The Legend Of The Blue Sea Review
This year i had the opportunity to explore Asian Television more precisely Japanese, Korean & Chinese TV, which in lot of ways differ from our western television, when it comes to episode length and seasons (Which they only tend to produce one and not milk it for 10 seasons like they are doing with The Big Bang Theory & Other Sitcoms in U.S).
This is a refreshing thing since i don’t have to commit myself for watching so many episodes and also it has the benefit for the writers do better job wrapping the series up as well. Then again if you completely fall in love with the series and want to see more its unlikely that will happen sadly.
The television series centers on the love story of Heo Joon-jae (Lee Min-ho), the son of a rich businessman who becomes a handsome and clever con-man after his parents’ divorce, and a mermaid named Shim Cheong (Jun Ji-hyun). Focusing on rebirth, fate, and unrequited love, their tale is juxtaposed with the parallel story of their Joseon era incarnations, town head Kim Dam-ryeong and the mermaid Se-hwa.
Dam-ryeong and Se-hwa
During the Joseon era, a mermaid saves Kim Dam-ryeong from drowning when they were still young. Following the incident, they became friends and Dam-ryeong named her Se-hwa, after his younger sister. They ended up falling in love, but one day Dam-ryeong was forced by his family to marry another girl. Devastated by the news, Se-hwa decides to leave Dam-ryeong forever. Nevertheless, Dam-ryeong’s love for Se-hwa forced him to leave his wife and to jump into the ocean to look for the mermaid. The distraught Se-hwa erases his memories of her and their love so that he may not look for her again.
The Legend Of The Blue Sea is very classical romantic look into an old Joseon Dynasty tale about a Fisherman and mermaid. The series takes place in 2 different timelines showing flashbacks into ~1500 and then going back to modern day where the characters have reincarnated.
The Show starts out with a very strong pilot that could have worked as a tv-movie in my belief and i do believe they actually include quite lot of stuff in first two episodes and then they start to stretch things more, not in a bad way – but i did feel that this series could’ve been done in 12 episodes if they wanted to.
It surely does better job at romantic elements compared to any other western romance series has to be honest. The Music / OST is great quality and so are lot of the CGI scenes which even surpass majority of western effects ive seen in the past.
I’m not 100% sure what is the overall quality of K-Drama, since ive only watched 3 so far and its hard to tell is this the most high quality stuff or is it the middle of the pack, but verdict is that i did enjoy it however.