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The search is on to find Jin Bu-ja’s (Lee Se-young) missing memories. She could remember bits and pieces of when she was alive but they’re not enough to make sense. Good thing Jeo Pal-gye (Lee Hong-ki) was there to help her. I’m glad these characters weren’t just created for the sake of having a powerhouse cast. They were given their own side story which is interesting enough to hold my attention. It didn’t felt like it was mere filler story. It’s good to know the Hong Sisters really knew what kind of actors they have. Lately, other dramas have all the elements it needs to be successful. Good actors and a good director but the storytelling would fell flat. Let’s make earnest wish that this won’t be the case for Hwayugi.
The Hidden Soul
The evil-spirit-fighting trio of Jin Sun-mi (Oh Yeon-seo), Son Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi), and Woo Ma-wang (Cha Seung-won) had to deal with a wandering spirit in this episode. I like that they don’t focus too much on the evil spirit’s case but they use this set-up to make some progress on the main characters. More details were revealed about Ma-wang’s one true love through this Japanese liberation era mission. The more I see Ma-wang longingly looking at the fallen deity, the more sympathetic I become towards his character. The road to becoming a deity is surely a tough one, especially if you have a mischievous monkey lurking around to cause trouble.
The Torment of One-Sided Love
I lost track of how many times Oh-gong professed his love for Sun-mi. (How can he deliver those romantic lines without getting chills?!) The summoner knew it was just because of the Geumgonggo. So, she tried her best to guard her heart and be cautious. But she can’t dictate her heart. She ended up genuinely liking Oh-gong’s companion. This is not new in K-dramaland but I think their romance will stand out among others because of the characters’ honesty. They do not leave the other guessing what they feel. They just expressed what they want to say.
Maknae’s Episode Verdict
For lack of better description, I must say the whole production of Hwayugi looks really expensive. The setting and the effects were so good it’s like I’m watching a movie every week.
The character arcs are also commendable. Each of them, not just the main leads, are changing every episode. I wonder if this series can sustain its intriguing plot until the end?
Afterthoughts of a Dongsaeng
– Bu-ja and Alice are funny.
-This is so Goblin-esque.
– This OST is on repeat.