104

Doom at Your Service: Episode 6

Doom is now on board with our heroine’s plan, but she’s having second thoughts. As she looks for alternatives, he does his best to convince her to stay the course. Meanwhile, the goddess takes notice of the deepening connection between our leads and contemplates how to ensure they don’t upset the balance.

 
EPISODE 6

Dong-kyung questions what he means by asking her to love him. Myeol-mang calls it a thank you for trying to protect him, but Dong-kyung argues he just wants to die. She doesn’t buy it when he says he wants to save her.

Myeol-mang doesn’t see the downside, but Dong-kyung doesn’t feel good about it. After seeing the pain his work causes him, she believes he’s a good guy, even if he can’t see it. Dong-kyung has come to realize she wants to live happily, not just survive at all costs. If she kills Myeol-mang, she won’t be able to live happily.

Now their roles have flipped, and Dong-kyung is the one trying to detach while Myeol-mang works to keep her closer. That night, she wants to go back to sleeping in her room, but she stays on the couch after Myeol-mang threatens to mess with her house.

As they lay on their respective couches, Dong-kyung accuses Myeol-mang of asking for her love when he doesn’t even know what love is. He doesn’t disagree and tries out phrases on her like “I love you,” “I’ll die in your place,” and “sleep well.”

Myeol-mang vents to the goddess the next day about how weird Dong-kyung is for doing things like naming him, but the goddess thinks they suit each other. A name is only necessary when you have someone to address you, and now he does. Myeol-mang denies wanting that, but the goddess argues he’s been whining like a child for someone to call out to him.

The goddess casually asks if he’s sticking with his plan to let Dong-kyung love and then kill him. She warns that humans can do anything for love, so he may not get the outcome he expects.

Meanwhile, Dong-kyung asks Ye-ji to set her up with someone who deserves to die. Ye-ji is naturally concerned and distracts her by taking her to the café to check out the handsome new part-timer. Dong-kyung and Sun-kyung look at each other in surprise.

Sun-kyung urges Dong-kyung to quit working – he’ll be the breadwinner now. She’s appreciative but tells him that she wants to work. It was a burden before, but now that her time is limited, it feels different. Sun-kyung apologizes for his past behavior and “stealing her time.” He encourages her not to give up.

The second Dong-kyung is back in the office, she takes back her desire to keep working. Not only is the kid writer refusing to write, he’s missing. Joo-ik orders Dong-kyung to retrieve him somehow before their upcoming event.

Dong-kyung works out her anger at the batting range with Ji-na who listens to her friend rant. Dong-kyung then asks Ji-na if she knows any douchey guys who deserve to die and offers to kill Hyun-kyu for her.

Ji-na had planned to get revenge on Hyun-kyu herself but is reconsidering thanks to Joo-ik’s remark that her behavior is more about regret than revenge. Dong-kyung shares that Joo-ik told her he kissed Ji-na out of pity, which makes Ji-na leap up in outrage.

Joo-ik, meanwhile, has dinner with his father who spends the time criticizing LifeStory. He complains that Joo-ik should be working overtime like his brother rather than spending time eating with him. But the way they poke fun at each other suggests the father and son aren’t on bad terms, even if they don’t see eye-to-eye.

Ji-na calls Joo-ik, demanding to know if he pities her. They meet up and Joo-ik explains he pitied her at the time, but he doesn’t now. When she asks if the contract was out of pity too, he takes her question as a lack of confidence in her own abilities.

Hyun-kyu calls Joo-ik to whine about when he’ll be home to make dinner, but Joo-ik says he’s working and hangs up. Ji-na hands over the signed contract, although she worries that she’ll regret it.

As Dong-kyung walks home, Myeol-mang appears and asks how her search for a new love interest is going. He says he’s worried because she’s special to him. Dong-kyung yanks her hand out of his and marvels at his game, not buying Myeol-mang’s claim that he’s being sincere.

Sun-kyung finds them bickering outside and comes up with fish bread for Dong-kyung. He shares with Myeol-mang that Dong-kyung loves anything with red bean paste. Dong-kyung asks Sun-kyung to go somewhere with her.

The next day, she takes Sun-kyung to get an MRI in case her condition is genetic. Doctor Jung is happy to see the sibling bond since it means Dong-kyung has a reason to live. He says that Sun-kyung begged him to save her life, sobbing that he couldn’t live without his sister. Doctor Jung gives her pain meds and tells her to get treated.

Outside the hospital, Dong-kyung runs into the goddess again. Neither of them is eager to talk about their illnesses, so they talk instead about the goddess’s gardening. She’s waiting for her plant to sprout, but she isn’t sure what it’ll be when it does. Dong-kyung is surprised when the goddess says she’ll have to pull it out if it’s “something strange.”

Since it’s hers, she can pull it out and just plant something again. With all the care she’s put into her first plant, she hopes it’ll turn out well. Before she leaves, the goddess gives Dong-kyung a marble she got out of a toy machine as a present.

Inside the hospital, a group of women – include the patient Myeol-mang told had cancer – discuss the rumors of a “ghost doctor.” The woman shares her experience of crying for no reason in front of a doctor she later found didn’t work at the hospital. The problem is that everyone remembers him differently, some even insisting the doctor was a woman.

While Dong-kyung chats with Doctor Jung, Myeol-mang comes bearing flowers. Dong-kyung is puzzled when Doctor Jung assumes he’s her youngest brother. Clearing seeing him as barely more than a kid, Doctor Jung tries to cover his shock when Sun-kyung walks up and calls Myeol-mang “hyung-nim.”

Sun-kyung compliments Myeol-mang’s new hair color which is news to Dong-kyung who sees no change. He insists the three of them take a photo together, and Dong-kyung is shocked to see a young blond man where Myeol-mang should be.

In the car, Dong-kyung is amazed to learn that Myeol-mang looks different to everyone. He reveals she’s the only one who can somehow see his real face. She now understands why he wants her to love him, likening it to that trope of “you’re the first woman to treat me like this.” Myeol-mang takes her off-guard by sincerely admitting that she’s right – it’s all a first for him.

Amidst the awkward silence, Dong-kyung sees something outside and tells Myeol-mang to stop the car. The kid writer, whose name is Park Young, is currently greeting a bunch of fans with several other boys. They’re part of a reality program competition for aspiring actors.

Dong-kyung fights her way through the throng of screaming girls and tries to get his attention. Their eyes meet, but he ignores her. He later sends her a text telling her not to look for him since he’ll be living in a dorm without outside access.

She tries cajoling Myeol-mang into helping her out by making Young get booted out of the competition, but he’s only willing to interfere if it’s her official wish. Unfortunately for LifeStory, Young is doing well so far and isn’t likely to get voted off.

After Dong-kyung’s talk of wanting to date someone terrible, Ye-ji set her up on a blind date. When Ye-ji says he’s a good guy who’s a friend of her boyfriend’s, Dong-kyung reminds her the guy is supposed to be someone she wants to kill. “If it goes well, you will want to kill him one day.” Pfft.

Dong-kyung isn’t even surprised to see Myeol-mang walk up to their table at this point. He’s playing the role of Ye-ji’s doting boyfriend, turning this into an awkward double date. Myeol-mang continually cuts in whenever Dong-kyung’s date tries to make conversation and scoffs at his advances.

Myeol-mang puts an end to the date by making both Ye-ji and Dong-kyung’s date fall asleep at the table. As they walk home, Myeol-mang again plugs himself as the best option as someone to die in Dong-kyung’s place. He suggests she make loving him her wish.

To demonstrate that it can work, he looks into her eyes, entrancing her. She puts her arms around his neck and right when she’s about to kiss him, he snaps her out of it. Dong-kyung angrily pushes him away and stalks off.

Joo-ik and Ji-na begin working together and start by brainstorming how to make her male lead stand out. After a few pointers, Ji-na starts writing. Joo-ik watches her and decides boundaries don’t need to exist as he wipes an eyelash off her cheek. When he goes to leave, he sees the umbrella they kissed under and, to her embarrassment, says he’ll be taking his umbrella back.

Ji-na heads to the reunion where her and Hyun-kyu awkwardly try to ignore each other, although they sneak glances occasionally. Their obnoxiously clueless classmates make everything worse by actively bringing up the past and even asking Ji-na if she still likes Hyun-kyu.

Hyun-kyu approaches Ji-na as they’re leaving, asking if she’s okay after how much she drank. He doesn’t respond when she asks why he came back to Korea and attended this reunion. She turns down his offer of driving her home, so he hails a taxi for her instead. Hyun-kyu turns back to give her a small smile before walking away.

He downs a beer the second he gets home and tells Joo-ik vaguely that meeting his first love went okay. Alone, Hyun-kyu thinks of Ji-na and looks anything but okay.

At work the next day, Dong-kyung considers Myeol-mang’s suggestion that she make her wish to love him. Joo-ik happens upon her grumbling to herself, and when she asks him what he’d wish for if he had 100 days to live, he assumes she’s talking about a new novel.

If it’s a romance novel, Joo-ik says the best wish would be to fall in love with the handsome wish-granter. Dong-kyung despairs that this is the only option, but Joo-ik has another idea. Wish for the opposite: make him love her.

Dong-kyung finds Myeol-mang waiting at the bus stop. Neither of them has an umbrella, so they take shelter from the pouring rain under the awning. Myeol-mang takes her hand and suggests they make a run for it. She’d rather he just stop the rain, but he thinks this is more fun.

Myeol-mang says, so what if you’re the only one without an umbrella and get soaked? If you run, you’ll be home soon. Dong-kyung stares at him for a long moment and then announces she has a wish. “I want you to love me.” Can that be her wish?

“No,” Myeol-mang replies before leaning down to kiss her. As they make out in the rain, the goddess sadly notes that, “If you mess with the system, it means you were programmed incorrectly. Anything incorrect should be deleted.”

After their kiss, Myeol-mang takes a step back. In voiceover, the goddess continues, “Or it should be reset.” Before Dong-kyung can ask what’s wrong, Myeol-mang is gone.


 
COMMENTS

I knew the goddess wouldn’t stay still and let Myeol-mang run amuck. If she factory resets him, does he just lose his memories or is his personality affected? And what happens to Dong-kyung’s contract? I wonder if there’s any significance to the goddess giving Dong-kyung that marble. She’s been taking quite an interest in Dong-kyung, although I think that’s more about Myeol-mang than Dong-kyung herself. Speaking of Myeol-mang, I wanted to wait until we had gotten to know him a little more before commenting, but I think it’s safe to say now that the writing of his character is weaker than I’d like. As often happens with these kinds of supernatural characters who are supposed to be mysterious, Myeol-mang is too opaque and inconsistent. Even if they want to make him somewhat unpredictable or unreadable, his motivations and decisions shouldn’t feel so all over the place. I’d hoped we’d get more development surrounding his attitude change toward Dong-kyung, but it sort of just happened. I can guess why, but the writing itself isn’t giving that information to me.

That brings us to the writing as a whole. In the first couple of weeks, there were a few times I got confused but assumed it was just me being dense. I’d have to watch some conversations multiple times before they made sense or work harder to connect the dots than usual. I did find that the subtitles were adding to the confusion a little, but the more it happened, the clearer it became that this wasn’t primarily a me or a subtitles issue. The problem really came into focus this week. The writing – the dialogue is a particular offender – is strangely unclear and has a haphazard feel to it. The logical progression is off, and I often feel like we’re missing a connecting step that would get us from Point A to Point B. I don’t mind when a story leaves room for interpretation, but you shouldn’t have to fill in the gaps to figure out what’s happening and why.

A good example from this episode is Dong-kyung’s sudden desire to have Myeol-mang love her. I’m not sure what her goal is here since the outcome would be the same as her loving him. He’d still want to die in her place, although it’d be out of love rather than a suicidal urge. She’s already decided he’s not a bad enough person for her to kill, unless she’s changed her mind about using him again. I can understand how making a “good” person die in her stead would weigh on her conscience, but I’m confused as to how she expects to “live happily” after killing the person she loves most. If her plan works, no matter how awful the guy is, she’ll love him and be responsible for his death. Living happily seems like a stretch. And now she’s decided Myeol-mang should love her instead. Maybe she wants to experience some great love before she dies, but if so, when did that become a priority? A little more insight into her motivations here would be nice.

Despite the spotty writing, I am still enjoying this drama. Just because something is flawed doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Thankfully, both main leads are great actors, so they’re able to cover some of the flaws and keep me engaged. And there are things being done well. I’ve already talked a lot about the interesting tone, and I still find Dong-kyung to be a well-written heroine overall. Apart from the inconsistencies with Myeol-mang, the character writing in general is fine. I feel like the weakness in the writing is predominately in the details rather than the big picture. The outline is solid, but it’s filled in sloppily. As the drama settles in further, I hope some of these problems will work themselves out. I’m rooting for Doom to reach its full potential.

RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , , , , ,

104

Required fields are marked *

Another great recap @quirkycase, thank you.

Aside from the fact that this is a show supposedly about love that has no realistic love relationship in it, watching it is like being stuck sober in a room with a bunch of drunk first-year philosophy students.

They may think they're being logical, original and profound but they are most definitely not.

Which is to say, while I'm not going to drop it because I could watch SIG in particular read the phonebook for 16 hours, I am exiting the recap page. The show's writing is not just bad, it's bad in precisely the same way every episode and so I don't feel I have anything constructive to add.

So to those who are enjoying it, enjoy. To everyone else, I'm sure I'll find some incentive to snark on my fan wall. Adieu.

19
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

...and I’m in throes of fighting the urge to exit the actual show.

Hate-watching implies a strong emotion, and I can’t even master that. It’s all indifference now. What was supposed to take me 1 hour actually took 4 hours because while watching episode 6, I paused and: ate, texted with my friend, napped, clipped my nails, twizzed my eyebrows, contemplated the meaning of my life but still told myself I gotta be practical and finish — and finished — my work to earn some money, and even managed to binge watch another drama on Netflix.

I realize I can’t even say anything constructive at this point too. I hope the show will pull a Dong-kyung, and make a 360, and if that’s happens, I hope to see you back, Dame. But if it doesn’t, then it’s a sanity-saving decision I likely to follow too. Adieu!

6
reply

Required fields are marked *

I’ll watch it for as long as I can so that I can just lament and roll my eyes and be confused! I haven’t hated watched for the long time. The last one was HDLL with @sicarius. And we had so much fun annoying the crap out of people here on DB 😂

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Fun… fun… *has war flashbacks* I do not think I have ever equated my experience with HDLL as fun ... O_o

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

thanks for the recap! i wholeheartedly agree with your insights~

the show has a lot of flaws but it's still a fun watch for me. i'm looking forward to next week's episode because it seems like something big or more dramatic is going to happen? while i've been enjoying the lead's banter and flirting i've been hoping that the plot movessss somewhere!!

also, did anyone else have to rewatch the scene MM asks for DK to sleep together? SIG puppy dog eyes killlled me, i rewatched it a few too many times.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Kiss scene only had 6 cuts and 6 camera angles, and was 56 seconds long for anyone who was wondering. They also actually stayed on two of those angles for the majority of the run time which meant we didn’t have any elbows phasing through lampposts and we could actually see shit for once.

That didn’t stop the ending from making me roll my eyes so hard they landed in Spain, though. They have yet to return.

17
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Show has at least 5 clear places where they could and should have kissed but instead chooses to place it at the wrong moment to land a cliffhanger. So all emotional resonance is lost and we're left not caring about it. Which sums the show up really.

6
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh I'm sorry, I wasn't aware I was supposed to care about this in the first place, at any point in time, ever.

10
reply

Required fields are marked *

LOL 🤣🤣🤣

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

"If you mess with the system, it means you were programmed incorrectly. Anything incorrect should be deleted ... or it should be reset."

Am I watching a romantic version of Matrix?

The is the first time the Goddess made a move. But by all means, she is pretty cruel. On the other hand, if you are attentive enough, after the word "No" and his lips reaching hers, Myeol-mang sighs, so I guess this "bug" existed for quite a long time, or Dong-kyung may have been in the process of "resetting", or should I said, Myeol-mang should have been reset for many times, so even he kind of resist his attraction towards Dong-kyung, he simply can't stop it?

I always wonder, since Myeol-mang can't help himself from falling in love with Dong-kyung, there must have been a lot of "crashes" between them, and they both went through a lot of "delete" and "reset". So I guess our lovely Goddess shouldn't blame the program which has bugs, but thinking about herself to write a better program--or maybe just let them both fall in love and observe if the world will become chaos.

For Myeol-mang, being disappeared may have been what he longs for, since he hate this life as doom for so long, but our Dong-kyung may need to face a pretty tough life ahead, depends on how many days she has left.

9
8
reply

Required fields are marked *

A correction: "after the word "No" and before his lips reaching hers". Sorry, this is pretty essential, so I have to stress it.

And sorry again, heading back to Law School now.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

"they both went through a lot of "delete" and "reset" This would make the story more interesting. I would like the idea that the Goddess has had to intervene multiple times.

1
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

But she said this was her first plant. I don't think that's the case. It is probably something to do with fate, and a connection through DK's parents'/the Goddess's funeral. DK is the bug that is messing with MM's programme, so she (or their connection) needs to be reset. But based on previews, I don't think amnesia is involved. And the sigh, I think it was just there for emotional intensity :-p .

3
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

@delurker, but what if the Goddess has also been reset? "Her first plant" may probably the first in terms of this incarnation. At one point she also said (if my memory is right), "We are there because human want us."

Allow me to go even wilder, @sirena: If gods are needed, who need them? I remember in Doraemon, a Japanese anime, Doraemon's existance is because Nobita Nobi (the main character) need someone to accompany with, and so he imagine some creature like Doraemon ...

A footnote: I read tonnes of articles and comment pieces state that the screenwriter doesn't write the story well--including this recap. I agree partially: it is not too hard to understand as long as you keep on paying attention to the detail, although some plotlines and character building feel confusing, and some storylines feel unengaged. I don't care that much though, because maybe the two main leads help out to bridge the plotholes or else, and their acting is what I enjoy the most. Doom at Your Service is something you just open it, then go do ironing your clothes without paying too much attention to. I heard Im Meari the screenwriter was one of the apprentices of Kim Eun-seok, and by judging Kim's own background as well her The King: Eternal Monarch, I don't have high expectation to Im 작가 ...

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Afterall, the Worst K-drama Award this year so far belongs to Sisyphus already, Doom at Your Service is in fact not that bad.

0

@imperialtitus That's an interesting point; I hadn't thought of her "first" referring to this particular incarnation :-) . We'll find out...

2

The programming language the goddess used at the end of this episode could definitely be significant. Personally, I was actually surprised by her use of words like ‘delete’ and ‘reset’, and I've been trying to reconcile that with the gardening metaphor she's used since ep1.

Previously, she's been likening people to plants whom she “doesn’t own” (which implies free will?), the world to a garden, and herself to an all-knowing gardener. But if the goddess' role and the rules of the world is more matrix-y (as you point out her language seems to suggest), then would she be more like the Architect or the Oracle?

She’s kind of talking like the Architect, but it’s confusing if that’s the case, because how can she not predict/plan/know what will happen with something she herself programmed? Especially when, from my pov, it seems like MM himself is the bug (more so than DK even though she’s a significant part of it) — namely, MM is so miserable doing his job because he was *not* created as an unfeeling, empty being.

And to make things more confusing, him having human-like emotions seems intentional…in earlier episodes, it even seemed like the goddess was encouraging him to explore his emotions. If the world were really like a computer program, then it appears like the easiest fix would be for her to make him emotionless or evil.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

On the contrary, he’s always been “yearning” for someone to call out to him, to have a name — for belonging and an emotional connection, “like a child”, as the goddess said. And this brings me back to some of the things you said in the last recap when you pointed out the similarity of Dong-kyung's name to the word/phrase for "yearning” and about her representing rebirth after death (if I remember correctly)!

MM needs to be humane enough for doom to not overpower the cosmic balance; if he were truly evil and wreaked havoc upon the earth with evil intent or without any regard for anything/anyone, he would be uncontrollable.

But at the same time, he can’t be too humane — if he felt too much sympathy and love for humans, then he might not be able to do his job properly. He has to be kept emotionally empty and detached enough to not disrupt the cosmic balance.

Hence, he might have to be kept in a miserable state of emotional but willful detachment, like how we found him at the beginning of the story. Basically, he has to keep “yearning” for love, understanding, and connection if he’s to be doom in a way that maintains cosmic balance the way he’s supposed to.

If MM’s emotions itself is the “bug”, it might be an intentional one. DK might be the thing that resolves the bug.

To explore what you’re saying about rebirth and a cycle in which the goddess has to keep intervening…maybe DK keeps getting reborn and the goddess has to keep resetting them? And thus the cycle would keep MM in the necessary state of yearning for something he can’t have…

If this is the case, not sure why she would encourage him to keep developing his emotional side in the first place though, or how first plants and incarnations would play into the story, but cool to think about. Thanks for sharing your theory :)

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

"That brings us to the writing as a whole. In the first couple of weeks, there were a few times I got confused but assumed it was just me being dense. I’d have to watch some conversations multiple times before they made sense or work harder to connect the dots than usual."
This, right here - 100% agree
Your comments are on point

4
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Also random observation, but i think way SIG uses 아니 or
아니0ㅑ is so great. I remember him using it in various forms in I remember you with Jang nara (annoyed, dismissive) and PBG (tortured, pleading). How does he manage to infuse so much in a such a small word?

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

The viewer becoming confused is not always the fault of the writer. Sometimes its the fault of the viewer.

5
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

True! I think the writer uses a lot of metaphors and reading between the lines which might make some viewers confused. I'm enjoying the show so far and I feel it has perfect pacing. There are still so many revelations to come.

6
reply

Required fields are marked *

There's good and complex writing, and there's bad and confusing writing. The latter is most definitely the writer's fault.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

That kiss🔥🔥🔥🔥. My assumption is that he actually fell in love with her, which is why he said she couldn't wish to have him fall in love with her. The reset was random. I am not sure why God wants the reset, but okay. Quirkycase fully explained the bad writing, so I have no further comment on that. The drama is still enjoyable though!!!

7
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me watching ep. 6 and thinking: "oh, the beanies are going to trash this show now even more"..... this is not good.
Me watching ep. 5 and 6 this week: ok, now I also want to FF some parts...
Me at the end of ep. 6 and after watching the previews: "should I drop it?" "It is such a waste", but really... I am so busy lately... I don't feel I have time for this.
Come on, even the kiss, and I wanted them to kiss, was a little bit meh and anticlimactic.... why, show? Why??
We are talking about SIg here!!! Why is this writer ruining the show for us??

Anyway, thank you @quirkycase, for the recap. You explained my concerns in a better way I would be able to.

Next week, people: if any of them have lost their memories, maybe I will stop watching and only join the recaps because I enjoy the gossip. But it is a waste.... totally a waste! 😟😒😟😓😡😔😖

6
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have having zero difficulty following the story, I'm especially having zero difficulty following the dialog. What's wrong with the dialog? There are now multiple Youtube sites reacting to this drama and they all appear to be having a peach of a time. What backstory are you missing for Myeol-mang? That he was cut down by a sword a thousand years ago? That he has an evil brother who hates him? That he murdered a bride on her wedding night then became an innkeeper?

9
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

Lol. Myul mang definitely has a backstory yet to be revealed by the writer. I actually think he is the most complex one out of all the characters so far.

6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Miranda, is that you?

1
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hehehe... With that defensive how-dare-everyone-not-like-the-show-I-like attitude? It must be. If multiple YouTube sites are reacting to a Kdrama (as if this is something new and extraordinary), then this drama must be a flipping masterpiece! How dare we not see that?

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Anyone who frequents DB regularly would know this isn’t Miranda. She may not be registered, but she has written some of the most insightful, respectful comments on DB over the years.

(Lol, no offense Bob, this is a compliment to Miranda, not an insult to you!)

Funnily enough, I actually have lots of criticisms for this show, but Miranda has still been one of the only ones who has managed to put my interpretation of the show into words, just as I watched it.

She made severel comments about how both those who love or hate the show deserve respect. ALL of her comments have been in the spirit of debate, something that used to not be foreign to DB. I’m fine with the snark, but the condescension and double-standards need to stop. Both sides should not be targeting the other for either not understanding the show or not seeing how supposedly dumb it is.

10
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Exactly this. I haven't been visiting recap threads for a while because I hardly ever watch ongoing shows, but it makes me sad to see all this bad blood in comments. Everyone is entitled to love or hate the show as they please, but nobody is wrong, or dense, or shallow, or pretentious, for being on either side. DB is better than this.

4

People, play nice! Bob, if he's the same Bob, has been here for quite some time and it would be easy to remember him if you had been here too.
Like I said before, thrash the show all you like, it can be fun, and usually it is, but be nice to those that like it. He wasn't being defensive at all just a bit sarcastic toward some of the criticism on the show.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Surprised you got that tone off my posts, but text is notorious for being subject to the reader’s interpretation. If it helps, whatever you read from me is academic/analytical in tone and looking to discuss, not flame.

I truly don’t mind if people hate a show I like, but I will engage when people say they don’t understand a plot turn or characterization if I had a different experience.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ha, no, it’s not me - I only just saw this recap, so I’m way down in comment 25. I use my own name posting here and have for years, why would I switch it?

Though I did laugh at all the stereotypical flashback setups that usually explain a mythological creature’s motivations.

...though seriously, IS that what people think is missing in this drama!?!

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Maybe I can answer about MM's backstory, or at least try kk. Everybody thought they understood these guys from previous shows, so it didn't matter much if their past was not explored or even contradictory but with MM it's tricky. He acts like an angry teenager but keeps repeating he's never been human so something is not true in this, the plot hasn't been working for a lot of people and DK also feels confusing for them so if you add MM's contradiction it becomes maybe something that should have been explained.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree with the flaws in writing :/ Especially for something fantastical, I feel like the rules of this world should be clearly established but it's pretty vague & hazy. It's like we're already expected to understand how everything works.

But still loving the show~~ Anything with Park Bo Young and Seo In Guk as main leads, I'm already won lol. I'm impatient let's skip to him already head over heels in love with her <3 More more handholding and kisses please!!

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think the most confused character is the deity. She encouraged Doom to explore this relationship and his human side but then she made him disapear. She said she had her own plan. But what is it?

Doom and DK are pretty similar. Both didn't really want to live, they were more on automatic mode with their life/existence. But now, they gave each other a reason to live and the contract complicates everything.

Joo-ik gives good advices. Even if he interested in Ji-Na and uses this opportunity to get closer, he was right about her work. She clearly lives in the past and can't write something new. Now, what was the stupid and noble reason for Hyun-Kyu to break up? Because he still cares about her.

13
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I totally agree with you about the Goddess being confusing. I think she has evil intent. She looks nice but she is not! Is she the serpent lurking in the garden of life and love?
So you think Hyun-Kyu pulled a noble idiocy move. I hope he just made a major idiot move and will have make amends in a big way, begging and crawling comes to mind.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have a pretty cruel take on why she might be sending mixed signals. She could be both encouraging their feelings and planning to tear them apart, because allowing him to feel love and compassion for Dong-kyung would keep him from wanting to bring Doom on the world, if she ever makes the choice to evade the penalty and contract altogether and die. If he truly loves her/goes through true change, he wouldn’t want to bring doom on the world after she sacrificed herself just to keep it from ending, that is, if she is ever pushed to that point, which we know she may be when her love for him is fully realized. For him, the hugest sacrifice and the proof of when his love/growth is fully realized would to be able to live on fulfilling his place in a world without Dong-kyung in it, which might be exactly what the Goddess is trying to trap MM into. That is, reaquinting him with human connection, while, ultimately, depriving him of it in the long run, as punishment for his meddling. He was, after all, attempting to end the world. That would be a pretty dark route for the show to go though so I doubt it will actually happen.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Lol, I have to concede the deity’s wishy-washy crypticness. I really want some twist where she is orchestrating this whole thing from the background, but not for nefarious purposes, rather this whole thing is just a matchmaking scheme to deal with Doom’s extreme alienation from any form of connection.

It’s her first time “planting” something, meaning she’s making a new Doom partner-in-crime for him to spend eternity with! Haha, jk, but really I actually kind of want that to happen now…

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

tbh i can follow the story sufficiently. which is weird because if you ask me to explain each episode completely to someone else, i definitely can’t because i just don’t remember all the twists and turns. but fundamentally i feel like i still understand and can appreciate the underlying themes and messages of the show.

while i acknowledge that some of the writing might lack clarity and might be confusing, i don’t necessarily think it’s bad writing (in my personal opinion). for me, at least, i think that’s just the writers style — ambiguous, abstract, open for interpretation. that’s not how a lot of dramas are being written, so it’s definitely something different, but i don’t think it’s bad per se. oddly enough, i enjoy the dialogue and the writing style because it takes time for me to fully understand what they’re talking about, keeping me engaged in the show and wanting to understand the characters more. it’s also unpredictable (ironically enough even though the show employs many tropes). i can see how it is a turn off to others though, because this might disrupt their flow when watching the show, but for me i actually find it quite enjoyable and even though-provoking and memorable.

i mentioned this in another comment too, but the fickleness displayed in the dialogue between the characters and their actions may not be a sign of bad writing, but a portrayal of real life. human emotions and actions are complex, fickle, even irrational at times. and in that regard i do think the show does a good job at illustrating this and does not shy away from it. The push-pull dynamic between DK and MM may seem exaggerated, but at times I feel like it represents relationships in real life as well, where our ego prevents ourselves from acting or saying things that align with how we actually feel, and where sometimes we may even suppress our desires but it threatens to overflow later on.

and on a more superficial note, putting the writing aside, the show still very much entertains me so im going to still keep enjoying watching it

12
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree with your take on the writing. Maybe it's because I'm subjectively enjoying the show but I can find reasons as why the writing and dialogue is that way. Also I really do feel like some things are simply lost in translation. While the original dialogue is ambiguous it's even harder to properly convey the meaning when you also have sarcasm and double entendres like in this drama and things become confusing.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm confused (of course). Didn't we establish in the forest scene, ep 4, that MM can't die? Unless the world does, thus her plan of not making the doom wish, and making him her most loved one wouldn't work?

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

The thing with fantasy dramas is that the writer can come up with their own rules to create or solve obstacles (which does encourage lazy writing and cheating), so who knows. But I am assuming that, while MM can't commit suicide just because he wants to, a contract is binding not only for himself, but whatever higher power is above him. So the goddess, or the Universe, would have no choice but to let him die.

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

And just like that, I actually forgot the setup for that scene, so thank you. She "previewed" a wish I guess that he would die and he was displaying that he couldn't grant that (which he is admitting to often, isn't he?) because he couldn't off himself. Got it.
Now, I know many here are weary of the world-building. I'm sure there will be many aspects explained away by fantasy blah blah blah, and others actually focused on. For example, I still think that forest scene is very significant, in that him becoming her loved one isn't enough to convince that he's not trying to kill himself. DK even said so at the beginning of ep 6. He is very much initiating things, but I don't know who's referee-ing here. The girl deity seems to be the dad arguing on the sidelines than calling any shots.
What I'm saying is that, though I don't think the conflict is going to spread much past the leads, like to the world or even her brother, this is not going to go as they think it will. Which is why I've landed on that DK will learn to love herself most (but not in the awful, selfish, 'Lovestruck in the City' type of way), and she will die. But then created as a deity foil for Doom because she achieved some great perspective that no other human has while alive. I think the promo posters are a huge hint that shows their direct dichotomy and the fact that she has shown to be able to undo what he does. We shall see.
But I'm cool with the cavalier storytelling. Because I trust the storyboard has ultimately been made and is complete. Whatever vehicle they need to take us on this journey, I will accept as long as it gets us there in one piece!

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

" I think the promo posters are a huge hint that shows their direct dichotomy and the fact that she has shown to be able to undo what he does." Of course, the "show me your world scene"; I would love that. I am actually expecting the cliché / cop-out happy ending "he dies and is reincarnated as a human", but that one would be brilliant. :-)

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you for the recap! I thought I was the only one who’s confused by Dongkyung’s wish for Myeolmang to love her instead. Even after thinking so much, I couldn’t figure out what was the intention behind that.
Besides wishing for his own death, I think Myeolmang is really starting to like Dongkyung.
Also, what is the deal with the Goddess? I thought she wanted Myeolmang to feel emotions? And now she doesn’t want it because it will make Doom die?
I still don’t understand how the love triangle among Ji Uk, Ji Na and Hyun kyu ties into the show. It could very well be a separate drama.
I wonder how I am enjoying this show even after so many flaws :D

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think DK listened to the advice of Joo Ik about having someone fall crazily in love with you. She wants to experience an epic romance before she dies. But Myul mang can't grant her that wish because he already loves her and will put her wish to waste.
The goddess is planning something and like in chess, she's like the main player here and she just made a really bold move. We still don't know what she really wants wether she's for or against their romance.
I have to afree with the the love triangle that it feels disconnected to the whole drama right now. I'm okay with the love triangle but I'm not as invested in their story as compared to the leads. I care more about dong kyung's brother.

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Could it be also because if MM (the wish-granter) loves her, she knows that he’ll do anything to protect her (and by extension, the world) from harm even if that means bending the rules of the world? Basically he’ll be the one finding the way out?

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

That's also possible. And that might be where the plot is going from here? DK still has her wish but I think something about the red bracelet will also be important later on..

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you quirkycase for your wonderful recap. You are the Queen ! Your recaps are so complete and detailed that I get a clear picture of what the characters are saying and feeling. I so appreciate your recaps and comments. I love this drama, the main characters have so much chemistry, I could watch their interplay all day. HOT!

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The dialogue in the first scene was particulary weird and I had to mentally translate loads of it.
MM: "Love me."
DK: "What does that sentence mean?" [Translation: Why are you suddenly on board?]
MM: "It means I'm thanking you." [translation: Your niceness has convinced me, that all the world doesn't need to end, so I am allowing you to love me thus making just me die instead of everyone else?]
DK: "But you want to die." [We know, Dong-kyung.]
MM: "I want to save you." [Translation: ??? Maybe, if he dies, there will be no more doom in the world, meaning Dong-kyung can't succumb to the brain cancer, but then no-one can die and that's going to cause huge chaos?] "How can this offer be bad for you?"
DK: "It makes me feel bad. I can't live happily after having caused you to die."
Girl, you won't be living at all. I mean, you will, because this is a romance drama, but you are not supposed to know that yet. What is going on?

3
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

My translation there was:
DK. "BS, you're not thanking me. You're trying to get me to kill you".
MM. "If you love me [and don't ask for the world to end], your "doom" gets transferred to me, I will die, and you will live". (Which was her plan to begin with).

Of course one of the unexplained bits as yet is what happens if MM dies. He said that if he stays still and does nothing, things actually get worse. He is probably just the manager of misfortune, rather than one who actively goes around visiting death on people. If he isn't there to impose some order, chaos gets unleashed (also why he messed with the murderer: he caused "unauthorised" doom and treaded on his turf; and why he was talking about dropping one of those misfortunes "floating around" on Sun Kyung's head).

So, if MM dies, it doesn't mean nobody dies; it potentially means the world descends into chaos and a lot more people die. But we can't be sure; perhaps he gets reincarnated immediately, or a new Doom takes his place. I think the writer is keeping her options open there.

As for DK, she may live in the end, but you never know with kdramas; they do like their sad endings. That's the suspense. :-p

4
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hm, the reason I ruled that interpretation out, was that the contract never ensured Dong-kyung's survival, just that she would be spared the cancer pain and be allowed a peaceful death. So, even if she doesn't wish for the world to end and Myeol-mang, having become her most beloved person, dies as a consequence of the breach, Dong-kyung still dies along with him when her three months are up. So Myeol-mang would be saving either the world or Dong-kyung's brother by taking their place, but never Dong-kyung herself.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

But MM, in explaining the conditions to DK, told her literally that the doom over her head would be transferred to the person she loved the most. From the subtitles of ep. 2 (00:26:03 onwards:)

DK. "What if I don't feel pain until I die and get my wish, but I die without asking you to end this world?
MM. Will you do that? Then someone else will die instead of you. The person you love the most at that moment."

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

"Doom is now on board with out heroin's plan, but she's having second thoughts."
Well, isn't that summing up the drama nicely.

Also, of course he disappeared after they kissed. Breaking up the couple immediatly after they get together is an unfortuante occurence in dramas, where the romance just is the entire plot. They don't have anywhere to go from there, so the couple must be separated. The possibities are endless: One of them gets amnesia and we have to start from scratch, someone changes their mind or gets blackmailed, someone has to take up an important task and leaves, the noble idiocy kicks in...etc.

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

goddess gives Dong-kyung a marble she got out of a toy machine as a present

Oh dear. Is it one of those marbles? Don't swallow it!

6
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Is this how the goddess is losing her marbles?? 😀

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Instead of "God is dead" show gives us "God is dying" ? Is this going to have any real plot importance or is it just the writer tossing in another reference to something?

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Okay, after leaving to snarky comments about the writing, I'll finish by saying something nice: The concept itself (woman fed up with her misfortune dooms the world to die with her, but is soon having seconds thoughts) is interesting.
Imagine Dong-kyung being given Myeol-mangs ark: She's disillusioned with the world to the point, where she doesn't mind taking everyone with her, when she dies. But then, after having made the contract and being now free from her previous worries, starts to see the beauty and wonders of humanity. Suddenly she feels bad, panicks and works hard to change/escape the contract.
You's have to reshape Myeol-mang into something closer to the godesses personality, have to contract come into it differently and most importantly, you couldn't have the "bitter guy gets reformed by the sweetness and self-sacrificing love of a woman" trope, but I would have liked that better.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I do agree with that. For all the supernatural stuff going on, it is a pretty conventional "bad boy only wants to be loved" story, with a lot of the usual tropes. But sadly tropes are the norm in romance kdrama, and this time I am happily following along. Must be the SIG effect :-p .

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm in the minority here because I'm not bothered by the writing. I don't find it hard to follow the plot and I don't think the lack of clarity is necessarily bad writing, but could be done on porpose. The stuff with the Goddess and her intentions is meant to be left in the air, so we can wonder: is she friend or foe? Same for Myeol-mang, I think we are meant to be second guessing him and where he is coming from with his attitude. We as the audience are not privy to his thoughts most of the time, instead we are seeing this world more from Dong-Kyung's shoes. We'll probably see more about him as a character and background as we go along. And like she said in a previous episode she still doesn't know if he came to her as a blessing or a curse. For me with this show things from previous episodes become clear in hindsight as we move along in the story.

8
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

After that kiss, I simply stopped thinking about theories and logic. If that's how they gonna kiss in upcoming episodes, who cares about plot?

8
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The world building is done so halfheartedly; I actually laughed when Myeolmang said that he could no longer hear Dongkyung’s thoughts « because of the contract ». Is this Twilight? Ain’t this contract oh just so convenient? I wonder what else it does lol

Anyways, like many Beanies, I have issues with the writing and overall execution of the story. Yet, I’m still foolishly hoping it gets better. Sometimes I wish Beanies could take over the writing of the drama. Their theories and predictions are most ofter far better developed and far more interesting than what we are actually given in the drama.

7
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

To be fair he told her that before they sealed the contract, and it seems to have been more of a general rule of thumb that he doesn’t read the minds of ANYONE he makes a contract with, not that it’s a sudden addition for this particular wish.

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

My bad. Also to be fair, he was throwing so many conditions and terms when trying to convince her to sign the contract, I miss the part about the mind reading. I understood that it wasn't unique to Dongkyung, but I still find it odd as a condition.

It is still one heck of a contract. Myeolmang must have been a nightmare of a lawyer in his previous life. I believe the devil makes clearer and fairer deals hahaha

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't get that kiss. I mean, thank you show, but there have so many other venues and happenings where I think there would have been a better fit. For me, it fell pretty flat. Steamily flat, let's not be shy about that. But what were the feelings meant to be conveyed?

Also, I wonder if the stylist reads our discussions on SIGs hair color, 'cause it definitely changed for the better as of that hospital scene. (Praise the Gods!) I'm still pondering the color, but I'm not as disturbed by it.

Loving the discussions in these recaps, keep it up and go wild! Some shows are food for thought, some are good for the heart and some are just like Michael Bay movies; truly enjoyable but leave your brain in the backseat. Let's just have fun with it, no matter which category you all think this falls under.

Awesome recap @quirkycase, my thoughts after each episode take days to condense and mostly wind up like so: OK! Cool. SIG. 😍

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh God!!! Why is she doing this ??? Come on lady!!!! I don't think whatever the goddess tries will work out. I think the two are soulmates... MM gave DK a RED STRING BRACELET as far as I know red string = soulmates so I don't think the goddess can do much. But overall I'm seriously in love with this drama so far for me this is SIG's best drama !!!! God !!! 🤩🤩🤩

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

“ I’m not sure what her goal is here since the outcome would be the same as her loving him.”

I LOVED this change in perspective for Dong Kyung, because there is a huge difference here - if she wishes to love him, that’s dangerous. She gives up free will, she has no idea how far that wish would go. She might love him if he turns abusive, or love him obsessively, and even in the best-case scenario where she loves him beautifully until he vanishes - then does she STILL love him after? Is she stuck pining for a man she knew for three months for the next seven decades? WAY too dangerous.

Having him love her retains that free will and puts most of the risk on him. I’d put wishing for brain changes high on my list of bad wishes to make - same as “I wish to forget X”. Don’t mess around with your own brain.

This way he is as motivated as possible to become someone she will love and she retains her own will. I get that making a wish that she would love him is more foolproof in terms of saving the world, but I think it’s well-enough established that Dong Kyung is trying to use her three months to find a better option. And that means NOT ceding parts of her brain to a wish. Better fix than the other way.

5
14
reply

Required fields are marked *

Seven decades? I thought she dies either way, making that wish to doom the world or not, the only thing left for her to save is the world, or the brother, or if she finds a loophole, both of them.
There is a big difference in that wish but it is confusing because the contract is about who SHE loves the most not MM. So if he loves her, how does that guarantee she will love him back and why did she even changed her mind about killing him?

0
13
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah, I’m a little confused as to where Dong Kyung surviving comes into it too - though now I’m starting to think it’s that the person she loves the most will die in her place if she breaks the contract. So options were:
1. Die painfully within a year of an aggressive brain cancer
2. Enter a deal with Doom to wish for destruction before a painless death in 3 months
3. Break the contract and the person you love the most dies in your place.

If he loves her it makes it easier for her to love him back, I’d say. And I think she’s still looking for a loophole (like finding a jerk and falling in love with him). Any tinkering with her own brain is still bad news and a last resort, though.

4
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

Did MM say anyone else could die in her place? I don't remember that and it would be something she had to spend some time thinking so I don't think it was a possible choice.

If he loves her it becomes maybe easier to love him back but what I don't get is why come back to the idea of killing MM so quickly after spending this episode trying to find another guy and didn't understand how or why try to spare him in the first place either. Sure he is somewhat charming sometimes, but it's her brother's life, there is no comparison.

0
8
reply

Required fields are marked *

She can’t CHOOSE the person who dies in her stead, it’s just whoever she loves most in that moment. She’s trying to find an evil guy to love so she gets to live and he dies (she would never go through with this, IMO). I’ve thought about this a bit, and aside from there being a definite “granted by an evil genie” downside of any wish she makes, she can’t really use the wish to protect her brother - then death would just land on her aunt or her friends.

In Dong Kyung’s conversation with her boss she seems to think the only wish she can wish for is for her to love MM, and his suggestion that she wish for the opposite intrigued her. I think she’s still trying to find the loophole, and if I was her, I would absolutely run out the clock looking for that loophole. I also think she’s swaying back to using her 100 days in a way that she would enjoy (while also increasing protection for her brother) - by wishing MM would love her crazily and if the 100 day clock runs out without her finding a fix, the only person who dies is MM. Who is STILL the best person to die, out of the current selection.

This show makes me keep many options open for each character, which I personally enjoy. Many dramas would set a goal and spend the rest of the show pursuing it, or setting a fate to avoid but all paths but one are obviously hijinks-y fake-outs. I like that here, no option is a good option and we’re watching the characters twist around trying to find the least-bad option while also searching for a loophole.

5

@lixie @Miranda

I literally just went back and checked this again because everyone’s confusion about this had me questioning my sanity.

However, sure enough, in the viki translations, when detailing the penalty, MM definitively said “Then someone will die INSTEAD of you. The person you love the most at the moment”, then gestured to her head saying, “The Doom will be taken from your head” and mimed giving it to someone else. The penalty was always to have to survive with the guilt of killing your loved one. So basically her choices are between living in misery (after all, no matter who dies, it will be who she loves the most) or wishing doom on the world or sacrificing herself before the contract ends or finding a loophole.

Btw, I also thought that because he couldn’t die, this was her way of avoiding any casualty, but it seems he will be able to die by the terms of the contract, just has no power to kill himself and can’t wish himself dead either. While this might seem convenient, if we consider how he is programmed to work a certain way, than I could buy that “loving Doom to avoid fulfilling the contract and the penalty” is an unprecedented loophole that his God never accounted for, and, thus, never layed blocks in place against. Though, obviously, the Goddess has much more up her sleeve and to what end, we have no idea, so there’s that.

4

Also as to why MM ever thought this deal would work in his favor given those options, here’s my take: considering the fact that, when her life was falling apart, she was almost willing to wish for Doom on the world, it’s only a given that MM would hope for that aim to be successful, given the position he’s putting her in. After all, he believed in this because he thought her human selfishness, nihilism, etc. will win out over her ability to just sacrifice herself or want to live in a world without her brother. His interactions with the murderer are meant as a point of reference for us, a reminder that he’s constantly seeing the worst of what humans are capable of.

As for DK, when he tried to force her hand to make the choice sooner, though, she curbs this with her daring decision to jump at the end of ep 3, a calculated maneuver set to prove that he both needed her to survive until the contract ends and (based more off his emotional reaction to her jump) to prove that he might not be so ruthless after all. She realized there is a way to use his deal and its subsequent penalty to her advantage and try to save her own life, by trying to love him, the one putting her in this position. However, through her efforts to do so, she grew sympathetic to him and, ultimately, now that he’s ready to just die, she doesn’t have the heart to do it anymore.

Last episode recap, someone pointed out a scene in the first episode when DK threw all the laundry on the floor and then picked it up again. Much of her “inconsistant” behavior has actually fallen within this framework. She lashes out/sticks up for herself when necessary, but, ultimately will do the “right” thing if the conditions have sufficiently changed, like when her cheating ex’s wife made amends and she took pity on her or when MM actually puts his fate in her hands and she no longer feels like she’s actually capable of killing someone who clearly wants to die more than they ever really wanted world destruction. She might “want” to Doom the world, she might “want” to let MM die to save herself, she might “want” to, in theory, love someone that just so happens to deserve to die, like a serial killer, but she is never really going to be able to do any of that, especially when she begins to love MM for real.

Still, I think she recognizes that MM is her best chance of survival, at this point, so she’s probably still considering it while she’s not in too deep yet, even though she’s trying to fight against it. Perhaps she considers it fair given all he’s put her through and the fact that he’s essentially trapped in a miserable eternity of existence anyway. But I also think it’s muddled by the fact that they have already begun to become drawn to each other. I admittedly thought they could have conveyed all this better this episode after doing so well on episode 5 but I digress. The love triangle suddenly got a lot of screentime this ep, while we had little scenes of MM alone or a convo between the...

5

@mazzy, I’ve come to the same conclusion - initially I thought she died AND the person she loves, but now I think I might have watched partial subs and missed the nuance. On rewatch you’re right - and also that would make breaking the contract far worse, living knowing you killed the person you loved.

I’m kind of fascinated as to what will happen as the end comes near, because surely there will be a moment where Dong Kyung has to make the choice: wish doom upon the world and die, or take a gamble and break the contract. Because if she isn’t TOTALLY sure that Doom is the person she loves most - there goes her brother. And surely nerves will strike as that moment of decision comes closer.

3

Lol, uh, comment cont. here:

The love triangle suddenly got a lot of screentime this ep, while we had little scenes of MM alone or a convo between the leads to rival the top of the episode. Felt like a scene or two of build-up was missing before that kiss, though the scene itself was nice. Hopefully it gets back on track and the Goddess’s machinations don’t escalate matters too much.

4

@mazzy

Thanks! That does make it seem like the easier choice is to love MM, so she would only gamble his life and not her family and still get her own life back. It would, however, make almost impossible for her not to make sure SHE loves him and then she had to use to the wish to make sure of that, so we're back to why wish for him to love her. Maybe next episode can explain that.

3

@Miranda
Exactly. While burgeoning romantic love burns hot can it really ever beat long-standing familial love? Obviously, she is fighting for any opportunity she could possibly have, though, and I admire her for that.

It’s true, though, that loving MM and breaking the contract could be the best option, given that “doom” for him is being doomed to this existence for eternity and he is weary of it. It’s the path of least resistance. But as they actually fall in love and his perception towards the world and humans continues to change, so will it be harder for her to let him die, especially if his bitterness towards the world fades.

2

@Lixie That taste of the “love” she’d be experiencing felt very off. I agree with Miranda that it would rob her of her power. Obviously, I feel MM cares enough about her now not to do it, but consider how, if she loved him in that way, she could probably just end the world for him if he asked. Or can we even be sure if an “artificial” love would be enough to rival “real” love? With that in mind, perhaps the best option is to fall for him naturally as much as she can and save the wish for if it’s absolutely necessary.

3

I think Myeol-mang can actually change her fate, based on a conversation he had with the goddess towards the end of episode 3 where she asked him if he'll let Dong Kyung die or change her fate. So if he loves Dong Kyung he would probably choose to save her. Also it is my understanding that if Doom dissapears she would live anyway since there would be no more... Doom. It would bring chaos in the world but she would live. The subplot with the murderer showed us that Myeol-mang can have powers over people's lives. That guy tried to kill himself and was about to die multiple times yet was kept alive as long as Doom wanted.

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

This was one of my thoughts, that maybe it was a ploy to get him to change the terms of the contract. It is my favorite explanation since it seems more logical to me. But honestly? I really doubt that, kdrama writers would probably feel this plan would make her seem bit manipulative and to be toying with the sacred institution of romantic love. They are not that brave. Most of the time.

If he disappears the contract is erased but she still dies. There is no world without change, there must a million other Dooms and personifications of that goddess roaming around, she told him herself that the garden needs him to exist. The subplot with the murderer showed us that MM can delay doom that he has powers over the way it happens and when it happens but we don't know if he can save someone that has been selected to die.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I guess we'll have to see if we find out next episode her actual motivation for asking him to love her. I might be wrong but I do think that in this drama world there's only one Doom and goddess around, that's why the goddess is so keen to keep him on the job. But yes there has to be some kind of death and doom if he dies without the rest of the world ending. That hasn't been addressed yet, other than him saying the world would descend into chaos if he were to stop doing his job. Another thing we need to wait to get clarity on:))

3

It is getting a bit hard for me to continue with the show, yet I keep coming back to it just to watch the dynamic between the 2 main characters, and that is mostly because of SIG and PBY's strong on-screen chemistry and acting. (Though I have to say, the kissing scene left me feeling empty).
I am enjoying the show in certain parts but at the same time it feels like something is missing and that is stopping me from getting fully immersed in it. As for the love triangle between the 3 supporting characters, I am not invested in it much since its not connected to the main storyline.
Hope the show gets better.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like this show but I confess I was confused this episode.

Why did DK deem MM worthy of being saved and not the target of the contract anymore? She's not even sure the contract would kill him or affect him in anyway and it IS her brother's life on the line so she could never be so careless about this. The whole "find a despicable guy to love" plot was very amusing but it also felt flat because the stakes were too high for her to act like that.

I don't know what would change if her wish for him to love her came true but at least this was probably something left to be explained next episode.

The goddess changed her personality completely? I mean, I'm fine with her being mysterious but she also seemed kind, compassionate and all-knowing. This ep she started talking about Matrix stuff and seemed manipulative and menacing, like a completely different deity.

The three second leads seem to be on a different show and they add nothing to the plot, only a distraction that is starting to become weird because it's not even the same mood as the main story.

I don't know why people seem to think the goddess took him on that cliffhanger. He took a few steps back and disappeared, he did that by his own many times before and it matched his feelings at that moment.

3
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Dong Kyung has come to realize that Myeol-mang hates his job not because he hates the world and people as he claims but because he has to see everything he touches dissapear and is the one bringing literal Doom to everyone. She's seen his world and she went with him when he had to do his job as Doom and understands that it pains him because he's actually a good guy. And he's been kind to her.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I get it, he's not the evil god one might expect but he's also not a good guy. He can't be, not if he's planning the end of the world just because he's tired of his job. And she knows that. And giving up on maybe killing him might just kill her brother so it isn't an easy decision for her and it seemed to be.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This time he suddenly turned his head as if he had heard/felt something, and that's when he backed away and disappeared. Not sure if the goddess called him, or if he felt something was wrong.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I caught that too. He looked like he was about to explain the kiss before that sudden change in demeanor and disappearance. Something must’ve triggered it.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ooh yes. What you said! And as I’m reading I realized the dialogue is giving me the exact same feel as the recent PBG drama. So much talking and yet you’re not sure of their point of what drives someone to say what they said, and then flip around next episode or two.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Record of Youth was an agonizing watch for me. That one struck me as COMPLETELY incoherent and unreal. If people feel the same way about this show, I sympathize because it was just incredibly frustrating.

This one works for me, but largely because some of the characters are practically aliens. And another just got a death sentence. Abstract, but the unreality clicks for some reason. Record of Youth was unreal in a completely manufactured way, as far as I was concerned - and no one was honest with each other! In Doom they may talk in loops but they’re not actively hiding information from each other. (Again, YMMV)

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Confused, but enthralled! I like that all the characters seem to be interesting to watch. We're not wasting any screentime on villains plotting or second leads pining over one of the first leads or scheming against them. I look forward to DK's convos with Joo-ik. She is all over the place, and he's so matter-of-fact. There are just a lot of great scenes even if their relevance and role in the bigger picture is questionable.

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Completely agree about the weakness of the writing. There were so many moments where I felt they could have taken advantage of certain scenes.
Lucky they have 2 string leads acting.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think what feel like confused writing is intentional consider the suddenly news DK got about her health make her off balanced, as she trying to take some control over her life. I personally think it show how confusing a life changing news is and drama show how not straightforward human reaction is to life, death and romance.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap!

I marathoned this show, kind of expecting to possibly drop it because of the reports of pretiousness, comparison to KES, Goblin, etc., but I am finding it surprisingly more engaging, although, yes, spotty. It’s quirky and weird and the premise, oddly enough, though convoluted, is fun for me because it reminds me of a devil-at-the-crossroads type deal or the myth of Hades/Persephone. So, perhaps, right out the gate, the Goblin rip-off allegations probably rubbed me the wrong way when I found this setup infinitely more refreshing.

I actually thought eps 3-5 were especially enjoyable and I enjoyed the characterizations and progressions more than most here. I want to get to get into why, but, really, Miranda and the few other commenters who have interpreted it the same way as me have already put it perfectly. I would only add that the dynamicness of Dong-kyung’s responses have followed a very consistant pattern for me. I know many find Dong-kyung inconsistant, but I agree with those who think she’s been acting upon the same set of values and that she actually balances herself well between looking out for herself when necessary and showing compassion to others when situation calls for it. Myeol-mang reminds me a bit of the Monkey King x Healer, at times, which is a weird combo, but I’m loving it when the show is at its best.

One of my misgivings with this show is that it’s set up so that she can take her life right before the terms of the contract need to be fulfilled. But, as the drama addressed in the first episode, dying to save the world is admirable, but actually killing yourself is a lot easier said than done when actually faced with the reality. So it makes sense to me that Dong-kyung would first try to find a loophole in loving MM, the manipulative, antagonistic figure both threatening her life AND offering her a way out, if she can only find a way to use that penalty to her advantage. It’s resulted in an odd mix of flirtation, power-plays, and true moments of vulnerability, which I honestly enjoyed immensely.

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Now, all that said, I have to concede that this episode felt a bit wonky for me, though there are a lot of aspects I liked. Now that we’ve had this reversal of sorts, with MM pursuing DK, we ended up in this weird place between acceptance of his draw towards her + resignation to dying “for her” (though, really, we know that’s still “for him”) + encouraging her love. However, after last episode, that felt fully checked into his progress, this one felt muted in respect to him, even with some of the promising smaller moments.

I do like that he’s not suddenly morphed into some sweet guy and still has a mischievousness to him. I enjoyed his slew of cringy “lines” aimed to seduce her throughout the episode, and how the show switched between playing it for humor and undercutting it with moments of levity. Especially the frank meta-acknowledgement of the “You’re the first woman to treat me like this” trope this show employs. When they undercut it with the admission that, actually, it’s a first for ANYONE to treat him that way, that got to me. I’m a sucker for fish-out-of-water, but even more a sucker for alienated souls experiencing human connection for the first time.

Still, this episode needed a lot more to it, though, and is the first time I’ve agreed with there being a “gap”, so to speak. It could be fine as long as that kiss doesn’t = “suddenly I’m in love” for them, because I like the mess of contradictory emotions they’re dealing with right now and don’t want the drama to suddenly over-simplify it.

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Just wanted to point out that if you are watching this show on Viki and you are finding the dialogues a bit confusing... you may want to change your source. With different subtitles many dialogues made a lot more sense to me :)

I'm loving the show. I'm absolutely addicted to it! I agree that some things are kept a bit vague but I don't find it annoying. I love the fact that there is no easy solution, no easy choice... and that the characters are just confused. That is simply life.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

What I interpreted from DK asking Doom to love her is that, she’s hoping when he does, he will save her (not let her die) and maybe want to live to be there for her, rather than disappear.

but lbr, they already love each other at this point it’s all moot.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you for putting words to my thoughts. I too am confused many times and still am. However, i don’t think the writing style is lacking. The two actors are too experienced to pick a work protect that is ‘lacking’. I feel that it’s enigmatic just like death and death thoughts, and doom and love and surpernatural. Sometimes we get a click moment where they all make sense and that what I feel (and hoping for) with this strory

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Can someone explain to me his haircolor? Im getting distracted and thats all i think about! Hahaha

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

i also think its distracting sometimes hahaha! but i think they purposely put his haircolor like that because MM is a DOOM itself so i think they just visually choose a color that doesn't fit to him because he's a doom that gives negativity? haha! idk if this answer makes sense to you but this is all i could think about

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you @quirkycase for your recap! I honestly enjoy the metaphors and symbols of this drama because it allows me to exercise my brain and search for some philosophical meaning of it lol. Kidding aside, I agree on what you said that, "The logical progression is off, and I often feel like we’re missing a connecting step that would get us from Point A to Point B. I don’t mind when a story leaves room for interpretation, but you shouldn’t have to fill in the gaps to figure out what’s happening and why."

Which sometimes, as I watched the previous eps, I sometimes get confused so I need to replay again and again with the visual metaphors plus the dialogues of the characters. Though I still enjoy this drama because I'm a sucker for SIG plus my love for MM and DK's crumbs reallyy gives me butterflies haha!

Despite that I'm sometimes confused with some scenes in this drama, I still find it enjoyable to watch compare to Goblin (in my personal opinion) because idk there's something about this drama that I think for me is refreshing. Also, I love the casts, the heartfelt lines or scenes, cinematography and the OST's.

But now that the ep 7 & 8 is release, I'm looking forward to your honest thoughts about it.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Am I the only one getting Scripting your destiny and hints of Goblin? I’ve had a ball reading through all these comments and getting all the different opinions. I’ll admit I have to think a little harder to delve into the series, but I am enjoying it. XD

My two cents on the wish… Perhaps if she can be loved by MM then DK can see herself in his eyes and truly love herself - and through this can become the one she loves most. If this is the case, the she ends her existence at that exact moment only to be brought back by the promise to live.

That red bracelet the the goddess tried to remove may have something to do with it, red string = destiny etc.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *