I’m back with another (and my first for 2018) K-Review and this time its Bride of the Water God. I started watching this last December 2017 but somehow along the way, I lost motivation to watch it because the plot was too shallow for me. I persevered to watch it by mostly fast forwarding most of the scenes that didn’t involve the character Shin Hoo Ye, played by Lim Ju Hwan.
Truth is, I’m typing this even if I still have two more episodes to watch/fast forward. Instead of finding a proper review, I will instead write about why I dislike it.
When the narcissistic water god Ha-baek (Nam Joo-hyuk) visits earth in order to find a stone powerful enough to help him claim his throne, he seeks out the help of his servant and destined bride, psychiatrist So-ah (Shin Se-kyung), whose family is fated to serve the water god for generations. The problem is that she has no belief in the gods and initially mistakes him for suffering from delusions. Things get even stranger when the wind god Bi-ryeom (Gong Myung), the water goddess Mu-ra (Krystal), and the semi-god Hu-ye (Lim Ju-hwan) show up to complicate things. –Wiki
- I really hate Nam Joo Hyuk’s (Ha Baek) character here. Yes, I know he’s a god but come on, are god’s supposed to be like that? Are humans supposed to bend over backwards for gods? His character is very entitled, both as a god and a human. It was very painful to watch Shin Se Kyung (Yoon So Ah) doing everything for him while all he does is look good and ask for things. It’s not very godlike.
- The love story between Ha Baek and Yoon So Ah. The whole love story is already painful as it is – a love that is bound to end – and the start didn’t help either. It looked questionable to me. Are they really in love or is it because they have a god – servant relationship?
- I was intrigued by Yoon So Ah as a psychiatrist (and was hoping to get a look at how Koreans in general look at mental health and psychiatrists) but her character was very deplorable. There were instances wherein her character was made to look as if she didn’t care about her patients. She often shrugged off her patient’s issues and didn’t care most of the time. (Is this how Koreans look at mental health in general? RIP Jonghyun) And I know a series isn’t and shouldn’t be used as a measure of how a society looks at an issue but isn’t it alarming that her character’s profession was made to look like this? (Case in point, look at Nam Joo Hyuk’s brother in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. He is a doctor on weight but still, his job was made to look very important. Also look at how he really took care of Bok Joo’s weight, right?)
- The lack of a proper side story. Without one, the plot looked shallow. To me, it was all about Ha Baek. What makes it worse for me is there isn’t any proper character development for him. He started out narcissistic and fourteen episodes later (latest episode I’ve watched) he still is narcissistic. Isn’t that disappointing? He didn’t even change for Shin Se Kyung, for the slightest bit. 😦
- I hated how certain aspects of the story were forgotten. During the middle part of the series (sorry I forgot what episode), have the writers forgotten about the financial matters of Yoon So Ah? How was she able to continue living a normal life despite her not being to able to pay for rent and having zero patients? Also, Moo Ra’s acting issues. This was just forgotten and set aside. I didn’t have closure on these issues! All these smaller plots were set aside just to focus on Ha Baek and Yoon So Ah’s love story.
- What’s the bigger picture for this series? Seriously. I’m confused and disappointed with the whole plot.
The only saving graces of watching this series for me are:
- Krystal Jung (Moo Ra). I adore the Jung sisters and seeing her here was all kinds of amazing for me. I really like their style and Krystal didn’t disappoint even for a bit.
- Lim Ju Hwan’s (Hoo Ye) story. This has to be the only reason why I’m still watching this show. I really want to know how he came to be who he is. I also want to know that even if he is portrayed as a disgrace and a shame, he would triumphantly prove everyone in the deity-world wrong.
As you can see, this show has more negatives than positives for me. It was hard for me to watch it because of Ha Baek. As pleasing as he is to the eyes, watching him act like an entitled and self-absorbed god is a pain! If gods are like this, why are we even worshipping them? But who knows, maybe in two episodes time the series can redeem itself and find the light at the end of the tunnel.
Update: I finally finished watching this series and just like the first fourteen episodes, the last two were bad. I finally saw some character development for Ha Baek but it’s just a little too late for me to be invested in him and his character. I also hated how Shin Hoo Ye was set aside for the love story. I mean give the character a better plot, please! I dislike this series very much and I highly advise you not to watch it.