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Doom at Your Service: Episode 16 (Final)

Our fated couple’s epic journey has come to an end. After all the challenges they’ve faced, they finally get to relax and enjoy the simple things together. Our hero’s new situation gives him a fresh perspective on the world and an opportunity to do good in a way he never imagined. Our heroine’s family eagerly welcomes him back into the fold and even makes room for a potential new member in a certain novelist’s boyfriend. No threads are left hanging in an ending that neatly wraps up everyone’s stories, preparing them for the next, happier chapters of their lives.

 
EPISODE 16

Dong-kyung never takes her eyes off Myeol-mang as he leads her off the bus under their umbrella. He reveals that he’s just an ordinary human now. Dong-kyung throws her arms around him, knocking the umbrella out of his hand. They hold each other in the rain.

Even after they arrive back home, Dong-kyung keeps staring at him, unable to believe he’s real. At Dong-kyung’s insistence, he divulges that he was in the goddess’s garden until she made him human. “I grew up the way she wanted me to, thanks to you.”

It turns out the notion of the goddess being a gardener is more literal than metaphorical since the flowers in her garden are actual people. (Why so creepy?) Myeol-mang explains that he was a butterfly for the garden, but after dying for Dong-kyung, he bloomed into one of the goddess’s (human) flowers.

Myeol-mang asks if Dong-kyung is okay with him just being a regular human now. “Even if I’m nothing now, even if I can’t do anything for you?” She grabs him in a hug and chides him for talking that way after how much she’s missed him. He looks over and spots her calendar on the wall with every day since his disappearance marked.

Now that he’s human, he needs to eat. Dong-kyung only has cereal and feels guilty for not having something better for his first meal as a human, but he happily munches away. He still can’t believe he’s human and gets to do all the mundane life things with Dong-kyung.

That night, as they lie in Dong-kyung’s bed, she again asks if it’s all a dream. He assures her it isn’t and promises never to disappear. They fall asleep facing each other and holding hands.

When Dong-kyung wakes alone the next morning, she panics. When she finds Myeol-mang in the kitchen, she grabs him in a back hug. She’s so reluctant to leave him that she brings Myeol-mang to work. Ha.

Joo-ik sarcastically praises her on her impressive melding of the personal and professional but ultimately lets her do as she wants. Myeol-mang may not have god-like powers anymore but he can drive, so Dong-kyung makes him her chauffeur for the day.

Meanwhile, Hyun-kyu gets invited to another reunion but doesn’t commit to going. He hangs up when he sees Sun-kyung carrying in a plant from Joo-ik as an opening day gift with the note: “Raise it as if it were me.” Hyun-kyu grumbles at this cheeky reminder of Joo-ik’s hard work raising him.

On their way to meet Sun-kyung, Dong-kyung and Myeol-mang deliberate over how to explain his appearance since Myeol-mang now appears to everyone with his true face. It turns out to be unnecessary because Sun-kyung runs right up to his hyung-nim and hugs him.

Dong-kyung and Myeol-mang are baffled when Sun-kyung insists he looks the same as ever. Even the picture they all took together now shows Myeol-mang’s real face. Elsewhere, the goddess – now living as a regular high schooler – smiles and notes how nice she is. We see she’s raising a new plant in her little flowerpot.

In the car, Myeol-mang surmises that the goddess had a hand in the appearance issue. He worries that Dong-kyung will get in trouble for meeting her brother when she’s supposed to be working, but Dong-kyung feels justified since Joo-ik always goes to Ji-na’s when he’s supposed to be in “meetings,” too.

They meet with Young who recognizes Myeol-mang no problem and remarks with surprise that Dong-kyung hasn’t broken up with him yet. The boys snipe at each other, as usual, while Dong-kyung orders coffees. Young is aghast at Myeol-mang’s proclamation that he’ll marry Dong-kyung.

When Myeol-mang calls him out on liking Dong-kyung, Young begs him not to tell her “in case she finds it cute.” Embarrassed, Young gets up to leave when Dong-kyung returns to the table. Dong-kyung grabs his arm and pleads with him to do her a favor first.

He can’t resist her puppy eyes and stays to meet his biggest fan Dalgona. Thanks to this little meeting, Dong-kyung was able to get Dalgona to sign the contract and repay her for her kindness in one go. Myeol-mang is still being a grump about Young who Dong-kyung argues is cute.

That night, Myeol-mang grabs Dong-kyung’s hand as they walk. She notes that it’s not midnight yet, but he reminds her they can just hold hands for no reason now. They arrive at Soo-ja and Kevin’s new house where everyone is happy to see Myeol-mang again.

Elsewhere, Hyun-kyu runs into Ji-na at the salon. They’re a bit awkward, but Hyun-kyu says he was glad to hear from Sun-kyung that Dong-kyung is now well. After asking Ji-na if she’s going to the reunion – she’s not – he says goodbye. As they go their separate ways, they turn back to smile at each other.

Over dinner, Sun-kyung announces his new position as manager of the second café. The family is ecstatic, although Dong-kyung teases Sun-kyung about how many dreams he went through before realizing this one. Soo-ja wants Dong-kyung to move in with her and Kevin, but Sun-kyung astutely guesses she’ll want her own space so she and Myeol-mang can date comfortably.

Dong-kyung must not have gone over the story with him because Myeol-mang is taken off guard when Soo-ja asks if he took care of everything in the States. He goes with it and tells Soo-ja he intends to continue in the same line of work here in Korea.

Cut to “Kim Sa-ram” working as an emergency doctor at the hospital. I guess he got to keep all his eternal knowledge after becoming human. Elsewhere in the hospital, Dong-kyung congratulates Doctor Jung on his soon-to-be fatherhood. She then passes over a contract, which he guesses was her real reason for coming. Doctor Jung laughs and promises to sign.

The ghost club ajummas stop Myeol-mang and Dong-kyung in the hall and ask when they’re getting married. Myeol-mang looks at Dong-kyung expectantly, but she vaguely says it’s undecided.

As they leave, Myeol-mang admits he’s still getting used to being a doctor but says he wants to try saving people. Dong-kyung is surprised he’s sticking with the joke name she gave him, but he likes the name Kim Sa-ram and finds it fitting.

He’s still pushing to get married, but Dong-kyung is hesitant. Myeol-mang wonders if it’s because he’s “normal” now. Dong-kyung argues she’s normal too, although Myeol-mang disagrees – she’s always been special.

Myeol-mang observes being human is making him try harder since he doesn’t know how things will end. Ironically, mortality makes him feel like he’ll live forever.

As they watch the sunset, Dong-kyung is reminded of another sunset when Myeol-mang took her to the “doomed” world. Except now, he looks comfortable and no longer lonely. Myeol-mang says that he finally has direction in life: Dong-kyung.

She mutters that he can’t even send a text yet is so good with words. Dong-kyung mentions seeing the unsent text on his phone and wonders how the phone stayed charged for three months. Myeol-mang guesses that too was the goddess’s doing.

After his own experience being created anew, he now understands how the goddess must feel toward humans. She would’ve hated them at first but then forgiven them. Afterward, she probably felt grateful that they created her.

At Ji-na’s, Joo-ik congratulates her for making it into the Top 10. She wrote a fantasy novel about a demon building owner based on Joo-ik. He’s slightly offended until she calls devils and evil characters sexy.

He comments on her haircut which she got because he was coming over. Joo-ik leans in to kiss her, but she blocks him with her hand. He invites her out for drinks at a fancy rooftop bar. She chatters on about how good it feels to be in the Top 10.

In the middle of her excited rambling, Joo-ik kisses her. He then asks if she’ll be his girlfriend and says he’ll cry if she refuses. Ji-na jokingly promises to cover him with an umbrella if he cries. She then vows instead not to make him cry.

Joo-ik insists on spending the following day with Ji-na, so she drags him to make kimchi at Soo-ja’s house with the whole family. Soo-ja is surprised to learn Ji-na’s boyfriend is also Dong-kyung’s boss, and Dong-kyung is surprised to find that Sun-kyung and Joo-ik know each other.

Myeol-mang gets territorial about his new family and picks fights with Joo-ik as they work. During dinner, Dong-kyung pries into Ji-na and Joo-ik’s dating life when Ji-na mentions they were drinking the night prior.

When Myeol-mang points out that Dong-kyung started their relationship off after drinking, Dong-kyung pushes back that he’s the one who barged into her house. Soo-ja is shocked at first but then realizes that’s on-brand for their family. HA.

Both couples start comparing their relationships, and Dong-kyung and Myeol-mang feel superior in the knowledge that they fought fate itself. Ji-na acknowledges their effort and says she’s touched by how they’ve fought for and protected each other.

Soo-ja throws her hat in the ring and says she and Kevin had the most to overcome with their cultural and linguistic barriers. When they get all lovey-dovey, Sun-kyung has had his fill of all this couple stuff and escapes to buy more alcohol.

While Ji-na talks about her new novel, Kevin pulls Myeol-mang aside for a chat. He asks if Myeol-mang is going to marry Dong-kyung. When Myeol-mang says yes, Kevin welcomes him to the family. Kevin reminds him of the responsibility that comes with family, and Myeol-mang swears on his life to live for his new family’s happiness.

Kevin says he’s always liked Myeol-mang, which Myeol-mang knows for a fact is a lie given his mind-reading. Heh. Kevin is glad Myeol-mang returned and half-jokes that Soo-ja would’ve killed Myeol-mang had he not.

Sun-kyung slips in between them and hugs Myeol-mang as he says that he loves him. “So I have to live for this idiot now?” Myeol-mang wonders aloud.

After they leave, Joo-ik comments on how strange Ji-na is for taking him to a kimchi-making session. But he likes this “strange” Ji-na. She chides him for making her heart flutter.

Ji-na asks about his first love and accuses him of lying when he says it’s her. Joo-ik argues all loves are a first because it’s different with each person. She admits he made her heart flutter again which he greatly enjoys. They joke and bicker good-naturedly as they walk home.

Myeol-mang drops Dong-kyung off at home but doesn’t want to leave. She reminds him they both have work in the morning and sends him on his way with a kiss on the cheek. He circles back for a hug and finally leaves.

He calls when he gets home like she requested and calls again once he’s headed to bed. Dong-kyung is working on her novel and asks what was going through his head when he hugged her at the hospital. He recalls thinking that his feelings were unstoppable, although he hadn’t yet figured out what those feelings were.

Dong-kyung wonders what made him suddenly rush over to her place the day he confessed he loved her. Myeol-mang explains that disappearing made him realize how afraid he was of not seeing her again. She understands because not seeing him was always more frightening than dying for her too.

When she falls asleep, Dong-kyung finds herself in the goddess’s garden. The goddess wanted to show her Myeol-mang’s cosmos flower that bloomed in her flowerpot. She also wanted to show off her school uniform and smiles when Dong-kyung says it looks pretty.

Dong-kyung thanks her for everything but doesn’t understand why it had to be her. The goddess reveals that she chose Dong-kyung because she knew she’d endure. She didn’t interfere in Dong-kyung’s decisions because gods sometimes just like to be voyeurs, apparently. When Dong-kyung smiles, the goddess says that smile is why she let Dong-kyung figure things out on her own.

The following day at the hospital, the husband of a pregnant woman Myeol-mang saved pays him a visit. He grabs Myeol-mang’s hand and emotionally thanks him for saving his wife and baby.

On the rooftop, Myeol-mang stares at his hand and smiles. Doctor Jung spots him and comes over, somehow just learning that they work at the same hospital. He suddenly realizes that Myeol-mang resembles the ghost he met that day on this rooftop but laughs it off.

At work, Joo-ik takes Dong-kyung off guard when he calls that new Doom novel “pretty good.” It doesn’t have a ton of views, but he thinks the author has potential and wants her to set up a meeting.

Myeol-mang goes to buy a coffee at Hyun-kyu’s café and stares at Hyun-kyu for an uncomfortably long time while he takes his order. Myeol-mang compliments Hyun-kyu on his pretty smile, and Hyun-kyu in turn calls him handsome. Sun-kyung interrupts their compliment-off, and both Hyun-kyu and Myeol-mang call him cute simultaneously.

Shortly after, Dong-kyung brings her ex-coworkers to the café to meet Myeol-mang officially and hopes to make him some friends. Myeol-mang boasts that he just made a friend. Hyun-kyu waves and smiles from behind the counter. Myeol-mang then apologizes to Ye-ji (for the fake boyfriend thing), but she naturally doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Outside Myeol-mang’s house, Dong-kyung is amazed that everyone only remembers the necessary things about Myeol-mang and nothing supernatural. Myeol-mang notes the goddess’s attention to detail, even crediting her with creating him to match Dong-kyung’s preferences.

Dong-kyung spots a shooting star and encourages Myeol-mang to make a wish with her. He refuses to tell her what he wished for, so she pettily refuses to share her wish either. “Let’s get married soon,” he proposes abruptly. Dong-kyung laughs as they stand together under the shooting star.

 
COMMENTS

For how much suffering there was in this drama, the ending was very happily-ever-after. Myeol-mang finally got to leave doom behind and save people as a doctor, which was a poetic turn for him. Ji-na and Joo-ik got their happy ending together, I guess. Despite my distaste for their romance, I did like that it brought Joo-ik into the family; he and Dong-kyung have a kind of sibling vibe anyway, so it fits. Even the goddess gets to live a long life and enjoy human things to her heart’s content. I appreciate that no character was forgotten in the end, including minor characters like Dong-kyung’s coworkers and Dalgona. I don’t have much to say on the ending itself since everything went down pretty much as expected. It ended like most fantasy dramas of this type: the mystical being “dies,” the one left behind grieves and waits, and then the being returns to live happily with the one they love. I actually liked, though, that we didn’t get the stereotypical final-episode wedding this time. Dramas so often depict marriage as the end-all, be-all that it was nice to see Dong-kyung content to love Myeol-mang without feeling the need to jump immediately into marriage.

At some point along the way, I started feeling a sort of déjà vu while watching Doom, and it hit me that how I felt viewing this drama was almost identical to how I felt watching the 2019 fantasy drama Angel’s Last Mission: Love. They both had everything going for them: an interesting premise, great vibe, wonderful lead (or leads in Doom’s case) – but the writing got messier and messier until logic mostly went out the window. I enjoyed aspects of both dramas but also experienced a lot of frustration because they could’ve been so much better. I rooted so hard for Doom at the start because I really liked it and thought it had the potential to be something special. But the writing just never pulled together enough for it to reach its full potential.

Unfortunately, many fantasy dramas fall into this same pattern. They start off well with an interesting premise or concept but have a hard time sustaining quality, particularly when it comes to the writing. I had hoped Doom’s writing would improve once we settled in, but the opposite happened. This was particularly frustrating because it had such a strong start that hinted at a unique, deep story. Really, the writing was the only major issue – everything else worked well from the interesting tone to the strong cast and compelling chemistry between Seo In-gook and Park Bo-young. But I don’t think the writing was terrible in every respect. It fell short when it came to overall plot progression and logical cohesion, but I do think some of the character writing and more emotional beats were well done.

The drama was at its best when dealing with the more serious and emotional topics it brought to the fore. I liked how it broached Dong-kyung’s illness both from her perspective and that of her loved ones. They treated the topic with gravity and pathos, and unlike the more performative reactions we sometimes get in dramas, Dong-kyung’s emotional responses felt realistic in an understated way that pleasantly surprised me. The depiction of family was also lovely, showing that familial belonging is about love and shared connection, not blood. Our blended family wasn’t perfect but always strived to be supportive and loving. I also liked the perspective on fate where just because some things are out of your control doesn’t mean you have no influence over your life. Choices matter. Dong-kyung and Myeol-mang wouldn’t have gotten their happy ending had they not made the specific decisions they did. Fate was in part a result of their choices rather than a fully predestined path.

Some viewers might be able to overlook the logical missteps that endlessly frustrated me and just enjoy watching sparks fly between Park Bo-young and Seo In-gook. Given my love of those two independently and together, I can understand how that alone could be enough for a great drama experience. Alas, for me, even they couldn’t entirely make up for the sloppy writing and one of the most irritating love triangles I’ve come across in a while. Despite my disappointment, I still had fun while watching and don’t regret the experience. It may not have lived up to my expectations, but I did enjoy watching our characters grow over the course of the story into a strong little family that brought warmth and love even to Doom himself.

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This isn’t a nitpick, it’s a real question - what are the elements that caused this drama’s writing to be considered “sloppy”? Was it the worldbuilding? The elliptical sentence structure? The pacing? Characterization? Difficulty in translation? Or maybe better yet - what were the holes? There were initial comparisons with Goblin - was that story considered to be better-written?

I was actually surprised we got the full happy ending; I thought this could end up in an Arang place, or possibly even a fast-forward where we saw Dong Kyung died at 60 and Myul Mang lived to 100. But it was nice to see everyone either at the beginning or in the middle of ordinary life. And it entertains me that Kin Sa Ram is going to be friends with Hyun Kyu, partly because of Joo Ik’s inevitable exasperation.

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That's a really good question(s), @Miranda So often I kept reading beanies saying they didn't understand it. But to be able to judge something good or bad or even "sloppy" it really needs first to be understood. I am no big fan of Shakespeare, and I'd go so far as to say I don't understand all of the plays, (nor have a desire to) but that doesn't mean my lack of understanding makes for Shakespeare's "bad" writing. I do get really uncomfortable with people bashing the dramas just because they don't like them. We all have different tastes in what we like in dramas and should have the respect to refrain for weekly drama bashing just for fun. It feels a little like bullying to those of us who are enjoying the drama to have to read continual bashing from people who aren't even watching the drama. So, I'm with Miranda. When you go to calling the writing for a drama, "sloppy" explain why. Then move on to something else.

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If it is not apparent, with the same logic, the fallacy that people dislike the drama because they do not understand it is a form of bullying as well. The push back on DAYS, as I've seen in many places, is because supporters of the drama suggest that detractors cannot understand the profoundness of the drama. With all due respect, this drama does not follow any good creative writing practices. There are many reviews elsewhere which explores this in detail. On the contrary, I have never seen people counter the points made on the lack of world building, slow pace and the story not being effective in relaying the supposed messages it wants to tell.

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I’d say it’s not about a lack of understanding as much as a genre preference. Some people love science fiction, some hate it. Some love poetry, others dive into nonfiction. I would rather lie on the bottom of a pool for a few hours than read the autobiography of a tech bro, for instance, but I’ll happily read Neal Stephenson.

To me the messages in the show were always philosophical, and I thought the meditative way the show approached it worked. If people thought the show was about a woman who gets trapped into a supernatural contract and must break out, or a supernatural being who reluctantly becomes human, then I can see where the lack of rules and mythology could be an irritation. But if you view it as a slice-of-life show, that lens shifts to dealing with the impact of small events in a bigger framework.

It’s been interesting watching the viewer base split so vividly. I wonder if the show had been cast with different actors, or if the tone and direction had been VERY stylistically different, that would have broken some of the expectations?

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disliking a drama and respectfully voicing that opinion does NOT equal bullying.

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This is the point where "let's agree to disagree" comes in.

I am of those who did not like the writing of this drama, and even if I had the time to write up a point-by-point explanation of why this was (to me) a wasted potential, you (who loved it) would disagree and claim that:
a) it is because this was not my genre of kdrama (<- this is not true)
b) I did not understand the premise (<- again, not true)

I believe @quirkycase did an excellent job at both recapping and also explaining their likes and dislikes for the show. I also understand that if YOU LOVED THE SHOW, the recaps might not have been to your taste. This does not, however, mean that folks need to keep explaining over and over why THEY didn't like it.

Taste is not to be argued.

I'm truly glad you @zzthorn, Poomchai, Miranda and many others enjoyed this show! This is great!

Let us move on from the passive-aggressive "if you didn't like the show, explain yourself" moves.

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You are making assumptions, @KSKalways both about me and about my behavior. I did not love the drama. Part of the reason was because of the negativity here about it. I didn't hate the drama either and I wanted to enjoy it more than I did. I did understand it. The only reason I was irritated about people not understanding it and complaining about that was simply because that is what people did. I didn't look down on anyone who said they didn't understand it, I just couldn't figure out why people kept saying that week after week. I read posts of people bragging about how they weren't watching the drama, that it made no sense, but that they just loved to come and complain about it. No people don't have to explain over and over why they don't like something. But hey, they also don't have to keep coming back each week to remind everyone how they like it even less this week than last and it is torture to watch it. There were even people who commented negatively about the drama and hadn't yet started to watch it. Believe it or not, that takes from the enjoyment of people who want to like the drama and want to see the good in it.

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ah. I get it now.
Unfortunately, there is such a thing as "hate-watching"... *sigh*
Thanks for taking the time to explain your point of view. It is appreciated.

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It’s absolutely valid to dislike the show (or not love it) - it’s the “bad” or “sloppy” writing part that puzzled me. I thought the writing was pretty tight, the episodes paced pretty well, the characters behaving naturally if not logically. Even the cameos were well-integrated. That’s why I was intrigued by some of the criticism that compared this to Goblin and Gumiho - both shows that went deep on the worldbuilding rules/character history angles, but which I felt to be thin.

That’s why I keep circling back to at least some of this division being down to genre/expectation. Doesn’t have to be the right conclusion, I’m just not seeing actual writing flaws. Audience connection issues? Yes, definitely! But structural writing flaws…? I wouldn’t call this a poorly-written show.

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I agree @Miranda as I had no problem with the writing either as I'm an avid reader and also spent 6 years as an editor for a literary arts journal. I've seen all types of writing and find unusual approaches to storytelling refreshing. As for the comparisons to Goblin and Gumiho, I didn't make any either, but did make a note to myself to go back and watch those again to see what I must have missed. DAYS did not really strike me as a recycled story. Of course it would be hard to have any story that had absolutely no connection to any previous drama, but maybe one or two here and there.

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There is a misunderstanding here. I don't like the drama at all. I'm just pointing out how people seem to think that not liking it = not understanding the drama. Even when I see people say "I don't understand the drama", they don't mean it literally.

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I'm with you on this. Maybe the expectations for Doom to be Goblin-esque was too much. But whatever..I loved Doom. Now off to watch "Pipeline"! 😁

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True... next on the list

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So true... it was funny how MM went completely 2 face with JI "should I kill him" and HK " I made a new friend " lol 😆😆😆😆but the ending was fitting... many points reminded me of Angel's Last Mission but this goes nicely end even if we could figure it out.

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For me personally I really liked the drama at the beginning and thought it would be a new favourite. But I quickly stopped liking it and I think that's because the plot wasn't very good as they kept repeating the same things over and over again. There was no movement in the plot, it was just like each other break up repeat. The amnesia plotline was literally just a repeat of the beginning of the drama. It felt like the writer had a cool concept but had no idea how to execute it. Also, there were quite a lot of plot holes e.g. the wish concept made no sense how did her not making a wish stop her illness and when she ran away from her family it was stupid cause obviously her love for them wasn't going to go away just cause she left.

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My first bad bean for the year. I would have appreciated it more if this is a straight up melo and ending is sad and heartbreaking. Cha Joo Ik and Na Ji Na saved this drama for me. Hopefully SIG and Bo Young will choose better dramas in the future.

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Same. How I wished this was a heartbreaking melo because PBG is a great actress, and after 100 million stars I've wanted SIG to do more Melo. He is just so good. The second leads scenes was the only thing keeping my eyes open throughout the second half of the drama.

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The circle is complete! At least, the end is satisfying and makes sense with the story and the characters. This drama adressed the theme ends and beginnings a lot in different ways.

My favourite character was Joo-Ik, I really liked his dialogues.

As fan of SF9, I'm proud of Dawon, I liked his character, with Ji-Na, he was the connection between every characters (except the Deity).

I think Park Bo Young should choose another kind of drama now. It's always romance with some fantasy elements (ghost, super strength, switch of body...).

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I guess dramas are like beauty, their worth is in the eye of the beholder. Personally I enjoyed it, flaws and all. It seemed logical enough to me, I think it makes a lot of sense when you realize that this drama was as much about faith as it was about life and death. Maybe with less abstract dialogue and more world building it could have had a deeper impact but I'm glad I watched it. 
   I'm satisfied with the ending, it felt earned and it was foreshadowed throughout the drama. One thing it certainly did better than some other dramas is that the Myeol-mang that came back was really him, he was the same one she fell in love with, no amnesia, reincarnation or random human who happens to have the same face. But there is one question they failed to answer, what happens to the world now that he is no longer Doom? I guess it was never about world building and we just have to assume that got sorted. Maybe there's a new Doom now. I hope Seo In Guk (and Park Bo Young) picks another drama soon.

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As the goddess just planted something in her flower pot, I guess another doomed soul (Doom) is about to come to exist. And then the history might repeat again. I was actually hoping they'd show it in person (a cameo) rather than as a seed..

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If it weren't for PBY and SIG (and LSH), I would have dropped this drama. Alas, we fell victim to underdeveloped relationships. I barely cared about the secondary couple. LSH could barely save it. 😂. Unfortunate because I really did have high expectations for this drama because of the main leads...

I feel like this being marketed as a fantasy drama was a scam. It was light fantasy at best. There were barely any fantasy elements as the drama progressed and it just lost steam.

I did like the actress who played the goddess though. She kind of reminds me of Nam Bora.

I hope PBY picks a better drama next time. Maybe move away from the fantasy genre?? This is the second dud for me after the hot mess called Abyss, though DAYS is better I would say.

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This drama started so well and every week I waited anxiously for new episodes. But the last two episodes slowed it all down and there were two many hiccups in the plot line for me to get too involved. I loved the two main leads and they kept me going but it did all rather drag on at the end.

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This drama had a lot going for it in the beginning. For me, the main problem was that it seemed like they had too little story to fill the time allotted. Had they notched the belt a bit more tightly and made it a 10- or 12-episoder, it may have kept better momentum. I also really, really disliked the love triangle, primarily because it just meandered and moved like molasses until the end.

Visually, I thought that it was lovely, and I enjoyed watching DK's brother's arc - he showed real growth and maturing. And because I didn't much care how it ended, it actually made for an easy, stress-free weekly watch (which is really nice!). I wish there had been more nuance to Doom's and DK's characters, but they felt a bit archetype-out-of-the-box a lot of the time for me, though I think SIG and PBY did they best they could with what they got.

I mentioned elsewhere, but if you're looking for something like DAYS but tighter, more nuanced (and IMO better), I'd strongly recommend Scripting Your Destiny.

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I couldn’t do Scripting Your Destiny. I tried, hard, because at the time I didn’t have a drama I was actively watching at that one was complete, but… The lead actor is incredibly wooden, you can practically see the stage directions crossing him face as he acts them out. The rest of the cast is better, but not by much.

That preference does possibly explain a difference between Doom and Scripting, though. To me, “Scripting” is little better than storyboard panels with humans instead of drawings - there’s no nuance added by the filmed format. Then again, it DOES have a lot of characters with specific arcs and backstory and lots of context-setting and action, so as far as a storyboard goes it would move really fast - something that wasn’t true of Doom at all, where so much relied on pure acting.

I think Doom would have plodded as a webtoon for me, but that I’d probably be better off reading Scripting. Pure preference, and I think one that maps to a lot of the other shows I like, and the ones I can’t sit through.

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I’ve watched more of Scripting now, and this is what it’s got: lots of conditional worldbuilding rules, a “fated” destiny, the romance is the central theme, supporting characters are very much in support of the main storyline - which in turn is impacted by very binary mythology rules. The core god’s past has a huge impact on the story. I’m realizing it’s very Goblin-lite and probably scratches a similar itch for people who really liked Goblin.

Doom has incredibly vague rules, no “fated love” just interest that potentially can break Myul Mung out of his existence, the stages of grief are more center-stage than the relationship (as is existentialism), and the supporting characters all have their own oblivious paths. The core god’s past has very little relevance to the story. Very UNLIKE Goblin if you do the point-by-point comparison.

I can see why different people like each one, or why the same people watch each one in different moods. But the genre is totally different, despite roughly falling in the “fantasy gods” catchall category.

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This show had no plot, but I genuinely loved the romance. Park Bo-young and Seo In-guk's chemistry single-handedly carried this drama. Myul-mang's hand holding was the most heart-fluttering because he held Dong-kyung's hand so naturally. I even loved the amnesia because they were back to their sassy, bickering selves.

They would've been one of my favorite OTPs of the year if the rest of the story wasn't so boring. I could not bring myself to care about the love triangle. Every time the second leads were on-screen, I was just wishing for it to go back to our couple. I only cared about the other characters when they were interacting with Doom, so my favorite was the goddess. I loved their relationship because she was the only person he could be honest with, and she knew him inside out. Also, Myul-mang and Young's bickering never gets old.

We all expected Myul-mang would return as a human, so I was satisfied with our happy ending. Many thanks, @quirkycase, for recapping the entire drama!

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Am I the only one who didn't feel any real chemistry between the leads? SIG felt so unusually cold and distant, even in the promo shows/ videos.
All in all, I enjoyed so much more the second leads triangle love better.

Well, this is my unpopular opinion.

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I felt the same. I love both PBY and SIG and was very disappointed that I felt nothing seeing them onscreen together. I actually liked most of the moments between PBY and her family and friends and such, but the OTP scenes? I could've slept through. It's sad because SIG is one of my favorite actors and it was strange feeling... nothing while watching him. His performance gave me I Remember You vibes, but the core of that story was the relationship between the brothers, which was something I really felt. Personally, I blame the writing, because this is the SECOND time this writer has made an actor I LOVE watching somehow feel, as you put it, unusually cold and distant. If another of my absolute favorite actors does her next show I'm gonna scream. I'm convinced this writer has it out for me, ha.

But while I didn't care for the main OTP, I actively HATED the second lead love triangle because I wanted to yeet both men off a building lol.

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With Lee Min-Ki at least I am used to pick not so good dramas (see the last one), but although I didn't see Shopping King, I have really liked SIG since Love Rain and he has never disappointed before. And there was some sizzling there with Jang Na-ra, if I remember it right.

But I agree, the writing here has been appalling... Maybe it was a case of biting more than one can chew. After a certain point Doom didn't seem to really care about his job, everything was just about the romance (at least this is how it felt to me), but a romance that felt colder than the iceberg that sank the Titanic. The OTP looked to me like colleagues more than lovers. I couldn't help but think about the Kim Jung Hyun and The Time all the time (no pun intended). That was very sad for me. I didn't really how this world worked - which is the worst in my books, nor could I bring myself to care. It was a mindless watching for me after a few episodes. Nevertheless, I like SIG so much that I put up with it till the end.

Funny thing, I liked Jung Ji-So as the deity more than I like her as Ma-Ha. I haven't even known that she had quite a long filmography, but Doom put her on my radar.

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I felt they had really good love-hate/will-they-won't-they chemistry, but it did fizzle out once they became officially a couple. The writing kept Doom too cold and Dong-kyung was pretty aloof too, even post-omg-Doom's-alive-and-human. There was no euphoria in the reunion. Like you both thought you would never see each other ever again! It was as if Doom just took a jaunt to Busan for a few months.

By the end of the drama, it felt like their relationship was just beginning. So it was weird to talk about marriage. So it sort of made sense to me that they would delay marriage, though it didn't make sense for the characters. Maybe Young will have a chance to sweep Dong-kyung off her feet in a year or two!

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No you are not. However, there was not only a lack of chemistry, but some seriously bad writing, too. The last episode was especially annoying. Myul-mang wants to marry her, but Dong-kyung brushes it off repeatedly as if someone better is around the corner. Then she drags him along, in order to "make him some friends, because he has none". So condescending - where are HER friends - oops, she has none (family does not count in this case). I would have preferred a sad ending.

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I agree. The OTP ending was frustrating for me. Dong kyung refusing marriage wouldn't have bothered me if she gave a reason example her cheating ex or they don't have to marry to be happy together forever (which would've been good lesson for new human sa ram) Instead she gives no reason and just kept shooting MM down. Another issue i had is when he asks her to stay over and she says in your dreams. Why? They've slept over together with no issues before and after his humanity. She didn't come off as head over heels in love to me at all. Quite the opposite it was a bit like she was pulling back emotionally and physically. I didn't need a kiss but just more from her side because it was nearly all from him this episode. No comment on love triangle as I never cared about them.

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they definitely give good friendship vibes if you watch the behind the scenes for the drama, but I do agree that the romantic chemistry kind of lacked sadly.

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I enjoyed this drama from episode 1 to 15. In my opinion episode 16 was absolutely not needed. I was on fast forward through out and it didn't leave me with the mushy feeling I'm supposed to get from happily ever after.

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Thanks for recapping! You hit on a lot of what I felt this drama did right and what it did not so great. I think there are times - mostly in the beginning- when the drama tried to be too epic, mysterious, and life-or-death - especially with something as serious as "dooming the world or dooming my loved one" when it should have kept to a slice-of-life with a touch of fantasy feel. The drama is trying to tell me that the characters have been through a lot, but it didn't feel much like it.

But because the drama did create characters that I care about, even if the happy ending didn't quite feel earned to me, I'm glad they all got their happy ending. I'm glad the children that Aunt Sooja had singlehandedly raise are doing well. We need to have a spin-off of Joo-Ik and Dong-kyung's startup publishing company so we can get more of their funny conversations.

In the beginning, it seemed like Doom has to exist. But now Myeol-mang is human. Will there be a new doom? Or maybe fewer bad things will happen now?

Random aside: poor Young. Saram finally got the last word and K.O.ed him with pointing out that it would be quicker for Saram and Dong-kyung to get to the altar and get married than it would be for Young to turn 20. LOL.

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I was a big fan of that extended cameo! Cracked me up that he kept cropping up, and that he was sort of starring in his own adjacent Imitation-style drama next door to this one. I liked that all of these characters actually felt like they had their own lives (well, maybe not Kevin. KEVIN! Did you just randomly sell a company in Canada?! Are you taking advantage of the pandemic to telecommute? Why do you not understand Korean yet?! Do you not have a Canadian family, are you an orphan?)

These are not important questions, just things I definitely thought about Kevin.

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All Hail the Almighty Kevin, our saviour, our gift, our warm Patriarch whose love for his family surpasses communication barriers!

Kevin was the best thing about this show and I'm not mad.

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I still don’t understand how Kevin can understand absolutely nothing in his beach chat with Dong Kyung but then communicate quite well with hospital staff and DK and then move to Korea, but you know what? It’s very American to just throw yourself into something and bet that you’ll make it through with goodwill and optimism against all odds, so go for it Kevin!

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There's an epic romance in here...somewhere.

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Kim Saram and Cha Joo-ik fighting for the "Most straightforward" title! That was something I should've expected. 😄
And his rivalry with Park Young was just too damn entertaining!

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True 🤣🤣🤣 but it was downright funny and poor SK he got stuck in the middle. The best was when MM met JI he was like "should I kill him" and with HK "I made a new friend" lol

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"should I kill him?"
I wouldn't have been surprised had he chose "Mercenary" as his occupation instead of doctor. 😂

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That won't go with the story... 😅😅 doctor goes better than mercenary

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I mean...those piercing (Yoon yoonjae) eyes COULD murder you know! 😅

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I enjoyed the drama so much, I would love to watch it again. I wish them both success 💞

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This was a show where I really hope the main leads died, for storyline wise. This entire ending was a cop out.

The entire show was about acceptance and making the best of what you have left.

When DK accepted her fate and showed her fear of dying, that was a moment for me, that elevated it.

When Doom died and DK bravely move on, that was an elevation as well.

Than everybody came back.

Ep 14 was the ending for me. When the 3rd male lead Lee Hyun did his crying and showed his growth. When Doom sacrificed himself for DK. That was the real end.

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I agree with you. It should end with ep 14.

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I even appreciated episode 15 when they showed us how she was moving on bravely, for herself and the people around her. But ep 16, totally unnecessary

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I thought the romance between the leads was cute. However, I do agree that the storyline was very predictable and similar to every other fantasy drama.
My only question is, did the show ever explain why Myul Mang was at the funeral hall at the same time as young Dong Kyung? I don't remember the show ever explaining what he was doing there or why he was crying. Maybe I just somehow missed it though :0

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Yeah it did... he said it was his "mother" to DK and later the goddess teased him saying "I didn't know you think of me like that" or something like that in the hospital

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Ohhhh that makes so much more sense, thank you!

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Welcome

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I've thought this before when the drama first started airing and I'm sticking with it more so as it finishes. This could have been a great, compelling and insightful drama if they scrapped the fantasy aspect of it. It really killed my love for this show despite loving everything else about it, from the cast, story and tone. It would have also allowed all the characters to have a more cohesive relationship without feeling like two different dramas running in one.

As sad as it would have been for Dong Kyung to not have a miraculous cure for her illness, I would have been a whole lot more invested in their characters and relationship because the chemistry is blatantly there. Myul Mang for me was the biggest let down because I love love love SIG and was so excited for his small screen return, but I'm so disappointed that his character did nothing for me and more so had pretty much no interactions with LSH which I was looking forward to the most.

On the other hand I'm pretty satisfied with how the drama wrapped up, as predictable as it was, with an explanation for his return as human, which works within the logic of this drama. I'm also forever grateful to have seen SIG and PBY (a dream pairing of mine) to have graced my screen.

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One of the few who stucked till the end. Fantasy premise dramas can be really interesting but most tend to falter if the writer cannot get a hold on how to really end them well.

Nice on paper, but to translate it to a K-drama is not easy.

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Why is SK me when I'm with my friends???? Buy the ending was sooooo cute.. I thought we would see a wedding in the end but it's soooo perfect MM no... Kim Sarang got a new life and I totally agree with him... you do feel like a immortal when youare human, you feel like invincible and full... the ending was expect even I agree it did remind you of Angel's last mission Love God!!! Someone tell me to choose between the two and I'm going to slap that person !! Both were AMAZING 👏😍 from story to cast all was hands down AMAZING!!!!! Those two for me will forever be my most favorite fantasy dramas for life !!!!

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Replying for the second time:
I feel like this drama would've been grand if Doom had history beyond becoming Doom. Like say..if something had caused God to be like "I need someone else to carry all these hurt and destruction" and created him or Doom himself being human in the past and paying for a sin that he had committed or more appropriately he felt himself to be blamed upon. And then after centuries of living as Doom, finally his time had come to live as a human came. That would've added so much to the story. But, nonetheless, I enjoyed the whole show altogether! And of course, SIG had the biggest hand in it!

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You mean like Mystic Pop-up Bar?? Yook Sungjea's character?? It definitely would give the story a very interesting depth but the current ending fits perfect and true SIG is definitely a reason

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I haven't watched Mystic Pop-up bar yet so...that's a spoiler!! 😅 Is it good though?

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Oooopsss sorry my bad

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Ironically, that’s one of the things I liked most about this show - that the deities and any backstory just trailed off into eternity with no setup or context. Lots of mythology does that, someone suffering or favored for absolutely no reason, or a god with responsibilities they hate but can’t abandon, and I liked that there wasn’t even anything to fight against. There was no Big Bad, no one to appeal to. There was just the situation, the people Dong Kyung and Myul Mang loved, and how they were going to get through it.

Similarly, this wasn’t an epic passion. But it was two people who became intertwined and important to each other, to the point they knew their best life would be a shared one.

I liked that, in the end, this was a pretty small story. Just two people who want to spend their lives together, with the family and friends who are also figuring out how they want to live their lives and with whom.

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I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. There were more boring parts than I would have liked and I honestly didn't care a bit about the 2nd lead love triangle. I know a lot of people complained about Dong-kyung and her back and forth, but that actual seemed like some of the most realistic parts. She went through the 5 stages of grief and of course is going to have a hard time making and sticking to decisions. Would I watch it again? Maybe to watch my favorite parts. I liked the chemistry and relationships between Dong-kyung and Myeol-mang (I also like dry humor, so I enjoyed Myeol-mang's character).

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That kimchi scene was the single most wonderful thing about this episode and this drama. The whole episode was the best in the show, centering around family, relationship and hope. It was slow, bordering on tedious, but showed the heart I feel the show missed out on for most of it run. The last two episodes built great foundation and this is what made me realize what I had been missing for most of the show's run.

Now, a lot of the scenes between the OTP felt like a time loop with them constantly returning to the same point of origin; her death, his death, fate, the impact of love and sheer inevitableness. I would totally support philosophic discussion around dying and the meaning of life, but unfortunately I felt few conversations took this route.

The tempo and the too-clever conversations felt lacking in the sense that they happened all the time instead of quirks inserted like m&m's in a cookie.

Finally, I'm just gonna come out and say it; the lack of attraction between the OTP. I felt no romantic love at all between them after Doom came back from the garden. Barely even before that, from the moment he professed his love. Months passed, had she friend-zoned him now that the sense of doom also had passed?
If there's a season 2, I see a break-up coming.

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This drama was doomed for me when the plot lost traction and began spinning it's wheels...the OTP just focused their talk and actions on how to get over their fate ....over & over & over. Our male lead did find redemption and evolved from a weary, disenchanted spirit into a human being by learning how to love, but ultimately this transformation seemed to rob him of any personality. I enjoyed Sa Ram much more when he was a confident but cruel messenger of Doom. THAT is when it was interesting. I wish his conversion had included more steps where we also get to perhaps watch him make mistakes in his work and start questioning himself and his view of humans, as well as experiencing successes (perhaps his first flicker of 'wanting' to help someone, not just because of her). A scenario where you only want to make big changes for your love interest , doesn't seem as powerful as wanting to change for yourself and your own destiny. That's why his 'leaving' for months to spend 'in the garden' just relies on magic, as if he didn't really have to do any hard work to becoe human. I would have enjoyed seeing more of his personal journey & choices that might have made him realize that humanity was worth the service he gave them. As it stood, it overfocused on the OTP, who became like two"talking heads" in a philosophy class. The dialogues often sucked the life out of their chemistry. Very sad to see this drama start so strong and then sink when it got to the 'deep' end.

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I second everything you just said.

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I initially really loved the concept of Doom and I loved (and still do!) Seo In Guk. I loved Park Bo Young’s character too. But, as the plot went on, it became super convoluted. I didn’t understand the whole I will sever your ties with Doom thing. It was pretty aggravating. I agree the writing was a bit all over the place, and I found the love triangle with the secondary characters rather annoying.

I still find the concept of Doom and Goddess very intriguing and wish the drama gave more depth into the origins of their fates. Overall, an enjoyable drama.

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"It ended like most fantasy dramas of this type: the mystical being “dies,” the one left behind grieves and waits, and then the being returns to live happily with the one they love."

I'VE BEEN RACKING MY BRAIN THINKING WHY THE SCENE WHERE DONGKYUNG WAKES UP AND WORRIES THAT MYEOLMANG IS GONE AGAIN OR SHE'S JUST DREAMING IS SO FAMILIAR. Do you guys know a similar kdrama with this kind of ending except Goblin?

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I started losing my focuse over the main couple's route from episode 12 or 13 i guess. It felt like dejavu (repeating what Dong Kyung once said) , like rewatching some kdramas with similar storyline and ending. In the end I watched just to see Ji-na and Joo-ik got their happy ending coz i think their romance route seems original than the main couple.

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