We’re starting this week’s episodes of “Tale Of The Nine-Tailed” right where we left off, with our three lead roles – Lee Yeon (Lee Dong Wook), Lee Rank (Kim Bum) and Nam Ji Ah (Jo Bo Ah) – stuck in their respective nightmare landscapes. It causes them all to search for souls and mature a little, but luckily they all make it through with new found determination and no worse for the wear and tear (for the most part). But that’s not the only thing we’re excited about this week. There is a significant evolution for some of our characters, with more explosive events that will be put to the test later.
In the meantime, here are some things we’d love to see in this week’s episodes:
Warning: spoilers for episodes 9 and 10 ahead!
5 things we like to see in episodes 9 and 10 of “Tale Of The Nine-Tailed”
Ji Ah (and Ah Eum) has such wonderful qualities – stubborn, smart, spunky, brave, trusting – and it’s great to see the writers keep bringing those qualities of her to shine. Her mental strength shows to the fullest when she’s trapped in the nightmare landscape of Spirit of Darkness (aka Nightmare Lady), for even when showered with all the love and affection she’s longed for all along , she still manages to take a step away from it all and decide to return to reality. Sure, it takes some memory of Yeon (via a magical connection), but since she is so happy with her parents, it’s understandable why this “home” is so tempting to her. It is heartbreaking to see her walk out while her parents tearfully plead for her to stay, but we wouldn’t expect anything less from her.
Ji Ah is also smart about her colleague Sae Rom (Jung Yi Seo) and Jae Hwan (Kim kang min), in the supernatural events. In their previous life, it was these two who watched over and looked after Ah Eum. Now Ji Ah is paying back their kindness by warning them and making sure they don’t inadvertently become collateral damage.
Other than that, it’s also great to see a bit more of the trio’s backstory. Indeed, it was a thing of the past – Jae Hwan telling Ah Eum about Yeon’s whereabouts. With this interesting little treat, you can practically see little Ah Eum’s ears pull up.
Ah Eum is just as strong as Ji Ah. (Or vice versa. You have the idea). Yeon decides to tell Ji Ah the full story behind Ah Eum’s death, and we’ll see it all in detail. (Again, I love how “Tale Of The Nine-Tailed” doesn’t pull out these revelations). After Imoogi-owned Ji Ah finds her way to Yeon, the two have an all-out battle.
Just as a sword is about to be dipped into Yeon, Ah Eum regains control and stops it. Horrified to see all the corpses around her (the Imoogi took her body on a rampage), she asks Yeon to kill them, but of course Yeon is unable to. Yeon offers his body to the Imoogi to let Ji Ah go, but Ji Ah does not let him go his way.
Instead, she asks Yeon to repay his debt, which all Foxes are tied to. (Previously, Ji Ah Yeon rescued some villagers while he was in a weakened condition, and so the “guilt” was formed).
And with that, Yeon loses all free will when his hand turns into a claw and plunges into Ah Eum. It is a nice detail to have Yeon kill with his claws instead of the sword, which further underscores how helpless and uncontrollable he is his body.
“Tale Of The Nine-Tailed”: Rank and Yeon (more or less) solve their problems
Just like Ji Ah, Rang is stuck in its own nightmare landscape. Although Yeon chooses to save Rank, the two are still outnumbered by the zombie-like ghosts, and their bodies in the real world show reflective wounds. You manage to escape the treasure, but not before Rank is bitten and poisoned. After Rang walks around but can’t find a way out, he loses his strength and wails about giving up, making Yeon very difficult.
Rang replies that he has nothing to the devil, even his own brother tried to kill him so many years ago. And then Yeon yells to hold his head straight and find out why he’s still alive. Rang eventually realizes that his brother never wanted to kill him and that’s enough for him to get up and move on.
Eventually they conclude that the way out is through a ravine, so Yeon lets Rang skip first while fending off the hoard that caught up with him. One of the ghosts, wearing the face of Rang’s mother, follows Rang over, clings to him, and pulls him down. Yeon sees Rang struggle so he jumps over and grabs the ghost and collapses into the ravine. Next, we know that Rank is awake in the real world.
Time and time again, we’ve seen Rang Yeon want to cause harm. But when Rang realizes that Yeon has not made it out of the nightmare landscape, he is actually concerned for his safety. After Rang has resolved the centuries-old misunderstanding and accepted how he feels about his brother, he begins to rethink his “partnership” with The Imoogi and The Butler (Uhm Hyo Sup). But then we learn that rank is tied to its own “guilt”. The butler was the one who saved Rank all those years ago after he was attacked by Yeon, and it all appears to be part of the Butler’s plan to “own” Rank.
To find a way to break the bond, Rang even takes a risk and goes to the afterlife immigration service – where he sees self-searched posters – to ask Grandma for a solution. Unfortunately, the only way to break one’s bond is through… death.
“Tale Of The Nine-Tailed”: Shin Joo and Yoo Ri go all-in
When Rank succumbs to the venom of the zombie bite (back in the real world), Yoo Ri (Kim Young Ji) hauls Shin Joo (Hwang Hee) over to help rank. And although Rang was the one who brutally attacked him before, Shin Joo puts his feelings aside and treats him. This selfless act confuses Yoo Ri, to which Shin Joo replies because he couldn’t bear to see her cry.
In many ways, Shin Joo and Yoo Ri are very similar. Both wounded the past and both found new lives after showing kindness from the Lee brothers (and as such, they have become so loyal to them). These similarities bring these two closer together, but it is Shin Joo’s troubled past that seals the deal for Yoo Ri. After learning of his tough side (Shin Joo was called “Crazy Fox”), Yoo Ri falls completely in love with him, as much as she suggests him immediately.
The “closed” sign set me up. LOL!
This couple is really that adorable together and it’s great to see a fun, lighter relationship that makes up for the heavier Yeon-Ji Ah relationship. It’s also great to see the characters interact more with one another, which gives us new dynamics to explore. And really, the cast all have such great chemistry that all of the scenes are entertaining regardless of who is paired.
I’ve seen Hwang Hee and Kim Young Ji in other roles, but their respective portrayals of Shin Joo and Yoo Ri are the most fun so far. Her characters could have been more of a note – Shin Joo is an obedient lackey, Yoo Ri is prickly and hot-headed – but Hwang Hee and Kim Young Ji add enough layers to make them relatable and adorable.
Just look at how lucky Shin Joo is to have Yeon’s seal of approval!
“Tale Of The Nine-Tailed”: Yeon goes on the offensive
Yeon is literally an all-powerful (ex-) mountain spirit, so it would have been disappointing if he had been easily tricked or outwitted all along. But mostly he’s the one who is two steps ahead. From the moment he finds out The Imoogi is back in business, Yeon has tried to lure him and his lackeys out. The nightmare landscape offers him such an opportunity because he uses his “fall” and pretends to be trapped, all weak and powerless (but still looks sooooo good * cough *).
Seriously, this is like a music video!
After Yeon falls over in the nightmare landscape, the spirit of darkness finally appears before him. With his last breaths, he asks if Ji Ah made it out of her own nightmare landscape. After confirming that Ji Ah actually did it, Yeon gets up, wipes himself off, and becomes his old, very healthy self again. He mocks the spirit of darkness for falling for his ruse (“Did you really think a lower spirit could drop me so easily?”). Then he stretches his arm over her shoulders and reaches for the Imoogi (who is connected to her (the real world). Yeon warns him that he is coming for him just before he finishes off the Spirit of Darkness.
After Yeon made it out of the nightmare landscape, he also correctly concludes that The Imoogi and The Butler want to meet with Rang’s heart and want to put Shin Joo on the tail again. Rang leads Shin Joo straight to her house and this allows Yeon a surprise visit. After spending most of the previous episodes in the dark, Yeon is now on the offensive and it’s so damn sexy!
“Tale Of The Nine-Tailed”: The Imoogi ventures out into the world
The Imoogi is now a fully grown, not so human being (played by Lee Tae Ri), it is obvious that he will take a step instead of staying locked in his mansion. And he does. He’s joining Ji Ah’s production team as a new intern under the name of… Terry. Heh! He even manages to win Ji Ah’s approval with his work ethic, and can we really blame her? After all, Terry looks like a harmless college kid, with his boyish looks and flock of puppies. Lee Tae Ri does a great job switching between his two people. Just as you release your guard around him, his expression changes and you are reminded that he is a literal snake.
It’s also exciting to see “Tale Of The Nine-Tailed” with Yeon and Terry finally face each other while the two have a speed brawl before landing on a rooftop. Terry tells Yeon that he is in control of everyone who matters to him – his brother, his wife, even his wife’s parents. He will let them all live on one condition – Yeon must give up his body.
It has been mentioned several times that in “Tale Of The Nine-Tailed” the Imoogi wants Yeon’s body. The reason he hates Yeon is that all he had – his mountain spirit status and Ah Eum – should be. But Yeon is no longer a mountain spirit, and I doubt his body had anything to do with it even being him. So why desire his body? Yes, it’s a nice looking body, but as for the reasons (for a centuries-old feud), this one seems odd. Hopefully the show will give us more insight in the next episode and really substantiate The Imoogi’s thoughts and intentions so we can have a really formidable opponent. Or … is the Imoogi also a pawn in someone else’s game? Maybe … the butler?
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Who do you think is worse The Imoogi or the butler? And do you think Yeon let it rain just so he could reunite with Ji Ah under his favorite red umbrella? Let us know your thoughts on episodes 9 and 10 of “Tale Of The Nine-Tailed” in our social networks!