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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    monqiue Jan 25, 2017 - edited

    how i watch this?

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    OppaHasLongLegs Jan 25, 2017

    the last ep was so so for me, it could have included more details.

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    Janey Jan 25, 2017 - edited

    When this show first came out, I fell in love, hard and fast. It was innovative, modern and almost felt like an adult Disney story. I loved how unique it was. I would keep replaying the scene when Chung tries to mug the girl. However, somewhere towards episode 8, I felt myself slipping away. I don't know if it's because that's around when Goblin first started and held my attention but this show started to feel a little duller and I ended up losing my attention and skipping some scenes. While it's a REALLY good show, I think that they lost that magic that was there in the beginning and ended up being more of a kdrama. Goblin offered cinematic experiences and well thought out plot lines while this show was funny but became overly melo towards the end.

    I would still recommend this to everyone, its a great show and definitely on my top 10 list but in the end, it's unfortunate that Goblin came along and set a standard that no one (in my opinion) can beat.

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      Kuro Jan 25, 2017 - edited
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    Rose_ Jan 25, 2017

    I have to say this drama is overrated!

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    Asianstan Jan 25, 2017

    I'm not really want to finish this.

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    Maria Jan 24, 2017 - edited

    I dropped it on ep8. Does it get better to watch?

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      YmsKmjKn Jan 25, 2017

      honestly no... the drama is overrated

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    BeKaiLLe Jan 24, 2017

    so, watching this. I like it but it came to a point where i wanted more of the ajhumma drama. It was so good and the woman who had hired Hoo Joon Jae's mom is bloody brilliant.

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    HAVA-RAVA Jan 23, 2017 - edited

    Wow this is so great ;W; I didn't really have any expectations but I like this one a lot. So much feels ;W; I accidentally started this one week before it finishes and just watched 19th ep so now I have to wait in despair. (You need to know here I don't watch dramas when they air)

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      TheraTD Jan 24, 2017

      Hahahahaha I'm exactly the same. I don't know why I started it before it finished airing, argh ><
      I loved it a lot, both leads are adorable

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      HAVA-RAVA Jan 24, 2017

      I thought it finished last week so I started it. Then I confirmed if it really finishes that week and found out it finishes week later :'Ddd

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    Gudevanya Jan 23, 2017 - edited

    Well it's not so bad but I'm on 17th episode and I'm already struggling to finish it. At first I only started watching it because of Jeon Ji Hyeon, which is fabilous and Lee Min Ho, I can't stand him. I didn't feel the emotion. Even the kisses were like he was kissing a wall or something. :D
    And the plot - it's really repeating. I liked the part where he find his mother though. But the main idea wasn't so good I think.

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      Alessa Jan 24, 2017 - edited

      The idea of the "mermaid in the city" wasn't bad but... I think there's not enough chemistry between them and the writing is not fabulous.

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      Jay Jan 24, 2017

      He must've caught the 'kissing a wall' germ from Park Shin Hye...

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      perspective Jan 28, 2017

      Glad I'm not the only one that can't stand him. His kiss scenes lasted only 2 or 3 seconds and he couldn't even got it right. I feel Jun Ji Hyun's talent was wasted in this drama because of him. Had it been another actor, I think the drama would be more watchable.

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    Gongyoooppa Jan 23, 2017

    Nearing the end im gonna miss it

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    Panda Jan 23, 2017

    Cant wait for the last episode ♡♡

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    chandni Jan 23, 2017

    Loved this drama....before finish it I already plan to watch it again....

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    Hanah Jan 22, 2017
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    Herison Jan 22, 2017 - edited

    Cha Shi Ah and Tae Oh are a cute couple.

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    gottcha78 Jan 22, 2017

    The struggle to finish this drama is real... Started off strong with some good laughs, but halfway through lost momentum and I fight with myself to hit the play button. *sighs sadly*

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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