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Hotel del Luna: Episode 9

Everything gets a lot more complicated when feelings are involved, though only one of our star-crossed pair is willing to admit it. He’s unwilling to be tossed aside, not even for his own good, even if it means making a nuisance of himself. But as the past starts to catch up to them, a new threat arises, one that’s much scarier than any ghost or vengeful spirit.

  
EPISODE 9 RECAP

After stopping Man-wol from cursing Mi-ra, Chan-sung wakes to find Hotel del Luna, Man-wol, and all its occupants gone. He asks a little girl if she can see the building and she nods, but her parents act like it’s the first time they’ve noticed it there.

Man-wol isn’t far — she and Bartender Kim watch Chan-sung from across the street. Bartender Kim says that Chan-sung must just be the ninety-nineth human employee to her, but Man-wol admits that he’s special and says she’s trying not to let her heart weaken.

The devolve into bickering over why Bartender Kim is still hanging around after five hundreds years. He says he still has shame to clear up before he can face his ancestors, but Man-wol scoffs that they’ve all probably reincarnated several times over by now. Bartender Kim asks if Man-wol is willing to give up her chance at the afterlife through Chan-sung, and she says she won’t give it up easily.

Bartender Kim reports that the guests who were ready were sent on to the afterlife, though there was some confusion due to the hotel’s sudden move. The coffee ghost had been conflicted since he still hasn’t finished his novel. Seo-hee told Bartender Kim that his problem wasn’t the novel, but his inability to accept that he’d never finish it.

They’ve lost several employees who decided they were ready to move on, but Man-wol decides not to hire any new staff and just have Yoo-na act as manager. Yoo-na and Hyun-joong ride with the moving company carrying Man-wol’s things, Yoo-na pretending she’s on the phone so the driver doesn’t think she’s talking to herself.

She tells Hyun-joong of her plans to get her driver’s license, since her parents have promised to get her a car and her own place when she graduates. Hyun-joong asks if it’s difficult living with someone else’s parents, but Yoo-na sighs that it’s the high price she’s paying.

As they’re traveling, Yoo-na notices a bloody female ghost in the backseat of another car. Hyun-joong covers Yoo-na’s eyes, but the radio suddenly goes static and a woman’s voice can be heard pleading for help. Yoo-na decides that as manager of Hotel del Luna, she wants to accept the ghost as their guest, so she offers the driver extra money to follow the car.

Chan-sung goes to see Mago’s serious sister, hoping for some answers. The sister mentions that absorbing Man-wol’s curse nearly killed him, and she says that if he hadn’t unraveled it, his soul would have been wounded. Chan-sung states that Man-wol protected him, but the sister counters that he’s the one who protected Man-wol.

She murmurs that her sister picked the right person and tells him to keep up the good work. Chan-sung asks if he was sent to the hotel to protect Man-wol when her fate catches up to her, and he admits that he feels pity for the Man-wol he sees in his dreams. He says he’s angry, and asks if he’s supposed to keep getting in Man-wol’s way when she tossed him aside.

She says that getting in the way, holding on, and begging can only be done by a good person. Chan-sung snaps that he’s not a good person, so the sister tells him to quit. She gives him some medicine that will revoke his ability to see ghosts and the hotel, saying that this is Chan-sung’s chance to abandon Man-wol in return.

Chan-sung says he came here looking for Man-wol, but the sister says that it’s up to him what to do. Chan-sung starts to take the medicine and she asks if he wants to think about it, but Chan-sung repeats that he’s not a good enough person for the role they want him to play. Still, he admits, “I hesitate only because she’s in my heart.”

He says it’s not enough to comfort Man-wol, who’s an awful woman that abandoned him when he got in the way and won’t welcome him if he returns. But he agrees to think about whether he likes her enough to run back and beg her to accept him. As he leaves, Mago’s sister smiles.

The new hotel location is out in the country, and Man-wol sneers that it’s small and ugly. Seo-hee says it’s all they could afford, but at least it’s dark and damp, hee. Bartender Kim mentions that the area is famous for its makgeolli, but that only reminds Man-wol of her poor days and makes her grouchier.

She tells herself that at least the inside is always the same, but she immediately notices that the lobby is smaller. She can’t even have champagne by the Moon Tree because her things haven’t yet arrived, and she snarls that Bartender Kim has the memory of a goldfish when he mentions the makgeolli again.

After she leaves, Bartender Kim bristles at the way she’s treating him. He grumbles at what she did to Mi-ra and about her firing Chan-sung, and Seo-hee agrees that she’s worried Man-wol will do something else dangerous without a human around who can stop her.

Man-wol finds Mago waiting for her at the Moon Tree, pleased that it still has its leaves. Man-wol asks if Mago made sure Chan-sung can’t see ghosts anymore, and Mago says she gave him the medicine. She says that she gave Man-wol her way because she asked nicely for the first time, but it’s Chan-sung’s decision whether to take the medicine or not.

Man-wol asks for another favor — for Mago to get rid of the blue flower buds on the Moon Tree. Mago says it’s not in her power because the buds are Man-wol’s feelings, so it’s up to her to bloom them. Man-wol snaps that she’ll never see those blue flowers, but Mago just chuckles at her.

Chan-sung visits the old hotel location that night, but it’s dark and empty. He considers taking the medicine, but he’s distracted when a firefly starts flitting around his head. It transforms into a vaguely human-like shape, and Chan-sung tells it that the hotel isn’t here anymore.

It changes back into a firefly and flies away, and suddenly the lights come on. Chan-sung turns to see a man in the doorway… ha, he’s just a realtor here to take pictures. Alarmed at the idea of the hotel being sold, Chan-sung says that the building has a lot of issues.

Man-wol gets a call from the realtor asking if she paid the inheritance tax on the old hotel building. She has no idea, but she forbids Seo-hee from calling Chan-sung to ask. Luckily there’s a ghost in residence who used to work for a huge law firm, and he explains that Manager Noh was technically the hotel’s owner and he left it to Man-wol in his will.

He says that Manager Noh prepared the paperwork so all she has to do is turn it in, but Chan-sung is the only person who knows where the paperwork is. The ghost tells Man-wol that after paying all the taxes, she won’t have much left over after selling, so his advice is to keep the building.

Seo-hee calls the realtor back, who says that he ran into Chan-sung at the old hotel. Seo-hee tricks Man-wol into getting on the phone with Chan-sung, who fusses at her for firing her most talented employee. He says that he’ll be right there if she asks him to come back, but she just tells him to have the realtor lock the place up.

Later, Man-wol sits alone in the manager’s office, and she notices the shoes she bought for Chan-sung when they first met. She sighs that he should just wear his tacky brown shoes and work in a normal hotel.

Hyun-joong and Yoo-na still haven’t arrived at the new hotel, having gotten lost following the car with the ghost. The driver slams on the brakes when someone suddenly appears in front of his bumper, but the person disappears. Hyun-joong spots him again, walking into the woods, so while the driver goes to flag down someone on the main road, Yoo-na tries to follow the new ghost.

Hyun-joong stops her, finding it strange that while following a driver with one ghost in his car, they happened on a second ghost. Yoo-na says she can’t just leave if the ghosts were killed by the driver, especially since she herself was murdered.

Man-wol spends the evening moping at the hotel bar, where Bartender Kim is snippy with her, his feelings still hurt. He loses his temper when she demands the makgeolli she told him not to mention, so she raids the makgeolli factory, drinking several bottles on the premises and leaving behind some cash.

She staggers towards home carrying a few more bottles, and on the way she runs across an old well with a resident water spirit (cameo by Nam Da-reum). He knows about Hotel del Luna and its purpose, and Man-wol thanks him for the delicious water that went into the makgeolli.

Back in the city, Mi-ra tries to remember what happened at the hotel that led to Chan-sung being fired, but all she can recall is feeling happy because the hotel was so nice. Chan-sung says dejectedly that he was fired because Man-wol found him a nuisance, but he’s determined to find a way back.

He goes inside, and Sanchez tells Mi-ra that Chan-sung likes Man-wol, but she dumped him and left him the Mount Baekdu painting as severance pay. Naturally, all Mi-ra hears is that the painting is worth a lot of money.

In his room, Chan-sung runs into the hotel CEO who owned the painting, who’s a ghost now. The CEO asks if his tiger is in the painting, but Chan-sung says the tiger has moved on. He tells the CEO about Hotel del Luna, and when the CEO says he’d like to go there, Chan-sung gets excited — this is his ticket back in.

Sanchez wonders why Mi-ra isn’t going after Chan-sung, since she came all this way to get him back. Mi-ra says she decided to give up when she met Man-wol, though she wonders why she feels like she’s no match for her. Sanchez jokes that it’s because she owes people so much money, haha.

When Man-wol returns to the hotel, she learns that Hyun-joong and Yoo-na took a detour to pick up a ghost. Seo-hee says that Hyun-joong got the habit from Chan-sung, who couldn’t pass by a wandering spirit after what happened to the Room 13 ghost. Man-wol grows wistful, remembering how Man-wol would bring home ghosts like lost puppies, even once piggybacking a little girl ghost while singing “Baby Shark,” awww.

Her eyes fly open wide when Chan-sung walks in with the CEO, but she recovers enough to be polite. She grouchily congratulates Chan-sung on figuring out how to follow a ghost to find the hotel, but Chan-sung says that he met the CEO for a different reason — he’s selling the painting to the CEO’s hotel to be displayed in a memorial hall for him.

Chan-sung confesses to Man-wol that he fibbed about not being able to sell the painting — he was waiting for the CEO to pass away, because he knew the value of the painting would rise. Man-wol calls him a thief, but Chan-sung says that he didn’t know she would abandon him and the painting. He gloats that it’s worth a lot more than she thought and refuses to give her any of the profit, and Man-wol orders him out.

As he’s leaving, Chan-sung spots the water spirit at the door and invites him into the hotel. The water spirit thanks him benevolently, then walks right through Chan-sung, leaving him soaking wet.

Having struck out with Chan-sung, Man-wol takes the CEO to her office to question him about whether his conglomerate had any hidden funds. Her tea starts to overflow its cup, and she realizes that the floor of the hotel is covered in water. Seo-hee tells her that there’s something in the hotel that shouldn’t be — a spirit disguised as a young man.

Right away, Man-wol knows that it’s the water spirit, and when she sees Chan-sung still dripping wet, she guesses that he let the spirit in. Chan-sung defends that he’s never seen a water spirit before and thought it was a regular guest, and he asks how to get rid of it. Man-wol says they invited him so they can’t make him leave.

The water spirit’s absence from his well has a devastating effect on the makgeolli factory… the well has run dry, while every inch of Hotel del Luna is soggy. Chan-sung wants to try asking the water spirit to leave, but Man-wol snaps that people used to sacrifice humans to water spirits to get them to do anything.

Seo-hee reports that she’s found the room the water spirit is in, and that he only wants one thing — for Chan-sung, a living human, to come to his room. Everyone grows worried that he really wants a human sacrifice, so Man-wol storms out to find some townspeople, assuming that the water spirit is angry and intending to make them apologize.

Chan-sung tries to stop her, but she says that she refuses to send him in there. Chan-sung argues that he invited the water spirit in, and that he even thanked him, so he’s certain the water spirit means no harm.

Yoo-na and Hyun-joong are still waiting in the woods, and Yoo-na asks Hyun-joong who the woman was that they saw at the hospital. Hyun-joong says with a proud sigh that she’s his younger sister, Hyun-mi. Yoo-na thinks about visiting her, but Hyun-joong begs her not to, and Yoo-na protests, “Do you think I’d say something bad to your sister when I like you?” Well, there it is.

She gets mad at herself for blurting out her feelings and runs off, leaving Hyun-joong giggling at her. She trips, and she sees something strange in the dirt. It’s a plaid shirt, and Yoo-na looks up to see the male ghost wearing that same shirt. He’s not alone — there are five more ghosts with him. ~shudder~

The hallway leading to the water spirit’s room is thick with fog, and Man-wol tries one last time to talk Chan-sung out of this. He preens, saying that it makes him look cool when she tries to stop him. She asks why he came back when she did him a favor and let him go, and he says that when he told her to ask him to come back, it took her three whole seconds to refuse. That means that for three seconds, she wanted him to return. Awwww.

Man-wol grumbles that he’s making her angry, but he counters that she’s not angry, she’s worried. He bravely continues on alone, disappearing into the fog, and when Man-wol loses her nerve and runs after him, he’s already gone into the water spirit’s room.

He finds himself standing near the water spirit’s well as happy villagers work and play nearby. He calls down the well for the spirit, who answers that Chan-sung let him in and he’s very happy here. He says he doesn’t want to return to his well, and Chan-sung asks what angered him.

The water spirit replies that he’s not angry: “I’m scared of being abandoned. I’ve never dried up, and gave the people fresh water… to make alcohol and let them make money, but I can no longer fill up as much water as they want. Before I dry up and get abandoned like an empty pond, I ran away. I chose to abandon them first while they could still miss me.”

Chan-sung is suddenly at the bottom of the well, and the water spirit shows himself to Chan-sung and apologizes for being in a place where he’s not welcome. But he says he has nowhere else to go, and he asks Chan-sung for help. He removes his water gourd from his belt and levitates it to Chan-sung, promising to return the favor by showing Chan-sung his own fears, so that he can resolve them.

Chan-sung’s eyes close, and see sees a series of scenes: Man-wol crying under the Moon Tree… dark Mago staring at Chan-sung as he cries. When he opens them, Man-wol is calling down the well to him, and he calls back that he’s found a solution.

Yoo-na has alerted the police to her discovery, and in the morning, they find five bodies buried in the area. The detective in charge of the investigation looks startlingly like Man-wol’s old friend, Yeon-woo. Hyun-joong and Yoo-na finally arrive at the hotel’s new location, and they sheepishly inform Seo-hee and Bartender Kim that they’ve brought a few new guests.

Mi-ra helps Sanchez arrange a school reunion at his pizza place, and they’re joined by a classmate named JI-WON (cameo by Lee David), who just happens to be the man who killed the ghosts now checking into Hotel del Luna. Sanchez doesn’t look happy to see Ji-won, having deliberately left him off the invite list, but Mi-ra says she noticed and called him.

Ji-won tensely greets Sanchez, and he mentions that he heard Chan-sung is back in Korea. Mi-ra says she didn’t realize he knew Chan-sung, but Ji-won says with a dark chuckle that he knows him well, “… he’s a smart guy who’s good at everything.”

Chan-sung and Man-wol take the water spirit’s gourd to the CEO’s villa, which has a beautiful indoor spring. Chan-sung tells the water spirit that he’ll be happy here and tosses the gourd into the water, where it quickly sinks, then creates a joyful waterspout.

Man-wol is sad that the town’s makgeolli won’t taste the same anymore, and she scoffs that the water spirit left the well because he was angry. Chan-sung says he was only sad — if he’d been angry, he would have called on Man-wol, since she’s stronger.

She asks what he saw at the bottom of the well, and Chan-sung replies, “Fear.” He says that the water spirit showed him what he’s most afraid of, and we see more of his vision. He and Man-wol are at the Moon Tree, and as dark Mago looks on, Man-wol dissipates as a vengeful spirit. She never takes her eyes off Chan-sung as she swirls into ashes, then she’s gone forever.

Now Chan-sung confronts Man-wol, saying that she saw his fears and was trying to protect him by sending him away. He takes the medicine from his pocket, the one that can make him stop seeing ghosts, and Man-wol doesn’t deny that she asked Mago to give it to him. She says she’ll pray for his safety, but he counters that he’ll keep facing danger to make her uncomfortable.

He tosses the medicine into the spring and yells that no place is safe for him now, so she needs to continue protecting him. They stand there glaring at each other, neither willing to back down.

  
COMMENTS

I’m so happy that Chan-sung finally admitted his feelings for Man-wol. Not that he’s ever really denied them, but he’s previously framed them in terms of employer/employee, and then almost as if they were friends. Now he knows that his feelings run deeper, and he’s not willing to let Man-wol off the hook, either. I like how he’s confident of the way she feels about him — not even so much romantically, but just as someone she cares about, whether or not she’s ready to admit it. I melted when he counted down how many seconds it took her to refuse to ask him back. Chan-sung knows that Man-wol cares, and he’s not afraid to tell her to her face that she cares about him, but he’s never pushy or aggressive about it. Just like in his previous life, he doesn’t need Man-wol to say she cares because he already knows.

I’ll admit that I was hoping for a twist in which Chan-sung was really Yeon-woo reincarnated (I confess, I’ve had a Lee Tae-sun bias ever since Entertainer). But after the previous episode and this one, it’s pretty clear that Chan-sung was Chung-myung, especially since Yeon-woo has also been reincarnated. Chan-sung is still very like his previous incarnation — capable, charming, and quietly confident — and now that we know more about what happened to them back then, it makes sense why Man-wol wasn’t happy to see Chan-sung when he showed up again after a thousand years. I don’t think he’s only back to see Man-wol on to the next life, because there’s a lot between them that needs to be settled, especially the truth of why Chung-myung seemed to betray Man-wol. I think Sunny nailed it when she posited that Princess Song-hwa blackmailed Chung-myung into marrying her, and that he did what he could to save Man-wol at the tragic expense of Yeon-woo and her people.

He hasn’t spent a thousand years paying for his crimes the same way Man-wol has, but Chung-myung/Chan-sung deserves a chance to explain what he did and why. And after a thousand years, Man-wol needs to mourn and atone for killing him (I assume) in retaliation. I believe that Chung-myung needs redemption as much as Man-wol does, and they can only get it from each other. I think that Yeon-woo is also back for a reason, and that he’ll end up entangled in Chan-sung and Man-wol’s current situation, which should be interesting. He also has feelings for Man-wol that need resolution, and she’s carrying a lot of guilt for his death that she needs to unload. I have a feeling that Yeon-woo’s presence is going to be a catalyst for a lot of the healing that needs to happen before Man-wol can move on.

In his current incarnation, for a guy who describes himself as weak-hearted, Chan-sung is like granite when it comes to his refusal to leave Man-wol. I love that he’s not pathetic about it, though, and he even gets angry about the situation sometimes, but he’s here, and he’s not going away, and that’s that. He knows that Man-wol needs him whether she likes it or not, and that the hotel needs him, and he actually enjoys the work that he does now that he’s acclimated to it. But mostly he’s determined to see this thing with Man-wol through to the end, not because it’s destiny or because the gods made it happen, but because he cares about her soul.

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Did I miss the part where someone said Chung-myung was reincarnated as Chan-sung?

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He is not. CS is nothing like CM. Reincarnations thus far have the same facial features. CM if he is to be reincarnated has to come back as himself. Also reincarnations have similar attributes with their predecessors. CM was a player. CS is nothing of the sort. If CM wants to redeem himself from MW past, he needs to do so in his own skin, not the body of someone else. It wouldn’t be fair to make use of all the good will CS has already established with MW for his (CM) benefit.

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All reincarnation are being played by the same actors so no. Maybe a descendant but not a reincarnation.

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The link between CS and CM is nothing but supposition at this point. I would prefer it if people phrased it as such, rather than making it sound like a fact. Even if it turns out to be true, CS has no knowledge of it and is for all practical purposes a new person; so it's best to treat them as separate characters until conclusively proven otherwise.

A lot of forward movement in this episode. I like how self aware both of them are: CS readily admits that it's no sense of duty that keeps him clinging to MW and protecting her (from herself mostly). MW also readily admits that his presence makes her weak hearted. They care about each other and they know that they do - even if no one is ready to put a name to their relationship just yet. Psycho dude brings new stakes and a sense of unease to the future. He seems way too interested in CS and if he actually decides to harm him that will for sure push MW past the point of no return... straight into CS's most feared scenario.

I am unsure about the point of the well spirit... that felt odd both visually and narratively. was the abandoning before being abandoned supposed to mirror MW's decision? because although CS felt abandoned it was made clear by the end that she was only trying to protect him (again, mostly from herself)...

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That we'll spirit was a very forced cameo. At this point they're just throwing in cameos for lack of plot.

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Well spirit**

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I found the water spirit as inspired by the river spirit in Spirited Away. It was a means of showing a human's compassion could heal a troubled spirit. It showed that CS, by himself, can solve a problem he created without MW help.

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And that CS could help heal a wounded spirit like Manwol.

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I think the fear of abandonment was about MW fearing abandonment by CS...which explains the conversation between the two at the end of episode 10. And as @welh mentions below, it shows a spirit being healed by a mortal without magical powers, perhaps pointing to CS helping MW heal from her spiritual wounds.

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Dear @charlieblue17 , the well spirit has abandonmet issues, and those issues mirrors Man-Wol's. She decided to abandon Chang-Sung while he still missed her (and not hated or feared her), just like the well spirit with the villagers. She still feels guilty for almost killing him due to her botched vengeance on Mi-Ra.

Here in this show ghosts are not only people, but their stories resonates and complements the themes of the episodes.

On the other hand it is a Noble Idiocy trope, but well written: Man-Wol has given Chang-Sung in the past the opportunity to leave her after she does all those terrible supernatural things (like sending a homing rebarb to the former mayor), but after Chang-Sung literally embraced the worst part of her - and almost died in the process - she got scared not only for his life but also for him to keep seeing the worst of her - a nakedness of her soul, if we follow the Actaeon line of thought - and decided to leave him behind while he was still safe and his memories of her still weren't tainted. Her coldness is a bravado since she really cares about him.

Hope to read you soon!!!

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I would like that too if people don't make suppositions into facts. It bothers me a little when our gold hearted chang sung is mentioned as a reincarnation of shady chung myung even if it's implied he had man wol's best interest at heart.

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There is still a possibility Chan-sung is not Chung-myung, but there is still possible: Remember in «Goblin» Wang Yeo and Grim Reaper, whom the incarnation of the former, are being played by 2 actors (Kim Min-jae and Lee Dong-wook, respectively)?

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The next episode (no spoilers) kind'a highlights the notion that he may be reincarnated *by default* because everyone else is getting all matched- up with past lives. Chang-sung not being reincarnated was more likely back when reincarnation *wasn't* a recurring element.

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Well, something said by Man-Wol in the next episode seems to indicate otherwise. Let's discuss when the ep10 recap is up.

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Kim min jae is a lee dong wook younger version. Ldw play himself as a king in the past too. ( the scene when he wandering around the street before killing himself)

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Kim min jae played the teenage version of lee dong wook because the king was still a teenager in the past trope and he grew out to be lee dong wook if i remember correctly.

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My bet now is that he did not reincarnate back then and became a firefly,the same one that was shown in the episode that Chan Sung talked to when he was in the house were Hotel Del Luna was,that shodow is more than sure him(don't know why but i see his hairstyle shape)along with the not so subtle music...Now,i'm curious if he followed her all along but was ashamed and afraid to meet her because of his betrayer back then or really couldn't find the Hotel and serched for it for 1000 years

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Yes, I would like that. I kept wondering why would we only get to see the firefly ghosts silhouette only? It would be interesting if he also had unfinished business , like the other staffer, and had been unable to face her in the after life so never left...

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To be fair if he only became as a firefly that won't be much of a confrontation after 1000 years of waiting. I mean fireflies only live for 120 days so manwol's on a clock.

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Judging by Man-Wol reactions to Mi-Ra, I would also presume that Chan-Sung is no Chung-Myung. Like she once mention, she doesn't 'feel' anything or so to speak doesn't hold grudges against him.

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I found the episodes these week to be a bit boring and some parts felt rushed. I'm still not feeling any romantic tension or chemistry between IU and YJG but I'm completely invested in the redemption arc for MW. Overall I find this drama better than the last two Hong Sisters drama but I still get the feeling they'll leave us hanging at the end.

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Their relationship is purely platonic at this point despite whatever confession they seem to be making. The romance is very forced in this drama and the only real romantic attraction I feel is all in the past storyline. This week definitely showed a slower pace.

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This week was undoubtedly the dullest week.

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This. I felt like it dragged on a little bit, having weaker substance this week. Though, it looks like the crew are on a SUPER tight schedule. Apparently some scenes were shot like 2 days prior (poor them:(). Hope the story and pacing will pick up again for this week!

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I thought the scripts were completed much earlier but they're still filming? Hats off to the CG team then for pulling through. I want next week to be better but the preview didn't get me excited either.

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Yep! They're still filming everyday since tvN delayed Arthdal Chronicles and pushed Hotel Del Luna a month in advance. Theyre rushing right now which I'm a bit worried about the quality over the next few episodes.

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Omg another Lily 😅 ahould i register myself now 😅😅😅

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Exactly my feelings. I'm watching to see if MW finds eternal peace. But I don't really care about a romance with CS at all. Rather than that, I'm waiting for MW to meet the captain and tackle their unsolved issues. She has waited for 1000yr, I'm sure she has something to say to him.

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After 2 reincarnations with the same body, I will find very weird than CS being the reincarnation of CM. I still think they're two different persons.

I was happy to see Lee Tae Sun back too! He was a really super cute dad in Entertainer!

Sanchez , Mira and CS are friend with serial killer... That sounds like a problem.

I'm happy that CS and MW are honest with their own feelings. I love to see them opening to each other.

I want the OST when MW vanished in the air beside the tree (that should vanish too, shouldn't it?).

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The biggest twist would be CM reincarnated as a serial killer if we want him that much with other face;)

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Nobody will stop MW to kill/curse him !

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Chan Sung might try, he is that kind of person.

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I actually believe CM is the serial killer. The show has been reversing the relationships from past life, so it makes sense for YW the police to catch CM the criminal.

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I was happy to see Lee Tae Sun back too! He was a really super cute dad in Entertainer!
OMG! That's why I liked him from the beginning! Thank you! I should have googled him earlier.

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You're welcome but it's thank to @lollypip who talked about it in her review.

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I admit that after the first comment paragraph I started writing my disagreement. My bad, lol.

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I wouldn't call them friends exactly, just acquaintances. And that serial killer is a psychopath obviously.

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Anyone else think that Chungmyung is also a wandering spirit like ManWol? I have feeling they've both been punished for whatever it is they did but they're both living the punishment differently.

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Hmm me? I get that feeling after this episode..
and I’m really curious about that firefly 🧐🧐

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Nope,i'm quite sure he is the firefly and that he didn't reincarnate by his own choice maybe and the 2 options:
1)he is too ashmed&afraid to meet her because his betrayer back then and he just follows her at safe distance
2) he really for some reason can't find the Hotel...
Honestly i prefer the first,more angst and built up for the characters jajja
When i saw the firefly and the music i was sure he was the one,after i saw the shape of his hairstyle and being blurred and now i'm even more confident he is the one...I guess we can say he might be the final test(if not considering that psycho that for sure ManWol would not resitate to kill if he harms CS)

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Some said on the YT comments that CM is the firefly... Quite curious if it's really him....

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I'm also leaning towards that chang myung became a firefly theory rather than the serial killer theory. Can anyone remember that scene in which man wol and chang myung watched fireflies over the lake in the past?

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Yeah,in episode 6 was that scene...Also looking back i see that actually the firefly followed her and is in the garden were the Moon Tree is but i guess she can't sense his spirit for 2 reasons: Mago conceals it from her till the moment comes or he does it somehow...Now it makes me wonder if he was with her since a long time ago yet she missed to see it or did he recently found her or had the courage to go to her...

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"Anyone else think that Chungmyung is also a wandering spirit like ManWol? I have feeling they've both been punished for whatever it is they did but they're both living the punishment differently".

At a higher level of writing, I would love it... for the Captain to have suffered of self-imposed punishment just like Man-Wol. That would make an interesting point about compassion.

Regrettably I don't think it will be since it would take a very big tentation out of Man-Wol's reach. She flipped over Mi-Ra, then she would melt down with the captain and probably walk over the cliff.

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I don't think that anything in this episode points to Chan Sung being Chung Myung reincarnation, and I don't particulary agree with this reasoning for his reincarnation, because if he is Chan Sung, it clear that his soul moved on, all three souls have been on good path in this life, so it's only Man Wol that is stuck, so actually she is the only one "benefitting" from it, or maybe MaGo decided that hotel need a new owner and put things in the motion.
Other than that I'm excited for this week introduction of serial killer who is associated with our heroes and can't wait to see where this part of story will go on. I like Yuna too, and she mentioned that her approach toward ghosts was influenced by Chan Sung, not Hyun Joong.

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Here's my question. What is the origin of the hotel in the first place? For a drama named about a hotel it actually has the least backstory. How did Man Wol know about it in the 1st place and why did she go looking for it? On what basis does Mago select the new owner and until when will the Hotel exist?

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Good question but I would not hold my breath waiting for anwers, writers probably already forget about it.

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Which is exactly what I dislike about fantasy genres in general but specifically the hong sisters don't even care about answering the questions they set up in their world building.

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It's not a fault of fantasy genre, just bad writing.

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The first scene of the first episode I believe rebel Man-wol came upon the already existing inn for the dead... I believe. On a more general note, I think the true origin of the hotel is the 1998 Japanese film "After Life". ;-)

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Yea, I also think it was a thing since before her times, and Mago basically made Man Wol operate a franchise to settle her karmic debt.

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And this franchise owner is just intentionally dragging out the payment period.

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I fairly think the Hotel will exist for eternity as long as there will be life...Like implied,it is a resting place for souls,to find their peace before moving on,for some souls to prevent becoming evil and harm living beings and so on...More likely Mago will make another soul take care of it after Man Wol or she will do it herself like she did it before...More than sure back then Man Wol in her desperation out of her own guilt started searching here and there and heard the legends about that place and went with it making herself believe it is true...
Hong Sisters are the type who don't always give all the clear cut details and just toss the pieces of puzzle here and there and let the viewer put the puzzle together

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Here's my question. What is the origin of the hotel in the first place? For a drama named about a hotel it actually has the least backstory. How did Man Wol know about it in the 1st place and why did she go looking for it? On what basis does Mago select the new owner and until when will the Hotel exist?

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I'm with you and @Elle! I've seen no evidence whatsoever that Chan Sung is Chung Myung's reincarnation and I would really like him not to be.

In fact, I would quite like our Captain to have schemed together with the Princess (and played Man Wol) to capture the band of thieves (and possible rebels). Yes, I appreciate that I'm in a minority here.

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I share your feelings. I want Captain to be evil, not a noble idiot.

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He would only be an idiot because however ppl spin the story, he was far from noble.

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I guess you could argue that he wasn't even an idiot? He was the captain of the guard who rounded up a bunch of armed robbers. For that era, he was almost certainly legally in the right, especially once the bandits had robbed his employer.

(just being devil's advocate)

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@cloggie You're right, technically it's actually Man-weol who expected too much out of a forbidden romance. She's the real idiot for ignoring Yeon-woo.

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I am intrigued about Serial Killer because he is not an adversary Man-Wol can take on directly since he is still a living human. But I am confident she will find a way around to punish him, like she did with Peeping Tom president.

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I don't think Chan-sung is Chung-myung's reincarnation. I think Chung-myung is the firefly/disembodied spirit in the old hotel site and he's been wandering around, refusing to move on. CS and CM don't feel like the same person to me. CM has a sense of cockiness CS lacks, and CS has so far been defined by his great compassion towards others while CM... isn't. Not to mention, so far the two confirmed reincarnations are physical carbon copies of their previous selves.

And honestly, I don't want CS to be CM's reincarnation. I want him to be a new(er) soul who's there to help Man-wol face her past and then move forward.

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I just want to know where IU's stylist gets her costume ideas! Not one outfit has disappointed me till now! They're all gorgeous and could well be their own character!

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If you like IU's clothes check my Fan Wall. I've been doing screencaps of IU's outfits.

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I read on other site some of them believe the firefly is Chung Myung because if Chan Sung is Chung Myung they will have same face like Yeon Woo & Mira. I believe so too and maybe Ji Won also reincarnation someone from the past. Maybe his the one that betrayed ManWol and Yeonwoo.

Actually for first 2 or 3 episodes I thought the one that play JeoWoon is Lee David. They have similar features. They could as brother even as twin for me. Just know about Lee Tae Sun after I googled and this episode make me realised Lee David more chubby and shorter than Lee Tae Sun. 😉

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Now you've got me waiting for a close-up of the firefly to see if it has CM's face :)

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Can I just say Yeon Woo is super handsome in modern day. Also I have to echo some of the other beanies, the chemistry between IU and YJG is not consistent, sometimes it is there, but most times it is non existent. I have to put this on YJG because IU has excellent with the other two guys in the past. In the next episode, there is more chemistry in one longing glance with Yeon Woo than the entire series with YJG. That being said I am still enjoying the drama, the romance not so much.

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This for me too. Their bickering was very sibling like and that's the only chemistry I feel from them. Even the thought of a kiss scene between them makes me cringe. The drama is still fun but I'm with those who had an issue with the pacing this week. The episodes didn't resonate with me either.

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He is extremely swoonworthy in this modern version.
And I agree, I don't feel any chemistry between them most of the times.

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That stare was class acting. I might have replayed it a few times.

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The lack of romantic chemistry is definitely on YJG. Sometimes it looks like he isn't even trying. I don't think he knows yet what physical and romantic attraction between two people is and can't mimic the emotions. I also don't find him convincing as a 30 year old hotelier. He looks his age if not younger.

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Last episode's discussion I compared 'Hotel Del Luna' to 'My Ajusshi'. Man-wo/Ji-an may have a crush on Chan-sung/Dong-hoon but all Chan-sung/Dong-hoon feels is sympathy and a moral obligation.

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This would be true if the relationship was written in the same manner but it hasn't been. I believe the actor has failed to create the chemistry the character was supposed to have.

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Man-Wol's is destined to go to hell, or if she's lucky maybe get reincarnated. I sincerely doubt there was EVER a 'bed scene' planned between the two leads before she dies, like with So-min in 'The Smile has Left Your Eyes.'

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Exactly 10 episodes in and still no chemistry basically means there shouldn't be a romantic conclusion in this drama. I still think they could have cast someone else for IU who would have had the sizzling chemistry that is obviously intended. I'm still watching for her character to get a peaceful conclusion.

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This isn't on IU. I can tell she likes him, but without his extremely unexpressive declarations and Greek chorus commentary from Sanchez, I can't tell that he's supposed to like her.

His attempts to portray mature and business like just come off as bland and boring.

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Try falling in love with a 1000+ old women who happens to have some super natural powers, weird, arrogant, pushy, moody, has strong grudges to resolve, money loving, shopoholic + alchoholic, doesn't listen to anyone and also happend to be your boss. You will also be super slow if you ever fell in love at all. I'd be surprised if it was a love at first sight. Man weol had so many managers before and i don't know about the genders but sure there were other male managers but no one didn't seem to fall in love with her. It will take a lot of time to see the good side of man weol. To be honest it will be weird if it was more quicker.

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Why would a 1000+ old person even exist? What are you talking about? Your rambling is incoherent and very juvenile.

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1000+ year old exist in this drama, 🙄 geez if you could not even understand i was talking about man weol then no point of talking about this anymore.

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Everyone be nice - don't make me get out the glitter!

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More than that, try to fall in love with someone so fixed in her past that even if you know what happened to that person and you really do your best to bring back that person, your opportunity to do so are very slim.

Love can have lots of hurdles. If "Thirty but Seventeen" shows us something relevant to this discussion is that for the nephew who was innocent love was just as natural, while for the uncle it was a struggle against his traumas (his experience). For Man-Wol is the same, she carries so much past behind her.

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As soon as I saw his face, I screamed: "Yeon-Woo ya, nice to see you!" His tragic death and last smile were still fresh in my memory.

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I have a feeling like that too about the chemistry. But i reasoned with myself that their chemistry is on an entirely different plane than a normal romantic chemistry we are used to. It's more like chemistry between souls.

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Reading this recap reminds me of my favorite moments in the episode instead of the overall salty feeling I have after watching both eps. 9-10. I'm not quite convinced that Chan-sung is Chun-myung's reincarnation, based on the physical resemblances we see in the Princess' and Yeon-woo's reincarnations. And because Man-wol has said a few times (maybe in ep. 10 so SPOILER ?) that Chan-sung would bring "him" back to her, seeing how he has already brought back the Princess and Yeon-woo into her life. So other Beanies' theory that the Firefly spirit is actually Chun-myung wondering around makes sense to me.
I also won't be surprised if Chan-sung turns out to be Chun-myung either because the Hong Sisters love throwing curveballs at us.
I started watching HdL because of IU and her fabulous wardrobe, but i think I'm staying because of Chan-sung and his steadfast belief that he can save her. Seeing him owning up to his feelings for Man-wol makes me so proud! Not a scardy cat anymore!

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Yeah i love chung sung too. He is so great. I love the bond IU and chung sung has. The difference between chung sung and chung myung is, chung myung is kind of pushy where chung sung knows to show respect

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I'm sorry Chungmyung is not pushy at all. We don't even have enough background on him to know what he is truly like. We've only seen him in bits and pieces. I don't know how you see Chang sung as being more respectful or whatever. He treats her like an employee would treat their boss who they have q close mentor mentee relationship with. While Chungmyung was an equal to manwol and treated her like a lover in the few scenes that were shown. The dynamics are completely different but you can't possibly say one has more respect than the other even if you want to ship them together despite their complete lack of chemistry.

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Chung myung sure was pushy, to be honest he didn't even knew man weol that well but keep coming to see her, would take her drinks, would tell her the views are better now that he there and all that. Man weol may have had a crush on him but it was mainly because he was always pushing himself on her. Even if he loved her he didn't love her enough to know what truly made her happy and ended up killing off her true family and made her some 1000+ year old being who cannot move foraward or have true happiness.

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Again there has barely been any background revealed about their relationship and interactions. How are you making these conclusions from 10-15 minutes of screen time? If that is considered pushy them what manwol did to force changsung to become a manager should be called pushy as well. We need for revelation to know what happened in the past but don't go character assasinating him on the one sided plot reveal. Also no one likes someone if they really do push their feelings onto them. She liked him because of who he was not because he pushed his feelings onto her or anything. She is just as responsible for the demise of her friends as he is.

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Of couse i said man weol is pushy in one of my previous comments that you saw. (in my 1000+ year old comment to be exact) I think she is pushy as well. Regrading CM, what to do we have to depend on that 10, 15 mins since that is the time the drama allowed us to see him. From what was shown he was pushy and arrogant and looks highly of himself. So for now he is a betrayer and man weol hates him. If he is any better let the drama reveal that before coming to conclusions on your own.

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Never thought Lee David would do creepy so well. The weekly ghost stories are getting tiresome mostly.

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Lol, I was actually kind of sad, I said not my baby David Lee, but he is doing a bang up job.

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The ghost of the day stories are getting tiresome. As if the point was to show off their merry-go-round of cameos.

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Warning: 3 more cameos announced this week

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Versus the present, I wish they would stay in the past forever.

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I feel the opposite. The present is fun and the past is just sad.

I can’t wait for Veronica to show up. Sanchez is growing on me. I don’t mind seeing more of him.

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@geliguolu sph_7 I love Sanchez. He is so selfless letting Chan-sung and Mi-ra stay in his house, volunteering to sprinkle Chan-sung with salt in his living room, even suggesting Chan-sung use the expensive Himalayan sea salt. During the class reunion today, I was excited Sanchez would be getting a more prominent role involving serial killer Ji-won after his ghost bridegroom close call.

The past is a really captivating sageuk. It is sad, bittersweet, and heart-wrenching. It had me invested since the epic opening of episode 1.

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I still think Veronica as a cameo by Veronica from TSLOMS would be hilarious.

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I think because The Secret Life of My Secretary had low ratings, a cameo by Veronica Park would not fit into the Hong sisters' signature meta references. Plus The Secret Life of My Secretary was on SBS, while Hotel del Luna is on tvN.

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@panshel Not much to do with ratings. Cameos have more to do with relations.

Anyway, the rich girl in TSHLYE will be Veronica. The other 2 aren’t popular but are familiar faces of Kdrama. 1 more was announced today that I have never seen before.

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The sad past still has more depth than anything in the present plot line which feels very superficial. The whole point of the current plot is redemption and love but the past has more reality. There is so much story in the past but the writing isn't doing it justice. I wish they would just stay in the past and break out hearts with that beautiful romance but tragic romance and friendship. There is more chemistry overall in the past as well.

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The ghosts of the day/week let us learn more about the main characters, mostly Chan-Sung more than others. The weak/feeble human being as described by both himself and been called out frequently by Man-Wol turns out to be the one who doesn't give up easily, is very compassionate and always refuses to do what he thinks is immoral. They show how good of a person he is and can be even though he said that he's not.

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It did but I wish those plot covers both CS and MW. There is still a chunk of the past still missing. The past is so compelling and I wonder how they will wrap it up. Would be better if we move towards redemption/atonement bit by bit rather than piling it on in 1 or 2 episodes. We already in the latter part of the drama.

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@hani The reincarnated humans are unraveling Man Wol’s story already.

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Manwol is one of the most interesting female characters ever written. I enjoy her sass but I love that she doesn't hesitate to be evil when the situation calls for it. Her emotional agony is completely justified but her child like nature makes her endearing and annoying at the same time. You can tell the character has layers and dimensions that are well thought out. In contrast Chang Sun despite his growth still remains an unappealing character overall. I like him but I also don't miss him when he doesn't appear in a scene. He doesn't really have a strong impact and if this drama was entirely focused on Manwol it would be just as amazing if not more.

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As a k'drama addict, I always adore the female lead who speaks herself rather than a damsel-in-distress kind. Especially when the writer(s) add the elements of a foul-mouth, self-absorbed, lavish, and a thousand-something-year-old spoiled brat on top of the cake. She sure is one of the most interesting heroines in dramaland.

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70% of all K-dramas sag in the middle, 20% fail at the end, and the remaining 10% meet or exceed our expectations.

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I think I'm in the minority who actually feel IU and Yeo Jin Goo's chemistry. Or is my standard just too low? I also notice a lot of people are being too harsh on Yeo Jin Goo?? I've seen comments saying he's not good looking enough compared to Man Wol's boys in the past. Some even demand that Lee Do Hyun playa his role instead. Give the kid a break😭

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I don't think this is about looks. It true YJG doesn't fit the mould of popular flower boys but his bigger problem is that he doesn't match IU and he can't generate any chemistry with her. If JKY for example played this role we know we'd be smitten with just one look. He is miscast in this role but it has nothing do with his looks.

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I think its mostly because of the looks. Even though he is handsome, he doesn't have to the look people want in a romantic hero, if that makes sense. So sometimes his talent is overlooked and a more handsome guy is praised for being talented. Lot of shallow minded people do that. Its not that the chemistry is not there, some people refuse to see it.

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He hasn't had any romantic chemistry with any of his female leads till date. I won't blame it on his looks because he looks just fine. JS and SJS have the same masculine features but they have no problem creating chemistry with everyone and everything. YJG is still young and has time to improve both his acting and chemistry skills.

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It's his acting. He's stiff. And other than smiling and opening his eyes really wide, his face is not at all expressive. He has that deep, and potentially sexy voice, but everything sounds the same - dry.

He actually looks better in this than Absolute Boyfriend.

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Yeah i think so too. I see the chemistry as well. But good to know there are some other people as well. People might want aome sizzling chemistry but it will be more unnatural given their personalities. Even in her past man weol didn't seem to be much of a passionate person. Just a smile or two here and there and finally running to meet the captain guy was only the moments that kind of let slip she liked this guy. But the present man weol does not hide her jealousy of chung sung and chung sun doesn't hide his desire to protect her. I think that is very cute amd romantic.

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I think everyone mostly agrees he wasn't the right actor for this particular role. He never has had an eye for picking roles.

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Maybe in here, but i have seen people referring to them as manchan couple. Under YouTube comments and other forums. Im glad to see that there are people who appreciate their chemistry.

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Actually, ManChan came from comments under the Instagram first. I forgot if it was a tvN or Man Eol’s handle, but there was a simple poll of what should be couple name. TvN used the name suggested by majority in all future promotional content.

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Exactly, viewers picked the easier name. TvN actually suggested some more creative names like Dal-Byul (Moon-Star) and WolSung (also Moon-Star), but they picked ManChan, which sounds like dinner. lol

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@geliguolu sph_7 Moon is a running theme of this show, but has Chan-sung ever been referred to as "byul" similar to Man-wol's "dal" symbol? While WolSung is a word play, it is also a portmanteau.

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No matter who invented the name, so many are using it means the fans like it. I even saw comments asking them to date in real life which is funny

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@Lily Fans always ship actors in real life (which I think is delusional), but IU seems to date older men (Eunhyuk, Jang Kiha).

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No, I like their chemistry.

I think the both relationships are very different.

The young MW was trying to look strong but it was a front, she was lovely and she really cared about her crew. CM was strong and pretty seductive and direct. They were flirting and all their scenes were pretty romantic.

In the present, MW is strong thanks to her powers, she wears an armor to hide her feelings, everybody is scared of her. She's a very different person now. They started their relationship as boss-employee. CS is not strong physicaly, but he's emotionaly. He is taking off her armor piece by piece. He's the only one who makes her evolve and who has an impact on her life. The feelings of love are coming step by step now.

YJG can have great chemistry with his co-stars like in CP. So I don't think it's fair to say in the only one who is miscasted.
Honestly, if I like the both of them and like this drama, I still think that older actors would have been better, but for the both of them.

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I don't agree. IU was given the strong character, it's why she is the one who shines more. She's the badass. But honestly, in the past scenes I can't see IU as a warrior. I love her outfits in the present and her personality, but the fight scenes? She looks too "light".

CS's strong point is his kindness, it's not an easy thing to portray as an actor but for me he still has a strong presence on the screen and IU doesn't outshine for me.

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I understand that some viewers would prefer an "older actress" playing MW such as Son Ye JIn or Kong Hyo Jin who could provide a greater range of character emotions. But in the context of IU's character, 1000 years ago life expectancy was low (30s). People had to grow up quicker to survive. IU looks "too young" but it fits the age of her character. Also, her childlike range of emotions also suits the story. She was a rebellious peasant child who probably dreamed of the rich life of a royal princess. At the hotel, she is living that lifestyle but finds it a repetitive and boring paradox.

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I don't see her dreaming to be a princess. She was represented as a chief of a thieves crew. She never made believe in this part.

I think an older actress would have been better to act as an 1000 years old woman, to act the weight of those years.

For example, in Black Night, Seo Ji Hye was great as an immortal. She was the villain of the story, she was classy too and she acted very well the curse to live so long.

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I like their chemistry. It’s not romantic, but it’s understandable.

I feel that a lot of the lack of (romantic) chemistry has to do with CS being too fixated on helping her leave in peace, rather than making her fall in love with him. He didn’t return to find her to live happily ever after together. Why would he purposely swoon her into another romance?

And I do agree, IU wouldn’t have been the writers’ choice if they made this when they first planned it. I think because they did so, they needed a good actor that’s younger than they originally wanted. Jingoo got casted rather last minute as I recall he was still filming Crowned Clown at the time, or just finished it.

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Part of it is that Goo Chan-Sung is the kind-hearted, smart, model student and a very moral-ethical person that makes him kind of strict&stiff. This type of personalities always kills the romance. His feelings for Man-Wol develop gradually from compassion, sympathy, and goodwill as he comes to know her either from her past or present self. We can absolutely see that he cares for her but at the same time, he also shows the equivalent kindness to others. That's why it might seem that there's nothing 'special' happened btw him and Man-Wol.

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I can see and feel the chemistry. The captain is the type of boy that I could date in my teens but CS and her bf are th type of man that i want to date now. For me, the relationship between CS and MW is slowly growing. Trust and respect.... that's awesome in a drama. I feel happy only to see them together.

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It is not that the character has no chemistry, is that Chang-Sung has to approach a very hurt, very angry, very closed person: he has to build confidence first.

But chemistry, as romantic chemistry?... well, so far this Drama is so well written that even if there is no ManWol - ChangSung couple at the end of the show, then his work will be done, and done well. At the end of the day his work is to trust her and help her redeem herself, like in My Ajusshi.

Very few people has thought that the flowering of the barren tree is not because she is in love, but because she has opened to the people around her and learned to trust.

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It's refreshing to see that the bland and less developed character is the male lead when it's usually the female lead. And also, I think Hotel Del Luna has the slowest romance progression compared to other Hong Sisters dramas.

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Yet male 'candy' gets more defenders than female 'candy'. CS is the most uninteresting character in this drama at present.

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What romance progression? Snails move faster.

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I refuse to believe that my sweet and good Chan Sung is that shady captain. I think (as stupid as it sound) is the Firefly. And im so happy (and in tears) to see Yeon Woo.... he's a detective now ♡♡♡. As MW said, he loved her the most and he deserve happiness. Sorry for my English and thank you for your recap :)

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I can't help but think Im Si Wan would be the perfect choice to play Chan Sung's role instead. He has that beta male feel with slightly more mature look compared to Yeo Jin Goo.

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Now that you put the image into my head I can't understand it. That would have been perfect.

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I wanted to say I can't unsee it. Auto correct miseries.

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You now, for a script that was 9 years in the making, I expected better than this. My expectation for Hong Sisters to redeem themselves is getting thinner every week.

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9 years?
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