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Tale of the Nine Tailed: Episode 1

The premiere episode of tvN’s Tale of the Nine Tailed is a fun venture into a world wherein the supernatural lurks in the shadows of the human world. Lee Dong-wook is our titular gumiho with a cross to bear, while Jo Boa is the intense PD who spends her days chasing the supernatural. These types of fantastical dramas are always a gamble, but I’m happy to say this one is working for me. Its dark tone lends it an air of mystery and suspense, but its sense of playfulness keeps it from feeling too serious or heavy.

 
EPISODE 1: “What happened at Fox Ridge”

When a fox turns 100, it can transform into a beautiful woman or a man who mates with one. The fox who lives 1,000 years flows through the heavens and becomes a heavenly being.
That mysterious shaman-like spirit can foresee events beyond a thousand miles.

It’s 1999. A lone car drives down Fox Ridge. Inside, a little girl happily opens the musical carousel her parents gifted her for her birthday. Outside, the streetlights are mysteriously extinguished one by one and a fog descends. A shadow crosses the windshield, and the car swerves. Glass flies everywhere as the car dramatically flips, landing upside down in the street.

Little Jia opens her eyes. Her parents are injured and unconscious. She sees two figures outside and yells for help. They crouch down … and it’s her parents. She screams.

She awakes safe and sound at home with her parents, relieved it was a dream. Jia happily plays with her musical carousel until she notices one of the horses is missing its head. Then she sees the spot of blood on her sleeve. You know things are wrong when her parents begin laughing during the news report on casualties from a devastating fire.

Jia asks for some walnut cookies, so her mom rummages in the kitchen. Jia grabs a pair of scissors and hides them behind her back. Oho! She reminds her mother that she’s allergic to nuts which her doctor mom would never forget.

She stabs her “mother” in the leg, demanding to know where her real mom is. Whoa, this child doesn’t play! Her “mother” attacks her and enlists the help of her “father.” Jia escapes and runs upstairs. She locks herself in her room, shoving some furniture against the door.

The doorknob falls out as her faux parents bang on the door, and a beast-like hand reaches through the hole. Her “father” growls, “I see you,” as he peeks at her through the hole. Suddenly, there’s slashing sounds and animal-like whimpers.

LEE YEON (Lee Dong-wook) appears in the room with her, holding a red umbrella. “Are you Ah-eum?” he asks. A golden vapor flows from his hand toward her, and he sighs that she’s not. He kneels down, his golden cat-like eyes staring at Jia. He orders her to forget everything that happened and whispers something we don’t hear about the consequences if she doesn’t.

Bewildered, little Jia now stands in the road by her parents’ flipped car. Their bodies are gone. Yeon surveys the scene from afar and vanishes.

21 years later. Yeon wakes up in his fancy abode and forgoes a healthy breakfast for a tub of ice cream. Armed with his red umbrella, he crashes a gumiho’s wedding. She begs for her life, insisting she no longer hurts people.

Yeon laughs. With how many livers she’s eaten, “How can you dream of a happy ending?” Yikes. She appeals to the fact that he’s fallen in love with a human before too, but that backfires since hates being reminded of his “scandal.”

Her hand transforms into a claw, and she attacks. He somehow materializes a sword and holds it to her throat. She begs to see her husband-to-be once more. They’re interrupted by an attendant – it’s time for the bride’s entrance. Yeon gives her until the end of her ceremony to live.

We cut to a grown NAM JIA (Jo Boa), now a TV producer. In a van, she edits an author’s script about myths and the supernatural. Jia’s mind flashes to the accident as she tells her colleague PYO JAE-HWAN ( Kim Kang-min) she’s witnessed the supernatural, and it doesn’t scare her.

After they arrive at the wedding hall, Jia gets a text that their informant backed out. Yeon walks by unnoticed and opens the waiting room door only to be attacked by the bride again. But a few swift, brutal snaps of his umbrella take care of that.

There’s a series of pops and cracks as she Exorcist-spins her head back around to the front, grossing Yeon out. She resorts to questioning his authority. What right does a disgraced, former guardian mountain spirit have to punish her?

She flees into the wedding hall. Yeon locks them in, and a very unfair fight between the supernatural Yeon and a group of human men ends how you’d expect. When Yeon strikes her husband, the gumiho bride flies into a rage.

Yeon gets the better of her quickly, and she tells her husband not to watch as Yeon runs her through with his blade. He calls her foolish for not running when he gave her the chance earlier. He agrees to erase her husband’s memories of her, and she dissolves into ash.

In the lobby, Jia catches sight of Yeon and stands transfixed. She tries to remember where she’s seen him. Her colleague pulls her out of her reverie and suggests they check out the wedding debacle next door.

The witnesses claim Yeon was the bride’s true love, so she left her husband-to-be at the altar. Yet the bride’s wedding dress lay on the ground stained with blood.

Jia is further confused to hear from GU SHIN-JOO (Hwang Hee) that the hair she found on the dress is from a red fox, a species that was previously endangered. Those left were implanted with GPS trackers, and none are in Seoul. When she leaves, Shin-joo makes a frantic call.

Elsewhere, Yeon people watches in the park and broods over the bride’s talk of his past love. He stares at two black bands on his fingers. When a little girl loses her balloon, Yeon summons it into his hand and returns it to her.

His skills amaze a little boy who asks if he’s an alien and immediately accepts Yeon’s claim of being a gumiho. He peppers Yeon with questions, learning that Yeon is over 1,000 years old and is waiting for his first love. A fox mates for life.

The little boy adorably encourages him and offers to be his friend after hearing Yeon’s love won’t come back. But Yeon doesn’t want human friends since their lifespans are so short. He advises the boy not to struggle needlessly with things that are unbearable.

Yeon reports to the Afterlife Immigration Office. He wasn’t happy about having to catch the gumiho bride, but his his boss TALUIPA (Kim Jung-nan), god of the border of life and death, tells him to just follow orders.

He loses his temper, ready to be done with his mandatory service that’s already lasted 600 years. She whips out his contract, reminding him he chose this in exchange for that girl’s reincarnation. She cheekily offers to discharge him and burn his contract, but he hastily attempts to blow out her conjured flame.

HYUN EUI-ONG (Ahn Kil-kang), gatekeeper and weigher of a soul’s sins, interrupts their squabbling. Yeon leaves his high-five hanging, but that doesn’t dampen Hyun Eui-ong’s enthusiasm as he yells, “Honey!” and rushes to Taluipa. He’s a softy and tries to get her to understand Yeon’s love-induced pain.

While Jia investigates red foxes at her office, Jae-hwan rushes in with CCTV footage of Yeon. Everyone puzzles over the fact that there’s no footage of the bride exiting the wedding hall. Yeon left alone. Jia recognizes the umbrella obscuring Yeon’s face as the one her mysterious stranger in the lobby carried.

Yeon meets with Shin-joo who is panicking about Jia finding the fox hair, but Yeon seems unfazed by his companion’s excitable nature – Shin-joo has been working with them for years. Shin-joo panics harder when they see a TV ad calling for information about Yeon from Jia’s program. Yeon refuses to abandon his signature umbrella and dares “that human” to come after him.

Elsewhere, Jia meets a smiley, bumbling LEE RANG (Kim Bum) for an interview. He’s a fan of her show “Search for Urban Myths” and claims to have seen Yeon, describing him as a monster who doesn’t age or die.

Jia is skeptical, but he insists he’s telling the truth. After noting his expensive shoes and lack of accent belie his poor student story, Jia bids him adieu. “Fox Ridge,” he says. That stops her cold. It’s where he saw Yeon.

In the parking garage, he magically goes from bespectacled farm boy to suave rich boy and hops in GI YOO-RI (Kim Yong-ji)’s car. Rang smiles as he notes that Jia didn’t miss a thing. He likes her. Yoo-ri asks if they should eat her then, but he says not yet.

Yeon’s immense enjoyment of his mint chocolate ice cream is interrupted by a call from Rang. They seem to skirt the border of enemies as Rang happily taunts him about his dead girlfriend. If Yeon meets him, he’ll share an interesting rumor. Yeon hangs up but looks conflicted.

Following Rang’s instructions, Jia goes to a bus stop alone that night. When the bus arrives, a very drunk man staggers forward and falls. Jia goes to help him, and he holds her back, refusing to let her board the bus. As it pulls away, Jia spots Yeon inside. Shortly after, the lights on the bus wink out.

Jia ends up piggybacking the elderly man with one eye to his house. She observes he’s strangely heavy and doesn’t appear to breathe. On the bus, everyone but one teenage girl seems to be asleep. Yeon stands and rushes toward her.

The old man tells Jia that he’s already paid her back for this favor, and we see the bus swerve and crash. Jia hails a cab, but when she turns around, the old man is gone. We zoom in on a totem pole with a crack over one eye.

Jia stares in horror and disbelief at the familiar scene before her on Fox Ridge. She rushes into the bus where all the passengers appear to be dead. Jia approaches the teenage girl who abruptly opens her eyes. Yeon walks down the street, his hand dripping blood.

The cops examine the scene, finding five dead and one survivor. Jia observes to DETECTIVE BAEK (Jang Won-hyung) that there were seven people on the bus. There’s no trace of Yeon.

Shin-joo reads the headlines and encourages Yeon to leave it alone, but Yeon’s determined to handle it. At the hospital, Jia sits with the teenage girl Soo-young. Knowing what it’s like to be the sole survivor, she’s sympathetic and supportive.

Before she leaves, Jia asks if she saw Yeon and shows the picture of him under the umbrella. The girl starts hyperventilating and fears he’s coming to kill her. Sure enough, Jia spots Yeon in the lobby minutes later.

Jia recognizes his voice and watches him intently as he asks why a PD is looking for him. Jia shows him the photo she has of him under the umbrella and notes she’s seen him three times: at the wedding, on the bus, and here looking for the victim.

“Did you kill them? Or did you come to kill?” He smirks and says he’s just found someone he wants to kill. Judging from the look in Jia’s eyes, she concurs.

She insincerely apologizes for accusing him without evidence, but he’s had enough. As he walks away, Jia tosses her bag to him and tells him to take her business card from inside. He tosses it right back, hoping to never see her again. Jia calls Jae-hwan to say she’s got Yeon’s fingerprint.

In the car, Shin-joo calls it fate that Yeon ran into the little girl he saved 20 years ago. Yeon is grumpy about it, and Shin-joo remarks that they do look a lot alike. Yeon tells him to quit consulting for the show, but Shin-joo refuses. Besides, Yeon loves “Search for Urban Myths” and even left a comment saying the grim reaper’s outfit was wrong. HA.

That night, Soo-young hears the clacking of heels in the corridor. Her door slides open, and we see a pair of high-heeled boots. Soo-young screams.

Seeing the frightened Soo-young, Jia berates Detective Baek for leaving her alone. They found no traces of the intruder, but Soo-young is so frightened that Jia takes her home for the night. Soo-young worries she’s imposing and asks about Jia’s family. She smiles to hear Jia lives alone.

At the hospital, Yeon learns Soo-young was discharged and is given a note from Jia. Whatever she said makes him frustratedly hurry out.

Jia is awakened by Soo-young creepily standing over her. She claims to remember what happened that night. In a flashback, Soo-young smiles menacingly after the lights go out, her one eye golden. She snaps two passengers’ necks.

She acts distressed as she tells Jia that everyone died, and Yeon tried to kill her. Jia comforts her, making her secretly smile. A glass suddenly slides off the table and breaks. As Jia picks up the pieces, she asks where Soo-young was going that night. Ah, she knows, doesn’t she?

Jia stands and holds a piece of glass against Soo-young’s neck. Soo-young drops the act and asks when she figured it out. Jia notes that Soo-young doesn’t have the defensive wounds an accident victim would have. Who is she?

Soo-young transforms into Rang. Jia backs away, terrified, as he says he ate the real Soo-young. She stabs him in the shoulder with the piece of glass. He yanks it out and asks if she thought that would hurt him. Jia’s face hardens, and she admits she’s just using herself as bait.

Cue something being thrown through her window, knocking Rang to the ground. Yeon storms in holding her note that says she took the thing he wanted home with her. He doesn’t see Rang who flies at him.

The two fight viciously, and Jia stares in shock when Yeon refers to Rang as his little brother. Rang says they have a dysfunctional family. No kidding.

Their fight moves through the house, smashing poor Jia’s windows and furniture. (I hope they reimburse her.) Jia watches them fight and looks at the camera she stashed on a shelf.

During a break, Yeon asks how many people Rang killed. Rang yells that he doesn’t want to live a filthy life like Yeon. When Yeon responds his behavior is filthier, Rang attacks. They take the fight outside by busting through a window.

Rang calls time and suggests a bet. “If you can’t find it by the end of next month, this woman will die.” Jia comes running out, and Rang leaves with a promise to see her again. Jia demands to know who Yeon is, but he turns his golden eyes on her and orders her to forget him.

Later, Detective Baek calls Jia to say they’ve analyzed Yeon’s fingerprint. That night, Yeon arrives home to find the video Jia captured playing on a laptop in his living room. Jia stands on the balcony.

She knows his name and age, although she assumes it’s a fake identity. His memory trick clearly didn’t work. Jia holds the USB containing the original video and tells him to come get it. When he walks closer, she hops onto the ledge … and purposefully leans herself right off. WHAT.

Yeon sighs and leaps after her, catching her midair and landing lightly on his feet. Jia just got her confirmation that he’s not human. He angrily asks if this was a test.

Jia thinks back to when she was little and he told her to forget; otherwise, he’d kill her. “I was waiting for you.” And with that, she jabs a needle in his neck.

 
COMMENTS

No meet cutes here. He threatened to kill her on their first meeting, and she stabs him with a needle once they reunite. It’s an interesting dynamic to start with, and I’m looking forward to seeing how things progress. They’re not exactly enemies at this point, but they have every reason to distrust each other. Jia has been roped into a world she’s not supposed to be in, and she’s not willing to play by their rules.

I really like Jia so far, and I’m so happy to see Jo Boa back to form after her last project which did not do her any favors. From the moment little Jia picked up those scissors, I knew she was going to be formidable. She’s tough as nails, resourceful, and quick-witted. Jia is decidedly not a damsel in distress, but she also isn’t some action hero type. She just gets things done. That being said, she does tend to go a teeeensy bit overboard when she gets determined. Girl threw herself off a high-rise balcony to prove a point and then injected a supernatural creature with some drug that may very well have no effect. A little more self-preservation is in order, but I do appreciate her determination and grit.

She said she’s been waiting for Yeon, but why, exactly? Does she just want answers, or is she looking for revenge on whoever killed her parents? Whatever her reasons, Yeon is going to have a hard time shaking her off now, especially since his powers don’t seem to work on her. Either there’s something special about her in general, or she’s linked to him specifically. The magic vapor told Yeon she wasn’t his reincarnated love, but I doubt it’s so simple. We’ve already had a couple mentions of fate, and this is a drama, after all. Then there’s the fact that Rang targeted her and has been trying to push her toward Yeon. I’m guessing this all has something to do with that rumor he mentioned.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a drama featuring Kim Bum, so I was looking forward to him here. I’m not disappointed. He’s great as the charming, dangerous gumiho with the devilish smile. I think he’s going to be a fun antagonist. He’s a wild card who plays everything like a game, but I have no idea what his goal is besides antagonizing his brother. They obviously have a fraught relationship with a lot going on under the surface. On Rang’s side, there seems to be genuine anger beneath his devil-may-care façade. I’m already curious to know their history. I wonder what the rest of their family is like…

I don’t have strong feelings about Yeon yet. He’s the quintessential broody, jaded hero with a dash of arrogance and flashes of a warm heart underneath his cold exterior. Despite being a familiar character type, Lee Dong-wook is giving him some flair. I’m hoping he’ll set himself apart more as a character once we get to know him better. So far, all we know is that he used to be a guardian mountain spirit and signed over centuries of his life as he waits for his reincarnated girlfriend. I guess I’d be pretty broody and jaded too.

One thing I really liked about this episode was its tone. I expected a dark vibe, but I didn’t expect the dash of horror thrown in. That opening sequence took me by surprise with how creepy it went. That’s a plus for me since I like horror, especially during this time of year, and I think it gives it a more atmospheric tone. The stakes automatically feel higher because these aren’t some cute, quirky fox creatures. These are gumihos that go around terrorizing and eating people. Of course, those are the ones that aren’t obeying the laws and are wanted criminals. Yeon seems to get along just fine without eating people, and I’m guessing there are others who do too. In general, I like the setup so far, and I’m looking forward to learning more about this supernatural world and the characters who inhabit it.

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okay Show, you've done great with your female lead so far, so please, PLEASE can we not have her turn into a damp cardboard cutout by episode 12? would be much appreciated. <3

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I had a little bit of tonal whiplash with this episode, and overall I'm just meh on the show. It has captured me yet. I do love me some Kim Bum though, so will continue to watch for him. Also that conversation with the child was gold, lol.

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That park bench chat was definitely one of the highlights. I love how they used the trope that children know and accept the "otherworldly" things of the world better than adults - it doesn't always work, but it did here.

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Of the shows that premiered last week this has probably captured my interest the most. Okay let’s say that lee dong wook’s gorgeous face and red brown hair and Kim bum’s devilish smile did half the work but that being said I like the story and thought the world building is slowly coming together and there are already mysteries that need answering.

I do like Jia and understand her mistrust but I hope she doesn’t become the meddlesome type of PD that does anything to get a scoop which is half the reason I dislike reporter type characters, but so far I like her guts and quick thinking so we’ll see how that goes.

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I'm liking this show so far. I was afraid it may become purely fluff (which I don't mind) but no, it went dark like straight to the deep end dark, and I like it. :D This is not my usual drama fare, but I am liking the story so far.

I was surprised that Jia is a PD—at first I thought she was a detective lol—but hey she's one of the few PD characters in dramas who actually work like they're supposed to? I mean she works. She does her research, goes to locations, interviews people, reads and revises the script, etc, often I wonder what a PD in dramas really does, but now Jia has shown me what they can really do. Hopefully her character does not go downhill. :D

On a very random note, all I was thinking after their fight is that, Jia's house insurance premium must be through the roof after that clash.

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I had the exact same random thought. If I were her, seeing them fight I would've suddendly re-thought my bait plan, wondering about my insurance premium...

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I watched all 3 premieres this week and this was my most anticipated drama and I do like it so far but I like the other 2 more. The first episode of Nine Tailed was SO cliche! So many K-drama tropes all in one episode. Luckily it got better by episode 2.

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Throwing herself off the balcony was... Well, the show is going to have to confirm that she’s got absolutely no pressing need to live and that the recklessness-with-an-objective is an ongoing thing with her. I mean, she couldn’t have survived this long making that sort of bet routinely. Her “bait” gambit relied on timing so tenuous that she sort of deserved to get eaten first. And you can collect a USB drive from a corpse, so that was a bit much. And then, an injection? What do you do with a passed-out monster on the pavement in front of his house?

I like my heroines strong, but not necessarily immortal.

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I laughed out loud at this comment; "What do you do with a passed-out monster on the pavement in front of his house?" Pure gold. No need to mention I wholeheartedly agree, the ending was completely nonsensical.

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Sword Umbrella.

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Plagiarism! I saw that too.

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I'll give it a pass since I've been wanting a cane sword in dramaland for like 2 years 😂😂😂😂

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And it's pretty too.

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I thought the first episode was good. It was a lot darker than I expected which is great.
But I'm like, reincarnation again...? I don't mind the theme itself but I've got enough reincarnation dramas this year already.

I liked Yeon didn't spare fox bride's life without being swayed.
Lee Dong-wook looks gorgeous and I think he should stick with good looking non-human roles lol

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He does really well with supernatural characters. 😄

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is he or isn't he?

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I really like this show so far. We have the thousand year old gumiho waiting for his reincarnated love but weary with the tasks he has been assigned and weary with the world in general. We have a younger brother whose sole purpose in his life is to be a thorn on his brother's side. Plus a heroine who has grit and definitely not a pushover. I like it so far. I do appreciate the hints of humor here and there to avoid it being too tedious. I really want to know more of the backstory of our three leads.

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A solid first episode and creepier than I thought it would be - which I was pleasantly surprised by. It's like the love child of Hwayugi and Goblin and I thought the writing and directing did a great job showing us a world where creatures live this human world. I think Ji Ah stood out the most for me. I liked how she was a clever and resourceful child who remained a clever and resourceful adult.

My only criticisms were: 1.the jump off the balcony test. How did she know he could catch her mid-air? It took me out of the drama and made me roll my eyes instead of impressing me with how cool and romantic it's supposed to be. 2. I find Rang incredibly irritating (though I like Kim Bum and omg, how cute was his nerdy disguise?!).

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Yes about the balcony jump, how can she be so confident about him catching her at all..? Maybe facing death and loss so early in her youth made her quite blasé about her own death...
I did some eye-rolling too, but then she stabbed him with the needle and I'm happy again ><

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The balcony scene made my eyes roll also.
I was thinking like it has to be a dream or imagination sequence but I forgive because stabbing him with the needle was a great twist.

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I'm with you - the needle twist cancelled out the jump cliché for me. The episode saved itself in the nick of time - after that, I most definitely had to watch the next one.

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I love this show because Kim Bum's fans might told us his popularity will bring him back. So many K-pop/K-drama male idols like Kim Bum didn't know when his popularity transforms back to high energy.

Back to Tale of the Nine Tailed, I saw a lots of drama and a bit of laughs that already fitted into the gumiho/fox-like character along with all of any other characters in this series especially the unnamed ones and the supporting ones (e.g. bride and groom). There's a lot of new supernatural forces and modern mythical scenes will rise the following episodes onwards so the 1999 scene where little Jia and her parents appeared was kinda like a little bit of childhood nostalgia along with the vintage old furnitures and fictional fire on TV news. I hope that Lee Yeon and Jia will be married at the end of this series if there's a lots of romances in the coming episodes.

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The world building was interesting despite having some similarities with other fantasy drama but it was still nicely executed. Our female lead is feisty! I like how quick and smart she is but I do agree that she can be a tiny little bit overboard.

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Kim Bum so looking forward to his portrayal of angsty lil bro xD

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Am totally enjoying the first week's episode and the bullheaded slash bullying dynamic between the OTP. Absolutely loving how Ji-a managed to surprise Yeon with trick upon trick up her sleeve, it's rare to have a human devious enough to get ahead of the supernatural being.

Also loving how our gumiho is not shy at all about exposing facts about himself, another rare! He told his back story to a random child in the park (tho it's cute that he seems fond of children) and casually revealed his dysfunctional family to Ji-a, LOL. You are 100% right about the flair, @quirkycase, he sure got it in spades!

If the dead street lights are Dumbledore's Rang's trademark, then was he & Yoo-ri the doppelgangers of Ji-a's parents back in Fox ridge?

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Ji-A's impulsiveness makes me think she either has a death wish or she's banking on her luck, which she really has in spades. She might be quick-witted, but jumping off that balcony was incredibly stupid, to be frank.

I'm interested in the story though; what happened to her parents? who was that old man she carried on her back? I couldn't care less if she's the reincarnated old love of Lee Yeon but the mystery of fox ridge sucked me in.

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Ooh, you've got something there about her luck. Maybe having random guardian totem appearing as haraboji and saving her from bus crashes doesn't happen to her just once or twice. We never know how she even got close to Yeon as a human, maybe she isn't wholly human herself..?

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Hmmm. I do like LDW in this. He makes a perfect Gumiho as most everyone agrees. I’ve always liked Jo Boa too. And this is the first I’ve ever seen Kim Bum and he’s super charismatic. He just leaps off the screen. I had a question, when did the teenager get eaten by Rang? Before they were at the bus stop, right? Then who did the heels belong to in the hospital? Anyway, strong first episode. I actually thought that Jia was pretty gutsy falling off the balcony with the USB drive. She knew he was supernatural, so whether a goblin, gumiho, or grim reaper, she knew she wouldn’t die. The kids, as always, are super talented. Looking forward to watching this one with the hubs. Thanks for the recap!

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The only one I can think has a fashion sense that fits the boots are Yoo-ri, but not sure why Soo-young/Rang screamed. Maybe dramatic playacting..?

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My first thoughts. i like. Totally my genre. Please dont end up like Hwayugi. please!

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So far, so good. Just the sort of drama we want to see with Halloween approaching.

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This show reminds me of Goblin, Twilight, and The Vampire Diaries mashed up lol. LDW fits these type of roles, he looks like a nine tailed fox for real! Kim Bum looks like a great foil to the ML. I never saw Jo Boa in anything, but she's stunning and I love her character. These type of shows are iffy for me b/c the man is always overpowered. I hope our FL gains powers (She already can see dead people) in the end. As a character, smart, cool, kind, and level headed. I hope they don't annihilate her character as the show progresses, or I'll drop it.

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I'm amazed with young Jia observation/deduction skills and it is not adult Jia become like this due to that tragic incident. She is good since young~ Having said that, I hope that those traits wont be erased and she becomes the standard weepy helpless lead that we've seen so many times. Pls no. I like strong female lead and she is fate as a gumiho/god of mountain, she has to be is as awesome as him, show.

LDW and Kim Bum as siblings is just... winning in terms of genes
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I aas worried that this show would be all fluff and no mythological elements but I'm quite happy that that is not the case. I wasn't expecting horror elements and was a bit scared in the beginning but I had a lot of fun. I wanna know more about this dysfunctional family of gumihos. It looks like our girl is smart and I hope that they don't turn her into the typical damsel in distress by the end. I'm invested in Lee Yen but a lot of it is the portrayal by Lee Dong Wook. I liked the premiere and I'm really looking forward to the upcoming episodes.

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Its a very campy show, that was not expected. This show flew under the radar for me with all the cringe twilight inspired promotional posters. So, I just checked out to see what it was. I didn't expect a full jump scare horror turn in the first few minutes. I am actually enjoying this. I think October is a hell of a right time to churn out spooky, fun drama. And I like all the characters more or less. The leads, the villains and the side kick, all of them. This show doesn't take it self too seriously so that helps I guess. I am just in for a fun, not too serious ride with few good scares here and there. As for Jia, I was more surprised how her child counter part was smart enough to notice the wrong things, test her mother and then went as far as to stab it and demand where her parents were. That was ballsy. So, the fact that the same child grew into a smart but sometimes reckless adult who works in urban legend based show was a delight to watch. Yes, I did roll my eyes at that balcony jump stunt but just went along with it....they did it for dramatic effect and some intrigue, so be it.....not reading too much into it. Lee Dong Wook is perfect amount of indifferent, Kim Bum is charming, unpredictable villain.......can't complain.....I am in, lets be good till the end show.

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I don’t eat mint choco ice cream but seeing how Lee Yeon eat it for breakfast makes me want to try it!

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I do love mint chocolate but am wondering if there's any specific reason for his flavor fixation...

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Apparently mint chocolate ice ream is a meme in Korea. The nation has divided into factions over liking or hating it. On a recent webcast IU served mint chocolate ice cream to her guitarist JUKJAE and they got into a playful argument over what sorts of ice cream they hate most (me hates mint chocolate most).

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I remember Tablo of Epik High tweeted about his love for mint choco ice cream and it caused a stir amongst his followers😂

Below is the link of his podcast talking about the mint choco ice cream controversy:

https://youtu.be/lBWTP8kS_1Q

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That fight scene had so. much. glass. breaking! I half expected two construction workers with a glass pane walking in at some point to give them something additional to smash.
I really liked the premiere. As mentioned above, I too hope that the FL stays the confident, loose cannon that she is and doesn't dumb down. And that the foxy Gumiho stays as foxy... bored LDW is just gorgeous.

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It's a mash-up of Goblin, Hwayugi and The Guest for me. Goblin for the old guy with a lot of power fighting the bad ones. Hwayugi for the other fantastic "creatures", it reminds me the other gods like Pig, Dog, Peacock, etc. And The Guest for the creepy side like possessed people.

For now, it's pretty entertaining.

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Kim Bum, where have you been hiding? I've been missing you since Padam Padam. Happy that you're back in small screen.

I love how smart and gutsy the FL, even when she was just a small child. Wonder if the extreme somewhat suicidal actions are due to poor writing or on purpose showing someone who doesn't really care of her wellbeing.

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My interpretation at the moment would either be that due to her traumatic experience as a child, losing both parents and then being stuck in that nightmare scenario for a bit where her loving parents turned into monsters before her eyes - that total loss of trust and security could have had a lasting effect on her personality, being risk-prone and impulsive, not caring for her own life, perhaps being emotionally unstable.

OR the fact that she was miraculously saved by that supernatural being could have left the impression on her that she is invincible for some reason. Perhaps we will get more backstory on that.

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Both possibilities are valid and certainly what I would prefer compared to writer laziness relying on drama over substance.

Hopefully we explore her recklessness as part of her character development.

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Am I the only one who was just disbelieved that Jia carried that random, strange, drunk, violent old man ? Who does that?!?! I mean yeah you've got to help people out but you're a young female running around at night, she could have been mugged, raped or killed. absolutely no sense of preservation *smh*

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all candy's / FLs do that.. it is a kdramaland rule..

old person on street.. FL must help that person, carry their load, make sure they get to somewhere safely.. :P

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I actually thought that was kind of weird too. But respect for elders is still a thing and when I see things like that, I just think that it must be a cultural thing I don’t understand, like family registers, 😆.

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Forget that she carried him, why did that totem pole ghost owe Jia/help Jia, I mean it wasn't random, was it? He did say with this, I don't owe you now, remember that. So, I am guessing there's a reason for a lot of things that we shall discuss in episode 2 recap.

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The editing can do better for this drama but I'm willing to forgive those because the characters are interesting enough and I can tell the writer seems more invested in the mystery surrounding Jia's parents' deaths (for now). So I will continue watching this and see what happens.

Plus, I'm glad they made a FMC who has some agency. Let's hope she doesn't lose focus and continue to chase her original purpose to the end.

There're some references from LDW's goblin role but, for me, I remember him more for his char in Strangers from Hell, which gave him a whole different image and alot of knets said so too after the drama ended. It's good that I can't find any traces of his character from that drama here (thank God). Rather, he gives me Nick wilde vibes because of his hair color, and his general laid back attitude. 🤭

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Omg, didn't even see the similarities before but now that you mentioned Nick Wilde, couldn't agree more. They even have the same half-lidded-bedroom-eyes smirk ^^

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I got about halfway through the first episode but the visual call-backs to Goblin became so in-your-face that I turned it off. Which isn't fair to the show. That's my own issues. I'll go back and finish the first two episodes then decide what to do. Hey, I managed to make it all the way through 'Lovely Horribly' so this series should be an easy watch.

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So, after episode 10 of Alice, I’m done. Just can’t anymore.

I’m really enjoying the start of this. LDW is perfect... in this role and well every other way. I crushed on him in Goblin and crushing harder on him in this. One question though... I don’t get why she knocked him out? Only to bring him back to his apartment? And how would she get an unconscious grown man up and into the elevator anyway?

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I am on the fence. I find the story clearly taking parts of Mystic Pop Up Bar and Hotel del Luna but the main character development has not be compelling as those other shows. The writer's world building "rules" need to be quickly explained and followed through.

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I know everybody’s mentioned LDW and KB’s gorgeousness but can I pay my share as well?!
Bored with zero tolerance but deep down kind Lee Dong Wook and I’m-going-to-eat-you, smirking, I-felt-lonely-when-my-brother-left Kim Bum are all I want to see!
I’m not gonna say anything about LDW’s red-brown hair and KB in red suit! They don’t need me!

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I enjoy the flow and acting in the first episode. Between Zombie Detective and Tales of the Nine-Tailed, I will pick the 2nd. I do have one question on Jia's action. I know it makes a nice scene when he soft landing on the ground level with her in his hands. However, I feel that unconvincing when she threw herself from the balcony. As much as she know he has the "super power", it's hard to risk one's own life to test the limit of his power, don't you think?
One of my favorite scene was the one in the park where he used his power to get the balloon back for the little girl. His conversation with the little boy with running nose was super cute.

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I don't know but this drama didn't catch my attention I can't even finish the first episode. I really like watching this kind of drama but this drama is a big disappointment for me. Lee Seung GI and Shin Min Ah is one of the best gumiho out there even Choi Jin Hyuk as Wol Ryong. I'll give it another try but if I really don't like it I will drop it.
I really don't like how Jo Boa act. I'm looking forward for KIm Bum's comeback drama cause I know he is a great actor. Lee Dong Wook's best drama of his for me so far is his drama with Im Si Wan Strangers from hell he is really great in doing his role in that drama.

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My main issue with this drama so far has been the pacing. It's all over the place. Everything's going really fast and if you look away for a second its a completely different scene. It's just not really my cup of tea, I generally like scenes to be longer and have more in them instead of a random scene in between the same scene.
The other thing was the backstory. If I'm being honest, I was super confused for the majority of this episode. Because the scenes switched so fast and they basically gave us no backstory on the characters until half way through, I found myself rewinding a lot of it and watching it again.
I will say that the second episode is a lot less chaotic and a lot better. I'm hoping that my expectations for this show will continue to increase. Overall, I'm actually really happy with it. The animation isn't horrendous like it usually is in fantasy dramas, and the backstory is interesting enough and intertwined with the main story enough that I want to know more.
This is my first LDW drama (I know I'm sorry) and let me say I'm not disappointed!! Not only is he really handsome, but his acting and facial expressions bring it full circle. I'm a little iffy on his character-- I feel like there's not a lot to him besides his desire to bring his first love back to life, but I'm sure that we'll get more characterization of him as the drama goes on.
As for the female lead, I mostly like her? I really appreciate how she's able to actually get stuff done and how she has a strong but not annoying personality, however my problem with her lies in the fact that she gets everything done. Like in this episode, she just had an answer for something and she was literally able to do everything, and we also don't get an explanation for her perfection.
Overall, It's a good drama and I'm pleasantly surprised! I'll definitely continue watching.

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Interesting reunion, i think she stabbed him as a result of shock not intentionally

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Am I the only one who finds the leading lady one the most irritating leadings ever? I mean you can sometimes get irretated by leads, but her character made me stop watching after only one episode

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You're not the only one. I honestly skipped her parts. I was already not very partial to Jo Boa, because she doesn't do much for me as an actress... but the character itself is written in such a forced "girl crush" type of way.

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Yeah, forced is a good choice of word I believe

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I like her.

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Me three.

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I hope I get to like her. I do like how resourceful she is, but something about how it's portrayed is a little off to me

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She doesn't irritate me, but I'd say right now I'm definitely more drawn to Lee Yeol. That said, she intrigues me and I'm curious to see how they flesh her out the next few eps.

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How was she writing... IN THE RAIN?!! That bothered me till the end of the episode lol
Also, what kind of connections does a producer need to be able to request fingerprint scans? I felt a bit surprised at how easily she could visit a crime scene and interview the victim in one night.
I also agree that she didn’t need to jump off the building. It was a cool shot, but she already saw him fighting supernaturally in her house

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So, I really like this so far. And I'm kind of surprised because I generally don't go in for the fantasy genre. Based on the comments so far, I think what might be helping is that I've never seen some of the past shows others are referencing (and that includes Goblin, please don't hate me), so it feels fresh to me as I dip into this genre pool. I'm also really liking the creepy vibe of "monsters walk among us."

I like that our gumiho wasn't swayed by the fox sister and did what he had to do, and also that he clearly took no pleasure in it. He seems mostly weary of life - but that little spark of hope that's helping him endure that we saw when the border guardian offered to burn his contract makes me curious about these waters that run so deep. The jump was a bit cliché, but I guess I didn't mind it so much, especially when Ji-ah completely flipped the sitch on its head - did not see that coming, and I appreciate a show that serves me surprise.

I'm most intrigued thus far with our brooding Lee Yeol, and frankly love that the show has ratcheted up the tension between him and our intrepid (and slightly wacky) PD right from the get-go. I like that they are both HELLA confident and are playing their cat-and-mouse game in the open. He's so blasé about it, it's really attractive. It feels like they are both adults, which I enjoy (probably because I'm a little exhausted by DYLB right now).

Speaking of adults, I clearly am one because in the midst of the speed-of-light brother beat-down, I just kept thinking about how expensive good windows are to replace and clucking my tongue at how some of that probably has to be custom-fit. Adulthood, I have indeed arrived.

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WOW! I love anything about gumihos...plus LDW is rapidly growing up my list of favorite Kdrama actors. And HOLY S*#T KIM BUM is looking sexy af <3 He seems like he's having a great time playing the bad boy Rang. I swear he doesn't age! Surprisingly, he's my favorite character atm. I love the ending credit song too!

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