First Impression – Solomon’s Perjury

Although I didn’t watch White Christmas, I felt the similarity it has with Solomon’s Perjury, even though if I’m not wrong, this show is more clear-cut of kids vs adults, where the adults are The Big Bad. I do like how among the kids there’re dubious and suspicious characters, making them not so innocent after all.

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Adapted from the Japanese novel of the same name, Solomon’s Perjury is about a death that happened on campus, Jeongguk High School. Two weeks prior to his death, Lee Seo-woo (Seo Young Joo) was involved in a fight with the school bully Choi Woo-hyuk (Baek Chul-min). Seo-woo was advised by the school foundation’s department head Han Kyung-moon (Jo Jae-hyun) to forget about an incident and transfer school. Seo-woo was indignant and stopped coming to school on his own.

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A couple of classmates were worried about his absence, especially the class president Go Seo-yeon (Kim Hyun-soo). They’re naturally affected by his death, particularly Bae Joon-young (Seo Ji-hoon), a quiet boy whose parents argue daily and on top of that, his own mother seems to have some deep-set grudges against Joon-young. He was the first to uncover Seo-woo’s body buried in snow on Christmas Day, and Seo-yeon found him in shock not long after.

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It affected Joon-young so much that he almost contemplated suicide, and Seo-yeon made him report to her daily his whereabouts (is there some budding puppy love here?). And while some students are negatively affected by Seo-woo’s death, one girl tries to take advantage of the situation to get her revenge on the bully Woo-hyuk.

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She is Lee Joo-ri, and it seems that she is a bully victim, not just by Woo-hyuk but also most of the other schoolmates. She left anonymous letters to both the school’s principal and Seo-yeon, claiming that she saw Woo-hyuk and his cronies kill Seo-woo. While the adults are eager to mark Seo-woo’s death as suicide (he’s a troubled kid, blah blah), Seo-yeon is determined to find out the truth however, despite the adults telling them it’s the best to leave it to the adults to deal with it.

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There’s alot of information packed in the first two episodes, but it was well-paced, and I especially like the exploration of themes such as bullying, blackmailing and such. The approach is novel in Kdramaland too, having a group of high school students holding a mock trial, as written in the novel. I doubt the real murderer is Woo-hyuk, and Seo-woo doesn’t seem like he’ll commit suicide. I’m intrigued to find out more, especially the relationships between all the kids, and the flashback showing Seo-woo being good friends with Kyung-moon’s son Ji Hoon.

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