This is a relatively spoiler-free summation of why you might like this drama (beyond the obvious reason <cough> Sung Joon). I’ll list the reasons, in order:
- You know how annoying it is to have a female lead who defers to the man to make decisions or rescue her all the freaking time? You can forget about that in this drama. It never happens. Yes, technically there are some assists, but in Shim Jae-bok we finally have a strong, capable woman who uses her head for more than a hat rack.
- Problems or perils are identified fairly quickly and challenged (either by our heroine Shim Jae-bok or her colleague cum friend/employer lawyer Bong-goo, aka Sung Joon). You’re constantly on edge wondering what’s next?
- There are some loyal and supportive women friends, and one has a really great kid.
- Sung Joon is lanky, snarky, sort of immature but is secretly very loyal and a good friend.
- And yes, I got the ending (mostly) that fits the story and the characters.
Yoon Sang-hyun plays the weak link in this story and it’s kind of okay because he’s really not that great of an actor (sorry, we know we loved him as Oska, but I’m just calling it like I see it if I’m being honest). It suits the role because you feel like others are doing the heavy lifting for him – as performers and as characters – and it sorta fits.
There are some plot holes along the way, but for a newbie writer, I’m willing to overlook them because Shim Jae-bok is an awesome female role. Overall, there’s much more to like than to quibble about, and that’s always a good thing in my book. If you check it out, we’ll dish!