Goblin: the Lonely and Great God



I’ll be honest, the only reason that I watch this show is because it was partly shot in the capital of my home province, Québec city. I think that it’s such a beautiful city, so I was happy to see it on screen.

We follow Kim Shin (Goong Yoo), a military man who gets slain by the king that he is in charge of protecting. Due to his rage and the number of people that he’s killed, he is cursed to become a goblin and to recall every life that he’s witnessed.  900 years later, he saves the life of a woman and her unborn child who will grow up to be Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun). Eun Tak was gifted with the abilities to see ghosts and due to this, she finds out at a young age that she is the goblin’s bride. Due to some events, Kim Shin and Eun Tak cross paths. But since Eun Tak was never supposed to be alive, she has a grim reaper (Lee Dong Wook) who wants to bring the scales back to balance. We follow the love story between Kim Shin and Eun Tak as she is the only one that he loves and she’s the only one who could break his curse.

This drama is amazing, though I found it did drag in the middle. This drama also gave be my one request and that was to not have anyone die from cancer. The scenes were shot beautifully and were breath taking. It was so nice seeing Gong Yoo in a fantastic series again because he’s a talented actor. I could rave about Gong Yoo’s and Lee Dong Wook’s chemistry but I think most of the interwebs have done enough of that. It’s an excellent series, but I will warn you to not watch the final episode in public because I was balling. All in all though it’s well worth the watch.

Goblin : The Lonely and Great God Episode 2 Recap



The last few minutes are played again where Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) tells Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) that she loves him while in Quebec city.  (IT’s really hard to not take a bunch of screenshots just because it’s Quebec.) She teases him of never hearing those words before and when he doesn’t retort she continues to tease him.

Kim Shin follows Eun Tak all around the city because she starts acting like a kid in a candy store. When she gets into the Christmas store, she’s wished Merry Christmas by the owner but she gets all shy. She asks Kim Shin to take her picture but he doesn’t take a proper one.

Eun Tak continues to take in the scenery while Kim Shin gets more and more annoyed. She tells him that she feels like the falling maple leaves are like a red carpet just for her. She notices a blue sign with two gnomes on it. She asks him what it means and he tells her that it signifies that there are fairies there. She teases him about being tinker bell but he just walks off. She follows him and starts to try to catch a falling maple leaf so that an old wives tale comes true. She tells him that if you successfully catch a leaf while it’s falling it said to make the person you’re walking with fall in love with you. He accuses her of  lying but she likens it to catching a cherry blossom petal to make your first love go well. She tricks him by telling him that she actually wants it to work with the handsome man behind him and when he turns to look she takes the leaf. She runs towards the Canadian man but quickly returns telling him that it’s a Canadian ghost.

They arrive at a hotel and Eun Tak complains about being scared of the ghost. Kim Shin reminds her that she sees ghosts regularly and can’t understand why she’s scared. She tells him that the ghost was talking to her in English (Not likely.) and it scared her more than normal. She finally notices that they are in a hotel and call him out on it. He mentions that she wanted to marry him, but she tells him that it’s a little shady bringing a high schooler to a hotel. He tells her to go up and rest but she inquires to where he is going. He tells her that he has business to attend to and when she asks to go with him because she’s scared being abroad, he reminds her that she had no problem earlier with her fear. She tells him that it’s because she’s with him. She tries to get him to take her with him or lend her 10 dollars but he simply leaves with her yelling at his back.

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Wang Yeo (Lee Dong Wook) meets another grim reaper at a coffee shop. He gets a document about a special case which the younger reaper had never seen before. Wang Yeo explains to him that what humans would call miracles, they would call special cases. The other reaper starts to tell him about the problem with his landlady and how it’s unfair that if they don’t eat or sleep they feel the effects. Just then a couple walks in screaming .The woman can’t believe that he walked away after he hit someone and she accuses him of drinking. The younger reaper wishes Wang Yeo good luck and he’s off to work.

Wang Yeo brings that couple back to his tea shop and tells the woman to drink the tea to help her forget. She asks if she must and he strongly suggests that she drinks it. The man inquires as to why he doesn’t get a cup of tea as well, however, Wang Yeo tells him that he must remember his sins as it’s not the first time that he’s killed someone with his car. He explains to him the details of what he’ll go through due to his sins and the woman seems content to drink her tea. The man starts to beg forgiveness but Wang Yeo tells him that he’s superiors would not be happy. He tells that man that he’s sure he knows another man who would beg for forgiveness, however, it’s not good because he’s already in hell.

We switch over to Kim Shin standing in front of a grave holding a bouquet of flowers. He tells his 1st servant that he left Korea with that he’s buried most of his family there. He admits he once thought that his long life was a gift, but he soon realised that it was a punishment as he can’t forget any of the deaths he has been forced to witness. We the 1st young boy grow up to a young adult than an elderly man. We then see Kim Shin trying to remove his sword from his chest. and failing.

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He lays the flowers on the grave and asks them if they’ve been well. He admits that he’s still alive and hasn’t yet been able to rest in peace.

Eun Tak starts looking around the hotel but quickly gets bored and starts to wander the streets. She stumbles on to a park and finds Kim Shin standing there among the graves. She sits to wait for him. She blows on a dandilionnnn to disperse the seeds and they float towards him in order to get his attention. However, he is so lost in thoughts that she lets him be.

Finally, as dusk begins to fall, Kim Shin stands up and turns to head back. He is surprised to see Eun Tak and mentions that he told her to stay at the hotel quietly. She teases him about getting the quiet part down. She asks him how many times he’s come to see the graves and he admits that he can’t remember. She introduces herself to the deceased. She tells them that she is Kim Shin’s Bride, but he assures her that she’s not. She talks to them about how cool Kim Shin still is and then bids them farewell.

They head off and asks Kim Shin how long he’s lived in Canada for. He admits that he came and left many times. He admits that it was the first place that he went after he left his hometown. She tells him that he should have bought a cottage there so that hotel would be his. Suddenly realisation hits her that he owns the hotel. She offers him a lollipop and he wonders how she got it. She first jokes that she stole it but then she tells him that someone gave it to her. He asks if she isn’t late and then mentions that it’s 10 am in Korea. She contemplates moving illegally to Canada rather than being late for school. He hands her back the lollipop and doesn’t say anything.

Eun Tak thanks him for the day, claiming that it feels very much like she woke up from a dream. She asks him to let her off the hook even if she was annoying because she had a lot of fun with him. She runs off to school leaving a very confuses Kim Shin behind her.

Eun Tak gets yelled at for arriving late at school, she apologises but the teacher just assumes she’s slacking. She tells her that even if she doesn’t want to go to college she can’t be a hindrance. She advises her that she wants to go to college and the teacher acts like she didn’t say she couldn’t while she assumes what Eun Tak

Eun Tak sits in a bus shelter waiting for the rain to stop. She takes out the Quebec tourist guide and picks up the leaf inside. She is listening to a radio show who that starts listing of sentence for people in love. Her mind fills with thoughts of Kim Shin and she smiles.

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Kim Shin arrives home and asks Wang Yeo if he was busy. He tells that he is, but Kim Shin tells him to follow him and not to asks questions because he wants to confirm something. Kim Shin walks through the door and goes to the field where he likes to sit and looks behind him. Wang Yeo wonders what could be so important. He follows him out but he simply walks out the door. Kim Shin comes back and wonders how she could do something that not even a god of death could do.  Wang Yeo asks who did what and his competitive streak is lite. Kim Shin tells him to go away and head in.

Wang Yeo is about to go in when Duk Hwa (Yook Sung Jae) comes to see Wang Yeo and asks if h’s having any problems living in the house. He tells Duk Hwa he simply wants Kim Shin to leave. Duk Hwa agrees and then advises Wang Yeo that if a man asks after him to lie because he didn’t tell his grandfather that he rented the place.

Eun Tak goes back to the library and tries the bathroom door again in hopes that it will lead to Canada. It sadly does not and she is left to stand awkwardly in front of a woman. The woman guesses correctly that she’s a high school senior. She gives her a bag of spinach since she got it from a guy. She tells her to go and eat it with her family.

Eun Tak gets home and her aunt starts to yell at her about being late. Eun Tak reminds her that she’s always home at this hour. Her Aunt sends her to make supper while warning her about talking back. While making kimbap her cousin comes out with her Quebec brochure and telling her mother to look at it. They claim that she wants to run away with the insurance money to Canada.Eun Tak gets mad and tells them to give her book back. Her aunt starts hitting her with the book and finally when he cousin cuts her finger she stops. Eun Tak takes the book and a Kimbap roll before leaving the house.

She sits on some stairs while eating her kimbap. She looks through the Quebec brochure to find that the leaf is missing. She starts to cry.

Kim Shin is laying in bed trying to figure out who Eun Tak is. He tries to piece together everything that he knows. He knows that she can touch him and can follow him throw a portal, but she can not see the sword. He finally sits up and decides to go and ask her.

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Kim Shin goes to see her, only to find her pacing. He pretends that she summoned him but she promises she didn’t. He asks if she was thinking of him and she wonders if she can summon him with a simple thought. He asks why she’s pacing at that late hour and she tells him that she’s waiting for everyone at her aunts to fall asleep. She assures him that it’s normally around midnight, and Kim Shin asks if she’s going to be a weirdo until then.

They go for a walk, however, Kim Shin assures her that he’s only going to digest his supper. She tells him he knows and that he’s told her 3 times and she assures him that he can leave. He tells her that he knows because she’s told him 3 times. One of her classmates sees her and sends a message that she’s prostituting herself. They want pictures, but before she can snap it the car door she was leaning on opens by itself and knocks her down.

Eun Tak notices a sign in a restaurant’s window looking for help. She goes in and comes face to face with Kim Sun (Yoon In Na) and asks for the owner. She is quickly hired if only because Kim Sun is lonely and hasn’t had any customers for a while.

Eun Tak is walking home and tries to summon Kim Shin with her thoughts but it doesn’t work, so she lights a match and makes him appear before her. He is in the middle of eating a steak and when she starts to tell him what happens he sighs. He asks if she wants to exchange phone number so that they can talk like normal people but she tells him she’s fine with the arrangement. He assures her he’s not. She tells him she loves him before he leaves.

When he arrives he walks right by Wang Yeo with a grunt and Wang Yeo thinks he’s crazy. A little later when Wang Yeo is about to go to bed, Kim Shin comes in and asks him if his outfit is better. Wang Yeo agrees with him just for him to let him go to sleep. However, Kim Shin has other plans and the next morning Wang Yeo promises to kill Kim Shin.

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Kim Shin is putzing around the kitchen happily and then until Wang Yeo comes out. He starts to mess with his underwear and this gets on Kim Shin nerves. He yells at him to stop but Wang Yeo just continues to bug him until Kim Shin yells at him.

Duk Hwa comes into Kim Shin’s room and asks him what wrong as it’s currently raining. Kim Shin tells him that he wants to tell him something but he can’t be surprised. He starts to tell him that he’s a goblin but Duk Hwa tells him he already knows. Kim Shin turns around and asks him when he figured it out and Duk Hwa confirms that it was since he was 8 but he had his suspicions when he was 6 as he would make gold bars appear in front of him when he was drunk and would accidently levitate. Kim Shin gets really mad that he knew what he was but he still spoke informally to him.

Eun Tak is at work cleaning while Kim Sun lazes around. Kim Sun mentions how it’s so nice that it’s raining and Eun Tak mentions that they won’t have any customers if it rains. She mentions that they don’t get any customers anyways. Eun Tak mentions about not having an umbrella but Kim Sun offers her one of hers. When she gets tired of eating the chips she goes to head out and tells Eun Tak to laze around while she’s not there as she won’t know if she does.

Kim Sun goes to see a fortune teller who tells her that she has horrible luck. She agrees and asks if she has any talisman for it. The woman tells her that with her having no blood relations her life has been difficult. She tells her that she should beware of a man with a black hat.

Eun Tak sits with her friend and laminates the leaf. He friend asks if she isn’t supposed to iron it but Eun Tak tells her that’s what they did a long time ago and what she’s doing is fine. She tells her that she’s doing it for a rather old fashioned man and her friend assumes she has a boyfriend.

Eun Tak summons Kim Shin but when she turns around, she’s face-to-face with Wang Yeo. She turns back around and mumbles about forgetting her scarf and wondering if her boss locked the door. However, Wang Yeo is not surprised about the attempt and tells her that he’s been looking for her. She asks if she’s supposed to die when she barely turned 19. He tells her that people die when they’re 8 and 9 as that is how death is. She asks her who she’s with and looks up to see Kim Shin. She hides his eyes as so that he doesn’t look at him but he tells her that they’re acquainted. He mentions that he’s in the middle of work and Wang Yeo wonders why he’s there and he tells him that he’s interfering in a human’s life. Wang Yeo suggests he’s making a grave decision.

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Eun Tak suggests that they run away as he has been looking for her for 10 years. Kim Shin tells her that it doesn’t matter if he’s been looking for 10 or 100 years as he can’t take someone so willing to marry a goblin in front of the goblin himself. Wang Yeo realises that she’s the Goblin’s bride and suggests that he’s been made out like the bad guy. He goes to attend to his business leaving the couple alone.

Kim Shin urges Eun Tak to talk as she must have questions. She asks him why he lied to her about not being a Goblin. He admits that he didn’t know if he was going to see her again and didn’t think that she would be able to follow him through his doors. She asks why he’s telling her now and he tells her that it’s due to the same reason as he lied. He didn’t want her to have any false hopes. She accuses him of thinking that she’s not pretty but he assures her that she is pretty. He tells her that he’s not looking for someone pretty, he’s looking for someone to see something about him that she can’t see. She tells him that she never wanted to be a goblin’s bride and tells him that she’ll never summon him again. She walks away and with one last look he vanishes. She turns around only to find him gone and walks away crying.

Kim Shin arrives home and Wang Yeo asks if he’s going to die as the rumours have it. Kim Shin tells him that she can’t see the sword so it’s unlikely that he’s going to be dying anytime soon. Wang Yeo suggests that she just may not be able to see it yet as she is quite young. Kim Shin reminds him that she is young and he should not go anywhere near her. Wang Yeo tells him to go somewhere else as he can’t live with a goblin that intrudes in his life. Kim Shin suggests he use the door if he can’t handle it.

Kim Shin goes to his bedroom and lays on the bed, meanwhile, Eun Tak is at the library being all solemnly.

Eun Tak starts reading the children’s’ books about goblin’s as to try and figure out about Kim Shin’s past. A little girl asks why she’s reading the books and she suggests that she is trying to find out about her boyfriend and the girl assumes that he’s a prince. Eun Tak agrees that it would be easier if he was a prince. The young girl gives are another book about goblins and runs along. Eun Tak thinks back about her interaction with Kim Shin and decides to give up. She puts the leaf in a book and walks away.

Kim Shin is sitting outside when he sees smoke. At first, he thinks that he’s being summoned but it turns out to just be Duk Hwa. Duk Hwa tries to claim that Kim Shin smoked but Kim Shin reminds him he quite 350 years prior.

Wang Yeo comes out and asks what’s wrong with Kim Shin. Duk Hwa tells him that he’s been like that for hours and the humidity is killing him. Duk Hwa notices a shower cap on his head and Wang Yeo gets mad. He stomps over to Kim Shin, however, his flames flare up and thunder strikes and Wang Yeo backs off. Kim Shin sighs and more clouds come rolling in but Duk Hwa tells him that he can’t make it rain in the house. Wang Yeo suggests that Kim Shin is like that because he hurt Euk Tak and their lover’s spat didn’t turn out so well. Duk Hwa is focused on the fact that Kim Shin has a girlfriend and asks if she’s pretty. Kim Shin suggests that a god of death should not be spouting nonsense in front of a kid. Duk Hwa suggests that he apologises but Kim Shin silences him.

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Wang Yeo and Kim Shin both head out at the same time. Kim Shin claims he’s going to the supermarket and Wang Yeo says he’s going to the dry cleaners. They both head out and arrive at Eun Tak’s house. Kim Shin inquires if Wang Yeo has killed her, and Wang Yeo claims he told her to move. Kim Shin reminds him that Eun Tak moved the last time he came to look for her some it’s only an obvious thing to do. Kim Shin walks away while Wang Yeo asks him if he knows where she is.

Eun Tak sets up to sleep at the restaurant. She feels uneasy about leaving her aunts. She tries to convince herself that it was never her home, however, it still doesn’t sit well with her. She suddenly sits up with the thought of an idea and she runs out of the restaurant.

She goes looking for the ghost and when she finds her the ghost disappears. She’s told that she’s acting scary since she normally ignores her. Eun Tak tries to ask the ghost about why she’s called the Goblin’s bride. The ghost tells her that she was called that by another ghost.

Eun Tak goes to see the other ghosts and she’s told the story of her mother. The ghost tells her that he mother was hit by a car and Kim Shin saves her. Eun Tak finds it hard to believe that he did that.  The ghost is pretty sure that she should have died because of a little while after that the God of death came to that very spot but left empty handed. Eun Tak suddenly realises that Kim Shin is right and that she has no rite to be angry at him. If it wasn’t for him than she would not be alive and not have any memories of her mother. She wonders what she should do, but the older ghost tells her that she must marry the Goblin.Kim Shin watches Eun Tak talk with the ghosts.

Eun Tak’s aunt goes to see Kim Sun and requests to speak to her boss. Sun tells her that she s the boss and the aunt wonders how she could hire someone else precious niece. Sun mentions that she doesn’t seem to treasure her due to her personality. The aunt tries to intimidate her, however, Sun justs walk away. She calls someone and pretends to be calling for some muscle to beat up the aunt. This makes the aunt leave and the other person on the other line is hella confused about what just happened.

The aunt arrives home to find her loan sharks waiting on her. He wants to take a drive with her as she’s not paying them back. They tell she’s been going on about the insurance money for months. She assures them that it exists, however, her bank book keeps going missing and she’s sure that it’s Eun Tak’s fault. They inquire as to what school she goes to.

Eun Tak leaves with her cousin sending her a text message. She takes a different route from school and gets cornered by the loan sharks and forced into their SUV.

Wang Yeo and Kim Shin are sitting at the table eating supper when Kim Shin asks how he got the money to pay 20 years of rent in advance. Wang Yeo reminds him that families tend to leave their loved ones money to pay for the taxi to the underworld and he’s been saving for 300 years. Kim Shin reminds him that he’s rich as well. When Wang Yeo tries the pepper trick again Kim Shin catches it. Instead, Wang Yeo throws his plate out of the window and Kim Shin tells him that it was from Louis XV’s era. At first, he laughs but he quickly gets mad.

Eun Tak sits quietly while the loan sharks look through her back for the bank book. She notices the man in the driver seat lighting a lighter but when she tries to blow out the flame she fails. the loan shark in the back tells her about the bank book but she assures him that she doesn’t have it. He tells her that her aunt claims that she has it so someone must be lying. He goes to hit her but her she hides her mark flash.  Kim Shin and Wang Yeo are playing with each other when Kim Shin drops his power and senses something is off.

The loanshark warns her that where she’s going no one comes back from and tries to threaten her into giving them the bank book. She tells them to go to her auntès house and looks. Suddenly, the driver stops and they watch as the lights down the street start blowing out. 2 figures are walking towards the car. Sure enough, Wang Yeo and Kim Shin some into view. Eun Tak calms down and Kim Shin looks furious.

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One More Happy Ending


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This drama is the definition of a romantic comedy.  This series is 16 episodes long, and each runs about an hour. This drama is light and quirky, and filled with WTF situations that are normally fueled with alcohol.

The drama follows a group of 4 friends, Han Mi Mo (Jang Na Ra), Baek Da Jung (You Da In), Go Dong Mi (Yoo In Na) and Hong Ae Ran (Seo In Young), and their love lives. These women had all debut with an all-girl K-pop group, Angels, in the younger years but the group has since disbanded.  Though Han Mi Mo and Baek Da Jung are CEOs of a remarriage matchmaking company, both of them are not doing well in the romance department. Han Mi Mo was divorced 5 years before the series start, and breaks up with in the first episode, while Baek Da Jung is in a failing marriage. Go Dong Mi is a forever single elementary school teacher, while Hong Ae Ran is about to enter into a marriage that she’s not sure she wants to be in.

Now this drama has a couple of tropes that I love, we have the classic love triangle, the childhood friend, the con artist, and characters disappearing for an extended period of time. I can understand how some of these tropes can be over used and not something that some people like, however there are a few tropes I enjoy. They are all used properly and at the right times to really help the story move forward.

This drama is getting full marks, because not only is the acting on point, but the story is cute and the backgrounds are fantastic as well. Even though there are 4 different couples, you really get a feel for each of them. Though I was looking forward to every time I could see Song Soo Hyuk (Jung Kyoung Ho) because I fell in love with him.