun-joong cheerfully announces he died in the Korean War and he’s just waiting to pass on with his sister, who’s still alive.

Bartender Kim explains that they all came as guests and extended their stay by working. Chan-sung asks if Man-wol was the same, but Bartender Kim says she’s just serving out her punishment. Chan-sung asks what he means and Hyun-joong starts to mention the tree, but Seo-hee cuts in that they can’t leave their posts unattended any longer.

They take their leave, but Chan-sung asks Seo-hee where the garden is, since Man-wol didn’t show him. She says it’s unnecessary and he rightfully guesses there’s a connection between Man-wol and the tree. Seo-hee asks how long Chan-sung plans to stay and when he replies as little as possible, she warns him not to get curious, then. Seo-hee adds that she and the other men will handle the guests, Chan-sung’s job is to deal with humans.

The next morning, Chan-sung’s housemate asks if he’s leaving for work, but Chan-sung replies he just got home, adding that he’s changed jobs. In his room, Chan-sung reminds himself that this is the real world and not to get confused. His finds a petal in his suit pocket and it disappears in his hand.

Back in the past, Man-wol sits around a fire with her thieving companion, Yeon-woo , and royal guard, Chung-myung. She passes Chung-myung a bottle and he notices a symbol on the side: a circle with a slash through it. Man-wol explains it’s the moon, to show it belongs to her. Chung-myung suddenly grabs her hand and after dipping it in water, shows her how to write her name.

Chan-sung wakes up from the dream and sees his phone ringing with a call from del Luna. Man-wol snaps at him for picking up late and says she has his first job. Chan-sung bolts up when she declares she wants to sell the painting of Moung Baekdu.

At the hotel, Chan-sung demands what will happen to the tiger if she sells the painting, but Man-wol assures him the tiger already left. Chan-sung accuses her of just wanting the painting and not caring about the tiger, but Man-wol argues that she does care… which is why she’s wearing cheetah print tights. Hee.

She offers to get Chan-sung a matching suit if he sells the painting for a good price. He’s not interested and Man-wol whines that he likes tacky brown things, adding that she bought a new brown car just for him. Chan-sung is stunned but Man-wol just tells him to sell the painting today so they can go pick up the car.

Yoo-na stands at the overpass, but it’s actually her body with her classmate’s ghost still inside. Yoo-na’s spirit stands nearby, screaming at the girl to return her body. Chan-sung drives past on his way to the gallery and his eyes lock with Yoo-na’s spirit. He swerves when she reappears in the street in front of him and looks up to find her in the passenger seat, pointing towards her body as it walks away.

Chan-sung brings her to the hotel and Man-wol gripes that she sent him to sell a painting, not bring a troublesome spirit. Man-wol confirms that he saw Yoo-na’s body walk away and says he brought a living spirit who’s body was stolen by another ghost. Meanwhile, the spirit in Yoo-na’s body cries over the memorial on her desk while Yoo-na’s friends mock her for acting remorseful when she bullied the dead girl the most.

Man-wol has Chan-sung bring her to Yoo-na’s house and she smiles wickedly at how rich the family is. Chan-sung asks if she plans to extort them and Man-wol nods towards the car outside, saying that’s the brown car she was going to buy. She tells Chan-sung that the spirit resides in the necklace Yoo-na was holding and they just need to get that.

Chan-sung wonders why this happened if the girls were friends, but Man-wol waves it off as unimportant. The spirit arrives and immediately bolts so Chan-sung gives chase. He manages to stop her just before she jumps off the overpass, and demands why she’s trying to kill her friend. The girl cries that they aren’t friends… Yoo-na killed her.

The girl’s name is JANG SOO-JUNG (Kang Mina) and a flashback to that night shows Yoo-na had ripped the necklace away from her, chiding that she lives on welfare but spent money on the necklace. Yoo-na had called her a waste of tax money and held the necklace over the railing, daring Soo-jung to snatch it back if she could.

The girls had grappled and Soo-jung accidentally hit Yoo-na. Enraged, Yoo-na had rushed her and over the railing Soo-jung went. Meanwhile, Yoo-na shows the necklace to Man-wol and assures her that her parents will do anything so Man-wol just needs to get her body back.

Man-wol sits down with Yoo-na’s parents and calmly tells them Yoo-na’s classmate that committed suicide… was actually murdered by Yoo-na. Holding up the necklace, Man-wol declares it to be evidence. Yoo-na’s father asks what she wants and Man-wol smiles that she wants a reward.

Soo-jung cries at Chan-sung that she’d wanted to live and she can’t allow Yoo-na to return to her body like nothing happened. Chan-sung’s grip on her wrist loosens for just a moment but then he tells her to wait for him to get the necklace, and then she can just live in Yoo-na’s body.

He turns to find Man-wol waiting and screams at her to give him the necklace because it’s all too unfair. Man-wol coolly replies she already handed the necklace over and we see that she’d given the parents two options: either hand the necklace over to the authorities and apologize to the dead girl’s spirit, or destroy the necklace and sweep it under the rug.

Yoo-na’s father promised to pay any price for the necklace to be handed over quietly and Man-wol grinned that they’ll have to pay a big price. As they walked out, Man-wol assured Yoo-na everything would return to normal… however Soo-jung’s grudge was deep and burning the necklace will forever destroy Yoo-na’s chance to ask for forgiveness.

Yoo-na says it doesn’t matter but Man-wol corrects that it does because once the necklace is gone, Yoo-na will never regain her body and her spirit will die without anyone noticing. She races back inside to stop her parents as they toss the necklace on the fire and agree that the other girl is already dead so Yoo-na should live well like nothing happened.

They wonder what Man-wol meant when she’d warned them their decision would kill their daughter’s soul just as Yoo-na’s spirit runs up and cries at them to pull the necklace out. As the necklace burns, so does Yoo-na’s soul and she vanishes in ash. Meanwhile, Man-wol tells Soo-jung to live out her life in Yoo-na’s body.

Afterwards, Man-wol gloats over her shiny new gold bars while Chan-sung admits he feels bad for Yoo-na. Man-wol quips that she’s just getting what she deserves and Chan-sung recalls Bartender Kim’s comment that Man-wol is serving her punishment. He asks if that’s true and Man-wol simply replies that she is. “Someone told me that I’m arrogant and foolish,” she adds, “Although I don’t agree with it.”

She wonders if Chan-sung is looking down on her, but he clarifies that sometimes he just sympathizes. The moment is ruined, however, when Man-wol receives a text from the car dealership that her reservation was canceled. Chan-sung winces as she calls and snaps at the sales assistant on the other end to put her through to someone in charge.

That evening Hyun-joong leads Chan-sung through the wine cellar to fetch champagne since Man-wol is in a bad mood. Hyun-joong lets slip that Chan-sung was actually third in line for the position and Chan-sung gripes that he wasn’t even the first choice for the job. Hyun-joon hands Chan-sung a box of Man-wol’s champagne and the symbol seared into the lid is the same from his dream.

He finds Seo-hee in Man-wol’s office and tries to ask her about Man-wol’s life before, but Seo-hee repeats that he shouldn’t be curious if he plans to leave quickly. Chan-sung peruses Man-wol’s photo wall and his eyes land on a drawing of the tree. He sets out to find it and does, musing that it has no leaves.

Man-wol finds him there and confirms that it’s the same tree his father touched and why Chan-sung is paying back that debt now. Miffed, Chan-sung barks that he’d heard he was third in line for the job, wondering why she’d said he’d caught her fancy and made him believe it had to be him. Man-wol blinks back that there were other candidates, but he’s not in third place… but zero.

She repeats that he did catch her fancy and it had to be him. Man-wol asks if he’d like to drink with her as a reward for selling the painting and Chan-sung asks if the tiger saw what he wanted in the painting. Man-wol guesses that he left because he did, musing that he was able to return to the past like a dream.

Chan-sung guesses Man-wol has things from her past she misses and admits he saw some of it in a dream. He tells her about seeing her smile under a tree and someone offering to build her a house, and then drinking around the fire and learning how to write her name.

Man-wol stares in disbelief and Chan-sung guesses that the man he saw is the one Man-wol misses and has been waiting for all these years. Memories flash by of Man-wol waiting outside the hotel over the years. She demands why Chan-sung saw such things and he admits he doesn’t know and is afraid there will be a price.

However, ever since he started seeing her, Chan-sung has been thinking of her a lot. “Jang Man-wol, you are consuming all my nights and dreams.”

  
COMMENTS

The more we delve into this magical world, the more enamored I become. IU is absolutely killing it in this role and I’m ashamed that I ever doubted her. Man-wol has my favorite kind of chaotic energy because she’s a total badass with her own set of rules, but she’s not heartless (not to mention her entire aesthetic). I love how she handled this episode’s ghost issue because she gave the parents and Yoo-na a choice to do the right thing and they took the easy path, not realizing it had greater consequences. She reminds me of genie legends where they grant your wish… but on their own terms. I am completely fascinated by her and the peeks into her past are so compelling that I find myself just as interested in her past love line as I am with her present… although I suspect they’re actually one and the same.

Speaking of, I’m amazed at how quickly we’ve reached a confession. At this stage, it’s not a love confession, but Chan-sung is admitting Man-wol has an effect on him and it’s so refreshing when characters communicate their feelings! Man-wol is very forward about all emotions except caring, because while she certainly does care for the people around her, living for a thousand years while everyone else passes on wears on the soul. She didn’t seem very good at expressing affection prior to her punishment and it seems to have only gotten worse over the years as everyone she’s cared about has left her behind.

I’m curious what Mago meant when she said Man-wol is keeping herself tied down. My guess is that Man-wol has already atoned for her sins… but she still hasn’t forgiven herself for whatever happened all those years ago, so she just keeps waiting. So far I love everything about this show and it reminds me why I loved the Hong Sisters in the first place. I’m afraid to say more for fear of jinxing it, but I have high hopes going forward and can’t wait to see what fate awaits our leads. All I know is it better be a good one because after centuries of hurting, I think our girl deserves it and I’ll fight anyone that says otherwise.

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What a great episode! I'm so satisfied! And I'm happy with Chan-sung's character development.... :)

The cameos plus Park Il-do made my day! And the more I see Lee Do-hyun, the more he looks like the younger version of Go Kyung-pyo...

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Find him very charismatic and find myself enjoying the flashback to the past and his chemistry with IU soooo much,for a second i blame myself for not having him in the present as well!

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This was a cute and fun episode where we get some background on the hotel staffs and the Top 2 candidates for the Manager position. I am liking Chan-sung's growth and his banters with Man-wol are the funniest BUT PLEASE TELL ME I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE BOARDING THE SINKING CAPTAIN SHIP. There is just something with Captain and Man-wol that whenever I see crumbs of them on screen together I feel their chemistry and my heart hurts a little too.

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Also, Jang Man-wol should really stop giving people the ability to see ghosts. It was entertaining to see Lee Joon-gi as a priest trying to catch Park Il-do. HAHA. BUT Exorcism shows, no matter how good they are, should not be produced one after the other. We don't want to attract bad spirits in Dramaland.

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Nope, I'm on the sinking ship with you, I really really want to watch that drama.

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I'm not ready with all the sadness 🥺 this ship is the tragic one, and probably with some betrayal too. When the times for revealing what happens come, I think I'll cry a bucket

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There’s a banter chemistry between Man-wol and Chan-sung, but the chemistry aura between MW and Royal Guard Puppy feels different.

On board on the sinking ship with the Royal Guard Puppy!

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We’ll have to see if that ship sailed successfully a thousand years ago or not? Given the opening scene, it doesn’t look like a happy story, but we can hope!

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Maybe it didn't sink and have just been sailing around and around the world for 1000s of years... (I doubt it)

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It both sank and did not sink, we won't know until we see it. Schrödinger's Ship.

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WOW, a quantum mechanics reference!

Brilliant!

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It might not have sailed so it’s a double sinking ship

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Truly, the nature of the disaster that led MW to alone but for the ghosts of her dead, looking for The Guesthouse of the Moon is as yet unknown to us. I think it is safe to say it involves the MW and the two men. I rather think it also involves a betrayal. As you imply, if the ship even sailed, it didn’t get far...

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What makes a first love 'first' rather than 'last' is that it breaks your heart. The ending of the MW-captain story was for sure not a happy one. And there's nothing in the story so far conclusively proving that her feelings for him remain positive. I need to rewatch the beginning, but -as I understood it- she was trying to find a resting place for loved ones whose death she had been responsible for... it did not sound like a lover to me, but rather friends/family. It was CS's assumption (based what the dreams showed him on the way the story started) that she is waiting for her lover. I personally am not convinced. Happy to stay on the fence for now and watch the story unfold rather than making assumptions.

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The ghosts in the background in the opening scene of episode 1, as MW was talking to Mago, were all male fighters (as far as I could make out), no women or children. Did you see it the same way? They may be the men she led...

And CS has memories given to him by Mago (symbolized by the flowers of the tree) for her purposes. Those are MW’s memories, not the memories of the two men.

And as I’ve written elsewhere, I too do not buy that she’s waiting for a lover. By the way, I have not heard any mention of reincarnation in this drama. Have you? Reincarnation may be a red herring.

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I agree there might be no reincarnation. I do think there is something special about him though; perhaps he is a descendent of one of the two men if he is not a reincarnation. I'm also kind of fascinated by the false memory for ghosts thing - their minds jumble and they remember things wrong. Wondering if this will play a role for a plot twist later in the story.

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Remembering, in all its forms including erroneous, flawed recall, would be an interesting theme to thread through this drama!

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Knowing the Hong sisters, it could be connected to the main story

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as far as i understand things from ep 1: 1) someone dear to MW died, and she was partially responsible. 2) she wanted to take his body to the moon inn to appease her guilt about it. 3) in the process of doing that, she killed a whole bunch of soldiers and lost everything to the point where her life is the only thing she has left to trade. But what was her sin? i don't think it's the death of the soldiers, but rather her part in the first death that set this all tragedy off. there is no further info on this, but i am guessing that the one who died was her friend, and that her loving the captain caused it. And she is resisting caring or any form of feeling because of it.

I am on board with the theory that CS gets access to her (and maybe one or both men) via the tree. but he started remembering before MG's intervention -- so some of those memories might be his own. not sure if reincarnation will play a role, nor if i want it to; in principle the rules of this world seem close to buddhist lore so everything is possible...

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Good point. And thanks for recapping - I hadn't even remembered she had a body with her. I will go back to read the episode 1 recap!

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@barbrey the first section of ep1 makes a lot more sense on rewatch. in particular the bit where when her sword melts into the tree all the memories that cs has seen flash by (as the tree absorbs them too?). i also like the use of unreliable narrators and i'm sure there's much more to the captain story than we have seen here

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Inside the coffin, in the short glimpse we were give, I think was stuff from all of her dead, not just one body. In the background of her talk with Mago were male fighter ghosts (as far as I could tell), the ghosts of her clan, tribe. If correct, this would place a somewhat different spin on things.

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@charlieblue17, @barbrey

Absolutely agree on unreliable narrators; used wisely, can make for a much more intriguing story!

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@charlieblue17 @hebang
I actually google unreliable narrator when choosing a new book to read. I'd love it if we got something similar. I don't think I've seen it in k drama though?

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Dear Charlie, I am afraid I must disagree with you in that this is a Buddhist Lore.

In Buddhist Lore there is no soul destruction, just Five Realms of Existence:

1.- gods Realm: attained by very virtuous people. They still die and has to reborn in another realm according to the Karma they have accumulated.
1.1.- Fighting gods realm: a lesser realm as the one above. They have it very good but still envy what the gods have. They enjoy... fighting. As in every realm (so this will not be stressed out again in this post), they will die off and reincarnate according to their karma.

2.- Human Realm: the "goldilocks" realm, as you suffer enough to be motivated to study the Buddha's Teachings, and have the intellect to understand them.

3.- The Animal Realm: the other one we can see with our naked eyes. Full of violence, where lives are short, cheap and brutal.

4.- Hungry Ghosts Realm: They have stomachs as big as mountains and throats as small as a needle. They are always hungry and needy.

5.- Bhuddhist Hell: Here souls are tortured and taken to the extreme. Even so, it is way more compassionate than Christian Hell, as souls eventually spend their bad karma and get free to reincarnate again.

So no soul destruction.

As a caveat, these descriptions comes from the top of my head from what I studied way back from Karma Kagyu Tibetan Bhuddhism. This description is in the book "The Way Things Are" by Lama Ole Nydahl (a Western Lama).

As little as I know of Confucian Lore, this rings more bells in their court, as gods have a lot of sway in these characters' lifes (Mago Halmony, even with well intent, moves a lot of strings, as powerful people would do). They have "Lions of Hell" (grim reapers - which are awfully similar of the roles of policemen). So this general feeling of a structured from top to down hierarchy in afterlife feels a lot like a Confucian State like Joseon worked.

Of course I can be sorely mistaken, so if another Beanie comes forward and fills the voids in my post, I will love to read!!!.

Cheers!

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I love a good unreliable narrator!
@ Barbrey if you want a great book series featuring one of the most charismatic unreliable narrator, try the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner (incidentally, if this could be turned into a well-done kdrama my life would be complete).

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@charlieblue17
About starting to remember before Mago's intervention ... I'm not sure. It was in Ep 2 that we start seeing CS dreaming of MW but that scene was after Mago had placed the flowers on his chest (that got subsumed into him?) possibly causing the 'memories to crawl back' as his dreams.

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@fgb4877 Thank you for a clearer understanding of Buddhism and the Five Realms of Existence. If I may add something on behalf of my religion.
Not all Christian denominations believe in such a merciless hell but that there is an interim between death and final judgement where people and families can progress as they choose; that ultimately God is a Father who wants all of His children to be happy.
Indeed, this is why the Hotel Del Luna in this drama resonates with me: another chance for the deceased and the means to seek for their happiness before they move on.

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If you connect the end of episode 1 to the beginning of episode 2 and look at it seamlessly, I think it is reasonable to see the memory flash at the end ep 1 to really be part of the dream induced by the flowers Mago placed on CS’s chest at the beginn8ng of ep 2.

I personally think the Hong sisters are trolling us with a reincarnation trope when the truth is otherwise.

Has there been mention of reincarnation in this drama??? I don’t recall any. So far.

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There is. I think in episode one? About the policewoman ghost. Manwol told her that, choosing to stay to take her revenge will caused her to reincarnated into animal... Or something like that.

But I also don't think that chan sung is the reincarnation of dead captain. It's just so... Predictable. I'm waiting for a twist, lol

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Oh hey, I should have seen this earlier but I wasn't thinking the foundation myth or tale for this would be western. I thought Korean. But I'm almost positive she's Diana the moon huntress, protector of wild animals (the tiger), archer. Her grove points the way to the underworld (the inn), and her high priest (human manager) serves for life until a new priest breaks off a branch of her sacred tree (sound familiar?) And takes his place.

She's a virgin goddess, and has a terrifying temper. When she's reflected in Artemis - well, that tale goes that a guy named Acteon peeped at her, or tried to mess with her, so she changed him into a stab that was then torn to pieces by his dogs. Any money we're getting some variation on this story.

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I jumped to this because recently they showed the bar through the moon brooch to be pronged. I've seen this before and it is usually an arrow with the prongs as stylized feathers. And our first shot of her in the past besides the opening is as an archer.

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Another interpretation of the bar with prongs is that it is a stylized branch of the grudge tree. There is a discussion here...

http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/07/20/the-hotel-logo-and-other-things/

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Oh and last, this makes me happier about YSJ's role. She's a virgin goddess. Bad things happen to men that like her. It might be best for him to stay as virginal as possible!

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Loved your post. I wrote another one above saying why this was not a Buddhist Lore, but sadly I just could pinpoint the shadows (the reason why it was not Buddhist) rather than show what it is.

What is your take?

Hope to read you soon!

PD: there was something like that, but I will not discuss it until later... you will know what I am talking of ;) .

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@barbrey
Thank you for this post.
I love it when beanies expand your universe.

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Wow, this is interesting! It looks like there are too many points of concordance for it to be just chance?

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There are lots more, so no not chance. MW is either the actual goddess Diana, or an avatar of some sort, or at the very least inspired greatly by Diana.

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Oh, hello second lead syndrome. Didn't expect to see you here. (Is it second lead syndrome if it's the dead lover(?) that you ship?) I might be in the minority here, but I didn't know why Yeo Jin-gu's character? acting? something? wasn't working for me, then boom, a lightbulb went off as soon as we met Chung-myung. Charisma. Charisma's what's missing. That enigmatic magnetism that makes you fall in love with the character and become invested. I know full well that Yeo Jin-gu CAN act, but I have not once involuntarily grinned because of Chan-sung. Not once. But within seconds, Chung-myung had me grinning like a fool in spite of not even really trusting the smooth talker.

Sigh, this is a problem. It's one thing to continue watching a mildly entertaining drama where the leads aren't knocking your socks off (because to be fair, modern day IU isn't doing much for me either), it's another to continue blithely ahead with Exhibit A of what should have been standing (metaphorically) next to the hero, waiting in the wings to break your heart.

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@anniemo I like what you have written here and not only find it interesting but I agree with much of it, except maybe that I think I have more appreciation for IU in this drama at the moment and love both past time and present day versions of her. But, recently (either ep 3 or 4) a dress she wears just totally made me cringe and somehow eroded away some of the admiration I have for her in this drama. I was really surprised that a costume could make such a difference for me, too, Its where she's wearing a little black sparkly disco type dress with black platform heels. Previously, I had considered her (present day) as elegant and sophisticated. That dress totally shattered my perception of her. I was surprised by that.
Also, so far, I just am not shipping the two leads at all. though the drama has barely started, I can't help but think Yeo Jin-gu was not the best choice to play the part. He feels more like a stiff and stuffy insurance salesman who is trying to fit in at the creative writer's club or Open Mic Poetry Slam. Just a strange uneasiness about it. I do like Yeo Jin-gu but just maybe not at this particular character. Though he certainly may surprise me as we have many episodes to go.

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RE: "elegant and sophisticated"

I noted someone else also loved her lipsticks. To me both these character design elements were never about stylish...it looked like overcompensation for being "not alive" (we don't know ATM if she is actually dead or stuck in limbo).

If you have seen "Beautiful Vampire" - that is the perfect case of disembodied opulence. Something about living forever removes details from real life and they become oddly distorted versions of themselves.

It's these miss steps that I enjoy so much as their awkwardness shows she is not of this world...but trying so hard to cover it. Sort of like she is in fear of someone pointing out the emperor has no clothes.

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I did not see that movie (thanks for the recommendation) but you made me remember an American movie called "Vamps" with Alicia Silverstone that was oddly... very lovely.

One of the characters just didn't have more energy to adapt to constant change, so she was tortured by her inmortality and she kind of took refuge in older values and customs.

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(Sorry, I didn't wrap up my post)

So as these "Vamps" took refuge in older values and customs, I could easily see Man-Wol's character as getting a dated wardrobe. Her most modern outfit so far is the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" take on Audrey Hepburn's style.

After all, even after over a 1000 years (Gojoseon fell circa 668 AD), she is still a highwaywoman looking for loot.

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I agree with what you said. I've seen dramas with way worse actors than Yeo Jin Go and yet I was a lot more invested in those characters than in Chang Sung and it's probably due to charisma. That and the lack of chemistry between him and IU.

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So very true, but generally speaking I find those with charisma could exhibit chemistry with a lamppost so I think it's a very interrelated issue.

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This is alll facts, i want to like this 1000 times.

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I got you covered... with the one like it was mine to give :( .

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And we can't attribute the lack of chemistry to IU cause she has it with Both men from the past in those short scenes. Plus who didn't wonder how much sexier the show might be with Lee Jun Ki playing the main role? I did as soon as I saw him in cameo.

I'm going to stand by what I wrote before I think - the script, as a precursor to Master's Sun, very possibly had the gender roles reversed originally. IU is playing what was originally the male role. That's working just fine for her - I agree with @sunny she is killing it - but it's not working for YSJ whose role still has vestiges of stereotypical passivity and sweetness and light. Maybe? I don't know this actor except from Circle, where he was good, so it's hard to explain why his role seems awkward and doesn't seem to have internal consistency let alone chemistry with IU.

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charisma is a matter of taste, so I'm not going to say anything on that. but i do want to say that the gender reversal is probably the best thing to happen to this drama. That's what makes their interactions for me.

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Yes, but my contention would be that they've since tried to mess with it and that's what isn't working for some of us.

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Lee Jun Ki and IU chemistry is a bomb

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For me, the chemistry has lacking as YJG as he has struggled with expressions. However, I noticed in the last 15min of ep03 his face again stated to move more freely. (when his eyes moved - his forehead also started moving - his cheeks were less tight and reacted with his smile - like they used to).

Its just too hard to build chemistry without the full range of emotional expressions...so I hope it picks up from here.

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I'm definitely feeling this a little more now that the story is getting fleshed out. It's fun, although I still don't feel very emotionally invested. But I do like the backstory we're getting on Man-wol, and I hope we get more character development for Chan-sung.

Those cameos were fun. I particularly loved Lee Jun-ki's. I was not expecting that Park Il-do shout out. 😄

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I absolutely love how the Yoo-na's situation was handled. That was brilliant.

Man-wol and the captain seem to have more chemistry with each other than Man-wol and Chan-sung. This will be tough.

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I like this one. I get that people aren't feeling Jingu. Honestly, the only thing I ever liked him in was The Crowned Clown because his natural tendency is to be a little over the top. However, that's kind of working for me here. I DO think there is a chemistry problem between him and IU, but really it's just because their characters started from such a distance apart, and the conflict between them wasn't the sort that leads to attraction (he was AFRAID of her for the entirety of the first two episodes...fear can never, ever lead to romance). Now that he's not afraid, I can see that it may get to attraction, but I need time to believe he isn't a cat seeing a cucumber out of the corner of his eye, and that there is anything other than curiosity holding them together at this point. IU, for me, is spectacular, though she looks so young to be playing a role like this one. I have a little bit of cognitive dissonance there that I have to ignore. She's forcing me to ignore it with the power of her performance, though, so props, girlfriend.

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I really love this drama because it's beautiful! The different places in the hotel, the clothes all is really beautiful and magic. I like the story in the present and the flashbacks. The cameos were so funny. Park Il Do is still here?

For the actors, I like them, they're good and they have chemistry. But I can't help myself to think that older actors would have been better. I can't see the 1000 years old soul in IU. She rocks all her outfits otherwise.

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According to the Old Woman and the Grim Reaper, she has stubbornly resisted change for a thousand years. Successfully it seems!

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I think there is a difference between staying the same (in her case arrogant :p) and feeling the fact that a lot of time passed, she saw a lot of things, a lot of changes.

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Like others have stated I was really feeling the chemistry between IU and the guy from the past and not și much between her and Yeo Jin Go. Which is a shame as this drama looks visually amazing and the story is good so far. It seems the drama wants us to believe Chang Sung is the reincarnation of that Royal Guard, but I wonder If he could actually be the other guy, her friend?

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I 100% think it's the other guy.

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I thought it was as well because of the camera angle. Chang Sung was looking at her from the other guy's direction. But the director could just be messing with us.

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Ooh, this is an interesting thought. I hadn't thought about that possibility!

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Lee Joon-gi's cameo was way too fast and too short. It's as if we barely had the time to savor his appearance.

Sadly, I might drop this show - or just resort to reading recaps and/or fast forward to the scenes between Man-wol and the Captain of the guards.
It seems that each episode will focus on a ghost's story , which is interesting, but I'm at a stage of my personal life where I do not need more emotional sadness. The main OTP does nothing for me either, even if Chan-sung was a reincarnated Captain or the body host to the Captain's soul , etc. I hope she gets to see her Captain once more and finally be at peace.

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I wonder if part of the Yeo Jin-gu issue is that somebody told him to be the straight-man while IU goes over the top and they build the backstory the two guys from the past??

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Repeat of Jin Son-mi from Hwayugi? Except she never got the direction to be someone more ... ?

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I may not even be able to last till next week for that Hwayugi 2.0 rant, if I keep reading recaps /./.. look out.

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Maybe but just saw 4 and things are almost moving too fast with no slow burn build up.

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It's room 404 that he doesn't enter.

but is only too happy to move on when she suggests there are other things to see.

Pretty much us when we get a 404-not-found error. The internet offers other things to see.

And of course, the people who do enter 404 are never found again either :)

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So what happens to them? Will they somehow return and connect back in the the story somehow?

A fleeting thought was what if at least one of those disappeared was working for Michelin, or Zagats, or some such? ... ending the show with the Guest House of the Moon, a modest but highly rated place to stay, run by a lovely couple...

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In China and Korea, the number 4 is like our number 13. In most buildings you won't have a fourth floor. The reason is that the number 4 sounds like "death" in Chinese. Multiples of 4, like 44, 444, etc. are just as bad.

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FWIW, I know that - classes in Chinese back in the day, then lived in Taiwan for a while...
... but, 404 was also the number of the haunted room at the start of ep 1 of Master's Sun. There are enough possible numbers with 4 in them that I don't think it's coincidence that the Hong sisters keep coming back to that one.

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Thanks @sunny
It was a great episode! I love that we get Mago giving us more clues about Man Wol, that she has probably engineered the coming of Chan Sung into MW's life and is ensuring that he has an impact by causing him to dream MW's past.

And the most fun moment was the callback to my fave exorcism show, The Guest, and the most demoralizing of evil spirits, Park Il Do, with Lee Jun Ki as priest! I'm sure I squealed with delight! I wish we could have more of that exorcism scene with MW looking bored. Heh!

She repeats that he did catch her fancy and it had to be him.

I wonder here if it was when CS was a boy and she saw him from her car that he caught her fancy, and why. Or whether it was because he was not afraid of her as an adult after running for 20 years.

...Chan-sung asks if the tiger saw what he wanted in the painting. Man-wol guesses that he left because he did, musing that he was able to return to the past like a dream.

Could this be a clue that MW too needs to find what she really wants in herself or in her present life, in order to regain her happiness of her past? And it's interesting that she says 'like a dream' because that's what CS is doing. He is returning to her past in a dream!

I like that CS is a person with great perception and ability to put 2 and obscure 2 together quickly. He figured out quite a lot from the bits of conversations he had and saw that if Mount Baekdu and the East Sea was a set, and if the Tiger and the Painting was a set, so too was the Tree and MW.

MW is a very interesting character. She has her own principles of right and wrong, her own way of deciding on punishment or reward, and stuff in her that she does not want to admit. However, so far, I feel that she's been telling CS the truth. She has not lied outright although she might omit some information. This gives him the chance to suss her out and fluster her into revealing more.

The Mago character is wonderful. She seems so life-giving and as if she's waiting for MW to embrace the life she could have. She sees that MW is still too full of possibly self-interest, aggrandizement, regrets and resentment, so that she will not choose a more life-giving way of living. After 1,000 years, MW still has not found the key to having peace and true joy.

I agree with you, Sunny, she needs to forgive herself and to learn to give instead of continually wanting to get for herself. After all these centuries she does not see that wanting more and more things has never made her happy or satisfied.

If the hotel guests/souls who were satisfied were thus able to leave behind the beautiful flowers in the garden, then it is also a clue that MW needs to gain contentment in who she is and what she already has so that she too can leave the place without regrets.

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I've still got more pics saved of the lovely wardrobe and accessories to put up on my fan wall, but do visit it to see what's there so far. I really liked the shots of her waiting always with a light of some sort . Of course because it was at night, but also I feel, because she's Full Moon and should be in the light.

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about him 'catching her fancy'. I think that for MW that mainly means that she likes the idea of him as her minion: the fact that he is smart and fast on the uptake because is very useful in his new line of work; she also likes that he is a wimp because she thinks that means that she can easily boss him around.

Now beyond this obvious level, I think that she also (reluctantly) likes him as a person. She likes his pluck and his good heart. I don't think she's had anyone to verbally spar with for the past 1000 years so she must have been rather bored before he showed up. And this is where her zeroth favorite minion plan goes awry: because even though ghosts give him the willies, he is not scared of her at all (possibly to his peril).

Even deeper down... I think she is actually attracted to him at least a tiny bit, otherwise her mind wouldn't have jumped straight to sexy times when he told her he had seen her in his dreams. Interrrrresting....

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What?!! That astronaut was Lee Si Eon? I need to watch that again because I must’ve been too busy laughing to focus on his face.😂

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My favourite part was when he LITERALLY kicked the bugger lady back to Earth, and how she went ungraciously, all flailing arms and stuff.🤣🤣🤣

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Ha ha i loved that too. He probably didn't want to come back to the earth as he would be seeing ghosts again.

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The kick had that "This is Sparta!!!" feel to it 🤣🤣🤣

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I had to look it up and it was so coool! (Well, everything up until the aftermath of da kick. Goes back into sulking.)

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I don't necessarily agree with all the criticisms of the show, but I will agree with any who say the quicksand scene was contrived and lame.

It's a kdrama so they HAD to set up some sort of fated-to-be-together past connection, AND a love triangle (or rectangle?) but the details of how the triangle formed got slapped together too hastily because there was too much else going on (?).

I guess most of the the show will be the ghost-of-the-day stories, with secondary focus on the backstory with maybe a which-one-of-the-past-guys-is-Chan-sung mystery.

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Regarding another criticism I've heard: having the bellhop possess Chan-sung was not arbitrary or random, it set up the main ghost possession later. You know, for anyone who hasn't seen Master's Sun and doesn't know that's how Hong sisters do ghost stories.

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I agree the ghost possession was on purpose to set it up later on, it's just that for me it was so obviously set up and shoehorned into the rest of the script. Like we can see the bones of the script too well in this thing sometimes for full immersion and minimal eye roll to be possible.

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Lol, was it your criticism?

I agree with @lordcobol that it’s done to show the gradual comfort that Chan Sung will feel for lending his body to help ghosts, which we can predict will lead to trouble. Part of the problem with watching Master’s Sun is we know too much ahead of the plot.

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We can all hope they give us a refreshing new twist? For the life of me, I can’t think of a clever way to say “put different flesh on the same skeleton”.

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That is essentially cosmetic surgery 😂... and if done wrong it can get ugly😏

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I don't know, I did mention it in my shitpost lol. I'm not really reading recaps properly so I don't know if anyone else mentioned it and I don't know who's listened to my stupid rambles.

My original point still stands.
Also it's kinda sad how predictable this is.

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Maybe they will make some twists. I don’t find the ghost subplots completely predictable so the short stories are interesting to me. The leads’ story is only beginning and there’s plenty of time for the Hong Sisters twists, which normally saved for later anyways.

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@lordcobol
Oh - you....stop being so kind :D

This drama is having a war with itself, will it find its rhythm first or will it fall apart from ungrounded tropes and "contrived" details first.

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Oh No!
Are we going to end up with a "BIG" on our hands?

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I adore Man-wol so much and also sooo happy seeing the reunion as potential best friends between the younger version of our leads from Prison Playbook!Man Weol's outfits and hairstyles are such a delight to see,i adore them sooo much....I guess pretty much everyone knows that Chang Seong's is the reincarnation of the man she loved in the past(that for once doesn't have the same face) or her left hand man....Really feel soo sad for her,waiting all that time just to see his soul again enter her hotel and reunite with him yet never happening,guess the same with all the other family she had back then(her brothers)...Quite happy with the conclusion of the highschool spirit,karma really came fast for her and by her family's hands,guess the girl that now lives in her body will work at the hotel as well based on the poster...That parody of The Guest was sooo hilarious... Not least the OST,is sooooo beautiful

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I have to say I'm super upset with how the Murder ghost plot was solved. It's so shallow, the life-for-life thing..especially if the show is supposed to deal with ghosts in a thought-provoking and heartrending way. (Now, the Baekdu Tiger plot was mature and lovely)
I can't exactly say how I would've solved it, and I also see Man-wol's options might be limited when dealing with granting justice to wronged souls,...but it could've and should've done better.
I hope they won't stop here, discuss it further and prove me wrong in the future episodes, especially when now Mina is going to stick around.

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Don't think so, because Kang Mi-na is the main character of that story, and we all know she is going to be the new intern of the hotel. Will she be the next owner?

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I didn't realise she plays a major role until I saw your comment, and then scrolled up to check with the banner for the show. Yup! That's her.

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I agree. That whole ghost subplot was weird and didn't do much for me. I hope the future ones are better.

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I wasn't very satisfied either. And also don't know how else they could've solved it.
I was thinking if they did this kind of conclusion on purpose since in all dramas we see the (human) criminals get life sentences for terrible crimes but there is a lingering sadness that the victim lost their lives & nothing can compensate that. And I wonder if they did this to counter that (although it still made me uncomfortable)

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Actually, if I stop with diluting what I felt, I was SUPER angry. Still am. If they did it on purpose it's plain wrong because most of the other dramas took the other path because that's the right thing to do. There WERE crappy dramas who left us unsatisfied by having innocent characters ruined and the criminal having an easy out, but there were also dramas who punished the villain rightfully and satisfyingly both.
THIS? Especially when the people involved are kids? And how exactly is disintegrating a soul works as an appropriate punishment for murder and escape? Grrrr.

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I wasn't as angry as you haha 😅 I was just.... dissatisfied I guess.
I understand your anger though.

And yes, most other dramas follow the "right way". But like I said above, there's this feeling that the victim died. And it cannot be turned back no matter how much the criminal is punished. Like the girl here, who said that she wanted to live despite the bullying but now her life is lost forever. Maybe the writers went for this strange compensation for that reason.
(I'm just guessing at the strange sequence of events of this sub-plot)

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So Hong Sister are Guest's fans, I approve of their taste. It was fun episode hitting all the right notes, but I agree with @kurama, that the story asks for mature actress, even though I love IU and enjoyed her in present, in the flashbacks she doesn't selling the marauders' leader persona due to her physicality mostly. But on the other hand she has better chemistry with actor playing Captain in the flashbacks.

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Although many maturer actresses can pull off Man Wol better, I don’t think she’s a bad choice for a pissy old hag in a young lady’s body. However she really doesn’t have the ancient gang leader command. It would be more convincing if she was an ordinary young girl.

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Agree, I think that someone older might be better, but IU still doing great, because she is a very good actress, her restraining type of acting is right up my alley, so I don't really complaining.

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I love Lee Do-hyun so much (maybe it's because he looks sooo good in long hair?). I find myself looking forward to the flashback/dreams just to see him. That being said, I wish I liked Jin-gu more, and I wish I believed in his chemistry with IU, but I just don't. Although, I am growing to like his character. His need for justice is a bit too strong, but his maturity contrasts well with Man-wol's hot-headedness.

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I’m not entirely believing Chan Sung is anyone’s reincarnation yet, but if I’m asked to place a bet between the two men in the past, the sidekick has higher chances. The guard smells like a bottle of fish sauce — delicious but without a doubt fishy. Obviously Man Wol didn’t have a happy ending in the past so she probably isn’t waiting to reacquaint out of love.

While I agree the guard has developed swift chemistry with IU, I believe it was not a matter of his acting ability or natural compatibility over Jingoo. It was all orchestrated by screenplay and screen framing. The drama needed their chemistry to shout loud to trap the shippers. Were the actors really acting to each other in this single-camera production? I doubt. The chemistry stems from IU excellent eye-acting — the longing stares, the glistening tears. Whereas her indifference to Chan Sung puts the distance between them, as they are supposed to not like each other at this point yet. If I do feel their romance from the start, it would be a failure to convey how they grow close naturally. There’s a different spark between IU and Jingoo, something heated like workplace couples (not romantic couples in a workplace, but 2 individuals chained to each other because of work and argue daily like husband and wife).

As of now, the sidekick has not shown any feelings towards Man Wol, but the fact that he was present at the moment of Man Wol and captain’s budding romance makes him important. If Chan Sung was dreaming in anyone’s POV, it’s likely the sidekick’s POV.

Thank goodness Chan Sung’s ghost-phobia is going away quickly because it’s frankly annoying to watch. Having seen Big Sun in Master’s Sun being hopelessly haunted almost until the end, I was so afraid they keep Chan Sung insecure for longer than I can stay interested.

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@sph_7 Yes, very interesting and good insight. I have some additional thought on your penultimate paragraph here. I do think that the sidekick has shown feelings towards Man Wol. He's shown respect and loyalty in battle and by connecting with her throughout that battle. He's shown friendship and a certain amount (and type) of intimacy simply through the way he smiles at her and physically connects with her after absence. I felt there was a strong bond between them. It didn't really feel like a romantic bond, but more like they were twins or siblings or something. Her army wasn't there with her after the battle, but her sidekick came for her.

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IU gave me my whole life this episode. Also am I the only one who wants to watch her in her paat life. It looks fascinating. She also has great chemistry with those men. Also yeah for Lee Joong Ki as a priest🤣🤣🤣. Yeo Jin Go is growing on me, but he is still kind of meh.

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Her past looks a lot more interesting - as a drama - than her current life.

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Sometimes you come upon a k-drama that it seems the producers are just POURING money into the project. Home much did it cost them to make that space station gag? How much did it cost to close down a city highway so they could film the scene of a body hitting the car roof?

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That space scene was pretty cheap actually. How much does it cost the get 2 astronaut costumes and a green screen with some wires to dangle 2 actors?

Dramas and movies close streets at late/early hours for filming all the time. The stunt car will have its hood replaced and used for another shoot.

This drama hasn’t shown abnormally higher production costs than other dramas.

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You forget there was an entire working/rotating space station in the shot. And not a cheesy one, either.

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I guess there was also a real tiger in this show? 🤔

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Just like culture critic said in an interview that 'Hotel Del Luna' is a mysterious story that takes on poetic justice. It will clearly distinguish between good and evil, but the punishment is done in a good and exhilarating way.
We've seen some evil ghosts and human beings were punished in some scenes and how the good ones (including animals) will finally able to rest in peace and go to heaven.
This drama tells us the story about life itself. I'm loving how they made this drama super fun to watch but also gave us so many life lessons.
Some scenes made me teary-eyed (episode 2 and 4) and some made me laughing so hard (episode 1 and 3).
I can't wait to watch the next episodes!

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I am pretty concern, after «Hotel del Luna» finishes her run and «Asthdal Chronicle» returns with Episode 13, people will miss this hotel a lot and may not get back to Asthdal ...

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I agree!!! I like past life then the current life. 🤣😂

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I cant understand why IU is not the correct actress to play Man Wol. The drama is not about a woman in her 30 who has studied and worked all her life to reach the top. Its about a young woman, who has been punished for a millennium, and there is no "right" actress for it.
The character has simply induced herself to the opulence fill the emptiness, and IU is doing it very well. IU can also act when the scene requires Man Wol to show fragility. You can see a totally different facet of Man Wol past, and her chemistry with Chung Hyung is so good. ♥

Lee Dahee or any other actress could fit the role perfectly... but IU is doing a great job, that's what matters now.

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that is accurate. this role could fit anyone, but it is a joy to see IU pulling it off

the harder character to pull off would be chan sung. you need a gong hyo jin level of maturity to be interesting in a "normal" character pitted a really well-crafted one like manwol. People are complaining, but I really like Yeo Jin Goo's acting. and I am one of the few ones who really dig the chemistry

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Every time I think IU has reached the pinnacle of awesomeness and could not possibly get any cooler, she picks THAT project out of all the projects she's offered, where her character constantly does things so mind-blowingly great that I need to revise my entire value system. **sigh**

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I like how casually wicked the heroine is. A very fresh character.

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I kind'a feel bad that she's most probably going to get a 'redemption arc'. I'd like to see her stay at least nominally wicked, rather like Hye-ran in 'Misty'.

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I am going to stubbornly call this Hotel De La Luna till the day I die.

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@sicarius I feel the same eventhough I don't know any Spanish! The 'wrong' form or spelling bothers me. I've been shortening it to HDL but maybe it should be HDLL. As long as it's not 'hell'! 😉

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It's grammatically incorrect is what is is.
HdlL is how I'm writing it in my notes lol.

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... which is correct, since "la" is the feminine determinate singular article (I don't know if I am expressing it correctly in English). A double letter in Spanish as far as acronyms denotes the plural form. As an example, while EU could stand for "Estado Unido" or United State (SINGULAR) the form you see is EEUU for "EstadoS UnidoS" (the US). The lower caps delightfully dispels this confusion.

And yes, it should be Hotel de LA Luna" since the moon is feminine in Spanish. To contrast, Sun's Hotel (the Sun is masculine in Spanish) would be "Hotel de el Sol", but... do you feel that in your tongue "de el" kind of melts in just one word?... "de^el", that is why the contraction "del" is way more used.

Cheers!.

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@fgb4877 @sicarius The blog owner of Bitches over Dramas, Packmule3 suggests that the Hotel name was deliberately ungrammatically correct (although the Hong Sisters are very into wordplay and using meaningful names), because of the gender switch that is going on in this show.

Instead of de la Luna, they opted for de el Luna and contracted it to del.

I find it an interesting idea but until they actually tell us so in an interview or something, we won't know for sure.

After seeing MW in all her feminine costumes, it's hard to picture her as a 'manly' moon, although her harsh talk and belligerence is more masculine than feminine. 😄

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@fgb4877 Yeah I know all that heh ^-^

@growingbeautifully *eyeroll* What gender switch? That sounds like it's pushing it. And it's still grammatically incorrect so I don't care.

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Your native language must be Spanish then (como yo ;) ). But since DB is a global watercooler with people from all parts of the world, then the explanatory note could probably serve someone else.

Cheers!.

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I'm going to call it
"IU Fashion Show"
"Hotel of the Moon everyothershowhasanallEnglishtitlewhycan'tyou"

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Because Man Weol had a Spanish phase in the 80s and wanted to be Edgy and Stylish™, I told you.

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😂😂😂😂😂

You are the best!

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Like some people mentioned i feel like if chung sung is a reincarnation of anyone it can most probably be of yeon woo, Man wol's friend. While the captain guy is attractive and man wol does have a chemistry going on with him still it seems yeon woo and man wol cared for each other deeply as well. I lobe how jin goo masterfully imitated hyong jong. It really felt like he us in chaung sungs body. Yet the the drama does not want to have a chemistry between man wol and chung sung, specially if man wol is waiting for some kind of lover (if thats why she was running a hotel for dead people for over a 1000 years) i don't think she will sway and fall for another young guy with in a week. But can see sparks specially from chung sung's side at least, not in a romantic way but more of a facinated and curious way. And i am content with that. Love both of their acting. I really like ep 3, and 4. ❤️

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My headcanon: CHUNG MYUNG / CAPTAIN GUARD IS EVIL. He's going to betray Man Wol and ends up killing her whole thief crew along with Yeon Woo. You heard it here first.

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I think so too. that is why I am not falling for him at all.
am i the only one who sees the chemistry between man wol and chan sung?

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No laura, i see it too. Specially in ep 4. 😊😊😊 I like it to be built slowly. I really like yeo jin goo, though this is the first time i see IUs acting, she is pretty great too. Just love them.

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... or more like Captain Guard is a law enforcer and Man-Wol and her gang are highwaymen and enemies of the state.
Bet Man-Wol was very upset for falling for the adversary and making her men killed by misplacing her trust.

But yes... I can see it but will not discuss it for now ;) .

Cheers!

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The Grim Reaper's face is hidden...I wonder who is he?
BTW Choeng-Myeong's chemistry with Man-Wol is on different level😊 But I won't assume that he's the guy Man-Wol's waiting for a long time...cause for goodness we're missing the second lead in this Kdrama 😏

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hoping he will be a lee dong wook cameo hehe. he owes some hong sisters guesting

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