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Bulgasal: Immortal Souls: Episodes 7-8 Open Thread

Our bulgasal hero finds himself in a bit of a stalemate. In order to execute his plans, he must first figure out what’s going on with his new acquaintance — and get our heroine to remember the past life (and deeds) that she continues to vehemently deny. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to believe her, what with the bucketload of twists and reveals this week.

 
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP

I’ve got a few plot complaints to lodge this week, but that being said, they didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this unfolding story. For starters, I think I’m losing the threads a bit on why Hwal, Ok Eul-tae, and Sang-eon seem to be in this weird holding pattern. Hwal’s only path forward seems to be trying to jog Sang-eon’s memories, that’s where we spend most of the plot this week.

While all our other found family members redecorate the house, rejoice over rice cookers, and bond, Hwal is still at Sang-eon’s throat (sometimes quite literally). The two head out on a multi-day trip, and Hwal’s goal is to dig into Sang-eon’s most recent past life in the 1970s, and get some of her memories to come loose.

We learn that in this 1970s timeline, Sang-eon was known as Kim Hwa-yeon. She lived in a small village with her parents and little sister; they and their neighbors died in a huge and tragic fire, which Hwa-yeon escaped. Hwal is operating on the premise that Hwa-yeon set the fire to get Ok Eul-tae off of her tail, coldly sacrificing her family (and others) in the process. But here’s where we get one of our many twists this week.

Even though she remembers nothing, the pieces of the mystery are starting to come together for Sang-eon. She visits the woman, KIM GO-BEON (Lee Young-ran), whom she and Si-ho sought refuge with 15 years ago. They went there because Sang-yeon seemed to share a secret with her and sure enough, we get this revealed: Grandma Kim is actually Hwa-yeon’s little sister! *Chills!* She survived the fire that Hwa-yeon supposedly set. (More on this later.)

There’s another secret survivor of that fire, though, and that’s our shaman, whom we’ll call Aunt Lee. Her backstory in the current timeline is told: she was saved from a fire as a small girl by Hwal, who saw that she was taken care of at an orphanage. We learn that she was the neighbor of Hwa-yeon and yet another victim of the fire she supposedly set; this is also confirmed for us by Si-ho. And here’s my second squabble for this week’s action.

Si-ho has been pretty tangential up until this point. We know she’s precious to Hwal, and that her pregnancy might have more to it later on, but mostly we see her used as leverage, and interacting with Detective Kwon and Do-yoon (all of which is adorbs).

Now, though, we learn that she has the ability to look into peoples’ pasts, which she’s long shied away from doing. (Are they really just telling us this now, or was it hinted at before and I’m forgetting?) Regardless, she confirms Aunt Lee’s story, and also seems to re-activate the shaman-prophet button in Aunt Lee’s soul. Pretty soon she’s prophesying to everyone in the house about the death and destruction to come when “the person with no memories” finally recovers them.

This is all well and good — my issue is that Si-ho and Sang-eon have a heart to heart, during which Si-ho confides that she thinks she can not only see people’s pasts, but past lives. She even offers to do it for Sang-eon. Sang-eon refuses, as Hwal’s constant pressing (and the prophecy) have her terrified over what she may truly be — or become. The plot squabble is this: did Si-ho have this ability all along and the two never thought to use it during their 15 years on the run?! (I hope this is explained a bit better as we move forward.)

We also saw a lot more growth in Hwal and Sang-eon’s relationship this week — or perhaps softening is a better word? Hwal is as harsh as ever, with his angry, “we’re not leaving till you remember something!” and carrying her with annoyance like a sack of potatoes over his shoulder.

But for all of his pushing Sang-eon to remember what a demonic beast she was, she continues to protest and claim innocence. She cries over what her past incarnations have done; she even cares for Hwal in quiet moments (like covering him with a blanket while he’s sleeping; a sure drama sign of affection).

In contrast, Hwal wishes agony over her while she’s sleeping — and yet, his mouth says one thing and his actions seem to say another. Everyone might not agree, but I still feel some serious chemistry between these two, even in their most antagonistic moments. It’s getting harder to deny that these two might have a deeper (and romantic) story in the past.

Speaking of the past, while on their memory adventures, Hwal and Sang-eon come in contact with more monsters from the past. There’s the fire-starting monster, who we learn was actually responsible for Hwa-yeon’s fire, and was hunting her along with Dark Hole. In fact, there’s so much info dropped, and so many reveals around this fire and timeline that I’m kind of impressed how much detail this drama really has, and how interwoven everything is.

The dealings with the fire monster confirm the connection that Sang-eon shares with Ok Eul-tae; he see him writhing in agony when Sang-eon is attacked. All his agony and waiting are a bit strange; he can’t do anything to Sang-eon and continues to wait on Hwal to join forces. But, sadly, there’s another twist here — our puppy Do-yoon is actually working with Ok Eul-tae (nooooo!). Everything that took him to Hwal’s house was staged, and he’s acting as a double agent. He also hangs out with Ok Eul-tae and plays board games. Hah, this drama is so weird.

As we near the end of the week’s episodes, the pitch of everything seems to reach a crescendo — and it also gives me these Snow White vibes (the shiny red apple, Sang-eon’s hood) which I actually love because it confirms the Grimm’s fairy tale tone of this entire drama.

Hwal is as tortured as ever, as he’s just seen his past father reliving his cursed fate. Then, he has to deal with the fact that Detective Kwon is fearlessly following Ok Eul-tae and winds up hanging from a tree, thanks to Eul-tae’s right-hand woman (this woman is actually the dueoksini Hwal killed in the past — another awesome reveal and tie-in).

Hwal is poisoned and his neck is slit, but he’s determined to save Detective Kwon. The ever-enigmatic Ok Eul-tae turns up and actually saves the two from the dueoksini. And as if that tension wasn’t high enough, Sang-eon also joins the scene.

Sang-eon has just returned from a secret visit to Grandma Kim, where the rambling memories of Kim Hwa-yeon and the fire form into another great reveal. Grandma Kim says, “The man with the scar was after you because Dark Hole killed his family and made it look like you did.” OMG! This is basically the reveal we’ve been waiting for. Sang-eon doesn’t waste a second to announce this new gem of knowledge to everyone, and hot damn what a cliffhanger!

This ending scene is so good I forgave the show for the plot slippage and the monster-of-the-week feeling I was getting. We’re definitely going to move forward now with this knowledge, and I’m going to repeat myself and say: there’s definitely more history here and I can’t wait to travel even farther back into the past. I always wondered why the Sang-eon bulgasal took the dagger for little boy Hwal, but the puzzle pieces are starting to make more sense…

Finally, I’ll just say that this drama is not only oh-so-fun because of the epic, sweeping, super-angst it delivers, but because it also knows how to hang on to its best moments. I love a drama that knows what it does well, and appreciate when those moments are mined for all they’re worth (I’m looking at you, epic piggyback and cliffhanger scenes!). Suspending strong moments only increases the tsunami of emotion, and heck, that’s why I’m here.

 
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Props to Lee Joon - he’s made me feel sympathy for a blood sucking sociopath. His loneliness and desperation came through when watching him with the kid and watching him struggle with the aftermath of the fire-monster attack on Sung-Un. I’ve always enjoyed watching Lee Joon but I have to acknowledge that he has mad skills to have your feel sorry for a literal monster.

I’m not sure what it is about this show that I’m so attracted too. I do find the Joeson/Goryeo parts of the story more compelling than the current day activities. I feel the show itself uses more vibrant colors and cinematography for the past than for the present. Sung-Un in the past is more mysterious and interesting than the doe-eyed, candyish version in the present. Si-ho in the past showed more passion and emotion than the current version. Det. Kwon showed more strength and gravitas in the past.
Hwal is the only one who seems the same brooding self.

The cliffhanger was really well done, both Eul-tae and Sang-Un are believable so I was conflicted. I keep thinking that there is a 3rd Bulgasal, the true big bad. Maybe because I feel bad for Eul-Tae. I also found myself watching the painting in Eul-Tae’s home. It had two beings with a halo like disc on their heads - the female character resembling Sang-Un and a male character who’s face we don’t see but seems to resemble Hwal’s back. So maybe Hwal and Sang-Un were immortals/Bulgasals to begin with and something happened to cause Hwal to be born a human. So many questions!!!

I’m still both fascinated and conflicted by the chemistry between Hwal and present day Sang-Un. I could totally get behind the chemistry between Hwal and past (lady in red) Sang-Un. Not sure how it will all end. So I guess the drama is keeping me entertained and wanting more.

One big distraction for me is the wardrobe choices for the present day women - the patch work mismatched clothes are not working for me. Although, I regularly wear dresses with jeans and sneakers and have been for years the choices in the show are distracting in a bad way.

Last thing, brooding Hwal is HOT 😍😍😍

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To your final sentence, AMEN!

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I guess the "cliffhanger" at the end was less impactful for me because once we suspected Eul-tae of killing Sang-eon's family, killing Sang-eon in her multiple lives, I just assumed he's been the one killing everyone. But I didn't want to shy away from Sang-eon being the culprit back then in lieu of an easy answer, just hoping it was justified somehow.
But as far as who to believe, don't we believe Sang-eon? I mean, grandma's revelation that it was Eul-tae was very convenient, but that info wasn't given to us for nothing.
But I'm sure Hwal is now conflicted. So much being thrown at him back and forth. I feel sorry for him.

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I've been saying since the beginning Joon can't be the main big bad. There has to be someone far worse than him who misunderstandings and cursed all of them into this life. I think the Bulgasals including past life Bulgasal Nara only know a fraction of the truth. The other theory someone floated was that the original Bulgasal could have been twins which means there could be an Evil Bulgasal Nara who is the big bad but the only problem I see with this theory is why past Nara with all her memories didn't mention potential evil twin Bulgasal.

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There might be something to the twin Bulgasals in the past theory. I actually watched the first episode after watching episodes 3-7 and there is a dream sequence that Hwal has in episode 1 which seems to show how he got the scar in his hand. In it there seems to be two Kwon Nara Bulgasals.

Maybe initially Bulgasals we’re not monsters but master of monsters as in those that kept the monsters in check. Maybe there were 3 of them and there was a fall out and that let loose all the other monsters and caused the Bulgasals to become monsters themselves. 🤔 My current working theory!

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I can't see Eul-Tae as a sociopath. Quite the opposite. He's way emotional. There's so much woundedness, rejection, abandonment going on with the sisters, the hero, the villain. And the history of lost children. Am not knowledgeable about korean approaches to curses but why was Hwal born cursed? Why was Eul-Tae born cursed? Why is Siho always pregnant or doomed to lose children in her lives? Why did Sang-un tell Hwal that the curse will continue because yet again the wrong choice was made? Was Sang-un a sister, a wife, an adulterous partner with Hwal in one life? We will never know the full truth until we see the past before the past and the future when all the karmic debt and consequences have worked out and everyone is one happy family again. That's what i'm waiting for.

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Alright! *claps* I'll come together with you on these two things:
-Si-ho's ability has been hinted at in this timeframe. But very little, almost barely. When Hwal came and saved her at the motel she and Sang-eon were hiding at, she touched his hand and told her sister she saw something. I can't remember what it was, might've been him in that field or something.
But her sudden interest to go all in with this ability all of a sudden is curious. But Si-ho did mention Sang-eon not wanting her to see their family murdered again so I guess that explains it.
-I appreciate and will stand with you on Hwal and Sang-eon's chemistry. Thank you for not being one of the ones out here shipping him with his former wife like that's what either of them want. BUT, and this is a huge BUT. I don't blame those shippers because that's the most warmth we've seen from Hwal and the more healthier exchanges we've seen thus far? But sadly, when it comes to Hwal and his tragic life, that's not saying much.
So, I will respect that Hwal and Sang-eon are the true OTP, but at this point, I'm having to keep reminding myself that this is the case. Because all of this chemistry seems to be drummed up angst and potential at this point. Show needs to seriously get the ball rolling on why these two have any business together and what their connection is besides a curse and swapped soul. Because interestingly, the swapped soul actually creates a block between them. She can sense all other monsters besides him, and he can smell everything else besides his own soul (her). So they have much relational work to do between them.

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Our poor Hwal. If I feel smacked over the head with all of this info, I can't imagine how he feels.
Poor thing just needs a nap at this point.

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I also vote for a long, uninterrupted nap for our hero.
But knowing him, his own mind would have no problem torturing him with endless questions and what-if scenarios all day and night.

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Been watching korean drama since 2007 and because of that i feel like I can be a writer sometime hahaha. Ever since Lee Joon came out and I saw his hole in the chest I already had my own story that it might be Ok Eul Tae who killed Hwal's Family and it just happened that Min Sang Un was there to save Hwal's family but she was too late and when Hwal came he thought Sang Un killed them that's why when he stabbed MIn Sang Un she cursed Ok Eul Tae by saying she will bring the pain she was feeling before she died reason why Ok Eul Tae had that hole in his chest. And I was right all along when episode 8 came out :)

Love Bulgasal. Hopefully Kim Woo Seok's character will team up with Hwal and not with Ok Eul Tae anymore as I'm sure he was just brainwashed because of his brother being in the hospital as I really love his interaction with Hwal and I want him to be Si-Ho's partner in the drama.

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The newest complication between Hwal and Eul-tae is just so so delicious. I never really understood Eul-tae's urgency in finding the newest reincarnation of the red-clad woman and killing her before Hwal could find her. But if his body is tied together with the woman's reincarnation's body, and Hwal's soul attracted countless monsters that always made attempts at her life, I can see why Eul-tae is obsessed with killing her as soon (and young) as possible.

Now, though, the question is what could possibly happen in the past to make that connection existed between them. It's also interesting that while Eul-tae's body is a mirror of the condition Sang-un has to go through (which suggested that his is the one "created" as the "clone" of hers, not the opposite), Hwal and Sang-un could never sense each other's presence despite them being the owner the same soul. And here I thought that the soul connection would be much stronger than the body connection.

With all these new twists and revelations, I think Hwal needed someone to answer the most basic question first: What actually is a Bulgasal? The separation between human and monster is very easy to make, even now when all those monsters have been reincarnated in human bodies. But the reason for Bulgasal being a monster is so much murkier. Because they don't have soul? If that's true, it shouldn't be that easy to turn them into a mortal (and a good one too, at that, looking at the evidences we have so far on Sang-un's past) with a simple insertion of human soul. And it shouldn't be that easy either to turn a mere mortal into Bulgasal just by taking their soul away.

Everything now has devolved into she said and he said, and unless Hwal can get the real account from someone who knows what really happened all those centuries ago, everyone is locked in this stalemate. I don't know who to believe anymore! (Time for Si-ho to employ her power, probably? We do need a fresh perspective, after all.) Seriously though, I itched to reach through the screen to study and decipher Eul-tae's creepy painting properly. That seemed to be the key to this whole dratted mystery.

Now, on to some precious character growth and understanding.

I always thought that Hwal is too mightily stubborn when it comes to another possible explanation of Sang-un's identity. But eps 8 finally gave me the answer to that. Given that Hwal has met countless iteration of the people from his past, and since no matter how different the era they lived in at the moment they seemed to always embodied the same core personality that defines them as human, I can finally understand his reluctance to acknowledge that Sang-un might be a completely different person than the red-clad woman. There was no other proof or precedence of that being possible. Everyone is doomed to follow the same choices and mistakes they've made in their previous lives, no matter the different people that now comprised the majority of their circle,...

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..., so why should Sang-un be different? But even stubborn Hwal has to agree that something just doesn't add up in this particular situation.

As for the other shocking mystery, what's the deal with Do-yun?! I'm 99.9% sure he is a good kid, and that his weird reaction was simply a result of some amateur acting to play fool despite his apparent knowledge about the otherwordly things happening around him. But what gave me pause was the way Eul-tae interacted with him. I think that's the only time I saw him displaying restraint and softer emotion, also the only time his mask slipped just a bit to show his jealousy and loneliness at the close relationship Hwal managed to cultivate with humans around him, despite them both being Bulgasals. I wonder what kind of "encounter" Eul-tae has with young Do-yun back then that left such an impression that Eul-tae refused to show himself as monster in front of him.

And then there is Si-ho, toward whom Hwal displayed a very different and interesting reaction. She is clearly the only one who can "tame" Hwal and change his stubborn mind. I used to ship them together (and I still think they made for a less complicated and comparatively healthier couple than Hwal and Sang-un), but the last eps made me realize that Hwal's longing of her is tainted heavily with unhealthy dose of guilt and regret and sorrow, and I think it prevented him to even think that he deserved a do-over with his past wife. It's clearly not helping that Si-ho saw him as a much older ajusshi she couldn't even imagine liking in a any romantic way.

Thank goodness romance seemed to be the smallest sub-plot in this drama. I'm far too busy making sense of the mystery around Bulgasal to feel annoyed that the writer seemed to point at Hwal and Sang-un as the endgame couple.

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“ I wonder what kind of "encounter" Eul-tae has with young Do-yun back then that left such an impression that Eul-tae refused to show himself as monster in front of him.”

There was a short sequence where Eul-tae said he took very good care of the children at the orphanage where Do-yun grew up. The drama’s designated monster is taking care of children at an orphanage??? Something doesn’t add up. More layers to the mystery.

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Thank you for the recap and reveal on Episode 8. Due, to I ff some parts of episode 8. I like episode 7 more then episode 8. I love Lee Joon. I wish he played villain for few more dramas. I still think Kwon Nara is weakest link. The only thing she is good at when she see herself in the pit that is when she was good. 😂 Other then that, I hope Detective does not die.
From what we seen preview, our guess that the teenager is the reincarnated son is correct. However, how he end up with Lee Joon is a mystery. I do hope we see Lee Joon in the past life soon. I am curious of how he become who he is in the modern life. 😀

Good night everyone!!!

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Lee Joon has essentially the most compelling character on the show. He is also fantastic as the villain. There are just so much questions. I am interested in the mystery of the Bulgasal and where the writer is taking this.
Hwal is mostly brooding and that is understandable considering the centuries he had lived through.
Sang woon is vanilla and find her annoying really because of her candy characteristics. I have been waiting for when she remembers it to make things interesting. So looking forward tto next week.
I am rather happy to see SiHo have endearing fatherly moment with the detective. One that she was starved of in her past life. I like her sibling chemistry with DoYoon. I would like her to have more interaction with Hwal. Hwal was mostly guilty with how his relationship deteriorated with Sol. So hopefully he get to atone for it soon and have a pleasant moment with her. Sang woon has been monopolizing his attentions.

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Omg I can't believe the recap is up already! Yayyy and thanks!

The drama had briefly mentioned Si Ho could see strange things (when touching someone?), but didn't specify her ability until now. I don't know if she *just* learned that she could see the past lives though instead of just past moments.

The action and impact was less this week. EP 8 ended in a bland way. Or maybe bland is too strong of a word. Abrupt? Typing this super late. I guess I was waiting for more to happen after the trio encounter and the show just ended it like that. Argh.

DO YOON! I'm glad that the drama revealed his twist early. I just became suspicious of him last week. I have no idea why he is working for Eul Tae by spying on Hwal. Sang Eon's hand doesn't shake around him. Is he really human? Can he be a different supernatural form? What's his goal.....

The back-and-forth about who really killed Hwal's family. I don't know who to believe yet. I wonder if the line about Bulgasal can only be killed by Bulgasal was actually about Sang Eon discovering her true form and is the one who can destroy Eul Tae. She had a short flash of power she used against the first monster she faced during her heightened state of fear/adrenaline.

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Just wanted to ask. The flashbacks we get of the detective as a kid with his sister (maybe???). Was she a reincarnation that died too early?

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I just want to say that as much as I loathe the overuse of lens flare in this show, I really think it’s a huge hint. I’ve noticed there’s a lot of light (eg light bulbs, sunlight, chandelier, etc) in a lot of scenes between Hwal and Sang Woon and it illuminates them greatly (especially when behind them). Almost like a halo—which brings me to the Painting. I’m putting my bets in that the ones drawn there are Hwal and Sang Woon in the past.

That said, if all this light stuff has no meaning then its overuse is just grating lol.

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I enjoyed these last two episodes a lot. The show is still spinning its wheels in order to maintain the suspense about how exactly Sang-un and Hwal are connected. But there was much forward movement, some great character development with Lee Joon's character (the board game scene was awesome), and with Si-ho seeing the past, I feel like we can finally get a better glimpse of the obviously complicated past relationships that got us to this point.

I'm a little surprised Hwal hasn't been pulled more towards Si-ho. Even if the two were never truly in love or that affectionate with each other, his guilt and longing seemed so profound I don't know why he isn't more compelled to reach out to her in some way.

One complaint: I hate Sang-un's clothes. Can whomever is dressing Lee Joon take over?

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@missvictrix Thank you for this weecap. Si-ho's ability were confirmed in an earlier episode. I am happy that she is taking a somewhat more active role in the events taking place. The pain connection between Ok Eul-tae and Sang-eon did take me off guard. I assume that this connection has always existed between the two. However, when we see Eul-tae first try and plunge the knife into Sang-eon, his reaction to the pain that he experiences seem one of shock, as if he wasn't expecting it. Or have I mistaken the pain of his black hole causes him with the pain he felt in episode seven?

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None of the twists were surprising to me, aside from Eul-tae seeming genuinely fond of Do-yoon and excited to play board games. I really need more airtime for our lonely little monster.

Still convinced Do-yoon is the reincarnated son. He seems like a nice kid who was helped out by Eul-tae and thought he was doing the right thing by being a spy. He called Hwal "hyung" right away but keeps a distance from Eul-tae.

I don't think the person who can't remember from Ms. Lee's prophesy is Sang-eun.

I'd rather see an evil Sang-eun than the doe-eyed candy she is now, but Red Bulgasal didn't seem all that evil to me and neither did Sang-eun's twin.

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We need more information about Red Bulgalsal. Why did she save Hwal as a kid, only to stab him with that sword as he watched his family dying?

If it was to "save" him from Black Hole, I think Hwal would have much preferred to die alongside his wife and son rather than be stuck in his immortal, guilty, soul-less existence for centuries.

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Exactly. People forget that Red Bulgasal saved him when he was a little boy. But why?? What’s their connection? Was he really a cursed child.? What’s that all about anyway? That whole village Hwal grew up in, were horrible people killing innocent children for their own benefit and the prophecy lady was just as worst. There’s so much mystery going on. I get excited with dramas that’s thats unpredictable and not cheesy or cliche like this one. I love the fact that I’m thinking of different scenarios of what could have happened and what’s really going to happened. Keep up the good work

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I'm just waiting around for people to realise that there are actually two people in that house who don't have all their memories: Sang-eun and Hwal. Because why would a Bulgasal who can just kill you if you tick them off get mad enough to curse you into your next life? I mean, look at Ok Eul-tae. He's a psychopath, sure, but the only person he's shown enough hatred towards to curse that way is Sang-eun. So who did Hwal cross in that first life where he got stabbed to be cursed for 600 years?

Also, I know this is probably leading up to a romance between Sang-eun and Hwal, again, from that first life, but maybe I'd be more invested in it if Sang-eun stopped looking like a deer in headlights every time she looked at Hwal or if Hwal stopped looked at Si-ho with so much guilt and yearning, even if the yearning isn't romantic.

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Actually, all of the people in that house have a "memory loss", because they are all reincarnations, and none of them remembers their past lives (and Aunty also doesn' t remember her last childhood).

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I came for Kwon Na ra and Gong Seung yeon. Why didn't anyone tell me how hot Lee Joon?
The board game scene was the cutest bromance scene I've seen in a really long time.
Honestly, at this point, I'm just here for the mystery, Lee Joon and the monster of the week.

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*plays the OST on repeat while waiting for new episodes*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c9sKFrZJ9M

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This show is really great with the action, really love the folklore, and thankfully Detective Kwon & Eul-tae are moving things forward. Everyone else unfortunately seems like they're standing around or doing the same thing over and over again. Do wish they had written Sang-eun as a more believable person.

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Most of these comments are annoying. How are you so confused about who killed Hwal family? Euk tae is a manipulator and a liar. He lied to all of those monsters just to get close and kill Sang eun. Hwal isn’t the only one that has experienced tragedy. He may be immortal, but almost every character has experienced tragedy. Also, Hwal never really saw Sang Eun ( Bulgasal kill his family). He had 600 years to find out what really happened instead of having so much bent up anger and vengeance towards Sang Eun. His guilt for not protecting his family is also part of his anger towards her. SMH. I actually like Sang Eun. She’s so innocent and sweet. I really don’t like that everyone is after her and is also hated by Hwal too. She’s a strong woman to endure all of that. She is even forgiving towards Hwal after he brutally tried to kill her at the well.

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I have zero interest in the romance between it feels forced and unreliable now. I'm more invested in the side characters like Detective and his past with Bulgasal, Siho and her secret power, Doyoon and his imposter or a son (?) And another important main character like the vilain Ok Eultae who has just being there and stealing the show caught my attention.

Bulgasal is getting better and complicated but this makes it fun and I enjoyed a lot. The cinematography is still the best.

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The Joseon scenes are amazing but the modern day scenes drive me to sleep.

I didn't enjoy the final reveal, it was so predictable. IMO, the show would be much more interesting if Sang-un (or sister) is indeed evil, and have us all fooled by their victim/goody-two-shoes image. At the moment, the most compelling connection for me is between Black Hole and Sang-un. I'm sure they have a super angsty relationship hundreds of years ago. But why is the show taking forever to reveal their origin story?

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Hwal does not need more screen time with Siho. Why would he? He need to remember that everyone except him are all reincarnated with different lives and have new memories, except for the monsters. There may be some similar traits, but it’s like he’s been projecting everyone he’s seen reborn as the same person and treats them as such. That’s not fair. He lived his entire 600 year life stuck in the past. He should rethink his way of living and figure out a better way of handling things. He could have lived a more comfortable life while still trying to find the truth instead getting vengeance on something he really has no solid proof of. His mind is so clouded, that he didn’t even know of another Bulgasal. Wouldn’t anyone want to know if they are the only Bulgasal monster in the world? He lives in a run down disgusting house, which I’m so happy everyone their finally made it more homely. I like that they all live there like a family except for Hwal. He allowed it.

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On Hwal/Si Ho shipping: seems to me they were bound together by circumstances: Dad wanted them together and no one else would have either of them and then family misfortune/Karma. The drama has not given anything to show they loved or even really liked each other particularly as of yet.

The Pregnancy will draw them together because of his overwhelming guilt and amp up his protectiveness of her of it but the OTP if their is one is SW and he.

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This week was slow. The twist about DY's past was very nice but like @tiredys said above, the main characters are running around in circles. Saying the same weird things with the same strange demeanor. Honestly Hwal seems as crazy as Eul-tae, he doesn't talk to the real people in this era, he just acts as if they are the people from Joseon. He doesn't think about why there is connection between Red Bulgasal and Eul-Tae and the fact she might have been a regular person in her past lives. That was all much more believable when he did not know about them but now he is just plain crazy. It doesn't help that the FL is even more unbelievable, no sane person in her situation would act the way she does, which led to the attempts at romance this week. It is very unrealistic and quite boring. He is not some tsundere with an attitude, he plans to kill her. She knows it.
Det. Kwon and Eul-Tae and even Do-yoon are the only ones that remain moving the plot in a logical way.

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