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Bride of the Water God 2017: Episode 2

This fish continues to flail out of water, though it’s not so much the flailing that’s enjoyable as it is his denial that there is any flailing going on at all. I’m eager for the rest of the plot to get moving, but I’m entertained by the misunderstandings that keep popping up and throwing comic fodder in our paths.


 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

In the Water Kingdom, the high priest looks into his mystical bowl of water, which functions as a crystal ball of sorts. The water reshapes into the image of our heroine So-ah, and the priest explains that she is fated to die before Ha-baek returns and claims his throne.

In the human world, Ha-baek declares that he will “awaken” his servant and kisses So-ah. She’s surprised, but her eyes flutter closed while his stay open, and he seems flustered by that. He pushes her back and stammers that she is now his person.

He regains his godly composure (which comes off more like comical bluster in this world) to say that she should be feeling something entering her heart and mind. “You have gained a god’s kiss. You should feel honored,” he declares.

He waits expectantly for So-ah’s gratitude, although she just blinks at him uncomprehendingly. His demi-god servant Namsuri hurries over to pick Ha-baek up and remove him from the situation, ha.

A safe distance away, Namsuri puts Ha-baek down, who’s indignant at this treatment. A second later, So-ah’s scream cuts through the air: “You crazy bastard!”

Namsuri frets that the information awakening didn’t happen. Ha-baek orders him to fix the situation with So-ah, and when Namsuri hesitates, he figures he’ll do it himself. Namsuri protests, though, telling him that he can’t go around kissing human women suddenly, and that he’ll get slapped if he goes to her now.

So-ah returns home all flustered and upset, although it’s as much with herself as it is with Ha-baek. “Why did you close your eyes?” she wails, mortified. “I have to find a logical reason for closing my eyes.”

She tells herself to confront the issue and overcome it, only to hear Ha-baek’s voice calling, “Hey, Servant!” She turns to see Ha-baek in her mirror, and the moment of the kiss replays before her eyes. She yells at the couple onscreen not to do it, and hears his voice saying that something should be entering her heart and mind, just as a bell rings from afar.

So-ah denies it emphatically, and envisions going to that far-off bell to silence it. She orders Ha-baek’s image to leave, and to her relief, the mirror returns to normal.

At his floaty house near the river, Ha-baek thinks of Namsuri’s warning that he’ll get slapped for kissing So-ah. He calls So-ah quite stupid for not recognizing a god’s grace for what it is. He looks over at a snoring Namsuri and notes that he already has one dumb servant, then clings to the belief that So-ah will awaken and seek him out.

Then he thinks to his initial flustered reaction to the kiss, and tells himself, “It’s nothing. It’s just that the world has changed.”

The camera pans over the river and dives deep, down to the bottom of the riverbed, where an old-fashioned mobile phone rests.

The next morning, So-ah groggily gets up and her first thought is last night’s kiss. Then she sees how late it is and panics, until her alarm clock rings and reminds her that it’s Sunday. Ha, is that nurse Sang-yoo’s voice blaring? The alarm rings again to warn her not to go back to sleep, and to go exercise instead.

It rings with more nagging instructions, so So-ah yanks out the batteries and vows to kill Sang-yoo and go to hell. She tries to go back to sleep, but it’s useless by now.

At the park by the river, Ha-baek wonders why there are so many humans here today, and gets shooed off the walking path by a cadre of power-walking ajummas. He’s intrigued by the workings of a bicycle, and Namsuri suggests he check out the skate park, where a competition is underway.

Ha-baek is not impressed at the skateboarders’ tricks, though he does observe their movements closely. Namsuri whines at Ha-baek to give it a try for the prize money, so when the announcer assumes Ha-baek is a contestant, Ha-baek confirms that all he has to do is all four tricks to win the cash. He even declares that he’ll win 2nd and 3rd place too, and picks up a skateboard lying nearby.

So-ah happens by, out for some exercise after all, just as Ha-baek makes his way to the top of a ramp. He lets loose, hitting a number of complicated tricks on various apparatus while the crowd goes wild. As he flies through the air, he locks eyes with So-ah, and she hears his words again about something entering her heart and mind.

He calls out, “You’re here” as he passes, and So-ah hurries away. Only moments later, his voice calls out, “You in front, Servant! I am here!”

He’s skateboarding after her, and So-ah hastens her pace. So-ah wonders why she’s running away just as Namsuri asks the same thing, only to have Ha-baek declare, “She’s not running away, she’s seeking me out!” Lol, his delusion is pretty hilarious.

He shouts out to So-ah that he’s here, calling her stupid as though she’s running away not having seen him.

So-ah darts into a tunnel, but when Ha-baek gets there, all he sees is a group of ajummas doing tai chi, all wearing giant sun visors and face masks. It’s a perfect cover for So-ah, who blends into the crowd. The ajummas start power-walking, and Ha-baek can’t quite make out where So-ah is.

It allows So-ah to escape and later break off from the pack, and she catches her breath by the waterside. A soccer ball flies by and lands in the water, and as she looks out at the river, her hand starts to shake and she’s overcome with a feeling of pain.

It prompts a flashback to a younger So-ah struggling underwater, begging for someone to save her. She cries for her father, and sinks further down.

Ha-baek and Namsuri return to their floaty house, glum because the contest refused to give them their prize, thinking Ha-baek a pro trying to score an easy buck. Namsuri whines that he’d told Ha-baek to not go all-out with his skills, and that he he’d had those powers, he’d use them for Ha-baek’s sake.

Ha-baek says he was going to win all those prizes for Namsuri’s sake, which makes Namsuri overcome with gratitude. Until Ha-baek adds, “…is not something you expected I would say, is it?” Namsuri slumps down feeling dejected and hungry, and tells Ha-baek to give up on his human servant awakening.

Resort CEO Hu-ye is told there’s some resistance with a piece of land they’re trying to buy, which belongs to a certain Chairman Shin. Hu-ye says he’ll deal with it, and then we finally see his last name displayed on his desk: Hu-ye’s a Shin, too.

Hu-ye’s secretary hears that it’ll take some time to acquire the part to fix his windshield wiper, which makes Hu-ye think of So-ah and how the bill will be quite high.

Sang-yoo deflates to hear the repair amount, and broaches the topic cautiously with So-ah, wondering if he can find a way to lessen the price. So-ah just tells him to stand tall and handle it through insurance. Sang-yoo updates her on a couple of patients, and So-ah heaves a tired sigh—which seems to echo in the room, though she doesn’t see anything there.

Ha-baek complains when Namsuri finally wakes from his nap, and doesn’t want to hear about Namsuri’s weak half-god body that feels tiredness and hunger like humans. He declares that they will be going “home” now, and hands over Sang-yoo’s business card.

On the taxi ride over, Ha-baek observes the driver and states that he wants to take the wheel… which gets them kicked out of the cab, heh.

So-ah hears that the landlord dropped by and wants to raise the deposit, and rushes out to the street to catch him. She comes running around the bend just as Ha-baek steps out of another cab, at the same time that Hu-ye’s car stops at the red light.

An elderly man walks across the long crosswalk and declines multiple offers from pedestrians to help him across the way. So-ah jogs ahead of the man, but then—to the surprise of both Ha-baek and Hu-ye—she pulls out a phone and pretends to read it, slowing her walk to keep apace of the old man. Essentially, she’s shielding him from impatient drivers who start honking when the light changes and he’s still walking. Hu-ye smiles to himself, and his driver notes that she’s suited to her doctor’s gown.

So-ah loses sight of her landlord, and jumps when Ha-baek appears in front of her. Assuming she’s been awakened, he informs her that she won’t have to provide much help while he’s here—merely a house to stay in, food for Namsuri, clothes to wear, and a lot of money.

So-ah pulls Namsuri aside to speak to him as the patient’s guardian, advising him to take Ha-baek to the hospital. When Namsuri says they have nowhere to go, she tells him to try social services, stating that it’s the state’s responsibility to help them, not hers.

As she speaks, a flashback to So-ah’s childhood shows her coming home to see her living room overrun with other children eating at her table and playing with toys. She tosses aside her bag angrily.

Ha-baek asks why she helped that old man across the street if she doesn’t care about helping others, which she tries to deny. He doesn’t believe her, and notes that she’s not being honest.

So-ah tells them not to show up again, threatening to call the police the next time. Ha-baek warns that if she goes now, he’ll abandon her for good. “That’s the best thing I’ve heard,” she says, and leaves.

So-ah gets a call from Sang-yoon, who tells her she needs to sign paperwork for her old patient who’s admitting himself into the hospital. When he pauses, another voice says, “You’re in trouble—do you know who that is?” It wasn’t Sang-yoo, but another voice adds, “You’ll be in agony.” She whirls angrily, thinking it’s Ha-baek, but finds nobody there.

Namsuri sighs that they’ll have to resort to digging up the gold he buried the last time he was here—but when they go to the field where he put it, they find only high-rises. Wah-waaaah.

At a nearby restaurant, a monk digs in to a huge table of food as Ha-baek walks by, and immediately he’s filled with alarm.

Ha-baek glares at the sound of Namsuri’s grumbling stomach, but does finally give in and allow him to buy a few hot cakes (using the bit of cash So-ah had given them). Namsuri outlines their challenges: They need to find a place to stay, and they need to earn money to keep Namsuri fed.

Ha-baek suddenly orders someone to stop following and show himself—he’s talking to the monk from the restaurant, who rises from the shrubbery. The monk recognizes Ha-baek and introduces himself, and Namsuri racks his brains trying to figure out why he looks familiar.

When Ha-baek says he doesn’t know who he is, the monk says, “There’s no reason you shouldn’t know. You can’t not know!”

With that, he launches himself at Ha-baek and plants a kiss square on the lips. Ha-baek throws him off angrily, and the monk crows that he really has lost his powers.

The monk says he’s been waiting for this day: “You’re in big trouble now!” And then he runs off as fast as he can go.

Namsuri recognizes the monk as a god who was forced to leave the Water Kingdom because of Ha-baek and another water god, Mura. Namsuri worries about the consequences of receiving the god’s kiss.

In an underground parking lot, a car screeches to a stop just in front of Hu-ye, and a young woman steps out sniping at Hu-ye for coming here to mooch some more. Hu-ye just ignores her, turning instead to the older man who steps out: Chairman Shin, who warmly greets Hu-ye as nephew. The snippy woman is the chairman’s granddaughter, SHIN JAYA (Bae Nuri), who snaps that Hu-ye isn’t family just because he’s in the family registry.

It’s Jaya who seems to be the money-sucking leech here, and she whines for her grandpa to give her an entertainment company so she can pursue being a star. Grandpa refuses, leaving her pouting.

Inside the elevator with Hu-ye, Chairman Shin sighs that he spent a lot of money sending Jaya to medical school. He seems a Scroogey type of miser, and happily picks up a coin from the floor. Chairman Shin asks about Hu-ye’s plan to build a new resort and cuts to the chase: How much will he make from the deal?

So-ah tries to make her case to her landlord’s agent, asking him to talk to his boss about not raising the deposit on the clinic. He relays his boss’s sentiments on the matter: that she should move to another building since she can’t even pay the rent here. So-ah says she’ll talk to the chairman herself, but the agent barks that she can’t.

Hu-ye discusses the plan for his resort, but a knock interrupts their conversation. He sits up in interest when So-ah walks in, and she’s a bit abashed to recognize him before making her case about the increased deposit. Chairman Shin lays out his stance clearly and simply: Pay up or move out.

Left with no recourse, So-ah bows and exits. As she waits for the elevator, she hears Ha-baek’s words from the other night: that she is his person now, and will encounter all sorts of troubles if she doesn’t accept it. She wonders if this kind of trouble is what he meant before shaking aside the thought—and then, a voice rings out, “Please give me water! I’m so thirsty!”

So-ah looks around, confused, and her eyes land on a withering plant. The voice adds, “Give me water! Will you have me dry out and die?” Then she bumps into another woman, and can actually hear her thoughts as the other woman gripes internally at her for blocking her path.

Hu-ye joins her at the elevator and suggests that she try the bank again. She tells him it’s none of his business, asking why he’s such a busybody. He replies that she is as well, reminding her of her actions at the crosswalk.

She’s embarrassed that he saw that and says she was just walking. He notes that she can’t be honest about it, echoing Ha-baek’s words, though he adds that it’s not a criticism. When he mentions the wiper repair, So-ah cuts him off to say she’ll let insurance handle it, and Hu-ye says, “I was going to say you didn’t have to pay it. Is that being a busybody?” So-ah practically kicks herself, but forces herself to agree to pay him back.

So-ah hears that her former patient, Ma Bong-yeol, ran away before being admitted to the psychiatric hospital as planned. Still, she argues that he’s no longer her responsibility and tells Sang-yoo to let the hospital handle the situation.

Ha-baek and Namsuri ride the subway, and when a stomach grumbles, this time it seems to come from Ha-baek. He stares longingly at a child eating a corn dog, though he haughtily denies it and refuses Namsuri’s offer of his remaining hot cake.

Namsuri wonders at the monk being here in the human realm, after challenging Ha-baek to a duel. He’d quaked in fear and dropped his sword, which struck a tree, and a fragment had marked Ha-baek’s face. Mura threatened to kill him, and he’d run away, apparently to the human world. Namsuri wonders why the monk instigated the duel in the first place, but Ha-baek just says he was nuts.

Ha-baek catches a glimpse of his neighbor’s phone screen and his eyes widen. He can only see the back of a woman’s head in the video, but he wonders, “Mura?”

He follows the woman off the subway at the next stop, and Namsuri notices too late to join him. The subway train departs with Namsuri still in it, leaving Ha-baek stranded alone on the platform.

He looks up across the way at the opposite side, where So-ah’s patient, Bong-yeol, is standing. The two men lock eyes, and the patient sees the air rippling in between them, like water.

It’s not long before Bong-yeol posts of the encounter to his SNS account, and Sang-yoo calls So-ah to tell her that the patient is talking about having run into a god on the subway platform. So-ah just sighs that she’s the one who’d like to meet a god right now.

Ha-baek returns to his floaty house, accompanied by Bong-yeol, who buys him an array of food. Ha-baek does his best to keep his nose in the air and ignore the food, although the craving grows stronger and becomes increasingly difficult for him to resist.

Bong-yeol snaps a selfie with Ha-baek in the background, saying that people will believe him now that he has proof, and uploads it to his Instagram. He chatters on about another believer friend whom he calls TF1004 and apologizes for not having met Obama yet. Ha-baek asks blankly, “Who’s Obama?”

So-ah arrives at the subway platform just as Sang-yoo informs her of a new Instagram post. He sends it to her, adding that this patient attempted suicide the last time he was in a mental hospital. That news makes her take this situation more seriously, but she still insists that they leave it to the others.

Exhausted, she slumps onto a bench and asks aloud, “Why is everyone being like this to me? I won’t live like that.”

She takes a reluctant look at the Instagram post—and recognizes Ha-baek in the background. Sang-yoo texts her the location of the picture, probably knowing she’ll end up going despite all the protests.

Bong-yeol is shocked that Ha-baek has no idea who Obama is, and starts rattling off facts about his life and career. Ha-baek says dismissively that none of that makes any sense to him, and that the only thing he can say with certainty is that this Obama person isn’t going to save the world.

So-ah spots them and hides her face behind a newspaper, while a stunned Bong-yeol asks who will save the world if not Obama. Ha-baek says he doesn’t care about human matters, and when Bong-yeol mentions TF1004, Ha-baek states, “He’s a fake.”

That crushes Bong-yeol, who yells that he’s lying. Ha-baek stares him in the eye and states his own list of credentials as water god, emperor of the divine realm, yada yada, and says, “One person can ruin the world, but one person can’t save it. And so, that is not something Obama can do. So do your work properly, instead of wandering around like this.”

So-ah worries that Ha-baek is handling this badly, and Bong-yeol yells in frustration that he can’t do anything no matter how hard he tries, and that he can’t live like this.

So-ah calls out to the patient and urges him to talk to her, promising to listen to what he really wants to say—that he wanted to show his father, and that’s why he’s been trying to meet Obama. Bong-yeol screams that he already tried to talk to her, but she ignored him.

While this dramatic scene plays out, Ha-baek turns away in disinterest, fixated on the chicken leg he swears he doesn’t need, though he’s equally reluctant to throw it away.

Bong-yeol refuses to let So-ah near, and tells himself that he’ll just talk to TF1004, the only person who listens to him. He starts walking toward the water, and So-ah’s legs freeze, unable to get any closer. It’s her trauma, triggered, and she whispers, “Dad?”

So-ah tells Ha-baek to grab the patient, but he tells her to do it herself. Unable to move, So-ah tries to appeal to him with words, but he accuses her of pretending to listen to him while never intending to save him at all. She denies it, but the sight of the water makes her shrink back, and Ha-baek notices her breathing growing ragged.

Flashback to 14 years ago. So-ah’s in high school uniform as she stands on the bridge, trying to call her father, who won’t pick up the phone. Ah, it’s her phone we saw lying on the bottom of the riverbed. She breaks down crying, then says, “I’ll make you regret it for the rest of your life.”

So-ah flings her cell phone into the water, then gets up onto the railing of the bridge. She hits the water and sinks down into its depths, but as she looks up toward the surface, she thinks, “Save me.”

She starts to kick and swim upward, but she doesn’t gain any ground and her cries grow more desperate as she sobs for her father. Her limbs go slack.

“I regretted it,” So-ah says now. “It was cold, and dark, and scary, and nobody was there.”

But somehow, teenage So-ah makes it to the riverbank and pulls herself up out of the water.

Bong-yeol says that he’s going to die, accusing her of not believing that he’ll do it. He jumps into the river and immediately starts flailing, and So-ah drops her phone in her panic, feeling helpless. She prays for someone to save him, thinking of her father again, and tries to force herself closer to water’s edge.

Bong-yeol sinks deeper into the water, and his body eventually goes limp. Ha-baek watches as So-ah forces herself to run toward the river—and then grabs her as she runs past, calling her rash and complaining of how noisy she’s being.

He solemnly entrusts his chicken drumstick to her, then dives in. The fear overcomes her and So-ah sinks to the ground, begging for him to come back. She breaks down into a mess of guilt and fear, huddled low.

Moments later, Ha-baek reappears to remind her she’s being noisy. He’s dripping wet, with Bong-yeol sprawled out on the grass nearby. So-ah hurries to perform CPR on him, starting with chest compressions and moving on to mouth-to-mouth. Just before she makes contact, Bong-yeol sputters and wakes, insisting he’s saving his lips for TF1004. HA.

So-ah hugs her patient, apologizing and thanking him. Ha-baek is pretty nonchalant about the whole thing, until he spots his precious drumstick lying in the dirt, and then he screams at her, “I told you to take care of this! I’m not saying I’m going to eat it. Our Namsuri is hungry!” Hee!

Ha-baek looks uneasy when So-ah starts to approach, and backs up nervously as she gets close. But then she grabs him around the waist and holds on tight, thanking him too. It throws him for a loop, and as he stands there stunned, the high priest’s voice says, “Fate… is fate.”

 
EPILOGUE

In the Water Kingdom, the high priest’s disciple asks him what he means by fate. He says in annoyance that he won’t tell her, but she keeps pestering for an answer. He says firmly, “It is a secret of nature.”

 
COMMENTS

Okay, we’re settling into this world and this drama, so I feel like I have a better idea of what it’s going for. It’s not a perfect execution, but I do enjoy the setup and like that the mystical element is complex enough to give us a lot of direction in the plot. I’m not necessarily watching this for Ha-baek’s quest to find the other gods and the stones, but because there are a number of rules and steps laid out for us from the start, I feel like there’s less chance of the plot stagnating in one place when we can move on to the next part of the journey.

I’m liking the setup of this fantasy world, and in that regard I’m actually glad I haven’t read the original manhwa. I get the sense that the original is more complex in mythos with a lot more character development, and it’s always a challenge to translate something so richly drawn in fantasy to a drama format, with its constraints on time and budget and scope. I have little complaints with this world and premise, but I also see how it’s such a deviation from the source material that the connection becomes puzzling. I appreciate how that can be a source of disappointment, independent of the drama’s merits, because I find myself wondering what on earth the producers of My Sassy Girl were thinking in invoking the original when they could have just made it its independent show.

But perhaps I also place an undue amount of faith in this show’s writer and director, whose works I have absolutely loved and found innovative and creative in the past. This writer wrote Misaeng and Arang and the Magistrate, so I have perhaps more faith than I would otherwise that she will tell an interesting story with clever plot elements. The PD did Nine and Queen In-hyun’s Man, which were both fresh and sharply directed, so I’m really hoping they show their pedigree here.

Mostly, right now I’m riding a lot on the Ha-baek comedy line, and found today particularly funny with all the juxtapositions between his very serious reactions to very silly events. Even though the suicide patient isn’t anything to laugh at, I thought the show balanced the moment successfully, treating his and So-ah’s anguish as real while also working in some drumstick hijinks in the background (and sometimes foreground). The god’s fixation on a mundane piece of life is a tried-and-true device for the simple reason that it’s hilarious and it works—the Goblin had his artwork, time-traveling Hyun-jae has his smartphone, and now the water god has his precious drumstick.

Had Nam Joo-hyuk been going for genuine gravitas, I would have found him horribly miscast here, but as essentially comic relief, I’m fine going with it. I hope he’ll be able to carry the emotional storylines once the mood grows more serious, but I sort of see So-ah as the straight man here. She’s not necessarily the most winsome character, admittedly, though I can appreciate what they’re doing with her character—it’s sort of the more traditional tsundere treatment that a hero gets, in that she seems cold and unfeeling but betrays glimpses of a tender heart underneath. I suspect it’s a defense mechanism wrought by her trauma, and while I sort of wish I cared more about what happened with her father, I see potential in her arc. Maybe she’s in need of humanizing as much as Ha-baek is, and they can walk that path together. Preferably with lots of chicken legs.

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I am loving it!!!

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Me too! For no good reason, it makes me giggle a lot.

There is only one thing messing with my enjoyment of this show and it is that Shin Se Kyung is definitely not underwater in her underwater scenes. Her hair is being blown by some sort of fan. Every single underwater scene I am transfixed by her alien, not-in-the-water hair.

Other than that I like it!

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That chicken leg, though...every time they panned back and Habaek was still holding onto it I absolutely died laughing!!!
I know a lot of people have had reservations about NJH playing this role, but I honestly think he's killing it, and his comedic timing has been spot-on so far. I do think the pacing of the drama occasionally has minor missteps, but as someone who hasn't read the source material I've so far been able to fully enter into the conceit of the world and just enjoy the heck out of it!! As long as it continues to make me laugh this hard I'm in it for the long haul.

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That is also what I am waiting for. Ha.

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It reminded me of Man to man, and the road walk was similar to the one in Weightlifting fairy Kim Bok Ju I think was it. Still, I liked those scenes here. :)

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Have you seen Nam Joo-hyuk's abs? The poor boy is probably crying on the inside because he can't eat that chicken leg.

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I know
The guy is totally rocking the role
Neitizens would always hate. I almost didn't watch the show because of that *frown
I hope they get to eat their words

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I am so entertained. This show is my new crack. I think NJH is a comedic genius. I have nothing riding on it; I'm not his massive fan from previous work. I just think he's hitting the over the top god out of water humor out of the park.

That chicken leg, tho ?

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I think he's doing great! Same as you, not any sort of fangirl, but I think it's probably pretty difficult to strike the right balance in this role and doing it right.

He's not too slapsticky, not too charming, not too rude, not too fish-out-of-water. He actually reminds me a little of Kim Boong Do from Queen In Hyun's Man - he watches and absorbs everything, so when he tries to fit in he gets it at least half right (though the other half might be wildly wrong).

More than anything he comes across as a too-rich-for-his-own-good sheltered chaebol crossed with a mental patient. And since that's exactly what he's taken for, it works out pretty well.

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Yes..since the PD is also QIHM's PD, BOTWG has that QIHM's vibes which I loved. Habaek's acts of absorbing the modern human knicks and knacks is fun to watch.

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I think going into this show without any knowledge of the manhwa was a very good thing. I am enjoying this show and found myself giggling at various points in both ep 1 and 2. Beautifully shot and filled with some gorgeous people. Acting can be improved here and there, but I didn't find myself being pulled out of the show due to the acting. I think it's Goblin-esque feel works against it because we all instinctively try to compare Ha-baek to Shin and thats just two different leagues. Nam Joo-hyuk is early in his career and still has a ways to go to be compared to God Yoo... ahem... I mean Gong Yoo. Nevertheless it doesn't keep me from enjoying the show.

Shin Se-kyung gets a lot of hate too. But she is not bad. I am quite liking her here. Hey guys let's count our blessings that it's not Jin Se-yeon!!!

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Yup, Gong Yoo is a beast in the field of eye-acting (like DAMN! SON) so we can't compare it, but while I always notice great acting, I'm generally not bothered by "mediocre" or "sub-par" performances, unless it becomes very distracting and detrimental to the show as a whole... cough... the aforementioned Jin Se-Yeon...

As you've implied, in the mind of audiences it's difficult to pry the image of Goblin from this adaption. I'd been aware of Bride of the Water God since the announcement of 2014, consequently read the manga (halfway. so, 150 chapters). So, I went in with all these preconceptions but still had the same reaction to the first 2 eps as you. Hence, I find the backlash it received before it even premiered in excess. Compared to the manhwa, compared to Goblin, yayaya...

I don't hope for this to be great and legendary. I just want it to be entertaining, to touch my heart, if only a little. And that's fine, because I've passed on more brilliant dramas for rubbish shows. Not that this is bad. TL;DR: Take this show with a light heart and, if you have it in you, enjoy!

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lol that kiss with monk haha!!

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If you read the book first, you'll almost always be disappointed. But since I didn't, I'm pleasantly surprised.

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I think Nam Joo Hyuk plays his role very well..
Really enjoyed it.

He is increased a lot in his acting

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This idiot is like the worst actor on TV. How is anyone being entertained by this garbage.

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Because it's entertaining! And I think he's doing pretty well, actually.

There are many, many who are far worse at acting, and Suzy they get Suzy cast pretty Suzy often for no good Suzy Suzy reaSuzyson.

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I dozed off and then fell to a deep sleep watching this episode. Acting did not help either. dropping.

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Idiot? I fucking can't even. You don't like him, fine. But my god please learn to be more civilized when writing comments online. Please.

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Oh man, the acting. *sighs* They're not terrible terrible, but they're also making me keep their characters at arm's length. I really, really want to like them, so I hope the future episodes will give me that genuine connection I want.

Also, thank goodness for Im Joo-hwan, who's the only one I like atm, and Gong Myung, who is sure to liven things up next week.

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I actually think the acting here is a far cry from not being bad. The other characters have me much more engaged than Ha-baek at the moment, but hopefully when Ha-baek becomes acclimatized, everything will move more smoothly.

I'm also liking Im Joo-hwan as well.

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The actor and actress doing well, but why people keep hating them?

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Yeah, I don't understand either. I hope the disappointed ones will drop the drama soon so they leave the recap threads to those who are enjoying it. :) Right now it's a bit confusing to read all the comments together, such an strange mix of love-hate...

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I actually enjoy reading the different opinions from beanies - both the love and the hate. Its very interesting hearing from different perspectives :)
If the comment section were to be filled with praise only and no discussions, I would probably just skip over it! HAHA!

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I agree with you but you can see here several comments that are really aggressive and implying that there is something wrong with the ones that enjoy the drama. It is not usual that a drama here gets that heated negative comments and I wonder what the poor NJH, SSK or the happy viewers have done to deserve it... Anyway I'm ok with any negative reviews as long as they stay respectful to the ones that don't share their opinion.

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I have to say that I've read the comments sections for both of these episodes and when negative comments are made no one has "implied" that something is wrong with the people who like the show. It seems only people who cannot take having someone disagree with them feel that way.

And don't worry, after the next week or two, people who don't like the show will stop commenting because they won't be "wasting" their time on it and the love-fest will be uninterrupted.

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To be honest I haven't seen many comments being aggressive or implying that there is something wrong with viewers enjoying the show but that may be because I only skimmed through the comment section. From what I've seen, most negative comments are about poor acting and pacing and general comments about the show/characters not growing on them yet - which is understandable as we all have different preferences - and maybe a couple of trolls.
So far, I have similar sentiments to some of the criticism so I can see where they're coming from (although my 'hatred' may not be as strong as theirs and I am still enjoying the show despite its flaws). Although I think it's fine to dislike a show and comment about it, it would be nice if they commented more than 'NJH/SSK's acting sucks' or downvoting any viewer praising the show.
On another note, although it's happening on a smaller scale due to being the minority, I found that some viewers who posted their criticism also faced backlash. Many are also restraining themselves from commenting their negative opinions due to these downvoting options.
It would be nice if we could just say 'I agree' or 'I disagree' and discuss like what we're doing right now xD
#DBisaplaceforhealthydiscussions! #sorryifIwentofftopic

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Shin Se Kyung did some roles that did not suit her well (such as in When A Man Loves) and left people with a really bad opinion of her. However, it turned out that she was actually extremely good at cute/bubbly comedy, such as in Sensory Couple. But there are probably still people with a bad opinion of her from that.

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I totally agree with you. Isnt it sad that some people kept bashing on her because of her past role some 4 years ago? To be honest, the character she played in when a man loves a woman was such a bad choice for any young actress. Both arrogant and unloving. That's why she garnered so much hate afterwards.......poor her. Se Kyung is just trying to do her work well.........

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They just hate for the sake of hating. People just see what they want to see anyway. Seems like they don't want to see the improvement or anything and just want to throw the hate around. In my case, I always failed to identify bad acting *by usual standards* and only sensitive to the terrible ones. And I think they're doing fine in this drama.

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Your comment about bad acting is me. Often when people are going crazy about acting issues, I'm thinking "seemed fine to me". Like you, unless it is really horrible, I find I can let it go. The writing though, I'm much more picky about. I guess everyone has their thing so it's all good.

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I've always wondered what "good" acting is supposed to be. Like how do you want them to act?

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This is a difficult question even for someone who's watched Asian dramas for half her life. There's no "set" way I want them to act, but the gold standard (for me) is if I see the actor on screen and think "oh it's Actor X playing Character A" then I am not fully convinced by their acting. A good actor should make me forget who he/she is in real life, and believe they are that character with all of its accompanying complicated layers. Not everyone is at that level, so if I feel some sort of emotional connection from their performance then I'm fairly satisfied.

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Good point. In SFD, Bangwon has always been Bangwon to me, not Yoo Ahin. That's just a testament of how good he is. If that's the case (of course not for everyone), then it would be unfair to expect such a thing from NJH. Also, not a lot of actors can do that. Thank you for your response though. It was very helpful.

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I agree with Kyokik, I think downvoting has such bad connotations outside of dramabeans, that maybe its just best to disagree with words and a proper, respectful arguent. This would of course apply to anyone who does or does not like the show

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I don't know why the rating is low, the drama is good and i think the acting is good too..

I think korean people should watch it with their brain without hear what others people said.

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The ratings are actually pretty good. For a cable show to debut at 3.5-4% is nothing to sneeze at. Granted, these aren't Goblin or Answer Me ratings, but very few shows are.

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For people who critized Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung it looks like they can acting like them. But the netizen just can comment it in the Naver without looking at their skills. They should appreciate them and make a good review if its really good.

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Fun and all but I was itching to get a move on plot-wise. Joohyuk hit those comedic timing quite well.

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I'm especially entertained by Habaek's comedic moments. Looking forward to Gong Myung and Krystal's appearance next week!

On a side note, while the main leads' acting aren't spectacular, I have no problems with it. While I respect others' opinions, I don't see why so many people are bashing on their acting.

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I was very skeptical and braced myself for the worse regarding the acting of the main leads, but they turned out to be okay. I agree that they are nowhere near spectacular, but they are also not downright awful. At least not yet.

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I find myself having the opposite experience. I'm not really swayed by Ha-baek's fish out of water skit, and I find our female lead more compelling. Shin Se-kyung is doing a great job. I actually like her character more than Nam Joo-hyuk's at the moment.

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I think I understand what you mean. Actually, I believe it's probably tied to the characterisation of the leads for these first two episodes. Habaek is currently the main source of comedy, with very little shown of his personal history, while Soah is more of a tragic/unfortunate character. So, she definitely comes across as more vulnerable. Writer's intent, I'm guessing.

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I am hooked on this drama despite the somewhat awkward acting from the leads. I loved NJH in WFKBJ but I do notice that he is not yet turning on the charms as Habaek in this drama. That being said, NJH's Habaek is still adorable in certain scenes (with the drumstick) and I am hoping that he will improve once the story moves along to the more sentimental or rom-com parts. So far the god-out-of-the-water hijinks are still much hilarious and enjoyable!

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I've watched the first 15 min of the 1st episode and I still can't forget NJH as the puppy that he is in WFKBJ. I also did not warm up to that show immediately so I'll probably wait until episode 5 to watch this again.

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I went back and watched WFKBJ's 16 episodes again... (I just couldn't stop myself) and I'm still pleasantly surprised at how good he was in the last drama. Perhaps he is more suitable for a character that's closer to his real personality?

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So far I'm enjoying the drama, it's pretty hilarious and it has its small emotional beats like the walking scene with the grandpa. I don't think NJH is as horrible as some people are saying but at the same time he hasn't really had to emote much yet so only time will tell.

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Me: actively avoids romance dramas

Also me: spends the whole episode giggling

I'm honestly shocked at how much I like this show. It is such a nice breather from all the heavy dramas (Duel, FOS, Lookout) I'm watching

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I enjoyed ep 2 a lot more than ep 1 and it's improving my impression of the show overall. I'm glad they were about to integrate the humor more naturally in this episode. Yes NJH's acting is awkward but I am willing to accept the awkwardness as part of Habaek's awkward and stoic character. However, I hope that as the story progresses the leads can properly generate chemistry with each other.

I'm looking forward to Gong Myung and Krystal's performances next episode and fingers crossed the pace picks up once they're introduced! :D

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I actually think I enjoyed it a little less than last episode, I still liked it just got a bit too meta about the road crossing and the chicken leg - like wait a minute....I have seen something like that already >.> but that's the case quite often in kdrama ? so who am I to complain about it.

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This is probably the one of the most cinematic Korean dramas I've ever watched so far (aside from Goblin, Descendants of the Sun, Queen in Hyun's man) . I'd say even the first two episodes had done a great job to entice us to the show. Hope the following episodes maintains the excitement!

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I knew I was done for when I was replaying scenes at the 4 minute mark. Her imagination of Habaek blinking while he kissed her killed me. That smirk!

The humour is my cup of tea. I laughed way too hard when So-ah said she's the one who needs to meet a god right now and the taxi driver played a religious song. lol. And the drumstick! It's always hilariously satisfying when a god like him gets dragged down so low and he realizes how arrogant he really is. I'm excited to see the other gods, who are completely adjusted to the human world, interact with clueless Habaek.

I never paid attention to the names but Im Joohwan's character is called Shin Hu-ye which translates to descendant of god. Not familiar with the manga but is he one of the gods Habaek is looking for?

My drama week is now complete. BOTWG on MT, 7DQ on WTh, and Best Hit on FS. Yay!

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Forgot to say that so far, the epilogues do not make sense to me. Are they meant to be like puzzles we collect and put together for them to make sense?

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I think they're just for gags.

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But this is the Arang writer, there has to be something. Lol. Or I'm just paranoid.

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Remember the old line.... worried-looking king on his throne saying "I know I'm paranoid, but am I paranoid *ENOUGH*?"

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In later eps, usually they'll refer to it. It's a bit of topic that will be referred later on. That was based on my experience watching drama... ^^

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I loved the Christian music interlude! Nice low-key comedy, more please.

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In the original manhwa, the story where Habaek needs to collect all three stones to become an Emperor doesn't exist. Instead, there has been a war in the realm of God between two parties, the Emperor and the God named Shin Nong, who happened to be the Emperor's brother.
Hu-ye is described as Habaek loyal subordinate, and also the Emperor's son.

There was this old premonition that said this war would only ends when Habaek join one of the parties. But Habaek doesn't want to pick a side.

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In the manhwa, Hoo Ye had an important and complex role with conflicting loyalties. I really liked his character. There was no search for guardian gods (or stones) in the original story.

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I'm liking this a lot. The actors, the plot, the comedy and the promise for more action to come. NJH is funny and cute as powerless god, and SSK is believable as the doctor overwhelmed by her problems, I also like them together, they make a good pair. And as Javabeans said, they took their time to lay the principles and rules of this universe and I see a lot of potential for the story...while yesterday ep1 left me a bit cold, today I started warming up to it. My only qualms would be the music and the editing, which sometimes feel off.
All in all, I find it very entertaining and I'm looking forward next episode :)

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Oh my, me likey! ?? Super fun and charming first two episodes. I'm sold! I can't wait for more ... I like Shin Se Kyung since The Girl Who Sees Smells, and Nam Jojo Hyuk is love (period ?). Will have fun watching the show, regardless.

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Agree about Shin Se Kyung & Girl Who Sees Smells.
As for NJH, I'm having fun in my head with the concept of the model who so many Beanies seem to think is so hot, playing a god who thinks he is god's gift to women, or at least that particular woman.
And what's with him and the water connection? He was a swimmer in both School 2015 and Weightlifting Fairy, and now he's a water god -
which I guess means he can swim(?)

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I am liking this drama much more.
Habaek and his drumstick! ??
Can't wait to see Mura and BiRyum.

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That dead fish kiss at the top of the episode was the worst. If I were a fallen god who was trying to 'awaken' someone I would've kissed them like I meant it. :/ I hope kdrama land keeps with the trend of real kisses (FMY/SP/SWDBS) because that thing was a hot mess. HOT. MESS.

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I am not the one who gave you the downvote but I disagree.

You missed the point. The kiss is not supposed to be real/good/hot. Habaek for all his godliness, does not know how to kiss. I see the scene as more of a parody of the typical dead fish kiss and the revolving camera.

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Agree, for him is not supposed to be anything special. Later there was a hint that indeed he felt something when she closed her eyes, and he was trying to dismiss that feeling as unimportant...well, if he is in denial about being hungry, I can't imagine what will happen when he starts having feelings for his servant... it's going to be fun ?

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Agree with you...it's not a real kiss. I am sure Habaek has no clue or experience whatsoever about it or its effect and we can see HE was the one affected by it when he shoved her away. Afterall, he was supposed to learn about human but due to his arrogance, high-almighty, know-all attitude, he skipped the learning part and jumped to the mortal world emptyhanded. Losing his power (or I suspect his power had been taken away from him to 'let him learn the hard way' ) isnt helping either.

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I understand that he really could give a *hit if she felt anything from the kiss. She's just a lowly human. Yet and still he kissed her with the *intent* for her to awaken. What I was commenting on was just that the scene imo lacked impact. He swept her off her feet, she closed her eyes, and for what? A dead fish kiss. It wasn't even funny. Also how am I supposed to believe her reaction to that kiss the next day? She questioned herself like 'why did I close my eyes when he kissed me'. (Which ok maybe I'm missing something here but that usually means "why did I not pull away/why did I like it" thought process.) Yeah girl, why DID you? How am I supposed to believe he felt a spark from that kiss from the flashback? I get what yall are saying about the parody of the dead fish kiss/him not caring about humans enough to learn how to actually kiss/but I'm not buying it. That kiss did not warrant her reaction the day after and for the drama to set up their chemistry on a first kiss like that I dunno I just checked out. Again just my opinion and I completely get what yall are saying.

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I agree with you. It is possible to kiss someone with purpose even if it's not about passion or love. It's crazy to me to think that either are required for a decent kiss. It's not about the romance, it simply doing something right and with purpose. Again this is just a trope that creeps me out.

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Nam Joo Hyuk is running the show! Habaek and his antics keep amazing me! I love how he keeps saying 'you petty humans, nosy humans' lol. :D It just kind of also takes a dig at how us petty humans often get involved in useless conversations, feuds, talks, which isn't benefitting at the end lol.
Also, coming from shows which tend to lose its way in the course of run, like shopping king louis or beautiful gong shim, or even weightlifting fairy ( don't kill me guys :D), these shows mostly run on the promise of pretty and the story isn't full of contents, as shows like this one, which may be because it's adopted from manhwa, has a more compact storyline, and a lot of characters juxtaposed together so the show knows where it's going. Which I love, when I don't have to be scared about the show running out of plots. Sorry for the rant over lol. And I love the English song, is it part of the OST or something already done before? Any idea anyone?

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“You have gained a god’s kiss. You should feel honored.”

She should answered him like this:
"Uhm... Handsome young God, first kiss not so convincing. Kiss me ten more, uh, hundred more times. Make me feel honored."
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Exactly, "make me feel honored." If that kiss was a screwdriver the screw would never be pushed into the slot.

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The kissing scene with the monk made more impact.

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Gghjghjghjghj. I am conflicted. On one hand I looooooove this drama, it's my new crack! On the other hand, I can't get the high priest's ominous declaration that So-Ah will die out of my head. Why can't we have it alllllllll? But then again, maybe she will die to be reborn as a goddess? I don't know. She did say her dream is to leave Seoul and move to some tropical paradise right? Well what would be as much of a paradise like the realm of the gods?

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It's the typical dilemma of immortal being - human love story. Either the immortal being becomes mortal, the human becomes immortal or they just enjoy the time they have together, no matter how much that is in the end. So there is a chance I think that she might live on somehow after dying. :)

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Darn it. This is Arang all over again! I wish they both survive.

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Seems like db commenters have a soft spot for Nam Joo Hyuk thanks to WFKBJ. His acting is awful and absolutely not lead worthy. The denial and good talking here is weird to see. Normally it's very high standards for acting.

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I'm not the one who downvote this comment but I gotta disagree to your statement. I've watched his previous dramas: cheese in the trap, school 2015, scarlet heart ryeo and wfkbj. I love his acting, and after ep 2, more people could see that his acting is worthy and people are starting to accept him as Ha Baek.

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I'm not normally much of a judge of acting, but it's especially hard here when the male lead is supposed to be a pretty clueless idiot. I mean, you could cast a pretty clueless idiot and get away with it.

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I guess the real challenge is when Ha Baek finally gets a full grasp of the real deal in Earth and humans and finally be serious about it. It's only 2 episodes, and I think it's too quick to judge his acting skills when the character hasn't even developed much. Nevertheless, I still have faith in him.

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I am loving this..NJH is perfect for the role as Habaek..

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I find Nam Joo-hyuk's presence to be lacking, but I'm hoping we'll get there eventually. I can see Shin Se-kyung's efforts to emote, but I'm finding it difficult to be emotionally connected. I have high hopes for this show, regardless, as I know that, given the past works of the PD-writer team behind it, this show is in good hands.

I'm itching to meet Krystal and Gong Myung, though. Looking forward to next week's episodes!

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I just can't symphatize with the characters. For me, the female lead is such a drama queen, like girl, Habaek jumped to the water because he's gonna save your drowning patient so why the drama? Didn't you want him to save the guy in the first place because you can't?

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HAHA I actually found that scene a little ridiculous too. He dived in to save the patient (super gracefully too!), so he should be pretty capable in terms of swimming ability
....but after thinking about it for a while, I'm just going to associate it with her trauma/fear and inability to think straight in her panicking condition xD

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She made it work for me I think, like I was also thinking that she can stop crying cause he will be fine -he water god after all ^^' but I still could empathize with her extreme fear. She has a very strong phobia it looks like, I think it makes sense then that she would be senseless in that moment and forgets to think logically. However, I wish that scene would have been a bit shorter.

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After thinking about it one more time, its probably because she thought Habaek is mentally ill as well like her first patient. So I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. But then yes, probably they could have shortened that part a bit without her crying for about a minute.

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after SFD i was going to be just a silent observer but really i have to reply since no one else seem to explain this OBVIOUS scene.
this is what is called script manipulation
HB see SA staggering and panicking, and needs an excuse to help her, since the writer doesnt want HB to admit to himself that he has any other feelings for SA.
therefor he uses NOISY as an excuse, and tells SA that the only reason he will help is bc them being noisy humans.
now if SA was to be quite while HB is jumping into the water his reasons to help disappear so he will
1. drop the drowning man back to the water and tell SA to rescue him herself, like he told her a few minutes bf. or
2. continue to rescue the ma and therefor have to admit to his true feelings and reasons for helping SA
which like i said the writer doesnt want that to happen just yet.
so not only SA need to be noisy she also covers her face her hides it so she wouldnt see HB when he comes out so HB will have a reason to tell her she can STOP being noisy.
i really dont understand why is understanding script is so hard for ppl here. sorry if i sound insulting but it is not the first or even third time that i encounter lack of basic understanding of script writing

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Agreed. To add, Im Joo Hwan is the only actor resonating with me so far. I remain hopeful for the other leads though, and am particularly looking forward to Gong Myung.

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how much javabeans? the fast recapping is unusual, the ratings started to decrease even on a rainy weather in korea (where most people are at home and should be watching)
the plot is a mess! its ridiculous, the humor is dry and the acting from main leads are terrible.. especially from SSK who is a child actress! she's like a rookie with that poor acting, actually some rookies are better than her

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lol are you insinuating that javabeans is getting paid to praise this show because he/she likes something you dislike? learn that different people have different tastes.

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To be fair, found Se Kyung's performance not bad all. Quite convincing throughout with her solid acting. People seems to be too harsh n demanding on her as I found her other recent work, Six Flying Dragons, was soooooo good that she even made me cry so many times. I especially like her scene when she slapped Yoo Ah In him on his face telling him how destitute her villagers were after taxation, superb performance ever. Poor girl, always got the blame for everything despite apparent improvement over these past years.

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I'm hooked, haha!! It's an interesting mix of comedy with some heart-stirring moments, I found myself wishing that she would adopt Habaek already and bring him home; he needs some good guidance and she needs company (and hopefully he will start caring for her soon), this girl is so alone in the world. Anyway, I really liked this episode and can't wait for next week. It's going to be exciting when the other gods appear.
The only thing I'm concerned about is to have a final tragic twist, I hope it does not happen and she is saved by Habaek so they can have a happy ending. :)

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I guess drama is subjective not objective tho..why we,who liked this drama need to have same opinion as yours?.i like this drama despite it flaws(and thanks god im not read the manhwa).acting is fine.storyline have a content that interesting me although now it still building up the character and the world so maybe a lil bit slow in term of pace.editing need a better work..Cinemathography and Color palette in this drama are gorgeous.and The HUMOR gosh So DAMM FUNNY..the lead have a good comedy timing Lol.I guess hater that really hateeeee this drama need to chill tho..

And i guess after I said positive things about this drama i'll get downvote again :v but that's okay we have a divided opinion :D
anyway thanks for the Fast recap,Javabeans xD

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well. taste is subjective. BUT the obvious is quality is not subjective. you can like a bad drama and hate a good drama. there is nothing wrong

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Yea I agree, I went into this lighthearted and I enjoy watching this drama so far dispite some flaws. I haven't read the manga so I had a bit difficulty riding along the story but dispite that I really enjoy the comedy aspect of the story. (That chicken scene tho LOL sorry I'm kinda having WLFKBJ flashback with that sausage haha) The acting part seem perfectly fine to me I personally think the awkwardness is part of how the characters are written so I don't really know why so many dislike and hate for this drama(btw I seen both NJH and SSK pass work and both are amazing actors thought they do have their weak points at time but I never consider them as bad because they both had always done their job to deliver their characters portrayal well on screen base on how it was written by the writer)...but everyone does have their own perfences on what they like and dislike. And it's only episode 1 and 2 so far I don't know why so many people are expecting so much from the first 2 episode...so of course many wouldn't be able to connect well with the characters in the beginning duhhhh...

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An advice.
When Moonlovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo was airing and got recapped by DB, it was not so favourable by the team. I, on the other hand, loved it to bits so it was quite hurtful. The same time, Moonlight was also aired and got praised and loved by DB. But never in my mind to ever think DB was paid to favour Moonlight over MLSHR. It was a matter of preference. If you think Botwg is so bad, why bother to watch, read recap and spread the negativity? Frankly it is hurtful for fans like me. There are a lot of other dramas airing atm and i am sure one or two will suit your taste so pls be respectful for us who just want to enjoy the show no matter how bad and stupid it is in your opinion.

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Very sorry please disreguard that downvote I meant to click "REPLY" I so agree with you I shared similar feelings about SHR and ML but I agree it is down to personal taste and I also suspect there is a fair degree of overlap when it comes to the views of individual DB reviewers. In a perfect world there would not be any adverse comment of individual actors perceived failings... but it isn't a perfect world. I am more and more realizing that my personal taste,for drama leans towards Jdrama rather than kdrama as a post which I would like to quote from Aisanwiki in response to comments about "MyTomorrow, Your Yesterday" which is a 'love story' with a unique plot. The quote is :- "J-Movies are great and they don't spoon feed their viewers. This movie is so overlooked and underrated. Please stop comparing it to anything Korean. Japan make their own stuff. Korean movies and dramas are often remakes or based from mangas." I don't know if that is stricktly accurate, I suspect not but I do feel all the conventions Kdrama saguks appear to have sometimes work against it.

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well, if you don't agree with their opinion, you can share your opinion why it's not as bad as they stated and share your opinion a positive review about your fav show. i do it all the time, though at times i lost my control lol. there is alot of an actually for me a decent show which get alot of hate in DB lol

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I am enjoying it so far, but ahhhh i can't help watching Nam Joo Hyuk and imagining what it would have been like seeing Lee Soo Hyuk in his role... oh, what could have been...

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I know!! Im actually enjoying Nam Joohyuk, but Lee Soo Hyuk....it would have been so amazing to him. What could have been lol.

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I started "Scholar Who Walks the Night" earlier this year and haven't finished due to the onslaught of good dramas, but I will see you Lee Soo-Hyuk and his silky, smooth, slow jam voice with Lee Joon-Gi and those eyes. Either way you can't lose - LSH during the fountain monologue with that voice or LJG starting at you intently with that piercing gaze!!!!!

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I think I am on board this one as long as it continues to be funny. Ha-baek commanding worship and reverence is the best thing, his lines are so meme worthy.

I was bracing myself for bad acting but I don't see what is all the negativity about after watching these 2 eps. I still prefer Nam Joo Hyuk in WFKBJ but he's doing fine and so is Shin Se Kyung.

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Haha I already save some memes from this drama though it's only 2 episodes. His lines are indeed funny and meaningful sometimes.

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Better then goblin!

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DELUSIONAL hahahahahahahaha

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I don't understand the down votes in this thread. So far, I think this drama is fun, entertaining and slightly wacky. But, a little slow, like I don't understand the flow. Some scenes seems to linger too long like the skateboarding scenes. I hope we get to know why so ah heard all those voices in the next week's episodes. I am wondering why 2017 was added to the drama's title? To differentiate it from the source manhwa's title?

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Thank you @javabeans for your recap!

Loving the drumstick hijinks! I am enjoying the setup so far and anticipating what they are planning to do with the plot. I am still hoping for a romantic comedy rather than the melodrama of the original.

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Thank you for the recap!

I was going to stop watching after watching the second ep, but...

since the writer is the writer who wrote Arang, I will tune in for another two weeks. I think that is proper, giving that I felt Arang had slow start as well, but managed to hook me mercilessly after several eps (and ended with a sweet tone).

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I love both Arang and Misaeng but it is true that both those dramas took a certain # of episodes to really get into. At least this was true for me. I think it is because this writer does spend time trying to put in a foundation & build the characters for the rest of her story. This definitely is more lighthearted than her previous dramas so far. I absolutely loved the end of Arang so I'm hoping she can figure out how to get the gal out of the mess she's no doubt entering into.

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Agreed. I also love Arang and Misaeng so I'm putting my hopes up for this drama.

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If I had not watched as many k-dramas as I have, I would have been really frustrated with this drama and might have tuned out. K-dramas like this tend to have comedic moments mixed in with mostly normal/serious stuff and it can get jarring. That kind of juxtaposition might be the reason why I'm not fully loving Ha-baek yet. That aside, I really liked this episode today, much more than the first. I've never seen Shin Se-kyung before. I think she's pulling of her role quite well. I'm also really loving her interactions with Hoo Ye. Hoping for the best with this drama.

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I also thought her actions with Hoo Ye were quite refreshing as well! They have a lot of chemistry already and, if this drama were not already set with the fantasy stuff, they would make a nice drama just with them haha.

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I was laughing hysterically during the drowning scene 'coz it feels like a chicken commercial.

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The plot is moving at a snail pace that I'm thinking of dropping this drama altogether if not for the eyecandy. There is a huge flaw in editing since there are scenes they could do shorten or even do without. I'm itching to know more about the realm of the gods instead I was given a messy storyline. Hope it gets better since I really like NJH and I think he has great chemistry with SSK but if we are given a weak storytelling like this..I don't know. The manhwa's storyline is definitely far superior. I'm disappointed that they only took the name and not the regal air of the gods.

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I like ep 2 much more than ep 1! More funny points. Sori propping her eyes open at recalling the kiss is quite funny. I laughed a little too when Sori was woken by the alarm clock. Her sentiments reflected what i was feeling for her nurse in ep 1, ha. The mighty god who starts feeling hunger and fixated over hotdog and drumstick is funny too.
The plot can pick up more though, its so slow burn. Think the show will be much funnier if the other gods are out too instead of just ha baek and his thought to be awakened servant which can get old pretty fast.

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I'm having a good feeling about Krystal's acting based on the preview. Hope she doesn't disappoint.

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The water figure didn't look like SoAh to me. Maybe I'm wrong.
Anyways I'm totally invested for Habaek now. Seems like I needed a fantasy drama to relieve my study stress. Now the wait for next week begins. Gaja...

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I agree with you on your first point; I don't think the water figure is Soah.

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I'm still on the fence about it. I don't love it yet, but I don't hate it either. I think the actors are doing a good job - no hate there either. I do think it's a plus that I haven't seen the source material because I feel like those fans are always disappointed by the drama adaptations.

I think I'm just ready for the story to gear up. I feel like there hasn't been much plot movement yet, and that is the main issue that hasn't hooked me completely yet. They've introduced a lot of elements, but right now they seem really random to me and haven't "gelled" into a cohesive story for me yet. I'm not giving up on it this early, though. I'm hoping to see a lot of improvement next week and go from there.

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True, a lot of introduction right now. Not much actual plot happening in this episode. What I don't like so far in this show is that they explain a lot by just explaining it out loud. Like in the beginning scene as well. But showing rather than telling would have been to costly and time intensive in this case so I am okay with right now. I made me continue to want to watch it and i did enjoy myself while watching so that's enough for me at the moment. :)

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Please don't read the manhwa as you're watching this since the difference is like day and night. The manhwa was a melodrama while this drama is leaning towards a rom-com. They only adapted the names and the power of the gods but everything else is different. Even the gods' realm is portrayed like a Persian/Middle-east kingdom rather than a Korean/Northeast one.

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Even if people keep hating this drama, I still enjoy it so far. I don't really think NJH facial expressions really annoying.

It's not guaranteed that I'll following this drama till the end, but so far the comedy is sold I love it.....

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Is it weird that I kinda like the show? I found both main characters are servicable (not great, but not worst either) and I hope they would be more comfortable in their characters and improve in upcoming episodes.

I'm intrigued with the premise of the godly worlds. The set up might take few more episodes to settle down, so i hope the show gets better down the road. Or perhaps I put too much hope (and bias) towarss the writing and the directing. We'll see.

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No, I like the show too! But I think it has to do with me having such low expectations, which wasn't really being fair. But I just really wanted to like this drama. The premise is just too cool.

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I really like the music. :) The songs are great!

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