I’ve tried not to make too many comparisons of Legend of the Blue Sea with screenwriter Park Ji Eun‘s last mega hit drama You From Another Star, but with the latest drama still release it fairly echoes a major plot point of YFAS. Leads Jeon Ji Hyun and Lee Min Ho narratively spend most of the drama in the modern day but their entwined fates start in the Joseon era between a child yangban version of Lee Min Ho and a little mermaid Jeon Ji Hyun. I’m confused as to why the mermaid can grow up but then stop aging once she gets to Jeon Ji Hyun’s level of maturity and beauty, other than as a proxy for the female ideal dream of staying the perfect phase of pretty. I have no quibbles that Park Ji Eun is cribbing for her own YFAS as long as it’s broad strokes rather than copying too many details. Let Jeon Ji Hyun and Lee Min Ho make their own romance chemistry, especially when it spawns centuries.