Kdrama Review: Doom at Your Service (어느 날 우리 집 현관으로 멸망이 들어왔다)
Doom at Your Service tells the story of a woman who lost her parents at an early age is diagnosed with a brain tumor, forcing her to have less than 100 days to live. As she prays for the destruction of the world, the destruction himself comes to her and lives with her for the last 100 days.
A Sneak Peek Into Doom at Your Service
Tak Dong kyung is dying. Looking at her doctor with his crinkled eyebrows and a big smile plastered on his face as to not cause her further worries, Dong kyung swallowed and nodded. She didn’t show any outward response like many others would have. She didn’t start to tear up nor did she frantically asked her doctor to save her in any way possible. On the contrary, Dong kyung had decided that she will not go forward with the biopsy and extra examination despite her doctor’s suggestions. Her reason being that she would not be able to take that much time off work seeing that she had already used up some of her PTO for hospital checkups.
Despite her doctor trying, again and again, to convince Dong kyung to rethink her decision, she was firm in her calmness. Isn’t it odd, that this woman who was just told that her life will be ending in 3 months’ time didn’t even shed as much as a drop of tear? What turbulence is hiding beneath that surface calm of hers?
It was a shit day. Dong kyung found out that her boyfriend actually had a wife and that she was actually a mistress all this time. To add insult to injury, now the whole office found out about the affair with the CEO being the one who kept pressing the matter even after Dong kyung denying it. And just when she thought her day could not be worse, it started to pour on her way home and Dong kyung realized that she didn’t bring her umbrella with her.
Soppy wet from the rain after a long day, Dong kyung entered her small apartment with a cake and alcohol in hand. Tonight she planned on getting wasted drunk to forget about the kind of day she has had. The more she drank, the more she started to loathe her life. Deceased parents, Dong kyung having grow up quickly in order to take care of her younger brother and now this. Why are all these misfortunes piled onto her? Why is her life so much worse than other people’s? Why did God decide to punish her so with tumors?
The more she drank, the angrier Dong kyung became. Life is so unfair. It is so unfair that she is suffering so much when all she ever wanted was to make a living for herself and to keep a roof on her head. Why is living so hard? She wanted to make the whole world burn. “I hope the world goes to hell! I wish everything would stop existing! Bring doom upon the world!” Dong kyung yells. Now that some of her anger is released, she flopped down onto her pink sofa, drowsy with sleep. Just at that moment, her doorbell rang.
Who could it be? At this time of the night? Dong kyung was at once cautious and decided to take a peek from the peephole before opening the door. To her surprise, she was seeing snowy mountains and trains choo-chooing away right in front of her eyes. This could not be right, she must have been way drunker than she realized. Thus, without giving it a second thought, Dong kyung yanked the door open only to come face to face with a handsome-looking man.
“My name is Doom and you have called for my service.”
3 Words to Sum Up this Drama
Magnificent, Tear-jerker, Sizzling
Ah, it has been such a long time since I last wrote a Korean drama review. Your girl is usually––most of the time––fashionably late to trendy Korean dramas. But since 2 weeks ago, I don’t know what exactly got into me because I have been bingeing on Kdramas back to back like a madman. Perhaps it is to make up for all these months of me not being able to watch too many shows.
Alas, the reasoning behind it does not matter because you girl is here, she is present and she is ready to write her tatas out with this review on the Seo In Guk and Park Bo-young‘s Doom at Your Service. Please be forewarned that this review will be splattered with spoilers.
Hmm….let’s see. A female lead with only 3 months left to live, a male lead who brings destruction with his every movement, and the strange ways of how fate brings the unlikeliest people together. What could possibly go wrong? Well…
First things first, I must say, if you are someone who does not enjoy tear-jerking shows, then Doom at Your Service might not be for you. Because I have to say, it has been a minute since I cried as much as I did while watching a Korean drama. There was one episode where your girl was basically crying for almost the whole hour and had my eyes swollen as if it was attacked by a feral golfball. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, plot-wise, I must say it is really nothing new. These fantasy genres of a “deity being” who fell in love with a human, thus forbidden love ensues, climax and ending are one of the most well-known tropes out there.
A lot of people are comparing Doom at Your Service to another quite popular Korean drama called Goblin, but personally, I don’t think these two were comparable because the storyline in Doom at Your Service is quite weak compared to Goblin. In Goblin, everyone’s storyline was clutch as hell, there were even times where I was rooting for the second leads more than I was for main leads. But in DAYS (Doom at Your Service), the story other than Tak Dong kyung and Myul Mang (Doom) is honestly quite forgettable. The only reason why I watched all the way till the end was because of how sizzling the chemistry between the leads is.
So there you have it. The storyline itself isn’t anything new, but the fact that you could taste the sexual tension between the two main leads is what made me––and a lot of people––want to continue watching.
I have to give it up to the writer because they sure know how to amp up the tear-jerking parts and when to pull back and incorporate more comedy to make things less heavy. If I were to compare DAYS with another fantasy drama that is airing currently, My Roommate is a Gumiho, there were far fewer comedic scenes in DAYS and the comedic timing was more subtle compared to My Roommate is a Gumiho which is more toward wacky and chaotic funny, but it never failed to make me spurt with laughter whenever it hits.
Tear-jerking scale on the other hand though, boys and girls you better have your handy handkerchief ready because them snots are going to be flowing like mad. I love how relentless the writers in causing viewers suffering, but alas, I cannot say I hated it because each and every second of the drama where I can see the main leads together are glorious.
SYMBOLISM AND PHILOSOPHICAL MEANING
Based on what I read on forums based on fan theories, there seemed to be a few hidden meanings scattered through the drama. Personally, your girl just took this drama at face value and simply enjoyed it because both the main lead––Seo In Guk and Park Bo-young––were fine as all get out so I don’t have any theories of my own.
But there were a few scenes such as the scene where Myul Mang (Doom) stood in front of a very old tree which seems like it was randomly edited apparently hold some kind of meaning, butterfly metaphor, the deity’s garden, and even the deity herself and her actions, lights flickering when Myul Mang is around Dong kyung and so many more.
I do not have it in me to dissect so many of the hidden symbolism in DAYS, but I am seriously impressed with all the thoughts that go into all these hidden nuggets that the production team placed throughout the show.
Bleh. Personally I do not care for the second leads and their whole love triangle situation that seems to be going on. It was just a trope that had already been used to death that I simply could not be bothered to even care. I think halfway through the drama, I started watching any scenes with the second leads on 2x speed just so I could get to the good part again––yes, it’s that boring.
Another thing why I personally think Goblin is much better is because there was balance in that drama. It is simply not comparable when you have one couple who is supernatural and another who is just boringly human. And what’s worse is that they are not even fighting about something that is life or death like what is going on with Dong kyung and Myul Mang. These second leads are fighting over things that happened 8-10 years ago when they were high schoolers. I mean, come on.
It’s okay if the chemistry were fire between the second leads, but in Doom at Your Service, literally, no one has any type of chemistry at all but the main leads. I am not lying when I said I was watching simply just to root for Dong kyung and Myul Mang. The leads quite figuratively carried the whole show by themselves.
You know those kinds of dramas where you just refuse to say goodbye even though it’s time for the red curtain to fall? Yeah, Doom at Your Service is not one of them. By episode 16, I was more than ready to say goodbye to the cast and the storyline. Part of it was due to boredom since everything is neatly wrapped up now but part of it was also a sense of peace and quiet that comes after the storm. I have seen the characters been through hell, and I was there every step of the way with them. In a sense, it was a lot like graduating from something. We all knew it was time to say goodbye and everyone knew it was time to go.
Would I recommend this drama? Yes, if you are looking for an engaging watch. However, if you go into this drama expecting something totally fresh and new, you will be disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, Doom at Your Service is still a good drama. There were still plenty of twists and turns that came at the most unexpected times, but at the end of the day, this drama doesn’t exactly have much umph to them other than its main leads. And personally I feel it a bit unfair for the main leads to be carrying 16 episodes by themselves, I mean they did well give the amount of love they’ve recieved. But I just wished that the emotional tension could have been more balanced between first and second leads.
All in all, I had a hell of a ton of fun bingeing this show. I wasn’t familiar with Seo In Guk’s works nor was I a fan of his prior to this, but after watching Doom at Your Service, I suppose I could positively say that I am forever a changed woman. *wink*
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