Joseon Attorney: A Morality
July 9, 2023 4:30 AM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

A Joseon nobleman works as an attorney with twisted motivations, until he inadvertently becomes known as a hero of the people. Through a series of misadventures, the attorney learns how to use the law righteously to defend and support everyday citizens.

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Zapzee: ‘Joseon Attorney’ Review: Charming Characters Fuel a Spirited Legal Adventure (general review after the first 6 episodes)

From the Dramabeans finale recap: "Well, I guess that’s the end — and honestly, it feels like we limped our way to the finish line while also tumbling down a landslide along the way. Both the obstacles and their solutions poured in much too quickly in the final stretch, making it a chore to trudge through them despite the fast pace. It feels like the show brushed all their problems away with a handwave and a wink — as if giving us a happy ending rectifies all the missteps it made along the way. Except this just diminishes the emotional weight of all the problems it tried to throw in during the last stretch. ... The final episode certainly wraps up our story, but it does it in a manner that’s nowhere near satisfying or logical. At the end of Joseon Attorney, I’m left feeling like I just watched two very different dramas spliced together — and the first half far surpasses the latter."
posted by oh yeah! (1 comment total)
I started watching this when it premiered on Viki back on March 31st, but fell behind on it and most all my kdrama-watching over April-June, as I was hosting the son of my family's former exchange student from Italy for those 3 months.

I agree with the Dramabeans analysis. Woo Do Hwan was so good in 'King The Eternal Monarch' playing the dual roles of the King's bodyguard and his parallel-world counterpart goofball. And I can see why he would have chosen this as his post-military-service comeback series -- lots of good comedic bits for him in the first half, plus a love story and angsty vengeance. But the legal hijinks/shenanigans were the better part of the show, when it shifted off the case-of-the-week format and moved into more of the traditional sageuk battle-with-the-scheming-minister format it was less interesting.
posted by oh yeah! at 5:03 AM on July 9, 2023

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