So, life delayed my viewing of the first Goblin (for expediency sake, I’m not going to use one of the long, unwieldy full titles) episode, and in the meantime I had read (without spoilers) some reviews that essentially said the first episode was the best thing ever in Kdramaland. So then I got so excited that I knew I had to watch it right — on the big screen — which delayed my viewing further.
And then this morning when I finally got to watch it, I had to watch both 1 and 2: 3 full hours of Goblin. And I am so in love. All other dramas are out of my head and all my love and focus are now on Goblin and Gong Yoo (well, except for the part of me that is eternally in love with Lee Joon-gi – that never disappears, ever).
I knew when I heard that the first episodes would be extra long that they better darn well justify it — and they did. That first episode in particular was just about perfection. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a drama that goes between sageuk and present do so so effectively and seamlessly. Really excellent. I hope they continue to do it and give us more of the Goblin’s backstory. The production quality on those sageuk scenes was FANTASTIC! And I said it after the trailer, and I’ll say it again, Gong Yoo, really, really needs to be in a sageuk drama or movie next. Something where he gets to fight a lot, because I haven’t seen someone physically dominate a fight scene like that — with such power and presence — since Song Il Kook in Jumong. Only Gong Yoo is a better actor than SIK, so this was even better. Just glorious. Perfection. What a mane of GLORY! Wow!
The first episode made me drop my jaw and go through several tissues. It even made me laugh a little (but most of that was saved for episode 2). It really was as good a first episode as I’ve ever seen. I mean, after so many dramas I cannot recall all the 1st episodes I’ve seen, but I’d be surprised if there is one better than this. It had it all:
Episode 2 had a lot of the heart of 1, but mostly it was funny. I was dying laughing during several scenes (Goblin underwear, dinner scene, and fashion show, all in particular). It was a good follow up as it brought the lighter stuff out and also made us fall even more deeply in love with our characters.
My only reservation is the same one I had even before I saw the first two episodes: the age of the female lead character. Now, after setting up her backstory (which is very well done and thorough), I do feel better about it. But I still don’t see the justification for making the character so young. She could have been a few years older and that would have worked too — it just wasn’t needed. But, oh, well. I’m not one to have problems with young actresses or characters so complaining now would make me a hypocrite. I just don’t want the youth of the character messing with the OTP chemistry (chaste kisses, blah). That’s my only concern. This is Gong Yoo — all things should be sizzling hot!
That said, verdict after the first two episodes is not cautiously optimistic like I usually am after a good first episode. No, because this was an EPIC first episode and a truly great and entertaining second episode. My early impression is: holy shit this is the greatest thing since sliced cheese, don’t frack it up!
Oh, and, I nearly forgot, Lee Dong Wook’s reaper is just all that and a bag of chips! LOVE HIM! His bromance with Gong Yoo’s goblin will be the stuff of legends. And Yoo Inna’s quirky chicken shop owner is weird as hell in all the best ways — I am dying to learn more about her! Yook Sung Jae is cute. And Lee El’s guardian angel character is fun and precious. What a just wonderful cast of characters. I love them all!