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Netizens claim the first episode of 'The Legend of the Blue Sea' plagiarized 'Sherlock'

By alice101   Thursday, November 17, 2016   156,665   10,273   0



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The highly anticipated drama, 'The Legend of the Blue Sea' aired its first episode on November 16, exciting fans of Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun, the main actors of the TV series. 

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However, some netizens noticed that some parts of the drama seemed to have copied the British TV series, 'Sherlock.' Here are the parts that the netizens are finding to be too similar: 

[From 'The Legend of the Blue Sea']

[From 'Sherlock'] 

Using text overlays over different parts of a person's body while profiling that person was used in 'Sherlock' long before the Korean drama. 

Interestingly, 'The Legend of the Blue Sea' writer was also the writer for 'You Who Came from the Stars' who has been accused of plagiarizing a foreign drama before. 

The following is a scene from an American TV series called, 'New Amsterdam' which aired back in 2004:

And here is a scene from 'You Who Come from the Stars' from 2014: 

Netizens noticed this similarity back when the drama was airing. Some people defended the writer, saying that it is probably the producer and director's fault for portraying the scene this way, but someone found the script, which details how the writer asks the scene to be filmed. Here is the portion of the script: 

"Min Joon who is wearing traditional clothing stands in the middle of a rice field; new roads are built all around him, low building are built then collapsed; newer, modern buildings are built, until modern day Min Joon is standing in middle of the luxurious Gangnam area. Quick-paced CG." 

Here are some of the netizens' comments on these similarities: 

"I was a bit confused watching it because it was obviously from Sherlock...why is she copying such a famous TV series...

"I immediately thought it [Sherlock] lol..even the talking to himself part was similar lol" 

"Why did they copy it...It's such a signature Sherlock" 

"When I saw that scene, I thought it was a Sherlock parody." 

"It's also similar to 'You Who Came from the Stars.' I think she also plagiarizes herself." 

What do you think about these similarities? Are they just coincidence or is the writer watching too much British and American dramas? 

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  4. You Who Came From the Stars
  5. the legend of the blue sea

meltingpot Tuesday, December 13, 2016

from the hype one could think they plagiarised the whole thing. geez, both so-called plagiarised has been used by countless movies and drama if one care enough to look.

RyoKim Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Remake something which already popular in other country, and ppl will realize that after you already got huge profit lol.

_CLeO Saturday, November 19, 2016

When I read the article, I immediately thought "text overlays"

OppaBean Saturday, November 19, 2016

Yeah and Sherlock stole it from Psych. All writers take a piece from one another and twist it to their POV. Still going to watch the show cause I like Minho. Don't give a fig about Sherlock.

starempress OppaBean Monday, November 21, 2016

Not really, Psych is more of just glowing hints and anomalies, no text... this one doesn't glow, has text analysis

Jadewashere64 Saturday, November 19, 2016

Shit new amsterdam! I remember that show

RAS33 Friday, November 18, 2016

profiling is not new. It's in like every sci-fi

Knigin Friday, November 18, 2016

Someone should sue

midnighteer Friday, November 18, 2016

Wut. These things are so common lol I'm sure some ancient movie has had text overlays and time frame shifts...

kpoplover308 Friday, November 18, 2016

meh they copied it but it's not plagarism. It's like after Woody Allen or Spielberg a lot of future directors copied their style. But I will admit Korea has had a lot of plagarism in the past because they believed they could get away with it b/c they are so far away. But with everything becoming more and more globalized it's becoming harder to do. So eventually that too will fade over time, or else be sued.

Leviosa Friday, November 18, 2016

Its so stupid... How about their underwater kiss scene. I have scene many drama and movie that had same scene. Did they also plagiarized that?  Yes, Sherlock was famous with that type of scene but it doesn't been they owned them. For example, eating scene, fighting scene, chasing scene that have in many movie, they are all the same. Do you want to consider that as plagiarize. Its stupid. Why this thing can be an issue. Why I'm being stupid for discussing these. I being stupid for arguing these. Stop. Stop typing. Don't show any stupidness. Someone stop me. I cant control my fingers. Those who read these till the end were also stupid. Peace. No hard feeling.

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