All eyes are on whether the new prime time K-drama ratings champion Legend of the Blue Sea will mark the fourth ratings winning drama of the year following Descendants of the Sun, Doctors, and Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. Four hit K-dramas in one year feels a bit like boom times after the dry spell in 2015, but nowhere near the heydays of lore now long gone and never to return. With that said, hitting one out of the park may be enough for networks to sustain the production of lesser rated dramas and keep viewers hooked for the next buzzy hit. Legend hit 16.4% in episode but dropped to 15.3% in episode 2 so the verdict on DotS level success remains to be seen.
Unlike DotS, Legend is not a fully pre-produced drama and currently remains in production. It started filming two months ago in September with an overseas shoot in Spain but the drama is not able to simulcast in China due to not having an ending to submit for approval yet. I find the narrative oddly lacking in context, backstory, and fantasy world building, like watching a movie without dialogue and trying to figure out what happened before to make sense of the now. But it’s visually stunning and so easy to watch, I’m loving it for the Jeon Ji Hyun eye candy show and the stunning mermaid swimming scenes.