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Bride of the Water God 2017: Episode 1

Bride of the Water God 2017 is here, and I have to say it pretty readily dispelled my concerns about modernizing the concept to be set in the present world. Perhaps that’s because I haven’t read the original manhwa so have very little preconceived ideas of what this drama should be, or perhaps it’s because the drama does a pretty solid job of establishing the fantasy world and its rules right off the bat, giving me a strong sense of concept and identity from the get-go.

It’s got a gorgeous look (those colors!) and hints of some fish-out-of-water humor, so I’d say I’m heading into this feeling a general sense of relief. It looks like interest was fairly robust, with the first episode netting a promising 3.7% viewership rating.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

A monk and a little girl walk along the shore, and the girl asks where the birds have flown to. The monk explains that there is a land beyond this one.

The girl can’t see that world, but the monk (cameo by Yang Dong-geun) explains that there is a world on the other side where the gods live, which is divided into a Water Kingdom, a Sky Kingdom, and a Land Kingdom. Gods are sent from that world into the human realm to watch over nature.

The monk explains that the kings of the Three Kingdoms are born to their fates as rulers, and that the king of the Water Kingdom in particular holds absolute power as the emperor of the divine realm.

In order to claim his throne, a new emperor must create a royal seal with three stones that have been engraved with oracles. Those three stones can only be found in the human realm, as they have been divided among the godly protectors.

“What if the protector gods don’t give it to him?” the girl asks. The monk tells her that only humans would do that. The girl wonders why the stones are in the human world, finding that an odd quirk of the system.

And then, we’re in 2018, Seoul. A woman looks over the railing of a bridge holding a white rose, which she tosses down to the water below. Her body follows, hitting the water and sinking down into its depths.

We jump back one year, this time to the Water Kingdom. A high priest dips his hand into the reddish water held in a basin of an altar, and says, “It is time for the red water to come”—and for the divine realm to get a new emperor. He asks for Ha-baek.

HA-BAEK (Nam Joo-hyuk) is that new king-to-be, and he reclines as an artist paints a huge portrait of him with a paintbrush the size of a person. It’s nearly done except for the blank eyes, and the artist asks Ha-baek to open his eyes so he can paint them. Ha-baek’s servant shakes her head no—Ha-baek is resting.

A messenger calls for Ha-baek to see the high priest, but Ha-baek dismisses the summons—at least, until she adds that the waters of the Water Kingdom have turned red and that he must prepare. Ha-baek finally opens his eyes and rises.

The high priest informs Ha-baek that the current king is pleased at the news, and Ha-baek supposes that he has grown tired of the throne after such a long time. The high priest shows him a map marking the location of three gods who are keeping the stones needed for his seal.

He rolls the map and places it on Ha-baek’s palm—and the map dissolves into watery nothingness, absorbing into his hand. Ha-baek confirms that Mu-ra is the protector god sent to the human realm from the Water Kingdom, and scoffs to hear that Bi-ryum is the god from the Sky Kingdom.

The priest informs Ha-baek that he must ascend to the throne after the red waters come seven times. He must collect the three stones and return before the last water, although there is some time before that happens. Ha-baek declares that he will return immediately, but the priest informs him that the human realm is quite interesting and that he should enjoy himself.

Ha-baek says flatly that he’s not interested. He asks why such a meaningless ritual is still in practice, but the priest merely chuckles, saying, “Is there anything that is truly meaningless in the world?” Ha-baek declares his intention to rid the kingdom of pointless customs once he’s king.

The priest tells him to go ahead once he’s king, and Ha-baek asks peevishly why the stones are kept in the human world when it has nothing to do with the godly one.

The priest reminds him of the king’s servant—the humans who have promised to serve the god for generations. He advises Ha-baek to find the descendant of that lineage and hands him a metal badge with a trinity knot in the center. Once given to that servant, they will recognize Ha-baek as their master.

Ha-baek refuses it, saying that he won’t be seeking out that servant. The priest gives it anyway, adding that it’s a woman.

Ha-baek comments to his servant, NAMSURI (Park Kyu-sun), that he expects sky god Bi-ryum to be doing a subpar job. Namsuri points out that they were childhood friends and asks why he hates him so much now. Ha-baek answers haughtily that Bi-ryum has no dignity and is untrustworthy.

Namsuri suggests that Ha-baek study the human world before diving in, but Ha-baek says he’s taking him along to serve that purpose. Oh, he’s going in blind, is he? This should be fun.

Namsuri asks if he’s seen his servant yet, wondering if she’s pretty. We hop over to the human realm to meet her: YOON SO-AH (Shin Se-kyung), the woman who’d thrown herself off the bridge (or will in a year’s time).

She’s a psychiatrist who’s currently in a session with a delusional patient who talks about hearing messages from aliens. The man flips out when she calls him a patient and accuses her of not believing him.

The patient begs her to believe him and has to be dragged away by a nurse, YOO SANG-YOO (Shin Jae-hoon), who calms him down by speaking in his gibberish language. So-ah is ready to admit defeat on this patient, who hasn’t improved in the year she’s seen him. But that’s the least of her worries, with her clinic on the verge of being shut down, because she’s missed loan payments and has been denied any more extensions.

So-ah and nurse Sang-yoo end up drinking together later, and he hands her a piece of mail she’d dropped. So-ah promptly rips up the notice of property tax for a piece of land in Gangwon-do, which she’s been unable to sell because it’s just “a pointless pile of rocks.” So-ah tells Sang-yoo to leave her floundering hospital, but he insists he’s repaying a favor. She cuts him off before he can elaborate—it sounds like he owes her father, but she doesn’t want to talk about it.

So-ah’s goal is to leave the country the second she’s free of all her debts, though Sang-yoo suggests she meet a man and live here. When he jabs that maybe no men are interested, she reminds him that she once received a diamond ring from a second-generation chaebol…

Which she then retrieves later, digging it out of the hole she’d buried it in. She tucks it into the pocket of her doctor’s gown, figuring to pay off some of her debt. Then she pulls out a tiny map of the islands of Vanuatu she carries around, dreaming of the day she can move there.

She envisions herself relaxing on the beach, telling herself, “Now that’s what living is.” Looking up at the night sky now, she tsk-tsks at “this dirty country where you can’t even see a star properly.”

Suddenly, a shooting star flies across the sky… and then makes a U-turn and shoots off in the other direction. So-ah immediately makes a wish to make money, and as she looks upward, something shoots down and hits her square in the forehead, sending her falling backward.

A hand reaches out to catch her head before it strikes the ground. Crouched next to her is a very naked Ha-baek, who calls out to her, “Woman! Hey, woman!”

She’s out cold, though, so he takes a look around and puts on her pink doctor’s gown, telling her in an imperious royal tone that he’ll be borrowing it temporarily. He starts to walk away, but has second thoughts when seeing So-ah lying on the dirt, and tries to rouse her. He slaps her forehead, leaving three finger marks across it, and So-ah awakes in a daze.

She’s alone now, so there’s no sign of Ha-baek. She panics to see her doctor’s robe gone, though, because of the diamond ring she put there, and screams in rage, “You thief!”

Ha-baek hears the scream and bristles at being called a thief. He wonders where Namsuri went, just as the servant comes running up to him, dressed in an overly tight suit. Apparently they got separated in the sky, and Namsuri wore the suit prepared for Ha-baek, which Ha-baek now demands.

Namsuri wonders why things look so different from his last trip, because the land around the divine gate isn’t supposed to change. Ha-baek supposes they landed in the wrong place, but complicating matters is that he’s lost his map of coordinates. He attempts to conjure them using his divine powers, but nothing happens.

They test out the problem in front of a fountain, and Ha-baek waves his hand over the water, drawing on all of his strength… and still nothing.

Ha-baek wants to return to the Water Kingdom for now, only to be told that gods who travel to the human world are unable to return home until they complete their mission. Namsuri advises him to find his human servant—but alas, he doesn’t even have his trinity-knot badge with him.

Namsuri heads off to find proper clothing, and warns Ha-baek to stay put and not order strangers around. While Ha-baek waits, he tells himself that this is only temporary, and that a similar thing happened the first time he visited the Sky Kingdom. Closing his eyes and concentrating all his energy, he starts chanting to himself, “I am Ha-baek!”

Meanwhile, So-ah tells her friend over the phone about the thief who stole her diamond ring, and happens by just as Ha-baek is drawing on all his energy. Suddenly, water shoots up into the sky, the fountain activated by Ha-baek’s powers. He smiles smugly to himself.

But then, a maintenance worker nearby radios in to the office to turn off the water fountain now, and the spouts turn off. Ha, so it wasn’t Ha-baek after all?

As the water dies down, So-ah and Ha-baek spot each other across the way, and he recognizes her. He walks toward her radiating an air of pomp and circumstance, and tells her in a kingly tone, “Woman, you thought wrong. I was just borrowing it.” He tells her to state her name and address so that Namsuri can send compensation.

But So-ah doesn’t recognize him or have any idea what he’s talking about, and assumes he’s another delusional weirdo. He won’t accept her refusal and demands that she state what she wants, so she tests him out asking for money. He asks what money is, which makes her figure he’s off in the head.

She turns to leave, and he grabs her wrist just as nurse Sang-yoo arrives to push him aside. Not liking their dismissive attitude, Ha-baek thunders, “I am the water god, the next king of the Water Kingdom, the next emperor of the divine realm—Ha-baek!”

Wah-waaaaaah. So-ah notes his delusions of grandeur and heads off shaking her head. Sang-yoo pauses to put a business card in Ha-baek’s hand, assuring him that So-ah will help fix him.

So-ah reports her stolen ring to the police, and gets annoyed at Sang-yoo for not believing her about having it in the first place.

Back at the fountain, Namsuri returns after finding new clothes and a place to stay for the night. Ha-baek declares that his powers have returned, and sets out to demonstrate with rocks… which, nope, remain as rocks.

So off to Namsuri’s shelter they go, which turns out to be a plastic floaty house at the riverbank. Ha-baek hands over Sang-yoo’s business card, saying the human gave it to him—and then actually gets huffy when Namsuri can read it, as Ha-baek can’t read human writing. Hahaha.

So-ah returns home to a huge house and sighs to recall her stack of bills, acknowledging that one diamond ring was never going to solve her problems. Remembering Ha-baek’s bemusement over the word “money,” she supposes he’s better off not knowing about it. Oh, if only you knew.

The next morning, a sharp resort CEO, HU-YE (Im Joo-hwan), kicks off his busy day with morning briefings from his subordinates. He isn’t keen to attend a meeting with a bank that wants his business, but is told it would be good to comply.

So-ah arrives at her clinic for an empty day of not seeing any patients, and Sang-yoo urges her to go to the bank and deal with the loan issue. She does, and the state of her finances is pretty bleak. The banking agent suggests refinancing at a much higher interest rate, which appears to be her only option.

So-ah is kept waiting for her application to be approved for hours, and is sidelined by her banker when CEO Hu-ye walks in. Incensed, So-ah marches over to the room and gets even more angry when she hears the CEO being offered a fraction of the interest rate she has to pay.

Storming in, So-ah snaps at the banker for leaving her waiting for hours, and refuses to wait any longer. Hu-ye doesn’t seem that put out by the interruption, and suggests that the bankers see So-ah first, stating that his team will review the terms before deciding.

Flustered at potentially losing his business, the banker orders So-ah to apologize to Hu-ye, since she upset him by barging in. Hu-ye contradicts her, pointing out that the bank ought to apologize to So-ah for their discriminatory lending. Moreover, he tells So-ah that he’ll ask the bank to approve her for the loan she wants.

So-ah is hardly grateful, asking why he’d do that. Hu-ye notes that she doesn’t accept goodwill as goodwill, and advises her not to harass bankers over interest rates if that’s the case—she ought to work harder and earn money.

Outside the bank, Sang-yoo goes from car to car leaving business cards on windshields. He gets upset to see one driver using the card to wipe away bird poop, and protests to the man’s face. Hu-ye comes out to the car—this is his driver—and So-ah joins as well, wondering at the commotion.

Sang-yoo kicks up a huge fuss, refusing Hu-ye’s secretary’s offer of compensation for the offense. He grabs the car’s windshield wiper, insisting that the driver should’ve used it to wipe away the mess—and in the process yanks the wiper clean off the car. Now they’re on the hook for that repair, though frankly I think they should be glad they got off that easy.

Back at the river, Namsuri reports that he was unable to find the map coordinates, which they must have lost in the trip. Namsuri mentions feeling hunger like the humans do; he apparently feels human sensations because he’s a demi-god, whereas Ha-baek is a full god.

Ha-baek sighs that this is all his fault for losing his powers and being unable to provide for his servant, worrying that this means he’s not fit to be king. Namsuri drops to the ground to protest, and Ha-baek finishes, “…is not something you expected I’d say, is it?” Oh, it’s going to be so fun to watch you dropped a few pegs.

Ha-baek decides they’ll go to the divine gate, since the land is supposed to be maintained by the descendants of the human servant. That, at least, gives them some direction as to where to find her. Namsuri is surprised since he was so opposed to meeting that servant, but Ha-baek says that he will do it as his godly duty in a spirit of magnanimity.

At the clinic, Sang-yoo kicks himself for damaging the wiper, afraid at the exorbitant repair cost. So-ah tries to get in touch with the real estate office, and when she can’t, she decides to head over to Gangwon-do to deal with her land. During the drive, her GPS device starts to malfunction, but after a few moments, it comes back.

Meanwhile, Ha-baek and Namsuri hitch a ride with a truck driver, who lets them off on a rural road and points them in the direction of their destination.

So-ah meets with the realtor, asking him to take some care to sell her pile of rocks, even if it requires lowering the price. The realtor suggests halving the price, which makes her exclaim in dismay.

Ha-baek and Namsuri arrive at a bare plot of land with a stone gateway, and apparently the divine gate can only be seen by gods. Ahhhh, now it makes sense why the land can’t be sold, and why it can’t be changed, either.

Namsuri worries that the human servant won’t know anything; they need that lost badge to awaken her knowledge of being the servant. Ha-baek assures him that he has a way, and declares with full authority, “She will fall for my charms.” And if nothing else works, he has a “last resort” in mind, which makes Namsuri gasp in protest.

“That’s tying her to you forever,” Namsuri argues. If they used the badge, they could simply destroy it and erase her memory when they left this world—but not so with the last resort.

Just as Ha-baek spots a particular stone amidst the pile of rocks on the ground, So-ah pulls up in her car to ask what they’re doing on her land. Ha-baek realizes that she’s the servant, whereas So-ah just worries that Mr. Crazy is back.

Ha-baek walks over purposely to pour on his godly charm, running a finger along her face and saying in his gravest voice, “I have searched for you for ages. My servant. Meeting like this is a pleasure. Be moved by what pleases me.”

Eyeing him suspiciously, So-ah slaps his hand away and hurries back to her car. She starts to drive off just as Namsuri jumps in front of her car to stop her, and gets knocked down.

Namsuri assures her that he’s fine, but Ha-baek declares that he isn’t, and Namsuri gets right back on the ground, feigning injury. Which is how she ends up driving the two of them, offering to drop them off at a nearby hospital. Ha-baek declares that they’re going with her, and orders her to “awaken” and understand everything.

So-ah asks if Ha-baek is currently receiving any medical attention, and almost offers her services before catching herself. When she refers to Namsuri as his friend, Ha-baek replies, “He is not a friend. He is my servant.” Ha! Really not giving her any reason to change her misconception of him, is he?

Ha-baek observes the inner workings of the car closely, mostly ignoring her comments, while So-ah follows the GPS’s increasingly convoluted directions. The roads get rougher and rougher until they end up in a dead end in the mountains, and in frustration, So-ah rests her head on the steering wheel.

Ha-baek offers to drive for her, but she declines and starts to drive back—right as the car runs out of gas. There’s no cell service either, so she decides they’ll have to walk to get help. Ha-baek tells her to rest since she’s tired, offering Namsuri instead.

So-ah points out that he’s injured, and Namsuri plays up the hurt act… until Ha-baek declares that he’s not, and Namsuri is immediately better. Ha, So-ah doesn’t argue too hard, and hands over cash and a gas container, sending poor Namsuri off on his way.

So-ah naps in the car while Ha-baek waits outside, and after some time passes, she wakes and suggests Ha-baek rest inside the car too. He balks at her calling him “Hey There” and informs her that his name is Ha-baek, listing off all his heavenly credentials again. This time he adds, “And also your master.”

So-ah sighs to herself, “I keep forgetting he’s a patient.” In psychiatrist mode, she asks why he thinks he’s the water god, and he retorts, “Then why do you think you are human?” Point taken. She revises her question to ask what a water god is.

“As a human, is it teaching you wish to receive?” he asks. “You appear to wish to converse about the ultimate essence of the world.” He informs her that the water, sky, and land gods are nature, and that he is therefore nature.

Puzzled, So-ah asks if he’s calling himself a natural person. “I am nature,” he repeats. “And among those, the nature of natures.” That does nothing to clarify anything for her.

In the car, she steals glances at him, wondering how he looks so normal when he’s clearly not. She asks if he has family, and he replies that perhaps yes, perhaps no: “In the divine realm, we do not have the family relations that you humans think of.” Then he calls her Servant, and she automatically responds before even thinking about it, hee.

Ha-baek asks if what she really needs most is money and why, and she replies that money allows you to be happy. He tells her he’s asking “because I think I can do that for you.”

For a moment she seems to take him at his word, until he adds that he can’t give her money right now because of his circumstances. So-ah chides herself for believing him.

Ha-baek adds, “But if what you need most is money, because money makes you happy, then what you need most is happiness.” That’s close enough to hit home, though he adds, “But I have no interest in the happiness of a human woman, so I will repay you with money.”

So-ah suggests they go for help, but it’s not long before they realize they don’t know the way down. She suggests heading back, and while he agrees with the sentiment, he balks again to be called Hey There.

Ha-baek tells her sternly, “For the last time, listen up. I am not Hey There, but Ha-baek-nim. God of water, next king of the Water Kingdom, next emperor of the divine realm. Ha-baek.”

So-ah glares, then retorts that her name is Yoon So-ah, not Servant. She insists that he address her properly, and he just notes, “You are quite rude.”

That’s when So-ah spots a wild boar nearby, and she grabs Ha-baek’s wrist and urges him to run. The boar chases them down the road, gaining on them as they run.

Ha-baek looks over at So-ah for an extended slo-mo beat, then pulls her hand from his wrist and grabs her hand properly, taking the lead. They’re very nearly back at the car when So-ah fumbles the keys, dropping them in the road. With the boar gaining on them, she yells for him to head for the open trunk. With seconds to spare, they climb into the trunk and close the door.

The boar slams into the car multiple times, rocking it back and forth. It seems to give up and leave, but when So-ah lifts the lid to check, the boar actually smiles at her and slams itself into the car again.

So-ah screams in fear while Ha-baek cradles her protectively, and with every slam of the car, she grows increasingly panicked. After several long minutes, finally a bang sounds and the car stops shaking. The trunk lid lifts, revealing Namsuri, who explains that he ran into a hunter who chased the boar into the woods.

So-ah is rattled enough that she lets Ha-baek drive them back, and remarks that she thought he didn’t know how to drive. He informs her that this is his first time, and that he finds it quite fun.

So-ah insists that he pull over, but he orders her to rest, saying, “I am extending to you a show of grace, so do not refuse. Doing this for you is naturally a god’s duty and generosity.”

She orders him to pull the car over, so naturally, he floors it.

When he finally does pull over, she runs to the sidewalk to dry-heave. She takes her car keys from him, curtly thanks him for his help today, and walks away.

Ha-baek calls after her to inform her of the ancient agreement between her ancestors and the gods to serve them for all future generations. “It does not matter that you did not make the promise,” he says. “If the gods wish it, you, the descendant of servants, must honor your family’s promise and serve me.” With that, he orders her to take him to her home.

So-ah says that she’ll take him to a hospital, and he says that her refusal only makes things harder for her. “Things are plenty hard enough already, so I don’t care,” she says. “You’re right—what I really need may be happiness. Because I truly am exhausted. So please, leave now. I ask this favor.”

As she walks away again, Ha-baek calls her dim for not awakening despite his attempts to teach her. “It can’t be helped,” he tells Namsuri. “As you said, I was trying my best not to use the last resort. But I’ll have to use it.”

As Namsuri sputters something about what that means for his powers, Ha-baek yells after So-ah, who turns back. He walks up to her and says, “This is the grace of the gods, so be awakened.”

And then he kisses her.

 
EPILOGUE

In the Water Kingdom, Ha-baek prepares to depart for the human realm. Namsuri asks why he chose to punish someone, and Ha-baek asks, “What punishment?”

Cut to: His portrait artist, frozen in place, wondering when Ha-baek will return to sit for his painting. His brush remains hovering over the face, the eyes still unfilled.

 
COMMENTS

I had absolutely no idea what to expect of this show, so I went in fairly blind and with few expectations, and found myself pleased with the result. I still don’t quite know where it’s going and we haven’t even met a few of our fellow gods, so I’m not ready to be all gung-ho about this show yet—but for now, I can appreciate what it’s doing and feel content to keep going with it.

It doesn’t hurt that the show is visually stunning; the godly realm is particularly beautifully shot and envisioned, with sea creatures swimming in the skies and cool camerawork. It’s tricky to depict such an over-the-top fantasy world without going cheesy, but I think the show pulled it off—the humor is in the deadpan reactions and the contrast between our humorless water god and the ridiculousness of his fish-out-of-water circumstances, but the scenes themselves aren’t hokey or jokey, which I like.

In fact, it’s that contrast between what Ha-baek thinks he is and how he actually comes off that appealed to me most in this episode—none of the characters were being actively funny, but it was hilarious to see him putting on all this grandeur and authoritativeness when really, he seems like a crazy homeless person, shiny good looks notwithstanding.

In the promo teasers, I worried a bit that Nam Joo-hyuk might be channeling too much Gong Yoo from Goblin, because no way can he pull off that level of gravitas without coming off forced. But played this way, as a recurring gag? I love it, and hope for more imperiously delivered comedy down the line. It’s reminiscent of the hauteur with which the crown prince ordered around his minions in Rooftop Prince, despite how lowly and powerless he actually was in the modern world. It didn’t stop him from acting every part the royal, and demanding that respect, to hilarious results.

There are definitely a ton of recognizable elements to this setup, and while I didn’t find any similarities to be so exact to other shows to feel like it was lifted directly, I did have a sense of overall familiarity with the plot. For now, I don’t consider that a negative thing, because at this stage it provides an element of anticipation for enjoyable plot elements and turns to come. It’s sort of like Goblin if the heroine had been Yook Sung-jae’s character instead, and kind of Arang and the Magistrate-type stories where the human is required to aid the non-human in his/her quest. But I think all those setups have tons of room for exploration and haven’t been done to excess, so I look forward to how the fantasy element will continue in the modernness of Seoul. As long as I get my hijinks, I’ll be happy!

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Thank you for the recap! I'll reserve my judgment for now.

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I will reserve it too! All I can see is how pretty Shin Se Kyung is! Is her skin is thatt multidimentional & glow ?

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same here.. was apprehensive bout it cuz NJH's acting and frankly the manhwa was a tadbit lame for me.. but the 1st episode seems interesting!

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What is there to reserve? This garbage is so bad it's not even funny.

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I was incredibly amused by this episode, partly because it reminded me of some of my favorite episodes of Doctor Who, the ones when the Doctor's grandiose alien jocularity hits the wall of human practicality and earthly drudgery. The potential for humor is basically endless, and I plan to stick around to see how things develop.

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but they are eliminating a lot of that potential by having haebak just observe and become proficient in a skill like in a second, (Eg:driving). i'm not sure why they did that though

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I enjoyed Namsuri the most! the poor overworked servant fawn !

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Well, now I have to watch it. Nothing can pick my interest like these miscommunications.

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It's pique, not pick....somewhat common error 😃

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Haven't watched it yet but looking forward to it! I'm still not gonna have too much expectations though because that'll usually lead to disappointment.

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Searched for it on Viki and DramaFever with no luck. Does anyone know if an English subbed version is available anywhere?

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It's on Dramafever. I had trouble getting it to pop up, but that's where I watched it.

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Thanks Pickwick! Just found it on their mobile app. But it's still not coming up via a Roku. Weird!

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Annnnnnd in case anyone else is having the same problem just found it via Roku in the "Recently Added" section.

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It must be a flaw in DF's system. I couldn't search for it through their AppleTV app. I had to add it to my queue online and then it miraculously appeared in the tv app queue.

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That is actually the way I do it. For some reason their system does not update all their platforms at once. You can watch it PC first, mobile, and then Roku/AppleTV. I wrote to them once questioning why this happened with them at not Viki and they answered (not kidding) that Viki basically has more money. I didn't know what that meant (they can hire better programmers?) so I just dropped it.

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@dramamama That's a freaking hilarious response. It kinda doesn't make that much sense to me though seeing that DF often gets some of the better exclusives and get's Viki's exclusives later on--which doesn't happen much vice versa.

As for this this drama appearing on DF, yeah, it's a bit frustrating with DF sometimes searching for a drama. It get's really annoying when a new episode is in their system but you cant get to it for some reason or another. It's even more frustrating when you can see it on one platform and not the other. If anybody uses a PS4 and you know a new episode is out but you don't see it, you can try playing the last episode till the end and it oftentimes autoplays the new one that you cant yet see.

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The flaws with DramaFever is a mile long list that they don't care to fix. It was irritating to watch this episode because it kept freezing. I know it's just DF because I don't have that problem with Netflix or anyone else but DF. I'm reserving judgment until I can watch it without technical difficulties.

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Kissasian has it.

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Gosh the amount of pretty in this show is blinding 🙈

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Hahaha. There are so many ways to interpret that.

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Hi Ally! Are you and I clones? Oh, wrong recap 😄. I'm with you, I came for the pretty and it did not disappoint. I guess you are me.

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This came too fast. Thanks javabeans! :)

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I watched it raw and I will be honest, I am not feeling NJH's acting. In almost every scene he was in it looked like he wanted to burst out laughing and that destroyed the illusion. I also don't feel the chemistry between the leads so far. I will watch episode 2 just to give it one more chance, I admire your positivism Javabeans, Thank you for the recap :)

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I agree, the drama is just weird. I also feel that NJH is not suited for this type of role. If he was the lead in "Flower Boy Next Door" I might've liked that drama a lot more, because he fits those types of roles. However he doesn't have the gravitas to pull a character like this, and I agree that he looks like he's trying not to laugh, half the time. While I find SSK's acting better, but her character feels lacking so far.

In addition, they did the other-wordly part well, so why couldn't Ha Baek (sp?) take the heroine to his realm then the drama would've felt a lot more original.

Anyways I don't think my drama hiatus will end this month, though I will give this drama at least two more episodes to see where it goes with its ridiculous premise.

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I stand by my FBND cast, I won't let you replace anyone, sweetsour😉 But I have to watch at least first 2 episodes to judge this (for the benefit of doubt).

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Agreed. Yoon Shi-yoon is the cutest thing ever, he doesn't need replacing!

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Enrique!!!

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whenever i see yoon shi-yoon my first thought is "kkae-geum!" literally half the time it takes me longer to remember his actual name over the character's name hahah

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And obviously you can´t replace Kim Ji-Hoon and Ko Gyung-Pyo. Maybe Kouki Mizuta? No, not even him.

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I don't feel like Nam Joo-hyuk is suited, but I really loved Ha-baek's character. I excepted the arrogance, but the softer side of him came as a pleasant surprise. He seemed genuinely concerned for So-ah.

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Thanks for your comment, if I used WFKB as a median standard, is NJH's acting better or worse than he did at WFKB?

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Nope. You can't replace the cast of FBND, it has the best cast. And i don't find NJH suits the role of Enrique, he's more of an arrogant cool but naive type although he looked stiff in this drama

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I didn’t expect my comment to stir a few of YSY’s admirers. I didn’t mean to trigger anyone lol, but I won’t deny that I don’t like him at all. With NJH I am neutral, but think that he has potential when he plays certain types of characters, that is why I mentioned that other drama.

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I can't feel his acting - is he portraying coldness, smart, friendly or what? SSK... there's something distracting in her acting too. The realm of gods' costume were too much, too tacky.

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He is a member of the Keanu Reeves School of Acting, blank AND beautiful, but the beautiful always wins

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Haha, there are some roles where blank and beautiful are a good thing.

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"there are some roles where blank and beautiful are a good thing."

Hear hear!!!

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Keannu Reeves .. le sighhhh...

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I definitely agree with you on the wanting to burst out laughing comment. It really was disturbing. It worked for him in WFKBJ, but not so much here for me. Maybe I might get over it, we'll see.

Given what I've see thus far, I think the role of Ha-baek might be a difficult one that requires a lot of nuance. It pains me to say this, but I don't think NJH might have the skill and experience necessary. The only scene of his that I really liked thus far was when they were in the trunk of the car. His composure and everything just worked there. I'll definitely give this a chance and see what happens.

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Huh? Burst out laughing? I will have to pay attention to that more in the next episode.

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I kind of wish I hadn't read the manhwa (haha, but not really), just so I could enjoy this show a bit more. Because I know what the audience is missing by modernizing Bride of the Water God, everything feels a bit like a let down. From here on, I'm going to try not to relate this kdrama to the original manhwa, since it's so loosely based.

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loosely based would be overstating it. we all knew that he was coming to earth rather than her going to his kingdom

but they even eliminated the whole kid haebak vs adult haebak interactions which used to be so much fun. So i think we need to just forget about the manhwa :( and look at this show as an original story rather than a adaptation.

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SAME. I think all the changes threw me off so I ended up enjoying it less. Will try the next episode now that I have more of an idea of what to expect. Although I found the acting to be a bit cringey, so we'll see if I keep up with this one.

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The lengths a drama goes to generate a skinship between the leads! Seriously a boar??!!

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I'm guessing by its weird behavior the boar was another god in disguise or something like that, that ties into the overall plot.

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yeah - i think so too.. why else would a random boar smile at them?! even the priest guy seemed to be hinting at interesting things happen in the human realm hence the need for gods to go there in the archaic rituals.. so for haebek's awakening to love & compassion types?!

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My first thought after the boar smiled was that it was the servant. Especially since we never saw the "hunter".

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Weirdly enough, for me boar was the best part in whole episode

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My opinion as well. I just love the smiling wild boar. That scene just cracked me. Best scene in the whole epi tbh.

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Better than a "bore" like so many other shows.

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Please stop. ^^'

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Actually in korea boars terrify the people, there are always of stories of people being chased and attackted by them, it may seem like a stretch but to me it was almost normal lol

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as someone living in a country where wild boars still roam the forrest from time to time, we where always told if we meet one to not draw attention or run for it!! but in zig zag pattern ..i kid you not, that's not a world of warcraft thing..the theory is that boars, like leopards can run very fast but at that speed have trouble taking sudden turns, so zigg zagging migt confuse them and slow them down. i don't know if that is actually the right thing (our teacher might have been jonking) ..but if i ever encounter a wild boar..... or an orc... i will try and tell you guys all about it ;)
Meanwhile though i am really hoping to meet a god that looked that good...one that looks like So Ji Sub..oh heck i would even "settle "' for So Ji Sub himself:)

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joking, not jonking. it was a hard day at work today :) i'm getting dyslexic.and have a sudden craving for bacon.

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Let's just say in Europe they used to have a thing called "boar spear". The difference from a regular spear was a cross-bar, so that if you skewered a boar that was charging you it couldn't keep charging up the shaft to get you with those nasty tusks.
I'd hide in a car trunk if I had one handy.

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Oh wow, super fast recap. My only thought, is it too late to change Nam Joo-hyuk or getting him an acting coach? He doesn't have the screen presence or charisma befitting this character. His speech pattern is so weird, like he's trying so hard to sound regal. Great chemistry between the leads though.

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I like the guy, loved him in WFKBJ, but I just don't feel his charisma here, like he's not convincing me that he is a water god. He looked like he wanted to laugh and was trying to hold it in, in some scenes. Granted it's just Ep 1, I hope his acting improves soon.

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I couldn't finish Bok-joo, I dunno I just got tired of it. But I really enjoyed him in Scarlet Heart and even though his love-line with Seohyun wasn't properly developed I still felt so heartbroken for them when she died. I liked him CitT too and Kwon Eun-taek. But I suppose he's not ready for a role that calls for something other than being adorable.

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It's the first ep and we are already treated with a kiss!! ^^ If the servant was a guy, I'd love to see the water god use the same last resort :))

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Good thought. Would he still use that last resort if the servant was a guy?

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Yay! A recap when I least expected it and when I needed it the most. I watched this in the morning without subs and was confuses. I said it was so-so. Watched it a 2nd time with subs and now everything made sense. I think I actually like it. I can hear the "I'm Habaekkkkkkkk" in my head. Lol.

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Im Joo Hwan is love😍❤️ That's all for my review of 1st ep

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Seeing him promoting this drama in his IG made me want this drama to do well, for his sake.

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He looks like he hasn't aged at all. He could've done more with the lead role if only....

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😭😭😭

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Yes...one of those underrated actors stucked in second lead role...

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I want him to shine 🙏🏻

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#leadroleforimjoohwan

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He did really well as the lead for Ugly Alert.

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I love the comic... its gorgeous plus my favourite fantasy genre, so i jumped into this as soon as the subs were out

and .............................................Terrible first episode

- first, to save budget, they have pretty much eliminated all the fantasy elements. So don;t expect dazzling special effects people. but the show is shot beautifully. the color palette is gorgeous. so thats a huge plus

- the acting is just bad. I have Liked NJH in almost everything he has done till now. but he is so not ready to play a character around which the entire story revolves. Sungjae in goblin was more "godly" in that one nightclub scene that NJH in the entire episode

- the actresses is worse. she has no spark. and her character is just stupid. her opening scene which was meant to be funny just showed what a horrible doctor she was

they have pretty much altered the entire story that its just the same name, the premise is completely different. Any fans of the original please don't even bother with comparing the stories. so first i think i'll need to adjust my expectations.

This looks like a generic rom com at this point. but i'm still hoping against hope that they don't drop the mythology completely. i LOOOOOVE fantasy. so i'm going to stick around for 2-3 more episodes.

but i'm feeling glum :(

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Really interested in what you liked about the manhwa. I couldn't get through the first volume. It was really really pretty but the plot didn't pull me in.

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Lol, same. It wasn't even pretty for me, if you bothered to look at the individual pages for more than a few seconds, you'd notice the art was very amateurish: stiff and lifeless characters, bad paneling that made for a confusing story, clothes that don't fit their bodies correctly, inconsistent style, and no basic knowledge of anatomy.

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I agree the manhwa was filled with angst and a lead that was too cold for me. Plus the drawings were not that great the source material seem dated and would have made it like a daily soap series.

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the way i see it, sungjae has the foundation i.e acting ability to pull off different kind of characters, nam joo hyuk is only somewhat tolerable in character that resemble his real personality (weightlifting fairy, cheese)

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I like the manhwa too! But I have not watched the drama adaptation, so I will reserve my say on it. Two things though:

I was actually skeptical about whether they can pull it off, being in the modern world...because IMO the manhwa is succesful mainly because of the pretty setting (the glooorious clothes, and the out of this world scenery), which the modern world lacks of. But then again I will still watch this drama as a new drama, unrelated to the manhwa, so that I wont feel too disappointed if it's not the same with the manhwa.

On Sung Jae being more godly than Nam Jo Hyuk...haha. I actually agree. But who knows, he will look more godly as time goes by. We're only in first ep, and first ep often feel a bit strange.

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I havent watched this episode. But can i say NJH is eyecandy.

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i came here only to see the first look of this drama. i had originally thought of marathon watching it once it's over, partly because of my exams but also because of the painful wait over the week! but after reading this recap, i don''t think i'll stay away from this for long! love Nam Joo Hyuk's look in this one and his interactions with 'his servant'!! :D

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I have said it before and I am saying it again....despite that I have some reservations over the main leads, I always faith in the writer and the PD and it's a relief the result is not bad at all. Nam Joo Hyuk is in his element with this light-hearted rom-com and I think it is a smart move on the part of the writer to change the setting and tone of the manhwa, only borrowing the characters and some plot with a modern and comedy twist. The fish out of the water scenes were hilarious and having nothing to watch on Mon-Tue slot, I am glad I find this show entertaining to keep up with.

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This is exactly how I feel : ) Currently I don't have problems with anyone's acting and am enjoying the show!

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Interesting first episode, I might check out the first episode. Thanks for the recap.

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I'm so glad it's taking a different direction than the manhwa. SO SO glad.

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though I was hoping for the kid Ha Baek scenes

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it is only episode 1...

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Yeah, couldn't be happier that it bears little to no resemblance to it's source material. It's 10 years too late for a faithful adaptation of the manhwa, it would be so makjang and dated if you tried to do it today. Weak helpless female lead, cold abusive male lead, 2nd male lead who is nicer but quickly turns equally abusive when fighting over the girl, 2nd female lead who is crazy and murderous. NO THANKS.

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Lol. I have not seen the manhwa but your summary is so good that I think I should delay the manhwa until the drama finishes...

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I would just not read it. It's a complete waste of time, it barely had enough plot for a single volume, yet it goes on and on for like 200 chapters or something. The art isn't as good as people say (it's actually really bad except the backgrounds and floral motifs which are probably drawn by an assistant lol).

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Thanks for the validation.....I had supposed it lost a lot of meaning in translation!

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I remember I tried reading the manhwa but I didn't come far. It wasn't really for me, others though seem to enjoy it a lot. *shrug*

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Whether I'll watch this drama or not will depend on Javabeans' reviews, since I agree with most of your opinions/taste. XD

Glad to read that you're pleased with the first episode! (And man this recap came fast)

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How come it has started sooooo soon!!!! And i have no computer! I cannot read the recap without watching... i like my surprises!
Otoke?

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This drama has a potential to do well in rating because the casts are eye candies and it's a type of drama that easier to get more viewers. I had no expectation as I didn't really familiar with the mahwa but I saw some illustrations and it's beautiful. So I just treated this drama just like another romcom, with very little fantasy element. I feel like tvn wanted to do Goblin 2.0 with some fantasy elements, maybe because they are desperate to recover their rating but it is nowhere near to Goblin - from the plot, execution and even acting. As for now, this drama is for you if you want some laughs, some romance and you're not very picky especially on the acting part. Eye candy is just a bonus part.

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I guess the eye candy part is what pulls this drama together. Would have dropped it in the middle if not for NJH. Not so much on the acting, it was so so. But my god, the choice of music is just bad. It doesn't hit the right notes, so to say, to convey the scenes properly.

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Dare I say this, I actually found this plot to be better than Goblin so far? Of course the acting and relationships in Goblin were unquestionably better, but I already find this more intriguing. Of course I might be eating my words with the next episode...

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I'm doing the same as you. I watch this drama to have a good laugh not to think a lot. I enjoyed the first episode for its comic relief and beautiful background in the world of Gods.

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That ombre blue wig looks god damn ridiculous and all of y'all that are acting like it's not are LIARS.

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Lol. His whole scene in the water kingdom had me loling for all the wrong reasons. His wig was hilarious, his costume was hilarious, even the way he walked and me dying of laughter. I think his modern hair is a step-up from the wig.

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I was getting more Egyptian god vibes than Asian god. The music didn't help.

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Glad somebody mentioned that wig. All time champion Mane of Shame.
Thank god (whichever one applies) he didn't take it with him to Earth.

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i like his wig and i'm not a liar just a personal taste

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Yeah I liked it too. Actually my perception of God has always been like someone with long hair and lots of makeup and that his hair is blue being a water god is not weird to me at all. And seriously whats wrong with the way he walks. NJK is a model and knows how to walk with style. I think there is too much nitpicking abt everything he is doing. I know he is not really a good actor but I don't think the intention of the drama was to have someone like Gong Yoo with so much gravitas. I am liking the light hearted romcom feels for now. Lets see where it takes us

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Everyone is talking about his wig, but what about his eyeshadow? The first thing I thought when he showed up with his eyes closed was "DANG! That eyeshadow is so perfectly applied. That smooth gradient. Omg teach me your ways." LOL.

Tbh, I laughed a little when I first saw him in his get-up.

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I thought he looked sexy in that makeup/outfit :D

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Manliner!

I'm done 😍

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Yay! Thanks for the fast recap! I was refreshing the page regularly to see if the recap for the first episode will be out! I guess it's a relief that I have yet to read the manga since this spin off seems to be much deviating from the manga settings. Glad that the first episode is rather enjoyable and I am looking forward to watch more!

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Thanks for the recap. Still watching until at least the 4th episode before I either stick to it or drop it. I'm kinda hoping for IJH, that I'd at least find this interesting. I dropped UF in spite of my love for IJH.

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I have braved bad acting in a lot of K-dramas. There were moments where even the most experienced actors gave me a headache :
Like HJE in She Was pretty (who practically made me deaf).

I think in the case of NJH here, they cast him because they wanted an akward guy.
It's a drama about a full of himself water God in modern day Seoul, who thinks he's the best ever. I think the real test will come around episodes 8- when the shift to more serious will come, then we'll see how much we can get from the leads.

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I really hope the reduce the nurse characters part. He was SO annoying!! He sounds so whiny. I wanted to slap him when he through a temper tantrum over a freaking business card. Really?!?

I just don't know how I feel yet. It's definitely pretty. And the general storyline is interesting. It's just I am not sure about the execution. I won't cut and run - yet. Let's see what the future brings.

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Yeah, the nurse was stupid but So-ah was just as stupid, wasn't she, in the bank just before.

It's all a bit over the top and I think it's supposed to be funny... but it mainly comes across as over-acting to me. (I feel like I can see them trying too to hard to act.) The water god too... frankly, he's just a chaebol that goes around yelling things. Nothing godly about him.

I only got half-way through the episode and then I went to read quite a bit of the manhwa. I feel sorry for the manhwa fans, because other than the title and a character calling himself Haebak, this doesn't really have anything to do with the manwha, does it? Not in tone, not in characters, not in setting...

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Ugh, the nurse was annoying. When he started grabbing the wiper I was screaming "stop dumbass, you're going to break it" and then he did. Freaking idiot. I like him in scenes where he's nagging So-ah like a mother hen though.

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Honestly speaking, I was disappointed by the first episode. I completely loved the manhwa and expected it to be incorporated well into the drama. This is just a typical Korean drama. Maybe I'm being too harsh on just the first episode but I'm not feeling the whole Bride of the Water God themes and vibes. So-Ah was used as a living sacrifice to Habaek and he fell in love with her later. It's just off to make her his slave when she's technically suppose to be his bride. They make Habaek seem so clueless about everything though but he's pretty knowledgable. I feel like making it in modern times dilutes the beauty of the manhwa because the art was so good! It's just super typical... I have very very high standards for this drama and I'm planning on rereading the manhwa to see what the difference between the two is. Fortunately the manhwa is done so the writers know how to write out the script but unfortunately, it's not completely scanned in English. It's gonna be interesting to see how they incorporate So-Ah and Habaek's conflicting scenes later.

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Weirdly enough, the only one factor that I liked in the premiere, was habaek, I didn't like nam joo hyuk in his previous dramas, but here, he pulls off the godly character with quirk and satisfyingly so. I love his dialogue delivery and how he has this deadpan expressionless face on, almost all the time lol, not to ignore the commanding tone he uses with everyone. I have my reservation about SSK, and have yet to wait to feel the chemistry, scared about it too yes, ( if only there was a better heroine, who doesn't have a solemn face), but maybe I'll be sticking for couple more weeks to watch more habaek antics.
OT, loved that cameo by yang dong geun, I loved his voice and the way he spoke in the trailer. Never saw him on anything before!

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How is this a downvote? It seems to me now people are hating NJH and when someone gives positive comment about him, they just downvote the comment. Everyone has their own preferences. I agree with what @fay17 said, I love NJH in this drama and he made me laugh most of the time watching this drama.

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Why the downvotes? just because you have your own opinion? SMH

Are we some kind of sheeps that will follow the lead of the majority of comments?and gets a downvote if you think otherwise?

Even IF i don't not like his acting,i wouldn't downvote cuz it's mean.

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Even I thought nam joo hyuk acted good as the god especially in the fantasy scenes with all those weird clothes on. But in the modern world, I couldn't keep thinking of him as a god which is just as well because that makes me understand the heroine's point of view of him more as a guy who lost a few marbles.

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I'm the opposite. I enjoyed Shin Se-kyung in this role and I'm completely annoyed at Nam Joo-hyuk. I like the guy well enough, and I've enjoyed some of his past performances but he's so miscast for this role because he lacks the charisma. In spite of my immense bias towards Shin Se-kyung, I can see when she's really lacking. Some scenes in Six Flying Dragons (which I consider her best work) she had dead eyes and it frustrated me but her acting as So-ah hasn't disappointed me yet.
Oh, and downvotes are flowing like water in this recap comment section. I mentioned Nam Joo-hyuk's lack of charisma and got me like 3 downvotes.

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my first time to comment, hehe

first off i don't like the led actress even from before i started watching korean dramas, and the male lead although handsome i don't find it in me to like him... so i wasn't really expecting much... and i was right, after watching episode 1 i feel like it was a miss or not, either its good or not that feeling, i laughed on some parts but i got bored and after 10 minutes or so i started surfing the net while my tab is playing the drama (which is a bad sign for me,) and so my attention was divided... (that means the show was bad) im not a professional critic just an average viewer and i know what i like and this drama is hovering on skip it or watch it... but let's see maybe tonight it will improve...

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YSA's assistant's way of speaking is distracting (if not annoying) me. Is he speaking in satoori? or is it just his manner of speaking? Anyway, I love seeing HB's pretty face all throughout the episode and the chemistry between the leads. Now I have a drama to fill my Mon-Tue drought while waiting for Wed for SDQ.

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Exactly. I was wondering if he was instructed to do that or was it his own way of portraying the character because it's not doing him any good.

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He does this weird inflection thing when he says "-yo" at the end of sentences for polite speech and it stands out so much that all I can imagine him saying in my head it "yo, yo, yo, yo, yo" over and over in that nasally voice.

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I believe that's Satoori although the actor either has a naturally nasal voice or he's doing it because he thinks it suits the character. Actress Kim Sun-young has the same accent.

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Im sold.the comedy is really hilarious i dont think i ever laughed so many times watching a drama..habaaek habaekk gosh so damm funny LOL..and i have to agree this is like a typical romcom with a little tweak here and there.but i dont have time to critize the story or ridiculous thing.because when i find it enjoyable then i watch it.if is not enjoyable anymore then stopped it.. as simple as that..because nowadays drama story is all the same..it only different in execution.cinematoghraphy.look etc..this drama btw have a gorgeous cinemathography and color pallet like Forest of secrets.so its a huge bonus for me..and for the acting.. is i am the only one here who didnt find the acting is bad?SSK is great and NJH is good and the others too..i know the actor is not that caliber tho but so far so good :D

Glad the rating is pretty good for the first episode

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wow i've got a downvoted already :v

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A lot of positive comments got downvote. I don't get it, if they don't like this drama, just let it go. Why are they being salty to those who actually enjoy this drama? Lol

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To me downvote=disagree so I see nothing wrong with it? Why are people disagreeing now equal to being salty? This is kind of why I was dreading the upvotes/downvotes, people start to take it so personally and turn it into an us vs. them thing.

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Agree...since there are two options people should be free to vote as they wish.

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Well, it's not "us vs them" so much as, maybe this is just me, but from my feeling down vote is still pretty strong. I am afraid that even if people really mean to just disagree the connotation normally comes off as a pretty strong dislike. Probably from bad conditioning from other less respectful places on the internet than dramabeans. I guess, I would personally consider it better etiquette to ignore comments you don't agree with or, as you have done, explain in words why you don't agree. Besides obviously offensive posts, it still feels a bit crushing in the beanie community for people to downvote comments where people are happily expressing their enjoyment of a drama. If I was fangirling and someone downvoted it, I would feel a bit more reserved in expressing my enjoyment in the future. No one should be made to feel guilty for fangirling on a platform (like dramabeans) that I believe tries to accept and celebrate other people's enjoyment.

Of course, analysis on acting or comments that clearly invite discussion is something else, but the mood in this comment section is a bit different than that from what I have previously observed.

Wow. I did not mean to write for so long and I hope you don't feel like I have cornered you Kulu. This is just something I wanted to say to the beanie community in general. All the best!

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I don't read all the drama recaps but of what I've read, this is the first where people are downvoting so much. Sad to see and hope it doesn't continue.

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There are some illogical things happening in this episode that I can't help but notice like why would you put your diamond ring in a paper bag? Shouldn't it be like close to your body so you won't lose it? And why would anyone leave a psychiatrist's business card on people's cars? like some sort of flyer for chicken delivery..Yeah, I don't get it.

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Now that you mention it the diamond ring-burrying part is actually childish. Somehow it reminds me of cartoons with treasure hunting. As for the business cards... desperate times call for desperate measures?

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Cautiously optimistic about this. Will watch the episode later. But what I've seen looks beautiful.

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I'm among those that have read the manhwa. I love the artistic quality there but have a hate-love relationship toward the plot so I don't hold the any expectation for this spin-off. I found the first episode gorgeous, hilarious and having many potentials. SSK acting is pretty believable here, NJH is not bad either but his acting is sometimes inconsistent. For example in the boar scene, he is too gentle compared to his holier-than-thou behaviors in the rest of episode. But hey there's plenty time for him to flesh out his character, I'm looking forward to the next episodes!

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Hmm. Still treading cautiously. The writer-director team, I LOVE, but the lead actors can be a hit or miss. Even so, I am pretty sure I will watch this, if only for the writer’s mythology executed through the director’s sensibilities. It's too early to tell and I really hope I will be proven wrong, but GAH, we could have had the perfect writing-directing-acting trifecta.

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I started to believe that i am a serious person who need to go to the happy nurse for not enjoying comedy or humor or rom com. Even i'm not fall for Suspicious Partner. I watched this drama with a blank face but i wont lie; NJH is an eyecandy. And i love fantasy and God- other realm -thingy genre. So i think i'll stay.

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I love the dry humor and the fish out of water thing is doing it for me. I'm cautiously optimistic :).

Love the handholding instead of wrist grab.

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Yes, that handholding scene was well done.

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Handholding FTW!

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Didn't disappoint me. This was a good premiere. I wonder who's the 2 Kings of Sky and Earth since Habaek is the Water King. Right of the teasers I'm suspicious of the CEO I feel like he's linked to the God World. And the Boar scene. The boar did smile. Am I the only one suspicious of it? Even when the boar got captured by the hunter which they didn't show. I don't think they did it weirdly just cause. I think that whole scene happened on purpose. I'm already loving Shin Se Kyung here. I feel like she's really a good actress as long as she gets the right roles for her and this one is. Her micro expressions were so good. And Nam Joo Hyuk really fits his character well. I'm excited to see the other cast. Plus the writer, I mean MISAENG, ARANG AND THE MAGISTRATE and the director QUEEN IN HYUN'S MAN, NINE. YOU KNOW THE STORY'S GONNA BE LIT. And I think the editing, music and cinematography team is the team behind Goblin as well.

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I had the same suspicion about the CEO

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I've never read the manhwa or anything so I watched without any expectations and I find myself enjoying the 1st episode. I also find that I can actually stand Shin Se Kyung, unlike 90% of her in her previous dramas.

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I saw a lot of positive comments about this drama got downvote, but I don't care, I still like this drama. I watched this drama without any expectations, so I kinda enjoy watching the premiere episode. I laughed most of the time to the awkwardness of HaBaek and most of his lines.

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omo!.. I loved it, really good start. tvN is back!!

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I liked it. This drama is so pretty to look at. I'm cautiously optimistic. I just want it to be a light entertainment for my summer nights :)
So far I like NJH and SSK in their roles. NJH is fun as water god out-of-the water, he gives off a spoiled teenager vibe that goes well with the character and his first experience in Earth and without his powers.
Anyway, the boar incident was a bit WTF and the way So Ah met the rich guy was too much cliché for my taste. But I will wait a couple of episodes more before passing any judgement on the writer's work. Off to watch episode 2!! :)

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Whoa, this recap is way too fast! Haven't gotten around to watching the first episode since we don't have the Eng sub yet in my side of the world.

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Oh, it's started. Honestly, I'm not sure what to expect since it's not really an adaptation. I haven't watched it yet so I have nothing to say about the acting but I love the visuals already. Thanks for the recap @javabeans 😊 I love NJH but I think he isn't fit for the role of Habaek, Joohwan could've. But, we'll see. 😁

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I've watched the first ep last night and I'm on the fence. There are elements that I like, and there are those that I haven't warmed up to yet. I must say that I quite like the premise and considering budget might be an issue if they decided to stick to the setting in the original manhwa, moving it to modern day is a wise choice and imo they have set up the story quite well with that in mind. I understand that fans of the manhwa would be disappointed but I'll see these as two completely different stories which share the same title and characters' names. The setup is nothing new but they used the world/time travelling element which happens to be my catnip so I guess that one floats my boat too.

I'm not quite feeling the acting from the main leads, though. I do think that SSK made a much better impression on me in Girl Who Sees Smells than here, but it's still early on in the drama so I'll give her until ep 4 or so. I still think NJH fits the puppy type of character better (he's endearing in CITT and Surplus Princess plus Weightlifting Fairy). I know the show is playing with his awkwardness for now for comedic purposes but even so I don't think he's wearing Ha-Baek skin very well. I don't know about you guys but since I read the actor suggestions during the promo stage I kept imagining most of the cast from Scholar Who Walks the Night in this drama while watching ep 1 😂😂😂

All in all, this one will probably make for a light summer watch. The acting is what I'm most concerned about, but it's not yet too bad that it completely turns me off. I'll give it a few more eps before deciding whether or not to stick with or drop it completely.

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👉I don't know about you guys but since I read the actor suggestions during the promo stage I kept imagining most of the cast from Scholar Who Walks the Night in this drama while watching ep 1 😂😂😂"👈

LOL I think most of us have the same thought. 😂

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A light summer watch would be a good thing. Like you, I won't have high expectations and as long as the acting is passable this drama can serve simply as entertainment. I have actually missed that, ironically, with the slew of excellent dramas recently. I am ready to have one drama in my queue that doesn't make me anxious or edgy (even if for a good reason)!

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i didn't get my hopes high for this but ep 1 seems okay for me. will continue watch ep 2.

out of topic, but can someone tell me how to see the drama ratings in here? since the layout change i can't find it anymore. i want to watch some oldies drama, so wanna take a look which drama get nice review here.

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If you scroll down to the bottom and click on "RESOURCES", you'll find a link to the drama ratings page.

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DB have to make a "who wore it best" survey on wig:
a. Flute boy of Faith
b. Mischievous God of Arang and The Magistrate
c. Overly Confident God of Bride of the Water God

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Yoo Ahin wins everything wig related.

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I'm STILL not over his 30s period look! <3

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No one will blame you for that :)

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Are we talking when he's in SKKS or 6FD? But it was only black isn't it? *confused*

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earthna and Sunflowerdiva were referring to *THE* wig of his Seo Hwi Young's character in Chicago Typewriter 😄

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it's Chicago Typewriter!

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That wig is neither white nor long but that is the best you'll ever see.

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In general, he looks good in wigs. I bet he'll still look good in silver or blue. Now I'm wondering if he has his own wig maker because it looks so natural everytime.

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