The reception for Legend of the Blue Sea doesn’t yet have the legs to show that it can be the vaulter hits like Descendants of the Sun and You From Another Star. So far I would be thrilled beyond thrilled that it break 20% but I’m relieved it’s staying steady as episode 3 came in at 15.7& AGB nationwide for episode 3, a negligible increase from episode 2. I desperately want to love this drama more but it’s keeping me at arms length, guarding the Joseon era deep romance while the modern story is lightweight and slapstick so far.
The upside is the insanely beautiful visuals, but pretty doesn’t satisfy the gut need to care about the characters and whatever love torn obstacles are in the way, which is hard to when I don’t know what happened in the past and the present doesn’t make much sense so far. With that said, I do think Jeon Ji Hyun was allowed to fully shine in this episode when her mermaid was not forced to overact on the fish out of water scenes, not to mention the final scene aquarium reunion was too lovely by far to quibble with when my brain shut down and I just sighed out loud.