What I’m Watching: Mystic Pop-Up Bar

Back in the day, as in the Joseon period kind of day, Wol-joo (played by Hwang Jung-eum) was a shaman who could read the dreams of her clients and soothe whatever demons were hustling them. In the course of doing her shaman-things, she met a Prince, they fell in love and….

No, there was no happy ending for them.

Things went wrong… very, very wrong. The prince betrayed her. Her mother was killed. Their home was burnt. Worse, no one would help Wol-joo get justice. After all the drama, Wol-joo ended up committing suicide.

Usually ghosts go to heaven, but our dear Wol-joo did a few bad very bad, vengeful things before dying that made her get kicked back to earth so she could atone for them. It’s 2020 now and Wol-joo is still doing time on earth. To get out of here, she needs to resolve the grudges of 100,000 souls. To do that, she opens up a pop-up bar where people can come drink and talk about their problems, and she helps them solve those problems. Helping her out is her weary sidekick, Chief Gwi (played by Choi Won-young) who keeps her from messing up her tasks because of her nasty temper.

The real story begins when a cheerful kid called Kang-bae (played by Yook Sung-jae) accidentally walks into Wol-joo’s bar. Kang-bae isn’t like her usual clients. He’s a strange one who seems to be able to get people to confess their truths and worries to him just by one touch. That’s a skill Wol-joo could definitely use. And thus starts the partnership of the century.

I went into this because of Yook Sung-jae. I’m not really a fan of Hwang Jung-eum because in my opinion, she tends to overact. In every project she’s done (except Secret) she’s made me cringe and I only stayed for the male leads. But this time, it was different. She was standing-ovation amazing. Just the right balance of empathetic and tough. The relationship of the three leads was also amazing. They matched each other perfectly and their shenanigans made me laugh, gasp and cry. It was a great series. Unfortunately, it was only twelve episodes. They wrapped it up well but I wouldn’t have minded a few more episodes of this crazy trio.

FIND IT HERE: https://www.netflix.com/title/81264882

THE VERDICT: 8/10 because this trio made me both laugh and great. They were awesome. The minus two points is because they gave us only twelve episodes. We want MORE!

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