[What Mary Thinks] Surplus Princess / The Mermaid


So I just finished watching the first episode of new tvN drama ‘Surplus Princess’ or ‘The Mermaid’ starring Jo Bo Ah, Ohn Joo Wan, Song Jae Rim, and Park Ji Soo and I’m feeling quite confused about this drama right now. I’m not very excited and hooked onto it (yet), but it is a very very very interesting drama. And when I say interesting, I really mean it.

For those who aren’t familiar with the plot, ‘Surplus Princess’ revolves around “Ha Ni (Jo Bo Ah) who is a mermaid princess in the underwater empire but she loves for the human world when she sees and falls in love with a man. She transforms into a human and follows Hyun Myung (Ohn Joo Wan) to live in a temporary house for people who are preparing for employment. The pragmatic Hyun Myung is trying to find a good-paying job to provide him with a comfortable life. But will he be distracted by Ha Ni, who has just 100 days to make Hyun Myung fall in love with her so that she can permanently remain as a human being?” So yup. Mermaids. Cool story.

I’m just going to sum the drama up as being a very weird, odd, bizarre, awful, strange, and very random drama. It’s unlike anything I have ever seen before. Within the first five minutes, there are some things you would not expect to hear or see within the very first 5 minutes of any drama. But ‘Surplus Princess’ is different and unique and experiments on a variety of things. Although the drama is weird and it can get kind of off-putting, I am still nonetheless very very very fascinated and interested and enthralled and amused. It does provide laughter and jokes and comedy and I really appreciate that, but at the same time, the drama has set up some characters to be lovable and then some to be hateable (is that a word? lol). There is already one character in the drama that I am not so fond of, so I’m hoping to see some maturity and growth if they want to be on my good side. Haha.


I was never a big fan of Jo Bo Ah. The only thing I’ve seen her in is ‘Shut Up Flower Boy Band’ and that was close to two years ago and I remember not being a big fan of her acting skills, but two years later and she’s improved. I can tell that she’s gotten better with her face expressions and acting. Her role in ‘SUFBB’ didn’t require a lot out of her and even in that drama where she played a really simple role she didn’t do that good, but in ‘SP’ where the drama revolves around her for she’s the female lead, it’s gotten a lot easier to watch her on screen. She’s gotten a lot better and I’m happy about that. I was a bit hesitant on her being the female lead, but she’s doing great so far. She’s not awkward or stiff or uncomfortable to watch so I’m enjoying her so far.

Then of course, how can we forget our beloved Song Jae Rim? It is so wonderful to see him in a modern day drama wearing up-to-date clothes. The last thing I saw him in was ‘Inspiring Generation’ so my image of him from that drama has not yet been deleted, but I really like how he looks in ‘SP.’ He’s just so charming and beautiful and handsome. *fangirl scream* I don’t really know how to feel about his character so far because there isn’t much about him shown yet, but what I do know is that he’s very good-looking and a great actor. *claps*


Other actors and actresses in here I’m looking out for is Kim Seul-gi who I personally remember her best as the editor from ‘Flower Boy Next Door.’ Gotta love her. Haha. And then there’s second female lead Park Ji-soo who I have never heard or seen of before, but then the other day when I was checking her works out, she was in a movie that I really wanted to watch. I’ve come to anticipating her and taking interest in her (so in other words, I’m giving her a chance to leave a lasting impression on me). Last but not least is Nam Joo-hyuk, the cutie from Akdong Musician’s ‘200%‘ and ‘Give Love‘ MV. I have to admit, one of the reasons as to why I wanted to watch this drama was for him because I totally loved him ever since I saw him in AKMU’s MVs so here I am watching him in this drama (because following him on Instagram was not enough). He is a bit stiff so far and his Busan accent (I believe he’s speaking in the Busan accent) sounds rough and unnatural, but I’m pretty sure over time he’ll get better. There is always time to improve 🙂


(kid is so good-looking).

Anyways, that is my small, brief, and broad review on ‘Surplus Princess.’ I’m planning to watch the upcoming episodes and if I like it, I will do a recap on the drama….since ya know, ‘King of High School’ will be sadly coming to an end 😦

Credit: koreandrama.org, Akdong Musician (AKMU) @ youtube

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