This was Soon-ae's episode. Her tunnel-vision ended at her goal: have sex and be freed of her ghostly body into heaven. She did not see what it would cost to attain that goal and the knowledge of leaving and losing love that she never had while living is painfully present. And that's what good angst is all about.
Soon-ae falls in love with the earthly life she is borrowing from Bong-seon. She learns what romantic love is with the kind Seon-woo. She gets to be with her father and brother again. She makes friends with the crazy set of characters who staff Seon-woo's kitchen. She steps into life and loves it. It has what she never had when living: true love and things she's never experienced. Kim Seul-gi is spot on as the ghostess who sees life anew as a ghostess in love and who does not want to let it go. This is a whole new kind of K-drama second lead that I can get behind. Especially when it contradicts with her end goal that absolutely must be realized or else she will change into a long-lived evil spirit.
There were so many fantastic scenes his episode that really explored the emotional depths of relationships. Seobingo the shaman helps Soon-ae understand that it isn't her time to love and that she has other work to do. Soon-ae opens up to Seon-woo about how grateful she is to see new things and that she truly likes him. That is what he needed to hear. Seon-woo represents what women normally want: a man who views the sex act as not an act, but an extension of love. He considers it to be something only done when couplehood is strongly set. After Soon-ae's confession, he feels close enough to her to sleep with her. I love the role reversal like I said last review. And his reverence of the sex act rubs off on Soon-ae as well. Perhaps it won't be what she needs to shed her ghostly skin and ascend to the heavens.
Seong-jae is the only character who I wish was handled with more finesse. We know that he's a man possessed by an evil spirit and we were given a look into his past, but we have not been made to truly understand him nor the spirit possessing him. He seems to be this arbitrary figure. Not that he isn't scary or terrifying in how clever he is or in how dangerous he is. The glimpse of Soon-ae's death was chilling. But why would he keep all the paraphernalia from her murder? Isn't that asking to be caught? It just doesn't make sense.
With six episodes left I doubt the Seon-woo/Bong-seon/Soon-ae pairing is going to seal the deal, but I do anticipate more mystery and cute antics and plenty of dirty humor.
Written by: Raine from 'Raine's Dichotomy'
Journalist, drama lover, and foodie, Lisa enjoys exploring Korea, speaking the language, and soaking in all that dramaland has to offer. Her Korean husband laughs that she knows more than he ever will about dramas and K-pop. Lisa Espinosa can be contacted via email@example.com.
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