First Impressions and Unfiltered Thoughts: Delayed Justice

Kwon Sang Woo and Bae Sung Woo as unlikely partners in an underdog justice drama sounds like The Odd Couple met a buddy cop drama. Come see if it’s worth the watch!

The Plot

MyDramaList says: “Park Tae Yong and Park Sam Soo fight for judicial victims who are falsely accused. Park Tae Yong, a public defender, was born as the son of an undertaker on an island. He did not take the typical route to become a lawyer. After graduating from high school, he did not go to a university. He later passed the bar exam and became a lawyer. He is full of justice and has empathy for others. He will defend all kinds of petty offenders. A turning point occurs in his legal career when he becomes the first attorney to win a general criminal retrial case. Park Sam Soo is a reporter. After he graduated from a university, he worked as a non-permanent employee. Thanks to his excellent writing skills, he became a reporter. He looks for stories which are ignored or passed over by other reporters. He is soft-hearted and easily moved to tears. Though his work does not bring him financial stability, his writings are able to deeply move the hearts of readers, some of whom volunteer their own resources and skills to support his journalism. Working with Sam Soo is Lee Yoo Kyung who, despite a silver spoon upbringing, is a brave, justice-seeking rookie whose first scoop is Tae Yong’s victorious retrial case. Seeing Tae Yong’s courtroom performance, Yoo Kyung is, like Sam Soo, struck by his passion, empathy, and drive to bring justice to the victim.”

The Characters

Kwon Sang Woo plays Park Tae Yong, an attorney who passed the bar with only a high school diploma. He’s overly confident, which definitely has the potential to lead to trouble. He also has a tendency to judge people by their appearances, but has a huge soft spot for the poor and underrepresented.

Bae Sung Woo plays Park Sam Soo, a reporter who was recognized for his writing abilities by the chief editor whose building he used to clean. His unusual rise to head writer leads to easy criticism from the juniors he’s supposed to be mentoring, especially when it appears he took on a boot-licking job for the mayor.

Kim Joo Hyun plays Lee Yoo Kyung. She is Sam Soo’s junior, who eagerly follows him to assignments as she learns what it takes to be a reporter. She quickly learns to trade in her heels for sneakers, as well as how to ask more questions and listen sympathetically.

First Impressions

On the surface, this looks like a drama that would be right up my alley. I love underdogs fighting for justice, I love characters who are confident with the skills to back it up, and I love good banter.

However, the banter and the underdogs just weren’t enough to make me want to press play. It’s not that Tae Yong and Sam Soo are unlikeable, but that they just aren’t compelling. The plot feels like the same tired “fight the corporate man” that we’ve seen before, and I didn’t find myself rooting for the characters at ALL. Ultimately, I found the drama to be rather forgettable.

I will say that there IS the possibility for the drama to pick up in the future. I was only able to get through two episodes, which was barely an introduction to the plucky intern Lee Yoo Kyung — she’s the character that really caught my interest. I have a lot on my drama plate right now, and watching people get beat down on their way to the top is low on my priority list. I’m giving Delayed Justice a pass.

Until the next drama catches my eye, I remain —

Karie the Maknae

Dramas with a Side of Kimchi

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