Monday, January 30, 2017

The Legend of the Blue Sea

Rating: 4/5 
Episodes: 20
A mermaid from the Joseon era attempts to survive in a modern society as she tries to follow her true love, the magistrate of a town named Kim Moon from the Joseon era. In a love story that spans over thousands of years, the mermaid acquires different names (Se Hwa, Shim Cheong) and finds the modern lookalike of Kim Moon. This young man is named Heo Joon Jae and he is a scam artist. The two get involved as he tries to take her very expensive jade bracelet from Shim Cheong. However, he takes pity on her and allows her to stay with him since she had no where to go. She begins to help him and the two begin to like each other. As the two fall in love, they find history repeating itself in a new setting and with people who do not have the best intentions at heart.

          I was extremely excited to watch this drama because of the amazing cast and the supernatural elements in it. I figured it'd be somewhat similar to "My Love From Another Star" since the relationship is between a human and a mythical/supernatural being. I saw a couple of clips prior to watching this drama and I loved that Jun Ji Hyun was going to play another hilarious and spunky character. One thing that I really loved about this drama was the way it transitioned from the past to the future, showing the similarities and differences. It made it a lot clearer that history was repeating itself and made it easier to follow with the plot line. Often times, the scenes are very beautiful and I really enjoyed watching those scenes.
            This drama was absolutely perfect and so intense in a lot of scenes. It was the perfect mix of romance, comedy, and mystery as they try to end their ill-fate. I loved the characters, the people, and the way it made me constantly second guess what is going on in the drama. I also loved the character development in all the characters as they learned from each other and learned about themselves.  I've never considered Lee Min Ho as my bias or as my favorite, but time after time, I have to praise his acting in every drama he's acted in. He is truly an exceptional actor and Jun Ji Hyun was the perfect actress for this role. I can't imagine anyone else who could've been so serious, intense, badass, and funny at the same time. I couldn't even get that annoyed of the side characters because of the way Shim Cheong dealt with them and the way she was arrogant and confident in a very clueless way.
          Not only were the main characters amazing, I also loved the supporting cast. The people that helped Heo Joon Jae in his scams are probably some of the best people in this drama because of how cute they were and how they contributed to the humor of this drama. They were also people that added intensity and also helped take care of things from the sidelines. As for the antagonists of this drama, I loved the actors as well. They did an amazing job in portraying a role that is purely manipulative and evil. I found it interesting how their roles played out and how they came about achieving what they wanted. It is very interesting because they played a lot on the psychology of people and the way that trusting the wrong people can end very badly for many. I loved watching how the modern day side characters played a role in the previous lives as well. It was very fascinating to watch.
        I also love the OST of this drama so much. It was beautiful with just the perfect tinge of emotion in it that gives the drama a special place in my heart. The music track to any drama is just as important as the plot and the acting. It makes everything better. It fit well with the happy parts, the frustrating parts, the scary parts, and the touching parts. I would highly recommend this drama to many people --especially those who enjoyed My Love From Another Star.

Also Viki has 2 extra episodes from the director's cut if any of you guys are interested!

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