Show Name: The Legend of The Blue Sea
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Director: Jin Hyeok
Cast: Lee Min Ho, Jun Ji Hyun, Shin Won Ho, Lee Hee Joon, Moon So Ri, Shin Hye Sun
How can a mermaid from the Joseon era survive in modern-day Seoul? Shim Chung is a mermaid who finds herself transplanted to modern times. She is caught by Heo Joon Jae, a charming but cold con artist who is the doppelgänger for Kim Moon, the son of a noble man from the Joseon Dynasty. But in the present time, Joon Jae works with Jo Nam Doo, a skilled conman who guides Joon Jae to become a genius scammer. But Joon Jae’s friend, Cha Shi Ah, who works as a researcher at KAIST, may be Chung’s only hope for surviving in her strange new world.
I was pretty excited to watch this show. The Legend of the Blue Sea incorporates mermaid folklore which got me interested to watch it in the first place and another was the fact that played a key role in the show was that a mermaid can love only once and if it’s not reciprocated while she stays in land, her heart will slowly turn cold and she will die. This was enough for me to start watching this show asap and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint.
One of things that I loved about this show was how the episodes were structured. Though I was a little confused at first, but everything became clear quick enough. This show deals with 2 lives, the past life and the modern day. In the past life, Dam Ryung (Lee Min-Ho) is the newly appointed governor of a village where he meets Seo Hwa (Jun Ji Hyun), a mermaid for the first time who came ashore accidentally after a storm. He saves her from a terrible fate from the officials of the village but fate had something else planned for them. Fast forward to the modern day, Joon-Jae (Lee Min-Ho) is a successful and smooth-talking con man and he works with Nam-Doo and Tae-O. On a holiday retreat, fates bring Joon-Jae and Shim Chung (Jun Ji Hyun) face to face once again, only they have no memories of each other of their past lives expect recurring dreams.
The past lives of the characters were beautifully incorporated with their modern lives creating a beautiful contrast yet a kind of similarity between both. Both the story of the past and the modern day life are narrated simultaneously with each other which kept my interest throughout the whole series. When Joon-Jae and Shim Chung first meet, it’s absolutely hilarious along with the incidents that follow. Her fighting skills was a treat to watch. XD
Also, when Shim Chung first came to land, she had no idea how to behave like a human and she messed up quite a bit. And it was pretty great to watch how Joon-Jae taught her the ropes. Although there was history between them, the romance in the modern day life between them evolved slowly and steadily and I loved them together so much!! The only thing I didn’t like about Chung was how she made Joon-Jae forget about her every time she went away, her morals were different, despite that she acted against it. It was definitely selfish on her part.
Anyway, as the show proceeded, it is revealed what exactly happened in the past and how the fates of every character were intertwined. There were some aspects, though I predicted correctly, still came as a shock. Also, the sub-plot which involved Joon-Jae’s family was quite interesting as well. His step-mother was such an evil woman and how she succeeded in breaking down their family. She definitely got what she deserved in the end.
Overall, The Legend of the Blue Sea was an entertaining show. I loved how things were executed and how the past and the present life were neatly tied up in the end.
Show Name: Personal Taste
Genre: Contemporary, Comedy, Romance
Director: Son Hyeong-Seok, No Jong-Chan
Cast: Son Ye-Jin, Lee Min-Ho, Kim Ji-Suk, Wang Ji-Hye, Jung Sung-Hwa, Ryoo Seung-Ryong
Jeon Jin Ho is a straight guy who is mistaken as gay when he applies to become Park Gae In’s roommate. His hobbies include organization and ironing, and he’s known for his stoic poker face. He’s a stickler for cleanliness, but he also has a talent for figuring out a women’s feelings. Kae In is very trusting even though she has a habit of being betrayed. However that doesn’t stop her from giving people the benefit of doubt and Jin Ho is no different. How will Kae In react when she finds out that her gay roommate is not actually gay at all and that he has fallen for her?
This was such an epic show!! I think I enjoyed Personal Taste more than The Legend of the Blue Sea. But both of them were pretty different from one another and it’s just my perspective.
Park Gae In (Son Ye Jin) has only one flaw. She is too trusting and cares too much and in return she is hurt every time. When in debt, she decides to rent her spare room and that’s when Jeon Jin Ho (Lee Min Ho) comes in but he gets mistaken as gay due to some previous incidents and at first he decides to play the part because of his own selfish motif but soon he finds himself telling more lies to avoid one problem or the other and falling for his roommate as well.
First of all, this show was extremely funny and humorous with a healthy dose of romance in it. I seriously felt so bad for Park Gae In. She trusted everyone in her life so blatantly and in turn got back-stabbed or hurt every single time. She is someone who is extremely unorganised and usually went with the flow, the exact opposite to Jeon Jin Ho. But when she finds a friend in Jeon Jin Ho, she requests him to teach him how to be a woman as he is expert in the etiquette. Reluctant at first, he then agrees. The irony was the rules that he taught Park Gae in in order to function like a woman, the flaws he asked her to rectify, it was exactly those flaws he fell for. Damn. Adorable. The relationship between them was simply so sweet and everything!!
At first, I was angry about the fact that Jeon Jin Ho came to rent Park Gae in’s house because of his own selfish motif. But as he became her friend and learned more and more about her, he could help but fall for her. Park Gae In knew she was falling for a gay person who couldn’t reciprocate her feelings but love was simply love to her. She was so simple and naive and it was something worth envy to everyone else which she couldn’t realise.
I simply loathed Han Chang Ryul and Kim In Hee. I seriously didn’t understand their purpose at all. I mostly skipped the parts Kim In Hee was screaming because that was kind of irritating. At first, they both ditched Park Gae In in the worst way possible and then went after them because they couldn’t have what they wanted. What. Even. Sometimes things got repetitive which was kinda boring but mostly it was pretty enjoyable. I was soooo glad when finally Park Gae In stood up for herself in the end. When the truth about everything spilled out, things got messy, but Park Gae In again surprised me once again by her act of forgiveness.
Overall, Personal Taste was a fun and great watch. I loved the characters and the drama. And I would love to see these two main leads again together! They were a treat to watch!
So guys, have you watched any of the two show yet? If yes, what are your favourite things about it? Also, could you guys recommend me a few more K-dramas?