I was reluctant about penning the final review for Cat, cos tbh, it’s quite a boring show. And I don’t want to have to write one sentence and get stuck continuing. In a nutshell, the plot can be summarized as: boy learns to open his heart to other humans, thanks to his cat. As in literally. Cos Bok-gil turns out to be Ha-ru, the missing cat owned previously by Na-woo.

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Not that Bok-gil’s identity is a secret. From ep1, we already guessed that Cat‘s plot will lead this way. Like why else will the narrative include a missing cat in our heroine’s life if that cat is NOT Bok-gil… As for Bok-gil’s death/ disappearance at the end of Cat, it’s also foreshadowed. Once Jong-hyun learns to trust other humans, and becomes less of a prickly self centred cat-like human himself, the real cat has to make way for an imaginary one.

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The thing that irks me the most in Cat is how the PD doesn’t really bother to wait and match the animal’s expression to Bok-gil’s running monologue. The result is a visual image of a cat who sometimes looks the exact opposite of what Cat tells us it’s “thinking”. Given that it’s a show where the animal is as much of a star as the human…can’t the crew do better? (ah well, that’s juz me ranting)

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Anyway, Bok-gil’s significance in Cat is like a go-between or bridge. She appears in Jong-hyun’s darkest days, when he loses his best friend cum love interest and also his love for life, and disappears when a real human girl becomes Jong-hyun’s new best friend + love interest and when he reignites his passion for drawing. Not coincidental that Jong-hyun sees the ghost of Soo-in in conjunction with Bok-gil’s existence. With Soo-in’s death hovering over him, it also caused him to slip into some form of depression, which is reflected in his drawings and pointed out by PD Dokgo. And when Soo-in disappears, Bok-gil also goes missing for good (aka dies). In replacement, preppy and bright Na-woo enters Jong-hyun’s life, removing the dark clouds that are perpetually hanging over his head.

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However, while Soo-in has been permanently banished, Bok-gil will continue to remain in Jong-hyun — and Na-woo’s — hearts. That cat has gone one full circle from being lost, to found (twice around), and finally leaving her family for good.

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