Doom at Your Service was my most anticipated drama of the first half of 2021, because the trailer seemed to promise a dark, emotionally devastating story with a fantasy element. And while I’m not saying the drama doesn’t have these aspects, it turns out that my favorite parts of the drama were the slice-of-life moments, the humor, and one of the side characters.
The Central Storyline
Seo In Guk plays Doom, who isn’t a human or god, to perfection. His facial expressions, his wardrobe. I recently watched Reply 1997, the first time I’d seen him in a lead role, and really wanted to see more of him, so the timing worked out well! Doom is a very unhappy character, trapped eternally by his responsibility.
Park Bo Young, plays Tak Dong Kyung, a web novel editor who is diagnosed with a brain tumor and learns that she only has three months to live. To top it off, the first episode also reveals that her boyfriend is a dirtbag and that her parents passed away in an accident when she was young. I’ve been a fan of Park Bo Young after watching Oh My Ghostess (one of my favorites!!) and Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (too comedic for my taste, but I love her character and her chemistry with Park Hyung Sik is incredible). In Doom at Your Service, she really cries her heart out!
The premise of this drama is that Doom and Tak Dong Kyung enter into a contract that presents them both with a difficult, heartbreaking choice. It sounds so simple when I type it out, but I was extremely confused for the first few episodes, wondering if I missed something or failed to read between the lines. There were some very cryptic, mysterious lines that probably went over my head.