SBS to air director’s cut of Legend of the Blue Sea’s first two episodes
Huh, well I’m not sure that it’s necessary, but SBS has announced that they’ll be airing a special director’s cut of the first two episodes of its mermaid-fantasy-rom-com Legend of the Blue Sea this weekend, with a full 16 extra minutes of footage (8 minutes per episode). That’s a pretty decent chunk of new material. I can certainly see why the station would want to milk the scenario, since its brand-new show is poised to be dramaland’s next hit and SBS is probably dying to make the most of it—the show premiered with very strong ratings (16.4%) and its highest real-time ratings broke 20%.
I do quite like the drama so far—there are some plot gaps and I have lots of questions that haven’t been addressed, but it’s fun and makes me feel excited to watch it, which I won’t take for granted—so it’s not quite like more of it would be terrible… BUT, I am definitely not a fan of this new trend of releasing multiple versions of episodes, as the show is airing. How am I supposed to know what’s canon if you keep throwing out different versions? I am a story purist and THERE IS ONLY ONE CANON, ever, and confusing me with alternate versions makes my head hurt.
That said, I’m definitely curious to see what’ll go in the extra minutes, since I did think the story kind of flew by in the first two episodes. I wouldn’t have wanted the pace to go slower, but I also wouldn’t mind getting more building of the relationship, or a drawing-out of the emotion of their first meeting. (Also: More sageuk scenes!) Now I just have to hope it becomes available to all of us outside of Korea.
The director’s cut of Episodes 1 and 2 of Legend of the Blue Sea will air on Sunday, November 20. The show airs on Wednesdays and Thursday nights on SBS.
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