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[Drama Review] 'Goblin' Episode 5

By AllK_Maknae   Monday, December 19, 2016   37,427   6,606   7



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While we are loving the romance that is starting to sprout, Episode 5 of 'Goblin' reveals that there is some trouble in paradise as Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is struggling with his pure, romantic feelings for Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun). Alongside this, there are other unexpected surprises building up in the plot as well.

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The beginning starts off serious and definitely attacks our hearts. Death is playing a huge role in this drama and there are many situations involving death that are told each and every time. I feel the writer is trying to relay some sort of message or retrospect on beliefs of the afterlife and God, as well.

The face you make when mom is still out grocery shopping.

The scene where a ghost approaches Ji Eun Tak and begs her to go into her room and fix it up to look lively before her mom arrives was very touching. Despite there being extremely minimal dialogue during this scene, it was the most crucial. Something about the silence in the room, the tears rolling down the ghost's cheeks as her mother touches her things, and the acceptance of death overall will really move you.

It even made me contemplate how will people look back and react to the last traces of my life on earth? Thought-provoking dramas and scenes like this are my style because it shows the writer is making a personal connection with their plot.

Aside from the intense beginning, the love bug strikes again! I'm happy to see a love line starting between Sunny (Yoo In Na) and the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong Wook) but they left me craving more. A simple date in the coffee shop and a phone call aren't enough to spark some interest. While he has plans to go on a date with her again, I'm wondering if they will both let their guards down and act a little more silly and a little less cool in the end.

I still wonder why Sunny is the one with the queen's jade ring... I hope it doesn't mean she is the true Goblin's Bride or something extreme like that as I like seeing Ji Eun Tak and Kim Shin together much more. Sunny is too chic and sure of herself for someone as fickle and stubborn as Kim Shin.

I love the way Kim Shin allows Ji Eun Tak to move in and sets up his room for her. Since she lives above him, he listens to her movements above and easily assumes what she must be doing. While some may find it creepy, I thought it was cute how he simply mutters "I can't concentrate" knowing that she is in his home, living and going about her day. It makes his infatuation more realistic because, even though he can't admit it, his actions make it loud and clear that he can't be happy without her.

But it isn't all fun and games! Gong Yoo's serious acting is becoming better as it really matches Kim Shin's intense attitude and poetic love for Ji Eun Tak. I just love that as he thinks of Ji Eun Tak as a flower rolling and blossoming in his heart, the Grim Reaper appears and says, "I can hear your thoughts." Caught red handed!

Living with two handsome chefs? Ji Eun Tak is one smart cookie!

Despite the plot being at a bit of a standstill in episode 5 with the overabundance of romance, the humor was never-ending. From the Grim Reaper learning how to use a cellphone to him and Kim Shin trying to figure out the house passcode so Ji Eun Tak can actually enter - many scenes had me laughing away. I enjoy that the drama takes a moment to add in some comical relief, but emphasis on an intense story line with just small bits of comedy here and there could strike a better balance for this type of story.

I found problematic the scene in which Kim Shin emotionlessly announces that he believes Ji Eun Tak is the Goblin's Bride and he blandly mutters, "I love you." Ji Eun Tak did ask if he loved her back rather awkwardly, but it doesn't really make sense as to why he is still playing hard to get with her and making their relationship oddly dramatic.

However, I did expect some sort of grievance since he is finally accepting the fact that his long search is over and that he is accepting his new wife and putting his past one aside.

Sadly, this episode left little to discuss as it relied heavily on advancing the good and the bad of the relationships between Kim Shin and Ji Eun Tak as well as Sunny and the Grim Reaper, nothing much more.

The big surprise that blew me away was that time jumping ending. Ji Eun Tak is shown to be traveling around the world, specifically Quebec, Canada again. She is seen waiting at the same restaurant for a man to arrive but, to our surprise, it is not Kim Shin! He reveals that he knows he must leave her side in order to make her happy. Is all this giggly romance just a facade? Will they have an eternal romance together or is Kim Shin simply a ship passing through the night?




  1. Yoo In Na
  2. Lee Dong Wook
  3. Gong Yoo
  4. Kim Go Eun
  5. goblin

pong93 Tuesday, December 27, 2016

After watch episode 8 I came up with this theory and this is just my mere theory, I think the Grim Reaper is the reincarnation of the king and Sunny is the reincarnation of the queen (Goblin's little sister). As per the Grim Reaper's junior said, anyone who reincarnates to be a Grim Reaper had made a gravely sins in their past. So yeah, I think that's why "Kim Woo Bin" has such sentiments when he accidentally touched Sunny's hand or when he was looking at the painting of the late queen.

pong93 Tuesday, December 27, 2016


DyoXing Monday, December 19, 2016

why did i have a feeling that Grim Reaper was a king while Sunny was a queen?

Bangtanmyloves DyoXing Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Same here!! I really feel that it's him and her :D

eomi Monday, December 19, 2016

can you explain why you gave an 8 for the performance

REVERSE eomi Monday, December 19, 2016

Agree? This drama is one of the best drama i've been watching so far. I think the overall score at least not less than 9.5

Bangtanmyloves REVERSE Wednesday, December 21, 2016

@reverse I do agree with you to the highest level. This drama wraps up all the k-drama for 2016. They nailed it! hahahaha

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