Kim Eun Sook has now officially dethroned the Hong sisters as my favorite K-drama writer. Who knew that within months after Descendants of the Sun was released, I’d be emotionally invested in another series she created? The supernatural drama Goblin is barely a month old and boasts of Korean heartthrobs, Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook, as its lead stars. Unlike DotS, its episodes are not canned. Viewers don’t seem to mind the live shoots though as their ratings are significantly high for a cable show.
The narrative is beautifully structured. There are times the editing doesn’t make sense but you’ll soon realize those scenes will factor in future episodes. They’ve also chosen songs that are worthy of a constant loop on your playlist, each chronicling significant developments in the relationship between the main characters. It’s hard to pick a favorite but I instantly felt a connection to ‘Beautiful’ by Crush.
As with her previous works, the writer cleverly interconnects everyone’s backstories. Gong Yoo shines as the conflicted Goblin who develops feelings for the human bride destined to end his immortality. The surprisingly believable chemistry he shares with Kim Go Eun, despite the age gap, has me rooting for a happy ending to Shin and Eun Tak’s story. His bromance with Dong Wook’s Reaper also peppers the episodes with funny moments when they hilariously end up being housemates. Even the supporting characters are bringing their A-game into the series making this one of the best K-drama ensembles I’ve ever encountered.
Now that they’re halfway done, the excitement hasn’t waned as more revelations are set to unfold regarding the past lives of Reaper and Sunny. I’d probably have separation anxiety once this all ends but for now, Goblin is one more reason I look forward to the weekend (it airs Friday and Saturday in Korea).