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Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 5

Okay, now this I want more of. Our hero turns into a hilarious bundle of contradictions today, as the romance progresses to the denial phase and he starts doing the very things he once called idiotic. Luckily for us, he doesn’t seem to have the self-awareness to know why he’s doing any of this, which means that hopefully his antics will just go on and on and on.

 

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

Joseon. Mermaid Se-hwa has come to land, and in no time Lord Yang sends henchmen to attack and capture her. She’s about to be fileted when mayor Dam-ryung swoops in like an action hero, wielding his sword and backlit by a halo of sunlight.

The henchmen try to get through him to Se-hwa, but he blocks them with swift, high-flying moves. The men go down one by one, and Dam-ryung takes Se-hwa by the hand to run to safety.

More henchmen arrive to give chase, but Dam-ryung hides them in the field, still holding Se-hwa’s hand tightly in his. Once the coast is clear, he asks if she isn’t hurt, and then adds, “I missed you.” *flutter*

Snowflakes shower down on them as they walk through the field, and Se-hwa stops to gaze at a little flower. He picks it for her and says that all flowers mean something, and this one stands for “something you have, and something I don’t—memories.”

They travel a distance on horseback, and then finally arrive at Dam-ryung’s home by nightfall, where a man watches them arrive. Out in the ocean, three mermaids swim to the surface, and Se-hwa seems to sense them and stops in her tracks. Does she hear them singing, or calling to her, all the way out here?

Lord Yang gets the report that Dam-ryung brought the mermaid to the mayor’s residence, and his gisaeng companion Hong-ran (Joon-jae’s stepmother’s doppelganger in Joseon) is pleased to hear that she walked right into their hands.

They’re interrupted when a shipping merchant comes to complain that Lord Yang is holding the crew at his inn against their will so that they can’t work. Lord Yang says he still hasn’t received their promise to deal exclusively with him, and the merchant flips the table in front of Lord Yang, and spits that he already blocks their shipping routes and steals their livelihood, but they won’t work that hard just to fill his belly. He vows to make Lord Yang’s crimes known publicly.

But the very next morning, fishermen arrive at the shore and find the merchant’s dead body on the beach. At the crime scene, officials tell mayor Dam-ryung that there are no clear indicators of how the man died, and rumors abound that the mermaid coming to land is the cause of this curse.

Dam-ryung notes Lord Yang smiling at him from the crowd, and declares that no funeral will be held until they investigate and find out whether this man was really cursed or murdered.

At the same time, gisaeng Hong-ran storms into the mayor’s compound with a shaman in tow, who supposedly saw that the mermaid was here. She demands to search the place, and the threat of Lord Yang’s power is enough to get her past the guards. One of the minion officers runs to alert Dam-ryung (ha, is that Chun Song-yi’s manager?), and Dam-ryung hurries back.

Meanwhile, Se-hwa sits in a room staring at a vase—it’s the one with a painting of a mermaid kissing a man who’s wearing modern-day clothes, which we’ve seen Shi-ah uncover in the future. Dam-ryung had explained to Se-hwa that he has dreams, and in those dreams he’s living in a strange world, and she’s there too. The drawing on the vase is something he saw in one of his dreams.

Dam-ryung doesn’t know if they’re visions, or just dreams, or premonitions of another world, but he does know one thing: “The things that are happening now will undoubtedly happen then… strangely, like fate is repeating itself.”

As he says the words in voiceover, someone busts into the room where Se-hwa is hiding…

And in the future, hit man Dae-young walks up to a door on a rainy night dressed as a cop, and mermaid Chung opens the door to let him in.

In Joseon, Dam-ryung races down the shore on horseback to return to Se-hwa, and in the present, Joon-jae zooms forward in his car to speed past the police checkpoint and get to Chung.

Seoul, present day. Dae-young is seconds away from gaining entry into the house when Joon-jae screeches to a halt outside, sending traffic cones flying everywhere. He rushes to Chung’s side and immediately notes how suspicious Dae-young looks, with no walkie-talkie and no partner.

Joon-jae asks if he’s really a cop, and Dae-young breaks into a creepy smile before running off, just as the real police arrive (one of them is the doppelganger of the mayor’s minion in Joseon).

Joon-jae tells them to go after the suspicious cop, but they’re more concerned with him blazing past their checkpoint and demand to know why he did it. Joon-jae says that he heard about the murder in the neighborhood and ran home to his girlfriend, who was home all alone.

He holds up their clasped hands and says that he was worried because she’s so easily frightened, which Chung immediately contradicts, heh. He laughs and repeats through gritted teeth that she’s afraid, and she chirps, “I am? I am.”

Joon-jae smoothly hands over a fake ID and waits as they call in to check that he isn’t a criminal, but then he notices Detective Hong, the man who’s been after him for years, coming towards them. Detective Hong catches a glimpse of the back of his head and gets this niggling feeling that he’s seen that man before. He starts to come down the steps…

But just before he comes face to face with Joon-jae, another cop comes by saying that there’s been a sighting of the killer, and the detectives rush off. The tipoff came from Joon-jae’s partner Nam-doo, who’s hiding out across the street and cursing himself for breaking all of his rules for Joon-jae.

The check on Joon-jae’s fake ID comes back clean, of course, though the officer gives him a hairy eyeball and settles for giving him a traffic ticket. Joon-jae makes another show of cooing over Chung and her rattled nerves, and she smiles shyly, loving the attention. The officer wonders why Joon-jae looks so familiar, and why he just doesn’t like the look of the guy. A past life of minionhood will do that to you.

Inside, Chung looks happily down at Joon-jae’s hand still holding hers, but sees blood on his hand and asks if it hurts. He looks startled at her concern but then he remembers to yell at her for opening the door to just anyone. She doesn’t see what the big deal is, saying that he was just a person, not even a shark.

Joon-jae doesn’t see why a shark would ring the doorbell, but he goes with it and argues that people are way scarier than sharks—fewer than five sharks kill humans in a year, while humans kill tens of thousands of sharks.

Chung just interrupts to ask if his hand doesn’t hurt, and again he deflects, arguing that she should worry about herself first before anyone else, frustrated that she put herself in danger. He wonders out loud what he’s doing, and deflates on the couch.

Chung shuffles over and says she’s really curious about something, and asks where all the little people living inside the television went, pointing to the screen and looking behind it. She asks if he can’t get the little people to come back out, because earlier one of them ended their conversation on “Your father is really…!” and then told her to meet back here “next time” to find out the answer.

Joon-jae gets a kick out of messing with her, and says that he knows the little people inside the TV very well because they live in his house. He offers to call them up and ask who the father is. So he calls Nam-doo, and Chung runs over and curls around his shoulders like a cat to listen in on the call.

Nam-doo is naturally confused when Joon-jae calls him and addresses him as if he’s talking to the little people in the TV. Joon-jae chides “them” for not finishing the conversation, and asks who the father is. Nam-doo complains that the question hits a nerve, because he’s an orphan, and Joon-jae acts like he’s just heard the juiciest bit of gossip and hangs up.

Chung is practically drooling for the answer, but Joon-jae tells her that in this world everything is give and take, pointing at her for “give” and himself for “take,” and he refuses to tell her about the birth secret until she fesses up about how they met in Spain and why he can’t remember her. But to his frustration, Chung just says she’ll wait here until “next time” to hear the answer for herself then. She says she’s good at waiting.

Joon-jae grumps and gets up close to say something threatening, except that the proximity just makes Chung bashful. He says that she might be good at waiting, but he isn’t, and gives her until tomorrow to tell him the truth or get out of this house.

Meanwhile, Joon-jae’s stepmom calls hit man Dae-young and yells at him to stick to his orders. He insists that the last killing wasn’t his doing, but she doesn’t believe him, and just asks if he’s found Joon-jae yet.

Joon-jae’s stepbrother Chi-hyun overhears his mother’s conversation and purposely interrupts to ask for a sandwich, and then intercepts a text message from Dae-young giving her Joon-jae’s address.

Chi-hyun memorizes the message and brings the phone to his mother, and drops it into a bowl of water while handing it to her. She tries to contain her frustration, while he plays dumb and offers to buy her a new phone.

Joon-jae is startled awake that night when Chung slooooowly sticks her head out of her loft door and lets her hair hang down like a creepy ghost. She tells him not to mind her: “I just want to look at your face,” she says. She’s overjoyed to learn that they’re home alone for the night, and when he tells her to quit hanging up there like that, she starts to climb down the ladder to be next to him instead of hanging over him.

He threatens to throw her out of the house now instead of tomorrow, so she quickly climbs back up. She tries to keep one eyeball peeking out at him, ha, but he orders her to shut the door. Chung lies awake in bed that night, unable to sleep. She looks over at the clock on her nightstand and stops the second hand from ticking away, wishing that tomorrow wouldn’t come.

In the morning, Chung is reluctant to open the door for Shi-ah, and says that Joon-jae instructed her not to let strangers in. Chung physically holds the gate shut, finally releasing it so that Shi-ah falls to the ground on her way in. Shi-ah fumes, while Chung tells her to stop sitting there and invites her in.

Shi-ah’s blood pressure rises even more when she learns that Chung and Joon-jae were here alone all night, and Shi-ah declares that she and Joon-jae are going to be married. Chung asks what marriage is, and Shi-ah says it’s living together and loving and caring for each other. Chung: “Ah, you mean what Joon-jae and I are doing right now?”

Shi-ah corrects her and says that Chung is mooching off of Joon-jae, sticking onto him like a bedbug and sucking his blood. Chung takes that literally, of course, and cries, “I never sucked his blood!” Shi-ah cuts to the chase and tells her to get out, so Chung starts to growl angrily like an attack dog and chomps down on Shi-ah’s finger.

There’s screaming and flailing and biting, and then we cut to Shi-ah with a bandaged finger and Chung with her head down, as Joon-jae chastises her for biting someone like a dog. Joon-jae tells Chung to get ready to talk or get out, and walks Shi-ah out to the street to catch a cab.

He ignores Shi-ah’s questions about Chung and her chitchat about work, and doesn’t even stop to say goodbye as he catches her a cab and then crosses the street. In her hand is a picture of the vase with a man kissing a mermaid, which Joon-jae never got to see.

Chung watches TV and learns from a drama character that if you confess your love on the first day of snow, your love will come true. She watches the kiss scene gleefully, but her fun is cut short when she hears Joon-jae come home.

She scuttles upstairs to her loft to avoid being thrown out. He scoffs to see that she’s been watching romantic dramas and shuts the TV off, only to have her turn it back on from upstairs repeatedly.

Joon-jae eventually lures her out with the smell of food, and tells her to eat up. But once she’s fed, he hands her a cell phone and a transit card and tells her to get out. He shows her that she can dial “1” on her phone and hear his voice (he’s programmed his number into her phone as “Guy I don’t know that well”), but tells her only to call him when she’s ready to tell him the truth.

Chung asks if now is their “next time,” and he says yes, because he made a promise yesterday. He asks why promises are made, and she remembers from when he taught her the first time and answers, “Promises are made to be kept.”

She agrees to leave if he makes her a promise too, citing his give-and-take rule, and asks for their “next time” to be on the first day of snow. She points up to Namsan Tower and asks to meet there that day, because she has something important to tell him. He wants to hear it now, but she says it has to be that day.

He agrees and steps out of the way for her to go, and she reluctantly heads out. From the terrace, Joon-jae watches her linger outside the gate before walking away, and then he scrambles to his phone to open his tracking app and see where she’s going. Lol, she only just walked out of sight!

He’s determined to watch her every move to find out for himself what her deal is. He expects her to go somewhere revealing, but her first stop is a seafood restaurant, where she pauses to talk to the fish in the tank outside.

She doesn’t have much sympathy for them, saying that she came all this way for one man, and it’s not like she wants something huge. “I just want to live together in a house and love and care for each other,” she says, using Shi-ah’s words to describe marriage.

Back at the house, Nam-doo calls Joon-jae cold-hearted for kicking Chung out in this freezing weather, confused as to why he ran to her like a crazy person one day and then kicked her to the curb the next. Tae-oh just silently holds up articles about how it’s going to be the coldest, snowiest winter and how violent crime is up this holiday season. HA.

Joon-jae smacks Tae-oh on the head for giving him a death-glare, and though he tells the boys that he’s not Chung’s guardian, he goes straight back to his phone to watch where she goes. He sees her heading to Gangnam, and decides to track her down.

Joon-jae walks out in the middle of Nam-doo’s introduction to their new target, which happens to be Shi-ah’s wealthy sister-in-law Jin-joo. Nam-doo says that she’s looking to invest her husband’s slush fund money at the moment, which means that even if she were to get conned out of the entire amount, she couldn’t report it stolen.

As Nam-doo lays this out, we see Jin-joo arrive at the vet with her dog and her housekeeper (Joon-jae’s mom). Twice, the attendants greet the housekeeper as the madam instead of Jin-joo, making her huffy. (I love that Jin-joo swaps dog for purse after it happens the first time, only to have it happen again anyway.)

Jin-joo is so mad about it that she makes snide comments about the housekeeper’s clothes and the way she looks at her, and ends up yelling at her to get out in a fit of anger. Mom trudges to the clothing donation bin to throw out Jin-joo’s clothes as ordered, and huddles there for a while trying not to cry over being fired.

What she doesn’t notice is that Joon-jae’s stepmom drives right past her. Stepmom stops by to thank Jin-joo for the food she sent over the other day, which the chairman particularly liked. Stepmom says that the chairman hasn’t been eating very well lately, but loved the food, and none of them realize that this is because it was made by his first wife. Jin-joo promises to send more any time.

But since it was the housekeeper who cooked all that food, Jin-joo eats her words and puts on a sugary act the minute the housekeeper returns to say dejectedly that she’ll pack her things. Jin-joo insists that when she said “Get out,” she meant for Mom to go outside to throw out the trash, not leave for good.

Gangnam’s homeless fashionista is first on the scene to go through Jin-joo’s clothes, and Chung is right there with her, changing up her look. (I love the show’s excuses for putting the mermaid in new clothes all the time.)

Chung watches all the regular people going home after work and wishes she had a home too, but her friend points out that the bank owns all those houses and they’re technically richer than those people because they have no debt. Chung guesses that this is why Joon-jae is always after money.

Chung asks how you make money, so her friend introduces her to a job handing out flyers in the street. She shows Chung how it’s done and warns her that the manager is watching, and Chung happily begins work, excited to make money and give it all to Joon-jae.

Joon-jae, meanwhile, has been tracking her and is surprised to arrive and see Chung passing out flyers in the street. He sighs and calls her dumb, but then when he hears the manager yell at her for doing a bad job and threaten not to pay her, he gets mad and reports the manager’s illegally parked car to get it towed.

Suddenly Chung hits the jackpot when a group of schoolboys walk up and ask her for some of her flyers. Around the corner, the boys hand the flyers to Joon-jae, who pays them 1,000 won per sheet. That’s so adorable!

After a few hours in the cold, Chung starts to shiver and looks longingly at the people who eat pastries (fish-shaped, natch) as they pass by. All of a sudden, a nice ajumma comes up to her and hands her a bag of pastries and puts a scarf around her neck, and Chung waves at her gratefully.

Around the corner, the ajumma waits for Joon-jae to pay her, and she asks if he’s going to marry that girl, and finds his one-sided love cute. He scoffs and says it’s not like that, not that the ajumma believes him.

Next, a man walks up to Chung and asks for her number, saying that she’s just his type. She starts to take out her cell phone, when Joon-jae calls and tells her never to give out her phone number to anyone. LOL. She asks innocently why, and he says that anyone who asks for her number is a bad man: “You’re good at biting, right? If anyone like that comes on to you, just bite him!”

On cue, Chung goes into attack-dog mode and growls at the man, who scampers away. Chung asks where Joon-jae is, and he answers, “Faaaaaar away from you!”…just as the cart he was crouching behind rolls away, revealing him. Pwahaha, smooooth.

She spots him instantly and bounds over to him, and Joon-jae swears that he was just passing by, and that Seoul is small enough that you can run into anyone coincidentally. Well, you can in this drama. Chung asks if they can run into each other by chance again.

He starts to go and tells her not to call out his name so loudly in the street, so Chung whispers his name into his ear, and adds that she’s working hard to earn money so she can give it all to him. She skips back to work, and he pauses to watch her.

Joon-jae’s stepbrother Chi-hyun seems to have a good relationship with Chairman Dad, who trusts him with work and dotes on him as a son. Chi-hyun asks if Dad doesn’t miss Joon-jae, and offers to look for him.

Dad is grateful for the gesture and says he’s already got people looking for Joon-jae, and Chi-hyun suggests that they keep the search for Joon-jae a secret from his mother. Chairman Dad looks surprised and asks why, and Chi-hyun only answers, “Just because.”

Chung is still handing out flyers as it gets dark, and she stops short when a man in black approaches her and holds out a hand for a flyer. It’s hit man Dae-young, and she seems to recognize him. “You’re wearing a hat again,” she says, and his smile fades. But before he can answer, it starts to rain and Chung runs for cover. Dae-young wonders if she recognized his face.

Meanwhile Chi-hyun is parked outside Joon-jae’s house, contemplating what to do as the rain falls.

Inside, Joon-jae looks out his window at the rain, and sees it turn to snow. The radio announces the first snowfall of the year, and out in the street Chung sticks her hand out as the snow comes down.

Yoo-na, the little girl who bought her a meal the other day, sees Chung standing outside her tutoring academy, and Chung proudly reports that she’s making money now. Chung asks if this is the first snow, and says she has to get to Namsan. Yoo-na somehow reads her thoughts, and asks if she’s going there to meet Joon-jae.

That startles Chung, and she asks, “You heard that? Most people can’t hear my real voice.” The little girl doesn’t know what she’s talking about, but tells her to take a taxi if she has money, or the bus if she doesn’t. Chung thanks her and takes off running.

Joon-jae grumbles at the snow that there are so many things to be annoyed about ever since Chung showed up. He sees on his tracking app that Chung is headed to Namsan as promised, and he whines as he gets dressed, complaining out loud but grinning from ear to ear the whole time. As he drives out, Chi-hyun follows behind him.

Chung gets off the bus just as Joon-jae’s car passes her, and she runs excitedly toward the entrance at the thought of seeing him. Chung stops to look up at the tower, heart filled with excitement, when suddenly a car comes to a screeching halt and she goes down, her flyers fluttering down around her. Ack.

Up ahead, Joon-jae misses the accident entirely and drives in. Chung lies in the road in a heap, and the driver gets out of his car—it’s Chi-hyun, and he looks shaken up.

Joon-jae waits up at Namsan Tower and checks his phone again, wondering where Chung is. He smiles in anticipation and holds out his hand to catch the snow.

Down in the street, Chung’s vision of the tower starts to blur and a tear falls down her face as her eyes close.

Epilogue. Joseon. While initially held captive by Lord Yang, mermaid Se-hwa becomes a target for neighborhood children who throw rocks at her. Se-hwa calls out desperately in her mind, “Help me,” and one little girl—Yoo-na’s doppelganger—stops at the sound of the mermaid’s voice.

The little girl says she heard the mermaid ask for help, but her brother insists that he heard nothing, and drags her away.

Seoul. Little Yoo-na looks out her window at Namsan Tower, far off in the distance. She tells her mom, “Unni asked for help,” and points to the tower, but Mom thinks she’s making things up not to study, and pulls her inside.

 
COMMENTS

Well, I guess that answers the question about how far mermaid telepathy travels. I wonder what makes that little girl so special. The existence of all these doppelgangers and the fact that history is repeating itself so closely in the two timelines is becoming an increasingly interesting part of this world’s mythology. This is especially true now that we’ve learned that the vase is Dam-ryung’s and he’s seeing visions of things that Joon-jae is experiencing centuries in the future—they seem to be visions of his own reincarnated life to come. And if so, why is the past version having visions of the future one, and not the reverse? It’s the backwards time that’s tripping me up, but I’m starting to wonder if they’ll all be stuck in an endless loop until the mermaid changes her fate somehow.

I like this idea that a person’s true nature remains consistent over various incarnations, because it can be played for comedy like in the case of Mom and Jin-joo or the mayor’s minion officer, or used to drive our curiosity like with our villain duo or the little girl who can magically hear mermaids. What we’re starting to see from all of these repeated appearances is that history repeats itself because the souls are fundamentally the same, and they’re drawn to the same people and will make the same choices over and over again. Now I’m waiting to discover more of our present-day cast in Joseon—people like Shi-ah and Nam-doo—because it will ultimately reveal what kind of person we’re dealing with in the future.

I don’t necessarily want to chalk the whole romance up to fate—agency is important and I like that clearly, Joon-jae can choose to walk away at any time—but I don’t mind the notion that it’s in his nature to always choose to go back for the mermaid. Dam-ryung returned to Se-hwa when he didn’t remember her, and it’s the same way that Joon-jae is returning to Chung now—consistent within one character before and after amnesia, and consistent across both characters. I do wish that Chung’s love for Joon-jae carried the same weight as Se-hwa’s, who received the love she wanted and sacrificed it for Dam-ryung’s happiness, but I expect that to develop slowly over the course of the show, because we have history to back us up.

I find Joon-jae’s growing care for Chung to be really heartwarming at this stage, because he’s in denial about it but unable to actually let her go. It makes for some endearing rom-com antics with him trying to look cool and uncaring while being a daddy long legs in the background, and it cracks me up how many times he’s seen her ON THE DAY that he kicked her out. I don’t think this stage with them apart will last very long, especially with that car accident, but if we can get more of Joon-jae coming up with schemes to help Chung without her knowing and the boys giving him a hard time about her, I wouldn’t mind it one bit.

 
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This is my favourite episode so far.

I love this show keeps on getting better and better with each passing episode.

I also noticed the complaints have reduced since all the people who have been hating on the show have finally dropped it.

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I'm selfish like that, but I wished all the viewers who don't enjoy or are out of patience with this drama could just drop it. I would rather be one of the few who watch it and enjoy that experience, than have to have my enjoyment spoiled every recap because of viewers who can't let go of the drama they don't like. I know it's selfish of me not to want to share the drama but I just don't like to have my experienced lessened and spoiled every time by the same kind of comments. Can't I just enjoy this in peace?
Legend is not even my crack drama (waiting for Goblin to take that spot) but that doesn't mean I don't want to savor the experience.

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Drama has been getting worse and more boring each episode. Ratings are down too so Korea agrees with me. Final scene of the episode saved it from me dropping it next episode, but that was close.

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So the drama is has you so bored that you, keep on watching it then go to look for and check its rating and finally commenting how boring it is each week.

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@purplemarguerite
I think we (international audience) and people of Korea have different tastes.

There have been many instances where I still don't understand why dramas like Heirs or even Moon Embracing Sun were liked so much in Korea (as compared to international audience). Maybe it's their demand or their demography that differs.

Although DOTS had a great storyline and casting, but it becoming a Hallyu is still incomprehensible, when I can understand the same for You From Stars.

Similarly, I don't know how ratings of dramas like Healer, You're Beautiful and many such dramas are down/mediocre in Korea, but loved internationally (which should also include Playful Kiss as well).

However, I can agree with Korea when it comes to dramas like You From Stars, Secret Garden, BOF, Coffee Prince, etc.

So, for us, Korean ratings don't matter much, quality does.

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Agree 100%!

Everything you said...

Ditto every single drama you listed...

And I'm gonna make a point about an intense audience that can just turn against a drama for the minutest reason... It's like adjusting their expectations is too excruciating an experience for them...lol.

It had to be this way and it's not...so drama meet shaft...

It's just limiting possibilities

I think I'm astute enough and sufficiently aware to understand why some dramas do better than others and whether some will admit it or not many of the reasons are super frivolous because its just entertainment.

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I can't believe how Koreans liked Heirs at all. It was so bad! Park Shin Hye was a disaster. The whole thing was a disaster.

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the ratings in korea are iffy because the ones who are actually tuning in live with their TVs are usually the older demographic and ahjummas. thats why morning dramas have such high ratings.
and whenever im in korea ive noticed that the older generation tend to stay away from the more complicated dramas (aka beautiful mind, W) and just watch a simpler one that they can watch absentmindedly.

of course, what ive said is quite overgeneralizing and theres a lot of exceptions (good wife, signal, etc).

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@ passionata
Good observation. That really explain why W didn't rate higher coz I thought it was groundbreaking in terms of concept ...

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I agree (well, except for You from the Stars). As for the ratings, it's about the same as in the US. It's the tweens or the older folks who sit around and watch tv when it's airing (hence the ratings) but most people in their 20's and early 30's are not sitting at home watching when it airs or watching tv dramas at all. Only a few select shows in the US get that kind of viewership (ex: GOT).

The international fans have the privilege of streaming sites so we can watch them whenever we want and/or all at once. I'm sure the 20's and 30's in Korea also watch online but I'm just speaking to the demographic in terms of ratings.

As for taste, international fans and Koreans clearly have different cultural background which affect their sense of comedy, drama, romance etc. The tastes are just different so that's probably why some dramas that just seem really generic, cliched and seemingly boring to us are big hits in Korea. It's prob not for them. It's the same with movies, some of the best Bollywood movies I've seen just tanked in India. And some of the best films from the US didn't even hit the box office in Korea.

I'm just glad that we have forums like dramabeans and other streaming sites so like-minded drama fans can talk about the dramas and share their likes and dislikes. I'm ok with people expressing annoyance or dislike for a drama. All opinions should be welcomed as long as it's not mean and hateful. I'm sure people who are watching but don't like the drama are saying so bc they are disappointed - they either expected more from the writer or the actors and would have liked to seen the drama take a different road, that's all.

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@Affie: Is that so? I didn't knew. Lol! Thanks.

@A. Schimidt: Exactly, I can't even fathom how I watched it for 20 episodes. Nobody pulled a trigger, still I completed it. Hats off to me!

@passionata: Thanks for the info. It's something similar to what happens in my country (India) too. All the #$%&@$% dramas top the list and thus, we, the younger and mid-twenties generation, have turned to American and Korean (and many more Asian) dramas.

@Moonie: Yep, agreed. That is what even I think, when demographically speaking. As of now, I am happy with LOBS and I have become a LOBSter too. Lol!

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Ever since I discovered that Yong Pal was a Korean ratings hit (and I'll Remember You a dud) I've decided Korea and I are not going to agree on what counts as quality TV. I'd be spooked if Korea and I agreed at this point.

I'm liking this show. Slow start, but this episode showed a lot of the tracks are being laid for a strong second-half narrative, which all too often doesn't happen. I prefer a slow build to a lingering drama death.

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@miranda: Popularity =/= quality. Even if a show has high ratings, it doesn't mean it's receiving high praise. DOTs, Yong Pal, and other popular dramas were heavily criticized.

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I wouldn't go as far as to say that it's boring me, but I do feel disappointed that it lacks the same tension that You From Another Star did. Also, I don't completely buy into the present day romance yet.

While I like how Joon-Jae is helping the mermaid, I just don't feel that he and Chung have a strong enough bond to have such a deep pull towards each other. For example, in You From Another Star, the two protagonists were both lonely individuals who helped each other in times of need and had deep, meaningful chemistry from the start. In Legend of the Blue Sea, I'm getting that heart-tugging pull from the Joseon storyline(most likely because of the touching backstory) but not from the present one, and the fact that the story establishes that the past and the present are different only makes it harder for me to buy why Joon-Jae is so warm towards the mermaid. Chung's characterization may also be a factor, because it's like dealing with a child, and romance doesn't seem to fit in at times.

One thing I miss that I thoroughly enjoyed in You From Another Star was the suspicion. Why does no one question the mermaid's home and background and just let practically a stranger into the house? Her supernatural strength(in episodes 1 and 2)? Why did Joon-Jae believe Chung when she said she absorbed information from a laptop overnight(or at least, he didn't show any major skepticism and brushed it aside in episode 2)?. These small things also make it hard to buy into the main plot in general.

And then there's the lack of tension. That ending scene in this episode, for example, made me curious to know what happens in the next episode, but it would be so much more thrilling if the director hadn't spent a bunch of minutes on Joon-Jae and Chung taking transportation to the tower(duh moments) and brought the car crash to a climax. It would have been especially nice if the director had tied in what Joon-Jae had said about protecting yourself first. Right now, the only thing holding this show together is the chemistry between the leads and Jun Ji-Hyun's acting, with the plot having no agency, and many parts seem to be dragged out(conversations going on longer than necessary, etc.).

I am disappointed that this was not the quality that You From Another Star had been, because I think better directing and music selection would have made this show a masterpiece. Some parts just seem to drag out, and I come back to this show without an immense amount of anticipation(I am more inclined to watch Weightlifting Fairy sometimes because it does a good job of making me yell for more). Although this is still much better than your average drama, I wish it would give me that heart-tugging feeling that makes me ache for more.

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lol, i do agree that they drowned and lay on the ground after car crashes very peacefully. also, the past and the present are more linked than i thought. that sucks because it begans to seem like an agent of fate. since your nature doesn't change, your actions wont either, which is very much like fate.

i don't like all the coincidences that are happening between the past and the present either. it makes it seem more like fate too. even if they have the same natures, must they all be one time period and must they go through almost the exact same counterparts?

such actions would be criticized in other dramas but not this one. sigh.

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I kinda understand why Joon-jae is attracted to Chung. He is this cynical man who always sees the worst in everything... and then he met the innocence Chung who sees the best in him. She lays down her guard, drops her defenses, and trusts him completely and falls in love with him without any hesitation. This woman, slowly but surely, makes Joon-jae less and less cynical.

However, just like you, I don't really understand what makes Chung falls in love with Joon-jae to the point she's willing to leave everything behind for him.

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I agree with you Emaneul...
This one is definitely not as intense as YFAS... but I think suspicion is largely missing because Chung just appears to be a headcase...maybe a retarded person... In YFAS...Do MIN J dropped many hints in plain sight of others that he was otherworldly. Chung some times does...but they are not so far out as to make one suspect her of being not human...

My personal whim is that the villain here isn't scary enough . Shin Rok was really scary in YFAS to me.

The bgm here could also be spoken of... but the thing is that it's not any different than that of other hyped dramas...if anything this soundtrack to me...is subtler than those of Heirs and DOTS.

The cliffhanger could have been more suspenseful but I think the director deliberately made it more heart breaking.. . More like instead of yelling ottoke at the end scene...i cooed a calm aigoooo...

Y'know? Heartfelt...

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I hate to agree with you because I must be the biggest JUn Ji Hyun fan, but unfortunately, I do. Maybe, we have been been expecting too much. Crossing fingers!

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@Affie about the villain, i somehow don't feel like we have fully established that in the show yet. The murder Ma saying that he did'nt kill the neighbour was sooo suspicious!!!

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Exactly.

If I am not enjoying a drama, I drop it and move on with my life.

I do not continue watching it and then go on every thread to complain about how bad it is, like who has time for that ?

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I already drop it by episode 4 last week, so worry not abot that.

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Wouldn't it be nice if comments were color-coded? Red for like, Blue for dislike, black for neutral, something like that. Then we can just read those that we want to, and no one has to get their viewing or commenting experience ruined. ?

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Yes! Idk how that would work though. Like you click the color while you write. I'd probably have to change my mind during the comment, lol. I think I'm a fan all the time. But I'm pretty much neutral most of the time.

Plus, it'd be more work for @mary.

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plus 2 for you di and clint. you guys just hit the fan. i want to be selfish too. if they cant enjoy the drama then leave it alone.

it was just a simple rule in kdrama land. if you dont like it, then stop it. how come you dont like the drama, go on rampant, checking the ratings, then read recaps if you hate it? lol.

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@ Clinton carter, Di
In the same boat ?
I like this show for a number of reasons:
- I always appreciate any fantasy in shows cuz it takes a little bit more effort in terms of CGI and other creative visuals etc
- Both actors are charming and especially for LMH, I like him in this role more than his other roles (city hunter is close)...
- i dunno what ppl expect from the romance department but for now I am fine with that now...

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Problem is, there are people like me who can't drop it though we are somewhat bored coz we're waiting for things to get better, hoping for somethin, anything that'll make us get excited about it and watch the next ep - raw. It's JJH and LMH so you know, I was expecting fireworks but there's not much chemistry, not even a spark except for the Joseon backstory which is much more interesting, really.
Now, is she the same mermaid from the Joseon era? Why is she so far away from Korea when they first met in the modern time, spain, was it? Is it a need to migrate coz the water is cold in Korea thing? But Europe is way over there, just saying. ok, whatever, the view was stunning, I am thankful, so forget reasons and logic. This cannot replicate the success of You who came from the stars.

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same!! fav episode so far...actually i was often annoyed in the previous episodes...but this one somehow was better ,,,or may its just my post exams good mood! but waiting for more..Heo Joon Jae just might turn out to be my only likeable LMH character

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Same!

I was on the LMH is overrated bandwagon ...but he is killing this role!

I'm eating all my words now cos I'm super digging him here...BOF doesn't come close

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i'm still watching and still enjoying the drama, although it hasn't really sucked me in. i'm glad for this though coz the wait between weeks when you're live watching can be agonizing. but it's a fun, breezy drama at the end of the day when i can lay in bed, switch my brain off and enjoy

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People who find fault with shows but love dramas in general, do not necessarily drop them. They simply find a group of people with which they can intelligently discuss the shows flaws and strengths. If they've stopped discussing them in one location, it says a great deal about the other commenters at that location.

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Oh, you make a good point. :) I didn't like the second and third episodes (so skipped through most of them), but this episode is nudging me back on the wagon. Too bad Jeon Ji-Hyun is here, otherwise I would have dropped it without a backwards glance. Her mermaid brings out my protective instinct, and I'm a girl...!

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@me. I agree with you 100%

I'm all for discussion of flaws and strengths... but some do like to rub it in at times... like I could be a drama snob too... but I don't drop shows and come on here to tell everyone... after reading recaps and checking on ratings... no less...lol.

This site is super nice and decent though and I don't think anyone deliberately means to offend other commenters, jebal.

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Fair enough.

I'm good with intellectual discussion. I'm not so fond of the simple "I hate this, why that, this is such a waste".

I think that's what the OP was getting at.

By the way, is this the same @me from 11/20 TDB: WWW? If so, how are you feeling dear?

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I created a place for us Lobs all week.

Join the conversation on Hangouts: https://hangouts.google.com/group/PgA60cBoLqGiiz4F2

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I'm rewatching and two questions so far.

1) Did Dam-ryung's entire childhood disappear or just her?
2) Is the villain duo reversed now or does stepmother somehow owe her position to serial killer/escapee?

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they haven't shown the concubine in modern wrld right? LMH's step mom (old or young version) is not the same actress rt?

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I believe it's the younger version of the stepmom.

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n i have Q3:

water doesn't change legs back into fish tail?

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I guess few drops is negligible. It is not same as getting your legs fully wet. In Spain when it rained, her scale/fish tail din't make an appearance.

On second thoughts, the camera focused a little too much on her legs when she took shelter from rain under a building, before the little girl's visit.

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Maybe only salt water turns her legs to a tail?? So, when it rains, she just gets wet, like the rest of us. No, that is not correct, we mortals get rained on and take on the appearance of a drowned cat, a Mermaid get rained on and she just looks naturally beautiful. Geeez, sucks when even Fantasy ain't fair:(

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Sim Chung was seen checking out her legs after taking shelter from the rain so i think she transforms if her legs get wet first.

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I'm pretty sure water changes her legs into fishtail; that was why one of the men trying to catch her in Joseon time was carrying a bucket of water, to splash over her legs, and today, there's a close-up of her sneakers that cover her feet up and she's making an effort to stand as far in under the awning as possible when it started to rain.

I've a Qn:
Does anyone know what's the drama that she's watching in this ep, w the lovers frolicking in the snow?

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@KDaddict
That drama she is watching was likely made for the show since the tv showed it was being broadcast by SBC...a fictional station.

Could it be a real drama though? Seemed very cheesy. Lol. Or maybe too fluffy...wont it have been raked over the coals here on DB? hehe...

The previous "Your father is..." Drama seemed to be a real drama though... So I stand to be corrected on this "first snow" one though...

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It could take a larger amount of water or maybe it's only saltwater that changes her back to a mermaid.

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I've seen this in mermaid lore. I approve.

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I think it's just her. Just like Joon-jae, he remembers doing everything he did with Chung, but can't remember that he did it with or because of Chung.

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Kim Gang-hyun is life. My 8th drama with him and I'm delighted to see him.

How much rain/snow does it take to turn a mermaid in this mythology? Is someone (Lee Ji Hoon) going to find out in ep 6?

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I could watch Hye-sun and Ji Hyun fight all day. And then get scolded by Minho ?

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I'm totally hooked with this story!

Totally loved how Joon Jae helped Chung behind the scenes..that made my heart flutter so much :D

Can't wait for the next episode!!

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That was too cute!

I was like "Noona!" ? when the boys came up. And then, he paid them? ?? omo

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Wow. Seems like the writer has been laying down subtle clues over each episode that suggest something bigger behind :o Why was DamRyung able to see visions of his future self? Why could the little girl hear Chung's voice?! And what is up with this stepbrother guy?! And Shi-Ah, is she on the evil side or the good side?! Ahh excited for the next episode!

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I am ashamed to admit it but I didn't recognize Lee Ji Hoon until this episode. I hope he's good.

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Step bro seems like a decent guy.

And Shi-ah doesn't seem like a bad person either. Well I hope she's not a bad person. I always have soft spot for a smart woman who takes pride in her job even though people around her belittle that job.

I think it's gonna be funny if Shi-ah ends up liking Chung more than Joon-jae... I mean, if she ever finds out that Chung is actually a mermaid. I want to see her being excited about seeing a real mermaid alive in front of her, asking her tons of question to study her, and become very protective about Chung since Chung is a very precious rare mermaid. LOL. Ah now that I said it, i really want it to happen.

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I think it would serve one better to have visions of a future self than of a past self. What could a future self possibly change about a past self? Unless there's a time machine/warp thingy involved...

I will say I'm interested in knowing how it ties in with their present day doppelgangers...Se Hwa is not the same mermaid from before and neither is Joon Jae...so who will make the links?

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Same here. There is definitely a larger hidden plot here that is delibrately being withheld.I hope the PD blows our minds in a awesome way. This episode gave me so much hope for this show->A western styled intricate mystery (fingers crossed) in the garb of romance fiction is my prediction.

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Im almost giving up. This drama is becoming less and less interesting. this whole episode seemed like a waste of time as nothing happened! Only the very end of the episode gave me something to look forward to, but again, the accident was another typical overused cliche. I like romance, but this one so far is way to fluffy for my taste. There are no interesting themes to explore and think about, nor interesting personality qualities or multilayered characters.

FLUFF!! Empty-headed fluff!

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“There are no interesting themes to explore and think about”

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out of all the criticism to accuse this drama of, this one just sounds silly

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+1 this viewer clearly has not comprehended anythjng about this show or its direction

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Agreed. the drama is all fluff, good for time-kill but doesn't give much else. it's boring. well, good thing is it's not terrible terrible. JJH is saving it.

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I almost give up too but the cliffhanger was good and I am definitely tuning in tonight.

I admit the pace is a bit slow and ones may need the patience to pick up the subtle clues thrown here and there along each episodes. The Joseon backstory continue to be endearing and LMH as Joon Jae with his involuntary kindness towards the mermaid is so cute, I find myself smiling watching his action.

The ending of this episode was kinda sad. Giving me the vibe of "Love Affair"where Annette Benning got hit by car otw to meet Warren Beatty. I wonder if this would have any effect on her legs since in Josoen, Lord Yang was told the weakness of the mermaid who come to land is the legs.

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I believe I've watched a variation of this car accident going to meet a loved one before...ive forgotten where exactly...but the character was human and died and its ghost went and did the meet-up and dated the living person till it found a way to tell them it was a ghost...lol

Similar stuff in the movies "The Lake House" and "Ghost" too...

Not thinking that's gonna happen here though..

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I watched an ancient Chinese drama with the the same plot except the woman jumped off a bridge and died but later regrets it.She is a ghost already but finds her sweetheart along the way,even marries him lol then she tells her she is a ghost AFTER they get married and leaving him to go to the afterlife with him take care of their ghost baby.I believed the story was Siang-chun (湘裙) in Dark Tales II.

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I agree that not much by way of plot happens in this episode so I can understand your frustration.
At the same time, I'm admittedly a fan of fluff so I can't complain because I could watch their antics all day.
Still, it's only episode 5 and I can already tell this writer's style is to drop subtle hints to bring the story together. Plus I do think it has interesting dynamics it explores sometimes with humor and sometimes with seriousness.
Kdramas are chock full of clichés so that's nothing to be upset about if it's used well.

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I like fluff, I am one of those people who enjoyed cring worthy scenes in DOTS but here, I simply don't get it. It isn't even characters being complicated, it is about them being unlogical for the sake of angst and funny moments.
I can also do description of both main characters in past with one word
Lee min Ho in past- noble guy
Mermaid in past- noble lady.

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@Nina...have you not met any weird and quirky people in your life lol?

And of course there's angst...have ever lost something and can't remember where you put it?

Anyway...i get the laughs in this show... So yeah
DOTS may not have had me on my first viewing but I plan to watch it again and see...but I certainly didn't see the basis for the cringe-worthy scenes in that particular fluff piece lol

And my description for the two characters in the present day are... Eccentric guy and kooky/quirky lady ...in which case they match...like their past noble counterparts.

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LOL. And yes to your description of present day them. Perfect match.

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i agree on the romance, personally, im not feeling it not specifically because of the chemistry but the development and way its written. but im a bit picky when it comes to romance, i can watch and enjoy various types of romance but at the same time not be really invested in it, feel those butterflies, its needs to have an addictive quality to it that i want to feel. im sure there a themes in this drama, im just thinking about it and i cant say it from the top off my head,maybe its my fault or that the drama is executed in a way that those thematic elements dont capture my attention or those themes arent as concrete yet.

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This episode was extremely funny. I didn't expect Min Ho and Ji Hyun to have such goo chemistry.

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I meant I didn't expect them to have such good** chemistry.

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Their romantic and comedic chemistry are great.

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They are adorably funny together! Also enjoying side characters here. Joon-jae's maknae minion (ack, his name escapes me now, drat it all) was so stinkin' cute in his wordless chiding this episode. Lee Ji-hoon as little brother? Yes! Let's do this, so he can get into his role even more. I've missed him since MOTW. :-D

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This episode was hilarious! Lee Min Ho does comedy really well when he puts his mind to it. Cracked a rib laughing at the part where Tae Ho held up news about how harsh the world was XD

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That was hilarious and I laughed both times at TH's deadpan expression holding up the tablet. XD

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imo he looked more disgusted than deadpan but still funny either way xD

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It's been 5 episodes and they're still dragging out the reason why she erases his memories! UGHHH. Seriously I can be a patient viewer but even this is too much. And now she's in an accident and most likely won't be able to reveal the reason until what, episode 10. I'm really frustrated. :/

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she erased his memories in episode 3, it is episode 5,

it has been barely two episodes that they have dragged it

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I think that has been explained pretty well already.. She does not deliberately erase his memories. It happens when she kisses because that is what it is. When a mermaid kisses a human, human loses his memories.

The two kisses they showed, both times she did it to save him underwater. That also is a typical mermaid legend that I have seen in all mermaid fiction - that to save someone underwater, mermaid simply has to kiss. (I am sure Disney made that up!! ha ha)

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I'm wondering about that actually. My subtitles worded it as if it's something a mermaid chooses to do. But is it everytime she kisses someone? Because....that's...going to be rough.

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Maybe it's just if it's underwater?

What legend is it that underwater saving needs water? I've never seen that in mermaid lore, especially not Disney.

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*needs kissing?

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It is definitely a choice made by the mermaid to erase...ergo...there could be future kisses without that particular effect...im sure

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I think that kissing thing hasn't been explained clearly, or did I miss something? The only rule that has been explained clearly is that mermaids can take human's soul and memories when mermaids "touch" human, however they can control this ability. That grandpa who worked for Dae-young in Jeoson era said that mermaids only erase the memories they want to erase.

Now the question is does erasing memory through a kiss work differently than erasing memory through a touch? I hope they're not different though since it sounds ridiculous to me.

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@Kate... It is entirely possible that Chung erased Joon Jaes memory because she doesn't want him to know she's a mermaid YET.

Since they met...i have noticed she seems to want to begin their entire relationship on a fresh slate...

Though find it a bit unfair she wants to keep the entire chunk of their dalliance from Joon Jae...if she tells him everything how will she explain them surviving that jump into the ocean without saying she's a mermaid?

I think she can be allowed to keep that little nugget of life-altering info to herself until she is good and ready to tell JJ.

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Yes, her mermaid identity is her greatest vulnerability and it is understandable that she wants to keep it hidden. In the past it becoming known made her a target for suffering (beaten for her pearl tears) and death (oil from her tail). Anyone trying to protect a mermaid is also thrown into danger.

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Exactly!

Se Hwa does seem more vulnerable and less daring than Chung and I'm sure Chung could fare better having her secret out there than Se Hwa ever could... But the effect of treating her like an artifact could be the same and debilitating to overall well-being.

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Maybe it's some kind of protocol that has been taught to mermaids: Don't let anyone see you, if someone does, erase his/her memories of you.

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I like this theory! I mean can you just imagine the danger mermaids would be in if the world knew about their existence?

@Kate, there are a few plausible reasons that one can think of as to why Shim Chung would erase Joon Jae's memory. I think it's the not knowing why that keeps people coming back for more. Were these questions all answered by episode 5, the show would lose a huge chunk of it's intrigue.

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Agreed. It is a fantasy rom-com and without these little mysteries, I don't think people would watch this drama. Some people are finding this drama boring and to keep narrating it in a single direction would definitely turn off the curiosity.

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Thanks for the recap, GF!

I really like the Joseon time period scenes and it's so interesting to see the parallels in present time. The epilogue is always a great add-on for a more complete storytelling. It's really enjoyable to see the layers of the two timelines played out, which keeps us engaged while waiting for what has occurred in the past to be repeated in the present. I'm really curious how DR dreams about this future and how all the doppelgängers are connected. It's quite funny to see the present time counterparts, like Mom and Jinjoo, knowing their relationship in the past.

The little girl with the special hearing ability of mermaids really intrigues me right now. I can't wait to find out why she has this ability and I hope to see more of her interactions with Chung.

JJ is already falling for Chung and he's totally denying it. XD It's so funny watching him being unaware of his feelings and claiming he doesn't care and just kicks her out, yet installing the tracking app and hunting her down. LOL I also love how Chung always surprises him. She's not just some dummy; she's different in his eyes and stands out--from showing concern for his injured hand to earning money and giving it all to him. It bewilders him and catches him off-guard, which is why he can't help but be curious about her, amused by her, worried for her, and just drawn to her. Hope this continues since the advice he gives to her about protecting oneself first and being worried for oneself first doesn't really seem to be the philosophy that's he's following when it comes to Chung. =P

The ending was sorta expected since it couldn't be that easy for them to just meet at Namsan, confess, and get together. I'm sure they have hurtles to overcome before we get to that point. But CH being the driver that hit her did surprise me. Did he just follow JJ out of curiosity of meeting him? Was he going so fast that he didn't spot Chung standing there? In any case, now I'm wondering if it's gonna be a hit-and-run. I'm also worried for Chung since the car probably hit her legs? And legs are a weak spot for mermaids according to what we learned from Joseon times, which makes me wonder whether it means they can never turn back into mermaids without their legs, and if it somehow means they won't be able to survive on land, or what the consequence may be...

Anticipating ep. 6!!

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To be honest, I'm not crazy over this drama, but I find it more and more interesting, entertaining, light and plain fresh. The Joseon period is captivating, and the modern era story keeps me giggling like a crazy person everytime I recall it.

One thing about this ep though...it makes me wonder about whether CH is a good person or a bad person like his mom. I agree that it was an accident. But I wonder if this accident (and how furious JJ will be if he found out!) will change his relations with JJ.

Since I watched too many dramas, my first thought would be that he will save her, and eventually fall for her. And btw, the mermaid will have amnesia in addition to her inability to turn to mermaid because of the accident. Cue CH to enter her life as the third wheel, and JJ to find her afterwards, being completely jealous and all, but still in denial. Lame scenario, I know. But we still have 15 more ep to go. :p

My second thought....the mermaid will have amnesia, and will be unable to turn to mermaid, and CH will take a good care of her, but learning that she is special for JJ, he will make use of her to get JJ do anything that he wants.

I dunno what kind if guy CH is. But it makes me nervous thinking what ifs already. (Ok, perhaps I am crazy about this drama, but only a bit)

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Oohhh you're right!

Can CH be good or are we gonna get another brothers war over the girl? I think we might! Ye olde Love Triangle just entered the building... And here I was thinking Shi-Ah was the only contender...

Alas...that would mean employing the amnesia trope though ...hehe

Next thing is will he be smitten for real or to get at JJ?

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It will break my heart a little though, if the brother is evil. He might be. If that is correct, our otp really is surrounded by evil people. Stepmom, stepbro, killer on the loose....and with fellow conman hitting on his bracelet, we really cant say he has sturdy ground to stand on.

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Hi Bunny! I'm holding out hope that CH will be a good guy. He seems quite aware that his mom is up to no good--enough to purposely drop her cell and conceal JJ's address plus tell Dad about not letting his mom know that Dad is looking for JJ... He seems curious about his stepbro and wants to get to know him. Whether or not he has any ulterior motives is too early to tell at this point. And he did look quite stricken after hitting Chung. Let's just wait and see... It could go the love triangle route though I hope it doesn't. I kinda wish this mermaid can be the two brothers' secret and they both help her navigate this world.

Don't know if you saw Cinderella and Four Knights. But I kinda wish CH is like Bodyguard Lee, who only pretended to appease his mom to fight for the inheritance and the chairman's company. In the end, he pulled a fast one on his mom and remained loyal to the chairman and the cousins.

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Is the gisaeng really the stepmother’s historical counterpart? They have such different faces...I'm pretty sure it's two different actresses. (While we're on the topic...is the actress playing the gisaeng the same one that played the evil nurse in Signal? She looks so familiar...)

I got a kick outta watching Joon Jae bribing everyone to take Chung's flyers, and the lady laughing at him thinking he was mooning over her ?

I keep waiting for Joon Jae to notice that Chung is still wearing his "magic-trick" necklace. She's had it on for the past few episodes. He won't remember giving it to her of course, but it would surely start to turn some wheels in head...right? I'm sure it has to come into play somehow.

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I didn't recognize the similarity between the gisaeng and stepmom either...

Yes, I'm waiting for JJ to spot that necklace!!! She's gotta shed those coats she keeps getting from the donation box. LOL

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The gisaeng is the stepmom when she was younger. She was in the scene where JJ was young and crying and she pretend comforted him.

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younger version of stepmom =gisaeng in joseon era

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Hee! That necklace! You're right!

Will Joon Jae for sure remember he gave it to her though? That's my wonder...

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the gisaeng is the younger stepmother's counterpart on episode 4

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No wonder she looked so familiar! Yes, she's the nurse! Thank you!

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This episode definitely went to Joon-jae! I loved his Daddy Long Legs antics and I had a feeling he wasn't going to completely cut her off even though he acted like that towards Chung.

And after that ending, I need this next episode like now. I was thinking what if they give the mermaid amnesia?! Isn't that like mandatory in dramas after a car of doom hits our heroine in the street? lol

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I'm trying to remember the last drama I've watched where a vehicle of doom struck a major character and said character either didn't have amnesia from it, or didn't fake having amnesia either.

Related, I heard a rumor that Truck of Doom is inconsolable because it was informed it was the wrong fit for that scene, given the chaebol driver.

ToD was overheard admitting that it has never had the experience of hitting a mermaid before, and would have liked to have the opportunity to grow as a vehicle of doom character in a modern mythical fantasy fusion drama since it rarely gets casting calls for the historic mythical fantasy fusions.

ToD was reportedly last seen in a poorly lit alley. One witness said it appeared ToD had copious amounts of wiper fluid running down its grill, with the occasional sound of its horn honking in between windshield wiper swishing, making for a sorry sight.

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Hahahahahaha! Hilarious!

I'm going crazy wondering if an amnesia trope after the VoD crash is about to become a thing though?

And what about her poor legs? Oww..

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This is amazing...?????

I don't think she'll get amnesia. I'm kinda mad that she has super-strength but not...um, super-defenseability i guess?..

Like from what we've seen she could probably throw that car, so the fact that it could hurt her...idk, I don't know how mermaid powers work ?

I just hope she's not out of commission for most of the next episode, that'll be boring...

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Imho, all superpowers should come with invincibility/indestructiblity.

Whenever I care for children and they say it's not automatic I get annoyed. I mean Superman and Wonder Woman aside, what about Spiderman, Captain America, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Miss Martian? They get minor wounds or injuries when they should die.

Not to mention, Venom whose suit protects him, Beast Boy whose shape-shifting helps, Super boy who has half-kyptonian dna. Even villians, Green Goblin at times is nearly indestructible. Poison Ivy, Catwoman can survive and have super healing.

Anyway, having some superpower means survival.

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Depending on how deep she swims, most of her life she has had to maneuver in water, which is harder to do than air. It's not near the same difference between gravity on earth and the moon, but I think it's worth considering. Such a difference wouldn't make her unbreakable, it's just that she's used to living in an environment that is denser than air, hence where her strength comes from.

So the way I see it, her legs are really strong (notice they have her kick over punching) because somehow the muscles when she transforms are the same ones she uses to propel herself through water all the time. As to her hand/arm strength, I'm falling back to the depth issue. I'm actually trying to recall the fight with the gangsters now as to how often she did hit them with fists or elbows. I remember even on the bike, she was kicking.

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ROFL... Truck of Doom crocked on winterized wiper fluid. ;-)

On the other hand, it had a very productive stint over near Doldam Hospital last week...

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Well Doldam Hospital does keep attracting these vehicles of doom. I think we have already seen car of doom and truck of doom, and I dunno if this exists but we have even seen a "person of doom"!

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Shin Sung-rok in YFAS? Once he starts asking after your health, it's an inescapable doom...

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That or he'll mentally/emotionally kill á la Liar Game.

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Motorbike of Doom maybe? I can think of one scene in SKS where there was a Horse of Doom. I'm pretty sure I've seen a Cart of Doom at least once in a saeguk.

A person isn't usually thought of as a vehicle, so I guess humans don't count even if person of doom sounds cool in its own evil/cursed way.

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Aww, poor ToD! Especially after having W epiphanies this year, you'd think ToD would have a chance to expand. Where do we send consoling flower arrangements, or oil?

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:D

Your post made me wonder if maybe it's time that Truck of Doom switches agencies.

I also wonder....what would Kdramas do if all the Vehicles of Doom had to do a two year military stint at the same time? Would they have to scout new Vehicles of Doom in order to keep the trope going?

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OMG, my spouse just asked why I was cracking up as I read all these, and I told him. (He watched W with me, so he's familiar with ToD.)

He then did an image search to find a pic... http://i.imgur.com/v18wXaS.png

I told him that truck isn't as big as the usual ToDs, so he wondered if maybe it attended tryouts to join the Vehicles of Doom union, and was told it was too small, hence why it's sad.

(I had no idea that "sad truck" was a meme before now...)

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Musical scoring could b better. The music used for the fighting scene at the start of the episode seemed not apt. It could have been suspenseful and gripping but sadly it didn't have that effect.

I have watched YFAS and BOF, Heirs and I am convinced that JJH and LMH can have great chemistry with the ones paired with them. I have watched LOTBS from episode 1 but I still have to experience a heart-thumping feeling when the two are together. I said "I still have" because I am open to the possibility of going through it in the succeeding episodes but so far the romance is not emotionally resonating with me.

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"I have watched LOTBS from episode 1 but I still have to experience a heart-thumping feeling when the two are together. I said “I still have” because I am open to the possibility of going through it in the succeeding episodes but so far the romance is not emotionally resonating with me."

Same here, I have yet to feel that romantic excitement from watching them interact, especially in the present timeline. I don't know why, although I love the storyline and everything else in this drama.

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@Klurker... I've rarely watched a drama and been utterly blown away by the chemistry with the rare exceptions of Marriage Contract, Rooftop Prince, everything Lee Jong Suk has been in, Kim Soo Hyun in Producers, YFAS and even in Moon Embracing the Sun; though Han Ga In's acting was a little iffy... Song Joong Ki in almost all his works...etc.

That said...i like to categorize chemistry between leads into three groups: hot sexy chemistry, cute sweet chemistry and goofy zany chemistry ...

I also think leads can transition through these types like phases...

Present Joon Jae won t click with Chung's hyper borderline stalkerish love for him now cos he is a cynic (and a bit annoyed that he can't remember her) at a hot/sexy chemi level... but there are shades of cute/sweet and goofy/zany chemistry to my eyes...

Past Dam-ryung and Se Hwa are a more hot/sexy chemi level cos they have already acknowledged their feelings but we can't see depth since they are surrounded by danger and there is no room to explore...

On a critical level...LMH really has work to bring about chemistry with his co-stars...i haven't dug the chemistry with any of his co-stars except with Son Ye Jin in Personal Taste... and that was at that level
...as in, a LMH drama level...lol

Dunno maybe he has a specific style he gets giddy over...as opposed to Lee Jong Suk who seems to like all women, hehe...
Maybe he is shy... he does seems introverted IRL...

Any way he is doing well so far...so here's to hoping he can up the ante to a hot/sexy/sweet/zany melting snowball of chemistry.

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I'm happy to stay at the goofy/zany chemistry for the time being, precisely because Joon-Jae is annoyed with this weird girl who doesn't answer his questions. And he's cynical/uninterested about love in general. Perrffect. I love to see a character fall slowly and without realising it (lol, hiding behind that cart was golden).

LMH had amazing chemistry with the leading actress in Faith, by the way.

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I don't remember the ages of all his female co-stars, but I have noticed he seems to have the best chemistry with those that are older than him. It might be that those actresses simply have more experience with love lines, so it flows more naturally and is less stilted.

I think for this show so far, they've had her modern self play the inexperienced type who is discovering what's beyond the innocence gate. I think of similar reactions from younger school girls in the youth shows when she has her "He likes me!" sorts of moments. She doesn't quite squeal, but she definitely seems a bit beside herself in glee.

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I agree about the missing chemistry in these recent episodes. I wonder if it's party because of the whole taking his memories away deal, because I felt that chemistry blooming between then in the first two episodes. I miss the relationship they had before the memory-wipe.

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This has to be the most enjoyable episode yet. My wife and I are following this show and we enjoyed this episode thoroughly. There's the right mix of humour, mythology and meaningful infractions! Well done show!

We've shared our thoughts and blogged about this episode at:
https://kdramaanalysis.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/legend-of-the-blue-sea-episode-5/

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Finally an LMH episode.. as in. I finally notice him in the drama.. and reminds me again why he is a good actor..

Or maybe he just has this inherent commanding air.. and ofcourse his manly appeal compared to the cute/young face brigade

Brilliant chemistry.
JJ is soooo cute.. i found her nice even in blood so never understood why people say she initially wasn't a good actress...

The little girl- so is she the only one who can 'hear' her.. interesting.. all characters are reborn together :P

And is it just me or do I have a lot of sung dong-il on my screen this year (starting from reply 88 which i watched in jan) ..

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And here drowns my hopes for a rumour of suzy dating LJS .. how can you let go of such a manly man! :P

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specially when he has been trying for years to woo you!

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Anyway absolutely amazed by the screen presence and how compatible a co star he is with JJ

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lol at ur last statement. both guys have their own charms. Although im not a shipper i do thk suzy looks good with LMH

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It won't happen at least for now, because Suzy still dating Lee Minho :p

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Is your name inspired by this drama?

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i can almost hear *Cue! Time to watch!" when i read this recap.
I was waiting to be convinced to pick up this show. Am happy to read of good progress and things getting interesting and sweet

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I can't be the only one who wants more Silent Sassy Tae Oh screen time, right? Tell me I'm not alone? Also I'm very glad the Yoo Na came back and is semi-important because she was wonderful in Ep 3

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No, you're not the only one. I went back so many times! I'm glad this drama introduced me to this actor.

I'm torn though. Should he have a one-sided crush on JJH or not? Eeekkk, it would be bittersweet. And kinda funny.

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Na doo! Tae Oh intrigues me. His nuances are spot-on. I really cant wait to know what his deal is lol. Cutie pie face too and oh...very expressive eyes.

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I kinda really want him and Chung to be weirdo besties and mess shit up together... I just think Chung as part of the crew would be the best thing ever.

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My favorite thing about this show is the role reversal -- how she is the one always making his heart flutter by casually saying "I love you," invading his personal space, and whispering in his ear. That is something usually reserved for leading men in an effort to make female viewers swoon. Not to say Joon Jae isn't swoon-worthy; he is such a marshmallow paying kids off so she can finish her job faster. I get a kick out of how Chung calls him by his full name every time. Thanks lots for the recap, girlfriday!

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i get confused when people call this drama plotless.i finished something about 1 percent recently,and while i liked it,i felt like nothing really happened in the drama except the relationship between the leads.yet many people liked the drama.please can someone explain this lack of plot to me.btw i'm enjoying this drama.it doesnt put me to sleep and lmh and jjh are eye candies.

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The storyline seemed one-note and not very straightforward when it started so some found it plotless... I also think people had some extremely high expectations from the writer and were kinda writing the drama themselves in their minds lol... So when it didn't happen their way...it became a 'no-plot' accusation.
I definitely like the show as it is though. And I am happy to say its currently my crack!

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Totally agree with you on the super high expectations. This show had some YFAS-sized shoes to fill. Plus the pacing is pretty slow, added to which, it kind of feels like we reset to the beginning after the kiss, which also makes it feel like not a lot has happened.

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i think personally the no plot accusation is more to do with the execution and pacing and its less about people wanting everything handed to them, i suppose when you have 20 eps your gonna take all your time. idk whether that's good or bad cause while i think the show isnt bad its more like its on cruise control that sometime i think if it would have benefited from 16 eps, it gives that feeling off no plot. personally for me i watch it as a pass time not because im crazy hooked . i think a lot of people enjoyed 1% because everyone knew it was a full on rom com with all the cliche's but they made those cliche work along with the leads crackling chemistry and dimensional characters. it was all about their love story plus it had shorter eps then normal prime time drama's. sometimes it is hard to come by a rom com where you are genuinely hooked and the chemistry is good. one thing i would comment on is the supporting characters in this drama, it just feels like they are there, like window dressing.

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I do agree with you.

The pacing ...etc..etc for sure makes it look like nothing much is happening... the question here then becomes how 'much' stuff does one want to see happen in an ep.? More so.. in this very rom-com genre we are placing it in... I just see the a lot of people wanted YFAS 2.0 and didn't get that. But I know some still enjoy it nonetheless, like myself...

It could go a bit faster I agree....but its still telling its story...i do wonder who the slacker in production is, who is dragging things out...lol (sarcasm) No but really...the supporting cast do seem not to have much to do...but i wouldn't say it's as bad as those on the drama Hyde,Jekyll and Me.... now that was proper window dressing...

I feel like the supporting cast will each get their time to shine in keeping with the draggy* lol, pace. For instance...i love that little girl who seems like a little guardian Angel for our mermaid and the homeless lady who helps her navigate and know the city's ways better...and its nice that they seems to be random people... not those who already seem tied to our mermaid... who knows what else could be in store?

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Also...do we have the benefit of comparing 1% with any of its writer's previous phenomenal work? I'm thinking no.

The odds were already stacked against this drama...lol

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This episode is awesome.

I love the fact that even if he's in denial, his actions tells the truth. he just cant let go of Chung that easily, and the more he is drawn to her even if he wants her out.

This episode goes to LMH, so cute antics. love it. :)

Curious aso if the stepbrother will be good or bad. I hope he's good please. Worried also for Chung, i hope her legs are ok. Felt emotional to see her tears fell before she closes her eyes. It feels like she's disappointed not keeping the promise on the first snowfall. It saddened her, because she's the one breaking it, and she wont be able to confess what she has to with Joon Jae.

Hope that Joon jae will be able to track down Chung why she missed their meeting.

excited for the next episode.. Fighting LOBS :)

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I absolutely love the parallel drawn between the modern times and the Josean era- same characters, same actors but different essence.

Also, LMH shined in this episode. I am sure he will make up his dignified and coherent image through this drama again, that seemed to have been lost due to his previous choices.

JJH...no words needed!

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Thanks for the recap!

I really enjoyed this ep! I totally feel the chemistry. Though moreso in Joseon than present day...i feel think we will get there

This show is such a breezy watch. I love it. I have a feeling things could get tenser soon though...
1. The stepbrother is getting in on the action
2. Shi-Ah's true intent will be revealed sooner than later with Chung looking like a threat to her
3. Con group next target being close to Joon Jae's real omma

Cant wait!

Things I enjoyed on this ep! Seeing that the homeless fashionista and little girl Yoona are recurring cast! Yay! Love them both.

Funniest scene out of the many for me was Chung watching the first snow drama...lol. What a hoot!

Favorite mystery....those three mermaids in Joseon who called out to Se Hwa...what was that about? Ooooh I got chills...

And just how long can a mermaid survive out of water...aka. Their natural habitat?

What could happen?

And now the accident?! What could be its overall effect? Bad seems likely!

Ep..6 juseyo!

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Do you know? The snowfall dialogue reminded me of My Love From the Stars when Cheon Song Yi's little Josean doppelganger said the said thing to DMJ about snow and CSY was like "Chicken and beer on the 1st day of snow". Lol

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Hehe! [email protected] thinking the "first snow" trope and everything that happens with it, is probably the most accepted trope in kdramaland...along with Trucks and Vehicles of Doom and amnesia...lol

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And evil mom-in law, love triangles, Cinderella stories...*sighs*

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I think those three mermaids are just looking for her or checking her condition.

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I guesse the three mermaids predicted that something bad was going to happen if she din't return to the ocean soon.

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I agree. That's what it was. She had told earlier that mermaids don't need language as they can sense one another and understand what they want.

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Joon-jae doesn’t see why a shark would ring the doorbell?

..."Flowers"...

..."Plumber"...

..."Telegram"...

..."Candy-gram"...

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Love the Saturday Night Live reference!

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..Seoul is small enough that you can run into anyone coincidentally..

Now that what I wish in real life. *sigh*

Honestly, I don't mind to bump into LMH 5, 6, 10, 20 or times a day. Truly. I do not mind. (✿♥‿♥✿)

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Oh nooo. Please don't go 'An Affair to Remember' on us, show! That was so heartbreaking, gah! --And this is after all the cuteness...

Yes, this could be about reincarnation of sorts in an unending loop. That they are bound to always meet and be together briefly but they always end up badly. The present might be different in that they may end up being really together for good after maybe doing it differently or you know breaking some rules or probably actually following them, if there are indeed rules or you know, variables? The little girl might really help her this time.

I can't wait for the next episode! Thank you so much for this recap, GF!