I’m actually not quite sure what I feel about this drama.
I was under the wrong impression that it was pre-produced as they are still filming it. I’m assuming they haven’t yet but why does it seem like they are already live shooting?
Because one often notices the abundance of flashbacks in the final quarter of most dramas as they have to somehow make the episode stretch to an hour. But it’s not the case here. We are still at the beginning and they are apparently not restricted by length so why the over-reliance on flashbacks? Some may say that it’s dictated by the story but do we need to be shown every previous scene? We have memories, after all.
Plus what was up with Episode 6? I could barely find a plot. I liked Goblin saying farewell to everyone but it was like the writer wanted to stretch the sword-pulling to the final scene so she just had them spinning their wheels. No, Goblin’s constant stalling made sense (and was well done) but we had Eun Tak cry at his sad story then refuse to help him out for a forced reason. It wasn’t organic.
I won’t say much about the romance other than that a minor is too young to buy a lottery ticket but not too young to romance a geriatric. I was trying hard to ignore her age (despite the aegyo and school uniform) but they had to build an entire sequence around it. Le sigh.
On the plus side, my wish came true and despite seeing the sword, she wasn’t able to pull it. I don’t know if this means she’s not the Goblin’s bride or that their relationship has to advance to a certain stage before she can pull it out but I’m glad that this conflict has been injected into their story. It’s better for them to decide to be together without being compelled to (even if real feelings develop).
For whatever reason, Goblin is now able to see her future and she’s apparently in Quebec for the “first time.” So there might be some memory loss/removal thing going on there. Twenty-nine is also the age a grim reaper will be making another attempt at her life so it’ll be interesting to see how that goes.
But something I liked was that seeing her happy in his premonition led to his decision to let go. While I think they should have spent way more time developing his feelings, I liked how the scene was shot and Gong Yoo was really good at expressing everything Kim Shim was feeling through his face.
The gags are the best thing about this drama. Last week, I probably would have said that we didn’t need an update on the loan sharks but I liked that we did. Watching the effect of Goblin’s “spells” is always fun.
While it’s great to see Grim Reaper and Goblin getting along a lot better, a part of me misses their petty fights because they were very entertaining. Luckily for us, we’ve got our dearest Reaper who clearly needs to read a few “Idiot’s Guides” to get with the times. His inability to use a smartphone properly will never get old. I love how hard it was for him to program Sunny’s name and how literal he is about everything, Haha. He’s the best.
And congrats to Sunny for having customers. I guess her business isn’t a complete failure after all.
Dating Reaper will be a mess, though. I enjoyed him getting jealous and compelling Deok Hwa and Sunny’s friend to leave but it’s very unfair (and scary) to date someone who can manipulate situations and erase your memory. But the disappearing act on the bridge was funny and I guess it means that he’s not intangible while invisible.
I’m glad that they got more screen time but it’s about time to start building a real connection between them.
Am I the only one who misses Grandma Fairy? I loved her scenes in the first week but I think her only scene this week was with the little kid. Oh, and yes, another aspect I’m enjoying are the send-offs to the afterlife. The blind man’s reunion with his dog was touching as was Eun Tak helping the student leave peacefully.
On another note, do you think this is the last time the convenience store owner will ignore anyone who claims to have the winning lottery numbers? Haha.
The writer has built a rich world and while I understand that the main romance will always be the focus, I find the supporting stories more delightful. I honestly wouldn’t mind if there was more time spent on sending the dead on their way.