Series

The Bride of the Water God (2017)

Habaekui Shinboo (original title)

Stars: Nam Joo Hyuk, Shin Se Kyung, Lim Ju Hwan, Krystal Jung, Gong Myung

When water god Ha-baek visits earth in order to find the three stones powerful enough to help him claim his throne, he seeks out the help of his servant and destined bride, psychiatrist So-ah, 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, the water goddess Mu-ra, and the demigod Hu-ye show up to complicate things.

★✮☆☆☆

I’ve seen a few Korean dramas in the past year and by far this is the most non-sensical of all. I gave the drama countless of chances because maybe it’s gonna get better in the next episode, but it didn’t. It never got better.

The characters are so petty. The female lead has these petty issues and was portrayed as a failure (being a psychiatrist was her only strength it seemed). It seemed like a character assassination really. Something’s off with the female lead probably because they don’t have chemistry. Meanwhile, the male lead is a god who became powerless in the mortal world. Come on, you already have supernatural characters, why not make the most out of them. But clearly, the creators didn’t want that. They wasted characters that should have had more potential had they had a better plot/script. saw it. The second leads and other supporting characters were better at acting. Thank you Krystal, for blessing the drama with your goddess-ly aesthetics.

Each episode literally put me to sleep each night. I gave up after seeing 3 episodes but i forced myself to keep watching because there might be something interesting that’d going to happen in the next episodes. I even ranted about it to my friends but I still finished it ’til the end because it would bother me if I didn’t finish it (yep, I am that type of person). It was a torture. I felt scammed. But I had “nothing” else to watch, heh. Additionally, even the technicalities (camera angles) were flawed.

Okay, why did I watch this in the first place? Because it stars Nam Joo Hyuk and I like Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (not particularly his acting but they were cute in this romcom). And also because the trailer was good, I thought it’s probably going to be comparable with Goblin, but no. Sorry, Joo Hyuk, you’re cute but this drama sucks.

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Series

Run BTS! (2015-)

Run BTS (Dallyeola Bangtan!) is a South Korean show by the boy band BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan). The show is all about BTS doing activities, challenges, games and lots more.

Series

Reply 1997 (2012–2013)

Eungdabhara 1997 (original title)

Stars: Jung Eun Ji, Seo In Guk, Shin So Yul, Lee Si Eon, Eun Ji-won, Hoya Lee Il Hwa, Sung Dong Il, Song Jong Ho

Set in the 1990’s, the drama centers around a female high school student Shi Won, who idolizes boyband H.O.T, and her 5 high school friends in Busan. As the timeline moves back and forth between their past as 18-year-old high schoolers in 1997 and their present as 33-year-olds at their high school reunion dinner in 2012, where one couple will announce that they’re getting married.

★★★☆☆

I think Reply 1988 is so much better. This one focused too much on the fandom culture.

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Series

Fight for My Way (2017)

Ssam, Maiwei (original title)

Stars: Park Seo-joon, Kim Ji-won

Ko Dong Man, a high school Taekwondo champion who is now pursuing a career in the UFC, and Choi Ae Ra, a dynamic girl whose desire is to become a famous announcer, have been best friends since childhood. Now, they have to confront the change in their feelings towards each other as well as overcome difficulties to make their dreams come true.

★★✮☆☆