The 'Goblin' built up a lot of suspense and entertainment with episode 6 as it picked up the pace regarding Kim Shin's (Gong Yoo) final decision regarding his sword. However, the drama's plot is suffering (in my humble opinion) as it is starting to dwindle down into a more tamed atmosphere. The drama escapes from the action-packed, supernatural theme and evolves into a melancholic, slice-of-life storyline that involves other worldly happenings every so often.
Looking back on previous episodes, 'Goblin' sort of changed from a big display of graphics, magic, and ghoulish events to something bland. It isn't to say it is less exciting, but the dialogue this time around made it hard for me to stay awake since it was quite repetitive and involved lots of flashbacks. In comparison to the ship sinking or Kim Shin slicing a car in half after Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun)'s kidnapping, I'd easily say the drama lost some edge as it revolves around Ji Eun Tak teaching Kim Shin how to let go of misery and learn to openly love again.
Even though there wasn't as much action, I am still won ever by the cast's use of its entertaining powers as well as the alternate look into the afterlife. Yet again, death is addressed in more unique ways in episode 6. This week's lesson? All dogs go to heaven and there is an afterlife - even for ghosts! The scene where the blind man is reunited with his deceased guide dog Happy had me in tears, especially when the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong Wook) stated, "He felt bad leaving you first and has been waiting here for a long time." Kill my heart, now!
I also couldn't help but feel touched again when viewers realized that the young girl from the previous episode, who lived in the hostel alone, has been set free from her deep sorrows due to Ji Eun Tak's actions.
As Ji Eun Tak and the fellow ghosts gaze up into the sky, a shooting star passes by which confirms she (the ghost) was able to pass on into the afterlife. This only seems a bit worrisome to Ji Eun Tak and viewers because she knows that the other ghosts, who have ultimately become her good friends, will soon leave her side, as well.
In regards to relationships, Sunny (Yoo In Na) and the Grim Reaper, who now refers to himself as Kim Woo Bin, are getting funnier and funnier! The Grim Reaper is still shy and clearly wants to impress Sunny. However, due to being dead and having a not-so-normal job, it seems his romance with her will involve some interesting changes on her part.
I still wonder if Grim Reapers are allowed to date - let alone with humans? The mystery of their relationship draws up curiosity - but I still need answers. Just like before, I am hoping for more to come out from their relationship, despite it being all constant moments of humor and awkwardness.
But we all know the real mystery lies with the woman in red. We know children can see through her facade and recognize she is an old lady, but what exactly are her intentions and why is she fiddling around with death? Discovering her identity is my sole purpose to continue watching so far.
Why isn't this bold look a K-Pop group concept yet?
Kim Shin is still as fickle as ever. He really plays with Ji Eun Tak's emotions as he can be seen drinking and regretfully regarding his past arguments with Ji Eun Tak one moment then standing in front of her, crying and petting her hair the next. He definitely lives up to his sugar daddy status since he purchases her an assortment of luxury gifts and ensures her safety and financial stability as he prepares to die.
Ji Eun Tak seems to become a little more irritating as she showcases irrational behavior to match with Kim Shin's, too. While not as aggressive, her constant whining and odd way of communicating make me wonder if she simply wants attention, good or bad, from the Goblin. The only thing I dislike about her character, and overall acting, are the forced giggles.
It isn't very natural and seems like she wants to appear cuter than she actually is. Kim Go Eun has a solid amount of aegyo up her sleeve that her character could live without the extra boosts from time to time.
I have mixed feelings regarding Kim Shin's acceptance with death and ending his immortality. Yet again, the score and review will remain sadly stagnant - but with reason! The drama only escalated towards the ending by suddenly suggesting he would remove the sword and Ji Eun Tak could have a future without him.
To me, the fact that he wants to end his life so quickly is also a letdown because, despite the fact K-Dramas always change things up towards the end, I feel that there is an obvious and inevitable ending now.
Has anyone else ever stared at someone while kissing? No? OK.
In the end Ji Eun Tak attempts to pull out the sword, only to find out she suddenly couldn't do it. Not because she did not want to, but because she literally could not physically touch the sword and pull it out, which has me wondering if that jade ring Sunny wears has something to do with it? Perhaps Sunny is the real Goblin's Bride after all or perhaps Ji Eun Tak must wear the ring in order to touch the sword? At least we got to see a little dose of unexpected romance in the end! Until next week, avoid ghosts and hope we find out what will become of Ji Eun Tak and Kim Shin's relationship sooner than later!