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 dramas are set around news reporting and reporters and the leads have similar personalities in both dramas, though Jealousy Incarnate has more focus on the love triangle than Pinocchio
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In both dramas, the leads work as news anchor. We see them in their work place in most of the drama and can have a glimpse of how things work in this field.

One drama is a comedy/romance while the other is more of a drama with some comedy and romance.
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    for some reason, I still keep coming back here. Ahh JI, I miss you :(

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      haruhi 2 days ago

      me to, im still rewatching it :)

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    nuka 17 days ago - edited
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    Fk87 19 days ago - edited

    Is it good? Not dragging? 24 is such long episode

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      haruhi 2 days ago
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      Fk87 2 days ago

      Thanks..Will do

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    s-m 23 days ago - edited

    This drama is quite fun and the actors were great at their roles.But the plot was very annoying to watch.The back and forth and fight over the girl is so unrelatable and I don't understand it. Do people behave like that in real life? p.s Jung Won was so frigging annoying and clingy. If she doesn't like you anymore GET OVER IT..ugh i don't understand why people were rooting for him too.

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    Lora Dec 21, 2016

    Why does it have such a high rating? Does it get better with time? I'm on episode 12 and I'm seriously considering dropping it, cause I'm just so annoyed with the plot and the male lead. What do you say people? Shoud I keep watching? >,<

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    ARISTO Dec 16, 2016 - edited

    Would someone be kind enough to tell me who falls in love first? Under the spoiler tag, of course, ahahha

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      iamgeralddd Dec 17, 2016
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      ARISTO Dec 17, 2016

      Thank you once again! ahahah ~

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      iamgeralddd Dec 17, 2016

      yep, enjoy the show! :)

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    lhisa Dec 15, 2016

    Great drama. Light story but not boring. The comedy and romance mixed well. Congratulations!

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    June77 Dec 11, 2016

    All in all I found it very enjoyable to watch
    Top notch acting, a very interesting story
    Just felt that there was not enough plot and character development for 24 episodes
    Secondary characters could have been given more time and that might have given more balance to the drama
    8 last episodes were the best ones anyway

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    Volinii Dec 6, 2016

    Starting few episodes i found it very amazing. I was not bored, but 24 episodes it is kinda dragging one. 16 episodes were fair enough for this drama. I dropped it in middle after 16ep it kinda made me bored. Comedy was good though. Execution of dialogues were good. But something made me dropped it. I can say like actors started making me agitated, actress said she is interested in both but want to break up with both can understand, but meeting again after a month after seeing jjs ahe again follows him. I was like please be clear what you want. Ghj acting i found it bit wierd, acting out of stupidity.

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    DMC Dec 4, 2016

    I know, I know this drama could had 16 episodes, and not 24, however I enjoyed every one of these chapters. I love Jo Jung Suk the best!! Gong Hyo Jin did a great job also! This drama gave me another perspective about triangles....

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    Winter_ Dec 1, 2016

    it should had 16 episodes not 24! DRAGING is what I felt and I fast forwarded A LOT that I never did this amount of fast fowrwarding in my korean drama years! I hated there are characters for just filling the story with stupidity.

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    WangMaLu Nov 28, 2016 - edited

    The description of the drama above was way off: "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." It may be a way to generate interest, but I've seen this ploy used numerous times. It's misleading.

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      kingsqueen Nov 29, 2016 - edited

      I find that the descriptions of a LOT of dramas are WAY off. Idk who writes these, but they don't do a great job. There were a lot of shows that I passed over when I first started watching due to descriptions. When I did give them a shot, I found they were nothing like they were described.

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    Amiri Nov 28, 2016

    ridiculous drama, ridiculous character.

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    94loveKdrama Nov 28, 2016

    Out of the dramas I've seen, Lee Hwa Shin is the best male lead jerk character that I've encountered so far.♥

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    iamgeralddd Nov 23, 2016 - edited

    That "narang cha ja" line made my heart fluttered like crazy!!
    This makes me wanna fall in love so bad T.T


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    South Korea
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    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 3,262 users)
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