Story in a Nutshell
The opening was harrowing, as we see a high school girl being assaulted and stabbed. The scene then cuts to a law firm, which introduces us to our protagonist Ki Moo-hyuk (Yoon Kyun Sang), a glib-tongued lawyer who doesn’t bat an eyelid at lying his way through to win a case for his client, which naturally makes him an enemy among his peers.
He belatedly realised he was entrapped by his boss to defend the suspect of the attempted murder of the girl in the opening scene, and the case is more mysterious than it seems. The suspect claims he is the girl’s classmate and boyfriend and he was framed, but when Moo-hyuk exposed during trial the fact the girl was engaging in illegal prostitution, the suspect went hysterical and shouted that he’s the murderer. Things turn even stranger when the girl succumbed to her injuries and passed away, and the suspect attempted suicide after a visit from a mysterious person in jail.
Moo-hyuk was then fired by his boss, and he decides to go undercover at the high school in question as a temporary teacher. He gets assigned to the suspect’s homeroom and begins his investigation of the students.
To Watch or Not
Like most other social commentary dramas these days, Show deals with teenage prostitution and the people involved are always the rich and powerful and will not think twice murdering those who they deem as underneath them. The school, Chun-myeong High School caters mostly to the children of the rich, so the biggest question here is how many of the students are actually poorer and most likely on scholarship, and are they all bullied by their rich classmate? It is evident bullying is rampant and the kids have no qualms bullying at all. I have no idea what kind of shitty school is this.
Most of the teachers in the school are either nonchalant about the death of their charge, or afraid to do anything. The principal (?) treats education as a business, and openly power harass the teachers. I hope Moo-hyuk (he goes by the name Kan-jae as a temporary teacher) teaches the principal a lesson and she deserves to be barred from being an educator.
I’m surprised to see Jun (or Lee Joon-young of U-Kiss) playing a high school student again, and his role Yoo Beom-jin is rather enigmatic for now. He’s one of the privileged kids and too smart for his age, and while he doesn’t discourage his friends from engaging in bullying, he doesn’t participate either. I’m curious to see whether he’ll be a foe or ally to Moo-hyuk. A clear ally is colleague Ha So-hyun (Geum Sae-rok), who was first seen visiting the police investigators even after they claimed the investigation of the attempted murder is wrapped up. She insists that her student is not the murderer, but we have not seen her talk about the case after Moo-hyuk joins the school.
I’ll definitely be tuning in to Show weekly.