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Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 2

Arang and the Magistrate is hilarious, in a zany sort of way. Watching it makes me immediately think back to one of the PD’s prior works, a short little 2-episoder from back in 2007 that I totally loved, The Story of Hyang Dan—and that’s a great thing because I remember wishing that could have been a longer series because I found it so absurd and charming. In fact, the first thing I did after watching yesterday’s premiere was to rewatch Hyang Dan.

(The Story of Hyang Dan, fyi, starred Choi Siwon and Seo Ji-hye and was a spoof of famous Korean folktales, like the one with the filial daughter who throws herself into the sea. And yes, there’s also a gag about the magistrates who keep dying because the ghosts scare them to death. Here are recaps for Episode 1 and Episode 2.)

Arang has the same sensibility, the same comic rhythm, and the same wacky tongue-in-cheek humor of Hyang Dan, but beefs everything up—more effects, more paranormal, more drama, more pathos. And, yay for us, more episodes.

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EPISODE 2 RECAP

Eun-oh realizes that Arang is a link to his missing mother and gallops past Death to sweep her up onto his horse. Reaper Mu-young is hot on their heels, and his supernatural powers seem to give him added speed.

Arang winces as she grabs a handful of peach blossoms, since in this world they’re knife-sharp to ghostly skin, and throws them behind her. Mu-young skids to a stop and shields himself, one blossom slashing his face.

When they arrive at a riverbank, he’s still quite agitated and pulls the hairpin out of Arang’s hair. A flashback shows us that he’d given it to his mother, and now he demands to know where Arang picked it up.

She grabs it back and replies that it’s hers—she had it when she awoke as a ghost, so it must have been hers when she was living. Eun-oh thinks this means she met his mother prior to dying, but alas her pesky lost memory isn’t going to provide any clues.

Arang thanks him for his help and heads off. But he calls her back and offers to find her name for her after all—maybe then she’ll remember clues leading to his mother.

Arang perks up and tells him she was right all along, thinking he’s really a nice, sympathetic guy despite his cold exterior: “I’m a great judge of character!” She chatters on, which he endures grudgingly, though he complains about ghosts lingering in the here instead of going on to the after.

She tells him, “If you haven’t died, don’t talk. Everyone’s got their own desperate reason.” Her name-hunt is one such instance: “Do you know how frustrating it is not to know who you are?” He notes that the Reaper called her Arang, but adds, “I won’t call you by name, Amnesia.”

She figures it doesn’t matter, since they won’t know each other long enough to be using names anyway.

Mu-young arrives in heaven to see the king and pauses to gaze out at the fairies tending the garden. Jade Emperor guesses he was thinking of his sister, and tells him that once they come here to afterlife, they must cut the ties of their earthly lives. Aw, so the Reaper has a fairy sister in heaven he still misses? That’s so sad.

Mu-young reports that he hasn’t yet caught the runaway ghost. Hades comes strolling up and asks pointedly how Arang’s red rope got untied in the first place. Jade Emperor says she’ll come of her own will—the seeds of fate have been sown, and now it’s time for the buds to bloom.

To demonstrate, he touches a flower in the garden, and like a light switch, all the blooms turn white. Jade Emperor: “This is what fate is—it goes round and round and round, and at some point everything comes back to its place.” Another touch, and the blooms return to color.

Back in Miryang, Eun-oh surprises Dol-swe by announcing his intent to be the magistrate after all. Dol-swe worries that his master is suffering some kind of injury, and since he’s so hot-tempered and thick-headed (a dangerous? but endearing combination in the devoted lug of a servant), he blames those government idiots and runs off to find them.

Said government idiots, the Bang Trio (Lee-bang, Hyung-bang, Ye-bang), are currently worrying over the new magistrate not dying as expected. Bang No. 1 writes a letter to the king explaining how the new magistrate ran off without a care for his position and therefore shows contempt for the king. He pauses over some fancy wording—did he get it right? Bang No. 2: “I think that’s right. Isn’t that what all the important people say?”

Dol-swe bursts in and grabs them by the shirtfronts, demanding to know what they did to his master. Eun-oh puts a stop to it, but aw, ya big doofus. That’s so cute.

The Three Bangs sigh to themselves that their ungoverned existence is at an end. So they must have enjoyed not having officials lording their power over them and preferred their Wild West ways of self-rule.

They wonder if there’s anything they can do. Eun-oh’s the son of a nobleman, so they can’t do anything to him. Leader Bang takes the glass-half-full approach; maybe this is a good thing. They’ll have to fill the spot anyhow, and maybe they can get this magistrate on their side, or manipulate him.

That means they’ll want to observe Eun-oh for a bit, to size up his personality. And also, someone should go visit the nobleman’s family, the Chois. The three look askance at each other in a round of Not It.

Leader Lee-bang ends up cowering before Lord Choi, berated for picking an official so willy-nilly. Eun-oh’s father is a concern, since Lord Kim is powerful (though currently absent), even more so than Lord Choi.

Asked what Eun-oh has been up to, Lee-bang sputters, “A w-w-woman…”

Cut to: Arang sitting for her portrait, sort of. Eun-oh gets to work drawing her face, to be used to ask around about her identity. Trouble is, he’s a terrible artist, although hilariously he’s pleased with the first drawing until Arang reacts in horror: “I look like THAT?” Back to the drawing board.

Eun-oh keeps at it, crumpling up drawing after drawing, which the snooping Bangs pick up and inspect. Finally he resorts to bringing in an artist to draw for him, though the artist finds this all very weird—he can’t see the ghost, so Eun-oh looks a bit loony gazing off into thin air.

Lee-bang explains to Lord Choi that all Eun-oh does is shut himself up drawing pictures of women’s faces. Ha. Lord Choi orders him to find out what he’s after.

The headshots are a bust, so Eun-oh tries a different tack: Where did Arang die? They can look for clues.

Trouble is, she doesn’t know. She woke up literally in transit, following the Reaper. Arang offers up two clues about herself, though: (1) she’s an amnesiac ghost wandering the earth for the past three years (he’s all, DUH), and (2) she occasionally feels a sharp pain in her left side, like she was stabbed there.

Eun-oh: “Why are you only saying that NOW?!” They huff back and forth in annoyance, which is so cute. Thankfully their bickering is of the adorable sort, rather than grating.

First order of business as the magistrate: He instructs the Bangs to bring him records of unsolved murder cases in the past three years. Eun-oh flips through the logs, and the deaths read like a sly reading of Dramaland Cliches 101: fight with a mother-in-law, adultery. “Why are they all crimes of passion?” Because you’re Korean?

Nothing turns up. Arang wonders if that means it wasn’t murder, or maybe her corpse was undiscovered. She takes offense to the way he chuckles at the idea (“You must be rotting alone somewhere”—admittedly not a sensitive response) and accuses him of not taking this seriously.

She storms out of the office and fumes. Alone? Rotting? She complains that she was wrong about him after all.

Eun-oh wonders what to do next as his nighttime stroll takes him past a house that catches his eye. The gate is locked, so he launches himself over the wall. Yes, newly appointed authority, go ahead and trespass.

The lights are on in the home, and he slowly, cautiously opens the door. Eep! Why so eerie? He assess the contents of the room: book still open on the desk, women’s accessories and cosmetics still laid out.

Then, a ghostly murmur sounds. Looking around, his eyes widen to see a panel of embroidery, with butterflies stitched on it. What, are they magical time-traveling butterflies?

Walking down the same road, Arang stops outside house and wonders, “What are they doing over there?”

A small crowd of ghosts hovers around the front gate, busily hatching a plan. She asks what’s going on and is told a memorial service is being held inside. (It’s the rite held on the anniversary of a person’s death by their descendants.)

That spins Arang into a flashback, to a time when she’d been huddled over in hunger. A ghost had offered her a “mostly-unspoiled” rice ball, which she’d practically inhaled.

The elderly ghost had asked for her name, recoiling when she’d replied that she didn’t know. Telling her that young virgin ghosts are called Arang, he told her to use it for her name. He’d warned her that she had a hungry life ahead, advising her that the only thing for them to eat is the rice people scatter to appease the ghosts.

Now Arang perks up at the promise of appeasement rice.

Eun-oh continues his inspection, but a servant woman appears at the door and scolds him for entering without permission, telling him to return everything where he found it.

Eun-oh introduces himself as the magistrate and asks who the room belonged to. The servant woman says it was the previous magistrate’s daughter’s. It hasn’t been cleared out because the young lady disappeared, and her room ought to be exactly as she left it when she returns: “That room was everything to her.”

The wheels are turning in Eun-oh’s head, and he asks when it was. Three years ago. Could our mystery be solved so soon? I’m certain this can’t be all there is, but Eun-oh says, “I’ve found you, Amnesia.”

The hungry ghosts jostle each other like impatient runners waiting for the starting gun. They all claim dibs, but Arang elbows her way into their midst and calls finders-keepers.

The gate opens. A servant emerges with a bowl of food, and sets it down on the stoop. The ghosts start the race, grabbing each other and flying around in circles to claim the bowl, which goes flying in the air. The elderly ghost’s advice rings in Arang’s ear as she leaps for it: That she must do everything she can to claim that food, a ghost’s best source of sustenance.

Arang loses out to another ghost, who flees. The remaining ghosts turn on her, griping that it’s her fault they lost it. They leave cursing her, and she complains that ghosts aren’t supposed to gang up like that, but roam independently: “Don’t you have any pride?”

By the time she arrives at Eun-oh’s, he’s pacing in annoyance, wondering where she went. He’s impatient and grabs her arm to take her back to that room, telling her he’s found her. Lee Seo-rim was her name.

Arang takes in the room’s contents like a stranger, looking at the various belongings without recognition. She asks, “Are you positive?” He answers yes, pointing to the embroidery. It’s the same design that’s on the clothing she wears.

Yet there’s no flash of memory, no jolt of connection. He sighs in disappointment.

Eun-oh asks the Bang Trio about this, and they tsk-tsk that disappearance is a mischaracterization: the girl fell for a man and ran off. Such a genteel lady, who would’ve ever thought she’d run away for a lowly county official?

Eun-oh scoffs at that description. Arang, listening nearby, glares.

The Bangs say that nobody around knows what she looks like, since she was always shut in that room—which makes it more curious that she had the chance to catch the eye of any man at all. Her beloved father searched everywhere for her, giving up his own office to do so, but eventually died. She has no other family.

But, Lee-bang says, there was another party hurt by the ensuing rumors: the young lady had been betrothed.

Eun-oh gives Arang a pep talk, telling her to buck up. Arang huddles in a corner of the yard, glumly poking the ground with a stick. He’s only interested in whether her memory has returned, but she’s just as blank as she was the day she died.

She decides she has to meet that fiancé to ask what kind of person she was. But she can’t exactly talk to him, so…. could the magistrate?

He balks—he’s not about to go around announcing that he can see ghosts. She sighs that he has a point and thanks him for his help, saying goodbye. Since they have no reason to see each other anymore and all.

Eun-oh can’t have that, his eye landing on the pin in her hair. With reluctance he calls her back, agreeing to meet the fiancé.

She beams with gratitude, and Eun-oh’s face crumples in comical dismay. Heh.

The next day, Eun-oh arrives at the gate of said fiancé’s home… who should happen to be no other than Joo-wal, son of Lord Choi. He tsk-tsks to Arang—how could she choose some other lowly man over this rich, privileged nobleman?

From over the wall, Eun-oh catches a glimpse of Joo-wal drawing in the courtyard. Arang eagerly takes a peek… and her breath catches. She holds her chest and wonders at her reaction. Is it excitement? Pain?

She tells Eun-oh she can’t go inside after all. Patting her heart, she says, “This is racing and I can’t breathe.” Haha, because he’s pretty? Or is there something more significant at play?

Eun-oh exclaims in disbelief that ghosts don’t have hearts to palpitate, and she thumps her chest insisting she’s telling the truth. Unthinkingly he raises his hand to thump her chest right back, but remembers himself before making that particular faux pas. HA.

He grabs her arm to drag her along anyway, but she digs in her heels and says she’ll go next time. She’s too embarrassed to go today. He tries to shove her along but she refuses, so he gives up and just starts to shout out to attract Joo-wal’s attention, then.

Arang claps a hand over his mouth and drags him away. Which, of course, looks like craziness to the regular non-ghost-seeing public.

I do enjoy the bits where Eun-oh forgets himself and reacts to Arang in the sight of other people, like he does at the establishment they stop at for drinks. Arang chugs down all his makgulli and grabs for the new bottle, and Eun-oh tries to intercept, telling her she’s had enough. Well, if you’ve ordered three bottles at least the bystander ajumma can chalk it up to drunkenness. This time.

Arang is in the throes of… well, it appears to be a one-sided crush, only just the heart-crushing, despair-inducing parts, without any of the happy. Eun-oh asks what the reason is for her reaction, and she says, “I must have really liked him a lot.”

Eun-oh sarcastically wonders why the girl who loved her betrothed would betray him to run off with someone else. She doesn’t get it either, but refuses to go meet Joo-wal. She must’ve truly cared for him, and therefore she can’t go to him like this, all miserable and disheveled.

Eun-oh’s all, Uh, you’re DEAD. “He can’t see you!” Arang replies, “Still, I can’t! A woman’s heart doesn’t work that way.” Even if she can’t be seen, she wants to face him without shame.

Eun-oh gives her the most exasperated look ever. Arang buries her head in her arms, moaning that it’s not like anybody would give clothes to a ghost like her. “I guess I have to go to the hereafter then.”

Is she doing this on purpose? She IS drunk so maybe she’s just wailing her woes, but I do love her ability to manipulate Eun-oh. Because he can’t exactly have her vanishing on him when there are still clues to be remembered. He grimaces terrifically at what he’s about to do, which cracks me up.

Off to the clothing shop it is. Omo, is he piggybacking a ghost? Hi-la-ri-ous. And the fact that she’s actually heavy is doubly funny; I guess being a ghost doesn’t preclude you from the laws of gravity? He notes that she was feather-light when he pulled her up on horseback: “There’s no middle ground with this one!”

Her face ends up riiiiight next to his, and he freezes for a moment. Feeling something? But that’s until her cheek actually brushes his, making him rear up at the cold touch, and he drops her. Whoopsie.

Eun-oh reminds himself he doesn’t have to scramble to pick her up quickly ’cause nobody can see her (and therefore judge him for being a terrible piggybacker/caretaker). He urges himself to take it slow: “Because my back is precious!” Ha, you shooting a CF here?

He picks her up again, doubled over from the weight, then sees a pedestrian eyeing him strangely. Thump! He drops Arang immediately. Thankfully she remains asleep the whole time.

Joo-wal makes an unexpected appearance at the gisaeng house, which has all the gisaengs aflutter in excitement. It’s his first time at a place like this, as his servant points out curiously, though it’s not like ice-cold Joo-wal is about to explain his reasoning to anybody.

He sits alone at the head of a long table, while every single one of the gisaengs gather at the other end, hoping to be picked to serve him. He’s actually rented out the whole place for the night, but it’s not for the usual revelries. He eyes the lineup and looks down at his strange black ring, fiddling with it.

It seems he’s looking for something (or someone) in particular, but he doesn’t find it. He gets up in discontent, choosing nobody. As he exits, we see our first glimpse of emotion from Joo-wal, who asks himself, “What am I doing here? Are you crazy, thinking you could find [it] in a place like this?”

He regains his composure. A gisaeng follows him out to pout and flirt, but he pushes her away disinterestedly. Yet something about her strikes him, and with sudden alarm, he shoves her against a tree and holds a dagger to her throat. She whimpers in fear, and he loses the crazy look in his eye. Warning her to cut it out, he leaves.

Interesting. What was he expecting? That she was a ghost?

Eun-oh pants and grumbles and staggers along with Arang on her back. Upon arriving, she asks, “Am I not heavy?” Turns out she was awake “waaaay back there,” which earns one frustrated neck-grab (the universal gesture for “Oy, my blood pressure”) from Eun-oh.

They’ve come to see Bang-wool, who is NOT thrilled to hear Arang’s voice again. Especially when Arang requests her shaman buddy to outfit her in the finest new clothes, since we saw how well that turned out last time.

But Eun-oh tosses money at her, which turns her right around.

That requires taking measurements, and since Bang-wool can’t see the client, it’s up to Eun-oh. First up? Bust size.

Arang decides she can do that one on her own, but is too embarrassed to call out the number. She whispers in Bang-wool’s ear, who promptly shouts it out loud anyway. HAHA.

On to the rest, and measuring her neck brings them in close proximity. They flick glances back and forth, and away, and that awareness just grows as he touches shoulder, arm, hand. It’s a lovely loaded moment, all self-consciousness and nervous touches.

Bang-wool declares the session over, noting that based on the numbers, Arang has an attractive willowy figure—too bad her temper’s so bad.

With the air still awkward between them, Arang bails first. Bang-wool holds Eun-oh back to ask how he can see ghosts. Does he have a secret method? Aw, the shaman wants the talent the magistrate dearly wishes he didn’t have. The world just isn’t fair, is it?

He just warns her not to tell a soul he can see ghosts, if she doesn’t want to become one. He leaves thumping his own heart, wondering, “What’s with me? Are you crazy? I must be.”

He doesn’t see that Arang’s watching him from her rooftop perch, smiling. She was impressed with his generosity about her clothes, and now she congratulates herself for being a good judge of character after all.

As Eun-oh crosses the bridge back to town, he encounters Joo-wal, coming the opposite way. They pass silently, but Eun-oh wonders what Arang ever saw in that guy.

Lord Choi receives the report that Joo-wal just returned from the gisaeng house. He finds it out of character, but figures that Joo-wal won’t be feeling like himself inside. I’m thinking he means that figuratively (maybe with the fiancée gone and all), but then he asks how long till the half-month. Er, did you mean that literally? Is he a werewolf?

Joo-wal stands outside looking up at the full moon. Okay, so not a werewolf, exactly—but a something, right?

Something wakes Eun-oh in the middle of the night. He opens his eyes to find Arang lying next to him, staring at him. She tells him everyone has their own laments, and asks if he knows hers. “Wearing one set of clothes for three years?” he guesses.

She shakes her head. “No. It’s becoming a virgin ghost without ever having had one kiss.”

“What?”

His eyes widen. She leans in. The episode ends. Argh!

 
COMMENTS

The humor is what drew me into the show immediately—as I mentioned, it’s like a longer and more detailed Story of Hyang Dan, although I don’t mean in story. More in terms of sensibility. But I expect Arang and the Magistrate to delve into more weighty emotions than the fluffery of a 2-episode show like Hyang Dan, and there’s more intrigue and mystery built in to the premise anyway.

I think it’s the mystery(ies) that’ll keep the plot moving as we start to delve deeper; there’s the main one, of course, regarding Arang’s death, but also Eun-oh’s mom-hunt and Joo-wal’s… supernatural werewolf half? Secret demon identity? Ghost slayer? I have no idea what direction that’s going to take, but there are definite sinister shades there, so I’m eager to find out the crux of his deal. I’d love it to be as dark and poignant as the stuff we explored in Joseon X-Files, because otherwise we may run the risk of campy. But there’s plenty of time for them to deal with it accordingly so I’m keeping my mind open.

Most of all, though, I respond to the characters and love the leads both individually and together. Not always easy to find—I can rattle off a litany of shows where you love one and put up with the other, but it’s hard to find one where both characters are pulling their weight in the charisma department.

I’ve always preferred Lee Jun-ki in comedy (although I think he can emote well when he doesn’t overdo it), and I’m loving all the exceedingly exasperated, incredulous, and confused faces he pulls. And I love that Arang brings that out in him.

I don’t love the lost-mom storyline, and therefore I’m not really invested in Eun-oh’s search for her. But inasmuch as it dovetails with Arang’s mysteries, I’m okay with going with it, because it’s a necessity to keep ’em together. Maybe the show could have done more with the disappearance setup to really make us feel for Eun-oh’s loss, but right now it’s a plot point I just have to accept and move on from.

That’s not so hard to do in the scheme of things, since the chemistry is so energetic—they’ve got the sexual tension thing (and what greater angst than the whole he’s-alive-and-she’s-dead dichotomy?), and also the quippy bantering, so best of both worlds. I’m a bit wary that the show will flip the switch at some point from the rollickin’ comedy to loaded angst and intrigue, because already I can see that built in to the premise. Let’s just hope that no matter what direction it takes, it doesn’t slow down the pace. ‘Cause I like it right where we are, zippy and super entertaining.

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@ Angielee

I have this theory too: that Arang, our heroine is actually not dead but in a coma or something like that..her face is not grey like one of a real ghost, and it is said that her body is missing, so no one knows whether she is dead or not..so maybe, just maybe we have a chance of a happy end in this superb, comedy stricken series? That's at least, what I'm hoping for. p.s. many of you guys mentioned that this pair has great chemistry together, and I agree with that point to 200%! They're great!!! Much better than our Faith heroes!

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@ Angielee

I have this theory too: that Arang, our heroine is actually not dead but in a coma or something like that..her face is not grey like one of a real ghost, and it is said that her body is missing, so no one knows whether she is dead or not..so maybe, just maybe we have a chance of a happy end in this superb, comedy stricken series? That's at least, what I'm hoping for. p.s. many of you guys mentioned that this pair has great chemistry together, and I agree with that point to 200%! They're great!!! Much better than our Faith heroes!

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That is a wonderful idea!! And that may explain why she has been dead for 3 years, her body still looks 'fresh' =D
suspended animation... without food intake... hehehe

Both hands up for such an ending! ^o^

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But we see her corpse being hauled up from the waters in the preview. Looks like she'd drowned or her body was dumped into the river three years ago.

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In ep 3 preview... You can see her popping out of the water and walking towards shore. Dunno what that means... could be she's not dead after all. Maybe the river preserved her body or kept her in a comatose state, and her soul can later reenters it?

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What if she's not from earth originally?

Her "home" does not even feel familiar to her along with her name....

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Arang suggesting she'd died of a knife stab + us catching a glimpse of Joo-wal's random and uncontrollable burst of rage with a knife... For now I'm going with the guess that Joo-wal was the murderer, and he'd killed her during one of those moments where he "wasn't himself". But he might have been in love with her - i suspect his ring allows him to see the supernatural or something, and that he's been looking for her ghost. Can't wait as we find out more.

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If he is the killer then they are not following the old legend which might be a good thing so we can keep guessing. I cant wait to find out more because I'm not sure if he is the killer yet.

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After finishing epi 2, I see dear old dad being a psycho.

It looks like he's using his son to do things to save his neck.? I think the father lost his last position for some horrible reason other than incompetence, and the son has some ghost detecting skills too so this may be used to help his father get rid of the ghosts hanging around asking for help, but the son had pity so there they are in the current locale with a full moon approaching. Yeah, Jack the Ripper comes to mind. I think he resents his father and loathes his weakness. The gisaeng visit looked like a test to see if he was like his father or debating whether or not to warn them. If he did kill Arang, it had to be over psycho dad who is clearly a burden. Seriously, who's the parent and who's the child in their relationship? Since he let the one citizen or slave go without further harassment that one day and likes to paint beautiful scenes, I think he's a good person. If aiding and abetting his father's evil activities because he feels obligated, he may not want to settle down and have a family of his own.

Creep.me.out. How can he tell his wife what his father does during a full moon and then what he does to cover it up? Then again, it could be the son. :\">

Jury's still out, but my vote goes for the dad.

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I think this is better than Faith, I love Shin Min-ah +Lee Jun Ki better than Lee Min Ho +that lady whatever her name is.

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Thanks for the recap.

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Thanks for the recap! I agree with you on the whole mother disappearance thing, that part wasn't played out strong enough and it doesn't help that the actress whos playing his mom looks more like an evil step mom. Never really liked her roles so probably just got used to her being mean. Anyways the rest is awesome, love the supernatural elements, and it always makes me laugh when there are ghost-human interactions where only one party is seen talking to himself and looking crazy! ^____^

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i haven't seen the second epi yet...but i have to say i am completely loving the characters and the story!! :D

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comic with smart characters , smart plots , not dummy one
please .

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Arang suggesting she'd died of a knife stab + us seeing Joo-wal's random and uncontrollable burst of rage with a knife... For now I'm going with the guess that Joo-wal was the murderer, and he'd killed her during one of those moments where he "wasn't himself". But he might have been in love with her - i suspect his ring allows him to see the supernatural or something, and that he's been looking for her ghost. Can't wait as we find out more.

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Love all the characters!!!
But nothing beats Arang and Magistrate Eun Oh. My OTP ship is ready to sail now * __,*
And those measuring clothes scenes .... Aaaagh, so intense and beautifully capturing their attraction! More than kissing !!!

About Joo-wal... He is scary and full of mystery :D
I bet he also has some supranatural power like Eun-oh, who can see the ghost. Can't think of him as a werewolf, but a vampire, maybe?
BTW, I'm so doomed now, 'cause watching this drama in real time, meaning I have to wait impatiently a week before watching another episode. And the preview for next episode really doesn't help at all ... =(

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I'm loving this so much already! I'm just about dying from happiness watching Shin Min Ah play a supernatural character again, and I'm loving Lee Jun Ki's character too. Also, their chemistry is great...that measurement scene was lovely!

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Love to read that detail of that new Korean drama, i found new web where you can watch rang and magistrate ep-3 eng sub

http://www.kimchi1st.com/2012/08/arang-and-magistrate-ep-3-eng-sub-arang.html

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PidiBdw4wI8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Preview of ep.3

seems like the body of arang is still fresh for three years. Its impossible unless you are in brain death conditions, your brain only actives to keep your body's cells a live, or a.k.a coma!

And seems like arang was promising something to her body, maybe "wait for me!" Hahha, do I brake you guys imagination? Don't be the tag line said, the truth that more than you can imagine!

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sooooo super enjoyed the 1st 2 episodes! normally it takes 3-4 episodes for a show to really get the ball rolling but this one was like a ball shot out of a canon, got my interest super quick & i am lovingggg it! woot woot!

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yeah, normally drama needs to tell the child hood, or something as the basic line story of the whole drama, that sometimes feels boring but important, so we could start the drama after those childhood/basic story passes around 3-4 episode!

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one word for SMA: Charming! and yes, i love the drama from the get go, love how they play out the comedy.

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Loving Arang!

Loving Arang the character!

The OTP is just so cute <3

Plus I'm really excited to know her story.

Did anyone watched the preview ? I believe she is dead.

She was stabbed and then they throw her body in the river (that is why nobody found her body and she is ''missing'')
I don't know who asked to kill her, but I believe her fiancee wasn't the one, maybe he feels betrayed and angry that she ran away with a servant (but I think this servant kidnapped her and didn't come back to the city again, making rumors seem like they ran way together, when in fact he killed her)

So remember Eun-Oh's servant said they were building the house over the river? And how they had to dig in the river to build the house??

And Eun-Oh said that it was crazy? I believe while they are digging the river, they'll find Arang's dead body there... that is why it didn't root that much and
I don't think if it was the fiancee who murdered her he would let people dig into the river making them found Arang's dead body.

Oooooh I'm so excited!

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I love this episode for its humor. Loved Eo's portraits of Arang and her facial expressions of horror that she might look weird like that.LOL.
Also, the hanbok measurement scene was precious. You could feel the mutual attraction for each other.
And the cliff hanger to top it off. The virgin ghost!
OMG! Can't wait until next week.

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Good story and moving at a good pace.
Costumes and scenery gorgeous.
Love the other ghosts as well as leads.
Very Pirates of the Caribbean in ghostly chaos group scenes. Camera work is over the top excellent so far to me.

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I think arang didn't cheat, it is only the gossip that spread mouth to mouth! She's being murder because someone wanted to rape her, and she is insisted to refuse, then the someone ended it with killing her, that's what I heard for the intro at the special program, and o heard it's the original folklore of Stanford in Korea,

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Everytime a girl looks or talks to weird-fiancee-guy i keep thinking OMG they are going to die ! no, run , run !
what IS his deal ??

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I know right?!!! Weird-creepy-fiancée send me the vibe of being a lunatic and a psycho... errrrrrrrrrhh goosebumps and not in a good way!

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Love the pacing of the drama. Hope the writers keep that up!

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Loving this drama so far, definitely my favorite out of the ones currently airing. LJK and SMA have so much on-screen chemistry and yet as you girls pointed out are both dynamic and equally interesting to watch as well.

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There's something I still don't get... If Arang is the lat magistrate's daughter....
Didn't she say she accidentally killed the last magistrate by shocking him????

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She shocked the magistrates that were appointed after her father died. All three of the new magistrates had only had the position for one day before they died. That's why the Bang trio were surprised when Eun-oh was still alive the next morning.

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Enjoying this much more than Faith. That series hasn't hook me yet, this series on the other hand has. Having so much fun watching this series.

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Ayii... cant wait for it to be subbed or dubbed(but mostly subbed..because I like original language when watching dramas)

I think this drama got potentielle. Growing up wacthing chinese mythology dramas, this one speaks my 'language'.

I like Eun oh's lazy attitude against ghost. Arangs stupity and goofyness.
Mu-young calmness....Im really looking forward to hear more about his story(crossing my fingers that it will be worthy).
Joo wal 'secret'?

I think this drama is like Ghost whispers'?
Eun Oh will helped lots of ghost to have peace, while unveiling the big secret about his mother and Arang.
....or maybe its just me guessing too much ^^

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Love it. <3 I was hooked right off the bat from episode one, and the second episode only got better. It is just adorable how they bicker and spend the entire day (and night) together. At first, I was confused why Eun Oh didn't seem the least bit worried that people would label him a looney tune for talking (more like yelling) to the air, but we get moments here where he is fully aware of onlookers' stares. The sexual tension in the measurements scene was off the charts. Our new romantic standard for closeness between leads.

Is Eun Oh assuming Arang is the magistrate's daughter with no solid proof? Her identity practically fell into his lap without much effort on his part. I am dying to know how Eun Oh solves the murder mystery. When Arang's heart started racing, I thought she was having a panic attack, so I naturally suspected Joo Wal killed her. Eep~ Joo Wal's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is truly frightening. @[email protected] They keep talking about the moon, though, which makes me wonder, too, if Joo Wal is a werewolf...

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Finally watched both episodes at a go and I'm in love with it!
It's really fun and the pacing is not too slow either. Hopefully they'll keep this up and we'll get a really good show.

PS. Judging from Episode 3's trailer, things are moving fast. Love it.

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Just wondering, technically they can't get together in the end right? Cos he's alive, she's not. I love them both, characters and actors, But I have a feeling it's going to end quite dramatically. T.T

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Just wondering, technically they can't get together in the end right?

Cos he's alive, she's not. I love them both, characters and actors, But I have a feeling it's going to end quite dramatically. T.T

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I am enjoying the conversations between magistrate and Arang. Like their chemistry together. I just hope that when we move towards more dramatic episodes that the writer continues to inject humour. And please let us have more funny scenes of him reacting to jealousy!!!

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JB~

Thank you for the recap

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for including The Story of Hyang Dan, (I'll watch it later this weekend, I'm enjoying the recaps for that too).

I like the "Ghostbusters" look for the guys chasing the ghosts.

The measurement scene was cute.

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I'm banking on the ending scene being a dream. It has to be a fake-out....right?
Opinions anyone?

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I was thinking the same thing!
Earlier in the day he was obviously feeling the attraction so I was thinking the sexy thoughts may have carried into his dreams. hehe.

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omg, I'm so much in love with this drama! The chemistry is BEYOND amazing. I can't believe it!! I can feel it right in the chest! CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK!

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LOVING THIS DRAMA SO MUCH!! JUNKIand SHIN MIN AH HAVE ChEMISTRY! loving the plot and main characters! hehe can't for the next ep to come out!!

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Choi's son (Yeon Woo Jin) looks like he could be the real life brother of Jang Hee Jin (Big, Myung Wol the Spy).

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Totally in love and addicted to this drama. Firstly, I'm in awe of the writer and director for their ability to create another world and its inhabitants (the ghosts) who seem so real, with their own rules for eating and survival. In most supernatural dramas, the ghosts just come out at night to haunt their victims, not too sure what they do the rest of the time.

And secondly, so much mystery just after 2 episodes, all the questions that I'm "dying" to get answers for - where's EO's mother, what part is she playing in this, how did Arang get hold of her hairpin, who killed Arang and why, why hasn't anyone seen the magistrate's daughter's face, did she really run away with the errand boy, since Arang's dead, where is the errand boy, what's up with her creepy fiance and his dad and their fascination with the moon, what powers does the fiance's ring have, why build a house over the river, why is the grim reaper so lenient with Arang, how did EO get his ghost-seeing, hearing & touching powers, and most of all, DID THEY KISS AT THE END OF EPISODE 2?

I noticed that the writer has given us tons of clues to direct (or mis-direct) us in solving the mysteries....

I already adore the relationships between Arang and Bang-Wool (the shaman), Arang and EO, EO and Dol-Swe, the Jade Emperor and Hades, and am really looking forward to the relationship between Bang-wool and Dol-Swe, which I think is going to be hilarious based on the previews/ trailers shown earlier.

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About the trespassing into the locked house/room, I think the house/room is situated within the magistrate's official compound/residence, since it's the magistrate's daughter's room afterall. So, EO was just taking a night-time stroll around his own official compound when he spotted the locked & lighted up room. The servant did mention that she is a seamstress of the magistrate's office.

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hey m frm india.. n i love watching kdramas but sadly theres only one channel called kbsworld being aired in india .... :(

BTW I WOULD LOVE TO WATCH THIS DRAMA AFTER ITS OVER .. JUST FOR SHIN MINA AH .. <3 U

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Why do I get the feeling that Eun-oh's mom is Arang, who reverted back to her young self when she died? I could be wrong, but that theory seems plausible since she woke up suddenly dead.

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It's already been established from the beginning that Arang is a virgin ghost... How can she possibly be his mother? You kidding me?!

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I am already loving this series! At first I wasn't sure if I would continue watching it because I am having to seriously cut down my drama list due to school and other things but this one is definitely on my to watch list! I can't wait to find out why Arang was a recluse in her life but now is very outgoing. I also think that her reaction to Joo Wal isn't love or admiration but fear! It will be interesting to see how this one turns out and I can't wait!!!!

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I just looooooooooooooove this drama <3 I'm having a hard crush on it!! The atmosphere, the Jun Ki-Min Ha couple, the music, the fantasy...

First, it's really unusual to see a drama with this kind of atmosphere, it's pretty unique to me. Also, the murder-case story, Yeom Ra and the Jade Emperor...It's going to be really awesome, I'm sure of it!^^

Plus, I think it's pretty rare to have those two REALLY GOOD actors, together, plus they really fit each other.
The Episode 3 was even more intense and moving!
I can't want to see Episode 4...

Min Ah Eonnie, Jun Ki Oppa FIGHTING!!

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I love javabeans' recaps and girlfriday's too.

I just wondered about something : "one frustrated neck-grab (the universal gesture for “Oy, my blood pressure”)" ... was this commentary actually ironic?
'Cause I always thought that neck-grabing was a kdrama convention like throwing-your-phone-battery-away-instead-of-turning-the-phone-off for instance.

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Just started watching this. I think I'm going to have a good time. Thanks for the recap :-)

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started to like LJK after watching this drama and been addicted to his acting since then

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Does anyone knows what is the exact words of "amnesia" in hangul that Eunoh was calling Arang in the drama?

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