Why ‘Law School’ Is The Drama I’ve Been Waiting For

At the risk of sounding melodramatic, Law School is very possibly the K-drama I’ve been waiting for. For my entire life. Allow me to sort through my thoughts on it because so far, I’m completely on board. In fact, if I have any reservations at this point, it’s only in the form of desperately hoping this drama stays as good as it’s starting off.

Keep reading to find out what I love so far — and what I would caution viewers to be wary of.

What to look forward to:

The story wastes no time getting started. We find ourselves in the midst of a mock trial, where an actual murder takes place during the allotted break time. You mean we get to the interesting part right away? Sign me up.

The characters are immediately fascinating. I won’t name names but lately I’ve dropped several dramas (that appeared very interesting initially) because I was simply unable to invest in the bland characters. It doesn’t matter how clever a story might be; if you have no characters to empathize with, root for, or at least be fascinated in, the drama won’t be worth watching (in my humble opinion). So far, these characters’ subtle glances and gestures draw the viewer in right away — and in mere minutes, I found myself both interested and invested in characters I know next to nothing about.

The mystery is far more complex than it initially appears. What starts as a classic whodunit quickly spirals into an intriguing web of deception and secrets. And it seems like nearly everyone has something to hide.

The leading lady is both humorously relatable and intelligent. I’ve only ever seen Ryu Hye Young in Reply 1988, but that was enough for me to know she has excellent comedic timing — something she brings to this role in a subtle, down-to-earth way. But we know it won’t only be giggles and grins when it comes to Kang Sol; she’s putting herself through law school for a very personal reason and something tells me this girl won’t stop until justice (in her eyes) is served.

The soundtrack is phenomenal. I don’t usually get too enthusiastic about soundtracks, but this music is incredibly gorgeous (and haunting). It’s used tactfully, supporting scenes properly rather than distracting from them.

The cast is stellar. If you’ve been watching K-dramas for any length of time, you’ll likely notice several extremely talented and familiar faces right off the bat (Lee David, Ryu Hye Young, and Kim Beom, to name only a few). Those you don’t recognize will quickly grab your attention. Everyone is doing a phenomenal job in the mere four episodes out, which makes me all the more excited for what’s to come!

A word of caution:

The time hops require careful following. Maybe it’s just me, but I find that I often have to pay extra close attention when a drama involves several timelines. Please don’t let this deter you from watching; the different timelines (which are really just large flashbacks) are well-done and are no doubt presented as clearly as the production team deemed possible. They’re also absolutely necessary for the story. And once you get into the swing of it, they’re not difficult to follow. But if this kind of thing is typically harder for you to keep track of (again, maybe it’s just me!), I’d suggest simply going into the drama expecting it and you’ll be fine.

(Update as of 05/12/2021: These time hops/flashbacks really only occur heavily in the first episode or two. It’s not something that continues consistently as the drama airs. I just thought that was worth noting.)


If it seems like I’m grasping for straws with the “timelines” thing, it’s because I am. I simply don’t have anything truly negative to say about the drama yet. And like I said in the beginning of this post, I’m hoping beyond hope that it remains that way. Because right now, Law School is the most interesting drama I’ve watched in a long, long time.

In short, if you’re on the hunt for a new drama in which to fully invest your time and soul — er, I mean just your time — then I highly suggest giving Law School a shot. Unless you hate interesting stories, you likely won’t be disappointed.

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Why “Moment of Eighteen” Is The High School Drama We’ve All Been Waiting For

Oh, another cute but predictable high school drama? Sounds great, I need a filler anyways. That’s what my brain thought as I aimlessly clicked on episode 1 of Moment of Eighteen. Those who’ve seen the drama know how very wrong my brain was.

Ong Seong Wu and Kim Hyang Gi in “Moment of Eighteen”

Right from the get-go, Moment of Eighteen quickly dispels any notion that you’ve signed up for yet another cookie cutter high school drama (although we all know those have their time and place in our hearts…at least in mine). It’s truly unique and refreshing and has audiences pretty shook since most people seemed to — like me — initially believe they were getting ready to see the same old stuff. Alright, enough talk — let’s get right into it with what makes Moment of Eighteen so different and why it needs to be on your watchlist!

(Spoiler warning! Super minor, but there nonetheless.)

It’s not what anyone was expecting

Instead of following the recipe most high school kdramas tend to follow, this one totally goes on its own path, taking a sharp turn from the typical and vying for something new! It’s a breath of fresh air, but don’t just take my word for it because apparently I’m not the only one that finds it so.

Take a look at some things MyDramaList reviewers have said about Moment of Eighteen:

In short, if you’re on the hunt for something offbeat and original, Moment of Eighteen is the drama for you!

The main male lead is a rookie actor (and he’s killing it)

Ong Seong Wu as Joon Woo

Ong Seong Wu of former K-pop group Wanna One plays protagonist Joon Woo, a loner who recently transferred high schools. He’s quiet and observant, but also strong — and quick to stand up for himself when others try to push him around. He is incredibly independent, working part-time at a convenience store when he’s not attending school. He feels lonely often because of how much his single mom works. We’ve been given very little information about his dad, but I have a feeling we’ll be filled in on that aspect of his life in due time. So far we just know that his dad is not in his life, even though Joon Woo knows where he lives.

I was shocked to find out Ong Seong Wu had only ever done one short film before this role. His acting is incredibly mature and totally organic– he’s definitely got natural talent! He’s killing this role and I can’t wait to see more.

The second male lead is the antagonist

Shin Seung Ho as Hwi Young

We’ve all heard of second lead syndrome but is there such a thing as antagonist syndrome? If not, there certainly is now because Hwi Young is both the second male lead and the antagonist, and young actor Shin Seung Ho is rocking viewers to the core with his portrayal of Hwi Young, class president and top student in the entire school.

Although he’s the antagonist by definition, Hwi Young is a character to be sympathized with — and one I genuinely like a lot. Moment of Eighteen chose not to manufacture another typical antagonistic bully character who’s rude, disrespectful, and violent; instead, Hwi Young respects authority and is a gentlemen to the young women in his class. He works hard in his studies and even helps his classmates with theirs.

However, viewers are quickly privy to hints that everything is not as it seems with Hwi Young. He clearly has a soft spot for Soo Bin (our main female lead — I’ll get to her in a second), whom he genuinely likes. But he also seems to have a knack for manipulation and even cruelty — particularly to those whom he sees as beneath him but who won’t bow to his will, such as Joon Woo.

Although Hwi Young comes from a wealthy family, his home life is anything but cushy. Physical, psychological, and verbal abuse are an everyday part of his life — and as the viewer is allowed further into Hwi Young’s world, we see crippling insecurity and deep-rooted damage that might explain (not excuse) some of his behavior. He’s a fascinating character to observe and I’m excited to continue witnessing his development.

The female lead is actually relatable

Kim Hyang Gi as Soo Bin

Some female drama leads that are clearly meant to be relatable just end up being superficial, overly dramatic, klutzy, and/or just plain annoying. Thankfully, that’s not at all the case with our clever and cute leading lady, Yoo Soo Bin (Kim Hyang Gi).

Soo Bin is friendly, sweet, and works hard when it comes to academics. She can also be awkward and overthink things. She lives alone with her overbearing mother as her father works away from home. Although we haven’t been given a lot of information on her entire family yet, (just as with our male lead) I feel that there is more to come soon.

One of Soo Bin’s biggest struggles so far is her mother’s obsession with her academics. As is the drama’s style, her mom (played by Kim Sun Young) is not a one-dimensional character that’s blindly obsessed with her daughter getting good grades. Instead, it’s explained why she cares so much about Soo Bin’s academics, which we find out when she yells at Soo Bin that it’s important for her to work harder than those around her because she’s a woman living in a man’s world. (It makes you wonder what her mom’s relationship with Soo Bin’s absent dad is like…hm.)

The teacher is one you wish you had in school

Kang Ki Young as Oh Han Kyeol

Teacher Oh Han Kyeol (Kang Ki Young) is seriously amazing. He’s such a dream teacher, and not just because he’s a total cutie. It’s almost as though he remembers what it was like being a teenager and applies that to how he treats his students (imagine that!). He treats them with genuine care and respect while still maintaining his authority in the classroom.

It’s so easy to write off the teachers as insignificant, shallow characters in most dramas, but Teacher Oh is proving this doesn’t always have to be the case. He’s solidly one of my favorite characters so far, and although we don’t know much about his personal life yet, I can’t wait to find out more about him as the drama unfolds.

One of the things I find most respectful about him is that he roots for every single one of his students — even the ones the viewer might not be rooting for at the time. He truly wishes to be a reliable figure they can trust, while equipping them with knowledge to pursue their goals. I’ll stop gushing for now, but he’s just the best teacher ever and one of the coolest characters!

The melodic OST is gorgeous

Has anyone else noticed that lately dramas have been so on point with their original soundtracks? Well, this one is no exception. Ong Seong Wu’s beautiful voice is put to use singing Part 2 of the OST, entitled “Our Story”. Part 1 is called “Moments,” sung by Christopher. Here are the links to both in case you want to give them a listen (which is highly recommended):

“Our Story”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABAlZPbLtcE

“Moments”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEcNhCfdpTY

Concluding thoughts:

Everything about this drama is brilliant — the acting, directing, writing, cinematography, etc. Every single thing is thought out extensively and with care. The characters are multi-dimensional, even ones you might not expect to be; no one is there just for the heck of it. It’s as slice-of-life and coming-of-age as you could want in a high school drama. It’s about real issues young people face in society today.

In case it’s not clear how much I’m enjoying this drama, I’ll say it loudly for the people in the back: I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Go watch it. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll be left thinking even before the first episode is over. If you want predictability, by all means, watch a sweet high school drama—just not this one.

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hope amidst darkness: 5 Reasons To check out ‘Beautiful World’

This drama wrecked me. (In a great way…I adore it.) However, now that it has finished airing, I find myself longing to sneak back into that world for a little bit…so feel free to grab a cup of coffee, tea, or your comfort beverage of choice & join me as we take a look at some of the things about “Beautiful World” that we already miss.

[Warning! Only slight spoilers ahead, but spoilers nonetheless. You’ve been warned.]

These brother-sister relationships

One thing I love and miss about “Beautiful World” is the strong sibling bond portrayed between sibling pairs Seon Ho and Soo Ho, & Dong Hee and Dong Soo.

While Seon Ho is in a coma, his younger sister Soo Ho (Kim Hwan Hee) takes immediate action with fierce determination and limitless courage. She stands up for herself and others and will stop at nothing to find the truth surrounding her brother’s accident…regardless of who stands in her way.

Kim Hwan Hee as Soo Ho

Although we don’t get to see Seon Ho (Nam Da Reum) interact with Soo Ho much in current time (due to his unconscious state), viewers are privy to flashback glimpses of the awesome big brother Seon Ho is. He balances his sister’s spunk with a calm and gentle spirit. He’s even shown taking a vicious beating when the perpetrator threatens to hurt her. However, Seon Ho’s passivity only goes so far; when he witnesses bullying in his class, he won’t stay quiet.

Nam Da Reum as Seon Ho

Our second set of siblings is Dong Hee and Dong Soo, who are left to fend for themselves after their mother abandons them. Dong Hee (Lee Jae In) is miserable at school due to bullying, but hides the pain from her older brother, who she feels already has enough trouble raising her by himself. She is quiet and observant, and often catches things others don’t.

Lee Jae In as Dong Hee

Dong Hee’s older brother, Dong Soo (Seo Young Joo) , goes to high school and works a job to support himself and his little sister. He’s got a quick temper and a strong sense of justice, and often gets into fights. When Dong Hee finally opens up to him about what she’s been going through, he makes sure she knows that he is always there to support her.

Seo Young Joo as Dong Soo

This power couple

In Ha (Choo Ja Hyun) and Moo Jin (Park Hee Soon) are a middle aged couple with two teenage children — probably not everyone’s immediate visual when conjuring up an image of a power couple. But listen. These two are relationship goals. They go through a lot — and I do mean a lot — and instead of turning on each other, they grasp even tighter together.

Moo Jin and In Ha

They have extremely different personalities: In Ha is assertive and outspoken in her opinions while Moo Jin displays strength and care in a much gentler, quieter way. In Ha wants to act immediately while Moo Jin prefers to wait for the right moment and think things through thoroughly before taking action. They use their differences to support one another; when one is strong, the other leans on them for support until they can in turn be the strong one.

When the other parents turn against them and the police refuse to listen, In Ha and Moo Jin hold fastly to each other and take on the world together.

The villains

A drama isn’t half as enjoyable if the villains aren’t good. And by “good” I mean “bad” of course — and “bad” doesn’t even begin to skim the surface when it comes to the villains of “Beautiful World.”

Now we really could have our pick of antagonistic characters, but the core of the villainy undoubtedly lies with the Oh family. And boy, the dysfunction is real with these people. Only child Joon Seok (Seo Dong Hyun) is a vicious bully whose ability to manipulate those around him with ease is eerily frightening; Eun Joo (Cho Yeo Jeong) takes mother bear to the next level when she proves that she will do anything (yes, I mean anything) to protect her son; and patriarch Jin Pyo (Oh Man Seok) runs his household like he runs his life — it’s his way or the highway, and anyone who doesn’t comply will be sorry.

The OST

The original soundtrack of “Beautiful World” is absolutely gorgeous and caught my attention immediately. Rather than distracting the audience or pushing desired emotional effects on the viewer, the soundtrack supports the scene and blends smoothly into the drama. The songs are linked below if you’d like to give them a listen.

  1. Over The Moon” by Ha Eun and Han Bin
  2. Where Should I Go (A Beautiful Lie)” by Tiger JK and Bizzy
  3. Tears Of Love” by Kim Kyung Hee of April 2nd

The messages of hope & wisdom

Although the main events in “Beautiful World” occur because of societal atrocities such as school violence and corruption, the drama also presents viewers with messages that uplift, as well as some important life lessons:

  • In a world that can be overwhelmingly dark at times, there is beauty & hope found in the people you surround yourself with — which is why it’s important to surround yourself with those you trust.
  • It’s okay to not be okay. That doesn’t make you weak.
  • You may not be able to choose the family you’re born into, but you can choose how you live and behave.
  • It’s never okay to sit back and watch when you know something wrong is happening. Standing up for others and yourself may be frightening, but how you choose to act goes toward molding you into the person you will grow into.

Thank you for reading! Let me know in the comments what you think of “Beautiful World”!

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