So apparently ghosts can get…sick? Well, “Bring It On, Ghost” doesn’t really belabour this point, so I won’t either. All of the weird things that ghosts can apparently do aren’t really intended as pararealism anyway. They’re just storytelling advices through which Bong-pal can express affection to Hyeon-ji. This much is important, since last episode established that Bong-pal doesn’t really have a chance with Seo-yeon, even though she insists on expressing (platonic) interest in him.
The format overall is more of the usual. We’re given just enough information about Hye-seong to know that he’s important without really having any kind of clear idea why. Hye-seong’s storyline feels like an abridged version of the plot from a completely different drama. It has almost nothing to do with anything Bong-pal is doing. We know that eventually Hye-seong’s connection with Bong-pal will be explained, but looked at on individual merits it’s not even clear Hye-seong’s crimes have anything to do with ghosts at all.
The ghost that must be fought this time around fares somewhat better on account of the provided social commentary. Given Bong-pal’s rather ominous relationship with his own father, having a ghost deal with similar issues generally proves to be reasonably interesting. It helps that the ghostbusting aspect of “Bring It On, Ghost” makes more sense than usual. Cheon-sang and In-rang are slowly getting the hang of the whole “locate people who need help with ghosts” aspect of the story.
The fights, themselves, though, have lost a lot of their charm for me. This is mainly because there’s not really that much logic to them. Bong-pal and Hyeon-ji lose against the ghosts for awhile until it’s time for them to win. That’s really all there is to it. Earlier in the drama we heard a decent amount about the importance of weak points, yet neither of the ghosts dispatched this episode had obvious weak points that I noticed. They just sort of faded away after a lucky hit.
“Bring It On, Ghost” suffers mainly from being little more than the sum of its parts. While it’s cute watching Hyeon-ji try to learn simply for the sake of learning, Hyeon-ji seems to have mostly forgotten about exploring her own backstory, which only ever gets exposition by accident. A better sense of mutual shared goals would help “Bring It On, Ghost” a lot. Plot progression near the end of the episode implies that we’re finally getting close to that point, although I’ve had that thought before.