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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    bubal Jan 26, 2017

    loved everything

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    Inessa974 Jan 26, 2017

    Overall I liked it. Some episodes were boring but the last three episodes and the ending were really good.

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    Asia Jan 26, 2017

    I liked how it ended :)

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    always7989 Jan 26, 2017 - edited
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      Gongyoooppa Jan 26, 2017 - edited

      Many do it! I mean you can go on youtube and type most passionate kdrama kisses. Youll see many!

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      infiniti512 Jan 26, 2017
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      Dalia Jan 26, 2017 - edited

      Those kisses was so real, Suzy is gonna kill him, I think something happens in there!, or maybe for the story, they have to show a real passionate love.

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      always7989 Jan 26, 2017 - edited
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      Dalia Jan 27, 2017

      Yes me too.. :)

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    Kimtan1999 Jan 26, 2017

    I will miss this drama ♡ it was amazing ☆ and really funny

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    MrBanana Jan 26, 2017

    Wish lee min ho can get a 9.0+ drama next...

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    LPA Jan 25, 2017 - edited

    I have always loved the majority of Lee Min Ho's dramas, and the leading actress Jeon Ji Hyeon, was perfect for this role--her performance was outstanding! I liked watching all the episodes but felt that there was something a little lacking. At times Lee Min Ho was a bit boring (sorry), especially the scenes where he narrates. I've decided that, for me, it was because the music was really distracting! Pieces of the music were okay here and there, but I feel there was just too much music that was loud, annoying, and that it would have been so much better even without any music--it might have seemed more realistic. I never say that, because what would any drama be without it's music?! Background music that is...music that is interjected into just the right scene enhancing the feeling, but not overpowering. Sometimes it just felt even "cheesy"--it just didn't convey the right feeling or add anything to the substance of the drama. I even thought of watching this with the sound turned off and just having the subtitles showing, but I really didn't want to miss the actors' voices and other sound effects. Anyway, it was a pretty good drama and got even better as the episodes progressed. It was a good ending, but nothing amazing. I rated it between 8.0 and 8.5 out of 10. Take care.

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      perspective Jan 28, 2017 - edited

      It's not really the music that made him seems boring even though the music in this drama wasn't memorable or great. LMH is just boring period. I couldn't finish all his dramas. All monotone and no emotions in his acting on all his dramas. I couldn't finish City Hunter and the Heirs. I came back many times to finish them but I couldn't. Faith the drama I had to make myself to finish it. I watched this drama for Jun Ji Hyun or else I would have drop it too. One very overrated actor.

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    Ruyi Jan 25, 2017 - edited

    After completing this, I'm going to start Surplus Princess :)

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      Ruyi Jan 26, 2017

      Really? I just watched episode 2 and it wasn't bad. (The princess is such a party girl XD) The story is a bit childish but also not xD...

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      TeleriFerchNyfain Jan 26, 2017

      I thoroughly enjoyed it but unfortunately it had episodes cut so the ending was rushed & incomplete :(

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      Ruyi Jan 26, 2017

      And it only has 10 episodes! Wish there was more... I hope there's a season 2!! (but I'm only on ep 3 and I'm wishing for a season 2 XD)

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      TeleriFerchNyfain Jan 26, 2017

      It was supposed to have 12 I believe

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      inactive Jan 26, 2017

      the first nine episodes were very enjoyable, but the finale was kinda disappointing (which is understandable).
      and same, i desperately wanted a second season after i finished it.

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    CorinneKeo Jan 25, 2017

    this was waay too corny even for me..

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    Ruyi Jan 25, 2017 - edited

    Many people are saying it is overrated and I agree. I just completed the drama and I was going to rate it 7.5 but I rated 8.0 because of the comedy, cast and I loved Cha Si Ah X Tae Oh and Heo JoonJae and Shim Cheong together <3 Those are probably the only things I liked about the drama... I thought it would be a daebak drama because of LMH and JJH but it was actually pretty boring...

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      MareSoares Jan 25, 2017

      I have not seem the las one yet. But I think that the beginning was more interesting then now :| I also think that the last episode seems useless. :/

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      Ruyi Jan 25, 2017

      yeah,i agree the beginning was interesting but something happened and it became boring... But it was a okay drama, not THAT bad. Shim Cheong saved the drama with her humour and perfection XD

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      MareSoares Jan 25, 2017

      I think that was the number of ep xD they did 20, but actually 16 could be enough.

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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