Catch the Ghost is a lot more compelling than I thought it would be, and this week it completely won me over. Both episodes had a strong emotional core running through them, both dealing with the same topic – being a caregiver – while showcasing different parts of the experience. I think it’s really interesting how the drama is exploring the role of caregivers and the emotional toll that can take on people. What Yoo-ryung did to Yoo-jin was wrong – that is not up for debate – but there is no doubt that she immediately regretted her actions and it’s clear how it has weighed on her every moment since then. Catching the titular ghost isn’t just about catching a murderer, but also obviously refers to confronting and catching her own ghosts. I think that Ji-seok hasn’t gotten as far yet in his journey as a caregiver, but it was clear from his breakdown in the car that he is on the same path. And I think that by meeting Yoo-ryung at this moment in his life he can maybe take another road, where instead of becoming burned out he can learn to balance his own well-being while also being a good son. I also think that Yoo-ryung meeting him will help her to focus her emotional energy and use it more productively rather than simply jumping and following her heart without a clear plan. Also, the chemistry between these two is so good I can’t even. I mean, obviously both Moon Geun-young and Kim Sun-ho are always great, but they are both just fantastic in this.

The one weak spot for me in this drama is the character of Ma-ri, who is genuinely terrible when it comes to how she treats other women. Her character seems to have a lot of internalized misogyny, probably in part because of the way her personal and professional lives are intertwined, but the way she treated the rape victims, as if they were just witnesses and not victims was horrifying. No investigator worth their salt should ever treat a victim like that. Then the way she accused Yoo-ryung was awful. Whether or not she had more evidence for her accusation, it was uncalled for and wrong. She has seen how Yoo-ryung has struggled to find her sister and to accuse her is completely out of line. And I know that a part of this characterization is to contrast her rational way of solving cases to Yoo-ryung’s emotional ways, but that doesn’t make her any less distasteful. And I love Jung Yoo-jin, so I sincerely hope there is some kind of redemption or comeuppance for her.

All in all, I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I like this drama and I am really looking forward to its second half.

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    You said everything I feel about this show!
    This week’s episodes were a lot more heavy than what we’ve seen this far!

    Mari was way too harsh to Yoo Ryung, honestly she has no right to say such things seeing how desperate Yoo Ryung was when she ran to her begging her to find her sister. Ma-ri seems to emotionally detach herself from the victims she meets.. she sees them as only cases that needs to be solved and done with, another thing on her to-do list checked, no one is asking her to be personally involved with them but a little empathy will go a long way!

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    I have noticed this in some other shows too, rape victims being treated as witnesses instead of victims…

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    I got completely different feelings about his show, I thought it had great potential to show things you wrote about but it was ruined for me by how bad the writing is, the character of Mari is one of the examples, the writers paint everything in black and white and not even bother with nuances, not to mention tone deaf because who thought it was a good idea to use a rape case as a background for the beginning of romantic rivalry between to male leads. I think the writers are better at the slice of life moments or emotional anguish (those out of work scenes are really good) but lack sensitivity to weave it into crime stories.

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