We begin off this week’s episodes proper the place we left off, with our three leads — Lee Yeon (Lee Dong Wook), Lee Rang (Kim Bum), and Nam Ji Ah (Jo Bo Ah) — caught in their respective nightmare-scapes. It prompts all of them to perform a little soul-searching and maturing, however fortunately all of them make it out with new discovered dedication and no worse for put on (for essentially the most half). But that’s not the one factor we’re glad to see occur this week. There’s important improvement for a number of of our characters, with extra explosive occasions teased for down the highway.
In the meantime, right here are a number of the issues we’re glad to see on this week’s episodes:
Warning: Spoilers for episodes 9 and 10 forward!
Ji Ah constantly being such a worthy heroine
Ji Ah (and Ah Eum) has such great qualities — tenacious, sensible, spunky, courageous, trusting — and it’s nice to see the writers constantly permitting these qualities of hers to shine. Her psychological energy is in full show when she’s trapped within the Spirit of Darkness’ (a.k.a the Nightmare Lady) nightmare-scape, as a result of even when she’s showered with all of the love and affection she’s been yearning for all this time, she nonetheless manages to step away from all of it and select to return to actuality. Sure, it takes a bit reminding from Yeon (by way of a magical hyperlink), however seeing her so comfortable along with her dad and mom, it’s comprehensible why this “residence” is so alluring to her. It’s heart-wrenching to see her stroll out as her dad and mom tearfully beg for her to remain, however we wouldn’t anticipate any much less from her.
Ji Ah can also be sensible in letting her colleagues, Sae Rom (Jung Yi Seo) and Jae Hwan (Kim Kang Min), in on the supernatural happenings. In their previous life, these two had been those who watched over and took care of Ah Eum, so now Ji Ah is repaying their kindness by forewarning them and ensuring they don’t unwittingly develop into collateral injury.
That apart, it’s additionally nice to see a bit extra into the trio’s backstory. In reality, it was past-Jae Hwan who alerted Ah Eum to Yeon’s whereabouts. You can virtually see little-Ah Eum’s ears perk up at this attention-grabbing little tidbit.
Ah Eum too is simply as robust as Ji Ah. (Or the opposite method spherical. You get the concept). Yeon chooses to inform Ji Ah the entire story behind Ah Eum’s demise and we see the whole lot in clear element. (Again, I like how the drama doesn’t drag these reveals out). After The Imoogi-possessed Ji Ah finds her strategy to Yeon, the 2 have an all out struggle.
However, simply as a sword is about to be plunged into Yeon, Ah Eum regains management and stops it. She’s horrified to see all of the useless our bodies round her (The Imoogi took her physique on a killing spree) and begs for Yeon to kill her, however Yeon is of course unable to take action. Yeon gives The Imoogi his physique in change for letting Ji Ah go, however Ji Ah gained’t let him have his method.
Instead, she asks Yeon to repay his debt, the one factor all foxes are certain to. (Prior to this, Ji Ah saved Yeon from some villagers whereas he was in a weakened state, and thus the “debt” was shaped).
And with that, Yeon loses all free will as his hand morphs right into a claw and plunges itself into Ah Eum. It’s a pleasant element to have Yeon kill along with his claws as a substitute of the sword, which additional emphasizes how helpless and not-in-control of his physique he’s.
Rang and Yeon (kind of) resolve their points
Just like Ji Ah, Rang too is caught in his personal nightmare-scape. Even although Yeon chooses to come back save Rang, the 2 are nonetheless significantly outnumbered by the mob of zombie-like spirits, and their our bodies in the actual world present mirroring wounds. They handle to flee the hoard, however not earlier than Rang is bitten and poisoned. After going spherical and spherical but unable to discover a method out, Rang loses his energy and whines about giving up, which aggravates Yeon significantly.
Rang retorts that he doesn’t have something to stay for, heck even his personal brother tried to kill him so a few years in the past. And that’s when Yeon yells for him to get his head on straight and determine why he’s nonetheless alive. Rang lastly realizes his brother by no means meant to kill him and this is sufficient for him to stand up and proceed shifting.
Eventually, they deduce that the best way out is throughout a ravine, so Yeon has Rang leap throughout first whereas he fends off the hoard that had caught up. One of the spirits, sporting the face of Rang’s mom, follows Rang throughout and clutches on to him, dragging him downwards. Yeon sees Rang struggling, so he jumps throughout and grabs onto the spirit and falls into the ravine collectively. Next factor we all know, Rang is awake in the actual world.
Again and once more, we’ve seen Rang aspiring to trigger hurt to Yeon. But upon realizing that Yeon didn’t make it out of the nightmare-scape, Rang is definitely anxious about his security. Having lastly resolved the centuries-long misunderstanding and accepting how he feels about his brother, Rang begins to rethink his “partnership” with The Imoogi and The Butler (Uhm Hyo Sup). However, that’s once we be taught that Rang is certain by a “debt” of his personal. The Butler was the one who saved Rang all these years in the past after he was attacked by Yeon and it seems to all be a part of The Butler’s scheme to “personal” Rang.
Wanting to discover a strategy to break the debt-bond, Rang even takes a danger and goes to the Afterlife Immigration Office — the place he sees wished posters of himself — to ask Granny for an answer. Unfortunately, the one strategy to break the bond is by… demise.
Shin Joo and Yoo Ri going all in
When Rang succumbs to the poison from the zombie chunk (again in the actual world), Yoo Ri (Kim Young Ji) tearfully drags Shin Joo (Hwang Hee) over to assist Rang. And although Rang was the one who brutally attacked him earlier than, Shin Joo places apart his emotions and treats him. This selfless act confuses Yoo Ri, to which Shin Joo replies it’s as a result of he couldn’t bear to see her cry.
In some ways, Shin Joo and Yoo Ri are very related. Both have wounded pasts and each discovered new lives after being proven kindness by the Lee brothers (and as such have develop into so fiercely loyal to them). These commonalities additional deliver these two collectively, but it surely’s Shin Joo’s checkered previous that seals the deal for Yoo Ri. After studying of his robust facet (Shin Joo was nicknamed “Crazy Fox”), Yoo Ri fully falls for him, a lot so she propositions him on the spot.
The “Closed” signal did me in. LOL!
This couple actually is so cute collectively and it’s nice to see a enjoyable, lighter relationship that balances out the heavier Yeon-Ji Ah one. It’s additionally nice to see the characters interacting extra with one another, which supplies us new dynamics to discover. And actually, the forged all have such nice chemistry, so all of the scenes are entertaining to look at, no matter who’s paired up.
I’ve seen Hwang Hee and Kim Young Ji in different roles earlier than, however their respective portrayals of Shin Joo and Yoo Ri are essentially the most enjoyable to look at but. Their characters may have been reasonably one-note — Shin Joo being an obedient lackey, Yoo Ri being all prickly and hotheaded — however Hwang Hee and Kim Young Ji add sufficient layers to make them relatable and pleasant.
Just take a look at how comfortable Shin Joo is to have Yeon’s seal of approval!
Yeon goes on the offense
Yeon is actually an all highly effective (ex-)mountain spirit, so it might have been disappointing if he had been simply tricked or outsmarted on a regular basis. But as a rule, he’s the one who is 2 steps forward. From the second he figures out that The Imoogi is again in enterprise, Yeon has been attempting to lure him and his lackies out. The nightmare-scape supplies such a possibility to him, as he makes use of his “fall” and pretends to be trapped, all weak and powerless (however nonetheless wanting sooooo good *cough*).
Seriously, this is sort of a music video!
After Yeon keels over within the nightmare-scape, the Spirit of Darkness lastly seems earlier than him. With his previous couple of breathes, he begs to know whether or not Ji Ah has made it out of her personal nightmare-scape. After she confirms that Ji Ah has certainly made it out, Yeon will get up, brushes himself off, and turns into his outdated, very wholesome, self once more. He taunts the Spirit of Darkness for falling for his ruse (“Did you actually suppose a lowly spirit may so simply make me fall?”), then he stretches his arm out previous her shoulders and grabs onto The Imoogi (who’s linked to her in the actual world). Yeon warns him that he’s coming for him, proper earlier than he finishes off the Spirit of Darkness.
After making it out of the nightmare-scape, Yeon additionally appropriately deduces that with Rang’s coronary heart now swaying, The Imoogi and The Butler would wish to meet with him, and thus places Shin Joo on his tail once more. Rang leads Shin Joo proper to their home and this permits for Yeon to make a shock go to. After being at the hours of darkness for many of the earlier episodes, Yeon is now on the offensive, and it’s so darn attractive!
The Imoogi ventures out into the world
With The Imoogi now being a full grown not-so-human being (performed by Lee Tae Ri), it stands to cause that he’ll be making a transfer reasonably than staying cooped up in his manor. And he does. He wedges himself into Ji Ah’s manufacturing crew as the brand new intern, and goes by the title… Terry. Heh! He even manages to win Ji Ah’s approval along with his work ethic, and may we actually blame her? After all, Terry seems like a innocent school child along with his boyish beauty and pet crush. Lee Tae Ri does an excellent job shifting between his two personas. Just as you let your guard down round him, his expression modifications and also you’re reminded that he’s a literal snake.
It’s additionally thrilling to see Yeon and Terry lastly come face-to-face with one another as the 2 have a speed-brawl earlier than they find yourself on a rooftop. Terry tells Yeon that he has management over everybody he cares about — his brother, his girl, even his girl’s dad and mom. He’ll let all of them stay on one situation — Yeon has to surrender his physique.
It’s been talked about a couple of occasions that The Imoogi desires Yeon’s physique. The cause behind his hatred for Yeon is as a result of all that he had — his mountain spirit standing and Ah Eum — had been all purported to be his. But Yeon is not a mountain spirit, and I doubt his physique had something to do with him being so within the first place, so why covet his physique? Yes, it’s a handsome physique, however so far as causes (for a centuries-long feud) go, this one appears odd. Hopefully, the present will give us extra perception into this within the subsequent episode and actually flesh out The Imoogi’s reasonings and intentions, so we are able to have a very formidable foe. Or… is The Imoogi additionally a pawn in another person’s recreation? Mayhaps… The Butler?
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Who do you suppose is extra evil? The Imoogi or the Butler? And do you suppose Yeon made it rain simply so he may reunite with Ji Ah underneath his favourite purple umbrella? Let us know your ideas on episodes 9 and 10 within the feedback under!