After a really very long time, Okay-dramaland has given us a school drama with a myriad of characters. From Parasite’s Lee Jung-eun to Reply 1988’s Ryu Hye-young, the forged of this drama piqued my curiosity ever because it was introduced. This goes to be one of many few authorized dramas set at school as a substitute of the high-stakes, over-dramatic plots we often get. I watched the premiere episodes of Law School to know the premise and take a look at how this excellent forged is interacting with one another on the present. Unfortunately, regardless of Law School recording one million viewers, the primary two episodes have been complicated and underwhelming.
Note: This is a primary week overview solely.
The drama begins with an intense mock courtroom recreation by the regulation college students of Hankuk University. The college students—consisting of characters performed by Kim Bum, Ryu Hye-young, Lee David, Lee Soo-kyung, amongst others—essay the roles of prosecutor, choose, witness, defendant, whereas professors watch from one other room. Before the mock courtroom is ready to remedy its case, nonetheless, a real-life case happens within the subsequent room. One of the professors is discovered murdered and one other is arrested because the suspect. The premise of an actual homicide taking place whereas college students attempt to remedy a faux one is basically fascinating, however the execution left a lot to be desired.
Let’s start with the characters. At the middle of this story is Ryu Hye-young as Kang Sol, a bright-eyed pupil who is instantly revealed to be a misfit in her college. When everybody else is coldly targeted on doing higher at research, she appears to be the one one bothered by the real-life implications of the circumstances being fought within the present. I have to say, it’s pretty to see Ryu again on display in a meaty position so lengthy after she received hearts as Sung Bo-ra in Reply 1988. However, I additionally felt that it might need been a tad too lengthy, as a result of Ryu undoubtedly overacted the a part of a clueless teenager in sure scenes.
Kim Bum, then again, was equally off-balance because the brooding regulation genius Han Joon-hwi. His character is a kind of anti-establishment sorts as he takes on his personal faculty over corruption. Despite Kim being a incredible actor, I felt neither the tragedy nor the torment of his backstory that was revealed in Episode 2. I feel a part of the rationale why I didn’t benefit from the premiere was that I felt that each character’s backstory was launched method too quickly, earlier than we, as viewers, might really feel invested, and that simply took away the gravity from these tales.
My favourite bits have been hands-down those with Kim Myung-min as Yang Jong-hoon, the previous prosecutor turned legal regulation professor. His courses are each thrilling and dynamic, with the deep-voiced Kim acing the position of the charismatic and barely eccentric professor who’s now being accused of homicide. Although preliminary impressions revealed Professor Yang as conceited and scary, his dynamics with Kang Sol made for an exquisite crack in his unflappable facade. This is one relationship I’m excited to see the progress of.
I used to be anticipating Lee Jung-eun’s character to be equally poised as a fellow professor, however she did her ordinary pleasant act. She is a enjoyable and empathetic instructor who remembers the names of all her college students and needs to make studying enjoyable, however I wasn’t very impressed together with her character proper off the bat. Not that I thoughts Lee Jung-eun being pleasant, it’s simply that I want to have seen the veteran actress in a special avatar—perhaps cool and complicated and a bit scary. However, she got here throughout as the very same too-nice, too-excited character she often finally ends up enjoying.
With the present being set in a regulation faculty, I used to be anticipating witty arguments, sound logic, and a fast-paced plot. However, sure moments within the present made it troublesome to droop disbelief. Is it actually doable that mere college students of regulation faculty are so callous that they’re unfazed by a homicide on their campus? From a former convict randomly getting into the lecture corridor to pregnant professors bleeding in the midst of class—we might have gone a bit too far. Despite The Light In Your Eyes’ (2019) Kim Seok-yoon serving because the director, the narrative of the start episodes was in every single place. The backstories of the characters felt cliched and like they have been launched method too quickly. The two timelines have been complicated, and the humor of the present bordered on flat.
After a barrage of complaints, I do have a bunch of issues I’m wanting ahead to within the subsequent episodes. Professor Yang Jong-hoon and pupil Kang Sol’s bond appears lovely on the outset, and I’m additionally sufficiently intrigued by Professor Yang to remain curious about his character. I fairly loved Kim Bum and Ryu Hye-young’s dynamics too, in addition to the remainder of the group, who regardless of being from very totally different backgrounds, did all of the enjoyable bits of faculty collectively like complaining about courses and mimicking professors. There is potential for stable friendship right here.
We jumped proper right into a homicide case with the primary two episodes, however for pacing and narrative points, issues didn’t really feel critical or pressing. I hope the writing cures that sooner or later. The academics at Hankuk University all seem to be a bunch who would go to nice lengths to show their college students properly. I do know there are extra surprises coming with reference to fellow academics, the remainder of the group, and our essential characters. If the path and appearing improves, I’ll most likely give this present an opportunity, regardless of the underwhelming premiere. If I proceed watching this, it’ll be purely due to Kim Myung-min.