“Goblin: The Lonely and Great God” is a story of a Goryeo General cursed to immortality after being impaled with a sword. Now, he’s been living for 900 years looking for his bride—the only one who can draw the sword that has been pierced through his chest; the only way to vanquish the jinx.
When he meets the Goblin’s bride, the deities seem to have more twists and turns laid upon them—connecting us back to a tragic history, engaging us in the present with more mythical characters living in the modern world and leading us to the possibility of reincarnations and bittersweet reunions in the future.
I love how this show opened a door to Korean folklore that I wasn’t really aware of. If you’d ask me about Goblins, I can only sustain you of the idea of them running the Gringotts Wizarding Bank (hello to all the Potterheads who also happen to be into the Kdramaland. I know you get me)
The plot itself is excruciatingly painful for me. It just really proves my irrelevant thought that we are all living just to die. I often asked myself in certain situations like “this won’t matter 5 years from now anyway so why bother?” But then again it’s the journey that makes everything worthwhile, isn’t it?
Goblin got my attention with it’s “protector of the souls” thing I kept on hearing. I am obsessed with the idea of knowing someone through the depth of his soul and all that melodramatic shits we have here.
And as an aspiring writer, I am interested in the idea of fantasy, as sometimes, we really tend to spice up our stories with so much fiction than necessary, so yep, I counted myself in. Little did I know that I’d be in so much emotions. As the episodes went by, it wasn’t hard for me to connect with the characters.
Gong Yoo as Kim Shin/The Goblin – The Goryeo General who outlives everyone he loves after being cursed to immortality. In search of the Goblin’s bride, he found himself living with the Grim Reaper – who he grows fond of later on the drama even after a lot of conflict between them.
As he wills to die, he also found his will to live. Immortality never sounds this saaaad to me. I mean, I’ve been head over heels to Edward Cullen but at least he has the Cullens, Bella and Renesmee. (“And then we continued blissfully into this small but perfect piece of our forever” LOL! MY TWIHARD HEART)
Goblin only has this family that served him generations after generations. No one really did stuck with him as everyone died and the responsibility of service to him just passed on through the years. The so-called “past” to other characters is still a present to him as he remembers everything completely.
As a Goblin, his supernatural powers include summoning gold and flying. He can also see people’s future. He can pass through a door and arrive to an entirely new place. He can freeze time. He makes it rain when he’s sad and down (which reminds me of My Girlfriend is a Gumiho to be honest). He blooms flowers (even in winter! just whoa right there) when he’s happy. I think that adds up to the romance department. Hehe
Lee Dong Wook as The Grim Reaper – His job is to take the deceased souls and makes them the tea of oblivion, sending them to whichever place they deserve—Heaven or Hell. He has no name but just “a grim reaper”.
Opposite the Goblin, he forgot everything entirely (that includes his name, yes). Isn’t it sad to not know your real identity? He is kinda weird and ignorant of the mundane things even after living for years as they are instructed not to meddle with human affairs. He ended up living with the Goblin and soon discovered why they are pulled towards each other—again.
Grim reapers are the personification of Death in Korean folklore, and apparently, they have committed a very serious sin when they were still alive. It must be another kind of punishment to live like humans (they also eat and sleep) when they are not really alive. How cruel of the gods.
Kim Go Eun as Ji Eun Tak – She is also referred as the “Missing Soul” by the grim reaper as she was supposed to die in her mother’s womb (and wasn’t meant to be born in the first place), but the Goblin interfered and saved their lives.
So, that’s how they are connected to each other. Eun Tak has been seeing ghosts since she was a kid and had heard of her being the Goblin’s bride. She grew up believing that. (We all got to believe that too right at the very first episode).
Her mother died when she was 9 and was forced to live with her aunt and cousins, but they treated her badly. When she met the Goblin and the Reaper, she kind of found home in them. She was meant to pull out the sword in Goblin’s chest so what happens when she doesn’t? INTERESTING.
Yoo In Na as Sunny – She is the “beautiful” owner of the Chicken Restaurant where Eun Tak works. She became like a family to her, too. Little did we know her part in Goblin and Reaper’s life. Maybe, just maybe, there’s really this thing called destiny. Hmmm ~
Yook Sung Jae as Yoo Deok Hwa – the chaebol heir and only grandson of the Yoo family. He will be the one to take care of the Goblin’s possession once his grandfather dies. He may seem naive and only cares for his credit card (HAHAHAHAHA! I’M CALLING OUT TO BDO, GET THIS GUY. HE HAS HIS WAYS) but you will see how his character matures over time. He also adds joy in the Goblin-Reaper “bromance.” You may also find out something about him that will really make you go like “Oh. Now it makes sense.”
FAVORITE SCENES AND LOOPHOLES
I like the idea of blowing a candle to summon a Goblin. The myth doesn’t say anything about this, but it’s the writer’s idea and I think it’s fun. And Eun Tak sometimes does it on purpose just to annoy Shin and him trying to look “smart” everytime – just in case Eun Tak calls for him. Hahahaha!
The Goblin and the Grim Reaper. Both immortal. Both cursed. One remembers. One forgets. One is to warmth. One is to cool. One sees the past. One sees the future. One protects. One collects. Do you see the contrasts? They may differ but they also complement each other. I really love the concept of these two. I love them in general (both on and off cam! please watch the Specials too!)
Name a more iconic duo, I’ll be waiting 😏
I CAN’T BELIEVE OF ALL THE MOVIES, THEY CHOSE TO WATCH TRAIN TO BUSAN! GONG YOO WATCHING HIS MOVIE IN HIS SERIES HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I HAVEN’T CRACKED UP THIS MUCH IN MY LIFE, AND APPARENTLY, GOBLINS ARE AFRAID OF ZOMBIES???? HAHAHA I NEED ANOTHER MYTHOLOGY PLEASE!!!
This also looks like something I’ve seen in a movie. (EHEM, TWILIGHT? HAHAHAHA) I am no longer be reminded of Edward Cullen by this imagery. It is now you, Gong Yoo. 사랑해요, 도깨비!!!!
I’ve been hearing people making so much fuss about the whole cinematography thing in this series. I COULDN’T AGREE MORE. I think it adds more warmth to Goblin and Ji Eun Tak life and death ordeal when they had their chance to get along in Quebec a couple of times.
Don’t you just love how everything seems to blur around them? Aaaah the focus!
Aaaah the tone!! It matches the feelings in the dialogue! Aaaah I hate everyone who made this possible. Lol! It’s so pretty my heart aches in glee.
“Mass is not proportional to volume.
A girl as small as a violet.
A girl who moves like a flower petal
is pulling me toward her
with more force than her mass.
Just then, like Newton’s apple,
I rolled toward her without stopping
until I fell on her,
with a thump.
With a thump.
My heart keeps bouncing
between the sky and the ground
It was my first love.”
THE SARTORIAL SPLENDOR
Do you see how they all look aesthetically pleasing?? Not just in photo shoot, you guys! But also in the series! I’m totally into Eun Tak sweatshirts and hoodies! Like the “I woke up like this” and “Broken” inscribe? Gaaaah! If you are too, don’t worry ’cause I got you! The following links will help you find the ones they wore and how much it would cost (TONS! GOLD! HAHAHAHA GOODLUCK TO US!)
Kim Shin looking for his bride to end his life. Grim Reaper not remembering his past and who he is. Ji Eun Tak lost her mom and has now to face her fate of being the Goblin’s bride. Deok Hwa after losing his grandfather has lost his own blood. They were all broken somehow, and I’m glad that they found home in each other. I AM NOT CRYING.
I get so kilig everytime they kiss because it’s always either awkward or genuine and I find it both cute. THEY ARE CUTE! But this one is my favorite. The first ever kiss in the snowfall. Just look how the snow flies up to the sky in reverse. LIKE MAGIC.
Every moment I spent with you… shined.
Because the weather was good,
because the weather was bad,
and because the weather was good enough.
I loved every moment of it.
When Eun Tak turned 9 and her mother died, she saw the Grim Reaper but she was like “I forgot my scarf” to pretend she didn’t see him. She did the same when they crossed paths again when she was 19. I love how she clings so much to the scarf as if for protection from her mother—like how we long for the safety inside our mother’s womb. This is very moving for me. Also, when Shin wore the same scarf years after..
THE BEGINNING AND THE END
I wouldn’t say more about these two scenes because I might spoil the whole thing for you. Now that you’ve reached this point, you may stop reading if you haven’t finished the series yet because here comes my questions.. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.
“To the one who thought that oblivion would bring me peace of mind.. The moment our eyes met, I knew that you too, retained your memories. I pray that in our next life the waiting will be short and the meeting shall be long. That we won’t need an excuse to see each other. Entitled with our dearest names. So we could greet each other when we accidentally run into each other. With our love always being the solution.. I pray that we can meet like that. I’m just happy by seeing your face. Sometimes you’re Kim Woo Bin and sometimes you’re Wang Yeo. Please live a long and happy life. Goodbye..”
Speaking of that coffee shop, don’t tell me you didn’t notice the Made In The A.M poster hanging on its wall?
MY DIRECTIONER HEART IS ALIVE (without the part for Zayn btw)
So that’s it for my review. What’s your favorite scenes? WHO is your favorite character? Any thoughts about the folklore? Lemme know in the comment section below!
If you’re going through a tough time as if you can’t take the pain anymore, just remember: