It’s midway through the airing of tvN Mon-Tues drama Doom at Your Service (One Day Destruction Came to My Door) and this is a good time to discuss and have more substantive feedback to add to the first impression. The ratings are trending the wrong way for this drama, starting with 4.118% in episode 1, reaching a high in episode 2 with 4.422% and then dropping until hitting the current low of 2.789%. Reviews and audience feedback skew mostly towards critical dislike and disappointment for a drama highly anticipated, but there are also a vocal contingent that enjoy the drama. I watched the first episode and HATED IT, and I’ve not watched another minute since just waiting to hear this drama got better (nope) or connects with relatable characters (also nope).
I feel like Park Bo Young is typecast as the female lead in fantasy dramas, this is her fourth now, and in the first episode she did not act or speak like any human being when she got her terminal illness diagnosis that I almost stopped right there. Then I spent the entire episode with Seo In Guk‘s Doom having “profound” and dull discussions with the higher up female goddess and then doing his doomy thing with not much else. It felt like a bad but pretty MV where there is a sliver of a plot and we’re able to follow along but feel nothing. I don’t mind that it borrows the same elements plucked from Goblin, Hotel Del Luna, and Tale of Gumiho but it doesn’t do anything interesting to watch here. And don’t get me started on the dialogue, the script in the first episode is almost headdesk inducing and I hear it doesn’t get better and kinda gets worse. This drama thinks is so much smarter, cooler, and deep then it actually is, and that’s probably why it’s so shallow and unable to connect with me as a viewer.