Having successfully wrapped up his latest fraud, con man Heo Jun Jae travels to picturesque Catalonia in Spain for vacation. His stay there is interrupted by a woman who appears to be nothing short of crazy. Jun Jae is unaware of her being a mermaid and that their connection goes back hundreds of years ago.
Legend of the Blue Sea is a fun, fantasy based story that manages to seamlessly weave together two timelines into a cohesive story.
The strongest aspect of the show is the writing - the fantasy elements are clearly thought out, with rules that govern the world. There pacing is fairly steady (although there is some slow down as expected in the middle), but the strongest aspect is in weaving together the two tales into a story that made you ache for the characters. And while it would have been nice for both stories to entangle further, and to have the time spent in each more evenly divided, what we were given was great. The only real downside is that, for all that the story is different, those who have seen "You From Another Star", by the same screenwriter, will recognize many aspects, which reduces the wow factor.
The acting is also great, with Jeon Ji Hyeon taking the role of a mermaid out of her dept and embracing it. Again, there are flashes of her character from "You From Another Star" but Sim Cheong has enough quirks to also be distinct. The real breakout though is Lee Min Ho who, after a few middling projects, manages to recapture the glamour from City Hunter where he embodies the role and it's hard to imagine anyone else. You come for Jeon Ji Hyeon but stay for Lee Min Ho.
If the story was a little faster paced in the middle, tied the two plots together a little tighter and didn't feel quite so much like "You From Another Star" this would be a favourite. But that being said, it's a definite recommend for any fan of the leads or romantic comedies.