K-Review: Hwayugi/Korean Odyssey

After the failure that the Bride of the Water God has bestowed upon me, I was very hesitant to watch another K-drama. In fact, it took me close to three months before finally convincing myself that it’s about time to start watching another one.


The second K-drama that I’ve watched this year is Korean Odyssey or Hwayugi. Of course, I knew about this drama because of one of my oppas, Lee Seunggi. He is one of the OG oppas for me. Not only is he a great actor, he is also a great singer and host. He is the real epitome of the phrase, Jack of all trades.

In 2017, Son Oh-Gong and Ma-Wang are in conflict with each other as they look for a true light in a dark world where evil thrives. Having made a contract with Seon-mi 25 years ago, entitling her to seek help from Son Oh-Gong whenever she calls him in exchange for letting him free, the two meet again in a fateful encounter. From there, Son Oh-Gong is bound to his protective role towards Seon-mi, the little girl he had met years ago.

Going back to the drama, let me just get it out of the way. The drama is a mix of all things. It has romance, comedy, and fantasy. It’s the perfect all-around thing. If the plot won’t entertain you, there’s something wrong with you. However, I found this drama very shallow. The story itself was very average for me. There wasn’t really anything I looked forward. It was just the same thing over and over again. There were also parts of the story that was just too repetitive. It’s like they intentionally prolonged the series because the ratings were up.

I did, however, enjoy the series. Ironic as it sounds, I really loved watching all the episodes and looked forward to finding out what happens to the characters. If anything, the cast really did a stellar job here. The lead actors were all amazing and definitely added a lot of charm to the overall feel of the story. Lee Seunggi and Cha Seungwon’s bromance was also a fun thing to watch. They have this “I-like-you-but-I-won’t-tell-anyone” kind of thing going on and it was just a fun thing to see. There was no second lead to take away the spotlight from the lead here. The leading cast all did an amazing job.

What’s amazing about the cast is how the supporting characters also proved to be worthy of praise. Seldom has the supporting characters caught my attention but PK, Alice, and Richie’s characters were very entertaining too. They were a fun addition to the overall story! It’s also worth noting to mention that BoRa (of Sistar, one of my favorite girl groups ever) was amazing. She killed her role as Alice. I can’t wait to see more of her on screen!!! ❤

Overall, this series was okay. The story wasn’t all that good but it sure was entertaining. You could pick up a few lessons here and there but generally, this series was just a fun thing to watch. It’s a great comeback for Lee Seunggi. I can’t wait to see more of him now that he’s back!

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