The Water God battles the bidet (and loses)
Pfffft, does this mean we can expect toilet humor, Show? Because major brownie points if so. tvN’s upcoming Bride of the Water God 2017 has just released a new teaser, as well as some character stills that include our other main characters, Krystal (She’s So Lovable), Gong Myung (Individualist Ji-young), and Im Joo-hwan (Uncontrollably Fond), who have all been noticeably absent from the teasers thus far.
I’m hoping for a lot of god-out-of-water scenarios like this, because it’s hilarious, and it does a lot to endear me to Nam Joo-hyuk’s (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju) water god character: The teaser starts out focused on the water god with his hand outstretched, deadly serious, going, “The water god commands thee, descend.” Turns out he’s using his godly powers to flush the toilet, LOL. Also, his look of smug satisfaction when it works is too funny.
Unfortunately for him, whatever he did also triggered the electronic bidet. At first, he’s just bemused at it (“That is enough for now, you may stop.”) but then he starts flailing as it starts spouting water all over the bathroom (“Stop!”). The teaser ends with Shin Se-kyung (Six Flying Dragons) admonishing him as she pats him dry, “You just keep getting into trouble whenever I’m not around, don’t you?”
I’ve been enjoying the teasers so far, but I’m glad that we finally get a look at Im Joo-hwan’s character in the stills, whose name seems a little too on-the-nose and also a spoiler alert: He will play hotel CEO Shin Hoo-ye, which literally means “god’s descendant.” He’s described as a golden boy with the perfect background and perfect specs, but his character is also mysterious in that there’s not a lot of information about him available. He’ll get mixed up with Shin Se-kyung’s So-ah character, and eventually fall for her in an unrequited love.
On the divine side of our cast, we have Gong Myung as Bi-ryum and Krystal as Mu-ra, who have both been posted to earth and are currently enjoying the celebrity lifestyle as top stars in Korea. Bi-ryum is described as a troublemaker who will go to any lengths if it means having fun, and will have a bit of a rivalry with Nam Joo-hyuk’s Ha-baek character, who comes down to earth to find a stone in order to ascend to the throne among gods. I’m guessing that rivalry stems from Bi-ryum’s crush on Mu-ra, another water deity, with whom he has a bickering relationship. Mu-ra, for her part, is a Ha-baek fangirl, which means there should be jealousy and pettiness between our two main female characters, though I’m hoping it skews towards comedy.
I’m being optimistic that this show will deliver a cute, upbeat fantasy rom-com like these promos suggest, even though the producers keep throwing out monikers like “god fatale romance” and “love story between master and servant” that have me shaking my head. Honestly, I’m most looking forward to Ha-baek’s wide-eyed wonder at modern Korea, because he’s described as a “human realm idiot,” and I’m already giggling at the thought of a water god who uses sageuk-speak trying to figure out the subway system and smartphones.
tvN’s Bride of the Water God 2017 will premiere on July 3 in the Monday-Tuesday slot after currently airing Circle ends its run.
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