Legend of the Blue Sea

Legend of the Blue Sea (2016)

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How can a mermaid from the Joseon era survive in modern-day Seoul? Shim Chung is a mermaid who finds herself transplanted to modern times. She is caught by Heo Joon Jae, a charming but cold con artist who is the doppelgänger for Kim Moon, the son of a noble man from the Joseon Dynasty. But in the present time, Joon Jae works with Jo Nam Doo, a skilled conman who guides Joon read moreJae to become a genius scammer. But Joon Jae’s friend, Cha Shi Ah, who works as a researcher at KAIST, may be Chung’s only hope for surviving in her strange new world.
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manicmuse
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Mar 8, 2017
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Legend of the Blue Sea is one of those dramas that has all the elements that should make it great, but it ends up being just really ok. In the beginning I was really into the story, and thought it would be interesting, but eventually I only finished because I felt like I had to and wanted some kind of closure.

I will start with the leads, who are of course major, read more and a great match. Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun are awesome to watch together. They look great, they play off of each other well, their chemistry was great at first, then just ok, but they still did not disappoint me. The supporting cast was also great! Heo Joon Jae's partners in crime were a great non traditional bromance. I loved Shim Chung's random friends as well, especially cute but wise Seo Yoon Ah (played by the impressive young actress Shin Rin Ah from "Marriage Contract"). It even had some good villains (which I won't spoil), and an awesome cameo (that was a really nice surprise). So, why didn't i love this show as much as I should have? The plot is very VERY mediocre.

The concept is great, especially in the beginning. It's The Little Mermaid, mixed with Splash, with some thriller elements thrown in. Legend is mainly a romance, but there are some action thriller moments, and there is definitely comedy too. The story, I think, tried to do too much and became more convoluted, and less interesting. There are flashes into the past that are meant to make me care more about the plot, but I just became annoyed because to me it was all so predictable, and repetitive. I wasn't exactly bored by the plot however. I still enjoyed watching because the cast made it entertaining, but the story just felt like it was dragging along at times. Eventually the mystery thriller story resolved, and what aimed to be an emotional love story didn't make me tear up once. Suddenly all that great chemistry turned into two stars doing what's expected, and was more flirting than substance, and tears without emotion.It did have a decent final episode to tie up the loose ends, which i appreciated, but didn't love.

What about the soundtrack? It was too cheesy and literal for me. I'd rather have the music be good, or forgetful, but this OST was a little distracting.

Overall this is a decent romance, with a cool mermaid twist. It reminded me of "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho", and if really you like that drama you may see some parallels too, and at least be entertained. I did love the mermaid look, and its definitely worth mentioning that the mermaid scenes look really cool. So if you are in the mood for a fairytale style romance, I think this is worth watching, but it's probably not one you will stay up all night marathoning through. Honestly, I will probably forget this drama after a while (the only way I would rewatch this), and 20 episodes were too long, but I am still glad I watched.
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kingsqueen
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Jan 25, 2017
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I really enjoyed Legend of the Blue Sea very much. I was prepared to give this a higher rating than I did, but there were a few things that kept this from being perfect. The story was very good, I enjoyed the reincarnation/past lives aspect and the flashback scenes to the Joseon counterparts. I wish those parts had been able to continue further into the story. The writer really set up her read more myth very well. I've heard some say that it was too reminiscent of My Love From Another Star, and I can see where the set up was very similar in style. I enjoyed all the characters, though, and the writer did put in some good twists to the story. There were a few inconsistencies, but nothing that distracted too much from my enjoyment. And although the ending was good, I felt like it still could have been better. They did a good job at wrapping up, but I didn't feel like they spent enough time with our main couple for the last episode.

This drama was actually my first experience watching Lee Min Ho. I thought I finally got why he was such a "big deal" a few years back. (No, I have never watched BOF and probably won't!) I liked him enough to find another drama of his to watch while waiting for new episodes. While he impressed me fairly well in the first part, I found that he lacked emotional punch in some scenes toward the end which lowered my acting score a bit. Jun Ji Hyun, though, has become one of the actresses that I enjoy very much. She has a great comedic sense and stands out from a lot of the Korean actresses I see. She did an excellent job in this show as well. I thought all the side characters were interesting and well-acted for their roles. Especially all the actors doing double duty as past and present characters.

The music was pretty good, but nothing that was extraordinary. The theme song was cheesy but still somewhat catchy. It's not something I would like or enjoy listening to outside of being the theme song for this show, though. So, it was good for its purpose.

I think this has good rewatch value, even if I myself may not rewatch it.

Overall, I gave this an 8.5. It was a very solid drama and I would recommend it to anyone that likes romance and fantasy elements. I think this show airing during the same time frame as Goblin may hurt its ratings a bit, but it was still a great show and I don't have any major criticisms for it.
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This is truly one of the greatest drama's on earth it would have been wonderful if they had 6 seasons like Game Of Thrones because as a HUGE! GOT Fan Nirvana and Fire Out Wits Out Smarts and all around Out Class Game Of Thrones in every way. Nirvana in Fire is up to par or I may even say far more superior than many high rated American Shows. I was stunned by the Brilliance of NiF in every way plots, screen writing, soundtrack, acting, cinematography etc the directors are extremely talented I would watch anything created by this Magnificent team.
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Even though both of these dramas are unique in its own respect..they do share some common plot points.
Both of them have the main characters as well as the villains being reincarnated from the past to the future..and are eventually able to remember their past
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    Frederica Apr 30, 2017 - edited
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    Ca222 Apr 29, 2017

    this is perfect.

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    Jacelyn Apr 28, 2017 - edited

    I loved this drama!
    It was such a light-hearted, funny, and sweet story (even though there was some drama in it). I enjoyed every minute of it.
    All of the actors were great and the chemistry between the two mains was so good :)
    And the ending was perfect and what the drama desrved. One of the best happy endings I've seen ♥

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    Tszzzz Apr 25, 2017 - edited

    It took me about 2 breaks to finish this drama, but I'm glad I eventually didn't drop it. :)

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    Mighty_Brosia Apr 18, 2017 - edited

    Dropped it... sorry.. :(

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    FranF Apr 1, 2017 - edited

    Good thing that I didn't come here to see if people liked this drama, I enjoyed my 20 hours while watching this, it made me even like Lee Min Ho, it's reaĺly lovelly drama, the chemistry between the leads was perfect. Became one of my favorite dramas, better than DOTS, at least had a plot.

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    mutslsb Mar 30, 2017

    unfortunately my love for LMH wasnt enough for me to finish this drama.......it's just boring and nothing special, i'm so done :/

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    SomyBee Mar 28, 2017 - edited

    i stopped watching it after episode 6 .. does it worth it?

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      joannesmith May 1, 2017
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      SomyBee May 16, 2017

      thankyou♥

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      joannesmith May 17, 2017

      No problem!

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    namopanik Mar 22, 2017 - edited

    This drama requires a proper mindset. Who says it was ever meant to be innovative? It's a slow, low-attention fantasy for stress-out and overworked. Angsty, ominous, but overall cheesy, just another gimmicky romcom using trusted and true means. It could have been much better (them chaebols...), but is not that bad as you can think from reading the comments. I needed months to finish it, but I'm glad I did.
    I like how the past arc seeps through and stays somehow relevant almost till the end. It has this dream-like quality and engages more and more people, as if they shared a common dream like it was the most natural thing in a world. At some point the shows manages to be ambigous which line is real and how they're affecting each other.

    Bonus question for those who finished it: does anyone feel like fixing a synopsis? Was it suggested in a drama that she's from Joseon era or not? Would it be a spoiler? She's neither transportorted to modern times nor longlived, but from what I remember the show wasn't clear about her identity till the middle or so.

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      rutuja Apr 23, 2017

      its not a bad drama its good actually its just that people expect it to be unique special and BOMB because its JUN ji hyun and lee min ho

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    Fran Mar 11, 2017 - edited

    In my opinion, only a medium drama, nothing special or innovative. I could not see chemistry in the couple, the great star of the story and that encouraged me to continue was undoubtedly to Shim Chung, another diva character to the list of Ji Hyun.

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    Kiseki Mar 11, 2017

    Seriously this drama is so heartwarming I feel like my heart melted into a puddle. Jun Ji Hyun and Lee Min Ho have excellent chemistry <3 I'm seriously surprised at how well I liked Lee Min Ho in here. He's improved his acting so much and actually emote well now, he's not a blown up wallpaper hangup anymore.

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    ladytristeza Mar 5, 2017 - edited

    only because my endless love for JJH i was somehow able to finish this drama...not that it´s would be so bad, but it´s was just really boring...writing and directing were particularly messy...i could smell lack of originality for a miles (MLFAS too much?!)...but what pissed me off most of all was wasted potential...i mean this drama had mermainds, conmans, past lives and yet they didn´t properly used that...and i had so high hope for this writer ugh...seriously what a shame...i can only hope JJH will gonna make a better choice in future and choose better project

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      Syranus Mar 10, 2017

      I agree. It had potential but was wasted. To me, it was cheesy topped with cliche.

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      Totoro Mar 14, 2017

      Indeed, it had so much potential.. I enjoyed watching it, but I was a bit disappointed that with all these unique ingredients, it really wasn't any different from your regular rom-com.

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      Baya Mar 18, 2017

      This is really frustrating with this kind of dramas, I mean the writers have great potential plot, with the mystery, the fantastic parts etc... But they often manage to rush those parts and end up with the male lead problems with father, brother, inheriting etc... I mean who the fuck cares ! I felt the same thing with Oh my venus, when the story supposed to be centered around obesity problems and somehow ended up with stupid chaebol problems with his compagny ! Dear Kdrama writers, pleae stop with your chaebols we want to see real caracters with real struggles, even commun people can have great love stories...

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    namopanik Mar 1, 2017

    a friendly reminder: don't skip those parts after credits!

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      voodoomoocow Mar 2, 2017

      Same exact thoughts. Most of the last episodes were totally worthless and the plot meandered aimlessly after the main arch ended. I totally got fatigued by episode 14 and stopped enjoying it completely by episode 16.

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    hollywillow Mar 1, 2017

    I'm not used to seeing Sung Dong Il as a villain but he's so good I almost hate him so much. But then I remember he's that funny, lovable husband & father in reply series he's so adorable there :")

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    Nov 16, 2016 to Jan 25, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 7,801 users)
  • Ranked:

    #287
  • Popularity:

    #14

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