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Tale of the Nine Tailed: Episode 4

Their recent adventures bring our leads a lot closer, and our lonely gumiho notices more and more similarities between the tenacious PD and his long-lost love. Thanks to one malicious little brother, our heroine finds herself once again plagued by danger. Our hero’s growing attachment to her leads him to make some risky decisions to protect her, regardless of how dire the consequences could be.

 
EPISODE 4: “Aura of death”

Jia films the now desolate village, showing a questionable grasp of ethics as she enters people’s homes. Yeon reports that even the fisherman’s body is missing from the bathroom. Everyone clearly went willingly, but they took nothing with them.

On the beach, they find several bamboo posts with flags forming a walkway. Yeon confirms that bamboo attracts lost souls and notes it’s like the trails used to welcome the Dragon King, except it’s facing the wrong direction. He calls this one a gwimunbang, a gate through which impure things travel.

At the Afterlife Immigration Office, Taluipa briefs Hyun Eui-ong on the situation with the imoogi. It’s hidden from her sight, suggesting talismans were used. Despite Hyun Eui-ong’s urging, Taluipa insists that Yeon not be told. To herself, she wonders if this is why she couldn’t see Yeon’s future.

On the island, Pyeong-hee shares that she heard a baby crying at 2:40 A.M. She’s sure of the time since all the clocks stopped. Jia realizes even her watch stopped. Yeon concludes something entered their world during the time when the doors between worlds open (1:00-3:00 A.M.).

Meanwhile, Yoo-ri celebrates her birthday with her rich parents who gift her expensive jewelry and a car. Her dad nags her about getting married, but her mom says she’s still only 25. He corrects that she’s 24 and confusedly says his daughter got into an accident at age 24 and died. Oh. Yoo-ri frustratedly sighs when he asks who she is.

Once they’re back in Seoul, Yeon buys Jia a new phone since Rang stole hers. He warns her not to answer any numbers she doesn’t recognize. She’s amused to hear he fell victim to a phishing scam once, losing a bunch of money. Jia asks for his number which he gives after some hesitation.

Rang shows up at Yoo-ri’s just in time to stop her from possibly murdering her supposed father. He turns his single golden eye on Yoo-ri’s father, reminding him that he fulfilled his wish to have his beloved daughter back.

Once they’re alone, Rang checks on Yoo-ri’s meeting with Shin-joo. Ah, he orchestrated it. He won’t let her kill him just yet, instructing her to play Shin-joo well – Yeon cherishes him.

Rang meets a disgruntled Yeon at his favorite ice cream shop. Yeon wants to know about the non-human entity on the island, but Rang prefers to toy with him. Is he worried it’s the same snake that separated him from Ah-eum?

Yeon asserts that he killed the imoogi, but Rang counters that Yeon doesn’t determine life and death. Of course, he doesn’t elaborate. He says with certainty that Ah-eum won’t live a long life this time either. They glare across the table.

Elsewhere, Jia muses over the missing villagers with Detective Baek. She likens it to the mysterious disappearance in 1590 of an entire colony from Roanoke Island off the coast of North Carolina.

Yeon and Rang talk atop a helicopter pad, as you do, and Yeon wonders what made Rang so twisted. What does Rang want from him? Rang places a knife in Yeon’s hand. Kill him like that time he hunted him down.

We flash back to Joseon where Rang is slaughtering villagers. Yeon calls his name, and Rang turns to him wonderingly with tears in his eyes. He runs and hugs him, crying in relief that Yeon is alive and exclaiming how he’s missed him.

Why didn’t Yeon come for him? Yeon strokes his hair and says he did, but he couldn’t find him. Rang explains that people set the mountain on fire, so he couldn’t wait there. Yeon asks if that’s why he killed these innocent people.

Rang reasons with a smile that living was hell for them anyway and laughs that they begged him to spare them. Yeon observes with sadness what his little brother who once couldn’t pass by a wounded animal has become. Rang says they should teach these humans a lesson together.

Yeon blinks back tears and tells Rang to pick up his sword. He has an order from the gods of the afterlife. Tears fall as Yeon summons his sword and announces Rang’s death sentence for killing the innocent. Rang is so hurt and bewildered that he doesn’t even move to protect himself from Yeon’s sword.

Now, Rang says he’d be in hell had Yeon not missed his vital organs. Killing him is the only way for Ah-eum to live. Yeon agrees it’d be better for Rang to die than live like this and strikes. Rang looks down in surprise – Yeon flipped the knife so the handle is against Rang’s chest. Rang furiously asks why Yeon can’t do it a second time.

Yeon tells him it’s time to stop acting like an abandoned child. When he turns, Rang slices Yeon once on each arm. Rang furiously insists he could kill Yeon if he wanted, but he’d rather see Yeon’s face when Ah-eum dies again. Yeon stares at his little brother knowingly. No matter how he acts up, this isn’t the true him.

Detective Baek informs Jia that the villagers don’t have any family or acquaintances. Oddly, they all arrived at the island in 1950 on the same day in the same boat.

At the Snail Bride, Hyun Eui-ong cautions Shin-joo never to marry and urges Hye-ja never to remarry. He shares his and Taluipa’s story. After seeing him bathing and falling in love, she kidnapped him and gave him a choice. Sleep with and marry her or be sent to hell. Well, that’s disturbing.

Meanwhile, Yeon gets an earful from Taluipa for killing the shaman, but he’s ready for whatever punishment has been decided. She asks if it was because of Ah-eum. Did he find her? Yeon is pretty sure, but she doesn’t have the bead. Taluipa gets a shifty look and suggests he has the wrong person.

Yeon argues her skin reacted like Ah-eum’s when she died (the burning and scaley pattern). Taluipa warns him they’ll both suffer if he tries to be with her, but Yeon just wants to see her live and grow old. He doesn’t expect to return to those best years of his life with her.

Ha, he actually shushes Taluipa when Jia calls and gets all excited because she wants to eat together. Yeon whines at Taluipa, so she gives him until midnight to report back for punishment.

He’s all self-conscious as he arrives at Jia’s place. She notices Yeon hiding something behind his back and reaches out her hand to receive … greens. If he’d come empty handed, he’d have to repay her for the homecooked meal. Yeon claims mugwort is a survivor like her. Ha.

She smiles and pets his head, making him jerk back. Like Ah-eum, she states that animals like being pet. He stares at her in a daze.

Jia feels the meager meal is not a good enough thank you for saving her life, but she couldn’t think of any other way to thank him. Yeon says it’s good enough for him, making her smile.

Later, Yeon notes that Jia didn’t move after losing her parents. She explains it’s hard to move when you’re hoping for someone to come home. Yeon reasons she must’ve been lonely here and thinks her parents seem like good people.

Jia wonders if she could’ve forgotten them more easily had they been worse people. She starts to tear up and touches her ears just like Ah-eum used to do. Jia says it helps stop the tears; she learned it after losing her parents.

Yeon resolves to find her parents and encourages her to live “boringly and warmly” like everyone else. Jia starts to ask if, maybe, his first love … Yeon says to stop dreaming – his first love was like a lotus flower. Jia playfully smacks him with a pillow, saying she knows she’s a weed. Yeon laughs and observes this weed grew up well.

Rang meets with his associate – the man he gave the crying baby to – who thanks him for his help on the island. Rang waves it off since he was the one to save Rang after Yeon almost killed him. A fiery band appears on the man’s finger, and he says it was fate.

Rang asks after the baby, which is asleep. He’s impressed by the man’s fortitude in serving for 600 years, extending his normal human life. It sounds like the man plans to raise the baby as part of their plan. Rang can’t wait for the day Yeon watches his lover die again in a repeat of their tragedy.

Yeon tries to talk Jia out of going to a funeral hall while he’s not there to protect her from his world. He has to leave Seoul for a few days. But Jia won’t be dissuaded, so he buys her a pouch filled with red beans as a sort of talisman.

As she walks away, he worries about leaving her. She texts to ask his favorite movie. It’s Toy Story 3. HA, unexpected choice. He smiles at her text that she wants to know more about him. She turns back to wave one last time.

Jia attends Sae-rom’s mother’s funeral and consoles her grieving coworker. Meanwhile, Yeon listens to Taluipa read out his sentence. Taking into consideration how many people he’s saved – Yeon does a double fist pump – he’s put on a seven-day probation in hell. The caveat is he’s to be human during that time to fully experience the pain.

At Shin-joo’s clinic, Yoo-ri enters right as he’s reading up on her. She says she wants to “play” and scandalizes Shin-joo when she removes her coat, wearing little underneath.

At the funeral, Jia is unpleasantly surprised to find Rang there. He threatens to kill Sae-rom if Jia doesn’t sit with him. She calmly sits. Isn’t she afraid of him? “I am. I’ve learned that a man with an inferiority complex is like a time bomb.” Heh.

Why does he hate Yeon so much? Rang tries to play it off, but Jia hits his weak spot by guessing it must be because he liked Yeon before.

Back at the clinic, Shin-joo realizes Yoo-ri’s story of being smuggled in are true, judging from the scars on her body. She doesn’t like the turn of this conversation and says she won’t return his necklace. He asks whose orders she’s following to which she replies she’ll tell him once he finds his necklace.

Rang tells Jia a story. There was once a god who abandoned his mountains, so the people set them on fire. Every living creature died, including Rang’s puppy companion. Jia guesses it was because of Yeon’s first love.

Rang shares that Yeon believes Jia is his first love reincarnated. That’s why he killed the shaman despite the consequences. Jia’s eyes fill with fear as she asks where Yeon is now. We see Yeon chained shirtless in a freezing cave high in the snowy mountains.

Jia demands to know where Yeon is, but Rang just warns her to stay awake tonight if she wants to live. He surreptitiously slits the bag of beans in her coat. We see that unbeknownst to Jia, the room is filled with children, two of whom follow her out.

Taluipa narrates that seven days equals seven years in hell. Yeon looks on the verge of collapse as she states you can’t eat, sleep, or die. While Taluipa polishes her precious Leslie Cheung VHS from her 80s collection, she thinks of Yeon’s “foolish” willingness to suffer for Jia.

Jia tries to call Yeon to no avail. As she walks down the hallway, all the lights go out. Two little girls appear before her and ask if she’s seen their dad. We zoom in on their funeral portraits in a nearby room.

Jae-hwan comes running up, and when Jia turns around, the girls are gone. She and Jae-hwan part in the parking lot where Jia realizes the beans have fallen out of the ripped bag.

Abruptly, Jia’s scarf begins to choke her. The little girls giggle as they pull on the ends, wrapping it tighter and tighter around her neck. She drops to the ground unconscious. Jae-hwan sees her collapse and calls her name.

In the cave, Yeon feels his talisman separate from Jia. He yells for Taluipa and begs to go to Dosan Hell since it’s his only chance of making it out today. She warns him he might never escape, but it’s worth the risk to Yeon.

Jia wakes at her place with Jae-hwan looking after her. She explains about the little girls, and he wonders if they were ghosts. The funeral hall was originally where dead children were buried. He seems … off. Sure enough, Jia asks why he’s reading that book upside down.

The lights flicker, and Jae-hwan is gone. The little girls peek out from under the couch, giggling that she caught them. They scurry back under the couch, and Jia looks around in fear.

Yeon stands at the bridge to Dosan (“Knife Mountain”) Hell. Taluipa warns him he can’t turn back once he starts across. Yeon worries that he won’t make it in his current state.

At home, Jia clutches her pouch and mutters Yeon’s name. Her doorbell rings. She goes over to the video intercom, but there’s no one outside.

Yeon, looking worse for wear, takes a deep breath. Taluipa rolls her eyes when he casually says he’ll be back soon. He crosses the terrifyingly rickety bridge as knives fly at him. So that’s why it’s called “Knife Mountain.”

Jia starts in fear as the hall light begins to flicker incessantly, and she asks what they want from her. The lights go out. Jia looks down to find the little girls each hugging one of her legs. They whine and tell her to give them her body.

Yeon grits his teeth and makes his way forward despite the many cuts on his body. Jia takes her chances outside, running as the little girls tail her. She finds an empty building and locks herself inside, stifling her cries. The girls seem to multiply as many little hands bang on the door.

While Yeon’s situation isn’t looking so good on that bridge, Jia hazards a glance outside once the banging stops. The little girls are gone, but you can hear them laughing. It’s coming from right behind her. Jia sees the girls and screams, running upstairs.

After a little breather, Yeon wrenches a knife from his leg and continues his literal hellish journey. Or he tries, but he falls unconscious.

The little girls chase Jia onto the roof, except now, it’s a horde of children wanting to steal her body. On the bridge, Yeon thinks of Jia saying she’ll protect him and how Ah-eum had said she’d kept her promise to protect him as she died.

Yeon picks himself up at the thought of Jia’s possible death and begins crawling forward. Whether she’s Ah-eum or not, Yeon knows her death would cut deeper than the blades here. He begs her to stay alive until he gets there.

As Jia cries in fear, she says in voiceover that she got used to having no one beside her when she has nightmares. So why is she looking for Yeon now? She closes her eyes, seeing the times he’s protected her.

Yeon makes it to the other side of the bridge, thinking of Jia. But the horde of children push Jia from all sides until she falls backward off the roof. And of course, Yeon catches her at the last second before she hits the ground. (How did he have time to change?)

Jia sees he’s injured and rushes to him. She cries and begs the unconscious Yeon not to die because of her. A teardrop falls, and the fox bead appears. Yeon wakes to find the golden sheen illuminating her. “I found you,” he says.

We cut to the stolen baby, still covered in talismans. Yeon wipes Jia’s tears and said he’s been waiting for her. Jia cradles his head.


 
COMMENTS

Okay, what is up with this baby situation? I’m guessing either the baby is the being that entered their world on the island or that being entered the baby. I thought Rang was intending to release the imoogi, but is that on hold now? We still don’t know what those villagers were doing at the well and where they’ve gone. I had expected Yeon and Jia to stay on the island a bit longer to figure things out, so I was surprised when they were back in Seoul. I suppose there wasn’t a lot more to glean from the site itself. And I’m sure anything nefarious will find them anyway.

Things got pretty dramatic this episode, but Yeon’s trek through hell to get to Jia felt a bit premature to me. They’ve known each such a brief time that I couldn’t feel the emotional pull I think I was supposed to. I need to watch a relationship naturally develop to buy it and feel invested. While I can sort of buy Yeon’s attachment to Jia because of Ah-eum, it doesn’t make sense that Jia is suddenly so attached to Yeon. Being fated isn’t enough for me – it feels like a cop out. One day they’re tentatively getting to know each other and the next they can’t live without each other.

I’m sort of disappointed that Jia is almost certainly Ah-eum, although I expected it. Her being Ah-eum’s reincarnation was the obvious move, and it could’ve been more interesting to have her not be. I do wonder what’s up with the fox bead, though. Taluipa seems to know something based on that shifty look she got when Yeon mentioned it. I have to say, I’m getting fed up with her. It seems like her only character trait is getting angry. And was that story of how she coerced her husband into being with her supposed to be cute?! Because that was straight up assault, and it made me averse to her character. I hope there’s more to that story and that their relationship is more consensual than it sounds.

Rang must be one patient dude because he’s waited 600 years for Ah-eum to be reincarnated so he can get his revenge. Honestly, I’m finding Yeon and Rang’s relationship a lot more interesting than his and Jia’s. Rang really did adore his brother, which I had assumed given the strength of his hate. While Rang’s actions were reprehensible, he seemed so lost in that flashback. From what Yeon said, Rang must’ve been a sensitive kid who couldn’t handle the cruelty of people and the loss of his brother. Yeon and Rang were obviously close before Yeon’s fall from grace, so it was pretty cruel to make Yeon be the one to slay his own little brother. Did they have no one else they could send to exact the sentence? And Rang didn’t even die, which I’m thinking was intentional on Yeon’s part. I can’t imagine he just missed. Who knows? Maybe Yeon accepted the job just to keep Rang alive by “missing.”

It seems like Rang completely depended on Yeon, which makes me wonder about their parents. There’s been no mention of any parent so far. I’m not sure if gumihos typically maintain familial relationships like humans do, so it’s possible they strike out on their own at adulthood or something. We know Yeon and Rang only have one parent in common, and Rang only has one golden eye, so does that mean he’s only half gumiho? Either that or maybe it has to do with age, like you upgrade to two golden eyes once you pass 1,000 years old.

I come out of each episode with more questions about the lore and supernatural elements, and I really hope we get answers since that’s one of the things hooking me. We’re dealing with a lot of familiar tropes, so this drama isn’t bringing anything particularly new to the table. We’ve got tragic first loves, a jaded hero pining, reincarnation, a girl caught up in destiny, an evil brother with a backstory, dramatic last-minute saves, and so on. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing if it’s executed well or given a fresh spin. Judging from the first couple of weeks, I don’t expect anything super original story wise. For me, the horror aspect and supernatural elements add a fun twist that keeps me engaged despite the familiar beats. More of that and Kim Bum soulfully emoting would be appreciated.

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I have nothing to say besides shirtless tortured Lee Dong-wook distracted me from everything. 🤷‍♀️

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I share your pain.

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😂😂😂

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The fully clothed one with a mane of glory was also quite distracting!

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I feel your pain too.

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So damn true😁😁😁
Not to mention the tuft of Auburn hair.. I had hard time following the story after his scenes...

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The burden of being too pretty
All of these times all I can think of: How is he allowed to be this pretty? What's the story again?

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Omg that waist!

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Out of concern, I'm afraid his pants will give up on him and fall down to the sea of knives. What would happen to him, no I mean me/us?

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HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA. "Out of concern".

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Im currently watching this and Start-up and I am in awe of the beauty of the lead actors of both. Can Nam Joo Hyuk look any more handsome?
How is LDW so pretty? I'm concerned.

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They are doing it so that we would be distracted and not notice how low budget it is which pains me because they do deserve the budget over lets say the epic fantasy that fell flat this year....Mystic Pop Up Bar had better VFX compared to this....only gripe with the show

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It works btw. I questioned ep 4 in its entirety but how i can I drop it when LDW is looking THAT good..

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Thanks for the recap @quirkycase! This episode was the worst in terms of horror for me. Ghosts? Creepy. Laughing children ghosts? Get me outta here.

I did some (totally reliable lol) Wikipedia research on the fox bead and goddamn Yeon was wrong all along:

The method of absorbing energy with the "yeowoo guseul" resembles a "deep kiss" (i.e. a kiss using a tongue). The kumiho sends the yeowoo guseul into people's mouths and then retakes it with their tongues.

So for hundreds of years he should've french-kissed the Ah-eum lookalikes instead of just trying to summon the effin' bead?

My heart just broke for Rang. I think Yeon intentionally did not kill him, but from his perspective, he's better off dead than living for hundreds of years with the pain of abandonment and betrayal. Now all this is just a game where he doesn't care if he'll die in the process, making him all the more dangerous. (Kim Bum is killing this role! Past Rang's innocence vs. Present Rang's slightly-crazed look is so on point bruh)

Also, is the child the Imoogi reborn? If it possessed Ah-eum but left part of it's being/soul to the shaman before it got killed by Yeon (in Ah-eum's body), then is it pulling some Voldemort shit or something? Is it possible that the part that possessed Ah-eum is still a part of Ji-ah now, given what happened to her wound in the forest? And if so, will it aim to possess Ji-ah in order to be complete?

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I also think the child is the imoogi reborn and that, as we’ve been told, when AhEum died she had a part of the imoogi in her and that’s why she died, or why Yeon had to kill her (I believe in one of the flashbacks we see Yeon and AhEum fighting, which must have been the imoogi possession).
And yes, some Voldemort vibes around.

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Ha! So Ji-ah is kinda like a horcrux? Too bad reincarnation was thrown in the mix and it's possible that the Imoogi was bound with her soul as well.

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It was stated that she was covered with the imoogi skin before dying, so... horocrux lady it seems!

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So when the time comes a part of Ji Ah has to be killed by LY. Probably that's why he killed her in the first life of hers.. and I guess that kid is Imoogi's reincarnation.. guess this will again be a sad ending drama..

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I assumed that the child is the Imoogi reborn, and it's being cared for until it matures into a snaky thing. The scaly skin on Jia seemed to indicate that she has some Imoogi in her too.

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I'm curious about how you would raise such a thing in a human baby environment. What does it drink? Do you have to change its diaper? But if you take off the swaddling, you'll take off all the creepy talismans...so is it supposed to just lie there like a burrito?

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🤣🤣🤣

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Burrito Snake Baby

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Starting to sound tasty.

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How to Make a Burrito Snake Bebe:

Ingredients:
7 Virgins, exsanguinated
1 creepy hell portal (kits sets available at your local hardware store)
Binding Talismans to taste
1 cup of tomatoes, diced
1 cup of shredded Lettuce
3 pints of cannibalism
1 large flour burrito wrap
Snake Oil

Instructions:
Step 1: Find 7 virgins. I don't know how or where, just do it.
Step 2: Prepare zee blood sacrifice
Step 3: Access demon baby from the pits of hell, through viriginal sacrifice as per zee instructions on your Norse Mythology Codex *oops wrong country*
Step 4: Place bebe on the burrito wrap
Step 5: Top heavily with tomatoes, lettuce, cannibalism sauce or toppings of your preference, and drizzle with snake oil.
Step 6: Roll and close wrap with Spicy Talismans.
Step 7: Enjoy!!!!!!

*warning: burrito may cause oozing, itching, biting, coughing, wheezing, certain death, mass murder, hauntings, hallucinations, amnesia, and possibly noble idiocy. if symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.*

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Mmmm
I'll have mine with a side of kimchi, please. Could we get LDW and KB to serve it up?

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The feast will be laid out on a table covered in the finest linen, set with sharp silver knives, and sparkling crystal, beside a burbling brook. Bebe Burrito will be placed, still hissing slightly, on a large platter in the centre of the table. The rising steam from the freshly cooked dish obscures the faces of the diners. LDW and KB hover anxiously as the makbang broadcast begins. Netizens log on to express their outrage, although some are even now combing through corner stores in search of the ingredients - the global supply of virgins seems to have run down, and surprisingly not many netizens have the stomach for exsanguination. It simply remains for them to look on and drool in envy as the ritual ingestion of Bebe Burrito begins. Enjoy.

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😂😂😂😂😂
Hannibal: The Mukbang Edition.

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OMG I hurt from laughing.

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I also suddenly have the need to make Melonia a Virgin Safe space: all virgins are protected under the flag of Melonia and Snake Bebe sacrifices are outlawed.

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Some may suspect that you are cornering the market in the rare ingredients - keeping all the Bebe Burritos to yourself.

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*blinks eyes innocently* and what would I need those fore? It's not like I need to take over the world or anything... 👀

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A snake-like hissing sound was heard in Melonia. It began as an almost inaudible undercurrent. We wondered if we were hearing something. "No, no..." It was just our imaginations. But it grew louder and louder, until it became a thundering waterfall of hissing. After that nothing was the same anymore.

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Lie there + stare at the world through one creepy eye...

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I think it would shapeshift just like the rest of them between being a lesser dragon and human like creature. I think the imoogi may have possessed Jia in the past. Hence, the scales in her back. The interesting small detail was in last episode. The shaman told her she had tricked her mother while she was in her womb and brought her to the island. Why?

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Maybe it was the imoogi who tricked her mum and she eat/drank something so he can totally be reborn... I don't know, wild guess.

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Am wondering too whether the reborn was triggered by Ji-ah's "special" blood, as little as it was that managed to trickle down the well...

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Ohhh yes, you're really putting this together.

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Wonder if the Imoogi would've come back in full force if Ji-ah was wholly sacrificed and her drop of blood + the townspeople were only enough power to have it reborn as a baby?

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Horrible to think of.

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lol..all you need is a tree, imogi, and our adam and eve to complete history

I think, LDW was protector of the forest and Imoogi was the destroyer. In that fight between them, imoogi realized LDW has a lady love and attacked her. In this life, he needs the two souls to be reunited - his and his part in jiah..

But reuniting soul means, her dying and freeing up his soul for him to catch

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Also, my theory on Rang is

When Rang asks LDW to kill him, he truly wants to be killed and freed.
He is bound by the favour debt thing to listen and cater to that evil minister's machinations (who is trying to review imoogi and has taken in the baby)

While Rang may have his grievances, don't think he is truly consciously evil.. even he wants a way out

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Ooh, nice deduction about Rang having a debt to that scary ahjussi with invisible ring!

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I was thinking the same thing when I saw the rain dissolving her blood and draining it into the well

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"French-kissed"🤣

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My guess for the baby is this: they mentioned that when the imoogi was first killed, there was a part of it left with someone on the island. Therefore, they've taken that part, stuck it (somehow) in the baby and are now waiting for the child to grow so that, as it does, the full version of the imoogi will grow back too, ready to wreak havoc again - especially on Yeon and now Jia. This would certainly make sense of Rang's involvement in it all - this is his revenge plan.

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I too think that the demon baby is Imoogi waiting to grow to his full potential. It probably got materialised from the flesh of all the villagers who fell into the well. Eeew.
The hell walk also seemed early to me, but I actually didn't mind it that much because I usually find that trope boring, and "earliness" here broke that a little bit.
However, I did mind that sudden huge emotional attachment from Jia, that was totally uncalled for at ep 4 - and it reminds me of the sudden out-of-nowhere love burst of FL in TKEM (eye roll). Please don't go there Show, you're better than this!

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I thought of the Eternal Monarch as well! Anything is better than that *eye roll*, please show do not go that route!

I also didn't mind the grand sacrifice from Yeon in his crossing the bridge, because at this point all we've seen from him is sacrifice and it feels pretty par for course.

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I’m not a fan of horror films, but I really liked all the sequence of Jia escaping the sisters (anyone else thought about The Shining?). It was really well done and a prove for her as she had to realise what was real and what was not.

I also get what quirckycase says about Yeon and Jia attachment being a bit too rush, but even so, I liked it. And regarding the fox bead, I guess Jia needed to cry to let it out, and that’s what she did when he saw Yeon on the floor... and by the way, I also wondered how quickly he could change clothes, but I guess time in the afterlife runs different 🙄

My favourite pairing is still Yeon and Rang (as much as I’m liking FL). I like their relation and how Yeon even with all what’s happened keeps caring about his little brother, and also how hurt is Rang about Yeon’s “betrayal”. I like what you said about Yeon being the one to carry out the death sentence just to let Rang alive. I mean, he was a God, he’s supposed how to get the job done.

I’m on board the ShinJoo and YooRi ship. He seems to be the caring type (that’s why he is a vet) and she’s hurt, those scars say so. I’m willing to see more of them together.

Regarding the baby, I believe it is the imoogi.

And no, I don’t like Taluipa.

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Seconding everything here - and, yes, chills of The Shining ran up and down my back at that funeral parlor!

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In a world where you have to repay favors....I wonder how Rang will ultimately repay Yeon's favor of letting him live. Only way to do it would be to sacrifice himself.

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@eazal My sister said the same thing when we watched the scene with the ghosts of the twins.

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lol.. they did say time in afterlife runs differently.. 1 human day = 7 years in afterlife

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The highlight of this episode was Rang - my heart broke that he lost his innocence and became a killer after the villagers set fire to the mountains and massacred his animal friends. And that part where Yeon stabbed him? Oof >.< No wonder he is the psycho he is now if he feels that he's been betrayed by the brother who he'd loved the most.

The sudden attachment between Yeon and Ji-ah also rings false to me. It's only episode 4!

Would love to see how the relationship between the vet and the fox develops though.

Not sure if there will be enough plot to sustain 12 more episodes. Have a feeling that it's gonna sag, or become repetitive pretty soon... I may only keep tabs only for Kim Bum, whose portrayal of this fascinating character is so nuanced.

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My wife and I are both really enjoying this show. However, I too cannot stand Taluipa’s character. She seems to be almost as bad, in her own way, as Rang. The story of how she acquired her husband may even be intended as a red flag of sorts.

In any case it looks like we are in for a fun ride so buckle up folks.

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Watching this episode on viki with the comments was an experience. The thirst was real 😝 but seriously though seeing a shirtless Lee Dong Wook has been way overdue even though it was painful to watch him become skewered by knives.

Yet again this episode was another one filled with tension and high stakes and I loved every minute of it.

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Ha, the comments on Viki can drive me absolutely nuts, but now you've made me curious! :D

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It's only up to episode 4 yet the kick-ass level of our heroine has plummeted way down. She's so quick on the uptake about the Yeon's first love and Rang and the mess they are in, so why's she like a noob about ghost and ghoulies and lang-legged beast when it's supposed to be her cup of tea? To the point that the ghost need to spell it to her T_T

Didn't expect show to be so quick in revealing Ji-ah as Ah-eum's reincarnation but happy that's out of the way. Judging from her dying words about protecting Yeon, could it be that instead of Yeon killing her, it was she who threw herself to his sword or something like that? Maybe the imoogi was controlling her body and she was stopping it from harming Yeon.

Have been wondering why little Ah-eum is roaming free in Yeon's forest, and thinking maybe she's a child with shamanic ability groomed to be a vessel of sort for the imoogi/some kind of supernatural being. Maybe being with Yeon is wrecking her predestined fate hence they both suffered...

It's been stated a few times that Ah-eum and Ji-ah will not be the same person even if they are reincarnated souls. Makes me wonder whether show will be positioning Ji-ah as a gutsier and brainier version of Yeon's past love. (Will Ji-ah ever be jealous of Ah-eum? ^^) If show is planning these two to break their tragic fate because they've learned from their past, then come on, show, better bring back our smart Ji-ah ASAP!

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Interesting: "she's a child with shamanic ability groomed to be a vessel of sort for the imoogi/some kind of supernatural being." I'm pretty certain Ji-ah has some sort of spiritual significance, and Ah-eum may have been a decoy/trap to ensnare Yeon and throw everything off balance. Perhaps Ji-ah will have to "set things right" in this life so that things can go back to how they were. When she does this, she will restore the balance that has been lost. Neither Yeon nor Rang were gumiho in the beginning - they were immortals. They are gumiho now because they are being punished. Perhaps when Jia fulfills her destiny, Yeon and Rang will be freed.

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Yay for theories! ^^

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That's what I'm in it for - hypothesizing 🤣🤣🤣

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Just realized what attracts me to this show is its mystery-solving vibes, hypothesizing is definitely part of the fun watching! The only bad thing is when the show's end solution is not as good as the beanies' theories ><

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Beanies theories tend to be in most of the cases better than whatever writer imagined. They should visit us more often...

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There’s definitely something special about AhEum/Jia, whether it’s her blood or the ability to “see” things.
I found a bit disturbing though, that she met Yeon as a child and then he fell in love with her (I can understand she falling for him, but not the other way round, exact case as Goblin). At least now she’s an adult.
I also noticed the mention that Jia is not the same person AhEum was. I like that and also that she can be a better version of the woman who died to save his loved one. Maybe this time the story will not be repeated... unless Rang has other plans.

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Her being a child is probably the only way Yeon let her get close since he seems to have soft spot for children, but yeah, it's a bit icky. Will just think of their beginning as a child and her pet...

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"It's been stated a few times that Ah-eum and Ji-ah will not be the same person even if they are reincarnated souls. Makes me wonder whether show will be positioning Ji-ah as a gutsier and brainier version of Yeon's past love."

I hope so. I really want Ji-ah to be her own person and not just some watercolor version of an Ah-reum that, frankly, we don't really know much about. They've been pretty heavy-handed about Ah-reum's promise to protect Yeon, and I would enjoy seeing them as a differently-skilled but equally-matched team working together.

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It makes me wonder why being stuck in past love is such popular and recurring theme in kdrama.

The typical one is of course first/childhood love that extend years (even decades) in the case of mere mortal characters. But for our somewhat immortal characters, this has been elevated to multiple centuries and what essentially a different person. I mean forget about different incernation. Who among us that remains the same person as we were 10 or 20 years ago?

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..."the kick-ass level of our heroine has plummeted way down"...

Sadly all too common. SK Drama is full of brilliant women who suddenly feel like they been replaced by Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I was finding her so interesting as in the early eps they hadn't done the usual confusing Kick-ass with crazy or loud mouth.

It doesn't matter how kick-ass a heroine is, Drama land will happily throw it all out the window so they can hit standard romantic tropes. It is even worse when you can feel the whole setup was just part of a bait and switch.

To me it can smack of SK Dramas underlying/and oft overtly stated position - "beware of capable women". It's as if kick-ass is not something women should really be but its ok as costume they don when they want to be interesting as long as they go back to 'normal'.

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Aw, that's a little bit jaded but true for a lot of times. Wish show could be like DB and put a note: "The kick-ass heroine will be for opening week only." rather than stomp on our high expectation...
But this is early yet so still rooting hard for Ji-ah and her brain to do the saving next time (and she can do a smirk or two back at Yeon too while at it).

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@meowingme
..."The kick-ass heroine will be for opening week only."...

OMG...How is that not a t-shirt?

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Or a tumbler..? ><

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OMG how perfect would that be - a smirk back at Yeon!! Hear our plea, oh drama gods, and give us turnabout!

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I knew you'd get the reference! ^^

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I sort of gets Ji Ah's attachment to yeon. he's her last link to what happened to her parents, he saved her life as a child, he's actually turned out to be a decent being and add it all to the fact that she's been alone all this time, i can see why she's imprinted so quickly. as for needing to be rescued, see my point about being alone till now. Even incredibly strong people would like someone to rely on. And regarding losing her mind during the ghost chase, two words. Creepy children. There is no coherent thought beyond that.
Also how amazing is Kim Bum? I've actually not seen BoF (i know!) and i think i've only seen him in some cop show (cant remember the name). but when he smiles you can see the pain and crazy and the desperation all mixed together.

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Loved Kim Bum when I saw him in Padam, Padam. His role is unique, and I wish I could say more, but I'll spoil it for you. (If you think angels are cool, you should see it.) He was also supporting in That Winter the Wind Blows. Suffice it to say, the FL in this was v frustrating, but he was great. Say no more.

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Kim Bum in Padam Padam is 🥰

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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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She even talked to the two kids and offered to help. I would've noped out of there real quick and stayed with a friend. So her losing her mind was relatable to me. I only wished she stayed out in the open instead of going into a building and going up the stairs where she can get trapped.

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Going into the building to the roof was weird. That did not seem like something Ji-ah would have done an episode ago. And her locking the building was weird because the kids are ghosts and they were able to get into her house anyways. My instinct would also to go out into the open where there are people so that when they try to choke me again, someone can call the paramedics. My other instinct, if I were someone who was well-versed on the folklore and the supernatural- would be to run to the supermarket and get some red beans to throw at the ghosts.

I guess the writer or director wanted a scene where she falls off the building (again) and Yeon saves her.

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Falling off things in dramaland is tight ;)

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If Ji Ah is Ah-eum (though I wonder if we're getting a plot twist where she isn't) then it isn't a sudden new attachment but a rekindling of an old one so I'm not put off by it. Plus everything else you said.

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For me this episode was unimpressive throughout. The sudden attachment and emotions left a bad taste in my mouth. What I really liked was Rang's backstory and hints of a Shin Joo-Yoo Ri ship. Kim Bum is so amazing here. I'm loving him and I can see why he chose that role. On a lighter note, Rang saying that teh mint chocolate chip ice cream tasting like chocolate and toothpaste was a whole mood

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The toothpaste comment cracked me up! Guess liking vs hating mint chocolate ice cream is somewhat akin to pour vs dip tangsuyuk for Korean people.

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This show is creepy AF, and I think that's what's softening some of the tropes for me. The other thing is that the show itself seems totally comfortable with its tropes, and I can respect that it's owning them vs trying to pretend it's something it's not.

I don't have a problem with Jia and Yeon coming together like two taxis on Broadway. We already knew it was going to happen, so this gives the show a chance to do something interesting with their relationship earlier on (and not just as a couple but as a supernatural crime-fighting investigative team). Plus, their chemistry is great, and (selfishly) sometimes the slow burn is not really all its cracked up to be. Also, these are more mature characters in a tense situation - I feel like it's plausible they connection would be more accelerated.

It's been pointedly said several times now that a reincarnated Ah-reum is not the old Ah-reum, so I really hope Jia remains and is fleshed out as her own person (or own person/imoogi host-whisperer?). I thought she was a little off her rocker in the first few episodes, which I really liked. I don't mind the more stereotypical "damsel in distress" ending of ep 4 so long as the show doesn't necessarily make it a habit. They made a big deal of how she can do many things she can't do/control, etc. etc., which leads me to believe that there is something yet unknown that she CAN do, and it will be a BIG something and probably, I don't know, alter the course of the cosmos and whatever. Whatever, I'm not going to lie, I want some smouldering moments, please.

Yeon's and Rang's relationship is compelling, and it's one thing that keeps me on the hook. This also feels like the most fleshed out in terms of a proper backstory. There is a lot going on beneath the surface for both brothers, and I'm probably most curious to see that build and be revealed.

I really enjoy LDW's use of micro expressions and how he flits between "ages." Sometimes he's this grumpy old 1,000 yr-old gumiho harabeoji, victim of voice phishing; next, he's a giddy, awkward teenager feigning nonchalance; and then he's a gentled man whose kindness and generosity gets the better of him.

Honestly, I'm not expecting much from this show except a good ride and some peek-from-behind-my-fingers monster shots. If it's an entertaining if frivolous tale, that's okay for me! So far, I'm having a lot of fun.

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like two taxis on Broadway LOL

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Full disclosure, I lifted that line from one of my favorite movies, Rear Window. :-)

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Love that you love Rear Window! A-ma-zing film!

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It is! One I never get tired of watching.

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We are on the same track about the differentiation of Ah-eum and Ji-ah, and am totally on-board with the theory of Ji-ah having the power to shake the world! Maybe the now activated fox bead will help her tap into this yet unknown power... Eh, or will it have the opposite effect..?

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Me too! After being so ticked off with ROY, I can finally sit down (with my candle and wine) - all prepared - and watch this. I had so much fun watching it! hehe

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Yes, I'm in it for the fun factor, too. Not so concerned about the story being some grand work of art - but maybe that's just what I'm in the mood for this spooky October. :-)

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I really care very little about the story at this poing. As long as I can get lots of screen time for both our foxes I'm perfectly happy.

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..." an entertaining if frivolous tale, that's okay for me! So far, I'm having a lot of fun."...

Except in current SKDrama land, if you can see this cracks early, it is a good sign it is going to fall apart. Particularly when the story relies on world building.

My through the fingers viewing moments is seeing the gaping plot holes that are about to open up. I am so hoping this story and the actors I like don't get marooned in a drama just going through the motions, or even worse, stuck in Dante's circle of hell that is reserved for never-ending PPL.

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The angst Rang feels for his brother is so palpable. We know they care for each other deeply. Circumstances just got in the way and twisted everything up. I badly want them to reconcile.

That last strength of Yeon was soent saving. We knew he will pull through.

When he was in the bridge of knives I couldnt help remember his previous role in Blade Man. 😅

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@quirkycase Rang is only half gumiho. One of his parents is a human thus only one colored eye.

Also the baby is assumed to be the imoogi and Jia's blood somehow transformed it into flesh. So that is one of the reasons that Jia is a special child.

I am rooting for Yeon and Rang to work out their difference.

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Wondering if one golden eye has half the strength of a pair, hence Rang had to reinforce the forgetfulness spell to Yoo-ri's "dad". Or maybe he can only spell people when they actively wish for it...

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Possible. There are limitations to what he can do as opposed to a full blooded gumiho like Yeon.

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"At the Snail Bride, Hyun Eui-ong cautions Shin-joo never to marry and urges Hye-ja never to remarry. He shares his and Taluipa’s story. After seeing him bathing and falling in love, she kidnapped him and gave him a choice. Sleep with and marry her or be sent to hell. Well, that’s disturbing."

Me thinks Hyun Eui-ong exaggerated the story and the truth is probably more embarrassing for Hyun Eui-ong than he would like to admit. From what we've seen so far, he's the one doting on Taluipa.

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You’re probably right about him exaggerating the story but until they explain further, it’s quite disturbing. I really hope the show won’t just leave it like that for laughs because it’s not funny😒

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@esther95 I agree, I hope the show reveals more about it. If they do, I suspect it could be something along the lines of Hyun Eui-ong spying on Taluipa bathing, and her brother King Yeomra catching him in the act and giving him the ultimatum of either marrying his sister or going to hell.

Simply because in most, if not all of the Asian folklores I can recall reading, it's usually the men spying on the women/divine maidens bathing.

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@esther95 My sister and I had the same reaction to his version of events.

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Greek/Roman mythology is filled with such stories that are disturbingly about non consensual sex and rape. Could very well have some truth to it.

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@gem28 True, and I agree. I do hope the show will explain itself to clear up any uneasiness for the viewers. Non consensual sex and rape should never be used as a punch line.

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Oh my !!! That little girl ghosts part was damn creepy. Not to say the terrace part. LIke @quirkycase I am also disappointed with the almost possibility that Jia is Ah-eum. No harm in expecting something different right. I wanted more interactions between Rang and Yoo ri after the first episodes but the brief interactions between Shin joo and her were also sweet. I can see a possible future ship floating afar!!!!😉😉

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Crazy theory:
In the first episode I was thinking that the couple who took over Kia's parents identities were Rang and Yoori, but now we've found out that Yoori has only been around for a year... Can it be that Rang isn't responsible for Kia's parents' deaths and that there's a Big Bad Power couple lurking in the darkness? I'd like Rang to be more of a gray character, once Yeon and Rang get the chance to talk and heal their old wounds... Maybe Rang is acting out - and making the huge mistake of bringing out the imoogi - but there's a redemption arc in store

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I'm very down with the idea of a redemption arc. The brothers' relationship could truly be one of the most interesting elements of this show if they play it right.

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I buy that theory.
Somewhere commented before that the shaman lady in the island told Jia that she had tricked her mother to go into the island. So... let's go on with the crazy theory: if we consider the imoogi lives partially in Jia, it may have been the imoogi the one causing the accident as well as the one dragging her parents to the island. That "dark force" may have been the imoogi, who needs a body (an thus Jia's blood) to be reborn. So imoogi is Voldemort and Jia is Harry Potter. Ha! Crazy theory!
I like Jia better be Harry than a horocrux (and coming from me that's a lot because I can't stand Harry).

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@eazal I loved your Harry Potter reference :) I'm curious, why don't you like Harry?

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He's such a brat, and rarely listens to people. He makes lots of assumptions. In Deathly Hallows he was super annoying, he didn't know what he was doing yet he would never listen to anyone. It was crystal clear that Snipe was protecting him and Dumbledore knew it, but he never ever listened once. I loved the books, the story (even the movies). But Harry? I just can't stand him.

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"it doesn’t make sense that Jia is suddenly so attached to Yeon. Being fated isn’t enough for me – it feels like a cop out. One day they’re tentatively getting to know each other and the next they can’t live without each other."

Am I missing something here? Jia never said she was in love with yeon. In the last scene, it made sense that she told him not to die for her. Who wouldn't say that to the person trying to sacrifice himself for you? Throughout the ep. she was being grateful to him for saving her life twice and she gave no indication so far that she's in love. That was just gratitude.

Is it just me but when yeon was crossing the bridge, I thought can't he just crawl all the way? Would that be considered cheating? Lol

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LOL! I am with you on the crawling. I was also thinking that too! And he did manage the crawl the last bit and I was like "you dope, you should have done that earlier!"

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Either: get hit in the shoulders, arms, and head area a lot but retain mobility (as long as none of the hits are fatal- and we assume Gumiho anatomy in the spiritual realm is equivalent to that of a human in the physical realm) and minimise the target area.
Or: get hit everywhere and loose mobility...

Yeah he should've crawled lol.

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But, uh, you can't see his abs if he crawls along the whole bridge ><

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And that's the killer argument. Nice tails has the right priorities!

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Growing up in a south-asian family, stories of the supernatural, unusual superstitions and ghost stories is a part of live lol probably why I'm drawn to this drama. I can relate to the salt and washing yourself after going to funeral thing. I've known people who have gotten sick. There are things that we can't explain and I won't either but it's very interesting and creepy.
I don't mind Kdramas that bring old stories to the table if it's fun to watch because at the end of the day I don't expect a series to change my life but make the one hour fifteen minutes I spent on it worthwhile and fun and the latter part thinking about LDW but that's beside the point. Love it!

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I also feel bad for the FL lol she is powerless in front of all the supernatural craziness happening around her and always as to wait to get saved. I hope she turns out to be some special thing too!

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I find superstations so interesting. In my culture, there is this belief that if three people make the same bed, the youngest will die!

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It's an old superstition in my country, too!

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I thought it made sense that she was attached to Yeon, even if she isn't in love with him yet. He provided her first clue to her parents after 20+ years of investigating and saved her life twice. He's like a fairy godmother.

I'm pretty sure Yeon is like 95% sure that Ji-ah is Ah-eum's reincarnation, even without the bead. He has seen other incarnations. This one is eerily like her and there was that scaly skin bit. Too much to be a coincidence.

Still, even knowing that, the whole bit with the hell bridge and her getting pushed off the roof and him saving her and her shedding that Tear of Power felt too much too early. The other times I've seen it (Sailor Moon and Tangled) - it's when the two have spent a lot of time on screen together and have gone through a lot together.

I would have liked to see more of the Yeon and Rang flashback. Rang still comes off clueless and obsessed (like a second female lead). It's one thing to want revenge on humans and on Yeon, but it looks like he enjoys killing humans and doesn't realize why that is bad. Yeon did a crap job raising Rang before he went AWOL.

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I am pretty sure, it was Jia's blood the was able to resurrect the imoogi and the town's people were all devoured by it. I am wondering if that fox bead had a role in making Jia's blood special? I think all the people that were in the island had some parts of imoogi in them in small extent just like the shaman. So, which actor will play the grown up imoogi now?

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I say bring it on, we're watching it for all the fluff and hotness anyway :P

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True. When I watch Do Do Sol La La Sol my mattress looks looks like a meteor hit it because everytime Lee Jae Wook graces the screen, I end up punching it in awe and other emotions that I shouldnt describe here LMAO How am I single since forever and these Kdrama girls get such hot guys for being themselves. Excuse ME!

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My brain should stop me from loving this because of plotholes and weird editing (why leave the island suddenly and how? why are they suddenly on the helicopter pad? why does she run into an abandoned building? how did he change so quickly and appear out of thin air just in time? how can he be so pretty?) but alas, I love it.

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I have a growing issue with story inconsistency: if the fox bride was taken out for killing innocent humans, why is Rang still wandering the Earth doing the same thing? Especially, since Yeon was once ordered to kill him for destroying a village.

The island child is a strange turn. The baby was covered in talismans, which is believed to protect the wearer from evil eyes that can cause death and sickness. Or it a different symbol? One theory is that all the island residents (except the grieving daughter) were dead spirits in some purgatory until the demon spirit was released into the world. Is the baby the imoogi? Or is it the reincarnated Ah-eum - - - to be hidden from the afterlife bureaucrats? If so, are we going to have a 21 year time skip for Yeon's story to conclude?

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Talismans do not always protect the wearer from evil. Sometimes, they are written to keep the evil thing imprisoned/ from getting out/in someplace. This comes from my vast knowledge of watching the CDrama WuXin The Monster Killer where it was employed thusly

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I got to say I love this! The plot looks a bit thin, the editing is a bit weird at times but ah! There's so much pretty and hot and awesome. Also a bit scary so in between watching through my fingers. As I'm going round work humming I'll put a spell on you, (from Hocus Pocus) this feels to me the perfect October drama.

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You have encapsulated exactly what I have been trying to say about this drama. Thank you! :-)

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I couldn't buy Jia's decent into damsel in distress. Jia is a smart and observant person. She is an expert in Supernatural creatures. I think she would have done in research in ghosts and possessions for her show. There was no way she would be totally helpless.
Even in her encounter with Shaman she fought with all her strength. It did not feel that she was helpless even she was completely trapped. She delayed the Shaman till Yeon arrived. Somehow all her smartness, ability to fight disappeared during ghost encounter.
I am not getting significance of Yeon talking to Taluipa about Leslie Cheung. How it is similar to Yeon’s case?

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I think though they're creatures that live pretty much forever, time isn't rendered completely meaningless. There are good times and there are bad times. For Yeon, the best time was the time he spent with Ah-eum. For Taluipa, one of her best times was the 80s, during which Leslie Cheung rose to superstardom. She mourned Leslie Cheung when he committed suicide. The pop culture of the 80s and Leslie Cheung - are all part of the human world. So shouldn't she understand how it is possible and understandable that he was so effected by what happened with Ah Eum?

It is similar to what Ji-ah said to Yeon on the island - even though he has seen a lot of death, there must have been one death that had hit him harder than all the rest.

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@quirkycase Thank you for another recap! I'm with you in not feeling the relationship between Yeon and Jia. The scene between Rang and Yeon made me feel so sad! i also feel that Yeon is too dismissive of Rang's feelings and anger towards him. I feel like shouting: he's right to be angry at you! You abandoned him!

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Right!?!? I was way more sympathetic towards Yeon by default, since his brother seemed all types of crazy. But now? Yeon has lost a lot of my sympathy by being a pretty awful sibling.

As someone with a little brother, I was horrified by Yeon's actions. It was brief, but in that flashback where Rang is burying his dead friend, you can see that he was an actual child at the time (played by a child actor). So Yeon literally ran off and shirked his responsibility to his child brother to ensure the reincarnation of a human lover, and then the first time he sees him after all those years, he lets him think he intended to kill him, and then leaves him? No explanation? And it's not like the goddess woman is all seeing or all knowing. He literally could have pulled Rang in close and whispered the plan to him, told him what he has to do, then tell him to play dead, and promise to come back for him later. Or, he could have tracked him down after he slashed him, told him he didn't have a choice, and that he still cares for him. That's it.

And in a way, leaving him alive and twice abandoned was almost more cruel than killing him, because not only has Rang obviously been through some messed up stuff, let's add the trauma of attempted fratricide to the mix! Peace out, kid! Happy trails!

And to add insult to life threatening injury, he got all judgey and acted disappointed in the way Rang turned out when it was literally Yeon's fault in the first place for leaving a child to deal with murderous humans killing his friends and destroying his home! Wtf Yeon! And to make matters worse, he still acts that way! Now that we can put it in context, it's practically cruel the way Yeon always calls Rang childish, and says he needs to grow up and get over the past when he's done absolutely nothing to help him heal from the past! You left a child alone to face compounded trauma, and then all you do is judge them for being messed up in the head?!? Really? Really bro?!

No wonder Rang firmly believes Yeon is a bad person. Everytime they're together, his eyes are practically pleading for some understanding, some love, something. And to make matters worse, Yeon really did abandon him for a human, and considering his behaviors, it's easy for Rang to think Yeon values her more (there's no present evidence to the contrary, and no, not killing your kid brother doesn't count, Yeon).

And I don't even care for Rang as a character. But seriously, I remember when my little brother was a child, I never would have left him alone for anything, ever. So yeah, not really feeling Yeon after this episode.

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@anon2001 Yes! I agree 100% with your comment.

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I don't know if it's because Kim Bum is great in the role but I'm team little brother lol. Every time I see him I'm like "yes baby, you can do it! kill everyone, go chase your dreams of revenge❤️🥳! ". On a more serious note, I was so happy to see him in a drama again, I realized I missed him a lot.

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@Aurora "Kill everyone, go chase your dreams of revenge" 😂

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How much of good horror really is just good sound mixing and design, let's be honest.

Personally, if your supernatural hero ISN'T taking a bridge-ful of knives for someone he doesn't even technically love yet, all because actions have consequences in the form of sacrifice, are you even doing it right? :P ;) *sips mint milkshake*

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Sorry but I have to ask... Would Mint milkshake without mixing it with chocolate or vanilla flavour really taste like toothpaste?

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artificial mint flavor is always hovering in the toothpaste zone in my opinion

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Mint flavoured thing deniers are not welcome here.

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I like mint, but I'm just saying that sometimes some artificial minty things can be a bit toothpastey.

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You know what's funny is that I think toothpaste actually has legit spearmint essence in it lol

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