As I mentioned in previous reviews, 'The Legend of The Blue Sea' has evolved from something cliche and mundane to brilliant and exciting. For some time now 'The Legend of The Blue Sea' jumped between past and present and had an odd usage of certain character's unique abilities. But, finally, the plot and the characters are being whipped into shape and keeping our attention for the full hour running time.
Episode 14 continues to stumble around the possibility of Heo Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho) finally meeting his mother after all these years. It is something we are all anticipating so the drama keeps dragging it out in order to keep us watching until the end. Minus 10 points from Gryffindor for this cheap tactic! *Shakes fist*
However, Heo Joon Jae's family isn't the center of attention entirely. The episode is tearing me apart as Shim Cheong's secret is becoming more and more difficult to keep. Jo Nam Doo catches Shim Cheong swimming in the pool and is taken aback by his discovery.
Finally, the drama puts her powers to good use as she hilariously erases his memories and then reenacts the scene numerous times in order to find out how he would react a second or third time. As always, Jun Ji Hyun is the one and only comic relief throughout this whole drama!
When you give your parents back hugs but they have never seen a Korean drama and are like...
But lately, Cha Si Ah's awkward but humorous behavior towards Heo Joon Jae's mother has me laughing like a lunatic now and again. Her desperate attempts at winning over Heo Joon Jae and his mother are always met with failure but I feel no pity for her - it is just too darn hilarious! Especially when she feels regret over the fact that Heo Joon Jae's mom has been washing her panties all these years.
Comedy aside, Ma Dae Young is proving that he was one heinous man in the past, but there was someone more evil than him - his son Chi Hyun! Heo Joon Jae and Ma Dae Young meet with a therapist who was able to hypnotize them and help them see their troubled pasts.
Heo Joon Jae does, in fact, die from saving Shim Chong (who ultimately kills herself with the same harpoon that kills Heo Joon Jae), but it wasn't done by the hands of Ma Dae Young. Chi Hyun's past life was the one responsible for their tragic fate, and it appears he has the same intention even in the present. Fate seems to show no mercy in repeating itself - ill-fated or not.
Like his mother, Kang Seo Hee, Chi Hyun appears to have a silent and creepy way of appearing kind and docile while plotting menacingly in the background. Chi Hyun's personality and character developed nicely over time as he seems to showcase more of a hatred for Heo Joon Jae throughout the episode. His jealousy seems to stem from the fact that he grew up without his real father and Heo Joon Jae's dad solely focuses on his real son more than ever as he nears death.
You immediately become a badass once you push your hair back - said no one ever.
This drama effectively showcases how torn Heo Joon Jae's family relationships have become because his mother shockingly confronts Kang Seo Hee and we discover that she was lied to all along in regards to Heo Joon Jae's whereabouts. I always knew Kang Seo Hee was rotten but the fact that she kicked Heo Joon Jae out the house, is now murdering his father and lied to his mom that he was studying abroad is just plain ridiculous.
The only hole in the plot is the fact that Ahn Jin Joo easily uncovered this information but Heo Joon Jae's mother couldn't? Maybe her disinterest in Kang Seo Hee pushed her to seek out any information regarding the family - but it still seems foolish in my opinion.
When they show you the break up text and proof yo man cheated.
At least Heo Joon Jae has some sense to dig up information in a more resourceful way.
I know it is one of the most typical scenes ever, but I was still biting my nails when Heo Joon Jae shows his caretaker, who is still bedridden and paralyzed, a picture of his attacker. "Blink twice if it was this person," - the line that kept us all on edge!
As expected, it is a picture of Ma Dae Young, and the ahjusshi blinks twice. When asked if there are people within Heo Joon Jae's circle that are connected with him, he blinks twice again! Heo Joon Jae - what more do you need? You're totally in danger dude! I feel he is too lackadaisical in trying to unearth who else is trying to harm him, but it is a drama after all and keeping us, and the plot, on standby is their specialty.
In the end, the worst is finally coming to the surface. If Chi Hyun or Ma Dae Young doesn't kill her first, Shim Cheong's hardening heart will! I was caught off guard over how Heo Joon Jae indirectly reveals he could hear Shim Cheong's pure voice all along. I was expecting it to be revealed in a cute or romantic way, but the drama did justice but utilizing this dramatic scenario as a chance for him to come clean.
The drama impressed me more towards the end. The beginning was a little boring due to the overdone, lovey-dovey dates between Shim Cheong and Heo Joon Jae. While I enjoyed the fact that they touched bases with the "three types of love," I still anticipate more drama.
Fortunately, it did deliver some hype through the twist in the plot. Turns out our eyes don't have to be completely glued to Ma Dae Young anymore! Hopefully, Heo Joon Jae can detect how much of a threat Chi Hyun is before it is too late. He already made the creepy gestures towards Heo Joon Jae and even secretly arranged a meeting with Shim Cheong - so who knows what else he is capable of!
Until the next episode, we are left on edge wondering how the past will repeat itself and if Shim Cheong's heart will become more problematic than she anticipated.