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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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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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
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Its also a mermaid story. Bt much bettr than " the mermaid". The only thing is its a Korean drama
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    Mary28 Jan 27, 2017 - edited

    It was so much fun in the beginning, not too heavy, a few eps in the second half were very dramatic, but still watchable since it is a drama. The ending was simple and cute. The cast was amazing, so much love for Jeon ji hyun, I kept calling her my mermaid, I loved her.

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    LuckySo Jan 27, 2017

    This kind of ending is what I am looking for.. Very satisfying ending,. Not a heavy one drama, that's why I love it..

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    niceegan Jan 27, 2017 - edited

    Such a beautiful drama =) and I was finally able to see a drama with Lee Min Ho that I actually loved.
    The cast was amazing and the script too. I wish the writers did another season, with different characters, for example a mermaid guy.
    Anyway, the ending was perfect!!

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    K_Ke Jan 27, 2017

    First half of the show was great, but the second half of the show i started losing my interest. :/ Only thing keeping me in it was Jeon Ji Hyun's amazing acting and she is god dam beautiful.Kinda disappointing, could have been alot better

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    sunflower63 Jan 27, 2017 - edited

    I enjoyed the first half of this drama much more than the second half. In any case on the whole it was pleasant and entertaining as I mostly considered it a beautiful and poetic fairy tale.
    The best assets here were the two leads and in particular Jeon Ji Hyeon who really nailed her character and was extremely charismatic and fun but also Lee Min Ho was up to his usual high standard although I prefer him in roles such as in City Hunter and Faith.
    It could have been much better if the writers had planned on a more intriguing and original second half of the story. It was a relaxing drama which I recommend all the same. :)

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    bokami Jan 27, 2017 - edited

    i saw plot hole in the last episode
    related to cellphones

    or its just me

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      Gongyoooppa Jan 27, 2017 - edited
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      Fortuna Jan 28, 2017

      ^This should be spoiler-tagged, just in case. :)

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    TheraTD Jan 27, 2017

    The lead actress's character is amazing, she never failed to amuse me. I wish to see her in similar role soon.
    And Lee min ho, sigh, is such an eye candy as usual.

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    iamsarah Jan 26, 2017

    A very lovely drama

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    Panda Jan 26, 2017

    such a beautiful drama
    10/10 from me

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    murnau Jan 26, 2017 - edited

    I can't believe someone who wrote something as sweeping, full of emotion and consistent as You Who Came from the Stars could put out vacant trash like this. A reminder that there's no sure things in dramaland.

    I liked Sim-chung's relationship with the little girl and classy homeless lady, and Si-ah and her family.

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      Panda Jan 26, 2017

      dont call it trash some of us loved it
      some of your favorite dramas are trash to me but im not gonna say that ^^

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    Dalia Jan 26, 2017

    Beautiful end!!

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    Sara Jan 26, 2017

    I mean this reminded me once again why I first fall in love with Lee minho

    and he definitely improved a loooooot guys I was impressed !! if you're a long time fan you would notice right away

    sure he still needs more improvement but you gotta give it to him he did so good here his emotions came natural to me

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    Zuzanna Jan 26, 2017 - edited

    is it only me who thinks lee min ho is the same in every drama?.....

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      Panda Jan 26, 2017

      how is that ?
      city hunter he was some rogue assassin
      in faith he was a weird historical warrior
      in this he is a mermaid lover
      but yeah i guess youre right

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      xcrystalstarx Jan 27, 2017

      lol I think LMH plays almost the same kind of personality in every role (like the stereotypical leading male character in other dramas) - is that what Zuzanna might be referring to? I would love for him to play as a villain someday, it would be refreshing to watch since he's always playing the good guy roles

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      Hanah Jan 27, 2017

      Omg mind reader. It was during the first few episodes that I had the sudden urge for LMH to play a villan. I think it was the hypnosis stuff maybe

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      perspective Jan 28, 2017

      I think so too. His acting is monotone and wooden. He is so overrated. I don't know why people are crazy over him.

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    XingBack Jan 26, 2017 - edited

    I wish they'd do a spinoff with Kim Seul Gi as the main lead ;p
    Anyway, overall I'm glad I stayed till the end, it was worth it...

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      Mary28 Jan 27, 2017

      remember the other mermaid drama she acted in Surplus Princess, she was friends with the mermaid:) I love her so much. She is also doing an awesome job in Second to Last Love.

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      XingBack Jan 27, 2017

      I know, I started loving her in Splash Splash Love, so it took me a while to realize it was her in Surplus Princess, and that she was paired with Nam Joo Hyuk...
      she's really great in anything she does... and she's staring in a 3ep drama called Queen of Ring that's coming out soon!

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      Mary28 Jan 27, 2017 - edited

      Lol honestly it also took me a while to realize Nam Joo Hyuk played Big in Surplus Princess. I only remembered him in Cheese in the Trap, while I was watching his recent drama Weightlifting Fairy. I am so happy for both of them getting new roles. But now i hope she also gets longer dramas while being the main lead.

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    Elliej Jan 26, 2017 - edited
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    South Korea
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    Nov 16, 2016 to Jan 25, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 7,377 users)
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