Me after watching the first 2 episodes: “종!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
So the new show is already airing in Korea and I decided to have a peek at this series. Many rumors are circulating across the web that this Series is similar to Goblin. After watching the premiere episode and looking up some information online, the story is different from what we are hearing.
The story was based on a sunjung manhwa by Yun Mi-kyung. The first volume was released in 2006 by Seoul Munhwasa, however an English version was released in 2007 by Dark Horse Comics. The original series ended in 2014, while the English version is still ongoing. If I can browse at the original story, I will be willing to read and compare it to the ongoing drama.
Let’s get start with the reasons why it is different from Goblin… Kim Shin has his powers all along in the series, for Habaek (Water God) he lost his powers when he went to the human world so that put him into all sorts of trouble along with his loyal servant Nam Soo Ri. Now he has to retrieve the God’s Stones from the other Gods so that he can be crowned as the new emperor.
Yoon So-A is a psychiatrist whose debt is off the roof, it was revealed that she almost drowned 14 years before the present time thus she is seen as a helpless scared woman whenever she is near a body of water. She hopes to go to Vanuatu someday.
In order to pay her debt she decided to dig a ring that was buried somewhere in a park (If I am not mistaken, the place was actually in Namsan Park as the place is very familiar and Namsan Tower can be seen at one point in a scene). But thanks to a weird meteor in the sky she fell unconscious but was picked up by the naked Habaek.
He accidentally borrowed the doctor’s gown where she placed the ring (up to now it is still not revealed where the ring is or it might be a part of something important later in the series). This was the start of their destined fate.
I find the humor as different from Goblin as Habaek is more on the annoying side and So-A is on a mindset that Habaek needs to be treated mentally. I hope the upcoming episodes will be delivered at the same level as these 2 episodes.
If you do happen to have links for the original comic story of series, please comment it below and I hope you also enjoy the series just like I do.
I am waiting for Episode 2 to be aired later on my Cable TV subscription.