It’s been FOREVER since I wrote about C-dramas which equates to how long it’s been since I watched one. When I do write about C-dramas its because one has made the broader news for good or bad reasons but I really haven’t seen anything that has drawn me to click on more than one episode. So I am shocked that what looked like the cheesiest story with a male lead I’ve never been inclined to check out and a female lead I have never warmed up to actually made me marathon this sucker for the last week. I am talking about you The Blue Whisper, argh this is so much crack mixed with cringe I cannot even recommend but must explain why I watched. The drama is adapted from a fantasy novel titled Yi Jiao Ji (驭鲛记 Taming the Mer-person) but has two different drama titles for the two halves of the drama that drew me in initially. The first half is titled Yu Jun Chu Xiang Si (與君初相識 First Time Meeting the Gentleman) and the second half is titled Qia Si Gu Ren Gui (恰似故人歸 Like a Familiar Person Returning). It’s so lyrical and I was curious but the romance between a demon tamer and a mer-man just didn’t appeal to me, and neither did Dilraba Dilmarut who emotes as much as a white wall or Allen Ren who I have never seen in anything but just did not appeal to me. But towards the end of its first half run I was seeing tons of chatter about it so I clicked on the last episode of the first half and was hooked because OMG angry, power, hot as flames Allen Ren as Chang Yi the mer-man turned ruler of the North was NNNNGGGGG. He was so mad at Dilraba and I didn’t know why but he was so hot being mad I had to keep watching. And this is how I ended up watching a kinda crappy drama for a really hot mer-man and then decided to watch a really good drama after.
So The Blue Whisper as a mermaid/merman themed fantasy C-drama is nowhere near as bad as the other recent one Mirror: Twin Cities. But the fantasy building is pretty flimsy here and anytime there is fantasy world building I compare it to the perfect Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles Peach Blossoms, and here it’s like a 5/10. The only 10/10 is Allen Ren as Chang Yi, the mer-man captured by an evil goddess and falls for the demon tamer girl tasked to bring him to heel. Unfortunately Dilraba continues to be completely devoid of any emotion no matter how hard she tries, she’s actually acting and I can see effort and sincerity but she radiates and exudes blankness in emotion. And it’s hilarious (kinda) because Allen Ren (who is a new bae of mine thanks to this performance) as Chang Yi is shooting fucking laser beams of rage, intensity, interest, concern, affection, love, betrayal, anger, and conflicted everything towards Dilraba’s character Ji Yun He and she’s just……there. I’ve seen this playbook a few times before, where one actor/actress is carrying the entirety of the world’s emotional load in this story and doing it so well I can’t look away and the object of his/her affection is just there to absorb the waves and waves of emotion like a black hole. Anyways, this drama as a whole is not the stupidest story and has decent supporting characters (both performance and the writing) so if you’re bored it’s not a total waste of time and definitely worth it if you want to see Allen Ren burn up your screen especially when his character thinks Dilraba betrayed him and wants to lock her up forever. I wish I can explain but watching it works and thinking about it doesn’t haha.