Elise Stevenson

Oh My Ghost

Elise Stevenson
Oh My Ghost

Has someone in your life changed their personality very dramatically recently and there is no explanation? You might want to consider ‘possession by ghost’ as a list of reasons as to why.

Our female lead is Na Bong Sun, a quiet and shy young woman who has very low self-esteem in her abilities as assistant chef at the Sun Restaurant. She is actually a better cook than she gives herself credit for, writing an amazing blog on her culinary creations of comfort food. Bong Sun is also incredibly timid and jumpy as she can see ghosts, something she has been able to do since she was a child because of her shaman grandmother. Due to this timidness, she doesn’t make friends, hides herself away and will often make mistakes at the restaurant. Too bad she has a crush on the head chef.

The owner of the restaurant and head chef is Kang Sung Woo. He is often seen as a star chef due to his notoriety on variety shows and his amazing dishes. However, his arrogance often overshadows his talents and this sometimes hurts his image. He also limits his appearances on shows due to his ex-girlfriend being a top television producer and he still is heartbroken over their break up. This means he has also not dated anyone since then. Funnily enough, he religiously follows Bong Sun’s blog but he doesn’t know it’s hers because she goes under a pseudonym.

One day, Na Bong Sun comes across a ghost who is possessing people, women in particular. This ghost is Shin Soon Ae, a lustful seductress ghost. Soon Ae died a virgin and believes that if she can possess a woman and seduce a man to do the deed with her, she can move on. However, her possessions don’t hold and usually end up hurting those involved. When she possess Bong Sun, she finds that she can stay in the body with no problems.

Now that timid and shy Bong Sun has made a drastic change into a dynamic and confident, sex-crazed woman, Sung Woo starts to notice her. As well as dealing with the constant personality changes, Bong Sun also helps Soon Ae figure out how she died. It remains a mystery until Soon Ae recognizes a kind police officer she used to have a crush on, Choi Sung Jae, who is now married to Sung Woo’s sister. However, Sung Jae is not as he seems and horrors start to unravel.

When I first started watching Oh My Ghost, I could not understand how no one, literally no one, thought to maybe send Bong Sun to a psychiatrist or something. The change between her and Soon Ae is so different that, while it lends to comedic situations, it seems a little unrealistic that people would only just be shocked that the timid Bong Sun would be brazen enough to make advances or peak at her male colleagues changing in the lockers. Surely, that’s a solid reason to report to HR for sexual harassment.

I can’t say I completely enjoyed this drama. Don’t get me wrong—it has its moments. The times where Soon Ae/Bong Sun are at Soon Ae’s family restaurant did tug on the heart strings and they definitely nailed the creepiness of Choi Sung Jae’s possession. Those scenes would have me absolutely floored and clutching to my safety blanket. But the show kind of missed the mark where other dramas like Master of the Sun and Let’s Fight Ghost have triumphed in terms of character chemistry and overall balance.

I enjoyed some aspects of the character and relationship development between Bong Sun/Soon Ae and Sung Woo. But overall, it was fairly unmemorable and it was a little unsatisfying when the series did wrap up. There were just some missed opportunities where I wish there could have been more, instead of dragging on.

I know that this show was a little bit of a favorite amongst fans because of the lead actress. I agree—Park Bo Young is awesome and I definitely liked how she portrayed the duality of the two characters. But that’s not enough to carry the entire show. Obviously, this is just my opinion and would still recommend watching the show to see if you feel the same as I do. You can check it out on Netflix and various other streaming sites in your region.