June 24, 2017
By Ally, Chi, and Shadow
Chi, Kimmi, Amy, Shadow, Lady in Red, and Ally were in attendance for our 3rd Free the Kimchi meeting. Lady in Red was on her way to the lake this weekend, but was able to grace us with her presence, which was much appreciated!
We started with Goblin episode 4 and ended with episode 5. These are two of my favorite episodes because we see the Goblin begin to have feelings for his bride, and tries desperately to keep them under wraps because, of course, this means he is that much closer to ending his eternal life.
We noticed this week how unbelievably well dressed our lonely Goblin is in this series, and because we are women who love to shop, it hijacked most of our conversation. But we managed to have some epiphanies along the way as well.
Chi: That Goblin and Reaper combo is so amazing. Their expressions make these episodes.
Shadow: Like how Goblin went crazy in Reaper’s bedroom after she sees the sword and they’re trying to figure out how Goblin feels about the whole thing. How Reaper is the first to say, “I’ll take her and then you’d never die.” Then Goblin decides to die anyway, and Reaper goes along with this too. The back and forth is gold.
Chi: And getting their first cell phones? That was funny too! Not knowing how to Facetime . Reaper’s dead pan expressions and Goblin’s frustration made that scene. And how they are helping each other even though they are on different ends of the life and death spectrum. Goblin giving life and Reaper taking it. The scene with the beer and the egg with Reaper chilling the beer and Goblin heating the egg was great.
Lady in Red: But what about Reaper and Sunny NOT SUN- HEE? I thought I was the racist white person when Sunny didn’t look like Eun Tak [she missed last week] and you guys were saying she was the same person. I was like—no way!
Ally: Oh! I thought you were saying that the girls he was hallucinating about weren’t the same girl as the one he met on the bridge—I forgot you didn’t see that part.
Chi: And then he can’t call her because 1st, he doesn’t have a way to, and then 2nd, he has no name? Do Reapers not have names?
Ally: Yes, and he doesn’t know his name or how he came into being, apparently.
Shadow: And where are the customers to the chicken shop? Apparently, Eun Tak is refilling napkins, and mopping the floor, so there must be customers, right? Will we ever see any?
Chi: I think the chicken shop only came into being so that Eun Tak would have a job, as per her wish to the Goblin. So, is Sunny in on everything?
Ally: Ah, interesting theory. Like the chicken shop is also supernatural. So Sunny would be a supernatural person too? She is really cool to Eun Tak.
Kimmi: That girl can’t catch a break. But for being homeless, she sure has a lot of sh**! I’m feeling so bad for her though. Man, that Goblin’s room is amazing.
Ally: Oh, I love that whole house. I could live there happily, and those two can stay too (pointing to Goblin and Reaper while they’re cooking breakfast).
Chi: It was sweet for him to give up that room. He really does like her. And the nephew and the credit card! He’s possessed by that credit card!
Shadow: So will he ever possess a credit card or will the credit card continue to elude, but possess him at the same time?
Ally: I was about to cry with Goblin going to visit that kid who became a lawyer who was going to the afterlife. All those scenes are going to kill me. And this isn’t the first time I’ve seen them!
Lady in Red: Well, if I was the Goblin, I’d work it out so that she never knows to pull out the sword, live a long life with her until she’s an old woman, then break the news.
Ally: But then we wouldn’t have 11 more episodes of these beautiful people!!!
Shadow: And they are ALL beautiful. I wonder how old Eun Tak is in real life.
Ally: I think she’s around 25 years old.
Shadow: Oh, she looks much younger than that.
Ally: Asian genes, they all look too young.
Kimmi: Look who’s talking! [Ally is Asian.]
Ally: Oh, sometimes I forget I am, I’ve lived here ALL MY LIFE! All my friends are white!
*Laughter from everyone.*
Chi: We should really consider changing our name from “Free the Kimchi” to “Free the Kim Shin!” That character needs some freeing.
Poor Kim Shin…Still lonely, although he’s found his bride.
And although we had a ton of fun, Amy did have to go to the hospital in the middle of our meeting and had emergent surgery. But she is recovering well now! She was a trooper, making 2 desserts for us while in excruciating pain, getting through lunch and episode 4! And an amazing Kimmi who called up a surgeon when things were just “not right” and getting her to the hospital. Sometimes, real life drama trumps Kdrama—not often, but today it did. Until next month!
May 6, 2017
By Ally and Kimmi
With our second meeting, we had a special guest, who came with Chi. We’ll call her Shadow. Some background: she’s our retired female CEO. We think she’ll fit in quite nicely. She came prepared after watching the 1st episode with Chi!
We spent the first few minutes just catching up on our story, getting back into the habit of reading subtitles–with some of us having a little more trouble than others– Ne–*cough, cough* Ne.
NeNe: Does that chicken shop have any customers at all? Give me that job.
Chi: S**t, we should take that shop over.
Ally: Shadow used to own restaurants. You should all go into business.
Shadow: I could turn that place around.
Ally: Goblin is a businessman too–don’t worry, they’ll turn it around. What do you do all day if you don’t serve anyone?
NeNe: You got time to lean, you got time to clean *in a Southern drawl*
Ally: Is that a thing?
Shadow: That’s what we told our workers, but I thought is was just a McDonald’s thing.
NeNe: My first job was at McDonald’s! That’s where I heard it!
Ally: Well, I guess it IS a thing, *wonders what the Korean equivalent would be*
Kimmi: When do they stop treating her like crap? Wait, she gets kidnapped too?
Ally: Sorry, Kimmi, not the drama you thought we were watching. Oh, but look how good they look coming to her rescue.
Kimmi: I love you, Ally, they do look hot. Wait, do they kill the kidnappers? What are we watching?
Ally: No, they don’t die. She asks him to not kill them.
Chi: This is so good, I rewatched the 1st episode, and now I’m going to have to rewatch the 2nd and 3rd to catch everything.
NeNe: Wait, I’m having trouble keeping up with the subtitles too, guys. Oh, I caught that: “Give her a chance, maybe you have to be naked before she sees your sword.” I didn’t catch anything else. Hah! Of course he would have to be naked to see the “sword.” Makes perfect sense.
Chi: S**t, that was funny!
Ally: Oh my God, NeNe, you would catch the inappropriate line!
NeNe: I’m sorry, I can’t read fast! I saw “naked” and it caught my attention!
Chi: That makes total sense–he probably does need to get naked, right? Can brides see their husbands naked in Korea!?! Will we get to see him naked?
Ally: Oh my word. Who would have thought I’d be the prude.
Chi: That relationship with the Goblin and Grim Reaper is gold. They are hilarious.
Ally: Arguably, the best relationship of the whole drama. They play off each other really well.
NeNe: They’re friends now? Don’t they hate each other? Isn’t it like oil and water? Grim Reaper lives for people to die and Goblin can’t die, right? Didn’t Grim Reaper tell the girl that she sees the sword and hypnotize her so that the Goblin will die? Hmmm, something is up. I remember reading that–something else I barely read.
Final thoughts: She sees the sword!!! Or does she??? And he didn’t need to get naked for it to happen!!! Or does he??? We girls can hope.
April 8, 2017
By AllyFrom the picture above, if you’ve guessed that we’re watching Goblin, you would be correct! This is the fantasy we are diving into now. Don’t get too close to the edge though, we may not be able to save you! We will be sharing some thoughts about it, but really, just finding the humor, themes, and ?life applications? that we can find in this Kdrama, and loving every second of it.
Some thoughts as we watched the first and part of the second episode:
Ally: The pictures and cinematography are beautiful, as are Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook. You had me at, “Goblin?” “Grim Reaper?” “Your hat is vulgar.”
Amy: The set up was rough (emotionally) but worth it.
Kimmi: I’m going to kill you, Ally, why did you have to go and pick a sad drama? And why is there so much blood?
LadyInRed: It’s fine, all fake, we’re good.
Chi: I need to watch this again, but it’s really good. I feel like I’m missing out on the nuances of the acting because I’m reading subtitles.
LadyInRed: What’s the deal with all these car accidents? How do you blind a Chinaman? You put a windshield in front of him… (Okay, maybe not so appropriate.)
Ally: Never be a pedestrian in Korea. The stereotype must be true about Asian drivers. Korean dramas are not helping this at all.
Kimmi: What the hell! Is she Cinderella or something? I hope he’s nice to her, because that aunt is horrible.
Final thoughts: As this was probably the most popular Korean Drama last year, I don’t feel like I need to recap it. There are many more, much better, writers who have done so (like www.dramabeans.com). We’ve left with the set up of an immortal being, cursed to live a life of loneliness and feeling every ounce of remorse for those that have died before him– begging for death himself– before finding this young waif, who seems everything opposite of him: childish, impudent, innocent, and full of life.
And, we all laughed when Eun Tak declared her love for who she was convinced was the Goblin. Unanimously, we all thought that was adorable.