I let out an audible groan when we were told that all memories of Kim Shin was erased from everyone and that we moved forward by 9 years. Ahh… We’re back at the typical k-drama trope of memory loss or the “reset” button, and it’s not one I particularly enjoy, especially when we’re so near the end and when the energy had been building up so well till episode 13.
The only real good I can see out of the reset was that after the intensity of the last few weeks, we finally go back to a more light-hearted mood and get to see the bantering between Goblin and Reaper that has been sorely missed. Loved how Reaper teased Goblin about his hair, and then how he pretended to drink from two beer bottles to hide Goblin who hid so poorly behind the sofa, and how Goblin kept opening the door to ask for more money or favours from him. It was certainly fun and provided many laughs.
However, on all other fronts, I felt the show severely suffered from the whole reset, because the energy level seriously dipped. The bigger question now though is what really is at stake for Eun Tak and Kim Shin, now that there’s no longer any sword in him. Why can’t they just date and then live happily ever after? I have to admit I was rather bored seeing Eun Tak slowly put together the pieces and them getting to know each other again. It was also rather predictable that the person Eun Tak saw in Canada would be Kim Shin.
As for Reaper and Sunny – they barely even interacted in this entire episode and we learn that Reaper has kept himself away from her for 9 years, as a punishment for himself. Also, I’m a little confused about the reset – if it involved only removing the memories of Goblin, then why don’t Eun Tak or Sunny remember Reaper? Or was it that he erased his memories from them too? It feels like we’re back at the start of the series again, where Reaper and Sunny’s story took ages to develop.
I’ll keep this review short because I want to reserve my judgement to see how the show brings everything together in its finale tomorrow. I am not entirely hopeful, but I’m prepared to be surprised – in a good way.