We all have are own biases.
I feel like I’ve been overlooking how Associate Judge Jung Bo-wang (Ryu Deok-hwan) is giving us some refreshing break whenever the story gets too tense. I never realized he was the Mr Sunshine of this series until he slowly tried to move away from his neighbour associate judges. His usually uncaring friend Im Ba-reun (Infinite L / Kim Myung-soo) suddenly changed and became involved with workplace issues like his colleague Park Cha O Reum (Go Ara).
I think we are all like Judge Jung. Unlike the idealist O Reum and too-smart-to-be-true Ba-reun, we are just average individuals trying to survive in this world. Most of us have a good sense of judgement. We know what is right and what is wrong. We know what injustice looks like. But we don’t have the courage O Reum has. So I really can’t blame that Judge Jung thought of abandoning his friend in order to be “like everybody else.”
Good thing Ba-reun and Judge Jung made amends in the end. Hopefully, Judge Jung will take courage too on what we know is right.
Settling Is Not Losing
I’m one of those idealist-turned-cynical people who thought O Reum’s sense of justice is too unrealistic. I felt she’s aiming to turn the court in a utopia. I even questioned her background. I thought it was probably because she grew up in a financially privileged family. I even thought that she has a hero syndrome. This episode proved to me she is also a growing and changing character.
O Reum is influencing everyone her that it never occurred to me that she is also changing. She is learning to bend in the system but her fighting spirit remains. Through the wise words of Presiding Judge Han Se-sang (Sung Dong-il), she is slowly realizing she can’t change the world in an instant and she can’t do it alone.
They Are Not Monsters
O Reum looks more like the rest of us when she conceded she also has preconceived judgments. I feel her disappointment when she let the old lady settle the case of her son. But I also felt proud because it was a very mature moment for O Reum.
Her speech during the meeting was touching. It was not too rebellious. She heeded Ba-reun’s advice on framing her stance without making then listener too uncomfortable. She’s not as stubborn as I thought she is. She’s trying to relate to everyone, including people she doesn’t like. She’s changing her views and approach but not her goals.
Maknae’s Episode Verdict
I didn’t expect this would be a very cogitative series. It is making me contemplate on social matters and how I view things. The dialogues and arguments are really well written. Every peak moments are really thought-provoking.
This series really strikes the right kind of balance. I like that it is letting its viewers see every side of issues it tackles; like a real pragmatic judge in a courtroom. It is up to us whether those views will remain in fictionland or in the real world.
– The he looks at her tho:
– Secretary Lee has a very subtle way of praising Judge Im (lol).
– They finally released this OST!!!