K-Dramas: WFKBJ & Goblin

Lately, I’ve been on a drama whiff because school is stressful and every girl (and boy) needs their outlet of stress relievers. Just so happened that mine was drama watching. So I’ve finished Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and Goblin pretty recently.

Mind you, I’m the kind to skip scenes that are really draggy but kinda get the gist. I sometimes read from DramaBeans for the synopsis, especially those parts which I especially don’t understand from Goblin.

*spoilers like really so don’t read if you haven’t watched, duh*

Weightlifting Kim Bok Joo

To start off, I am not a fan of cheesy scenes but I got through at least 90% of the episodes including the cheesy parts. I probably skipped most of the scenes between Bok Joo and Joonhyung’s brother, Jae-yi. You know, I had to look up the brother’s name because honestly I just didn’t care about him. He was so impossibly nice like he couldn’t be fierce!?

The chemistry between Lee Sung-kyung and Nam Joo-hyuk was surprisingly good. Like, really really good. I liked how Bok Joo was super pure, but she can be a little naughty in her thinking. Spending $590? That’s a bit too much for me. Perhaps a little bit more on the sasaeng side to liking Jae-yi, but Bok Joo turned out fine and loved the younger brother instead.

I absolutely hated Shi-ho. No doubt about it. But she began to let go (finally!) which was yaayyy. In most K-dramas however, Bok Joo would have been super jealous that Joon-hyung tended to Shi-ho when she was malnourished. She was jealous, yeah, but she had the thought to bring flowers (which turned out to be Shi-ho being pollen intolerant, ouch). Still, Bok Joo was really really sweet.

Joonhyung’s story of acceptance towards his birth mother was painful. Knowing that his biological mom came back (not to see him but) to get some money for her other child’s medical surgery is a bit of a pain. If that child wasn’t ill, does that mean Joonhyung would never meet her unless he put in the effort to find her in Canada? Still, time gives the best medicine so he became more forgiving in the end. Plus he had a love interest aka Kim Bok Joo whom he calls Chubs as a pet name. Honestly. Swoon.

I liked how KBJ was also really… realistic in a way that she had so many interests and goals which came in her way of becoming a true weightlifter. True, she had physical strength, but her mental strength lacked a lot. This story was honestly the growth of her mental strength as well as her emotional one – which truly justified the holistic side of being a “weightlifter”. How she blushes when Jaeyi came to her meet – when she truly believes that the person she likes will be seeing her ugly side when he comes for her meets. With scrunched up faces and all… And to see that Joonhyung was wtf when Jaeyi went to her weightlifting meet – (whispers) how dumb can Jaeyi get?

The protectiveness of Joonhyung for KBJ was adorable. (It helps that they are really good friends a long way back before this production, so the chemistry was just wow).

I love WFKBJ a lot, and it shows a lot of things that normal K-dramas don’t have. Many scenes are like a mockery to the k-drama cliches which is a refreshing sight. 🙂


I truly liked the start of the drama. It was intriguing. I watched Cheese in the Trap up to a few episodes but stopped because my interest waned. I found the male lead rather stiff, but I guess he was supposed to be like that? Nonetheless, I loved Kim Go-eun in both Cheese in the Trap as well as Goblin.

I am very affected by Korean dramas and K-pop in a sense where I find that when there are age gaps in relationships, I automatically assume that things won’t work out. But I found that between Gong Yoo and Kim Go-eun, there was this comfortable acting sense where things really match. Just scratch that age gap. After watching Goblin (I found the later episodes really draggy though), I find that Eun-tak’s (Kim Go-eun) youth really represented the life that the Goblin had to go through, and her youth kept the Goblin going. Apparently in this story, each soul can have four lives to live and Eun-tak has only had one (two, at the end of the drama) while the Goblin’s eternal (which is kind of sad).

I’m not looking forward to a sequel of this drama, because life will ultimately have their ups and downs, but the main point was to kill Park Joong-heon. Which… I believe took a really long time because this cunning ghost was a missing soul and always evaded the Grim Reapers. Plus, the Dokabi (Goblin) didn’t want Eun-tak to pull out his sword.

I really liked the idea of people losing their memories after they die, and those who couldn’t had to live with their mistakes in their lives (e.g. the Goblin, as a punishment for killing so many people in his Goryeo life, had all the memories of the deaths of people he killed and all his mistakes basically). Grim Reapers were people who made grave mistakes in their lives, but they couldn’t remember them. The whole concept was really cool – totally loved it linking to the historical side.

Like I said, Goblin’s really draggy at times; could be shortened but I’m done with this drama for good. Loved most of the interactions, and the acting too. I still want to know more about Deok Hwa and Samshin…

Sigh. The new dramas are boring.



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