With the conclusion of Circle: Two Worlds Connected, tVN has bust out another fantasy by the title of “The Bride of Habaek,” thus I am sharing with y’all my first impressions of this drama after watching the first couple of episodes
|Based on||Bride of the Water God
by Yoon Mi-kyung
|No. of Episodes||16|
|Original Release||July 3, 2017 —|
The Bride of Habaek 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 more strange, however, when the wind god Bi Ryum (Gong Myung), the water goddess Mu Ra (Krystal), and a hotel CEO/demi-god Hu Ye (Lim Ju-hwan) show up to complicate things.
Meh. That’s my review. Okay. Just kidding — but not really. After pulling off ‘Circle” well enough, I can’t say that I had no expectations for yet another fantasy drama from tVN, especially since ‘Habaek’ has inherited the time slot from ‘Circle.’ I can’t say I’m not intrigued at all, but seriously, the first two episodes nearly put me to sleep. I thin the only reason why I didn’t just sleep was because I was hoping something would happen.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Shin Sekyung on screen, but I feel like she’s playing her typical character again. I wouldn’t say she sucks at acting, but there’s nothing really new that she’s bring to the table — at least this is what I’m seeing in the first couple of episodes.
At two episodes in, we have been introduced to Yoon So Ah (Shin Se Kyung), Habaek (Nam Joohyuk), and Hu Ye (Lim Juhwan). I didn’t watch ‘Weighlifting Fairy,’ so I actually haven’t seen Nam Joohyuk since School 2015. He’s not bad, but I have to say that his character is pretty similar again, but this time wayyyyyy more haughty — since he’s a god. Perfectly understandable. The last time I saw Lim Juhwan was in ‘Uncontrollably Fond,’ but I definitely remember him more for his creepiness in ‘Oh My Ghostess.’ His performance was a bit more convincing to me in the first couple of episodes, even though he hasn’t done much. I don’t know — I feel like acting should forge a emotional/mental connection between the audience and the scene as the drama episode unfolds. I didn’t really get that from Shin Sekyung or Nam Joohyuk — to me they were just delivering dialogue, expressions, and actions — not quite the true weight of the characters’ souls.
I guess it’s not just me, because as I was finding the Wikipedia page for this drama, I saw a search hit come up about this drama getting high ratings for the first couple of episodes, but also mixed reviews. I haven’t read them of course, because I wanted to share my own thoughts just as they are, but I guess it’s not just me. I’m not completely convinced about this drama because the acting thus far from the leads aren’t spectacular, but also because the first couple of episodes were way too slow and really fell short of my expectations. Perhaps, all the twists and turns in ‘Circle’ spoiled me, but ‘Habaek’s’ start was seriously slow. The other characters haven’t appeared yet, which is typical of a new drama, but seriously. Way too slow. Even if the start is supposed to be slow, I feel like good actors should be able to dampen this kind of feeling for the audience. Hopefully, we will see some improvement very soon. To encourage them, here’s a motivating rating: 2/5