Myeol Mang and Dong Kyung have made their deal, and now they have to proceed. But, in true fated romance tradition, neither of them is expecting emotions to become involved. Come read the fine print as I discuss episode 2 of Doom At Your Service.
The deal is made
We left our fated OTP, stuck in the middle of the street with the white truck of doom about to run an incapacitated Dong Kyung over. But, before that can happen, the world pauses (can I just break in to say that this whole scene was absolutely beautifully filmed?) Myeol Mang tells her to choose. Either die now or accept his help for the next 100 days. Dong Kyung ends up taking Doom’s hand and accepts his help in relieving the pain she feels as well as his presence in her life until she uses her wish.
Myeol Mang had agreed to take away Dong Kyung’s pain until her death. But in order to be pain-free Dong Kyung must hold Myeol Mang’s hand. SQUEEEEE! When she asks how she is supposed to go through her day to day existence holding his hand, Myeol Mang creates a red string bracelet that will relieve her cancer symptoms. But Dong Kyung must recharge it regularly through holding his hand. Something tells me that already Myeol Mang is connecting with Dong Kyung. Somehow, I don’t see him skinshipping with everyone he makes deals with.
The fine print
As the day goes on and Dong Kyung has more time to contemplate the deal she made, the more she kind of regrets her impulsive decision. Especially when Myeol Mang informs her that before the 100 days is over, she has to call “Doom” down upon someone. If she doesn’t, the person she loves the most at that moment will die instead. When Dong Kyung balks at actually destroying anyone’s life, Myeol Mang snaps her back to the moment the truck of doom is going to hit her and tells her to choose. If she wants to die now, she can, but if she wants to live, she has to stick to their deal. Dong Kyung stays strong for longer than expected but shouts out to be saved just before the truck mows her over. Myeol Mang just smirks knowingly. Something in his expression says that he expects the worst from everyone he interacts with.
Can we kill her ex?
We have seen many scummy men over the years while watching dramas. However, Dong Kyung’s married ex-boyfriend must be one of the worst. Instead of accepting that he was caught cheating and realizing that he was in the wrong, scummy ex goes to Dong Kyung’s work and begins a loud protest over her succubus ways and ruining his marriage. The majority of her co-workers realize that he is beyond scummy, but it is only when manager Cha Joo Ik kicks him out that her ex stops screaming. Can we just call “Doom” down upon the toxic man right now? I think we can all agree that he needs to go ASAP.
I demand clavicles
Talking about Cha Joo Ik (Lee Soo Hyuk), what is the deal with all these turtlenecks that our khotties are sporting? I’m not a fan of the fashion trend, to begin with, and then the stylist went all-in with the neck covering style. Joo Ik especially has a very long neck, and he is covered all the way to his chin. I just want to go on record of saying this is a tragedy. Both he and Seo In Guk have such gorgeous neck and chests that they deserve deep V shirts that show off those gorgeous clavicles.
God and Doom
The relationship between God and Doom (Myeol Myung) is very interesting. In this story, they were created by the wish of humans for meaning. God creates, and Doom is what balances the bad with the good in the world. God is constantly reborn into human bodies afflicted with illnesses, while Doom, at least so far, is just a constant. When asked why Myeol Myung has to go through this existence, causing destruction, God simply answers that it is fate. So far, we seem to be getting a better understanding of the rules of our gods with each episode. I hope this continues since I still have so many questions as to how this whole thing works.
Move in with me
Dong Kyung has begun preparing everything for her death by making sure that her writer friend is set to proceed with her career after Dong Kyung is gone. She also lets her opinion be known to a sketchy writer that creates stories with problematic protagonists and even takes the photo for her wake. It is only with Myeol Myung, while recharging her battery bracelet (thank goodness for sexy kinship), that her fears and anger at fate seem to come to service. We also get indicators (anyone notice the flickering lights anytime Myeol Myung gets emotional) that our flippant Doom deity is not satisfied with his existence as well. When arriving home, Dong Kyung discoverers her scummy ex, drunk at her door, and it is the last straw. When Myeol Myung steps up as her “boyfriend” to get rid of her ex, Dong Kyung shocks the deity when she says that they should actually make part of his ruse the truth. They should move in together until she dies. Myeol Myung’s shock is evident, but it soon shifts to a partial smirk, and you can tell that he likes this new shift in their relationship.
Am I the only one that feels like these episodes are flying by? There is so much amazing story being told and, so far, there has not been any unnecessary filler. It might also be the amazing charisma of Park Bo Young and Seo In Guk. So far their performance has been seamless and I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a couple’s chemistry as much as I have them. From the effortless hand holding to the more emotionally charged moments, every moment is used to make the viewer super invested. So much so that I almost dread the romantic feelings that are going to start developing. You would have to be an idiot to not realize that the clause of Dong Kyung’s most loved person dying could easily be Myeol Myung. Just the thought has me biting my nails. While I would be able to deal with a sad ending as long as the story stays strong, I’m still hoping that a miracle happens and we get the happy ever after finale for our OTP.
Until the next questionable wish,
Dramas With a Side of Kimchi