227. I Can Hear Your Voice 너의 목소리가 들려 (2013) Korean
Lee Bo Young, Lee Jong Suk, Yoon Sang Hyun, Lee Da Hee, Jung Woong In
Drama Rating: 9/10 Neck Score: A
I fell in love with every single character, except the few who had no redeemable qualities, such as Judge Seo, but even the horrible bad guy, Min Joon Gook had his sympathetic moments. But every character was well rounded and likable. I have never had second lead syndrome quite like this. I have also never been this attracted to Oska (Yoon Sang Hyun). I was a little shocked there, but he was so adorable and such a good person! I also loved how much growth all the main characters had, from traumatic experiences, to developing better relationships, to becoming a better lawyer/prosecutor, to just growing up and being adult... or even realizing that being a murderer was totally the wrong thing to do, no matter how crappy your life was at that moment. Our female lead, Kim Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young) was super flawed, a self-centered super snarky girl who you couldn't help but love and appreciate. Park Soo Ah (Lee Jong Suk) was both super childish and mature beyond his years, and so very complex. He was both a puppy and a namja. Then you have the cop turned lawyer, Cha Gwan Yoo (Yoon Sang Hyun) who is too idealistic and nice, but super good at his job. Prosecutor Seo Do Yeon (Lee Da Hee) is Hye Sung's childhood frenemy, who has to deal with perfectionism and a black and white upbringing. The relationships between all the characters made them all grow and become better, as did the traumatic ordeals they had to go through, constantly almost dying and having their worlds turned over. I also loved the minor characters, such as the Judge, who was just the best. I really can't believe I didn't watch this when it came out, because it is amazing. I've never enjoyed a law drama quite this much. I felt like they were a little better at making those court scene a little more realistic and less over dramatic. Obviously not perfect, this is still a drama with some fantasy, but you could tell they put a bit of work in, and it paid off. It was just a really solid, enjoyable, intense drama. One where the love triangle actually fills you with feels and you are actually torn instead of just annoyed, and you have feels for all the characters instead of just the OTP. Standing ovation.