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Blue Sea, Geum-bi: on episode 7~10

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Legend of the Blue Sea

So, i have officially started skipping through the scenes for the past two weeks. We’ve got some major developments in the main story, which is a good thing, but i can’t be bothered with the side stories, which isn’t a good thing.

First off, i need to give credit when it’s due, and it is the good use of the guest stars. I like the way Blue Sea works them into the plot that their roles hardly seem random, that at times i wonder if they serve as cameos or guest appearances. My favorite is Jo Jung-seok for sure — he’s quirky, purposeful, and most importantly enlightening. As a fellow merman, he acted as Chung’s mentor, telling her the necessary things she needs to know to survive on land, including shedding lights on some critical rules. Which huzzah! Finally, we learned something after seven~eight long episodes: that their days are numbered without love.

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This reveal introduced a sense of urgency to her time in Seoul as it seems like her heart can only last two months, and she has been on land for a month. Chung didn’t change her game plan much afterwards though she bluntly asked if Joon-jae had a plan to like her. Her shenanigans were toned down a lot that she’s bearable to watch, though i still cannot warm up to her. Joon-jae remains the only character i care about. I was inexplicably invested in his family drama, although it is a pretty standard stuff — his mother left home and he followed suit since Dad favored the stepbrother, and now Dad wants him back to inherit the business.

We also got less and less of Joseon story, which means it’s getting closer to its end, though it’s revealed that the characters from both timelines are connected through dreams. At first Joon-jae appears to be the only one having flashes of Joseon memory, but now the bad guy is having strange dreams too. It’s unclear when the connection started, or the rules for seeing through each other’s eyes. It’s becoming more like Time Renegades, where two men from past and present connected through a series of dreams are trying to change history based on those limited visions, and ultimately to save the woman they love from dying twice. It’s also becoming like I Can Hear Your Voice because Joon-jae can hear Chung’s inner voice now, in episode 10, out of the blue.

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Thing is, i wonder on what basis does Dam-ryung warn Joon-jae to protect “that woman”. How does he know that history will repeat itself? I doubt he could look into the the latter’s future since at the moment Chung isn’t in danger; in fact, it’s Joon-jae who’s targeted by the serial killer, who turns out to be Dad’s evil wife’s former lover.

Even then, i don’t feel any stakes in this drama. Neither do i have the patience to watch them unravel. I feel detached from the story and disconnected from the characters — i sense no chemistry between Lee Min-ho and Jeon Ji-hyung either — that i probably won’t continue watching beyond this episode.

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Oh My Geum-bi

This drama keeps oscillating from tedious to engaging that i don’t know what to expect from each new episode. All i know is, the more i watch this drama, the more its characters become likable — the more they appear to be flawed humans who made bad decisions along the way instead of pure evil.

Well, maybe except Hwi-chul’s ex-accomplices. They look conflicted from time to time but still end up throwing him under the bus, even scapegoating him for the crime they did. They managed to scam Kang-hee’s family valuables through her brother, but i know little of the extent of the damage since i skipped a lot of their scenes. I doubt it’ll matter anyway.

Likewise, i’m not sure what’s the deal with Chi-soo either since i didn’t pay a close attention to his scenes. He’s set on taking everything from Hwi-chul, strikes a deal with Joo-young to split the inheritance, yet works on getting to the bottom of Hwi-chul father’s death. Why are you being half-good-half-bad? He’s always quite nice toward Geum-bi, though, which may help his likability factor, especially now that he could very well be her biological dad.

Question: does Joo-young even know who Geum-bi’s dad is?

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Yup, this family drama turns way more convoluted than anticipated. After spending episodes throwing the father and daughter together and Hwi-chul questioning if Geum-bi was his child indeed, in the end she isn’t? So the aunt made the (wrong) assumption herself and basically left the girl with a complete stranger? However, ever since Hwi-chul burned the DNA test without checking the result, i knew he was in for the long haul. I wasn’t afraid he’d give up on Geum-bi upon learning the truth, though it’s more logical for her to live with her mom who’s alive, well, and financially better than ‘dad’.

Joo-young may have abandoned her and wanted her back for money but that’s not the entire story. Like any other adult in this drama, she too has a dark past. And despite knowing about Geum-bi’s illness, Joo-young still insists on taking her back and showers her with affection. It’s nice to see that her character isn’t nonredeemable. What’s even nicer is that Show actually lets Geum-bi have a say as to whom she prefers to live with. Well, she did choose to stick with Hwi-chul over an orphanage, but this time she made the decision to her parent’s benefit. I’d understand if she wished not burden dad, but turns out she chose mom to save her — “I feel like if i leave that Ahjumma alone, she’ll die before i do.” Augh, why is this girl so sensible?

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So, what happens next is basically version 2 of the early episodes, swapping Hwi-chul with Joo-young, as both are equally immature/irresponsible parents. The bickering between the mother and daughter is as amusing as the that of the father-daughter, and i gotta say now we know where Geum-bi inherits her glares, snarks, and tough personality from. Heh.

At this point, everybody has known about Geum-bi’s illness. She also knows that they all know. Her hands have started trembling beyond control and her perfect memory has begun to fail her… i wonder if the pills help at all. The focus, however, doesn’t shift to treating her or finding a miracle cure; it’s still about spending as much quality time with her, although really the adults aren’t taking care of her. It’s the other way around, with her slowly bringing out the best in those around her and actually changing them for the better. I don’t know how she does it, it’s not as if she’s trying hard to, but it just comes naturally to her, i guess, as the maturest of the bunch?

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