“Bride of the Water God” Episode 3 Preview & Quick First Impressions

As previously mentioned, I wasn’t really planning on watching this drama and after checking out the first two episodes, I think I would have been perfectly fine sticking to my original plan.

It’s the story of the water god, Lord Habaek (Nam Joo Hyuk) and psychiatrist, So Ah (Shin Se Kyung), who happens to be his human god servant. Basically, he comes to Earth to find the three god stones needed to become king. In other words, some mumbo jumbo stuff.

So Ah is a psychiatrist with a mountain of debt and the crazy thing is I always say that I hate chabeol stories but she’s so broke that I wished that our god was rich and could help her out a little. I’m such a hypocrite.

So yeah, our god arrives on Earth and not only lost the navigation device he came with, but his powers as well.  Which means he’s unable to turn stone into gold and fend for himself financially so instead of staying at the Four Seasons, he’s in a transparent blow-up tent by the sea. He also becomes more human with needs like food when some Loki-type character kisses him and takes the little powers he had left. And as an arrogant god who thinks he needs no one, he didn’t even bother to learn about the human god servant he was supposed to contact if stranded.

He does run into our psychiatrist very early on but she immediately concludes that he’s delusional and in need of medical attention. And who wouldn’t if they met a rude, clueless person who kept insisting he was a god?

So a lot of the first two episodes consists of him expecting her to fulfill her duties while she runs away. She also keeps running into Hoo Ye (Lim Ju Hwan), a CEO whom I’m assuming is Lord Bi Ryeom, one of the gods currently in possession of a precious god stone. It’s just a guess because this is a Korean drama and they are childhood friends-turned-enemies which screams love triangle.

The drama has some laugh-out-loud moments like when So Ah’s patient and her nurse spoke in his made up language and later on, the look of incredulity on said patient’s face when Habaek didn’t know who Obama was. I guess this means he stole the show.

But not entirely as there’s some good comedy in this fish-out-of-water story of a god learning humility and integrating into the human world.

I said that I would have been perfectly fine not watching it because it didn’t wow me and I felt like there were too many things going on and it wasn’t very cohesive. Plus they wanted to get our attention by piling on stuff like teenage So Ah’s suicide attempt. So what we have now is a romance between a water god and a woman with a phobia for water bodies. Typical, right?

I read a few comments criticizing the acting but I think it’s fine. Nam Joo Hyuk’s god is stiff because it’s been directed that way and seems to be very much in character. Shin Se Kyung is okay too. They aren’t Oscar contenders but are getting the job done. It also helps that they’ve got good chemistry.

While I ended Episode 2 with mixed feelings, the preview won me over and I’ll keep watching. It looks like we’re going to get some interesting stuff like the bitchy second lead female character. I usually detest them but she seems deliciously evil. Could be fun. I also spotted my darling Gong Myung but he tends to play lame characters so I’m not getting my hopes up.

Credit: tvN

5 Comments

  • CID says:

    This was a drama that I didn’t watch all the teasers, previews as I didn’t want to have expectations wanted to watch with open mind and I can say I like both episodes, found it charming and with potential. We have not seen all the characters yet so looking forward to their introductions and how they impact our OTP.

  • Salome says:

    So far I love it.

  • Marie says:

    I love it so far and it looks promising. The two first episodes were uneven but the improvement was steady till the end of ep2 (that hug!) and the preview was exciting. I see that I’m not the only one that noted the good chemistry between the leads, or found Krystal quite magnetic as evil goddess. I also like Gong Myun and have faith on Misaeng’s writer, so I will keep watching 😀

  • evie7 says:

    I enjoyed the first 2 episodes. I love the chemistry between NJH and SSK, I know they won’t win Oscars for their performances but they are doing a good job. I too trust the writer and the PD on this one and I’m excited about Gong Myung’s appearance too in the next episode.

  • V says:

    I liked the first episode too. It’s a breezy drama that hopefully remains that way. The ending of episode 3 was great.

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