K-Drama Review: “Legal High”

K-Drama Review: “Legal High” started off on high but ends falling a little bit low

The Korean adaptation of Legal High centers on arrogant money-hungry lawyer Go Tae Rim

The premise was simple. Tae Rim may be a successful lawyer who did everything out of greed. He took on impossible cases and turned the decision around to his favor all for the high fees he charges.

Rookie lawyer Seo Jae In is his exact opposite. By a twist of religion, Jae In starts working with Tae Rim. Hilarity ensues because the unlikely pair learn from each other bushed the name of justice.

  • Title: Legal High
  • Network: JTBC
  • Theme: Legal, investigative
  • Length: 16 episodes
  • Broadcast date: 08 February – 30 March 2019
  • Main leads: Jin Goo, Seo Eun Su, Yoon Park
  • Highlights: Hilarious scenes, good background of leads
  • Drawback: Confusing occasionally
  • Overall rating: 3.5/5
  • Re-watch value: 2.5/5
  • Related dramas: Suspicious Partner, Suits

It’s exciting to work out Korean versions of highly successful international dramas. Admittedly, Korean dramas add a particular and distinct flair to their shows, uniquely making it their own. This formula has proven successful throughout decades as Korean dramas have taken the globe by storm.

In the case of Legal High, jTBC took on the task of telling the story of Go Tae Rim, a successful lawyer with a 100% success rate. Tae Rim is greedy to mention the smallest amount. His every move is calculated supported what proportion of money he can get out of it. Surrounded by his former co-workers who are bent on give Tae Rim his first loss, Legal High promises to be entertaining because it veers far away from the usually somber mood of legal dramas.

Quick plot roundup

Formerly from B&G Group, Tae Rim sets up his own firm. He manages to go forth B&G’s clients, which upsets CEO Bang Dae Han. he’s employed his business firm to the bone as they struggle to seek out some way to win a case over Tae Rim. because of Tae Rim’s surefire method, his cases are always successful, let alone a bitter Dae Han.

Rookie lawyer Seo Jae In starts working for Tae Rim after a fast exchange of promises. She works off her debt to Tae Rim as he defends her friend. However, Jae In discovers quickly how unsavory Tae Rim’s crooked sense of justice is. As a lawyer, Jae In believes to find the reality and sticking to that regardless of what. She has an unfailing belief within the justice system, which Tae Rim often scoffs at.

Meanwhile, Kang Ki Seok, Tae Rim’s former protege, starts working for B&G. because it seems, Ki Seok also aims to beat his former mentor within the courthouse. The drama ensues on whether or not B&G is successful in serving Tae Rim together with his first loss.

Finale week quick recap

Unknown to Jae In, her father finally returned to Korea years after abandoning her. because it seems, her dad is deeply committed Hankang Group, which Tae Rim and Jae In are constantly up against.

Jae In’s dad, Seo Dong Soo, covered up the casualty of a lyceum teacher years ago that the chairman’s son, Sung Gi Jun, was involved in. additionally, he’s also at the core of nonpayment and embezzlement of Hankang Group. Therefore, he had to escape years ago to avoid imprisonment.

In order for the corporate to stay loyal, Professor Song was tasked to require in Dong Soo’s young daughter, Jae In. They funded her education and Professor Song let the girl stick out of her.

Despite the danger that it poses to his legal career, Tae Rim makes the tough decision to reveal evidence that would help them win their case. Jae In and Tae Rim tackle the case of the residents near the factory of Hankang Group. Gi Jun releases a chemical knowing it can harm the residents. He does this so as to realize control of his father’s company and to succeed further.

Since Tae Rim was Gi Jun’s former lawyer, releasing the evidence is detrimental to him. Although Bae Han has doubts that he would release it, Tae Rim chooses to release the audio file, thus ending his law career.

Highlights

Obviously, the largest highlight here is Jin Goo himself. His out-of-the-box acting was totally unexpected but abundantly welcome. He did quite his share of having the ability to bring Legal High to the quirky level it’s. I loved how he exaggerated his facial expressions and didn’t mind how ridiculous he was as a lawyer.

Kim Byung Ok, Ahn Dae Sang and even Jung Sang Hoon acted particularly well within the drama. As Bang Dae Han, Kim was the epitome of a scorned mentor intent on bringing Tae Rim down. Even during a cameo role, Ahn was emotional and deep as Jae In’s absentee father. And lastly, Jung Sang-Hoon as Yoon Sang Koo was the second funniest actor in the show next to Jin Goo. His scenes were quite entertaining.

The story was executed well and also the characters had a solid background. Their connections to every other were explained well, especially where Jae In and her father were involved.

The success of Tae Rim was envied by the lawyer of B&G Group, which made them focus more on doing everything they may beat him. At times, it seemed ridiculous that each one case was handled by Tae Rim and B&G Group. One would wonder if there have been no other lawyers in Korea. But I also appreciated this competition between them because Dae Han was Tae Rim’s former mentor. It hurt him to work out Tae Rim leave the business firm. However, because it was anon revealed, Tae Rim had sound reason to start out his own firm.

Drawbacks

The first drawback I’ve got about Legal High is Jae In, or rather Seo Eun Su. I don’t know if it’s the character she’s alleged to portray, but her acting was weak compared to Jin Goo. Jae In was an idealistic rookie lawyer who blindly believes within the justice system and within the truth. However, I felt that her actions could have shown more depth and emotion. the remainder of the cast did OK. I expected more out of Yoon Park, but as Tae Rim’s mentee, I didn’t see enough angst in him as he went against Tae Rim.

The next drawback I’ve got is that the actual lack of resolutions. It gave the impression of the whole drama focused on covering up for the violent spoiled brat Sung Gi Jun, Tae Rim’s former client, and Seo Dong Soo’s protector. Even Professor Song worked to safeguard her nephew, taking in Jae In and raising her so as to safeguard Gi Jun. I used to be hoping for a deeper desire for the conflict rather than just Gi Jun.

Recommendations

Overall, Legal High was okay. Given the hype surrounding the Japanese version, I assume I expected more out of the drama. If you would like a lightweight legal drama that doesn’t work your brain an excessive amount, then this can be for you.

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