Does 'Bride of the Water God' Live Up to the Hype?
For months after Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo aired, Nam Joo Hyuk fans have been excited for Bride of the Water God. The teasers may have also intrigued fans of fantasy Korean dramas like Goblin.
As of this writing, there have been four BOTWG episodes subbed by Viu and other legal sites (maybe five or six once this gets published). If you're still thinking whether to catch up with the new series or binge-watch the episodes after the finale, let us help you decide.
The water god, Ha Baek (Nam Joo Hyuk) gets sent to the human world on a mission to find sacred stones in order to ascend as emperor of deities. However, he loses the tools he needs—including a map and his powers—to find those gems. He then meets Yoon So Ah (Shin Se Kyung), a descendant of a family that made a deal with the deities and the woman destined to be his servant. He expects her to make his life on Earth comfortable, but since she's a psychiatrist who's struggling to make ends meet, she thinks he's a lunatic and she refuses to be his slave. Their relationship gets complicated by their differences—and by other deities and humans, too.
- Joo Hyuk and Se Kyung keep you entertained.
Both actors have played diverse roles previously—aside from WFKBJ, Joo Hyuk was in Scarlet Heart Ryeo, while Se Kyung starred in shows like The Girl Who Sees Smells. Their track records have definitely upped their skills, and they play their characters very convincingly in BOTWG.
In the series, they're both "ma-pride" and stubborn, but they also have gentle hearts! Seeing them slowly fall for each other makes you go, "Awww!" Plus, it's fun to watch So Ah trying to resist Ha Baek's impressive and knight-in-shining-armor traits!
- Their sidekicks will make you LOL!
You can't resist the charms of Nam Soo Ri (Park Gyu Sun), Ha Baek's attendant, and Yoo Sang Yoo (Shin Jae Hoon), a nurse working for So Ah. Every hirit or funny facial expression is perfectly timed, and their comedic relief gives the series a very light feel.
- The supporting characters are TDF!
There's Moo Ra (f(x)'s Krystal Jung), a vain goddess who lives among humans as a top actress, and Bi Ryeom (Gong Myung), a troublesome deity who also lives on earth for the thrill. They're set to make their future emperor's life difficult, and they might just interfere with the couple, too. There's also a mysterious human that could bring major plot twists: Shin Hoo Ye (Im Joo Hwan), a business tycoon with the face of a god and an endearing personality. Will he be a third wheel or a kontrabida?! Omo!
- The character's personalities and back-stories can be relatable.
The deities and humans alike in the series have flaws that end up getting them in trouble. There's being narcissistic, disregarding others, and having a nasty temper. The past also haunts each one of them, especially So Ah, whose life experiences have made her stronger but have also given her deep insecurities. We swear, you won't hate her even if you're a solid NamLee shipper (well, unless you're a NamLee sasaeng who hates anyone Joo Hyuk acts with LOL)!
- We're stoked to see Korea and we're craving Korean food!
In the story, So Ah hates her homeland (Waaae?!), but ironically, the series gives glimpses of how beautiful the country is. Perhaps, she'll change her mind soon enough? We've also spotted various food and snacks (Korean fried chicken, noodle soups, and rice puffs!) so far, and how Ha Baek enjoys them makes us drool! UGH! Stop it, Ha Baek-nim!
WHAT WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT
With various romantic scenes playing out in the early episodes, BOTWG definitely promises next-level kilig as the story unfolds. The challenges that gets weaved into the story, the interesting characters (and how they're related), and the punch lines so far make us thrilled to watch out for what plot twists will come, too. Of course, we're also psyched to see how the deities will be introduced further and find out what makes them special.
Watch for the cameos! Yang Dong Geun, whom you might know from his stint in Return of Superman, has a minor role in the beginning, while one of K-variety show Running Man's new members Jeon Seo Min makes a brief cameo as So Ah's patient in episode four (sobrang bitin, you guys!). According to some sources, Scarlet Heart Ryeo's Kang Ha Neul will also make an appearance, and we can't wait how he'll fit into the picture!
Of course, there are also multiple scenes showing Nam Joo Hyuk's swoon-worthy stares and killer abs, which are truly cherries on top of the exciting series, don't you think? Hee-hee!
You can stream or download episodes of Bride of the Water God via Viu.
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5 Mystery-Thriller Novels to Read
If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.
1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.
3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.
4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
While known for Young-Adult Novels such as Slammed and Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover offers readers a romantic thriller about Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling author who was given the opportunity to finish the three remaining novels of a successful series after its original author, Verity Crawford, suffered an accident and has become immobile. After receiving an invite at the Crawford manor to sort through Verity’s notes, Lowen discovers an unpublished autobiography revealing the truth about Verity. With the eerie atmosphere of having Verity confined in her own home, and who is seemingly aware of her surroundings, Lowen is certain Verity is not what she appears to be.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.
Here's a poem I wrote a while back reflecting on what it's like over-rationalize a simple thing like crushing on a dude -- hence, the title "Scientific Method"
You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around
When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound
And it's overwhelming, your presence;
And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.
At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,
and your shirt fully cotton
Complete with a smile as nervous as me
And a swagger in your step only I can see
Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace
That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise
and it's all too nice
And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious
That this isn't another (well,) circus.
Now, let's take a wild guess,
Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,
That this could lead to something with potential
That this isn't another differential easily solved
With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved
For so long, we've both been independent of any dependent
Keeping our variables fixed and ourselves distracted
With anything, everything,
But not a single thing
Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,
Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold
Over hours, days, and weeks
Through minor revisions and tweaks
Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents
So, now I find myself in a conundrum
With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,
That this had to be processed logically,
But the findings are as follows:
None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,
I therefore conclude that it's you.
Mi Luna: The Light in My Dark Soul Locked in… Alone…
Why do I feel comforted by darkness? Oh cause maybe because… I am a jolly and very enthusiast kid back then. All I know is to have fun, laugh and play. But as I grow older, everything has changed, a lot. I can feel the changes. I know the more I get older, I’m turning to something I’m not. You know what, I just realized I like it even more. And that’s how I turned a monster. A monster to my own self. Always questioning life and even God about the things that are happening with my life. “Do I deserve this?”. Every day was a struggle. “Which mask should I wear now?”. And every night is my judgement time. “Should I still continue with my miserable life?”. This certainly sum up my whole life. I have this mindset since I was young. I can say that my experiences made me like this. I always want to escape, but every time I tried to pick up myself up, there is always shits that pulls me down. And there, I get tired. Hoping that no one would ever see this. As I despise myself as well. What I can do now is to just embraced everything, I just embraced darkness- reflecting my own self.
“Look at the moon, it can shine alone and it can give us light at night.” A line I was keeping in my mind that a friend of mine helps me realize things and been there to fix my path. And there I started seeking for my moon but I do not know which part should I start. As days passed, I started to open up myself. I started to act as what truly inside me. It is very hard at first and there is this time that even the situation got worst. But as I continue exploring with my life, a question pop out on my head “Why did I still get this far?”, I can say that maybe I should do this, maybe I really can do this but it is myself who is holding me back because I’m afraid.
Now as far as I am trying to revive my soul, there I know that many people care. Yes, I learned to open up but not to all, on different situations there are people who can understand me because they have the same situation as I am. I learn to open up as long as they did not force me. I learned to navigate and open up for whom I trusted and at the same time when I am ready. The light that I am seeking is my own understanding and acceptance about myself. My light is myself and I am Mi Luna. So it is not too late to save myself. I have thought that, I should be a survivor and winner. That I should also be the ruler of my own mind and soul. Eliminate the room for darkness and let the light shine through you, that I can say how I earned myself again. Mi Luna’s darkness have turned to spotlight.
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