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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bride of the Water God 2017" Episode 2

For all the brisk exposition of the first episode "Bride of the Water God 2017" doesn't seem to be in any hurry to get anywhere. We have to wait until the cliffhanger to even get a decent hint that Ha-baek and So-ah are going to start working together. Until that point it's just, Ha-baek wanders around the city like an arrogant idiot, and So-ah fails to solve her financial problems. What about Ha-baek's lost magic powers? Or the artifacts? When are we going to get to that?

There's also a lot of inconsistencies that I can't tell whether they're intentional or not. Like the constant references to Obama as if he were the current president of the United States. Or how we see chronically cash-strapped So-ah taking a taxi barely a scene after Soo-ri explains to Ha-baek that they can't take taxis anymore because they're almost out of money. Are these contradictions owing to the stupidity of the characters, or is it just sloppy writing?

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bride of the Water God 2017" Episode 3

So right away we get a hint both of why Soo-ah's ancestors would agree to be the human guides for the Water God and also how they're punished should they refuse. Magic powers. And there really is something demented about the way Soo-ah is tortured for most of this episode considering that she, herself, works in psychiatric care. Soo-ah's only hope is to ask for advice from her eccentric friend Yeom-mi (played by Choi Woo-ri) and hope for the best.

Incidentally, I find it odd how the alleged second leads in "Bride of the Water God 2017", rich guy Hoo-ye (played by Lim Ju-hwan) and actress Moo-ra (played by Krystal) constantly seem to be of such little importance. I mean, we know they're going to matter eventually, especially Moo-ra, who has an important role to play in regards to Ha-baek's inheritance. It's just, in the short term, the main purpose of these characters is for Soo-ah to lose her marbles in front of them and act very unpleasant.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bride of the Water God 2017" Episode 4

It's really uncanny how the more I see of So-ah the less I like her. For a sense of perspective, the last cliffhanger featured her being thrown off the top of a building by a crazy person, and getting her life magically saved by Ha-baek. Yet rather than respond with gratitude for this heroic, if self-interested act, So-ah gets right back to the usual negotiations. How in the world can we root for a story of unconditional love when So-ah insists on attaching conditions to everything?

I can't tell whether this is supposed to be a character flaw or if its supposed to be endearing. "Bride of the Water God" seems like it's playing it both ways, because So-ah's personality is the main obvious cause for nearly all of her problems in life. Yet for other moments, like with the phone scene, I get the impression that we're supposed to think Soo-ah is smart for being deceitful, even as she immediately blows away her good as yet unearned fortune on a small party.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bride of the Water God 2017" Episode 5

The more I watch of "Bride of the Water God 2017" the more baffling the worldbuilding becomes. Observe how Ha-baek, for all his general ignorance about how most of the human world works, apparently easily understands concepts like skateboarding, motor vehicles, cooking Western style food, and closed circuit television. Elsewhere, Ha-baek does not understand concepts like how it is a dumb idea to knowingly put yourself and others in a dangerous situation.

I mean seriously, at one point a crisis is only able to resolve relatively painlessly because apparently Soo-ri is fireproof. Are the characters from the godly realm in "Bride of the Water God 2017" also invulnerable in addition to being immortal? Although even if they are, So-ah most definitely is not, so it makes no sense whatsoever for Ha-baek to throw her into a dangerous situation.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bride of the Water God 2017" Episode 6

Bi-ryeom (played by Gong Myung) is, like Moo-ra, a god living in the human world who is supposed to be doing divine stuff but instead seems to engage mainly in petty bickering. Thus "Bride of the Water God 2017" continues its fine tradition of making Ha-baek a sympathetic character, not by having him engage in character growth, but by making all the other characters he talks to even more obnoxious. I guess it's working. Ha-baek is swiftly becoming the only character in "Bride of the Water God 2017" I particularly care about.