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. (Unless I can convince my husband to give it a try!)

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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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
Recommended by Shriya Bijutkar
Its also a mermaid story. Bt much bettr than " the mermaid". The only thing is its a Korean drama
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    xcrystalstarx Jan 30, 2017

    are they done releasing all of the background OSTs now? I really liked the music playing at the end of ep 15 (where HJJ's crossing the street and the ending credits rolling), unfortunately couldn't find it on youtube... wish I could hear a longer version of it T_T

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    Panda Jan 29, 2017

    I really enjoyed this. Fun and cute drama with a little mystery and supernatural genre it was really good for me

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    Faa Jan 29, 2017 - edited

    I might gave this 8.5 and Goblin a 9 but i love LOTBS' ending more because the ending just perfectly fit my kind of a "warm happy ending" <3

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    ringmybell Jan 29, 2017

    I loved it a lot. <3

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    Weirdestone Jan 28, 2017 - edited
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      kingsqueen Jan 28, 2017
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    0hellgirl0 Jan 28, 2017

    this was hard to finish <.<

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    mokacheer Jan 28, 2017 - edited
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      Rath Jan 28, 2017

      Definitely not :(

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      rationalbeings Jan 30, 2017
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    Fortuna Jan 28, 2017

    I really enjoyed watching this drama. It's similar to MLFAS. Yes, it could've been shorter (16-18 episodes would've been enough) and I think it could've done without the unnecessary melodramatic event towards the end but overall, it was a satisfying light, good-feel drama. <3 Perfect after something like Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, lol. Shin Won Ho is adorable here! I've also become a Lee Min Ho and Jeon Ji Hyeon, whose character was just great!

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    sarang Jan 28, 2017

    I don't think anyone on earth can look as graceful as JJH does in all of those underwater scenes. Overall this drama was fun and light and picked up some pace towards the end. It deserves a higher rating in my opinion.

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    arbios Jan 28, 2017

    i like this drama but the first 10 episodes were way more fun
    still had fun waching it
    7.5/10

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    SaeedKhan Jan 28, 2017

    This was quite an interesting show

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    Alexandrina Jan 27, 2017 - edited

    Started out strong, but it fell downhill for me after 10 episodes. The only reason I finished was because of Lee Minho and the fact that this is his last drama before enlisting in the military. :(

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      rationalbeings Jan 30, 2017

      WHAT! I didn't know it was his last drama before military...I'm not a huge fan but I will miss him on screen. He's like staple actor every year you expect a new drama from him :(((

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    xcrystalstarx Jan 27, 2017
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    giocare Jan 27, 2017

    I went into this show not expecting much and I was so blown away by the cast. I for one have never been a fan of Lee Min Ho but he's redeemed himself in my book. This easily became the show I looked forward to watching during the week. Mostly light and fluffy. Great job!!

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    Brock Lyn Jan 27, 2017

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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 7,413 users)
  • Ranked:

    #277
  • Popularity:

    #13

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