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Hell Is Other People: Episode 2

As if navigating a new living space wasn’t challenging enough, our hero also starts his new job. Hidden pitfalls await him everywhere he goes and Jong-woo is going to have to be on his toes because while the worst thing that can happen at work is losing his job, a misstep at Eden Goshiwon could cost him his life.

 
EPISODE 2: “Human Nature”

Picking back up with the tense altercation in the hallway, Jong-woo watches awkwardly from the sidelines as his most abrasive floormate, Hee-joong, angrily accuses their neighbor Deuk-jong of sneaking into his room. Deuk-jong denies it and everyone turns to see a second Deuk-jong giggling at the end of the hallway.

Hee-joong advances, but is blocked by soft-spoken Ki-hyuk, who warns him in a gentle(yet menacing) tone that they should behave in front of their new neighbor. Turning to the giggly Deuk-jong, Ki-hyuk orders him to apologize and stop disturbing others. Hee-joong huffs back to his room and the crowd disperses.

Ki-hyuk approaches Jong-woo to apologize for the ruckus. Jong-woo waves it off, using work as an excuse to go back to bed. Slipping inside, he waits a few beats and then peers back out into the now vacant hallway… only to be startled by pervert Nam-bok looming a few feet away. Jong-woo ducks back inside, not noticing the object in Nam-bok’s hand but it’s only a screwdriver he promptly uses to scratch under his house-arrest anklet. Heh.

The next morning, we see that the gum Jong-woo keeps finding is Nam-bok’s doing as he spits out a wad and sticks it under the stair railing. Ew. Meanwhile, Jong-woo tries to leave for work but is caught by landlady Bok-soon and she apologizes profusely for last night’s incident. She excitedly reports that Hee-joong is moving out immediately and smiles that only kind-hearted people remain at the goshiwon now.

Outside, Jong-woo is stopped again, this time by his eerie neighbor, Ki-hyuk. Guessing Jong-woo is headed to work, Ki-hyuk asks where he works, musing that it’s pretty far. Jong-woo wonders aloud if Ki-hyuk isn’t hot as he’s dressed in long sleeves and pants. Ki-hyuk offers only a serene smile and walks away.

At the station, officer Jung-hwa studies a map of the locations where they’d found dead cats. Her partner chides her for obsessing, but Jung-hwa is undeterred and heads out to inspect the locations. Elsewhere, Jong-woo finds his new office, but the co-worker that lets him in claims not to have heard anything about an intern. Hm.

Jong-woo’s “friend” and company CEO Jae-ho arrives and immediately chides Jong-woo for referring to him familiarly. He introduces the small staff, and assigns Jong-woo to the desk next to the unfriendly co-worker, PARK BYUNG-MIN. Jae-ho calls Jung-woo to the roof and again tells him to work hard.

Their conversation is halted when Jae-ho notices spit on the back of Jong-woo’s shirt and he flashes back to meeting Ki-hyuk that morning and hearing a sound as the other man passed. Jae-ho assumes he has anger management issues like the men fighting last night and warns Jung-woo to avoid him. He adds that Jung-woo should keep his own temper in check and Jung-woo recalls snapping at Nam-bok afterwards.

Meanwhile, back at Eden Goshiwon, gangster Hee-joong bolts awake when his doorknob begins to rattle violently. He reaches for his knife, only to find it missing. The doorknob stills and then the door bursts open as the twins and Nam-bok rush inside to hold Hee-joong down. Ki-hyuk wanders in behind them, Hee-joong’s knife in hand. “It’s your turn now,” Ki-hyuk says and then strikes…

Except it’s only a dream, and Hee-joong wakes to find his knife on his dresser where he left it. Loud thuds sound above him and Hee-joong storms up to the abandoned fourth floor, but the apartment above his is locked. A figure passes behind him and Hee-joong wanders after it only to find a man covered in blood in the room at the end of the hall. Is he dead?!

Frozen in terror, Hee-joong notices the door behind him creaking open too late and turns just as one of the twins descends upon him. The thud of something heavy hitting the floor reverberates downstairs but landlady Bok-soon pauses only a moment before resuming vacuuming.

Jung-hwa wanders around the neighborhood and finally catches a break when she notices a layer of dust on a car facing the alley of the most recent cat attack. The owner agrees to show her the footage from his dashcam and while only the back of the suspect is visible, the owner identifies the bag Deuk-jong is holding from a nearby store.

Reviewing the security footage, the shop owner identifies Deuk-jong as a resident from Eden Goshiwon. Jung-hwa hurries over and is greeted by Bok-soon, who sighs when Jung-hwa shows her a screenshot of Deuk-jong. She grumbles that he’s done “it” again, and explains that Deuk-jong is mentally impaired.

Bok-soon shouts down the hallway for Deuk-jong to come out and he soon emerges from his room, giggling. She chides him for animal abuse, but Deuk-jong just snickers he didn’t do anything wrong as he darts back into his room to fetch his slippers.

At the office, Jong-woo’s cranky co-worker, Byung-min, gifts a pair of office slippers to the only female employee, SON YOO-JUNG. He’s quick to downplay the gesture by claiming they were free and it backfires as Yoo-jung turns around and gives them to Jong-woo.

Meanwhile, Jung-hwa has managed to escort Deuk-jong to the station but he just cackles loudly while she tries to talk to him about the thirteen dead cats. Deok-jung corrects that he only killed one and Jung-hwa’s fellow officers call her over to confirm they don’t have evidence linking him to the others.

Additionally, most of the cats had been burned but this one was not. Jung-hwa insists that’s why they should investigate but her superiors argue there’s no point questioning Deuk-jong. To her frustration, they send him home with a warning and tell her to drop the cats. Jung-hwa is dejected but immediately perks up when she notices one of the addresses on a new missing person’s flier (hey, that’s the guy Hee-joong found!) is very close to Eden Goshiwon.

Speaking of Hee-joong, he regains consciousness only to find himself heavily beaten and bound to a chair while the Other Deuk-jong twin tosses around an ax. The twin reminds Hee-joong that he owes him his wrist (for wrongly accusing him last night) and Hee-joong squeals in horror as Other Deuk-jong repeatedly raises the ax and stops just short of his forearm.

With a sneer, Other Deuk-jong spits that he already would’ve chopped Hee-joong up if not for “that guy.” He walks out of the room and Hee-joong notices a cut in the duct tape binding him to the chair. Out in the hallway, the twins meet and Other Deuk-jong snaps at his giggling brother to be more careful. Deuk-jong promises no one noticed anything, but Other Deuk-jong isn’t referring to the police… but the mysterious “that guy.”

Back at work, Jong-woo has been waiting for an hour to be given a task. Finally, he asks Byung-min who exasperatedly tells him to make coffee. Jong-woo pops up and turns on the machine, which makes a ghastly noise that disrupts Yoo-jung’s phone call. When he returns, Byung-min demands if Jong-woo spit in it and then hands him a laptop and tells him to write a press release for their next project.

Jong-woo opens the laptop to find an open search for women’s slippers and realizes Byung-min has a crush on Yoo-jung. Byung-min’s annoyance only further increases when Yoo-jung addresses Jong-woo and laughs good-naturedly when he politely stands at attention. Meanwhile, dentist Moon-jo wraps up an appointment and answers a call to which he replies, “I want to see him. I’ll come straight back after work.”

Jae-ho dismisses everyone from work for the day, but decides they’ll have a company dinner to celebrate Jong-woo joining the team. Jong-woo tries to argue, but is quickly over-ruled and while Yoo-jung coos over his obedience, Byung-min’s expression sours even more. In another office, Jong-woo’s girlfriend, Ji-eun, is blocked from leaving with a last minute task from her boss.

Ji-eun tentatively points out this task falls under another employee’s responsibilities but is quickly shut down with the excuse that the other girl is out sick and Ji-eun is the most reliable. Eerily echoing Jae-ho, Ji-eun’s boss tells her to stop frowning and skips out as Ji-eun checks her phone to see Jong-woo’s apology text, canceling their plans.

Jong-woo receives only a simple acknowledgement text and starts to ask if anything is wrong… but deletes it and promises to call after dinner. Inside, Jae-ho quickly gets drunk and goes on a rant about how Jong-woo was so talented and dedicated a writer all through college (although he’s sure to slip in that Jong-woo skipped a year because he was poor) and that Jong-woo entered a contest (which he was apparently disqualified from).

He laments Jong-woo’s fall from a literary genius to a mere intern and shouts at him to give up because money is better and the art industry is rotten, anyway. Unable to take it anymore, Jong-woo stands and smashes his glass on the floor, bellowing at Jae-ho to stop telling him what to do… but it’s only a fantasy and Jong-woo sits silently as Jae-ho babbles on.

When they finally leave the restaurant, Jae-ho wants to go for a second round but is quickly loaded into a taxi. Yoo-jung suggests they go to a bar and Byung-min happily agrees, but Jong-woo politely declines. Yoo-jung immediately changes her mind and decides to go home as well, to Byung-min’s disappointment. As soon as she leaves, Jong-woo excuses himself and Byung-min growls at him not to get uppity because he’s close with Jae-ho and know his place. Um… what?

Hee-joong is still tied up on the fourth floor of Eden Goshiwon with the impaired Deuk-jong as his guard. He soon wanders off, however, and Hee-joong manages to rip through his duct tape and find his phone. He dials a “Detective Cha” and when the phone picks up, the man demands to know where Hee-joong has been. Hee-joong barely manages to get out some people are trying to kill him before the call drops.

Slipping out of his shoes, Hee-joong decides to attempt escape. Unfortunately, he doesn’t notice Ki-hyuk sneak up behind him until it’s too late and Ki-hyuk knocks him out with a hammer. Ki-hyuk goes down to the kitchen to rinse off his weapon and then plops down across from Deuk-jong, who’s in there eating ramen.

Ki-hyuk tosses Hee-joong’s phone onto the table and quietly says Deuk-jong was supposed to be watching Hee-joong. Deuk-jong apologizes, weakly explaining he was hungry. Ki-hyuk just continues to stare coldly until Deuk-jong begins smacking himself repeatedly. Landlady Bok-soon joins them to find Deuk-jong now sobbing with his ramen dumped over his head.

She snaps at them for fighting and Ki-hyuk offers his soulless smile. He apologizes and takes his leave as Deuk-jong gurgles out his own apologies to Bok-soon’s annoyance. Meanwhile, Moon-jo is surprised to see Jung-hwa on his way out and she explains she had to move her appointment. Jung-hwa notices a cake box in his hand, and Moon-jo confirms he’s meeting someone special. (Anyone else got chills?)

Jong-woo finally returns to Eden Goshiwon, pausing outside the building to note how after just one day, he doesn’t want to return. Bok-soon greets him inside and Jong-woo carefully sidesteps her repeated offers for her (bloody) eggs and escapes into his room. Inside, Jong-woo is unable to relax and decides to fix the peeling ceiling.

His phone tumbles off the bed as he does so and when crouches down to retrieve it, he finds a diary under the bed. Flipping through, Jong-woo is alarmed to find the contents disturbing (such as pages filled with only the word “die”). He flashes back to Bok-soon admitting the previous resident had killed himself.

Shaking off the bad vibes, Jong-woo goes to a nearby convenience store for beer and tries texting Ji-eun. His phone rings almost immediately, but rather than his girlfriend, it’s a client (as Yoo-jung had forwarded the office number to his phone for after hours calls).

A man pulls up to Eden Goshiwon and flashes his badge at Bok-soon. He’s the detective Hee-joong had tried to call, and he asks if she recognizes Hee-joong. Bok-soon gripes that she was gonna report it tomorrow and claims that Hee-joong skipped out on his rent. She shows him Hee-joong’s room and as Detective Cha rummages around, she tells him about last night’s incident.

Deuk-jong exits his room just then and Bok-soon calls him over to verify Hee-joong beat him up. Detective Cha tells Bok-soon to contact him if Hee-joong returns and file an official report with the local police station while Ki-hyuk stands out in the hallway, listening. Detective Cha is leaving just as Jong-woo returns and stops him to ask about Hee-joong.

He questions whether Hee-joong had suddenly been acting differently and Jong-woo admits he just moved in and doesn’t know him well. Jong-woo asks if anything happened to Hee-joong and Detective Cha tells him that Hee-joong is actually a wanted man but he’d suddenly called, claiming someone was trying to kill him.

Jong-woo notes that Hee-joong really didn’t get along with the other residents and seemed to threaten them more than was necessary. Detective Cha gives Jong-woo and they part ways. Inside, Bok-soon informs him he has a package and Jong-woo notices it’s been opened. Bok-soon denies doing it, rather Nam-bok (the pervert with the house arrest anklet in 313) thought it was his.

Furious, Jong-woo pauses outside Nam-bok’s door. He fumes there for a bit while Nam-bok remains focused on his porn, but remembers Jae-ho’s advice to not get involved and decides to let it go. The package is Jong-woo’s repaired laptop and he groans to realize it’s still on. He wonders if Nam-bok had snooped but then he suddenly remembers Hee-joong telling him he planned to move home after leaving the goshiwon and runs out to catch Detective Cha.

Unfortunately, when Detective Cha gets into his car, Ki-hyuk is already waiting in the backseat and strangles him with a cord. Pulling out a blade, he also stabs Detective Cha in the side. By the time Jong-woo gets outside, the vehicle has stopped shaking and Ki-hyuk watches Jong-woo in the rear view mirror, musing that he has a lot more work to do.

Jong-woo gives up and returns to his room. The scene cuts back and forth between footsteps and Ki-hyuk’s leather bag in the hallway to the car where Detective Cha regains consciousness and attacks Ki-hyuk. The men struggle and Moon-jo, on his way home, notices the vehicle shaking. He approaches the car as the man with the bag approaches Jong-woo’s room. Ki-hyuk regains the knife and stabs Detective Cha repeatedly.

At the car, Moon-jo opens the door, letting Detective Cha spill out, dead. In the backseat, Ki-hyuk isn’t doing much better. The unknown figure with the leather bag peers into Jong-woo’s room and then passes to the next door (the one with the peephole into Jong-woo’s!!!). Moon-jo opens the backdoor of the vehicle and Ki-hyuk smiles as the faceless figure sets down the leather bag and then the cake box onto their desk.

The cake box falls and out spill countless syringes as the scene flips back to the car where Moon-jo jabs something into Ki-hyuk’s neck. The scene flashes back to Moon-jo’s office when he’d promised the caller to be home early and we see the volunteer photo Jung-hwa had been looking at the previous night… and behind a smiling Moon-jo, stands Bok-soon, the Deuk-jong twins, and Ki-hyuk among the group.

Back at the car, Moon-jo tells Ki-hyuk he was a failure. “I’m creating art,” he says, pulling on gloves, “It’s not just murder.” Ki-hyuk gurgles out a “why” and Moon-jo returns, “Why did you do this without my permission? We have rules, you know.” He leans in and wraps his hands around Ki-hyuk’s neck. As he squeezes the life out of Ki-hyuk, Moon-jo whispers, “You’ve done well so far. Honey.” In his room, Moon-jo peers through the hole at Jong-woo.

Jong-woo takes to the roof to call Ji-eun and she sighs dismissively that he’s overreacting about his neighbors. Jong-woo starts to argue, but Ji-eun is too tired to continue talking and they hang up. He’s started when Moon-jo suddenly joins him, saying he’d heard about Jong-woo from Bok-soon. Jong-woo tries to be pleasant, but questions why Moon-jo keeps smiling at him.

“I had a thought when I saw you,” Moon-jo replies, advancing, “That you… might by the same type of person as me.”

 
COMMENTS

Well, that’s not where I was expecting to go. The last 10 minutes were completely wild. I had thought this show would be more… subtle? Focus on building anxiety and tension and the sense of unease, but never actually reveal whether Jong-woo’s impression of his neighbors was accurate or not. At least… not this early. And I certainly didn’t expect not one, but two, of Eden Goshiwon’s residents to be eliminated in the first week. And my apologies to anyone that had trouble following the sequencing of events at the end, the editing was very odd. I’ve noticed the show chooses to do its big reveals in a very disjointed manner and while stylistically, I can sort of understand the choice — because everything about this drama is meant to throw the viewer off-kilter — it’s disorienting in way that leaves me feeling more confused than disturbed.

It’s a shame that Hee-joong is gone so soon. I had a feeling he wasn’t meant to escape Eden Goshiwon, but that glimmer of protectiveness over Jong-woo and his palpable fear of the other residents really made me hope he’d defy the odds and make it back to his fishing hometown. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, but Detective Cha was an interesting reveal and knowing now that Hee-joong, a hardened criminal on the run, was so terrified of Eden Goshiwon that he would rather turn himself in speaks volumes.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around all the implications the end of the episode offered. Is Eden Goshiwon really just a Murder House? I find it unlikely Bok-soon isn’t aware what goes on under her roof, so I’m curious exactly what her role is and the history of the neighbors that led to this point. Were all the volunteers in the photo once residents? It seems like Moon-jo is conducting an experiment of sorts. He said there were rules and Ki-hyuk had violated them by killing without permission. Also, why is it that serial killers always want a protege?

Is there an experiment at play? Is Moon-jo trying to create a community of killers? Or is he testing the human psyche as a whole? Did they gaslight the previous resident of Jong-woo’s room to the point of suicide? I’m hoping the diary holds more clues for Jong-woo because he’ll need to be sharp if he wants to survive. It’s hard to say whether Moon-jo’s fondness of him will protect him from the other residents… or put him in even greater danger.

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I liked second episode better, but I'm disappointed we loose actor who plays Ki Hyuk so fast he was really good, and may I say a lot more convincing in his acting than Lee Dong Wook. That choppy editing make me think that some scenes are kind of weird dream or figment of someone imagination and not all we were shown is real.

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Perhaps it's because LDW often does roles that are soft and sweet that I'm not used to seeing him like this. If given more screentime in the upcoming episodes, he can be chilling. Though I do wish he surpasses Ki Hyuk's menacing charm shown in just the two episodes of this show. I really wish he's not entirely gone as his character was compelling and promising to watch.

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i'm the cmplete opposite cos thsi is truly the best he could be doing loool

i think the editing rly fits into it(?) i didnt notice it but yea i think a huge chunk of it is not real or he's a super unreliable narrator

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My jaw dropped when Moon-jo killed Ki-hyuk because Wang Nun is a main character until I read Knetz' theories that Moon-jo is Wang Nun and Ki-hyuk is one of his personalities. They could have done this with the twins too where the stuttering, mentally impaired cat killer is a personality of the not stuttering, deranged people killer.

the volunteer photo stands Bok-soon, the Deuk-jeong twins, and Ki-hyuk among the group

Actually, Ki-hyuk is not in the photo as expected, but I wonder where was Nam-bok.

Bok-soon has to be aware her goshiwon is a criminals' lair. It freaked me out when she told Jong-woo that once Hee-joong moves out, the goshiwon will have only good people left and even more when she yelled at Ki-hyuk and Deuk-jong (with a scalding pot of ramen on his head) that she told Jong-woo they were good people.

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This show went from creepy to violent and horrifying so fast I got whiplash. What just happened? Also, the poor kitty. Since Ep 1, that's the murder victim I feel the most for.

@oppafangirl and I believe we saw some Hindi in that diary Jung-woo found. If so, my curious level is raised to double, and I'm curious about whether that diary has been used by successive residents of that room as they started to fear for their lives, and not just the last resident.

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The first three pages were in Hindi, and the camera lingered only briefly over the first page, which looked like it was written by a guy about a girl, who he has met and it was romantic stuff straight out of a bollywood movie with lines like: I was intoxicated by her eyes.
I met her ...
then Im shi wan's fingers blocked the text so I could not read, but it said something about american ...

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Ohh! I didn't try to read it. LOL Now I must go back to it!

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I believe the last resident is the guy Hee Joong saw murdered before he was hit over the head. He is also the guy reported as missing. He is a South East Asian actor, so my assumption is that was his diary and he started writing in Hindi( I thought it was Sanskrit, but honestly can't tell the difference) but as his Korean got better he started writing in Korean.

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I agree about the kitty. That was the most upsetting thing that happened in these two episodes for me.

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can't wait for recaps of ep 3-4 (if they are happening) but him being a refugee is a great add. the goshiwon representing people that wouldn't be "missed" if they died. then the detail of his hangeul. intersting. alos he was rly hot...

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I'm grateful for this recap. I'm also finding the editing very confusing, probably not helped by the fact that I try to skip past the jump scares. I'm interested to see where this show goes. I started watching for Lee Dong Wook but I think I'll stay for the plot. On a different note, Do Korean dramas ever feature intellectual disability in a positive light? This is the second drama I've seen that links intellectual disability to violent crime/murder.

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What was the other drama?
Although I don't think that they link disability to violent crimes but the create an illusion about it, although from our societal perceptions, that is how we may perceive it. The show does not claim that all such people commit crimes but it shows or explores how people react when one doesn't behave in a socially acceptable way and the relation of crime by such persons, the police being extreme harsh to police not taking them seriously, to every one being confused by what to make of their actions.
Also, it would be interesting to see if he became like this due to an experiment which also failed?
Also the main mastermind has no disability so this is not what the show shows.

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The other show is Judge vs judge. It will be interesting to learn more about these characters and see how the show evolves. I'm not trying to make any judgement, just a observation. I think shows can mirror what society thinks, but can also influence thinking too.

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Judge vs Judge, I better not say anything about that show, I only have horrible things to say about it, it was pure garbage of a show.

I think shows can mirror what society thinks, but can also influence thinking too.

True.

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Have you watched "It's Okay, That's Love"? It's a very compassionate and fair depiction of mental issues of all sorts.
And of course there is "Great doctor" with an autistic main lead.

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(Of course autism is not an intellectual disability)

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No but thanks for the recommendation. I'll definitely check those shows out

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Well, I think I have to lot say about this show, that last 10 minutes were one of the finest and that editing was awesome.
Here are some of my notes and takes from ep1 and ep 2:
I find it very interesting that the show is "almost" narrated by Im Shi wan's character. And it is time-lined in past of the narrator, but some how the information we get is more than the information the main lead had at that particular time. So it makes me really curious as to how was all this information discovered by the main lead and time lined or are we having more information? then it begs the question why are being fed with more information?

Although this thought can also be questioned as we are not yet sure that the lead is just telling us a story from his novel, which could all be a fiction, which would be a bit anti climatic if they don't really explain it well.

I find it very foreshadowing that the street and roads signs next to eden goshiwon says "one way only".

-I am going with the theory for now that they are conducting experiments on the residents of the house, which is the actual reason why the house rent is so cheap, but what makes it even more intriguing is what do they plan to do after 6 months when the area will be redeveloped. Is that the deadline of the long term experiments, and if Ki-hyuk is a failure, then is there any one who is a success?

-I also think that the twins have been experimented upon, and his mental illness could be a side effect of it or that made him an easier prey to do an experiment upon.
Ki-hyuk was really being experimented upon as he had no sense of hotness in the whether. Which makes it highly likely that they are experiment on senses or I could be wrong.

-Are there missing reports for all the girls in the pictures? Were these girls on the floor above?

Has anyone here read the webtoon? I am highly tempted to spoil myself with the webtoon T_T !

I don't know how much the story explores and I want to know how much to be invested in.

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have you been able to spoil yourself? i cannot find any info!!!

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Well, I worked hard to avoid, there more info i=on the Korean version of Hell is other people webtoon page, google translate is good enough to spoil.

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* not i= but Wikipedia.

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I liked the last 10 minutes better than the rest. It got interesting. Lee Dong Wook was overacting just s little in the murder scene, as Sunny said it lacked subtlety. However, I'm excited to see where it goes fro here.

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I held my breath every now and then watching episode 1....
- There are some girls shown in the picture of the volunteers... Were they the residents of the 4th Floor - which Bok-soo said it was a female floor - before the fire? Was it really a fire?
- I also found Jong-woo's co-workers are odd as well. If I were Jong-woo, I could be super frustrated (but seeing Si-wan as intern, had me a flashback of him being an intern in "One International Company" in "Misaeng." Why do I think the CEO Hyung is suspicious? Could he the old in Jong-woo's flashback as someone who's beating another man?
- Although I found the characters are creepy, I found it interesting to see those who are outcasted from the society or people who have just a little money like Jong-woo. Let's say, the porn freak Nam-bok.. I saw him having a chain in his ankle... He could be a sex offender which has to wear it... The the twins... I could see one is having intellectual disability, and another one is brutal... Then the thug ahjusshi.. He lived in the gosiwon because he's a wanted. Lastly is Ahjumma Eom who buys rotten eggs from the market... And choosing the area where it's soon the redeveloped as the setting, I don't think it's just a coincidence.
- The dead body in the 4th floor: is it the guy who owns a diary Jong-woo found?

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Ĺee Dong-wook is so pale makes him even creeepier 😨🙈

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Now that serial-killing dentist has entered the playing field, I'm more intrigued. We're definitely going more murder-y than I expected, but so far I like it. I'm glad it's only 10 episodes though, since that gives it a better chance of keeping the momentum going throughout and not losing the tension.

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Thank youuuuu for the recap! Glad I can follow along here.
I was curious about this drama, but was too scared to actually watch it. XD

It’s a bit surprising that Moon Jo’s sinister side was revealed so quickly. I thought they would have made his character more uncertain.

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Omg, I totally agree about them not building the suspense. I think the first casualty of this episode is really the rest of the show. Just--imagine if they DIDN'T reveal the murders right off the bat! Siwan's character really could've had time to shine! The self-doubt, the questioning in the mind of someone already unstable, the descent into paranoia--what if he pulled a full Tell-Tale Heart and killed one of them first? Oh gosh, the possibilities were rich! We the audience could've vacillated nervously each episode between wondering if our character was psycho or if the ones around him were, a proper claustrophobic descent into madness! And the goshiwon gang would've been even more terrifying because we DIDN'T know *everything* about them already! It's like they showed the monster and it was just a guy in a rubber suit and now we have to live with that for the rest of the show! Instead of show-don't-tell they showed EVERYTHING up front took out ALL THE SUSPENSE! I mean there's *no tension left*! It's not like they can even kill off our main dude till the last episode! Maybe it could've worked if they'd given us a reason to CARE about him, so we could at least go "oh no" as he went crazy or died or something, but instead they spent so much time on the roulette trip through murder town that his character was left entirely undeveloped! He has a girlfriend and a temper and that's it! Strangers from Hell summary: Weirdos do murders while pretty face with the personality of a potted plant occasionally acts nervous. I'm gonna keep watching for Siwan loyalty (ok fine, their substitution of his face for character development shouldn't work but here I am and I'm not happy about it) and for its surprising value as a goldmine of how not to write a crime/horror show. A benchmark of mediocrity to avoid, a monument to wasted potential deserving of tragic contemplation...etc, etc.

TL;DR: Siwan cute, show bad.

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Please someone clarify... The "honey" implies that the special person dentist was talking about was spitting guy right? And the person the cake was for was dentist??

So he just killed boo??

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I liked it. And now that I'm following, I keep wondering about the chances of gathering several people with psychotic tendencies in one place, like what are the chances? Is it possible that they're all having a shared delusion, some community disease wherein they think it's ok to kill people? I'm still iffy with the landowner, I think she atleast knows something weird is going on and is feigning ignorance for whatever reason.

flashbacks of jeongwu suggests some ptsd, possibly from the army and could be used by ldw to draw him to the dark side.. but one thing's for sure, he's gonna end up killing one of his co-workers.

will continue watching..

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this shit is bananas b-a-n-a-n-a-s

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