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The Lonely and Great God (Goblin)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Updated: Jan 10, 2020



Kim Shin was once an unbeatable general in Goryeo's military who died a tragic death. He now possesses immortality, but is tired of living whilst everyone else around him dies. For 900 years, Kim Shin has searched for his bride, a mortal who can pull out the sword and end his life. One day, he encounters Ji Eun Tak, a positive, upbeat high school student who can see the dead and has gone through tragic things, yet still stays strong. She claims to be the Goblin's bride, who can end his immortal life, but what appears to be an easy task only gets complicated as the two fall in love.


Feelings: First Episode

MAN I really did not know what hit me. I was expecting something more amateur, maybe a bit more light, but MAN did they hit me with the FEELS like immediately. It was a mixed bag filled with fantasy, romance, coming of age feels with a dash of historical drama. I could already tell that my heart was going to break with this one so I took a deep breath and continued on....


Characters

Gong Yoo...Kim Shin/Goblin

Aside from being 900 year old, there is actually a large age gap between him and his fellow cast mate. I did think it was a little weird to pair up a high school girl and a grown ass man. Like he GROWN-grown but does immortality exclude you from taboo? I digress because his life was plain rough and he is so tortured by time and watching everyone close to him die that age is no longer a part of his character. So I get it, it's not supposed to be weird *but is a little*. The slow fall for Ji Eun Tak is very bittersweet. Even while watching I would start to tear up because this sad-boy goblin genuinely starts to truly fall in deep for this human, and since she loves him back, the result is super UNCOOL and that is why he insisted that she wasn't the Goblin bride. From episode one he insisted because he could see that a light so bright



Kim Go Eun...Ji Eun Tak

Ji Eun Tak is a spirited girl with a pure heart and lovely smile (plus a sweet voice - remember when she's singing for a wedding UGH so good!!!). When she talks to Kim Shin it had a very childish vibe yet not immature which made it endearing and attractive. She appears so young in comparison to Kim Shin (as actors too) which makes it a little riskayy but still very cute. And in spite of her depressing memories, she stands a bright pillar of light in the shadow of death that is her life. She defies what people might expect her to be because of those memories and that is what makes her so beautiful. She's also so gosh darn cute that I even fell in love with her shoot. Real tough to watch and hear her cry, breaks my heart just thinking about it.



Lee Dong Wook... Wang Yeo/Grim Reaper

I love this peculiar character. He is so weird and absent of any pinpointed emotion but still so genuine (I guess it comes with the territory). His and Goblin's relationship was intriguing, their scenes cracked me up 😆. But when he first meets Sunny, his soul pretty much downloaded all the missing files to his heart and it overloaded the system to the point of tears. It was so well executed, I could feel the weight of what was happening within him. Lingering sin of his past life loomed over him like a cloud he thought was the sky, and then she was there and like a sun, shed light on all those memories, sins, love, and loss. Sunny was a mix of turmoil and true love. Even a Grim Reaper deserves a second chance because all beings deserve happiness. But it's not like he just committed a little sin, he was a full on malicious King who did awful things. That's rough to live with yourself after knowing that, especially cuz he's in love with the reincarnated version of the person he hurt so deeply and unforgivably. It's a real tragic existence....he's sort of like a robot that develops conscienceness.


Yoo In Na...“Sunny” Kim Sun

She has the perfect name to match the grim reaper, it's the opposite of darkness (perhaps not intended but I liked it). Her character was sassy, smart, beautiful, and confident while still being very intimidating and a bit off-putting. I could not get enough of her and grim reaper. Watching them was so funny because it was like watching 2 people with mega chemistry but on a first date or something. Oh the TENDERNESS!! She's the type of chick that did everything independently her whole life, takes no BS, protects what needs to be protected, but to the point where she looks at everything else with a twinge of doubt and/or hesitation. Her bluntness I think also kind of makes it difficult for the grim reaper to calculate a response. But she got reaper boy SHOOK and HOOKED.

Yook Sung Jae...Yoo Deok Hwa

Gosh what a beautiful voice. I did not know that he had a beautiful voice until I obsessively was watching Youtube videos of Goblin scenes and live music performances. In the show I didn't find him particularly memorable though. He was just a piece of the Goblin puzzle.


Post Feelings: Finishing the Series

My heart is still in pieces from this series. My tears fell so hard as it typed this post. When Kim Shin returns to ashes right in front of Eun Tak, I LOST it. And the finale where we get to see them be happy to have her die again *sniffles*wooo weee ya'll. TRIGGERED!! I literally was so triggered by any little heartbreak and death I've experienced that I went into a full blown depressive state for like a month. I am pretty sure I have PTSD from it now. 10/10 series from acting to story to set to effects, it was all good. Some songs were annoying but some were lovely. Kim Go Eun can really cry her ass off - I almost died from a broken heart. But at least it all ends on a happy note, but be we as the viewers don't get the benefit of being reincarnated with a wiped memory free of all of past's tragedy - WE STILL HAVE TO REMEMBER IT ALLLL. *takes deep breath* still a happy ending though. The heart remembers what the mind forgets~



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