TV Review : The Bride of Habaek /Water God

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Korean dramas are usually marinated in romance. In my watching experience even the thrillers are all well mashed with romance. The Bride of Habaek /Water God is an out and out romance drama that is well cooked in the romance flavour. What it offers additional is the element of fantasy, supernatural and forbidden love ankle. So i would say it is a good catch for a korean drama to binge watch this weekend.

The Bride of Habaek /Water God  Drama Details

Synopsis : 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

Source: Wikipedia

Year : 2017

No: Of Episodes : 16

Cast : 

Nam Joo‑hyuk as Ha‑baek
Shin Se‑kyung as Yoon So‑ah
Lim Ju-hwan as Shin Hoo-ye
Krystal Jung as Moo-ra
Gong Myung as Bi-ryum

The Bride of Habaek /Water God RWAT Take

The Bride of Habaek /Water God took off really good and and i did enjoy the flow of the romance. There were two things that bothered me about the series. The leap and the Plot twists. Korean dramas are blessed and cursed with short life. The short duration of korean dramas makes it perfect for bing watching and jumping into the series and getting out quickly without hurting yourself much. I personally love the idea of whole drama ending in 16 to 20 episodes. It makes it easy and much more fun. But As much as this is a good idea, it is also a challenge for the writers as they have to draft their plots in a way that everything has to start, see its peak and end smoothly in its short run.

The drama too has suffered from this need to wrap everything in 16 episodes. Hence what i meant by The Leap. In the drama you would notice that almost in one episode the writers decide that the characters are madly in love with each other when in previous episodes they are just on the verge of creating the romance in a very slow fashion. Similarly in the last episode you would notice how immediately there is a crisis leading to lover’s dilemma and suddenly they are facing the crisis together and even solving it magically. So it is almost immediate and you can feel that rush as well in the last episode.

Second is the Plot twists. Well lets just say that towards the end episodes to facilitate the flow of the story, weird logistics are applied and everything magically falls into place. So if you try to tap on the logic and the threads of how everything is magically suiting to a perfect ending then trust me you would be pulling your hair in vain

Conclusion

Though i have mentioned negative points, trust me when you are watching the drama and especially if you are a romance fan, then you will enjoy and love the drama. The only thing to make sure is that you are not expecting epic grandeur fantasy elements. The drama offers what korean drama offers the best. Romance in its best rosy form. Technically there are lot of other fanstasy romance in korean dramas that are way  more fun than this one but in its own way the drama is cute and worth the fun.

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