“You can marry me again. No matter how many times you come to be my bride, I’ll accept you.”
– Son Oh-gong, Hwayugi Episode 9
Fate or Deadly-fate?
This episode revolved only in one theme: intertwined fates.
Woo Ma-wang (Cha Seung-won) is becoming sensitive as people around him frequently brought up a sore topic – Na Chan-nyeol (Kim Ji-soo). I was asking for a progress with this arc and I was given a teaser. Ma-wang’s OTL has been born in the same lifetime and is living a tragic life as a punishment. The Bull King apparently is the reason why the former deity is suffering (or maybe he’s just blaming himself like a good ol’ love-struck hero?).
As Fairy Ha (Sung Hyuk) said, those with connected fates cannot be changed even if it is a bad destiny. Jin Sun-mi (Oh Yeon-seo) is starting to have expectations and dreams about her relationship with Son Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi) and even though other people clearly see how ill-fated it could be if they stay together, Sam Jang can’t help dream of having a normal life with the Great Sage. Ma-wang aptly quoted Victor Hugo, “The reduction of the universe to a single being, the expansion of a single being even to God, that is love.” Sun-mi is starting to put Oh-gong on a romantic pedestal. It showed how humane Sun-mi is and that it really bothered Oh-gong.
We or You-and-Me?
Even a Monkey King knew when it’s time to check the label. After the very “normal” date of eating tteokbokki together, walking hand-in-hand, and taking her home safely, Oh-gong left Sun-mi with a very loaded question: “what are we?
Other K-drama characters had a hard time asking that dreaded question but Oh-gong just uttered it out like he’s just asking a simple question. If only the answer could be also that simple. I love that it was Oh-gong who initiated “the talk” because let’s be honest, it’s hard to continue on something you know would be pointless in the end. It’s a waste of effort and time. He didn’t turn a blind eye to Sun-mi’s need to have an ordinary life. His question might have sounded harsh but it was clear he did it for Sun-mi’s sake. Since Oh-gong and Sun-mi have an unusual relationship, both have been bothered about what will happen to them after the Geumganggo disappeared? Will they be okay after they end their relationship? Can they continue living without the other?
Fairytale or Horror Story?
A soul-abducting bookseller is the focus of the trio’s mission in this episode. The confrontation came after Sun-mi found out she was punished to become Sam Jang because of Oh-gong. It pained Sun-mi to know her suffering as a child was all because of the mischievous Monkey King, who did nothing but to trick her. This made it easier for the witch-like demon to lure Sun-mi into trapping her sad young soul in a fairytale. (sigh, this is why I hate work romances. It affects the team’s performance, jk.)
Just like the other ghosts they faced, the series didn’t really focus solely on this subplot but instead it became a mechanism to make progress with the main story. Can I add that I really don’t like this cunning spirit, kunyang.
Maknae’s Episode Verdict
One thing that I love with serials is parallel storylines. Two different characters sharing a similar fate. The character seeing a reflection of himself through another character is an effective way of sparking some action in the character’s arc. It could impel him to change his likely path or provoke him to stop whatever it is he is doing. Either way, such glimpses of what could occur excites me to see what would really happen.
– So Bu-jang was dongsaeng-zoned (lol)
– I love a man who reads. That quote is from my most favorite classic, Les Miserables.
– Seems like K-drama heroes always walk like a model in a catwalk when their in a tunnel.
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