Jealousy Incarnate

Jealousy Incarnate (2016)

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Lee Hwa Shin (Jo Jung Suk) is a handsome anchor with notable journalistic talent, a well-to-do family and commendable education. He is also as fierce a competitor as one will find in the world of reporting, and goes after stories relentlessly. But as luck would have it, he also comes across another fierce competitor -- meteorologist Pyo Na Ri (Gong Hyo Jin). Pyo Na Ri doesn’t have the shining resume of her read moreanchor counterpart, went to a third-rate college and only has a temporary contract with the station. Although her dorky exterior hides an inner fire, Na Ri has worked extremely hard to get where she is, even doing odd jobs like lifting boxes. Both anchor and meteorologist now see each other as rivals in their race to becoming the station’s most valued employee. But what happens when the two rivals start to fall in love? The drama may be too much, even for a broadcasting station.

  • Native title:

    질투의 화신
  • Also Known as:

    Incarnation of Jealousy; Jilteoeui Hwashin; Incarnation of Envy; Envy Incarnate; Don't Dare to Dream;

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Nov 10, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
To me, Jealousy Incarnate is a messy drama. But it is messy in the most perfect sense possible. The kind of drama that reminds you about the joys of love, friendship, life and sorrow. I went looking for a typical Gong Hyo Jin romantic comedy drama that I crave once in a while. But this is so much more than a romantic comedy.

Of course, the romantic comedy elements are all there. read more The love triangle is killer. You will definitely have a second lead syndrome, even if it's only for a few fleeting seconds. But at the same time, you will never stop loving the male lead. The story also makes you laugh plenty. I haven't laughed like this while watching a drama in a long time. The writers didn't take even a minute for granted and the whole thing is an absolute joyride.

Another awesome thing about the story is how they covered a whole range of issues in a lighthearted and optimistic manner. We have the issues of male breast cancer, asexuality, live-in, two-timing, workforce rat-race, not-so-typical families explored beautifully in a way that only a Korean drama can pull off. The romance is top-notch. I love the chemistry between the two leads and between all characters in general. The comic timing is great.

Among the characters, I was absolutely invested in Hwa Shin's character. He is not perfect but the kind of growth the character showed from the very first episode all the way till the end, and the way Jo Jung Suk portrayed Hwa Shin's struggle in love and life, it was amazing. He absolutely killed it! I have watched everything Jo Jung Suk has starred in and this is my favorite of his works (so far). Gong Hyo Jin was her usual best. I love her in these naive roles that she plays. Both second leads were great. Jung Won was more perfect but Hwa Shin was more interesting.

Pal Gang's moms were hilarious and their interactions were something I always looked forward to. The company had an interesting setting. I loved Pinocchio and this time, it was nice to see a drama from an anchor's perspective instead of reporters. Pyo Na Ri's struggle to switch from a forecaster to an anchor was inspiring and something that was relate-able.

I am definitely rewatching this. Some scenes are so memorable and the chemistry is unforgettable. The music is great. My favorite song from the OST is "Yes! Love". I waited for it to release for a long time. Overall, it is going down as one of my favorites. And Jo Jung Suk has almost made it to my favorite actors list. Highly highly recommended for all kinds of moods!
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Nov 11, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I love Gong Hyo Jin, and the trailers for this show are what drew me to it. I like the two male leads as well, and this looked to be a fairly fun romance story.

The first half of this show, I was utterly in love with it. I re-watched episodes as I waited for new ones to air. But I made the fatal mistake of falling for the second male lead, read more knowing that the writers would break my heart and his. The show starts off by throwing a huge cast of characters at us, and their relations seem a little confusing at first. But, eventually, all is sorted, and we have ourselves with 3 main love triangles. Pyo Na Ri, who has been in a 3 year one-sided love with Lee Hwa Shin, and then meets and falls for his best friend and ultimate chaebol gentleman, Go Jung Won. This is our main triangle and love story. The others are played up at first but slowly get pushed to the background....just like our 2nd lead. I blame the writers for making Jung Won such a perfect catch (and Go Kyung Pyo for making Jung Won seriously swoony) that he was hard to get over. Whereas, in contrast Hwa Shin could be a perfect donkey's behind...yet somehow you couldn't hate him because he also showed that he cared about everyone in his life as well. He was definitely tortured by his own inner self.

The story had some serious moments that the writers cut with humorous moments, so the weightier matters didn't drag the show into melodrama territory. There were strong characters and great chemistry with ALL the cast members. The writers did a fantastic job with the casting, and it could not have been more perfect. Up until around episode 14, I was sure that this might be the best drama I had ever watched and I fully expected to see it on my list of favorites. But the writers started to make some missteps in the story from my point of view. And I know that the majority of viewers may disagree with me. I did not feel that way simply because my 2nd lead wasn't getting the girl. Hwa Shin was not a bad choice for Pyo Na Ri. They did have some great chemistry together and I could see where the Hwa Shin "shippers" could be all on board with him. But I wasn't as swayed as I could have been and the actions of the characters didn't seem honorable to me in that mid-point. It dampened my love for the show somewhat, and that never fully recovered. Jealousy Incarnate was still a good show and I looked forward to it every week. I think they wrapped up the story well and completely for our main couple. However, they left a lot of loose ends when they backburnered the side characters that were prominent in the first several episodes.

My favorite side characters may have been the doctor and her nurse. Nurse Oh stole every scene she was in, and the doctor was both funny and full of heart.
The music was great - seriously stand out. I'm not normally into the music so much, but there were several songs that I had to hunt down and play for my own enjoyment of them.

Please, do give this show a chance (and push through past the first couple of episodes if it's hard - it's worth it!). You'll have lots of laughter and emotions.
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Both stories tell about people who seem lost somewhere in their lives and start to pursue their old dreams again. The characters are strong and well written, even the supporting cast, and their interactions and the skinship feel very natural. The romances and struggles are well founded, too.
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    ykflower 15 days ago - edited

    Is it with a happy ending?

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    fallensnowflakes Jul 15, 2017

    I miss this drama.

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    lovelydream Jul 10, 2017

    This was some refreshing,hilarious,emotional good sh*t.

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    locurabella Jun 17, 2017 - edited

    This could have been shorter, honestly. I binged watched this drama until episode 14. After that, the plot became a mess. The ending wasn't satisfying in my opinion.

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      sayaraohara Jun 23, 2017

      I feel the same they blended too much without giving a satisfying end

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      Haru Jun 25, 2017

      I felt exactly the same!!

      But after half a year, I still have the urge to rewatch. I really miss this drama tbh.

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    MrBanana May 23, 2017 - edited

    Its a great drama but could have been 16 eps.

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      Serin 25 days ago

      Or at least 20, lol.

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    soomin May 22, 2017

    Overall it was a great romcom. It's the first time I watched a drama with Jo Jung Suk as the lead actor and he became one of my favorite, he is such a good actor!! I think I'm one of the few who didn't have a second lead syndrome XD

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    Suicidal_Hermit May 16, 2017 - edited

    Such a good drama! I got my dose of Park Jin Joo too so I'm as happy as can be! Gong Hyo Jin is such a good actress I absolutely fell in love with her all over again.

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    patie May 9, 2017

    oh jung wonnie s2

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    joannesmith May 4, 2017

    Wow, this is way more than I thought it would be. One on my top 5. The acting by all 3 leads was amazing. You could feel Jo Jung Suk's emotions so intensely - it was as if he was right in front of you. Gong Hyo Jin complemented him perfectly.

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    BSapph Apr 22, 2017 - edited
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      joannesmith May 5, 2017

      I for sure watched it. It was good and worth the watch. there arent too many good looking guys in it though, right? ha ha...there's so many the only show that has more is Hwarang, which i watched but can't recommend.

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      joannesmith May 5, 2017

      DOTS is really good IMO. It also has two storylines (pairs of romances) plus a bromance, so it gives you alot to invest in. I have watched it about 3 times.

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      AmySal May 6, 2017 - edited

      I have watched Hwarang because of Taehyung (V) & Choi MinHo.. I will try watching DOTS

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      joannesmith May 6, 2017

      i continued watching it only because of Park Hyung Shik. I wish Choi MinHo had a greater part/more lines because he is so talented in other works he's done. I struggled thru the show because of the female lead - ugh! You'll love DOTS.

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    mish Apr 18, 2017 - edited

    been almost three months since i watched this, still think about it all the time lmao

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      joannesmith May 4, 2017

      did u watch Its Okay Its Love? its kind of similar in that way to me.

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      mish May 5, 2017

      yeah i watched that and rlly liked it! kinda stuck with me for a while but didnt have the same kinda impact on me... have you seen reply 1988 though? very different kind of vibe and storyline but i think about it all the time

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      joannesmith May 5, 2017

      you know, i have it only my very immediate list. Maybe i'll start it tonite!

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      mish May 6, 2017

      tell me if you do! i'd love to hear if you enjoy it

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      joannesmith May 8, 2017 - edited

      am on episode 9. its really well done. Not as fast paced as I would like but very compelling. You certainly get engaged with each and every character. Hard to believe since so many. Veryaddictive.

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    Sweety Apr 10, 2017 - edited
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    LPA Apr 7, 2017 - edited

    I was really enjoying this drama up until about episode 15 and then it got so bogged down and slow that I almost dropped it. It seemed that there were a lot of short clips interjected with pieces of music that I had enjoyed in the beginning of the drama but they became really annoying with short clips that didn't seem to be going much of anywhere. The overall theme seem to pick back up about episode 21 and then I enjoyed it to the end. I really liked all the actors, especially Go Gyeong Pyo, (who I first saw (although in a different role) in the kdrama "Tomorrow's Cantabile"--so fun and hilarious with great music!) Even though I watch my favorite historical dramas with 50+ episodes, I feel that "Jealousy Incarnate" was just too long. They should have cut about seven episodes, but I still rated it an 8 out of 10 because the actors were good. Take care.

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    Annalisse Apr 2, 2017 - edited

    Second Lead Syndrome has claimed me again! Otherwise I might have rated this higher, but Lee Hwa Shin was such a jerk there was no way I could ship him with Pyo Na Ri. Other than that, this was a solid drama. Now I can't wait for Chicago Typewriter to air so I can (hopefully) see Go Gyeong Pyo in a happier ending :'-)

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      Sara Apr 6, 2017

      but you have to admit he was a HOT jerk

      and Gyeong Pyo is also the second lead over there so I doubt he'll get something better though he suits being the first lead more than 'Ah In' he's so overrated

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      Annalisse Apr 6, 2017

      Oh noooo. The struggle of being a drama fan ;-)

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    joyje Mar 28, 2017

    It is certainly funny in certain episodes. Both Jo Jung Suk and Gong Hyo Jin make a good couple. Liked the bromance between Hwa Shin and Go Jeong Won too. Enjoyed the drama.


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Aug 24, 2016 to Nov 10, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 4,829 users)
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