Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Doom At Your Service

Tak Dong Kyung has been working hard ever since her parents passed away. Her life seemed more stable after working as a web novel editor for 6 years, but then she gets diagnosed with glioblastoma (brain cancer). She blames her unlucky life and wishes to curse everything to disappear, which unintentionally calls Myeol Mang, Doom himself – neither human nor god – to appear. Myeol Mang says that he can grant Dong Kyung’s wishes. As her last hope, she makes a contract with Myeol Mang for a hundred days to live how she wants, risking her everything.

  • Starring: Seo In Guk | Park Bo Young | Lee Soo Hyuk | Kang Tae Oh | Shin Do Hyun
  • Episodes: 16 (1 hr. 5 mins.)
  • Aired: May 10 – June 29, 2021
  • Network: tvN
  • Where to Watch: Viki

This ended a month ago and that is how long it took me to get through the last 4 episodes. That is a sign of what I thought of this show. Let me preface that I didn’t hate this drama. It actually had a lot of potential to be one of the better dramas of 2021. It had a great cast that seemed to have a really natural chemistry. A bomb ass soundtrack that stayed on repeat on my playlist. And a premise that seemed like an automatic hit. What could have gone wrong? One word: CONFUSION!

From the beginning, I wasn’t 100% sold on understanding the plot but I pushed on. Tak Dong Kyung, a girl who has had basically a shitty life of misery, is diagnosed with a brain tumor and is terminal. So of course, she wishes doom on the world that has seemed to fail her. What she didn’t expect was “doom” to be an actual entity and a hot one at that. Through some confusing banter, Dong Kyung and “Myeol Mang” strike up a contract that when it is her time to go, she will ask for him to basically destroy the world or the person she loves the most will die in her place. That’s what I got from it. Of course Dong Kyung tries to figure out a way out of it but still live so she says she will fall in love with Myeol Mang. Obviously it happens and I blink and they are fated lovers who can’t live without the other. What?! Their love felt like it came out of no where. Now I understand that it is easy to fall in love with Seo In Guk, it was like that for me. But for the sake of the show, the build up to their relationship felt shallow.

Shallow is another word I would use to describe this show. A lot of plot points they set up felt like they didn’t have the pay off they were expecting. I wanted the “God” figure to have more of an impact. It felt as if they wanted to go a religious route without really doing so. However, my biggest complaint about the whole show was that I felt like I was watching two separate shows. While everything was going on with Dong Kyung and Doom, her best friend Na Ji Na, was having her own love triangle with her first love and her first kiss, who happen to be best friends and roommates. Messy.

By having these two parallel storylines happening, I found myself shifting focus and care between the two. I felt like the times they all crossed over were good but I think they could have worked as two independent shows. Because let me be honest, I really liked some of the conflicts that did happened. I liked watching Dong Kyung actually deal with the fact that she is dying. I liked watching Na Ji Na realize it’s okay to not still love her first love. Even if he was fine as hell still.

Another aspect that I really liked was watching Myeol Mang or Kim Sa Ram be in love with Dong Kyung. I didn’t understand how he fell so quickly, especially since he wasn’t really human and how all of a sudden he got these feelings, but whatever, we went with it. Because the pay off was Seo In Guk showing off his amazing kissing skills. I also loved watching the characters interact with each other when it wasn’t just the romantic leads. Dong Kyung’s brother, Seon Kyung, was really the comedic glue that held them all together. Dawon needed an emmy for his crying. And FINALLY we had Nam Da Reum play a character that wasn’t just a younger version of someone else. GROWTH!

In the end, the last episode basically gave me the stuff I liked about the show and wrapped up things but on a whole, it wasn’t needed. And the ending… rage. I just look at the show and think of that Tyra Banks gif because that’s what I felt.

Acting : 8/10
Story : 6/10
Music : 9/10
Overall : 7.5/10
Recommended For : Fans of shows like Goblin

Fave Song : Breaking Down – Ailee

Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

6 thoughts on “Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Doom At Your Service

  1. Couldn’t agree more! So much potential but so messy plot wise like what even was going on here lol? The characters were great tho and also Inguk just being in the drama was enough lol.

  2. Very good description of this drama. It all comes down to the writing – if script makes no sense, neither will anything else!!

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