My Demon is the 118th series I’ve finished. While it’s not a 5-star series for me, I think it’s worth checking out if only for Song Kang and Kim Yoo-jung’s intense chemistry, which is currently being compared to Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin’s in Crash Landing On You. Oh, I must warn you that since a big part of my dissatisfaction stems from the ending, there will be spoilers.
My Demon is about well, a demon named Jeong Gu-won. He exists to make deals with desperate humans, granting them whatever they wish… in exchange for their soul. Gu-won’s deal is after 10 years of enjoying your wish, your soul goes to hell. You sign a contract and he comes to collect when the time comes. This is literally his day job, and failure to secure new deals atually endanger his existence.
Jeong Gu-won meets wealthy heiress Do Do-hee (Kim Yoo-jung) when she mistakes Gu-won as the blind date that was set up for her. Gu-won and Do-hee end up very very intrigued by one another. Their chemistry cuts through the screen from the get-go. You just know that this first meeting won’t be their last.
While Do Do-hee is the chairwoman Madam Ju’s chosen heiress, she is only adopted and so Madam Ju’s real children don’t like it one bit. They try to go after Do-hee, putting her life in danger. A chain of events which include Madam Ju’s murder lead to Gu-won becoming Do-hee’s bodyguard and eventually becoming her husband. They end up falling in love for real.
My Demon starts out really really strong. I couldn’t stop watching once I started. The problem is, the series suffers from lazy writing in the later half, especially towards the finale. The actors do the best they can but the material can only go so far. This is so far my favorite Song Kang performance as he embodies Gu-won perfectly. He has this intensity and magnetism fitting of a demon who tempts his victims. He looks the part too. Kim Yoo-jung delivers an excellent performance as usual. You can feel all her sadness and frustration when she cries in the final episode. Together, these two have so much chemistry that I didn’t mind finishing the series if just to see them together onscreen.
The ending leaves a lot to be desired. It’s happy but it’s not satisfying. It left me with a “let’s just end it” vibe. A lot of what happens in the final episodes don’t make sense — Noh Suk-min surviving a crazy ass skyscraper fall, Do-hee trying to take a bullet for her immortal *duh* hubby, and so forth. For a moment there it would seem as if Suk-min was the all-powerful demon instead of Gu-won. Then they don’t really address the fact that Gu-won is still an immortal demon (despite disintegrating and dying once) and Do-hee is still very much human so whatever happiness they have at present will be fleeting at best. Maybe it can have a second season but I sincerely doubt it since Song Kang is on his way to military enlistment. There also isn’t much to go on except for the flawed conclusion.
My Demon can be viewed on Netflix.
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