TL;DR: Yeah, this was Ji-hoon’s story the whole time. Sorry you thought otherwise.
This was a lackluster way to end the series, and I wish there had been something more behind it. Unfortunately, I think Solomon’s Perjury was too long, even at twelve episodes. By the time we hit this final installment of the trial, the audience knew basically everything that Ji-hoon and Kyung-moon testified to. The only (small) surprise was the revelation that Ji-hoon argued with So-woo before So-woo committed suicide.
(And I’ve got to say, even though all signs were pointing to it, it is still a letdown that So-woo committed suicide. I thought we were going to have a murder mystery; instead it turned into straight societal commentary. I wanted both, dammit.)
In contrast to the father-son showdown from the previous episode, the fight this episode just felt redundant. I was worn out from it, too, so that by the time Kyung-moon finally decided that being a good father was more important than being a good lawyer, I didn’t really care. I mean, good on you for actually publicly admitting your guilt and for cooperating with the prosecution—it’s way more penance than Woo-hyuk ever did, so I’m inclined to believe it is sincere. Maybe you will actually earn your son’s forgiveness at some point in the future.
What made me saddest in this episode was that Ji-hoon more or less just came out and said that Seo-yeon was nothing more than a useful tool for him to accomplish his goals. I guess I should be grateful that Seo-yeon’s goal coincided with one of Ji-hoon’s—otherwise, there wouldn’t have been any victories for her. I’m just done with kdrama girls being forgiving of betrayals like this, so her speech to the other trial members about understanding Ji-hoon made me tired. I’m glad you’re a good person, Seo-yeon—I wouldn’t have forgiven Ji-hoon in your place.
Consequently, Seo-yeon didn’t do much this episode. Her most important function was to ask Ji-hoon and Kyung-moon questions so they could tell the audience things were already knew or had guessed at. At least the non-trial portions she got in this episode were cute: having a happy family, hanging out with her friends, enjoying the start of her senior year, teasing Joon-young, etc. Still, it was just sad to see that she never got any closure with So-woo. The honor of the ending monologue, and the quiet, imagined moment with So-woo, went to Ji-hoon, not her. It makes it feel like none of this show ultimately mattered to her because she goes on with her life without any kind of articulated change. She ended up right where she started (with an extra friend or two), in contrast with Ji-hoon, Joon-young, or even Yoo-jin or Joo-ri.
Ultimately, I’m disappointed in Solomon’s Perjury. If I hadn’t been led to believe that this was Seo-yeon’s story, I would probably be more charitable towards it. But as Seo-yeon’s story, it was an abject failure.
By the Numbers
- Weeks skipped: 3
- Ji-hoon’s goals: 3
- People arrested: 3
- Standing ovations: 1
- Rooftop conversations: 2
- Bechdel Test: 12 episodes passed