Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Legend of the Blue Sea First Feels

Because I initially was not planning on watching The Legend of the Blue Sea, I thought this might be a good drama to write a review for. I like to choose dramas that I'm not already positively biased toward when I start watching. This drama has been highly anticipated because it features Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun and involves mermaids. What more could you ask for, right? Well since I'm not particularly partial to either of them (I don't hate them either so don't get me wrong) I decided I'd make time for other dramas but because I try to keep an open mind and got sooo many requests to meme it I decided to watch at least the first two episodes. 

After watching the first couple of episodes it feels like I should...give it a chance, but prepare for some tears.

A quick summary for those who haven't watched it or are unfamiliar with the plot. Jun Ji Hyun plays a mermaid whose name we don't yet. She and Lee Min Ho have some sort of human/mermaid encounter in the past during the Joseon era where he saves her, but we don't know much about that yet. What we do know is that she's literally a fish out of water when she washes up ashore in Spain and suddenly has legs. There she encounters Lee Min Ho's modern-day character, Joon Jae, who is con man and initially tries to take a very valuable Joseon-era bracelet from her after realizing she's a bit "special" and cannot speak. But after spending more time with her, and realizing that not only can she speak but she's also very resourceful, begins to grow affection for her.

Thoughts: I was bored the first episode and thought that my instinct not to watch the drama was spot on, but due to my devotion and after some encouragement from some Kdrama friends (which is always the best motivator), I watched the second episode and was pleasantly surprised that the pace picked up. I was highly amused by how the mermaid loved Kdramas-I mean who can't relate to that. It is a bit cheesy and Jun Ji Hyun's physical humor is a bit over the top for my tastes, but at this point it isn't annoying enough to stop me from watching it. Both of them look fantastic, I must say and I believe this is the oldest actress I've ever seen play the leading mermaid- so kudos to Ji Hyun for that. The drama leaves us with some hints that there is some tragedy in store for our leads. Similar, to My Love From Another Star there is something very melancholy about the drama's vibe.

I hope this drama continues to build on the plot that it has going and that it doesn't lose the fantastic pacing it has now set. I'm watching it tenaciously, unsure of how I'll feel about it as it continues but I'm only hoping for good things from here on out.


  1. Thank you!!!!... Thank you!!!!... Thank You!!!...
    Happy Thanksgiving... :D


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