*****THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS*****
Goblin is the South Korean action drama starring Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun, Yoo In Na, and many more great actors. The synopsis of the drama is a 900 year old warrior from the Joseon era serves his country with great valor but is betrayed by the king. He is killed by the sword given him by the king and is cursed to roam the earth forever until the Goblin bride can pull the sword from his chest.
First off this drama got a lot of heat for being a series about pedophilia. A 900+ year old warrior searching the earth for his bride which happens to be a 20 year old girl seems too risque for typical audiences. However, I will get into why that doesn't actually apply later. The drama was great; full of action, comedy, romance and those inevitable tear-jerking moments.
If I were to use one sentence to describe the theme of this series, it would be: “Life is a cycle that is far too precious to squander.” or something like that. Especially towards the later episodes, it is very apparent that the theme of the show is to cherish life. In the scene where Grim Reaper is telling the secret to the female grim reaper. I think that shows what the series is really and truly trying to get at. For those who don't remember or who haven't seen it yet, the scene plays out as follows. Grim Reaper just realized he won't see Sunny again and refuses to eat. Then he realizes that the purpose for grim reapers to eat and the nourish themselves and to find housing is because grim reapers are people that, in their past life, had ended their own life prematurely, in essence finding little to no worth for their life. Grim Reaper (Wang Yeo) states that the purpose for all that is for us (the grim reapers) to find and cherish life. It's to find meaning in the life that we were so willing to throw away. Honestly, that is one of my favorite scenes just because of how deep it is and how true it is.
In addition to that scene of the two grim reapers talking, the tragic scene where Ji Eun Tak sacrifices her life to save the lives of children, shows what this drama series is really about. Honestly, I think their whole point was to get this point across, that life is beautiful and shouldn't be wasted or squandered. The fact that Ji Eun Tak clearly thinks to herself that that truck is out of control and will kill all those kids, and then she consciously pulls out in front of the truck and pushes on the brakes in order to save those kids, shows the true color of this drama. The way they played that scene up was brilliant by the way. Two grim reapers were standing at a bus stop looking at the names of the people they had to collect that day when they receive a call from headquarters. The call was to cancel all the names that had been assigned them. The reason is because Ji Eun Tak sacrificed herself which is a impulsive decision that humans make. I love that honestly. This show is just brilliant with its execution and production. The story line is so well thought out and explanatory and to be honest, I would have been content with Ji Eun Tak dying and then maybe Kim Shin tells her he'll join her soon. However, that would have definitely taken away from the moral standing of the show, so I'm glad they steered clear of that ending.
The character development was really played out as well. Ji Eun Tak started out as a lonely girl who sees ghosts to a social butterfly who actually befriends her old class president. She suffers loneliness and definitely grows up as a character.
Kim Shin has lived for over 900 years. He has seen everything and actually comes from a drunk deity without any cares in the world to an actual caring husband in the end. The fact that he was willing to spend another 39 years on earth just to be with the one he loved shows his priorities had changed. Not only that, but he relived his entire Joseon era life with his roommate, the Grim Reaper also known as Wang Yeo. He learned to get over his grudges and forgive the past life of another. One of his best friends becomes Wang Yeo.
Wang Yeo, the Grim Reaper, also known as Kim Woo Bin transforms the most in my opinion. He was just another soulless being performing well at his job and didn't really complain. His growth in discovering himself and his reason for becoming a grim reaper is really amazing. He learns that he is his best friend's worst enemy. He humbly accepts that fate. He is a self-loathing apparition until he learns to appreciate life.
Wang Yeo's partner through all the lives, Sunny on the other hand seems a bit flat as far as her growth goes. Yes, she willingly accepts that she had a previous life but she goes from this moody business girl into a moody business girl that had forgotten that after she had left the grim reaper, he'd be the one she'd go back to. Her growth throughout the story seems the least.
Now about the pedophilia. I understand how people come to that conclusion about this show but this show is much deeper than just a boy and a girl fall in love. This story breaks the barriers of what “drama” love is defined as. The story is about a girl saving a man from himself and loving him the same even after everything is said and done. It's about soulmates and that bond that exists throughout all lives, not just in this one. Because it is about soulmates, I don't think that pedophilia is really present or the target for this drama series. It's like Tuck Everlasting and how immortality is present therefore making the main character 100s of years old but no one batted an eye at that story. This is essentially the same thing. An ageless warrior falls in love with a modern day girl.
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