The ratings tide is headed in the right and upward direction for Legend of the Blue Sea, and rightly so as I liked this week’s two episodes more than the action heavy character thin episode 2. While the competition remained steady in the low single digits, Legend rose again in episode 4 to hit 17.1% AGB nationwide, a good sign for a drama with such big star leads, hotshot screenwriter, and astronomical expectations. The quibbles with the recent two episodes remain this odd sense that I’m watching events unfold without context. Many dramas treat audiences like idiots, with too much exposition when we can see what is happening without needing to be explicitly told. Here there is too little contextual plating so I actually want some exposition even if it’s clunky. Help me understand why Shim Chung loves Jae Joon already – their past Joseon era love, him taking care of her in the present – and then all will be good with me because I still am luxuriating my eyeballs in the pretty.