Being one of the three dramas that premiered earlier this week, I prefer this to Jackpot (which I’ll talk about in a separate post…soon) and Monster (another post, I promise!), even though the ratings game favored Jackpot. Show is yet another webtoon adaptation but is as realistic as it can be, and who doesn’t love a good underdog story?
The titular character Jo Deul Ho (Park Shin Yang) is a wronged prosecutor, betrayed by his own superior, in-law and lawyer wife, just because he decided to expose the corruption of a certain chaebol who has close relations with both his superior and in-law. He spends his days post-jail on the streets, despite efforts from his ex-prosecutor office manager Ae Ra (Hwang Suk Jung) to pull him off the streets.
Deul Ho gets mistaken as a pickpocket by newbie lawyer Lee Eun Jo (Kang So Ra), who works at a huge law firm owned by Deul Ho’s in-law. The real pickpocket is Kang Il Goo (Choi Jae Hwan) from the orphage which Deul Ho was once from, and we eventually learn that Il Goo was the reason three years ago Deul Ho decided to reveal the corruptness he experienced first-hand. Il Goo again becomes Deul Ho’s motivation to unveil the truth behind an arson case (which Il Goo was almost being framed as the arsonist, while the real culprit is the son of the above-mentioned chaebol), when Il Goo becomes a victim of truck-o-doom.
I like the comedic moments Deul Ho shares with sidekick Ae Ra, and also how even though he was a prosecutor, Deul Ho has connections with the underground, such as loanshark Bae Dae Soo (Park Won Sang), and has no qualms in using unorthodox methods in acheiving his goals. He has nothing to lose and fear now, which is going to make him an even more badass lawyer.
It’s the first time I watch Ryu Soo Young in an antagonist role, and his character Shin Ji Wook is probably one who’s sick of living in the shadows of his friend Deul Ho when the latter was still a prosecutor (and the son-in-law of Show’s universe’s best lawyer). He makes all the wrong decisions to outshine Deul Ho, so I’ll wait and see if there’s any point of redemption for him.
I think Show would also be the story of Eun Jo’s growth from a young idealistic lawyer to an experienced one, learning the ropes from Deul Ho and witnessing the corruption herself. Next to Memory, Show is definitely lighter in tone (but dealing with no less grave issues) and the first two episodes made an easier watch comparatively.