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Doom at Your Service: Episode 3

Our heroine comes to regret her impulse decision to make Doom her new roommate as he disrupts her life in unexpected ways. But she’s not the only one affected. Doom finds himself growing closer to his human client than intended, forcing him to confront repressed emotions that threaten his veneer of apathy. While he tries to convince himself he has no feelings, our heroine starts to formulate a plan to protect what she holds dear.

 
EPISODE 3

We flash back to Dong-kyung’s parents’ funeral where her family callously discusses what to do with her and Sun-kyung. Soo-ja arrives and grows furious when one relative argues they’re best off in an orphanage. Pulling both children into her arms, Soo-ja announces she’ll raise them, even though she’s single. Dong-kyung narrates that luck and misfortune can be hard to distinguish.

We return to when Myeol-mang tells Dong-kyung he’s grateful to her and she surprises him by suggesting they live together. Dong-kyung wonders to herself whether Myeol-mang came to her as luck, misfortune, or neither.

Myeol-mang smiles in amusement and shocks Dong-kyung by immediately agreeing. Later, Dong-kyung hides in her bathroom and beats herself up for her impulsive suggestion. She steels herself for the embarrassment of taking her offer back and opens the door … right into Myeol-mang’s living room.

Without looking up from his book, Myeol-mang explains he can’t live at her place. Dong-kyung rambles at him until he’s forced to pay attention to her. He thinks she’s either fallen for him or, more problematically, is willing to move in with just anyone.

“I suggested we live together because you’re not just anyone,” she responds. Myeol-mang looks up in surprise, but Dong-kyung reminds him he told her to cling to him. When she saw him walking away after being so nice, she worried he’d disappear on her.

Dong-kyung nonchalantly says that people who are nice to her always leave, making Myeol-mang marvel at her causal depressing comments. Dong-kyung wants Myeol-mang around so that she never misses a recharge and has him nearby when she decides on her wish. As if she’s his captor, she promises to release him once he grants her wish.

Myeol-mang has his fun teasing her, refusing to let her have any of his many rooms and making each door she opens lead back to the living room. Dong-kyung stops when she hears Sun-kyung ringing her doorbell and calling out to her. She opens Myeol-mang’s front door and is baffled to find herself staring out at her own rooftop.

Dong-kyung joins her brother while he video chats with Soo-ja. Sun-kyung whines about Soo-ja sending Dong-kyung money instead of him, and the siblings bicker to their aunt’s amusement. After they hang up, Sun-kyung chides Dong-kyung for her men troubles.

He vows that he didn’t beat Dae-han up – he didn’t need to. While Dae-han was running, he got hit by a car. He’s not critically injured, but he’ll be hospitalized for a couple of months.

Sun-kyung doesn’t even have to ask to know his sister must’ve been deceived by Dae-han. He’s told her before not to trust everyone who’s nice to her. Sun-kyung marches into her apartment to deal with Myeol-mang next.

Dong-kyung is relieved the door leads into her apartment this time and insists Myeol-mang isn’t there. Sun-kyung still searches every room, and they’re both stunned to find Myeol-mang posing lounging on her bed. He argues he did his best to hide, but her place is too small.

Myeol-mang amuses himself by flustering Dong-kyung, calling her “yeobo” (term of address between spouses) and playing up their relationship. They all sit and Dong-kyung explains that Myeol-mang pretended to be her boyfriend to get rid of Dae-han.

Sun-kyung plays the tough guy, trying to figure out why someone like Myeol-mang is hanging around Dong-kyung. That tact would work a lot better if he didn’t have to ask his big sister for money to buy beer.

He gets drunk and is amazed when Myeol-mang seems to read his thoughts. Sun-kyung is so moved by Myeol-mang’s perfectly targeted assurances that he announces he’s passed and asks him to take care of Dong-kyung. Myeol-mang happily plays along and calls Sun-kyung “brother-in-law.”

Once they’re alone again, Myeol-mang decides to conjoin his and Dong-kyung’s houses so they each have their space. Dong-kyung gets riled up when Myeol-mang guesses that Sun-kyung is the person she loves most, and she tells him not to touch her brother.

As she lays on the couch, Dong-kyung asks why Myeol-mang cares so much about having her doom the world. He responds that doesn’t believe the world needs to end, but he also doesn’t see why it needs to exist. Based off fantasy stories, Dong-kyung assumes supernatural beings must pity humans.

Myeol-mang argues there’s no reason to pity trivial humans who are all the same, but Dong-kyung argues pity comes from the heart, not the head. When Myeol-mang says he has no heart, Dong-kyung calls bull. He’s the one who told her that he chose her because she was the only one whose thoughts matched his. He has no retort to that.

After she falls asleep, Myeol-mang turns off his light. He lays on his couch, facing Dong-kyung. That night, Dong-kyung dreams of happier times with her parents before it shifts to their funeral. Across the hall, she sees a man who resembles Myeol-mang from the back.

Dong-kyung wakes up to find Myeol-mang in her house, marking off days on her calendar so she doesn’t lose her sense of urgency. Dong-kyung decides to put their contract in writing and clarify the terms. To sum it up, she needs to wish doom upon the world before she dies, but she gets 100 pain-free days and one wish in return. If she breaks the contract, the person she loves most will die in her place.

Dong-kyung has the epiphany that the person she loves most will die no matter what, then. Even if she upholds her end of the agreement, the world will be doomed. Myeol-mang points out that she’s the one who wished for doom without regard for her loved ones. She argues she didn’t mean it, but Myeol-mang says he wouldn’t have heard it if she the wish wasn’t genuine.

After she leaves for work, Myeol-mang wanders around her apartment. He picks up her funeral portrait in its now broken frame.

Throughout the day, Myeol-mang drives Dong-kyung crazy by making messages appear on whatever is available – her laptop, an ATM screen, a restaurant menu. He can’t turn off the boiler, so she rushes home only to find a note saying he figured it out. Before she can head back to work, Joo-ik calls with the alarming message that she should head to the funeral hall.

At the office, Joo-ik meets with the disgruntled sleazy writer who whines about his ratings dropping. Joo-ik mockingly offers him a contract under the table to help him raise his rankings, and the writer actually wants to take him up on it.

Meanwhile, Hyun-kyu’s friend pesters him to attend a reunion, recalling how popular Hyun-kyu was back in his swimming days. When his friend mentions that Ji-na is coming, Hyun-kyu changes his tune and agrees to go.

At the hospital, Myeol-mang cosplays as a doctor and diagnoses a woman (cameo by Han Ye-ri) with the same condition and prognosis as Dong-kyung. The woman gives the expected response, crying and begging him to save her life.

Myeol-mang can’t fathom why Dong-kyung’s response has been the opposite. He snaps his test subject out of it and erases her memory before sending her on her way to her actual doctor. Myeol-mang then goes to visit the goddess, but she’s not in her room.

Dong-kyung pays her respects at a writer’s grandfather’s funeral. On her way out, the goddess passes by and bumps into her shoulder. Dong-kyung has a flash of memory and sees Myeol-mang at the funeral hall the day of her parents’ funeral.

The goddess appears at the bus stop by Dong-kyung and strikes up conversation. She compliments Dong-kyung’s bracelet and reaches for it. Before she can touch it, Myeol-mang comes up and pulls Dong-kyung away from her.

Dong-kyung shares that she saw him long ago crying at a funeral hall. In a flashback, Myeol-mang kneels and sobs at a woman’s funeral. Dong-kyung calls him out for pretending not to have emotions, but he denies that was him. The goddess watches, amused.

At home, a worried Myeol-mang encourages Dong-kyung to stay home from now on. She can wish for money so she doesn’t have to work anymore. Dong-kyung thinks that’s a waste of her wish. Myeol-mang chides her for being trusting and cautions her not to show her bracelet to just anyone, calling it her “weakness.” Now Dong-kyung is the one questioning if he’s fallen for her.

Myeol-mang just gives her a look and says he’s clearly warned her, so it’s not his problem if something happens. He continues to deny it was him crying in that memory, but Dong-kyung smugly observes that his huffiness is a sign of emotion, too.

Laying on his couch with his eyes closed, Myeol-mang offers his hand when Dong-kyung points out it’s almost midnight. Myeol-mang doesn’t respond while Dong-kyung rambles, so she assumes he’s sleeping and leans in close to stare at his face.

Myeol-mang startles her by opening his eyes and saying he never sleeps, even when she’s sleeping and vulnerable. Dong-kyung hops back over to her side of their joined house where she asks who he lost that day. It was his mother, or at least the equivalent.

The next day, the goddess pops up in the backseat of Myeol-mang’s car, smug about the fact that he cried at her funeral. He changes the topic and says to leave Dong-kyung be – she’s dying anyway. The goddess observes that they seem close; she’s the first human to remember him. But then, how could she not when he was crying so pitifully? Heh.

The goddess gets a good report from the doctor but to herself calls it a lie. She talks to her potted plant (or seeds) and smiles as she says they should bloom soon.

Dong-kyung arrives at work and is told the CEO is back, although he seems a little different. She looks over, and Myeol-mang gives a little wave. Dong-kyung marches into “his” office and asks if this is payback for making fun of him about the crying.

Myeol-mang, as usual, is highly amused by flustering her and just smiles infuriatingly. Joo-ik interrupts awkwardly and agrees to go see Ji-na in Dong-kyung’s place since she’s busy glaring at Myeol-mang.

While Ji-na waits at a café, she learns that Hyun-kyu is back from Japan and running a (different) café. Ji-na catches Joo-ik reading her work and overhears him say it’s boring. When she sees him, we cut to a scene of them kissing in the rain, which I’m guessing is her imagination rather than memory.

Joo-ik is brutally honest about Ji-na’s work and criticizes her habit of making her male leads run after a woman confesses. He cuts to the heart of it and guesses her pen name is inspired by Hyun-kyu who serves as the model for those male leads.

Meanwhile, Dong-kyung camps out in the CEO’s office and makes Myeol-mang help her by flipping pages while she types a manuscript. They bicker back and forth, both too stubborn to give in. Dong-kyung laments that for all the things he claims he can’t do – eat, sleep, cry, type – he can speak.

They’re back to the crying thing with Myeol-mang insisting memories can be false. Dong-kyung finds it fascinating that she had completely forgotten but remembered after that girl from the bus stop bumped into her.

Myeol-mang storms over to the hospital to confront the goddess. He demands to know if this was her plan. “I just made her forget what happened. You’re the one who got close to her,” she responds. The goddess supposes he understands sympathy now, that he smiles often and pities Dong-kyung. It’ll only get worse.

“Can you just let her die?” The goddess challenges that he could change Dong-kyung’s fate. Myeol-mang scoffs at the idea of him pitying Dong-kyung, and the goddess fires back that he always finds himself the most pitiable.

“Do you know what sympathy is?” Myeol-mang retorts. The goddess says she’ll be the one to find someone to die in Dong-kyung’s place when Myeol-mang breaks the contract.

When Dong-kyung returns home, she finds Myeol-mang on her rooftop. She nags him for stirring up trouble and taking off but stops when she notices Myeol-mang is unusually quiet and serious. He says that he remembers her from that day too, the little girl who smiled while everyone else cried.

He’s not sure when this was all planned or how, but it doesn’t matter. “I don’t plan on making you smile.” Dong-kyung tries to lighten the strange, tense atmosphere and apologizes if he got offended when she made fun of him crying.

It’s almost midnight, but Myeol-mang says he won’t hold her hand tonight – he’s been too uselessly kind to her. Dong-kyung is hit with a massive headache before she can even respond. She drops to the ground, gasping in pain, and begs for his hand.

When Myeol-mang asks if it’s her wish, Dong-kyung glares at him wordlessly. He finally relents and touches her hand, reminding her that he warned her not to trust so easily and that her bracelet could become her weakness.

Myeol-mang explains that he’s not human and decided long ago not to indulge in emotions like sympathy or love. Dong-kyung stares daggers at him and calls him pitiful. Myeol-mang retorts she’s the pitiful one. “You’ll end up crying because of me. You will want to bring doom upon the world since that’s the only way you can kill me.”

Dong-kyung asks if that’s his plan. She steps up on the railing and faces him. “Because this is mine.” She lets herself fall backwards off the roof. Myeol-mang grabs her arm and pulls her back, looking shaken.

Myeol-mang yells at her for acting crazy, but Dong-kyung was confident he’d hold onto her. “You’ve been caught by me.” Even if he can’t feel things, she can. “So I plan on loving you. Then, without losing anything, I can live.”

Myeol-mang stares at her and then pulls her close. “Then let’s do it properly,” he says, “until you want to bring doom upon the world for my sake.” They stare at each other, determined.


 
COMMENTS

Well, this should be interesting. I did not expect Dong-kyung to figure out and exploit this loophole of making Myeol-mang the person she loves most. She’s been so resigned to her fate that it’s nice to see her take control and put up a fight. She seems like one of those people who has a high threshold but once she gets truly angry, she goes all in. I like this set-up of Dong-kyung and Myeol-mang working together for different outcomes. If I’m understanding both of their intentions accurately, she wants to make him her most beloved person so she can break her contract with no human casualties. He wants to use her love to make her follow through on the contract. Despite their different goals, they’re now playing on the same team, using each other to get what they want. It puts them on more equal footing which I like. Now they just have the weird challenge of making Dong-kyung fall in love with Myeol-mang in a span of a few months. Whether Myeol-mang wants to admit it or not, they clearly have a connection, but he’s going to need to stop being so in denial about the fact that he has emotions.

I know he’s doom and that requires a certain amount of callousness, but it was still hard to watch him cruelly let Dong-kyung suffer to prove a point. Myeol-mang is obviously damaged from who knows how long of doing this work, and the fact that his only companion is a goddess who is destined to die again and again can’t help. He may resent her for the position she’s given him, but she’s really his only family. In his rare moment of vulnerability, he even admitted she’s like his mother. The goddess is harder to read, so I have no idea what she feels, if anything. She exists solely for her duties and doesn’t appear – at least currently – to have the frustration Myeol-mang does about it. She’s obviously not going to let Myeol-mang doom the world, but I can’t tell how much she’s put into motion herself. With regards to Myeol-mang and Dong-kyung’s entanglement, it could just be that she’s taking advantage of a situation that occurred coincidentally. Or, to use her favorite gardener metaphor, she might’ve planted the seed and let it grow naturally. Being omniscient, I suppose she’d always know how to achieve the outcome she wants.

This whole contract business is rather vague. You’d think a contract of this magnitude would involve more than a simple verbal agreement on both sides. It’s odd how informal and ambiguous the whole process has been. And it’s not like Myeol-mang is overly concerned with transparency. I had originally thought Dong-kyung had some choice in what or whom she doomed, but it seems she has to stick to her initial wish of dooming the world. We know that there’s a penalty if Dong-kyung breaches the contract, but what about Myeol-mang? The goddess implied if Myeol-mang breaks the contract, she would choose the person who dies in Dong-kyung’s place, but she didn’t say if there are any repercussions personally for Myeol-mang. Maybe there’s some clause in this invisible contract that allows him to terminate it whenever he wants.

We got to see a little more of Dong-kyung’s family, and I’m glad to know her life hasn’t been all tragedy. Although she’s had it rough, she and Sun-kyung lucked out in having an aunt like Soo-ja. She didn’t hesitate to take those kids in and essentially become a single mom overnight. The three of them formed a loving, well-adjusted little family unit. Dong-kyung’s reaction to Myeol-mang makes a bit more sense after knowing that, due to her past, she inextricably links fortune and misfortune. Most people would find the literal embodiment of doom disturbing, to say the least, but she was quick to see him as multifaceted and not “bad” per se. She certainly keeps Myeol-mang on his toes with her unpredictability. Watching him have to eat his words that humans are all the same and not worth wasting emotions on is going to be quite satisfying.

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Thanks for the recap!

I definitely was expecting him to be the one she loves more but didn't expect that it would be a deliberate choice! I was quite surprised by that and can't wait to see how that pans out!

I loved the cohabitation hijinks so much! This show is giving us so much! 😍😍

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I'm so invested in this show after just 3 episodes! and the chemistry in that intense last scene along with quotable dialogues was *chef's kiss* .

Please keep this up show!

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I just love how Dong Kyung takes control of her life and doesn’t let her fate decide how she should react. She’s so far a compelling female character and I hope she keeps her boldness and optimism despite her impending death.

Myeol Mang on the other hand needs to chill. I don’t get why he’s so hell bent on denying his emotions but it was nice to see at one point that he considered the little goddess as his mother. I’m sure he has a heart somewhere.

Also I’m really confused by the rules of the contract I think I need to mind map it myself. So far all I’ve gotten is that she needs to doom someone in order to prevent her most loved person from dying whilst she gets pain relief during those 100 days, and if she dooms someone or the world then Myeol Mang will die and she gets to live?? Seems like a pretty redundant contract but if I’m wrong can someone enlighten me.

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She has to wish to doom the entire world. I presume if she wishes to destroy the world, Myeol Mang, would be free of his duties. But she realizes it's a lose-lose. She has to doom the world or risk losing a loved one if she doesn't. But if she does doom the world, her loved one will be doomed too. Therefore she finds the loophole: love Myeol Mang and break her contract so that he will die. On the flip side, MM wants her to love him so much that she'll doom the world to free him.

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Oh that breaks it down a little easier. Thanks. I guess I’ll keep re reading this every time I get confused.

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Yes, Crystal clear

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Wait, sorry I don't understand why MM wants her to love him and how will that free him if he is going to die?

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I just finished episode 3 so if you're still wondering, I think MM means that if she loves him she won't want him to die and would have to go along with the contract which means the world will end. Hence, MM will be released too.

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Boy this writer sure learned the art of Dialogue from KES, didn't she?
Nobody has conversations, they just intone non-sequiturs at each other.
What happened? Why did it happen?
I don't know. I don't even really care because SGI and PBY are on my screen again and for now that's enough.

PS My favourite part of the episode was when she had the characters realise that the premise of the drama itself made absolutely no sense.

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Oh yes! My thoughts exactly! I find the dialogue very stilted and all over the place and I’m never quite sure what point they’re making. But I can’t turn myself away from the two leads!

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Exactly my thoughts.

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Big yes, it's one of the reasons it gives so many Goblin vibes. I love it though, the cast, the premise, the colors, the characters. I do rewrite some of the dialogue in my head.

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I am pretty sure Myeol-mang is the one love Dong-kyung more, he just didn't admit it yet. However, his work may just force him to hide the emotion so that he doesn't feel hurt. That may result into he wishing her to love him the most but break her contract, so he disappear from this world (after all, he is tired to his job). This is my first initial read on Myeol-mang.

A story like this may go dark and even tragic. For that I wish if it meant to be a tragedy, please keep it tragic through and through, because I am tired of story going tragic, and at the last moment it suddenly become a happy ending (I saw Lee Dong-wook in that Grim Reaper outfit on Dong-kyung's TV--may this episode or next, I'm not sure--probably Goblin?), and Goblin, which break the ultimate rule of the drama in terms of creating a happy ending, is one of those examples I hate most (Sorry for those who love that drama, because I think that drama is in fact garbage, exactly because of this).

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It's Lee Dong-wood in Tale of the Nine Tailed, not Goblin. You can tell by his hair color - and you can find the exact scenes in either the first or second episode of the show. It's funny because in that show in the very first episode, the female lead (Ji Bo-ah) also ups her confrontation with the supernatural being (Lee Dongwook) by throwing herself off a balcony and daring the supernatural being to save her.

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Thanks for your correction, @floressalicis. I keep on hearing that's from Tale of the Nine Tailed, but that pin on his chest keep on reminding me of Goblin ...

(Just a declaration: I watched Goblin but not Tale of the Nine Tailed ...)

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I thought that was funny too! The scene didn't work for me in Tale of the Nine-Tailed since the female lead there just did it to prove a point and did it in such a lighthearted manner. That throw herself-off-the-roof scene with Dong-kyung was really intense. Before she threw herself off, I seriously thought she was going to shove MM off the building. Park Bo-young's murderous expression is no joke.

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Tale of the Nine Tailed didn't work for me for multiple reasons (lack of chemistry or compelling development between the lead couple that isn't just all "past lives, fate, blah blah" just to name two things), and that scene felt pretty disjointed. Both actors (and the writing) was definitely better in DAYS' balcony scene. I also loved the BTS they posted since the two of them are *so* goofy when setting this scene up! I got such a kick out of Seo Inguk being afraid of heights while Park Bo-young is all, "you need to let me fall down more!".

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I watched all 4 first episodes in one sit yesterday. I like it but, sometimes I have no idea what is going on and what happened that we get where we got. There is all these things and the actors and I feel like something is missing. Some dialogue? Some more information about it? We are invited to believe in this story, but the story itself is missing some details and information to make it believable.

Park Bo Young eyes never disappoint me S2.

Also... let me whisper this: is Lee Soo-Hyuk supposed to be a God too? Are there other... Gods or just God and Doom and thats it?

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I had that thought too. He seems very, aloof but very in the know. Omniscient and regal. I made a comment elsewhere that I doubted these were the only divine beings in existence. In faith, you either have God or many gods. Never just two. And these two don't strike me as a God and devil pair.
He was truly fooled by MM in the office I guess? And MM would have had to have more of a reaction to him or know him.

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I'm leaning towards Lee Soo-Hyuk's character being human since there was that quick flashback to a younger version of him (also played by Lee Soo-Hyuk) kissing Na Jina- guessing this is back when they were in high school.

I feel like there may just be those 2 - or at least those are the 2 who will be in the drama. The drama's supernatural element is different from the other fantasy kdramas which usually has a separate world for the gods and other supernaturals in a "Gods. They're just like us." sort of way. God and doom here don't seem to have any human emotions or attachments.

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Dong Kyung's Omma and their Aunt are played by the same actress. Does it mean that they're twins?

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Yes! The show is so low-key about this that I had to replay the funeral scene (and check MyDramaList) to confirm the casting. (Also, actress Woo He-jin was just in the dreadful Oh! Master, so I cheered for her being something better.)

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Talking about actress Woo He-jin, I didn't watch that many of her dramas, only one, but the one I hardly forget: Moon Lover: Scarlett Heart Ryeo, in which she is IU's boss as well the King's secret lover, who takes IU's blame and being executed, a very tragic character and one of the few excellent actresses in the drama ...

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Yes there was even a line about it - something like "sorrow and happiness came to me with the same face and so I can no longer differentiate between the two". I thought that was a good segue to her interaction with Doom where she's not sure if he's good or bad.

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I really liked that segue too! It made sense then why they hid the aunt's face in the first episode and removed any speculation as to why her face was hidden. And it also ties in with theme of that cosmic balance and needing darkness for light to exist.

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Yes I was thinking that too about them hiding the aunt's face early on.

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I. Love. These. Two. Together. PBY’s natural cuteness while gawking at the home, SIG’s cheekiness while teasing. The HAND HOLDING. It’s all too perfect, even if I don’t know what’s going on sometimes, I’ll accept it for these two.

Theory time! So, Myeol Mang’s birthday and the parents death anniversary happen to be the same day, so are we going to discover that these events have something to do with each other? Thus Myeol Mang’s tears during the subsequent funeral? Wondering if that’s when he became “doom”. But, who knows?

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The skinship aka hand holding looks and feels intimate, I would crazy mad if their kiss is only stiff lip touching.
I need to see the sizzles, hotness, giddiness that I got from It's Okay To Be Not Okay. SYJ and KSH killed it.

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SIG is a great kisser and PBY has been good in her kiss scenes with JJS and PHS in Oh My Ghostess and SWDBS so I'm quite optimistic about their kiss scenes hehe

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Even I think so... both are connected

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Also wondering, does the Deity always have chronic condition? Or was their death 20 years ago related to the accident that killed Dong-kyung's parents?

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I'm pretty sure it's just the birth/death cycle whereby the world is ending because it's about to be renewed. The deity represents the cycle so she is born, gets sick and dies as the world is born, gets sick and dies. She is terminally ill as the world is terminally ill. The end of the drama will be a rebirth in some fashion.

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That last line was cringe but I want more!!

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My take: Myeol-mang is over his job and is looking for a way out. He's hoping Dong-kyung is going to provide that by falling in love with him, so she'll choose to lose him rather than doom the world (and incidentally her brother). The goddess has vowed to do everything she can to stop that. She does not want him to leave. (She got him the job and he resents her for it.) Meanwhile DK has decided she will fall in love with MM so she won't lose her brother either way. It's all going to backfire on them, of course, but there may be another deeper logic at work that brought them together earlier at the funeral and now when she is facing death. It's a proper fairytale with a smart, but "doomed" princess who's down on her luck/misfortune/opportunity.
The goddess who dies and lives is a pretty fundamental archetype. It's all very criptic. I love how the power struggle see-saws between the two.

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Cryptic lol

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Yeah but trying to loophole your way out of a contract never goes well... and this they'll seriously have like MM said she'll end up crying and will be willing to kill the world for him

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It's going to be a tough choice. Did you notice the preview in the last episode where he suggests a wish to her? I'm wondering if there is a loophole that they don't know about.

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I was wondering why she can't just wish she never called for Doom in the first place? Use her wish to negate the whole thing, like it never happened?

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DK: I’m going to wish this never happened!
MM: do you know how many times we’ve been through this? You wish doom upon the world. I show up, and we make a deal. You wish it undone. We go back in time and undo it. Repeat, and repeat, and...would you for god’s sake (I’ll introduce you to god if you want) stickmit out this time?

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Yeah did... if that's the key to getting out of this mess then she should definitely NOT take it
1 since messing with fate isn't always a good idea
2 it won't that easy one way or another destiny will take its path
Plus I still think about what I said Dong Kyung is like a modern "Pandora" someone created just for chaos...

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Is she allowed to wish for infinite wishes?

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If she unwished for Doom, she is still facing the fact that she has a painful and certain death to look forward to. She needs to hang onto to him to avoid a horrible death.

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If Myeol Mung became doom on the same day as Dong Kyung's parents funeral the two have a connection by fate. So then her life being a hell was all some plan? Or if he became who he is on the same day as her life turning to a tragic then does that mean Dong Kyung is like Pandora? Created to cause chaos or is she too some kind of supernatural being ?

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It hadn't occurred to me that he's only been doom for 20 years. His cynicism seems to be fueled by the unfathomably long time he's served the deity.

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Or mabey the "doom" is like a spirit it moves from one body to another along with the previous body's memories. That could be why the whole ancient feeling happens

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That may be.

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I think Myeol Mang was mourning the death of the goddess' previous form on the day of Dong Kyung's parents' funeral, so it was just the end of another cycle/lifetime for the goddess (and actually, that was under 20yrs ago, so it makes sense that the goddess' new form said she didn't think she'd live past 20 in this lifetime). MM has been serving her as Doom for much, much longer.

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After watching the 4 eps, I still can’t grasp my exact feelings for this drama. The ML is charming, but sometimes he doesn’t look so good visually and it bothers me (lol sorry). The story looks interesting, but I find myself getting sleepy a lot of times. I want to drop but I also want to continue (for PBY mostly). The leads do have chemistry tho but not too attached yet. I feel so frustrated w/ this feeling honestly but I’ll still probably watch ep 5 hahaha.

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I'm not familiar with Seo In Guk and I had the same feeling about his visuals especially in the first two episodes. I was getting distracted the whole time and it was frustrating. I think the mark of a good actor is when they can pull you in to their character and 4 episodes in, I am sold.

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I love SIG and PBY together. The dialogue has a lot of talking AT not TO each other and in the hands of lesser actors it'd be annoying but they make it fun.

Lee Soo-hyuk is my other favourite thing about this show - his face when DK made him go meet Na Ji Na 😂. The kiss was real not imagination though - presumably that's where our love triangle with Kang Tae-oh comes in.

I think I'm about done with the intentionally obtuse conversations between the goddess and Doom though. How many times was the word 'fate' used? Last week was about how cruel and unrelenting fate is and this week, suddenly, Doom can change DK's fate if he wants??

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It's funny how this drama adresses what we think are plot holes (more in the next episode).

Han Yeri's cameo was so funny! I loved it. She's a great actress. I liked how Doom used this poor woman to test how a "normal" person should react.

Doom looks like he's more lost than DK.

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Love your comment. Han Ye-ri is just phenomenal. I can't wait for her drama later this year!

Spot on about how Doom seems to be the most lost character. Completely agree.

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Han Yeri's cameo was very short but nonetheless, better than nothing xD

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I have been so confused this entire time, but it just hit me. To say that both were aiming for the same goal made no sense to me, I guess because I'm stuck in the mind frame of saving the world and only DK plan achieves that (or so she thinks...more on that in the next ep). Then I thought MM would play along because he wants to die. But nope, he seems intent on ending it all. When he said he'll make her love him so much that she'll destroy the world for him, I could not get past what a tall order that was, that I didn't fathom that he meant to get her to love him MORE than the world and want to relieve him of his existence.
My, these two. Fascinating conundrum, but it is a conundrum none the less. I just don't think anyone is considering what "doom" really is? Unless I'm not understanding it. To me it means an end to everything, so there's really no point in anyone anticipating anything. So just live it up, I suppose. But I think DK really thinks she's got it all figured out with her plan. That the world, her loved ones, she, will be fine. But if MM becomes a loved one 🤷🏿. Again, more on that later after the last ep. I do kind of love how impossible this all seems, though.

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Our leads are both amazing. They are both shining but something is off with Drama! Direction or script I am not sure. It seems an interesting story on the paper but I don't get it! It is not believable! Not like "Sell your Hounted House". Butttt How charming he is :) He has James Dean vibes. I am also big fun of her. She seems so mature here then her previous dramas. Also loved her outfit.

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Yes—James Dean. I had the same thought! Is it the the fresh cigarette resting on plump lips? (Link: Qwant search results)

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Heaven help me—my favorite thing about Ep.3 was finally understanding the contract. Sorting that out was like trying to figure out a credit card's interest rate after the 0% intro phase expired. Also loved Myeol-mang's method of texting and the conjoined homes.

I was floored by Dong-kyung's cunning. (I even exclaimed "F* me!" to my laptop.) Of course we knew she'd fall in love with Myeol-mang but I never imagined this would be a strategic choice to have him die in her place. I'm hopeful that the show will continue to surprise us.

My least favorite moment was the funeral scene with the shitty relatives. Reluctance to adopt—particularly outside of family bloodlines— and single motherhood are real cultural blockers. I'm glad the show addressed this but I wish dramas did more to normalize adoption. (S. Korea restricted international adoption in 2013; domestic adoption has not filled the gap.)

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that's relly troubling. read a couple pieces on birth rates dropping and you know....a lot of that is nationalism.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/magazine/south-koreas-most-dangerous-enemy-demographics.html

there's this krn documentary photog that chronicled some of this https://icpbardmfa.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/joo-myung-duck-motherland-at-the-miyako-yoshinaga-gallery-in-chelsea/

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Thanks for sharing the article and photographs, @boughtabride! I've added "3-D work" (dirty, dangerous and difficult) to my vocabulary.

I shared this NYTimes article a couple years ago and think it would be a brilliant drama or movie: Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers.

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The funeral scene made me so angry AND they were saying all this in front of DK's parents' altar. I was so happy when Aunt Sooja stepped in. I hate it how in kdramas characters get bullied for being children of single parents or being orphaned. I want to scream that there are no guarantees that you will raise your children with your spouse. You or your spouse could die and your children be raised in a single parent household unless you have a sidechick or sidedude you can marry the day after the funeral. Or maybe both of you could die. It makes me wonder if korean couples do any sort of "if we die, who should our kids go to" planning, which is one of those things several US tv shows have touched upon - though mostly for comedy as they determine that none of their friends are good candidates.

I also wonder if the 23&me tests will ever become a thing in South Korea. Would be interested in some family secrets (switched babies, lying about parentage) getting revealed.

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@asianromance—My dad died of cancer when I was 3 months old so I knew it was critical to plan for those types of contingencies. When I was still pregnant, my husband and I asked his sister and her husband to be our son's godparents and legal guardians in the event of our deaths. Our values are closely aligned and their own son was four years old at the time. They agreed and we locked 'em down in our will.

Our boy is now 16.5 yrs. old. Should we meet our own TOD, it's comforting to know that he has his aunties on his father's side and my brother to look out for him.

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No parent wants to think about that scenario, but it's so important so I'm glad you guys had it planned out right away!

It makes me sad thinking that DK's parents probably just assumed their flesh and blood - probably the married-with-kids siblings in particular- would step in. But it worked out that unmarried, warm-hearted Aunt Sooja took them in.

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This drama looks really good on paper and seems to have all the right stuff, but somehow it's so really bland. Not quite sure what's off. Not that I'm not enjoying it per se, but I think I think I expected to be more hooked or intrigued by now.

I'm glad they explained the contract and DK's plan - but I just don't see how her plan actually works out for her. I mean, she'll live. But will she live happily? Because if she really, truly falls in love with him (and it seems that's where this ship is sailing), then won't she be devastated both by the fact that he dies and also the fact that she will basically be doom to Doom? I'm so confused. Maybe I'm missing something. Tell me how this ends well?

But, hey. It's pretty to look at, we're only a few eps in, and I'm curious to see how they keep untangling these knots.

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... won't she be devastated both by the fact that he dies and also the fact that she will basically be doom to Doom?

Indeed. Dong-kyung's fighting for her life and only has filial love as a reference. The emotional cost of romantic love is just an abstraction at this point—and something she's never experienced.

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Well, it's certainty true that she can fall in love more than once in her life, but she only has one brother.

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No, she'll be dead. In every scenario she ends up dead. What she's getting is a painless death. If she loves him and dies without dooming the world then doom dies instead of her brother.

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Ahhh, thanks, LT. That's making more sense now. So basically it can never really end well per se, but it can end less badly.

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So, what does a good to great ending look like? They cross the bridge hand in hand? We get a bickering couple as Doom version 2.0? What will the point of the drama be? I am puzzled - admittedly a common state of affairs...

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For me? A good to great ending would be both of them dead. But the nonsense Gods will wave their Subway-stained hands over the back half and it will end with him being turned human and her being cured.

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“ But the nonsense Gods will wave their Subway-stained hands over the back half and it will end with him being turned human and her being cured.”

Gag.

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Honestly that might be a refreshing change over “here is this charming* romantic comedy oh wait the male lead is dead/faked his own death”

*I did not watch DDSSLLS past the first few episodes so really I have no idea if it was charming

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I didn't watch DDSSLLS but so far Doom reminds me a little of Black and its nonsense happy ending was my second biggest Drama Trauma after Big.

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I wish this would be the ending too, that would be acceptable and I am prepared for it. I will never understand why dramas need to force-fit a happy ending, only to destroy the logic of it all.

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This is why I appreciate jdramas if they tell you someone will die... Never not trust that statement even with 30secs left to the final episode...

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It'd be interesting if she has the surgery and forgets him lol. I'd be super pissed, though. Would want her to regain her memories.

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@leetennant—Well, it looks like I still haven't figured out the interest rate on my credit card.

Now you're making me doubt my understanding. I thought if she breaks the contract, the person she loves most will die in her place. That's why she says, "I want to live" as opposed to "I want to live pain free." And also that's why she wants to Doom, so that her brother lives.

This is why oral contracts suck. Can't they be like other cohabitation/contract marriage dramas and just write the damn thing down on paper?

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But the only way she can break the contract is by dying without making a wish? That's why she asked, "what if I die without making the wish?" in the second episode where he explained that then her brother would die.

I mean the fact the whole thing makes no sense is an issue. She even had the characters acknowledge that this episode.

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Being doom to Doom may be what it's all about. You've hit on something there. I wonder if how love and doom mesh in this world. Doomed lovers??? I've also been considering that she may end up becoming Doom itself and releasing him.

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The ending of this episode was my favorite part. Talk about raising the stakes. They have matching temperaments so it works really well. They also have excellent chemistry, which is to be expected from the leads. LURVE it.

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I laughed so hard during episode 3. It was as though the writer had read the Dramabeans comments board and had incorporated some of the posts verbatim. What were originally the show negatives are now working to its advantage, the cynical no-nonsense heroine is exactly the character type that was needed.

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That was exactly my reaction! I just know they read the comments board and thought they'd upend us all. In addition, that the writers are using Dramaland expectations to keep twisting our perceptions is, frankly, thrilling me (as are the OTP). This drama is currently ahead of Bossam in my personal 'which drama can I not wait to watch' race. Thank you for the excellent recap.

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At the risk of stating the obvious, the flashback of doom weeping at the funeral is the god's previous incarnation dying 20-21 years ago. She must've been immediately reincarnated as as the current 20 year old with the heart condition.

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I think it's funny how Seo In Guk and Jang Nara are playing characters dressed in black with similar personalities (cold, indifferent). I loved them together in I Remember You.

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im waiting but tbqh seems great. even the stills. two thespians thespianing

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ok am I the only one making a Howl connection? the magic door, the shifting and twisted space? and a bargain.
she is not old but she is dying. and deity = witch of the waste

now I just want Ingukkie to play Howl in live action.

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Now you mention it, I can see that.

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Now that you mention it, I can't un-see it. And I want it.

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as for the drama itself I feel like I am asleep watching one of my meta dreams that lag and jump from place to place and dont make any sense but you keep watching because you just dont want to wake up and be productive.

and can they include a meta that Dooms´ leg falls asleep for always sitting with a leg crossed. it would be fun if he fell face down .... somewhere.

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Two Korean women were watching this show on youtube. When Dong-kyung cursed the world and wished for destruction they just nodded their heads and said, yup, that's a surprisingly common sentiment in Korea.

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The drama has so much potential to do welll.t is a good drama, but this drama can be so exceptional if done right. I love the theme, i love the contract thing, i love the leads, i love their chemistry. But i cant help but feel more lacking in the direction and editing department. Some scenes are done so beautifully like the ending scene and the scene where Doom shows his world. But other scenes so flat because of the writing and disjointed editing. I will stick to the drama til the end, but i wish the drama improves in the areas which are lacking.

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They need to tie in the side characters into the main plot. I know people shit on Goblin a lot (understandably) because of the age gap, but the story and writing was really well done. The other characters and their stories were woven into the main story really well.

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I can only say: SIG and PBY are gorgeous! OMG....They are so beautiful to watch!
The drama is still interesting. Yes, vague, logically. I have already made up my mind not to have big expectations.
But it is still interesting🙂

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Am I too old, too cynical for this drama? PBY and SIG are great but I am not entirely convinced by the story.
I find Doom as sulky teenager who wishes d his mom would pay more attention to him. He is lashing out and destroying things just to get his way.

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*whispers*
The drama is shallow and pretentious and the actors are the only thing holding it all together

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Can you imagine these actors with 10, 20, or more years of experience under their skin?

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If it means they let PBY finally show her full range rather than forcing her to bounce around being cute then I am here for it. SIG could be the next Shin Ha-kyun if they let him.

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Park bouncing around being cute? Are we watching the same drama?

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Ingukkie would be good at playing caper hero in a blockbuster or a small quirky festival movie.
Maybe a serious award winning movie but I feel that would bore him. He likes to have fun with his characters

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What an episode! That twist with Myeol-mang being at DK's parents' funeral is intriguing. So it's possible MM was human at some point? The goddess actively seeking DK out was sort of eerie. Was used to thinking of her as a kind patient. And even Myeol-mang looked worried when he caught up to DK and the goddess at the bus stop.

I love the visual of his house connected to her house and seeing what he can do with his powers - like make all the doors in his house open to the living room. I'm surprised DK didn't have more house maintenance issues with Doom being her roommate. No clogged toilets or leaky ceiling.

And Park Bo-young's got a killer barely-suppressed-rage stare. She looked like she would have stuck a shiv in Myeol-mang if she had one.

I do find the drama pretty disjointed and not very cohesive, but I'm still enjoying it a lot. It's buoyed by the chemistry and the off-kilter atmosphere that makes me wonder what's going to happen.

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The chemistry between Park Bo-young and Seo In-guk is just perfect. The screen positively sizzles every time they interact. Forget about everything else, if there’s a reason to watch this show, it’s for them.

I’m also interested in whatever the show’s trying to do with Lee Soo-hyuk (he’s finally in a drama I like!!). The fantasy elements are alright, and despite the heavy themes, I don’t find the show to be a difficult watch at this moment. All in all, I’m on board and having my fun.

Drama gods, please don’t betray my trust.

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Lee Soo Hyuks' character is a straightforward but fair type he doesn't baby anybody but treats grown ups as grown ups. We need more level headed people like that in this immature and delusional world.
Actually I think if his writers listen to him they will grow a lot. I would put my creative fate in his hands for sure.
Wondering if he'll have an interest in DongKyung or if they are connected in a way.
I tell you it saves from a lot of confusion and headache to have a colleague like that.

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honestly this drama is just a lot of the leads talking and not much has been revealed in terms of the how the deity's powers or contracts work.

that being said, I can't stop anticipating the next episode. maybe I'm biased, as a fan of both PBY and SIG, but their banter and chemistry is really fun and I squeal every time they hold hands.

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Can someone please explain to me what’s the deal with the Goddess? If she is a goddess, why is she dying? And what exactly is her plan with Dong kyung and Myeol Mang? What was she trying to do by making Dong kyung remember?

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She is suffering and dying to balance her power.
About the other things, the show hasn't provide answers yet...

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I am one of those who can't fully connect with this show because of the dialogue. Why can't they have normal conversations? LOL? Anyways, still watching this since it seems the show had at least subverted my earlier expectations of the ending by making it the FL's goal. On the otherhand, I get whiplash whenever the show shifts to the 2nd leads.. as it seems I am watching a totally different drama there, are we getting a 2-in-1 drama?

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True. For the amount of talking they do in the primary plotline the world-building is frustratingly evasive. I've seen a bunch of k-dramas that rely heavily on metaphorical imagery and supernatural worldbuilding but for some reason this drama is frustratingly vague in that aspect. I would've liked some clear discussion of the stakes for me to be fully down with the dramaticism of the plot. It's all hinting to something larger but I don't know if I'm missing something or if the story has yet to reveal why the deities are doing what they're doing.

And yeah the second lead plotline is quite different. Maybe it'll tie in with the cosmic scale of the first one. It's like a different subgenre altogether.

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I’m not saying that it couldn’t go bad, but what a win-win pact!

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Ok, I'm just throwing it out there:

Lee Soo-hyuk looks a lot like Alan Rickman. And I love him all the more for it. He's even got that stale english thing going on at times. 😍

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I can hear more than see that. He comes pretty close to The Voice

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Well, after reading this recap, i might think the goddess would choose to die in Dong Kyung's place.. maybe the plant/seed she was waiting to grow was Myeol Mang's humanity? Will he become one of her plants instead of her gardener? And as the goddess dies and reborns again and again, maybe this can be one of the possibilities?

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The one thing I still don't get so far is the point of this contract. I've gone over the past episode recaps a bunch of times but it still evades me as to why Myulmang is tying her to this contract, and what he'll get out of it. What is the point of the 'wish'? Why is he pressuring her to use the wish? Must she wish doom upon the whole world or is one person she hates enough to do so, enough?

What makes Myukmang's birthday so special? What does he gain out of this whole premise of a contract and a wish? Is this a sort of rare opportunity for him to be freed of his role?

In either case, the person she loves will die, whether she chooses not to wish destruction upon the world or she follows through. She's smart enough to have realised that. What I don't get is why Myulmang is down with the idea of basically imploding? Does having to destroy himself liberate him from having to serve humans? Does he get to be reborn as a human?

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i just dont get why she doesnt wish to not die? i mean they had a deal that he will let her live pain free for 100 days before she dies and when she dies she will wish doom but they keep talking about a wish? wasnt her wish to not feel pain in these 100 days if not why doesnt she just wish not to die this is so confusing someone enlighten me please

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wait im confused- why didnt he want her memories to come back/ why did they come back? like what was the point

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