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Tale of the Nine Tailed: Episode 10

The imoogi begins the next phase of his plan and further integrates himself into our heroine’s life. Thanks to recent adventures, our prodigal brother’s allegiances shift, but he finds himself less in control of the situation than he imagined. Meanwhile, our leads continue to put the pieces together and make some important discoveries as to the identities of their adversaries.

 
EPISODE 10: “Déjà vu”

Yeon takes Jia to his old forest and unearths a box containing ginko nuts, a gift lovers used to exchange. Ah-eum had given them to him with a promise to protect him. Yeon had aggressively asked with what power could a mere human protect him. Her eyes had filled with tears as he told her to stop visiting him. Ah-eum left without a word.

He admits to Jia he was scared to love a short-lived human. Jia wonders if he went after Ah-eum, but he shares a mountain god can’t leave their forest or they weaken. The one time he’d accidentally crossed the boundary, he was so weak that he’d almost been caught by villagers. Ah-eum had saved him.

It was awkward after their breakup, but he’d thanked her and vowed to repay the favor. A fiery band briefly appeared on both their fingers.

At the mansion, the imoogi is pleased that preparations are almost complete. Thanks to the eodookshini, he discovered Yeon will never kill Jia this time around. The CEO asks why he’s fixated on them. The imoogi claims Yeon stole his position both as a mountain god and by Jia’s side, so now he’ll use the mountain god’s body to become a god himself and make Jia his bride.

As they stand by a waterfall, Yeon wonders why Jia isn’t asking about why he killed Ah-eum. She believes there must be more to the story than she knows. We flash back to that night when Yeon stared in shock as Jia shoots him with arrows. Two villagers lay dead at her feet.

The imoogi reveals that Ah-eum gave up her body to save her father. The arrows were laced with primrose from a burial ground which hurts Yeon, but he still manages to fight back. He puts his sword to Ah-eum’s throat, and they begin to spar.

Suddenly, Ah-eum cries that she doesn’t want to die. He promised his feelings wouldn’t change. Yeon is affected and steps toward her. The imoogi uses the opportunity to gain the upper hand and poises the sword over Yeon’s heart.

Ah-eum seems to take control as she stares in horror and drops the sword. She tells Yeon to stay back and cries at the villagers’ blood on her hands. Yeon comfortingly says it’s not her fault, but she sinks to the ground in grief.

“Help me, Lee Yeon. So I don’t hurt more people, so I don’t hurt you, kill me.” He tells her it’ll be okay, and that’s when the imoogi regains control, putting a sword through Yeon’s abdomen.

Yeon offers his body to the imoogi in exchange for Ah-eum being set free. The imoogi agrees to free Ah-eum, but in exchange, it wants Yeon’s heart which is the source of a mountain god’s power.

Yeon addresses his final words to Ah-eum. Forget him and live long. “There’s nothing to be sorry or grateful to me for. My life is yours anyway.”

Ah-eum takes over again and stops him from running himself through with his blade. His eyes fill with confusion when she tells him she doesn’t want him to forget her. She warns him she’ll haunt him if he finds another woman.

His eyes widen in horrified understanding when she tells him to repay his debt. The fiery bands on their fingers appear, and she orders him to kill her. His hand turns into a claw and acts of its own accord to reach into her chest.

Yeon catches her as she falls to the ground. “I told you that I would protect you,” she says with a smile. Yeon sobs as Ah-eum dies in his arms.

Now, Jia takes Yeon’s hand that slayed Ah-eum and thanks him for keeping his promise and never forgetting her. She apologizes for making him wait so long. Yeon vaporizes the ginko nuts from Ah-eum and vows to see Jia as herself and not Ah-eum’s reincarnation. He smiles like a weight has been lifted and hugs her.

Rang answers a call from Yeon and casually says he thought he died in the agwui forest. Yeon asks to meet, so Rang says now would be fine he guesses. Whatever. Ha. He smiles after Yeon hangs up, but he’s immediately hit with a bout of pain.

Yoo-ri is ready to call Shin-joo over, but Rang says it’s no big deal. She guesses it’s not the poison. Rang confirms he’s already lived quite long for a half-gumiho. Nooo. Yoo-ri begs him to consume human souls from the Chinese lantern tree.

Rang just tells her Yeon is coming over, and he plans to share what he knows about the imoogi. Yoo-ri is frustrated he’s so concerned about Yeon instead of himself. Rang instructs Yoo-ri to keep his health a secret from Yeon.

Yoo-ri begins crying as she begs him to ask the imoogi to spare him or let her bring him the Chinese lantern fruit. Rang gently chides her for crying over him, reminding her not to cry for others. Yoo-ri points out his hypocrisy since he’s always said to take from others and not be taken from. He gets her a tissue and asks her to go buy him some noodles instead of crying.

Yeon drives to Rang’s place with a sprig of azalea on the seat beside him. Aww, he brought it from the mountain since Rang said he couldn’t remember the taste.

At the station, Jia comes in as Sae-rom is trying to help Jae-hwan figure out where he saw Yeon before. Jia shows them the red umbrella photo and admits the man is Yeon.

Rang smiles to hear a knock on his door, but his smile drops when he opens it to find the CEO. When Yeon shows up, Rang is nowhere to be found. Yeon makes himself at home and, to Yoo-ri’s consternation, eats the bowl of noodles she bought for Rang.

The CEO giddily comments on Rang’s fading health at the mansion and offers him a lantern from his tree, but Rang declines. Is Rang going to betray “their master?” The CEO calls the eodookshini incident a misunderstanding. They took things too far trying to catch Yeon, but they wouldn’t have left Rang there.

Rang is over the CEO’s games and tosses an ax into the wall by the CEO’s head. Since the imoogi isn’t stepping in as usual, Rang surmises he must not be home.

At Rang’s, Yeon continues annoying Yoo-ri by hanging around. She tells him to leave Rang alone or she’ll kill him. Yeon finds her threats amusing and observes she’s not the brightest, so she can probably communicate well with Rang. Pfft. Yoo-ri boasts she knows Rang best and details his food preferences. She almost spills Rang’s secret about his health but holds her tongue.

At the mansion, the CEO laughs in Rang’s face. He can’t kill him because of their outstanding debt. We flash back to when the CEO found Rang after Yeon slashed him. He’d revived Rang with one of his lanterns and told him to repay the favor one day. The fiery bands had appeared, just as they are doing now.

The CEO takes credit for raising the imoogi, saying Rang just “put on a little show.” Rang realizes the CEO approached him knowing Yeon was his brother from the start. The CEO tells him to consume a lantern – he needs Rang healthy to fulfill his task – and gives him two days to hand over Yeon.

Meanwhile, Yeon smiles at Yoo-ri’s petulance and finally gets up to leave. He notes that Rang’s life hasn’t been all bad and tells her to keep on protecting Rang. He leaves the azalea with Yoo-ri to pass along to Rang. As Rang walks out of the mansion, someone watches from nearby.

Jia takes her colleagues to the Snail Bride and is surprisingly honest with them. Understandably, they have trouble buying Jia’s claim that Yeon is her first love from her past life. Jia is worried they could be in danger since they’ve been her closest companions in this and her previous life.

She hands Jae-hwan the tiger’s brow, and he sees himself carrying little Ah-eum. Sae-rom accompanies them out of the palace to their new home. The three of them live happily as a little family.

Jae-hwan and Sae-rom sit in a daze, struggling to believe what they just saw. Jia speculates the person targeting her is close by and wants to protect them this time. Jae-hwan asks who Yeon is, so Jia calls him in. Yeon guesses it’s their first time meeting a gumiho.

In the car, Jia asks if Yeon met with Rang. Yeon thinks the imoogi’s people got to him first. Through the eodookshini, they must realize Rang is a ticking time bomb now that he’s wavering. Yeon isn’t worried, though, since he saw this coming and took out “insurance.” We see Shin-joo lurking outside of the mansion.

Rang returns home looking morose but much healthier. He tells Yoo-ri he wants to be alone, so she leaves after showing him the azalea Yeon left. Rang plucks one of the petals and puts in his mouth, fighting his sobs.

Elsewhere, Detective Baek and his team find remains plastered into a wall at a construction site. At the mansion, the CEO calls the eager Team Leader Choi to ask for a favor.

They’ve decided to make Yeon’s apartment their “base camp,” so Jia is staying there for the time being. Shin-joo reports that he didn’t see the imoogi, but he did see the man who’s likely the one with the sinner’s mark.

Over fried chicken, Yeon thanks Shin-joo for all his help and worries about what kind of contract he signed with Taluipa. Shin-joo casually says he agreed to help sail the boat to transport souls to the underworld after he dies.

Yeon is worried because Shin-joo gets motion sickness and suggests bribing officials to get him a desk job. Heh. To Shin-joo’s delight, Yeon gives his blessing to his and Yoo-ri’s relationship.

The next morning, Yeon scares the bejesus out of the CEO who finds him lounging on his sofa. He wants to know where “it” is and is prepared to torture the CEO to find out.

At the station, Team Leader Choi introduces their new intern: the imoogi who introduces himself as Terry. Jia panics Team Leader Choi when she straight up calls “Terry” a parachute hire and asks who his connection is. He responds just as bluntly that his guardian is a big name in the industry.

Jia likes his honesty and offers her hand as she introduces herself. She has the feeling they’ve met before, but he says he’s not sure. He watches her closely and wonders why he can’t read her thoughts like he can everyone else’s. Nifty little skill there.

Taluipa laments that the imoogi has made its move and the only way to stop it might be “sacrificing that child’s life.” Hyun Eui-ong arrives with flowers for their anniversary, but before he can give them to her, Taluipa angrily punches him in the stomach for leaving during work hours.

Hyun Eui-ong thinks of the challenging favor Yeon asked of him – to get Taluipa to “open her heart.” Yeon suspects she knows how to defeat the imoogi but isn’t saying because it breaks the rules.

At the station, Team Leader Choi overhears Sae-rom asking Jia how she can be so calm. He presses to know what they’re talking about, and the imoogi jumps in to divert attention to a news article about a mummified corpse found on a construction site.

Jia volunteers to check it out and takes the imoogi with her. She’s not about to give him special treatment, and he agrees she can fire him if he gets in the way. He’s comfortable with a camera, but he’s hesitant to film a corpse. He thinks that would sadden the dead. Jia likes his answer and okays him to help. The imoogi smiles happily at her approval.

While Yoo-ri thrills Shin-joo by dropping by his clinic with beer, Yeon pays Taliupa a visit. His eyes linger on Rang’s wanted poster for a moment. Taluipa suddenly asks what he thinks of her. He gives a rote answer about her title, which confirms Taluipa’s suspicions. “Reveal yourself.”

Rang shifts back to himself. She wonders what could possibly make a criminal like him to come voluntarily. He scoffs he’s not afraid of hell, and Taluipa agrees – so long as he goes hand in hand with his brother. Isn’t that what he’s wanted?

Rang thinks of the CEO’s demand and says he wants to break a contract. Taluipa laughs humorlessly. The gods used the debt contract to instill fear into gumihos as a check to their power. The only way around it is death. Hyun Eui-ong catches Rang on the way out to offer some advice: contracts are all about equivalence, so find another way to satisfy the debt.

Yoo-ri confides to Shin-joo that she’s scared Rang will die and leave her alone. Shin-joo shyly says she has him and their dog Anastasia. Yoo-ri starts talking about her mistreatment at the zoo and is startled by how worked up Shin-joo gets.

She likes this assertive side of him, so he shares how he went crazy after losing his sisters to humans. He hypnotized the trappers out of their minds and many died. He ran from his mountain god to Yeon’s realm. Yeon refused to hand him over, and so began his lifelong allegiance.

Yoo-ri interrupts, “Wanna sleep with me?” She’s quite taken with his backstory. Pfft. Shin-joo nervously observes they’d be skipping some steps, but Yoo-ri couldn’t care less.

Jia and the imoogi check out the body at the morgue. She’s shocked by its mummified appearance, but she remains professional. The imoogi tries to hide his smile at his handiwork as Detective Baek shares that the body was displayed, not hidden.

The imoogi chimes in that there was a similar case in 2002 that was determined to be a natural death. Jia doesn’t think it could be natural given the temperature at the construction site. She takes a closer look and recognizes the fake nails on the mummy’s hand – they match the nail she found at the CEO’s.

Jia immediately goes to confront the CEO. He makes no effort to deny knowing the mummy woman and even gets excited talking about it. In the mirror, Jia sees the “Seokyung” mark on his forehead. “You took my mom and dad, didn’t you?!” Jia accuses.

He presents Jia with the origami carnation she made her parents when she was little. “Jia, why aren’t you coming to save us?” is written on the back. The CEO offers to free her parents if she sacrifices Yeon.

Outside, the imoogi senses someone following him and finds Yeon standing behind him. Yeon pulls him up to a rooftop. The imoogi finds him as arrogant as ever and offers Yeon a deal. He’ll let Rang, Jia, and Jia’s parents go if Yeon gives up his body.

 
COMMENTS

The imoogi and the CEO are working from the same playbook as 600 years ago, it seems. Jia is presented with the same choice Ah-was to save her parents by sacrificing Yeon, and Yeon is once again faced with the choice of saving her (and Rang this time) by sacrificing himself. Yeon was willing to make that choice before, and I would imagine he still is. While it’s understandable, it’s also concerning given that he’s so powerful. If the imoogi gets ahold of his body and becomes a god, I’m guessing things will go bad fast. Hopefully, they can avoid all that. They’re in a better position this time since they have a heads up and already know how the imoogi operates. If they’re smart about it, they can use this to their advantage and outwit him. Not only do they have more information this time, but they also have more people in the know who can potentially help.

If Rang can figure out how to circumvent this contract, he could be an asset seeing as he knows the CEO and imoogi both. And I’m sure Yoo-ri and Shin-joo will give it their all for Rang and Yeon. I love how Yoo-ri and Shin-joo are basically strays the brothers rescued who just never left and became their loyal guards. It hadn’t hit me that Yeon and Yoo-ri had yet to meet, but their dynamic is fun. I loved watching her be all fiercely protective while Yeon smiles indulgently and finds her adorable. I hope we get to see them all begrudgingly on the same side because that team dynamic could be very entertaining.

Also, I’m sure Taluipa knows something that could be useful if they can get her to stop yelling for five minutes and help out. Seriously, what does she do besides yell at people? I can’t quite figure out what they’re trying to do with her character. I think she’s intended to be amusing, but she just comes off as abusive and incompetent. Rang is literally on a wanted poster in the office, and he was able to just waltz in and waltz out. Why didn’t Taluipa arrest him on the spot? Either their criminal justice system is incredibly lax or she’s terrible at her job.

Things really aren’t going Rang’s way lately. He’s finally made up with Yeon and decided to help and now he’s got this contract the CEO is trying to enforce. They’ve mentioned that gumihos have to repay debts, but I didn’t realize it was a binding contract in the strictest sense. It’s an interesting idea, that the debt repayment is a check on their power and a deterrent to mistreating humans. Although, it’s pretty horrifying that it can be activated to essentially enslave the gumiho as happened to Yeon when Ah-eum forced him to kill her. And now Rang is going to be in a similar situation if he can’t figure out a way around it. From the tip Hyun Eui-ong gave, it’s possible to satisfy the debt repayment in other ways, so hopefully Rang can come up with something.

On top of that, we find out he’s dying! *Sigh* I had a feeling he wasn’t going to make it, but I hoped I was wrong. Before he ingested the soul from the lantern, he was looking pretty rough, so I can’t imagine he’s long for this world. The dynamic between him and the CEO has certainly changed. Rang seemed completely in control at first, but it looks like the CEO has been playing the long game from the start. He’s the one who brought Ah-eum to the “king” back then, so I’m assuming he worked for the imoogi at that time too. He’s certainly devoted to his “master,” and he has a more central role than I thought. We already knew that he was involved in Jia’s parents’ kidnapping, but I wasn’t sure if he was the mastermind or the errand boy. It’s becoming clear that he’s devious in his own right and has been the imoogi’s right-hand man for some time. Rang was just a pawn they used to move the pieces into place.

The imoogi may have his sights set on Jia, but thankfully Jia is sharp and isn’t one to be pushed around at everyone else’s whim. The imoogi looked surprised when she recognized the mummy woman from the fake nails, so I’m guessing that wasn’t part of the plan. He obviously wanted her to find the mummy – he wouldn’t have announced that article at the office otherwise – but I don’t think he intended for her to put things together so quickly. He seemed to be gauging her reaction the whole time, getting a feel for who she is and her capabilities. I want to know why he’s so obsessed with her, though. In the past, the imoogi told Ah-eum that she was meant to be a sacrifice to him since her birth, but why? I’m hoping we get a solid reason because right now he comes off like your standard issue stalker … who also happens to be an evil, magic serpent.

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So apparently Yeon and Ah-eum were in the middle of a break-up, hence the chance for Imoogi to come between them. Plot-wise, it makes sense of Ah-eum recklessness in offering herself to Imoogi, because she thought Yeon'd just kill a "mere human" and solve the matter. But the reason for the break-up is kinda lame, like after all their time together, Yeon suddenly felt doubt about loving a human..? Sigh. Yeon + Ah-eum is presented as such tragic woe, but the tragedy happens for such weak reason it's a bit sad...

Love how Ji-ah is taking her past live in stride and deal with it as best as she can, never wavering from her main purpose of finding her parents. (That stubborn streak seems like a shared trait with Ah-eum.) Her way of keeping her colleague safe by not keeping them in the dark is a lesson all noble idiots should learn! Really like the overarching plot of "doing a rewrite of past because we know better this time". As much as she is Ah-eum's reincarnation, tho, got the feeling Ji-ah has her own thing, like maybe some shamanic power making her immune to Yeon's & Imoogi's mind magic.

Have to say ep 9 has done me a number and now every time somebody does something reckless (like Ji-ah confronting Seogyeong Traitor/possible murderer on her own), I'll be thinking, maybe it's a part of Yeon plan. And it's cute that Yeon's every back-up plan is pretty much Shin-joo, LOL. And am totally waiting for Rang to give us a trick and twist that blasted debt!

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What I understood. The brake-up was before they were together. When Ah-Eum gave the ginko nuts, that was her first declaration of love. After she protected Yeon from the villagers, that's from where they got to be together. And the happy times were after that.

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Oo, your timeline makes sense, especially remembering their sweet conversation at the beginning of ep 8. But then I can't make sense of Ah-reum rash offering to Imoogi *clutches head*

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That's not exactly what happened with the break up. The break up was the it's for your own good so I won't get heartbroken trope. Ah-Eum gave the Imoogi her body because she trusted Yeon, not because she was trying to get back at hum. Then it was petty much a noble idiot merry-go-round in their past, with Yeon trying to sacrifice himself for her and then her for him before she literally forced his hand to kill her without him having a say in the matter. With what happened in the previous episode, we should be able to believe that they won't succumb to the same noble idiot amusement park fate this time around.

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My thought is Ah-eum believed that Yeon didn't love her, hence he'd be able to kill her and subsequently the Imoogi inside her. If they were indeed lovey-dovey at that moment, surely she could discuss first rather that blindly trusting Yeon to somehow rescue her..? Am trying to make sense of her action but ends up confused...
Either way, "noble idiot merry-go-round" is an apt description!

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Oh, for sure. There's too much self-sacrifice for my taste. I'm glad that is all part of the last, at least, because if that was the main drama, I would be tearing my hair out!

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I think it really hit Yeon when Ah-eum said she will protect him menaning that more likely she would die for him something he didn't ponder much on it even when he knew she was a human and would eventually die because till then he didn't need to do it...Once he started caring and loving that same feeling return like a torn of fear weakening him even more as we kinda know Deities love or hate more intense so he did what Yeon does,used hursh words to try to keep her safe knowing she would indeed try to save him if needed...As for her giving her body to Imoogi i doubt it was just Yeon as she truly cared about her Father and her people and wanted to end it for once and free the people of pain...

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I’m so happy to see the misunderstanding resolved for both Ji ah and Rang but I’m more worried about Rang because he is more unstable and selfish compared to Ji ah and so is more likely to choose what suits him more. I really hope he joins forces with Yeon because they were epic together last episode.

It was lovely to see Ji ah take things in her own hands and come to terms with her past life with Yeon herself, rather than some huge gesture by Yeon changing her mind. I hope next week has more cute between the main two because I missed their interactions this week

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So, the Shin Joo and Yoo Ri ship has officially sailed, or should I rather say, docked at the harbour? Ahoy! I hope she doesn't abandon his puppy heart afterwards.
I too wished for some more scenes between Jia and Yeon, I am firmly on team "love them together". Imoogi is not really trying hard at pretending to be a human being while posing as "the intern", but perhaps he has bewitched the team to buy his cheap act. Jia being focused on pursuing her work is refreshing, by the way. Not staying holed up at the base camp or relying on fox's protection.
Regarding the foxes, well, I wished to find a lounging picturesque Yeon on my couch this morning, but somehow, the couch was empty. Better luck tomorrow morning. Now off to water my chinese lantern plant...

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Ships ahoyyy, with Yeon onboard! So cute that Shin-joo giving him drumstick reminds him of Yoo-ri, feeding is caring indeed.
LOL at your last paragraph, I think we are all wishing to be Imoogi or his cronies just to have a supine fox visits us ><

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I think Yeon is the Imoogi’s bias. It keeps asking for Yeon’s body! I get it. I mean I would want LDW’s lean toned body too! 🤣

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Agree about wanting to know why Imoogi is obsessed with Ji-a. Why is she his from hundreds of years ago? Iirc, Ah-eum was a daughter from a concubine and not the next JB line for the throne...wait, he got hold of the King so really, why???

I’m sure Rang will come up with a twist to turn the table on his side against bad CEO. Can we have some more bromance??? And Shin-joo & Yuri has been adorable these week!

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It seems like from the Korean legends, the Imoogi needs a virgin to become a real dragon.

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Ooooooooooohhhh so those scale thingy is a dragon and not a snake??

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Not exactly.
There are multiple versions of the Imoogi myth.
Most commonly an Imoogi is like a lesser or proto dragon, not a fully fledge Yong/Ryong or Mireu (See my comment on episode 3), and described as a serpent or lizard. So a snake, for now, would still be a fine description.

According to wikipedia: " Koreans thought that an Imugi could become a true dragon, or yong or mireu, if it caught a Yeouiju which had fallen from heaven. Another explanation states they are hornless creatures resembling dragons who have been cursed and thus were unable to become dragons. By other accounts, an Imugi is a proto-dragon which must survive one thousand years in order to become a fully fledged dragon.

and by yet another anecdote I found: "The legend of the Imoogi says that the sun god gave the Imoogi their power through a human girl, which would be transformed into the Imoogi on her 17th birthday. Legend also said that a dragon-shaped mark would be found on the shoulder of the girl, revealing that she was the Imoogi in human form."

I suspect, and have for a while now, that the show is going to take pieces of this lore, and sort of make their own imoogi adaption, hopefully one that includes real dragons.

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New day new learnings! I just didn’t bother looking up Imoogi

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It's not always a virgin. It could be a Yeouiju (those orbs you see in old paintings that the dragons always hold) if they catch one fallen from heaven. Or if they live 1000 years. A gumiho can also become a human by doing either of those things.

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Well if it has to be a virgin, there's a pretty quick way to deal with that problem. Listening, lead couple?

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😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Yes, show, please give us a convincing reason of Imoogi's obsession, because him saying he wants to take over Yeon's body + girlfriend sorta makes him a sad wannabe...

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I wonder why it has to be Ji-ah and why it has to be Yeon's body. And wouldn't it be easier to own/marry Ah-eum/Ji-ah back then. She was a Joseon princess. Just transform into a neighboring royal or nobleman and get arranged-marriaged to her.

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So true! Imoogi ain’t that smart

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Oh, this distracting foxes... items so hard to focus on the plot.

I’m happy we’ve learned how AhEum died, because she sacrifice herself. I was pretty sure of that since the moment we’ve heard her saying “I told you I would protect you”. Still there’s parts of the past story that we don’t know: why Yeon stopped the boat, how long did it take to come back to Earth not as a god but as a gumiho and how ir affected Rang.

I was pretty sure all our foxes wouldn’t make to the end, and it’s pretty clear Rang will be the one (at least) to die. Not only because of his contract but because he is actually dying. I hope he can find the way Hyun EuiGong told him to help his brother.

Also, I’ve already said that adult Imoogi is not frightening at all. He looks like a spoiled teenager. Imoogi child was far more scary.

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Yeon stopped the boat to give her the fox bead, didn't he? So he can recognise her when/if she is reincarnated.
And yes, the grown up imoogi is just a tad bit lame. And I'm still not over the orange lipstick he donned the first time we saw him.

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His make up is so terribly done...

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I'm new to Kdramas and I'm still adjusting to how much makeup the men wear and that lipstick horrified me

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I'm not new and I've seen my fair share of K-male lipsticks, but this one horrified me as well :')))

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I burst out laughing when he was introduced as Terry, because duh, Lee Tae-ri. Somehow using an English version of the real name kinda lessen the fear factor..? But he is a good actor so here's hoping he'll give us a scare soon.

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Also agree that the child version was creepier! Seemingly besotted late teenager imoogi made it feel a bit like a noona crush in this episode.

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I have the feeling he will rant and go pouty imoogi if Jia doesn’t fall for him. I’m already rolling my eyes 🙄🤣🤣

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"Pouty imoogi" - I just laughed out loud! 🤣

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And maybe he is a spoiled teenager. A very powerful and dangerous spoiled teenager. I don't see that as bad either lol

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I think one of the reasons that the child Imoogi was scarier was cinematography. Child imoogi was almost always shown in the dark with mysterious music, whereas now we see grown-up Imoogi mostly in the day-time. He was more of a mystery, but now that we know more about him he may be less scary. I don't see this as a bad thing, necessarily. He's making himself look innocent while hiding his true self. I personally think that he's still scary and infuriating because of his disgusting crimes (he SMILED at the mummy).

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How is the adult imoogi more childlike than the child imoogi?! Bring back menacing imoogi!

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That's what I'm asking! A true adversary to Yeon!

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It does seem like he's less sketchy than his role as the school chef in Extraordinary You, which is a little weird.

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Also.. distracting foxes are so distracting...

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3 hoy guys in a drama is too much to take :))

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I think that quid pro quo advice meant that Rang can deal a serious blow to Team Imoogi while fulfilling his contract, but he'll die nonetheless.

I must say, the Afterlife Immigration Office is incredibly biased because why is Rang's wanted picture from a photoshoot? Lol.

Utterly irrelevant, but that unbreakable contract rule reminds me of Kandra contracts in Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy (along with Yeon shooting coins at the bulgasari which makes him a Coinshot? Haha).

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You made me do a rewatch! And it's true that Rang looks dashing in his poster while the other wanted people look hella suspicious ><
Also finding it funny that the bulgasari keeps on working as security in Ji-ah office, guess Yeon let him out of the fridge for good. (Can't quite remember the kandra contract but I remember that the magic system in Mistborn world is awesome!)

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Yes, I did a double take seeing the bulgasari still working security. 😉

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I thought the same about his picture! I guess they decided if they needed his picture on the wall to make it enjoyable hehe ~

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I'm also confused about why he has a wanted poster there and no one is making any attempts to arrest him. It's not like he's in hiding. He's always walking around as himself.

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"It's a great day to torture someone"

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🥰🥰🥰
Isn’t he cute?

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Like when he basically slayed the eodokshini, and I was like: this man just killed that spirit, and I'm swooning like a fangirl because he just does everything so heartstoppingly well.... ❤

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Same vibes as the whole "Return to the Earth" line in Ep 3 lol.

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Am loving the reminder that this pretty fox is quite dangerous, mmm...

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Came here to quote that same line.

Sometimes, his dialogue feels like it's trying too hard, and then sometimes it hits just right ~

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When it hits just right it hits REALLY right.

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My favorite line from that fun visit to the CEO's house was when the CEO was like "how'd you get in" and Yeon was like "No need for you to know my trade secrets" XD

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me every week at this show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R2SADmwC3w

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I liked the plot of this episode - the writer's done a great job of starting to tie up things but at the same time leaving things open enough that the ending can't be totally predicted. Nice.

My quibble came with the filming of Ah-reum's death. For me, they just spent too long on each shot, with the result being that I started to feel that the acting had, by necessity, become over-acting (I rolled my eyes more than once). For me, it was laboured and began to feel fake. I suspect the director was going for heightened emotion so we would all cry our eyes out. Sorry, for me, it missed. But still enjoyed the episode overall!

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It was actually effective for me, I've rewatched several times. I guess it's a matter of personal taste here :)

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I agree. I love LDW but his facial expressions made me cringe.

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I thought Jo Boa was doing a fantastic job with that scene and then the director/editor did whatever the crap they did with the shots of LDW when his claws came out. I'll bet it's like a 2 second reaction shot, but they made it so much longer that it looked really awkward and funny. It would have worked in a dramatic, slo-mo anime scene...but here it was bad.

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So, Asian perspective time! Taluipa's character is kinda hard for me to grasp, but imo she is the crazy Asian mother-in-law who uses physical attacks as slapstick comedy, my grandaunt is one. Basically, they are the type to say "Haiya! You do this no good la! You are useless la!" to their daughter-in-laws but then proceeds to continue with "Alright, look at me. This is how you do this la! Now follow me the exact same la." Meanwhile, they will proceed to beat the son-in-laws with the dough bat. It might be weird for people not used to it, but their physical abuse (only for boys) is how they show they care. I mean, Taluipa lets Rang away, and she only punishes her husband with a punch to the gut. (Considered very light punishment in Asia. If she is serious she will a sandal or broom.) She is probably real softie and is a hardass because, well, old people be old people. Add to that she is pretty high in the gods' hierarchy, she is basically what a tsundere goddess grandma is like.

And on Imoogi and Jia... This is just a Korean myth I heard, but it's said that Imoogi are serpents that have accumulated so many good deeds that the gods permitted them to become actual dragons. To accomplish it they are given a special female virgin as sacrifice. The rituals differ from version to version, but basically they become true dragons after it. The only problem with this theory is that the super female virgin is only given by gods to good Imoogi, so how can this bad one get one as well?

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In episode 3, the shaman on the Island called the Imoogi "Ryong" which is the ancient Korean word for dragon.
I have personally been hoping for any appearance or adaption of the Imoogi-Dragon lore since then, as I think it'd be a far more interesting plot line.

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She may be a crazy mother-in-law, but I'm not sure if she has what it takes to be in management at Afterlife, Inc. Hurting humans is bad. If no one stops the Imoogi, Ji-a, a human, will be hurt. And no one is attempting to stop the Imoogi except for Yeon. Except, she isn't giving him any information on the Imoogi. So if Yeon can't defeat the Imoogi, guess the only solution is to sacrifice the human.

Because of this and because she lets Rang get away with the murders, it seems sort of unfair that she had dispatched Yeon to kill that fox bride in episode 1.

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I'll just start with the comment that this is the best use of the phrase "scared the bejesus out of" I have seen in a very long time.

I like the idea that our Dream Team (which is growing into a real Guardians of the Galaxy-style clan) is determined to use what they know about the past to not repeat it this time around. I also like that Ji-ah and Yeon are able to acknowledge their past and, while acknowledging that it has shaped them in some ways, firmly deciding that their present is their; i.e., her understanding the backstory and him truly being able to see Ji-ah as separate from Ah-eum - and wanting her as herself.

I thought episode 9 ended really sweetly (and great OS there), so I was a little bummed, too, that we didn't get more with the OTP. On the other hand, I kind of like that he's not following her around like some overprotective bodyguard who has to Protect His Woman because she's incapable of anything except being a precious delicate flower. They're both just getting on with it, and that is refreshing.

My heart breaks for Rang. He's finally got his brother back and then immediately gets another heaping spoonful of bitterness. It looks bad for him long term, but I can't help but hope that somehow, someway we won't have to lose him.

Taluipa is clearly key to how this all shakes out, and she clearly knows something crucial - it would up the suspense if we had more insight into a) what she knows and b) her motivations/fears/concerns. So how about less yelling and more character development, show? Having seen her in CLOY and thinking she played well there, I'm not sure if this is writing or her interpretation - but we actually also don't see her for very long stretches of time when she is on screen, so maybe it's editing, too?

In some ways this show feels fairly straightforward, and yet I do find myself surprised quite a bit - or at least appreciating a fresh take on an existing standard. The fox sauce of course making it hypnotically irresistible.

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Who else was reminded of CLOY when Ah-Eum hid Yeon with a kiss?

At first, I thought LDW would be the one to die in the end, but with KB’s statement on having lived long for a half-fox, it looks pretty clear that he’s going to be the one to die. He’s obviously relying on ground cherries to stay alive, which alone is pretty abominable. Turning good basically spells his death.

Okay, the Imoogi wants Ji-Ah to be his bride?? This has got to be the weirdest love triangle ever.

I WANT TO STRANGLE THAT CEO!!!! I hate him even more than the Imoogi, especially seeing the way he talked to my little boy Rang in this episode. Lee Rang, please be strong. Be the brother Yeon knows you can be!

Bad guys never deliver promises. NEVER. Yeon, don’t you dare give the Imoogi your body. (Ji-Ah is too smart to give in to Mr. CEO so I’m not worried about her). Even though I don’t think Yeon will agree to the Imoogi’s terms… well, we all know that Yeon gets blinded by love sometimes.

The Imoogi’s smirk when they were investigating the mummy gave me goosebumps. He makes himself look so innocent and frank in front of Ji-Ah (she approves of him for now) and his hot looks might make us forget who he really is, but that evil smirk reminds us that he has evil intentions. Side note: Whoa, the actor is actually using his real name! Tae-ri!

Best quote of the episode is from LDW: “What a beautiful day to torture someone!”

In conclusion, I was screaming at the end of this episode.

P.S. For those who are interested, I found a couple of theories:

Final Outcome for Lead Characters: https://mindmeltonabun-blog.tumblr.com/post/633620923315077120/tale-of-the-nine-tailed-final-outcome-for-lee

Imoogi is actually Taliupa's son: https://mindmeltonabun-blog.tumblr.com/post/633461535537315840/tale-of-the-nine-tailed-analysis-and-theories-of

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Am with you on hating the CEO much! He is literally the biggest coward willing to do anything to avoid death, including using other humans. Which is the worse because he is also human. Hope we'll get to see him writhing in the underworld soon!

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Sometimes I have a hard time remembering that his actor played a loving father in My Love from the Star... I like him a lot in that drama but here his face makes me mad - guess that's what you call good acting!

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Who else was reminded of CLOY when Ah-Eum hid Yeon with a kiss?

Well, as our comrade Kim Joo-meok did inform us, that is how they get out of a scrape in any drama worth its salt! 😉

I'm also with you in worrying that Yeon is the weakest link. He's so blasé and torturously cool, but Ji-ah definitely seems to think straighter in tense situations. Let's hope they both keep their eye on the same prize.

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Everyone needs to let each other know what their offers are:
Rang: You can back out of the contract if you kill Yeon.
Ji-ah: You can get your parents back if you kill Yeon.
Yeon: You can save Ji-ah, Rang, and Jia's parents if you give Imoogi your body (basically die)

The best deal would probably be Yeon's -trade 4 people for 1 fox.

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Yes people, communication please?
Yeon 4-for-1 deal saves more people but also threatened most people because creating, uh, Gumimoogi..?

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How are we even sure Gumiho powers will remain once Yeon leaves his body?

Of course, looking like Lee Dong Wook may also be worth it even without Gumiho powers.

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Imoogi seems to think he'll have what Yeon has via Yeon's liver.
LOL! Yes, totally worth it because of Smirk Power ><

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That kiss in the village while Ah-eum was trying to hide Yeon was the first time I actually swooned over this couple. I think it was just so tonally different from the present day love story (with Ah-eum being so take charge and Yeon being so vulnerable). That moment made me feel, once again, like the biggest obstacle for this romance's effectiveness has been the writing, cause the chemistry can kind of work when there is enough tension in the plot between them.

Also, Yu-ri is adorable and hilarious. And Rang...sigh...the end of his life is most likely going to be one prolonged bout of suffering, isn't it? Although I'm kind of hoping he doesn't give up too easily. The tension between the brothers has been a saving grace for the plot, and considering everything that went down (including the fact that, despite seeming to know that Rang was "taken" by someone, Yeon never tracked down the person to whom Rang was enslaved?) I think it would be interesting for the plot if Rang didn't forgive and forget too quickly.

This show is managing to be increasingly interesting despite the questionable writing (not to mention the often bizarre editing choices, that Ah-eum death scene!) so I have a reasonable hope that there won't be many dull patches between now and the end. Thanks for recapping, as always!

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I think I read somewhere that earlier episodes were actually filmed late last year (or some rather long time ago), and it made me wonder if that's why it took the show so long to find its stride.

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Oh, I hope the last episodes where filmed more or less in order, then. When CLOY ended, the chemistry in the last scenes seemed off to me, and I got the impression that they filmed them first, lacking the build-up that happened while they were shooting the drama later.

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Ah, that's a good observation! That would make sense - they would have filmed all the Swiss stuff in one go, so if they did that earlier on perhaps they weren't as settled into their saddles as is usual by the end of a project.

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That is my fear from the get go of the drama - that by the end we are going to return to that wonderfully mysterious island (I loved the setting, though), but that the chemistry won't hold up because of the shooting order. I hope I don't jinx it now by writing it down.

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Then, when JH and Se-ri meet at the concert room in Switzerland, it doesn't seem that they meet after an year (looking at the scene, I was sure they had found a solution), because actually the actors didn't know.

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That's really interesting! And kind of unfortunate, honestly. I remember thinking that the ever end of ep 16 felt less climactic that it should have, but the whole episode itself was such a roller coaster that perhaps I didn't notice so much. But filming that show in general must have been so intense, that it's too bad they didn't film the Swiss scenes at or towards the end when there would have been more of a "show chemistry" established for RJH and YSR.

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Wait for real?? That's so long. Usually dramas shoot for 6-7 months at the latest for big productions. The cast/crew just wrapped up this week :( Either way, this show keeps getting better and better each week. I'm pleasantly surprised since we know most K-dramas tend to jump off the cliff in the latter end.

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I think it may have been due to Covid, actually. If they'd started filming late last year, then when it hit Asia hard in early 2020 that would explain the delay + more if everyone was re-working their airing schedules. It's too mad, but I agree with you that this is a show that's getting better as it goes on vs the cliff jumping! :-)

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Ah that makes a lot of sense! It was prob. scheduled for earlier release before Covid hit. Safety should always be first!

Random note: I was super looking forward to a Yoo Teo and Soo Ae match up, which both leads dropped out of it due to schedule conflicts due to Covid :(( At least here, both leads stayed on.

Hopefully the last 5 episodes pack a punch. It's apparent that there's going to be a big showdown between imoogi vs. Lee Rang/Lee Yeon/Jia. I think of it as a 5 hr + film (where the characters band together, map out some plans, & work on their last remaining relationship before showdown) which is all leading us to the big battle/fight scene/full reveal of the 9T Foxes/hopefully Jia's full power & no deaths other than the villains PLS!!

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At this point, I'm starting to question if the Imoogi really can be considered evil. I mean, what does he want? He hates Yeon because he considers his former status as god and the mountain he ruled to be something that should have belonged to him. He eats people but maybe that's his natural diet (he's a snake after all). His followers are beyond shady but power tends to corrupt so that's no surprise.

If he really does achieve his goal, what's next? Maybe he'll just settle down on the mountain and be happy and talk to the trees. I feel the show isn't giving me the background I need to determine his grade of evilness.

I truly appreciate that Jia wasn't impressed with the corpse, the Imoogi looked at bit satisfied with himself there for a while but came down from that cloud pretty quickly. Jia is a great heroine, she was a bit off a few episodes ago but has really stayed true to the character we were shown from the start.

And Kim Bum is just love in this role.

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Maybe he'll just settle down on the mountain and be happy and talk to the trees.

Haha, I'm dying! I think all the air just went out of his evilness balloon when I picture that. It's true though - this episode, he didn't feel particularly menacing. It felt like Yeon could just as easily have tossed him off the roof vs reminding imoogi yet again that he's "coming for him" and would still have time to go pick up some mint-choco ice cream to split with Ji-ah after work.

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Yes to this, especially the part about whether the Imoogi is evil.

I feel like one of the weakest aspects of this is show is that it takes the easy, rather two dimensional way out of interesting ethical dilemmas. In a world where sentient animals exist, it's a shame that, narratively speaking, harming humans is upheld as an objective evil, when these sentient creatures are being harmed by humans left and right. All of our central gumihos (except for Yeon) have a personal horror story about the time when humans abused them or tortured them or harmed/killed their loved ones. But yet, the show seems to view the reverse as a morally uncomplicated sin which is kind of too bad, especially considering the fact that some characters do mention the disparity (like the magistrate, for instance, who sees Yeon as a traitor to his own kind for killing gumihos to be reunited with a human), but the plot never develops the inherent moral conflict.
This conflict could have been even richer considering our central character is so taken with humans, that he's in love with one, wants to become one, and has sacrificed the lives of so many foxes for humans. It really would be nice if that were a part of the plot that played into social interactions and character development in a meaningful way. But alas, this was never the show for philosophical depth.

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No, it was never going to be that show, but you're right that it's somewhat of a shame, because I believe LDW could have pulled off a deeper, more faceted character in that sense.

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I completely agree with you. I feel like Yeon is just on the brink of being a morally grey antihero, but the writer just went for the simpler approach. And that really is too bad, because I feel like if the boundaries had been pushed a little bit, the show, and the character, could have been great. The only other show I've seen LDW in (aside from My Girl, nearly 15 years ago, lol) was Strangers from Hell, so I was actually hoping he would go darker here, because he does pull that off quite well.

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The amount of actually morally grey antihero type figures, who are also written well, in dramaland is so small though; dramas in general just don't often go there.

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The show sort of touches on that in the sense that foxes are deliberately given a brake on their powers through the obligation to return a favor because they are so much more powerful than humans that there would be no way to curb their abuses otherwise. But no, not in any depth.

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Yeah, I'm aware of that part, and I think that it's an interesting starting point for an in world debate. But I also wish the narrative would address that foxes still have room for legitimate grievance within that framework, especially considering the fact that despite those rules put in place to prevent gumihos from harming humans, there seem to be none in place to prevent the reverse. And having more power than humans has not prevented foxes and gumihos from being abused/enslaved/killed by humans. Also, according to the mythology, normal foxes can become gumihos once they turn 100, I believe (unless they were born gumihos, because of gumiho parents like Yeon and Rang). So some of these gumihos probably had family members who never transformed, and never held any power over humans (it seems like the case for Shin-joo, and possibly Yu-ri). So yes, even with that one arrangement being acknowledged in the show, it's a shame that the remaining power imbalance, that in some ways favors humans over gumihos/foxes, isn't really explored, or addressed as a legitimate concern for gumihos, despite the fact that so many have suffered at the hands of humans. But I digress, lol. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres (which is why I'm sticking with this show, despite its flaws), and I just really love fully realized, ethically complex fantasy worldbuilding. But, alas...

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And those powers given to gumiho were perhaps granted at a time when humans were less dangerous and less numerous. Like over the centuries, we've evolved tools and societies and institutions to make bigger kills.

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Is the Imoogi evil? Will he settle down and just talk to the trees??!! Ummmm let's please not forget that Imoogi loves chaos. Remember what Yeon and Ah-Eum said about the Imoogi killing people and how much suffering was in the kingdom?? And Taliupa's worries about chaos being released on the world? And the Imoogi laughing over the dead bodies during little Ji-Ah's hypnotherapy session?

I respectfully disagree with the comments that say this show uses two-dimensional thinking. True, philosophy isn't emphasized and that's not the point of the show, but for me it already offers plenty to think about.

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Hello ladies , this is the first time I’m ever writing here , what am about to write is not relevant to the topic discussed here but I hope you read me , I am a big fan of this platform and really enjoy reading the recaps and the comments , I’m a big fan of kdramas and I enjoy them immensely it is my way of relaxing after work .. it’s my me time it’s my solace , what has been bothering me is someone I know judging me for liking Kdrama and being opinionated about some comments I leave in some fan page about a drama in Facebook ( which I didn’t know was visible to all my friends in the list lol) while I’m a little embarrassed 😔 knowing people see the comments I leave when I know I shouldn’t but I am anyway .. I’m 38 married with kids but does that mean I shouldn’t do what I like ? I want to give a smart reply to that person but am so bad at comebacks lol ugh

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Welcome, and thanks for commenting ! In response to your question, I would a very strong, hell no!! You should be able to openly and honestly enjoy whatever you enjoy, and no one should be telling you otherwise! And just to let you know, at 38, you are definitely not the oldest drama watcher I know. I know people nearly twice your age who love dramas and actively participate in commentary. Not just mothers, but grandmothers (fathers too!). To anyone who told you that, I'm sure they have hobbies too, so I would say to them, why are your interests/hobbies/pastimes more valid than mine? Be yourself, fam, and have fun!!! 🤗

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Thanks love , that sure makes me feel better 😘

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54 here. I have a very demanding job that is related to US politics (I KNOW) and discovering Kdramas has been such a respite from the election and covid. Plus I am really enjoying getting to know a whole new group of (extremely attractive, phew) actors, dramatic tropes, lore and mythology and even language (ban mal vs. formal language). Oh and I am married with a teenage son. So no, don't be embarrassed. You like what you like.

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Hey! Do you! Don't let others opinion of you affect the way you decide to live your life. They must also have things that they like doing that others might not like, so they have no business putting you down for what you like. If they ask about it, confidently answer them or even try introducing them to the wonderful world of kdrama-watching😌. Peace, dear one.🤗❤

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Completely agree! As someone nearly 60 who enjoys both kdrama and kpop (yes I recognize HongJoong Tutu!) life is too short not to reach out and enjoy as much as you can, from all over the world.

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Oh, are you Atiny too?😃

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Yup! Stumbled upon their dance practices last May, the rest is history :-)

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Hi! Welcome!
I was in a similar situation (as probably most of Beanies here), very criticized when I started watching kdramas.
Now, my sister (my number 1 critic) is herself a kdrama lover, and about others, I simply brush-off their words.
Dramas give me joy and solace, so I don't want to be ashamed for watching them (for what, then? Why would watching football matches or American shows be better than watching Korean dramas? Everyone should be respected and be free to like what they like).
Anyway, we're lucky, the community here is great. Hope to read some posts of yours on the fanwall. Enjoy!

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I'm also in my mid-30s (and I'm sure I will continue to watch kdramas once I turn 38 in a few years) and contently single - so cue the joke about how I'm single because kdramas make me want a meet-cute with a rich guy where he hits me (non-fatally) with his BMW! Which in my opinion, is not a meet cute in real life, but an assault with a dangerous weapon.

Anyways, it's great to find something you find joy and solace in. Don't let them dim your happiness. When someone says something non-flattering about my love for kdramas, I just smile and say something to the effect of "I love watching them!" Don't get defensive or express shame.

And what is that person doing on Facebook reading all your kdrama-related comments? Maybe they should be ashamed of spending their time this way and then spending even more time saying disparaging things.

There are a lot of kdramas on Netflix now so I can see more people discovering them and giving some kdramas a chance. It could be that in 3 years, they'll get into kdramas and then recommend them to you as if you weren't already on the kdrama train for years.

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Although what Imoogi's plan is not clear, I like Lee Tae-Ri as Imoogi. He is a great actor and has different kind of charisma from Lee Dong-wook. Good choice.

The CEO guy (Eom Hyo-Seop) is a super busy actor right now...
He is currently in:
Tale of the Nine Tailed
Start-up
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
Homemade Love Story
(Jia's mom, Kim Hee-Jung is in 4 dramas right now also... Ahn Nae-Sang too... 18 Again, Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol, My Dangerous Wife and More Than Friends)
I'm a big fan of supporting actors. It's fun to spot them in dramas.

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LOL they had to kill him off quickly in DDSSLLS, probably to free up his schedule for 9TF. I also like looking after the supporting actors: my all-time favorite Korean actress is Kim Mi-Kyung - I get tired just reading her resume!

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Kim Mi-Kyung is fantastic! She is the mom of all time!

There are so many great ahjussi and ajumma actors. Kim Sun-Young, Bae Hae-Sun and Baek Ji-Won are my favorites recently.

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And Yeom Hye-ran!

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Yeah prolly covid messed up the drama schedules but it’s kinda amusing to see the same actors circling this particular batch of dramas

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Seriously, as I gotten more into drama watching. I notice so many supporting/character actors pop up in dramas. It's hilarious/fun to spot them. I also think it leads to more versatility as well as the shooting schedule is usually a one season deal than American shows, so we're bound to see multiple pop-ups.

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So all this heartache because Imoogi is such a petty delusional sore loser...He actually believes Yeon took everything that was meant for him,like Ah-eum would by default like HIM if he was the Mountain Deity,what a joke.Don't know if i must feel sorry for him delusional bubble or send him to burn forever in Hell...Also must say that he lives up to his nature of being such a snake..Curious,does petty deity even have a name of his own...Hope we'll get to see the day Yeon was selected and how the selection underwent and if Imoogi was a different deity than the twisted one now...

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Me when Imoogi shows up at the office: AWW WHO'S A CUTE EVIL INTERN??!

What a puppy. A malicious, vengeful, puppy.

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Well that's nice for you. I just want to punch his smug little face in every time he comes on screen LMAO.

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I have a thing for evil puppies.

Can't decide whether I like Rang or Imoogi more right now hehe ^_^

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Definitely Rang :P

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Major points when he just suddenly whips out an ax from his belt XD

Didn't know such fashionable suits came equipped with utility belts ~

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I'd like to think the only way to wear a fashionable suit is with a utility belt of some kind. Useful for holding axes, swords, knives, and maybe sweets and a spoon in case you stumble across a wild pint of ice cream.

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Yeon looking in Rang's freezer, slowly hooking spoon back into utility belt: ... I guess he doesn't like ice cream.

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Yeon but it's John Wick- he forgets his sword, and whips out the spoon to fight. It's especially useful for scooping out eyes.

Yeon in the underworld- stumbles across a double pint of ice cream, he shouts triumphantly, "I CAME PREPARED!", but alas for him it's his own personal hell so the container is empty.

The underworld OFFICE however DOES stock ice cream because Yeon is always visiting- but the spoons have a habit of getting stuck in other dimensions. Yeon cheekily waves his utility spoon in Taluipa's face every time because he knows she deliberately doesn't keep track of the space warping spoon situation.

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@Cocoa, The Fake Poet of February Even funnier when he actually says something like : All you have is ice cubes,ice cream u don't raise?...

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If you were City Hunter, you wouldn't need axes, knives, etc. - all you would need was the spoon.

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This whole thread got me in stitches! *wipes coffee from screen*
Maybe one of these days Shin-joo'll somehow sneak 5 pints or so into Rang's fridge so that spoon ain't gonna be hanging for nothing ><

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LOL at the freezer- full of Ice! Why would he need bags&bags of it 😅

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@parkchuna maybe he's planning on breaking his ankle every day for a month...

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@parkchuna The bags of ice in my head were explained by Rang being more of a drinks person. Ice is necessary for his whiskey on the rocks, his cola habit, and his smoothie making. ;)

Rang, only finding ice cream in Yeon’s house, slowly hooking utility straw back into belt: “so, ice cream the only treat here huh

Utility straw is also necessary for boba and, is a lovely metal that is great for stabby stabby purposes @sicarius

@skelly we all know foxes are more extra than City Hunter, that’s why City Hunter might be said to have tighter suits, he was flaunting that all he needed was a spoon and his swishy hair ;)

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John Wick? I raise you one decrepit Time Lord who took down Robin Hood while only armed with an oval utensil!

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@hebang so like... A utility waistcoat??? For maximum class and efficiency? I can get behind that. Totally.

(This is sounding more and more like some Kingsman adaption, or perhaps
The Millinery from the Looking Glass Wars, since I was about to mention a weaponized top hat to go with the three piece suit and umbrella cane sword...
Now I want to see LDW in a 3 piece suit and a top hat dang it)

And, no, I have not tried freeze dried ice cream, but I have tried ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, if that counts for anything...

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@hotcocoagirl Utility stabby stabby straw *giggles evilly*

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also I feel like every fox in this drama would be offended at you calling the snake a puppy... :P

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It's okay, uri foxes can give me injured puppy eyes all day over the insult ;)

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Also Yeon: Today is good weather to torture someone hehe

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I commented the exact same thing above haha

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The child imoogi was more creepier. The adult imoogi reminds me of an Intel :3 or a very annoying ex-bf lol :/

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*( Incel )

Oops lol.

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Honestly, the more I’ve seen of him the more I agree ~ I had this moment after this episode where I felt that maybe Imoogi was going to surprise all of us with what he would do, but instead he’s been disappointing and stalker ish. Rang all the way.

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🤣🤣🤣🤣

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But did I lie though?😜😂

It shows even more in the newest episodes. 🤫

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I mean considering how much I've talked about wanting to endosolistrate him... no.

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Is recovered Anastasia a different dog (and different breed) to the one that was rescued?

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Uh yes but we just pretend like we don't notice that ;)

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That does not work for me. Dogs are as important as foxes!! 🐕🐕🐕🦊🦊🦊

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I wonder why Rang won't eat the Chinese lantern. So it's okay to take human lives, but not souls?

When will we ever get to see them as furry little foxes? I need some CGI Vulpixes

Anyways, fantastic episode though the editing, as always with this drama, is all sorts of weird. Ji-ah is awesome and Jo Boa is doing a fantastic job. Love Shin-joo and Yuri. So wow, they actually slept together. I really want to see a baby gumiho before the end of this series!

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