Once a powerful warrior and the king’s confidant during the Goryeo Dynasty, Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is unfairly condemned as a traitor and executed. Instead of dying, Kim Shin not only comes back to life but returns as an immortal goblin with a mystical sword stuck in his chest. He continues to live for hundreds of years as the protector of souls but as he has lived all these years without love, he also suffers from depression and longs to end his life. Legend says that only the goblin’s bride can remove the sword from his chest and give him the relief of death.
One fateful night, he saves a woman and her unborn child from death. The unborn child becomes Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun). She has the ability to see ghosts because of the goblin’s touch and yet, death continues to chase after her.
The Grim Reaper himself has his own demons as people only become reapers because they committed a grave sin when they were alive. However, people who have become reapers are wiped of their memories and they must live their life ushering people to the afterlife. The Grim Reaper inadvertently ends up becoming roommates with Shin and the unlikely pair form a unique bond. He also meets Sunny (Yoo In Na), the bright, chic owner of the chicken restaurant and Eun Tak’s boss. He is immediately intrigued by her but unsure why he feels the way he does. All brought together by fate, the four figure out how to defeat a dark curse that looms over them.
Goblin started its run on tvN this weekend and although it’s quite early, I’m impressed and optimistic about it. Unlike Kim Eun Sook’s previous dramas, this one is a fantasy drama. Sure, Secret Garden had fantasy elements but both of the main characters were human. Unlike this drama, where there are gods mixing with humans who have superpowers. The first two episodes clock in at an hour and a half each and I’m not sure if the subsequent episodes will follow suit but there was a lot of backstory that’s covered in the first two episodes.
Hong Seol (Kim Go Eun) is an introverted but hardworking college student. Her life is filled with studying and taking part-time jobs in order to support herself. Because of her kindness, she is often taken advantage of by others. Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin) is a smart, rich senior at her school who is also very popular. At first, they are indifferent to each other until Jung begins paying attention to Seol. Seol is unnerved by all the attention because she notices that while Jung seems kind, he also has a dark side that she doesn’t understand.
It’s no secret that the reason why I gravitate towards tvN programming more than the other cable networks is because they’re good at creating these character driven stories. There are two dramas that I’m currently watching but even though, the tone and subject matter differ vastly, there is a lot of love about the characters and the slice of life stories that are depicted in it.
The dim-witted Bok Soon (Kim Go Eun) runs a street stall in order to take care of her younger sister (Kim Bo Ra). Although she’s a happy-go-lucky girl, she’s known in the town for her temper especially if she feels that she’s being swindled. Her peaceful life is disrupted when the young Na Ri (Ahn Seo Hyun) appears at her home needing help from crossing paths with a serial killer named Tae Soo (Lee Min Ki).
While he’s a heartless murderer, Tae Soo has a twisted attachment to his adoptive family who took him in as a young boy. As a favor to his brother, he accepts a contract job involving blackmail. After killing his target, he discovers that Na Ri is a witness to his crime. In a twisted cat and mouse game, he lets Na Ri go only to discover that she sought help from Bok Soon and her sister. He kills Bok Soon’s sister which ignites Bok Soon’s rage to avenge her sister’s death. Tae Soo also vows to tie up his loose ends and the two face each other in an ultimate showdown.