I’m so happy that Legend of the Blue Sea continued its upward narrative momentum from last week’s episodes 9 and 10. This week the ratings remained relatively steady with 16.7% and 17.3% in episodes 11 and 12, respectively, but the ratings don’t reflect how smoothly the OTP romance is progressing on a satisfying track. Joon Jae and Shim Chung spend the two episodes with many substantive moments of connection whether small such as in their apartment or intense when a dangerous foe emerges again. The background conflict with Joon Jae’s dad and his horrible second wife is also taking steps to bring her actions to the forefront, and I’m glad Joon Jae’s stepbrother isn’t a total douche. What makes this drama finally coalesce for me is the romance finally feels developed and now the stakes have urgency because it’s not just about the past life but the present has all the connections to make Joon Jae fight for Shim Chung and vice-versa. Love it!