Review: Mystic Pop Up Bar

Mystic Pop Up Bar

No. of episodes: 12
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Mystery

Native Title: 쌍갑포차
Original network: JTBC, Netflix

The drama remake from a popular webtoon ‘Ssanggap Pocha’ that tells the story of a mysterious pojangmacha (outdoor street food bar found in South Korea) run by Weol Joo (Hwang Jung Eum) and an afterlife police Chief Gwi (Choi Won Young).

With less than a month deadline to settle 9 more human souls, Weol Joo starts to worry as there are very little customer enter her pop up bar and not many are willing to open up with their concerns. To hit their mission of saving 100,000 souls, their hired a human part-timer Han Kang Bae (Yuk Sung Jae) who has the ability to let people pour their hearts out by a touch.

Dream world

After the individual open up with their problem they will drink a special mix that put them to sleep immediately. That allows Weol Joo, Chief Gwi and Kang Bae to enter the dream in the exact scenario to find out what really happened.

All the different stories connect them together and it is like watching multiple short stories. The cutest one will be entering the ‘dream world’ competition where ancestors join an annual competition and the winner will win the next lottery number and send it to their descendant.

Entering another’s dream is not glamorous and often dangerous. Like they might be stuck in the person’s subconscious forever and never be able to return.

Protecting her by her side

Weol Joo has the idea that the Crown Prince order to kill and cost her mother’s life. Even though she really love him, but she hated him as well. The crown prince identity is always a mystery but a few might have already known.

After Weol Joo commit suicide, she killed the sacred tree and their unborn as well. Unknowingly cursed their unborn soul forever. The real reason for her to commit the 100,000 souls is to free their unborn’s soul instead of the chance to reincarnate.

Better late than never

Only towards the end, they realized that Kang Bae is their unborn and finally reunited with their love one, Weol Joo open up about their unborn. It makes sense now, why Hang Bae has such bad luck in life and always distant from people.

Perfectly imperfect, time is running out.

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