'Goblin' is back at it again with the struggles of romance between Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) and Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun). However, love problems aren't the only trouble arising - a bit of jealousy is sparking as well.
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Ji Eun Tak continues to surprise me with her brash actions. Since she couldn't pull out the sword in the last episode, she assumed that Kim Shin must be a "trapped prince" and kisses him. As expected, it led to nothing and then she had the nerve to complain to him about it. It is her character's typical behavior but it still irks me.
Ji Eun Tak, surprisingly, reunites with her first love - a baseball player named Tae Hee. Since then, it has been an emotional landslide for Kim Shin, and I'm already over it. As always, Kim Shin goes back into his baby-ish state of laying in bed and sulking. It really takes away from his character, even though it is a display of his raw, sensitive feelings for Ji Eun Tak.
Despite the Goblin's sweet intentions, Ji Eun Tak still leads a pretty sad life. I felt the scene where she finishes her exam and looks back at all the students meeting with their families was well done.
You can see she feels close to her mom in that moment as she rubs the red scarf (the only thing she has left of her mom's) and thinks of her 9th birthday. It was even cuter when Kim Shin buys her a cake and reignites the feelings inside of her causing her to cry. Kim Go Eun did a great job portraying her emotions here.
I'd wish for Lee Dong Wook instead of a movie with Gong Yoo any day!
Still, performance-wise, Ji Eun Tak continues to be charming one moment but a bit extra the next. The sarcastic bickering between her and Kim Shin is a bit cringeworthy. Her eagerness to volunteer to do his laundry, clean dishes, and the like in order to make up for living there for free is admirable but doesn't seem sincere when she acts that way.
Once again, her over-dosage of aegyo drives me up a wall, but Korean girls (especially in K-Dramas) seem to always showcase this side in every moment possible.
This episode didn't have much of a unique take on death as I was expecting. Kim Shin is seen meddling with human lives again as he purposely bumps into a man riding a bike so that way he'd brake, yell at Kim Shin, and actually avoid getting hit by a car. Too bad he turned out to be a pickpocket and robbed the Reaper (Lee Dong Wook) of his money when he was going out! Is this a comical coincidence or done with reason?
Exact reason I'd rather wish for Lee Dong Wook!
Aside from that, the rest of the plot seem to be a bunch of fluff and fillers. The cute moments of Kim Shin and Ji Eun Tak going on dates, playing the claw machine, eating 'Subway,' and watching movies were cute but nothing worth talking about. Gong Yoo really does a great job of shifting between being a manly, stoic character one moment and an overly emotional, scaredy cat the next, but I still prefer Lee Dong Wook's simplistically edgy demeanor more.
The plot is organized well and evolves into something nice with each and every episode, but I'm getting less impressed as they are stepping outside of their powers and portraying more human-like qualities.
As I said before, episode 7 was filled with a lot of situations that were solely meant to progress the romantic plot of this drama. The romance between Sunny (Yoo In Na) and the Reaper are by far the best. Compared to Kim Shin and Ji Eun Tak, it is less complicated, unpredictable, and chic. Their chemistry is captivating and refreshing despite the slow pace and buildup between them.
But things did get interesting, as always, towards the end! The ending was unbelievably jaw-dropping! Deok Hwa receives Kim Shin's scroll and shows it to the Reaper who suddenly clasps his heart and begins to cry. The real plot twist comes in with the reveal that the King who killed Kim Shin seemed to be the Reaper, as well.
Everyone's face as they shouted, "What do you mean another girl group is disbanding in 2016?!"
Finally, episode 7 ended with a lot more striking scenarios than we could have imagined! Suddenly, Kim Shin clasps his heart, as well, and the sword becomes visible with an eerie, bright green glow. Suddenly, it becomes solid and Ji Eun Tak is able to grab it. Without hesitation, she grabs the sword and begins to pull which causes Kim Shin to use his powers to send her flying backwards. Just when she is about to collide with a car, Kim Shin teleports to her side, grabs her and takes the impact of the cars, which suddenly ignite into flames.
My need for excitement and otherworldly powers was finally entertained. If the drama continues to add these crucial scenes, I feel the drama will carry on more successfully. It is intense on its own due to the unique perspective of the afterlife, immortality and moving on, but the amount of love oriented episodes is making it become bland. Time to spice it up with more magic!
Episode 7 ends with Ji Eun Tak ready to faint in Kim Shin's arms and the Grim Reaper still staring longingly into the scroll of the Queen. Hopefully this next episode will definitely bring more to the plot as I have a feeling Big Red (the old granny) will work her way into the spotlight in order to reveal something terrifying. Otherwise, I can't see much of a change that will have viewers agreeing with higher scores.