'Doom at Your Service' Episode 1 and Episode 2: What if you could kill everyone? K-drama has unique premise
'Doom at Your Service' in its premiere week episodes introduces us to a young woman Dong-kyung (Park Bo-young) who is diagnosed with a terminal illness. The doctor tells her that doing a biopsy would be riskier and even if she were to survive after surgery for blastoma she would be left with just one year to live.
Dong-kyung's day just keeps getting worse. First, she learns that her boyfriend of three months is a married man and cheating on his wife with her. Secondly, his wife confronts her in a coffee shop and the entire ordeal gets uploaded online, resulting in her getting chewed out by netizens. Then, her irresponsible brother ends up calling her for money and on their parents' memorial day too.
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Now, at this point, she gets drunk out of her mind and as she watches a shooting star fall, she wishes for the world to be destroyed and doom to befall everyone else. What she is not aware of is that Doom is actually a person -- Myul-mang (Seo In-guk) -- who is forced to help deities take care of humans.
Only, all that he brings to humans he visits is unhappiness as he serves them with what they deserve for their actions. However, he is extremely unhappy on the inside. He believes that humans are the root of his terrible existence. This is when he ends up hearing Dong-kyung's wish for Doom to befall everyone.
He decides to grant her wish but gives her the opportunity to think it over as she was after all drunk when she had asked for Doom. The thing is Myul-mang is going through a tough time himself and it is not easy to convince Dong-kyung that he really is 'The Doom'. The more he uses his powers, the more she ends up doubting her sanity and it is comical to see her work out the truth.
However, in the end, it is still about Dong-kyung facing the truth about how she has only 100 days left to live according to this man who entered her life in a shocking manner. At this time, she ends up almost meeting with an accident, because of sudden pain. He ends up helping her, and in return asks for a contract. One that would ensure that the 100 days that she has left would be painless and that she will ask him for a wish. After all, he is supposed to ensure that the wishes of humans are fulfilled.
There is a back and forth between the two of them as each of them realize slowly the weight of the contract that they have made with each other. One has to deal with the existence of a superpower that she did not know of. Another has to deal with all the sadness that he has collected over serving the gods for many years. Yet, the two of them hold hands at the end of it. They hold hands to ensure that the contract continues to stay valid.
As Dong-kyung learned, the price of a contract broken is the loss of the person who she loves the most. The more she learns about Myul-mang; the more she feels for him because he was created to balance the scales. If you gain something, you lose something and he was created to ensure the humans did lose when they needed to.
'Doom at Your Service' airs every Monday and Tuesday on tvN and can be streamed on Rakuten Viki.