It’s week two for Legend of the Blue Sea, with ratings to come in episodes 3 and 4 to show whether this drama is on the upswing or slowing down. I enjoyed the first two episodes but that was despite the seriously distracting elements of the modern day narrative. It was indeed too slapsticky for me, focusing too much on Jeon Ji Hyun‘s mermaid out of water situations and too little on establishing the modern day backstory.
The Joseon era story appears to connect with viewers and I like it more as well, the world building is nicely paced and the melancholy more fitting to the mood I expect with ocean-to-land-crossed lovers. The new stills from the drama are right up my alley, with Joseon era Lee Min Ho fighting off baddies. I do love the beauty of the mermaid scenes, the costuming of Jeon Ji Hyun’s mermaid is exquisite and the swimming scenes enchanting. Maybe I’m just more into seeing her in the water being a mermaid than out of the water being all sorts of random.