The Devil Game [劣人傳之詭計] Episode 1 Recap

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These are the faces of our central cast, a group of elementary school kids who are drawn back together after an unfortunate event befalls their classmate…

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Alright Show, you’re creepy we get it. The opening sequence opens with burning photos of kids, silhouettes, and ends with a hand slowly dragging down a window. Great, I hate horror. WARNING: horror/ghost. If you don’t like horror movies, don’t watch it.

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We open with a guy waking up in a hospital bed. He’s panicking as a shadow comes towards him, yelling at it not to come closer. The shadow draws the curtain aside, and it’s a girl asking him who he’s talking to. The guy calms down, until he sees a figure under his sheet crawling up towards him. He flees in a blind panic, hurriedly hitting elevator buttons in his attempt to get away. We can see the ghostly figure of a girl in the corner with him in the elevator, but she disappears when he looks.

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He makes it into his car, and after a few attempts to start, tears out of the parking lot. It’s pouring rain outside, and he struggles to see through his windshield when out of nowhere, this demon child appears on the hood of his car. He brakes to a halt, and she disappears…only to reappear behind him in the backseat. Slowly, she inches her tiny hands around his throat, and he screams before running out of the car.

He’s promptly hit by a construction truck (I had a meangirls flashback, can’t lie), and we see that his body was impaled by metal rods of the nearby construction site.

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We cut to a celebration at a BuXiBan – or a Tutoring house. Zhuang Wei Xiang, played by Li Chung Lin, just got a raise at the tutoring house. His fellow teacher/tutors are happy for him, and joke that dinner is on him. All of a sudden, they hear a commotion – a student is crying in the bathroom threatening to slit her wrists. She’s accused of stealing by her classmates, and we see Wei Xiang flashback to a young girl being bullied as he grabs the glass and tells her that life is not something to give up on.

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He meets with his mom afterwards, and she fusses over his bandaged hand (from when he grabbed the glass). They have a pretty close relationship it seems, and he sweetly grabs the mail for her. There’s a funeral notice for him, and it’s for the mystery guy at the beginning of the episode. We find out his name is Shi Ming. As Wei Xiang sits down, he sees three people approach him. These are his elementary school classmates: Liao Hui Fen (played by MianMian), Tian Bing Bing (played by Chen Zhi Wan), and Lu Jia Hao (played by Chen Mu).

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As they stand around chatting, we see another woman in sunglasses walk in. This is Qiu Ruo Han, played by Guo Shu Yao. She pays her respects, then walks over to the group. Although she greets them with a friendly hello, they don’t seem to remember her until she mentions her name.  Hui Fen asks when she got back, since she left after the incident with Xiao Yin. We flashback to the bullied girl again, and Bing Bing says that she doesn’t think of the past anymore. She sees the ghost standing on the edge of the funeral hall though, and we can see its reflection on the photo.

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Wei Xiang sits in his room, looking over some memorabilia. He pulls out a snow globe, and we see a flashback of little Ruo Han giving it to him. He smiles again before putting it away.

The crew meet up later for drinks, and Bing Bing definitely has an interest in Wei Xiang. They talk about what their careers are, and how different they are from their elementary school dreams. Hui Fan recalls the memory box in which they buried their career dreams, and they all decide to go find it again.

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They hike to the spot, open it and…scream.

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Inside the box is a beat up doll, and not their wishes. Flashback to Xiao Ying playing with the doll (now brand new).

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Along come a group of kids, and we can see the younger versions of Wei Xiang and Luo Han. Luo Han demands to now what she’s doing with her doll, which her dad had brought back from overseas. When Xiao Ying says that she found it in the garbage, they call her a liar. Wei Xiang asks if maybe Xiao Ying did find it in the garbage, but everyone else says that couldn’t be possible. Luo Han calls the dall dirty, and says she doesn’t want it anymore. Shi Ming tells them he has an idea to punish her, and takes out some sharpies from his pocket. He says that they should draw on her face, then everyone will know that she’s a liar and thief. Wei Xiang stands there awkwardly on the side – not partaking but not saying anything to stop it either.

They decide to rebury the doll and pretend it never happened, but everyone is efinitely spooked.

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Wei Xiang returns home, and it’s pretty dark outside. He sees a figure run past on his balcony, and gets understandably freaked out. He grabs a spatula on his way through the kitchen, and opens the screen door to find… a little girl with red stuff on her face.

His mom comes in and they scare each other before his mom laughs and says that she put ketchup on a bun for their neighbour’s daughter to eat. Have I mentioned how creepy it is that his mom has a ton of mannequin heads to put wigs on?

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Wei Xiang returns to his room shaken, when he notices a package on his desk.

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He opens it to find a tin box with a an old dirty stethoscope – we can presume that his wish used to be becoming a doctor. There’s also a card, and it’s from Shi Ming. He writes that Xiao Ying’s ghost has come back to find them – no matter how much they hide and run away, she will never relent! “Our judgement is finally coming for us; I used to pick on her, so I was first to die. I know that in a few days I’ll be hit by a car and die –  Wei Xiang, that year you were the most callous to her, the person she liked most was you, and thus the person she hated the most was you. That is why she wants you to burn to death!”

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Wei Xiang is understandably freaked, out, and we see a mannequin head behind him slowly turn to face the camera…

END.

Comments:

Well guess who’s not sleeping tonight. I hate hate hate ghost stories and horror movies, and initially had thought this was more of a thriller type – criminal minds-esque drama. Will I keep watching? Probably….until I can’t stand it anymore. The acting is good so far, storyline pretty straightforward but interesting. We know there’s definitely a ghost, but since Wei Xiang didn’t participate in actually bullying her I’m not sure why she’s so out to get him. Maybe we’ll learn more in future eps.

Also. Bing Bing definitely is into Wei Xiang, and he’s definitely not into her. Look at how she’s trying to wipe his face haha, and he’s saying “no no it’s okay I can do it myself”.

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