We have started our second week of Fantasy K-Drama. “History of the nine tails“And the show little by little reveals the backstory of why our foxes and humans became who they became, and continues to spread the scary (just in time for the Halloween season!). The romance builds up well too, with Lee Yeon (Lee Dong Wook) very literally to hell and back for Nam Ji Ah (Jo Bo Ah).
Here are five of the key revelations from this week’s episodes, including the breakup of the fisherman’s story as well as a new antagonist in town:
Not her. This is the cool grandma with the perfect eye roll!
Warning: main spoiler for episodes 3 and 4.
What about the fishermen?
We saw signs of the fishermen being cursed in episode two, but the why became clearer in episode three. At sea, the four fishermen, including Mr Seo, were overturned by a large wave and stranded on a lifeboat. They die of hunger and thirst and fix their eyes on Mr. Seo and decide to kill him. (After the curse, the three perpetrators show reflective signs such as shouts of thirst and thus drink themselves to death).
We later also learn that the one who cursed her is Pyung Hee, Mr. Seo’s daughter, thanks to a deal she made with rank (Kim Bum). Moreover, this is all just a trick of his, some kind of distraction to keep Yeon and Ji Ah’s attention occupied while they are on the island. Similarly, while confronting Ji Ah, Rang offers her his bad wishes service and says that he can help her find her parents, but Ji Ah wisely refuses.
There are lots of viewers who watch this show for the romance and / or bromance, but there is also a delicious chemistry between Jo Bo Ah and Kim Bum! This scene is full of chemistry!
What about July 15th?
Every few years a woman is sacrificed by a shaman that never ages on the day of the ghost festival (July 15th of the lunar calendar), and this year Ji Ah is the “happy” woman. (The death of the fishermen was part of Rang’s plan to lure them to the island.) After Ji Ah was drugged by the shaman, he was tied up and taken from a well to the ritual site. Oddly enough, the shaman was honest when she said she knew Ji Ah’s mother and just before starting the ritual she mocked that Ji Ah cheated on her mother while she was still in her womb.
Yeon, scared that he suddenly loses Ji Ah’s smell, looks around for her, but to no avail. He declares his status as an original mountain spirit and asks the forest to lift the darkness and lead him to Ji Ah. While his commands are initially met with silence, the leaves soon begin to rustle and you can feel the magic fill the forest. Fireflies pour in and make a way for him to where the ritual site is.
However, when he reaches Ji Ah, he encounters one of the shaman’s defenses (evening primrose scattered in a circle) and cannot get past it no matter how hard he tries. When he sees that Ji Ah will fall into a well, he releases his powers again and calls rain to wash away the circle of evening primrose, while at the same time he calls down a lightning strike to kill the shaman.
Yeon manages to keep Ji Ah from falling into the well, but there is something dubious about it. And our suspicions are confirmed when the villagers flock to the well like a herd of senseless zombies. It’s unclear what attracted them, but we know this is the last we see of any of them. At daybreak, Ji Ah realizes that the village has become a ghost town. Every single one of these villagers has disappeared!
What about the (half) brothers?
This week we learn that Rang was once a compassionate and loving child who couldn’t even walk past an injured dog and looked up at his older brother. But after Yeon fell in love with Ah Eum and lost his master of Baekdudaegan status, he technically left rank as well. Years after losing contact (Rang thought Yeon had died), Rang transforms into a bloodthirsty creature who kills people because he thinks they are despicable. And at that point the brothers finally get back together. Rang is overjoyed to see that his big brother is still alive. So imagine his shock when he finds out that Yeon is actually being sent there by the judges of the afterlife to take care of him. Rang’s anger and sense of betrayal are perfectly understandable, and it’s easy to see that behind his mischievous smile there is an injured little boy.
Poor rank! T.T.
Yeon knows this too, and his reluctance and impotence in the face of the situation is written on his face. He finished his mission, but “missed” the crucial point, which is why Rang is still alive today (but with a terrible scar on his stomach). Even though Rang mocks him for killing him again, Yeon still refuses to give in today and instead tells him to stop acting like an irritable kid.
The relationship between these two half-brothers – the push and pull between them – is heartbreaking, but so much fun to watch. Interestingly, when Rang Yeon confronted during their first reunion, Yeon replied why he never came back for him, that he couldn’t find him, and that he had lost him. Was someone intentionally keeping the brothers apart? And if so, is Rank just an unsuspecting farmer in someone else’s evil plan?
Sidebar: That little eyebrow raise is fair. in order to. sexy!
What about the kids?
To thank Yeon for saving her twice now, Ji Ah invites Yeon to a homemade dinner. And because it’s only polite to bring something for the owner of the house, Yeon Ji Ah brings something
Flowers Mugwort. Heh!
Yeon also begins to notice more and more similarities between Ji Ah and Ah Eum, how they would pat his head or block their ears when they cry. All of these memories flood Yeon’s mind, so he can’t help but promise Ji Ah that he will make sure she finds her parents and that she can enjoy a long life of normalcy.
Knowing he will have to leave for a while to serve his sentence for killing the shaman, Yeon gives Ji Ah a talisman to ward off evil spirits from the funeral home she visits. However, at the funeral home, Rang comes by and secretly slices the talisman, rendering it unusable. And then it gets really scary. This funeral home was built on a children’s cemetery and is full of ghost children, two of whom are attached to Ji Ah. They follow her around and strangle her with their own scarf. Then they keep chasing them into locked buildings. (This scene with a dozen of her little hands knocking on the locked door is Really creepy.)
Ji Ah is chased onto a roof and cornered by all the ghost children. With no way out, Ji Ah can’t help but think about how Yeon has repeatedly rescued her from the horror and longing for him to show up. Unfortunately for Ji Ah, Yeon is busy being tied up in Snow Mountain Prison (where time flows differently and he is left there to suffer in a mortal body). He senses that the talisman is not working and asks Grandma Taluipa to instead let him serve his sentence in the underworld of knives, which – although much more dangerous – would be over sooner. Grandma agrees, and so Yeon defies the bridge with knives that literally fly into him and slice his naked body.
Of course, we know Ji Ah would be saved one way or another, but the way the drama interrupts Ji Ah’s terror and Yeon’s despair really adds to the tension. And when Ji Ah fell off that roof, we all held our breaths and waited to see how she would be saved. At the very last minute, Yeon plunges into the scene and interrupts Ji Ah’s fall just before she hits the ground. It’s not pretty, which in turn highlights how close they cut it.
Ji Ah is shocked to see that Yeon is so badly injured and weeping over his unconscious self. And as her tears fall, we see an energy bubble manifesting around her! It’s the (fox pearl?) Bubble we saw when Yeon gave Ah Eum his fox pearl just before it crossed the Sando. Yeon wakes up in time to see this and breathes with satisfaction: “I’ve found you.”
The drama was pretty insistent with hints that Ji Ah is indeed Ah Eum. So it’s great that they correct this in week two instead of forcing viewers to play stupid. And now that we’re all on one side regarding Ji Ah’s identity, the puzzle now is – why can’t Yeon feel the fox pearl? Is the same person who kept the brothers apart also suppressing the fox pearl? And if so, all of the Ah Eum lookalikes Yeon has found over the years – were they Ah Eums reincarnation too? Has Yeon Ah Eum tragically missed over and over again?
What about the no-foot kite?
While rewinding to the island, we also learn that all of the villagers have a painting of the Dragon King in their homes. On closer inspection, however, Ji Ah notices that the Dragon King is missing his feet. And a dragon without feet is nothing but a snake. This information alarms Yeon because a snake creature – the imoogi – was responsible for Ah Eum’s death centuries ago and Yeon killed him immediately afterwards.
However, everything in the village points to the return of the Imoogi, including a “greeting ritual” for something evil. And the night before all of the villagers are gone, do we see Rang hand over a wrapped baby to a butler person who takes it and provides a … loving home for it? Yeah, I don’t think so either.
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Have you kept up with this drama? Is it getting darker than expected and if so, are you enjoying it more or less? Let us know in the comments below!
Currently watching: “Alice, “” History of the Nine Tails “
Always favorite: “Kill me heal me, “”defendant, “”Hotel Del Luna”
I’m looking forward to: “The Spies Who Loved Me” with Shinhwa Eric, Yoo In Na, I am Joo Hwan