Just Watched: Legend of the Blue Sea

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In the beginning, I hesitated to start this drama because… you know, I am just partial with Lee Min Ho. He is a good looking and handsome guy but he does nothing to my heart. Besides, I was a bit disappointed with his character in Heirs. Nevertheless, I went with my gut again this time and saw it anyway because I love mermaid! Well, not really but… the idea of a mermaid in a kdrama is interesting! *laughs* And I love Giana, she is so pretty! I also like her casual acting. I mean, she’s not the greatest actress but she is awesome and I adore her.

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The first 6 episodes were torturous. I don’t know where to begin. I did not feel the chemistry between the OTP. The show itself was funny, though. I laughed so hard. And the story itself is extremely mystical and magical. What kept me going was the past lives of the OTP – how they met and how he reincarnated from one life to another looking very much the same and how she still able to remember him. Well, I guess she should… She’s a mermaid, so she should have good memories, right? The Legend of the Blue Sea did not only cover their present life, the show also gave us flashback scenes when they met in Joseon era. Their lives intertwined by chance and the writer continued to build the OTP’s relationship off of that. However, there is one thing that made this love story never gets its happy ending. The mermaid continuously erased his memories before she disappeared. And this is why every time they met, it feels like they are falling in love for the first time.

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Magical? Yeah! Mystical? Absolutely. Tiring? Not really. In the past, the mermaid, Shim Chung, had a tough life living in the human world. But, in this modern world, she succeeded. She got closer to Joon Jae very quickly; Joon Jae is the love of her life. Joon Jae happened to like her for a fairly good reason, too. Being a professional illusionary and thief, he had his eyes on Chung’s jade bracelet. So this happenstance was very comical to me. I really enjoyed the troublesome and the meddlesome these two goofs encountered in Spain. The only problem is their twisty path reincarnated with them too. The villain from the Joseon era followed and haunted them in this life as well. And you know what this means, right? It is like a karma… If you don’t take care of the business now, it will continue to follow you in the next life. So Joon Jae and Chung finally took care of it.

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As I said before, I did not feel the chemistry between the OTP in the first 6 episodes. I also kept going back and forth whether I should drop the show all while continuously watching it. I am so glad that I talked myself out of it because the OTP grew on me more and more. They are visually stunning together and they really carried the show beautifully. I became so in love with them more and more the minute she moved into his home. The drama did drag but by this time, I couldn’t care less anymore.

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Legend of the Blue Sea has 20 episodes. When it is over, I was completely feeling down. My son and I really enjoyed the show. By all means, the show did not get the Descendants of the Sun popularity, but for whatever reason, I found a few of my tlist that I wouldn’t think would watch Legend watched it. And best of all? They all loved it! Surprise surprise! I highly recommend Legend of the Blue Sea. I also highly recommend for a rewatch too! *beam* Oooh, one last thing…. You can’t have a Min Ho drama without a catchy theme song, right? *sings* This is a love story……. *giggles*

 

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Currently Watching: My Secret Hotel

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I was looking for something light and fluffy to fill my romance comedy drama void. And when I heard so many people went oooohs and aaaaahs over My Secret Hotel, I got curious but I still wouldn’t let myself to watch it. For some reason, part of me was not turn on by Nam Goong Min oppa *ducks from oppa fans* and Yoo In Na chick. They just not my desired couple. And also the male lead. I don’t know him and I’ve never seen him. So the three of their faces on the cover of their drama poster didn’t entice me at all. And then they were teasers for the My Secret Hotel. Now, we all know how tvN is great at making teaser dramas. They are quite innovative, funny, cute, and very alluring and tvN are great at fishing viewers through teasers. But for some reason, I still did not buy it *shrugs*

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One night, I was bored and have nothing to watch. My Secret Hotel was the last thing I have in mind but since several Kakao girlfriends of mine were so into it, I threw my towel away and started it. It was funny but not funny ha ha. It was cute but not swoon worthy. But I remember being all excited. By the end of episode 4, I started to feel exhausted. They were several scenes that keep on rolling from one episode to another to another. I mean why? To jolt our aging memories? By the end of episode 6, I started to lose interest. I saw my interest rolling down the hill and by episode 8, I decided  that this show is so wasting my time I wanted to quit so badly. You know I’m not a quitter so I saw episode 9 and 10 last night. The writers and director must have heard the screaming and cussing of their viewers. They amp up the comedy and did some abs baring scene. What did I think? Sure, I laughed and swooned but by the end of the day, my facial expressions were nothing extraordinaire. I was still bored. And speaking of writers, the original screenwriter passed away after episode 4. She died before she was able to complete the drama due to cancer. Too sad. RIP to her.

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This 16 episode drama is a failure in my opinion. The story plots are quite interesting but it wasn’t for me. My Secret Hotel told a story of a wedding planner manager, Nam Sang Hyo, who found out that the groom for the wedding is her ex-husband. And what’s worse is that the groom, Goo Hae Young, did not expect to see her and sort of still hold some feeling towards her. On the day of his wedding, a dead body, which is the body of the missing assistant manager, fell off the ballroom roof and landed on the aisle. Of course they had to cancel the wedding. The bride was upset and she immediately demanded for a refund. But the wedding planner was afraid that the hotel will lost its reputation and encouraged the couple to give the hotel another chance. Hae Young hesitated at first because of his connection with Sang Hyo. He disagree but ended up agreeing to the wedding to avoid humiliation. Two hours before the wedding ceremony, the bride disappeared and ran away with her own lover. Oh boy, this wedding was not meant to be… Her colleague, Eun Joo, replaced the bride with Sang Hyo because she knew the past relationship between Sang Hyo and Hae Young, and secondly, she’s trying to eliminate her competition since they both are interested with the hotel heir and president of The Secret Hotel, Jo Sung Gyeom.

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Long story short, the wedding went on as planned. Hae Young still has feelings toward her but she sort of resent him. The president, Sung Gyeom, wants Sang Hyo back. She’s at lost, torn and confused by her own feelings suddenly. While this is going on, the murder investigation had let the detective to the accidental death case of the president’s father. After the first body, another murder case occurred to another employee. So what will happened next? How’s the love triangle between the three would end up and will the murder case get solved?

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Like I said earlier, this drama is a failure. I do not like the OTP and the chemistry between the three of them are extremely weak. I do not feel the pitter-patter in my heart. I feel so sad. It has so much potential. Yoo In Na’s character as Nam Sang Hyo is definitely a turn off. Yeap…. this drama is a bust. Save your time and skip it.