Are you looking for a fluffy drama full of handsome Chinese swimmers? Well, maybe you didn’t exactly know that is what you were looking for, but I would like to convince you that My Mr. Mermaid might be just what you need. Join me as l share my unfiltered thoughts and reasons why you should “dive into” this drama.
I was looking for something light and fun to watch while waiting for some of my other dramas to air new episodes. I decided to give My Mr. Mermaid a try, and here are some of the thoughts that popped into my head as I watched:
“Spandex and gratuitous views of half-naked handsomeness. Sign me up!”
I don’t want to reinforce the reputation that I only watch Chinese dramas because of the eye candy, but I would not be an honest bloggess if I did not say that I totally started watching for shallow reasons. I can enumerate those shallow reasons with carefully crafted descriptions, but I will just leave these here instead:
“Hey, it’s a plucky heroine and I think she is kind of adorable.”
Our leading lady is full of optimism and determination. As an intern covering sports news, her sincerity, winning smile, and clutziness help her gain the attention of a talented young swimmer. Sometimes these kind of candy girl roles really annoy me, but for some reason I just want to scoop her up and put her in my pocket.
“It’s like Park Hyung Sik’s Chinese brother.”
Our leading man reminds me of Park Hyung Sik at times. Maybe it’s the hair or the smile. I am not sure, but anything that brings to mind PHS must be a good thing, right?
“Wait. What? Is this second lead a good guy or like super creepy?”
So, there is a second lead and he seems like a nice guy, but then he does some very stalker-like things that make me question his morality, and then I get all confused inside and have to eat chocolate to make sense of the world. Or maybe that is just an excuse to eat chocolate. I am still torn. I must keep eating, err…I mean “watching,” to find out the truth!
I adore the dorm scenes that show these competitive swimmers and the bond they all share. They get angry, tease each other, play pranks, hang out, and in general showcase a multi-member bromance. They all have similar dreams and they are determined to do whatever it takes to make their countrymen proud. I laughed at some of their antics, but also was a bit misty eyed by their sense of patriotism and loyalty. I love the supporting cast. There is even a cameo by the amazing Sun Yang (Olympic swimmer).
“Is it really 4:00 in the morning?”
So, I just wanted to peek at this new drama, but suddenly I discovered that I only had two hours until my alarm would go off. Chinese dramas tend to have this effect. The pacing seems designed to encourage binge watching. I am not sure how they can make a swimming competition feel as intense as a duel with swords, but I did find myself fully invested. At the same time, I became completely sucked into the OTP’s relationship issues and the side romance. I also love the mom! I don’t want to give spoilers, but this potential mother-in-law challenges the trope of the EVIL manipulating mommy. She still manipulates, but her heart is in the right place!
“Did we perhaps jump the shark?”
Sometimes there are simply coincidences in life and sometimes they decide to throw things into a drama just to push the story forward. Let’s just say there are some things that happen that would require a perfect alignment of the stars to be reality. It’s not full and fantastic shark-jumping, but I did roll my eyes a bit. Luckily, I am invested in the story too much to let it stop me from continuing to watch.
“Ack! My heart. Just tell her!”
This drama definitely has its share of misunderstandings and miscommunications that could be solved with a simple conversation, so I do find myself yelling at the screen a bit. The good news, though, is I care enough to yell. I want them to work out their issues and live happily ever after and raise little reporter-swimmer hybrid babies.
It started as just a drama to distract me while waiting for other dramas, but now I am waiting for THIS one and watching other dramas to fill the void. It’s not perfect, but I like it anyway. It definitely has squee-worthy moments. So, if you have been looking for a drama that has a lot of heart plus handsome swimmers, then you might let this one splish splash its way onto your screen.
Please comment below if you are watching!