I don’t want to jinx the future of Tale of Gumiho (Tale of the Nine-Tailed) but goodness is this drama my new crack! The Park Bo Gum Show can only do such much in Park Bo Gum appreciation before one gets tired of too much of one candy and Alice is flirting with Oedipal foreshadowing so I have to be careful there. But Tale of Gumiho went from below expectations before airing to blowing my mind with how good it is. Lee Dong Wook is doing a perfect job as Lee Yeon, the Goblin with the Grim Reaper personality mashed together. His brand of deadpan dialogue reading works so well in dry humor and controlled restraint.
Jo Boa needs to buy her agent a car for getting her such a strong, smart, brave female lead, and without any forced sassiness. She’s like an OCN detective female lead (so far) lol. Kim Bum is also perfect as Lee Rang, his smarminess fits the character out to get his older brother, and the moment of insecurity and betrayal when he actually says how pissed he is that his brother gave up his Mountain God role for a mortal woman gave his character depth. The romance is really not there (yet) and I love it because even if she is the reincarnation there is so much danger and mystery to unpack first and he has to re-fall in love with her after wandering the world for 600 years. Jo Boa and Lee Dong Wook have chemistry that is not yet unleashed but I can sense it will be there. I can’t wait!