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  1. Judge Han resigned before they got the verdict in the last case; he just told the associates after getting the verdict. Anyway, I like that he wants to protect them and I even think it is fine for him to want to move on with his life. But the show emphasized that the world is right and just with the three of them, so I’m not happy with the implications of separating the world from right and just!
  2. @bebebisous33 I see... but the show implies that Mr. NJ Group is going to get exposed for buying off the victim so that she changed her testimony. That was the basis for the appellate reversal. And Justice Sung was in charge of the reversal, and he’s been publicly-exposed as abusive and incompetent. So I get why Judge Han would have the impulse to resign, but by the end the episode, there’s really no need. And he made BOTH of our sweet judges cry!
  3. My favorite thing about Episode 16 is that it closes no doors to a second season! Judge Im can make Min Yong Joon kneel down before the law, as promised. Judge Park can take on the discrimination that women who marry and get pregnant and have children (confident, bedimpled ones @jeijei ) face in the workplace. There's certainly no shortage of societal ills and philosophical conundrums to explore. The episode was not the series' strongest though. It's strange that Judge Im and Judge Park would have commenced dating in the previous episode, and still behave so distantly in this one. They are two people in their late 20s or early 30s, in love, in a tiny office together from morning to night. They are professionals, yes, but you'd think there would be some physical displays of affection - touches on the shoulder, wiping away of the other person's tears, hugging - given that both of them find it heart-taxing to be in close proximity with each other. I can't tell if this is a failure in the writing, directing, or acting, but I wasn't satisfied with just the conversation about how there wasn't any time to think about anything but the trial, but Judge Im made Judge Park's heart beat fast, and Judge Im found her confession cute. It's not just a desire for romance, but an issue of character development and the series' arc. Judge Park is a passionate person, and part of her journey is being able to express that with a man after years of bad experiences with them. Judge Im has been more or less pining for Judge Park since they were teenagers, and I think that seeing him express his affection physically is important to show that he no longer just keeps his feelings checked by expectations of disappointment and bottled up. I found the music a little overwrought. I also wished our protagonists got to do more in this episode. Judge Park was limited to some questioning at the trial, and Judge Im got a bunch of signatures, but mostly, they had tearful or satisfied-smile reaction shots. The resolution of the villains (Judge Sung and Min Yong Joon) was way too rushed. And Senior Judge Han's resignation didn't make much sense. Someone has to take responsibility, but I thought that person was going to be Supreme Court Justice Sung. What is Senior Judge Han going to do? Join NJ Group's legal department so that he can pay for his daughters to go to better schools? Become a stay-at-home dad and give his wife a chance to do something other than fold laundry? And I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of the final scene with the adolescent fist bump. But the jury trial was interesting and the episode was also uplifting and hopeful in a way that seems in short supply these days. I love this theme of how it only takes one seed to grow something new. Judge Park, assisted by Judge Im, has been busy scattering seeds since Episode 1, and enough have born fruit to make a revolution. Judge Hong finds her voice and steps up to defend her defender, and in #metoo fashion, inspires dozens of other associate judges to speak out on Senior Judge Sung's abusive ways. Judge Jung finds the courage to get signatures for a petition on Judge Park's behalf. The peeing duo join the effort. The sexual harassment and medical malpractice victims whom Judge Park fought for team up to expose Min Yong Joon's perfidy. The department chair is ashamed of scapegoating his juniors and rescinds the disciplinary proceeding against Judge Park. Secretary Lee writes her dream script Miss Hammurabi. And it's not just Judge Park who has been scattering seeds. As Secretary Lee says, the judges you thought didn't exist are really everywhere. I thought this was profoundly expressed through the jurors, both the female juror who so deeply empathized with the victim's mother when one might have expected her to identify with the defendant, and the subway drunk who spoke up on behalf of the victim and urged the group to deliberate carefully for the sake of justice. There is goodness everywhere, and the most unexpected people may be warriors against injustice in their own way. All those seeds add up to make an exponential difference. I am grateful for this special drama that has so much heart, and am sad that it is over.
  4. What are they saying in the BTS?!
  5. This is the ultimate romantic drama for our times, when the news is constantly filled with stories of men who abuse women. Park Cha Oh-reum is that woman, who has seen and survived some of the worst that men can dish out -- an abusive father, an abusive teacher, abusive clientele. Her mother and aunties have all experienced beatings and betrayals by men. But instead of being defeated by all of these experiences, Oh-reum decides to become an active force for good. In her armor of high-necked tops, long-skirts and trousers, trench-coats, and flats, Oh -reum is battle-ready. She speaks up in public, and she becomes a judge. In her search for justice at the courthouse, Oh-reum finds healing. She faces numerous challenges, some of her own making from being an overzealous rookie, and some because of institutional misogyny. But she doesn't have to face these alone, because she has the backing of Senior Judge Han Se-sang and Right Associate Judge Im Ba-reun. Judge Han is the father figure Oh-reum never had. He is gruff and yells a lot, but he gives her opportunity and leeway to explore cases, he mentors her, and he supports her when it most counts in her efforts to tackle sexism and corruption. He also employs strong women as his stenographer, clerk, and court security officer. Of course he does, because he is the father of two teenaged girls who mean the world to him. Im Ba-Reun is the kind of man who can win a wounded woman's heart. It's not because he's perfect. Far from it. It's because he respects himself and he respects women. He is too principled to take a job or marry just for money. He regards his mother as the head of his household -- whatever the official registry says -- because she was the one who took responsibility for their family. He is drawn to Oh-reum's soul, her strength and fragility, not just her outward appearance. He is self-assured enough to challenge his own worldview by thoughtfully considering seriously her diametrically-opposed views. His instinct is always, always to support the women he loves, and Ba-reun loves Oh-reum without expectation, or demand, or reserve. He deserves her trust. As Lee Do-yeon explained, when a woman feels a man is safe, then she is willing to go on an adventure with him. Writer Judge Moon Yoo-seok, director Kwak Jung-hwan, and the production team deserve tremendous credit for bringing to life this story, with its rich and complex themes, and its deep romance. The actors, too, deserve praise for choosing this project. Go Ara, Sung Dong-il, and Kim Myung-soo, in particular, are attractive, popular entertainers with significant fan bases. The ideas they sponsor -- even through the dialogue of fictional characters -- can have far-reaching effects. Ba-reun was moved to action when he saw young men at a club about to take advantage of a woman they got extremely drunk. He confronted them: What kind of a man "does things on his own to someone else's body"? What kind of a man enjoys an encounter with a stranger who has not consented? May every Inspirit be influenced by Ba-reun's words and example. And may every Oh-reum who watches this show smile like crazy with the hope that somewhere out there, maybe sitting just to her left, is her own Ba-reun.
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