Tale of the Nine Tailed
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Horror, Suspense
Origin: South Korea
Air-date: October 7, 2020 – December 3, 2020
Starring: Lee Dong Wook as Lee Yeon, Joo Bo Ah as Nam Ji Ah/ Ah Eum, Kim Bum as Lee Rang
I think this show might be the biggest waste of my time this year? Like I mean this wholeheartedly when I say that I found myself in another Goblin situation where I stayed because of the bromance. I guess in this case they were actual brothers. It’s just hard to sell me on the concept of this love through the ages stuff when the leads do not have chemistry. I won’t drink the kool aid.
There was so many promising aspects to this story and I kid you not when I say that I was pleasantly surprised going into this by how much I loved the mythology and everything that this show had to offer. I loved the way everything was slowly unraveling and all the pieces that connected. Unfortunately, that took a huge dump when we got to just past the halfway mark and we started focusing more on the romance which is supposed to carry us all the way towards the end. I just could not care. I didn’t care if Ji Ah made it back to her parents, I didn’t care if either of them were to die in the end. I just could not give a single fuck. Instead I found myself actively rooting for both Ji Ah and Lee Yeon to die. I WANTED A SAD ENDING. I NEEDED IT. I CRAVED IT. It was why the ending made me so damn mad. I was angry because somewhere along episode 10 or so I saw the inevitable that Lee Rang would sacrifice so when the end came, I was like “oh”, but then true to the bullshit, they had the months of normalcy or whatever to then do exactly what we expected in the end. I was just like… So anyways…
The characters themselves were actually not bad. I really enjoyed everyone’s performance even some of the weaker ones. I thought initially that Ji Ah was so smart and she stayed true to that in some aspects which is really commendable. I absolutely adored Lee Yeon and it was seeing Lee Dong Wook at his best playing this type of character. I will admit that I wasn’t really feeling Kim Bum’s casting initially, but I’ll be damned if he didn’t come of this show being my favorite character that I wanted to protect at all costs. The Lee brothers and their tragic pasts really got to me yall. I appreciated Lee Rang’s background more because it was about him and his family verses Lee Yeon and this dry ass chemistry. The side characters were equally as entertaining even if I wasn’t all there with Shin Joo and Yu Ri as a couple because like exactly what besides her being gorgeous was he attracted to? That being said, I am not sure that Lee Tae Ri as Imoogi was a good choice because I did not for one second find him to be evil nor charming. I think I would have felt more tension if they had casted someone else.
Basically the only thing that really makes this drama worth your time is enjoying the stories of the various korean folktales and the brother’s relationship. If that was the forefront of the show, I would have probably rated it more. As it was not and instead spent a good ordeal of time trying to convince me that Lee Yeon and Ji Ah are ~FOREVER LOVES~ it just did not work for me. Also I was a little skeeved that he first met her as a child (A LITERAL CHILD) and then fell in love with her as she grew older. I’ve always find stories like that not to my liking.
Personally I wouldn’t recommend, but if you’re a Goblin stan then you’ll like this.
Rewatch Value: 5/10
Fave Song: Kim Jong Wan (Nell) – Blue Moon