Watching Tale of Gumiho really helps that I have such a long drama watching history to compare to, and it’s the comparison that highlights the strengths and weaknesses of this fantasy K-drama. Episode 6 ratings dropped below 5% for the first time to 4.926% and it’s fitting. This drama is suffering from the writing framing the way that Goblin really was elevated by it. We need to know what happened in the past, between Lee Yeon and his Ah Eum (he killed her, obviously, prolly cus she was possessed by the evil snake demon now back for round 2), and all the ins-and-outs of the mountain gods and underworld spirits. Without it we’re left watching things happen in a vacuum and not forming the requisite emotional connection. I still don’t know what and why the reincarnated/revived baby/boy thing is bad and how it connects to the OTP. Goblin told us the major strokes of the backstory in episode 1, both what happened to Kim Shin and his sister, so we felt it and all we needed was to fill in the blanks. I don’t have the bookends here so I’m just flapping around to make sense of tidbits revealed in a vacuum. It’s such a shame because there are so many cool and meaningful elements in this drama aside from the central romance.