As of the moment I’m writing this, it’s still unclear if Viki will ever get around to posting the Lawless Lawyer episodes. They’ve got the license? Apparently? But haven’t even posted the raw videos, and everyone in the comments section on the page is baffled. So to pass the time until Viki gets its shit together, here are some of my hopes for the drama:
Jae-yi doesn’t end up being muted by the end of the show. We’ve seen it over and over in dramaland, where a heroine starts out spunky and feisty and maybe even—gasp—as aggressive as the hero, only for love to be a giant wet blanket on her personality and smother her spark. Can we not do it, just this once?
Sang-pil needs to be rescued by at some point (preferably more than once). The odds are stacked against me on this one, what with Sang-pil’s fighting skills and the odds on wet blanket-ing Jae-yi, but I would really like it if Sang-pil found himself in over his head and needed to be rescued. A million bonus points if it’s Jae-yi that does the saving.
Jae-yi and Sang-pil’s relationship feels like an actual partnership. Don’t just tell me that they value one another’s contributions—actually show them being a functional team in this whole taking down the bad guys plot. I’ll be forever angry if Jae-yi gets shoved to the side so Sang-pil doesn’t have to share the spotlight. And on a shallower note, if I can’t pretend they’re equals, the odds of me being okay with any romantic relationship between them will take a nosedive.
The show goes after the powerful and the wealthy, no matter their “side.” I have faith that there will be lots of social commentary on how the safe-to-hate bad guys are bribing/strong-arming their way out of justice, but I’m equally interested in seeing Jae-yi and Sang-pil go after the system that hands them get-out-of-jail free cards. Perhaps we’ll even get a bit of commentary on what pushed Sang-pil into his earlier gangster career and the ways society failed him back then. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
Will you be watching the show? What are your hopes for it?