I highly enjoyed this drama, and I am sure there are many people out there who enjoyed it just as much as I did, if not more. The South Koreans seem to agree with me because drama ratings sat in the mid-twenties throughout its run, and this is a remarkable achievement considering that anything in the twenties is considered amazing nowadays. It was amazing, and really worth the nine-weeks that I spent live-watching it week-to-week. Every ep really gripped me and only made me anticipate the next ep more and more! Not only was the storyline well developed, but the characters were given a rich background story really helped for the storyline to blossom. Together, the different drama elements helped to create a sensational drama.
This drama was nothing of which I imagined. I mean, I understood the law aspect of the drama but I did not expect the way the law aspect was tackled. The synopsis was really misleading because it mentions Park Soo Ha (Lee Jung Suk), Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young) and Cha Kwan Soo (Yoon Sang Hyun) working together to solve cases with less than 1% chance of winning. Obviously this was not the case but I went in expecting to see the three working together using their skills to win law cases. I’m not sure how the drama would have went should it have followed this line but regardless, it managed to create a spectacular viewing experience.
I also went into the drama thinking that Soo Ha’s mind reading ability would become central to the drama but I am glad that it didn’t. I loved that it doesn’t dominates the drama, but rather is just unique ability of Soo Ha that the drama would have been able to move on without. This ability is known to Hye Sun and Soo Ha only and it will forever remain a little secret between them two. The drama never went to enhance or amplify this supernatural ability but rather it just made this ability part of Soo Ha. The drama really went out of its way to make Soo Ha appear a a normal person. This ability was never an obstacle in the drama, it is only a part of who Soo Ha is. This normality went on to enhance the seriousness of the drama and make and allow that drive to really dominate the drama.
I liked how the ending showed of Hye Sung reading through Soo Ha’s journal. That gave her the opportunity to finally get into his head and read his thoughts. He is always the one reading her thoughts so it is nice to know that she got the opportunity to see what his is thinking about. That scene was really significant in defining their relationship because it allows for Hye Sung to understand what is going on in his mind and what he feels. At the same time it really allows to her to see that Soo Ha has grown up and is not the little boy she knew him as.
The drama really allowed for the characters to shine, especially the OTP. They were given centre stage and allowed everything to flow seamlessly around them. The plot centred around them without lacking any depth. What this drama gave was these two vital elements which worked so well with one another. The OTP might be leading the drama, but they worked with the storyline to allow this to occur smoothly. The OTP helped to balance out the drama. The OTP might be the shining stars here but if they did no work with storyline, they could not have shined the way they did.
I started the drama rooting for Kwan Soo to get the girl but wasn’t until around ep 8 that I had a change of heart and really started to root for Soo Ha and Hye Sung. I came to realise that they were right for each other because they understand each other, whether it be ten years ago or now. They understand each other like no could because they have been through so much together. They are also connected in so many ways that can never be erased; they will have a forever endless connection with each other. I love that both Soo Ha and Hye Sung are constantly on the lookout for each other, furthermore, they have full trust in one another. They are always the first to protect one another, regardless of whether you look at their relationship ten years ago or now. They are always their to help one another which goes to show the importance they mean to one another. Age does not matter in their relationship, because they will forever love each other, and this is what is important.
Soo Ha was really the character that we got to witness grow up. We watched him as a child with a traumatic pass, a teenager filled with determination to seek out and protect the girl who he has had a crush on for 10 years and finally as a man working to protect this girl. I loved that we got to witness this progression because we really got to see how he has grown up though the different incidents. He has grown up because he wants to protect Hye Sung. I also loved that Kwan Soo has helped him to grow up, Kwan Soo has helped push Soo Ha to see that Hye Sung really needs him to be there for her. Soo Ha has grown up, but at there are times when he is a boy. I love this contrary sense, because regardless of this, he remains as a unique Soo Ha.
Bo Young was especially amazing in her portrayal of Hye Sung. She is an amazing actress and she just showed this off through her portrayal of Hye Sung. Her portrayal was very realistic, full of emotion and she just really created a unique individual within Hye Sung. Her portrayal was also very natural and she was very into character. I really enjoyed her scenes with everybody because she has chemistry with everyone. She just clicks and manages to lighten up the atmosphere with her acting. You can really see the chemistry that she has with Jung Suk, because when she is with him she carried their characters to the next level.
Jung Suk was fit to play Soo Ha and I can’t think of anyone else who could have portrayed Soo Ha even as half as he did! He really matched the role perfectly; he really has the fire of determination with him which he brought with his character. I think that this role is quite challenging for him because you can see through the points where he struggled, though admittedly he has got lots of room for improvement. Sharing scenes with Bo Young, you can really see the different levels of their acting. He is young and has plenty of room for development. (: Acting aside, I really watching enjoyed him and his execution of the role (even though it might have been weak in comparison to Bo Young’s acting) because it was perfect for Soo Ha.
I also really enjoyed Seo Do Yeon (Lee Da Hee) and her connection with Hye Sung. This was another relationship which I really enjoyed. They might not have been the best of friends but I love how they worked together to solve their cases. Their friendship works in favour for them because not only did they share an unforgettable experience in their childhood but they also work in a similar profession. In the courtroom they might be against each other all the time but actually they stand on the same side of justice for majority of the time.
I enjoyed the drama but maybe it was because of the two ep extension and the fact that the drama focused primarily on the Min Joon Gook (Jung Woong In) storyline, during the second half the drama started to grow a bit draggy but at the same time this was when all the fire occurred.
This drama was beautifully well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The actors were brilliant with their portrayals and worked well with the storyline. Everything for this drama worked quite well, and I really loved it. It was definitely a wonderful and solid watch. (:
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