I decided to give it another try and watched ep 4 of Lawyers of Korea
as per ambergold
's instructions. It was very hilarious. While the insane flashback which both makes me hate Min Gook the Rich Guy and makes no narrative sense (seriously - they do not interact in any way consistent with that flashback - none of the three main characters!) pretty much guarantees this drama won't make it into a favorites list and also precludes me shipping the Heroine with Rich Guy, it's funny enough to watch for at least a few more eps. I am just going to pretend for the next few eps I watch that Min Gook is sleazy but well-paying client that enables her to gain experience and nothing more and that she and Lawyer Byun get together at the end - except for his walking out without a word years ago (I'll handwaive this as he left a message she didn't get. It's easier than handwaving Min Gook into a good person) he is pretty darn awesome - supportive and alpha at the same time, funny and with chemistry with the heroine. Also not a serial cheater, which is more than I can say for the leading man. Yes. Still bitter.
This scene with Lawyer Byun and Ya Kyung was gorgeous, though.
Sail on, my undaunted uncanonical ship!
This ep is so funny it even features a "guy protecting girl from beating with his body" scene that is hilarious! I literally LOLed. Sadly for LoK, I prefer the angsty-serious take on this such as in (leaving aside the pinnacle of this that is Hana Yori Dango/Meteor Garden) 'A Love to Kill,' (the best one - he is her bodyguard and his side job with thugs goes wrong and they are slowly beating him to death. She walks by and sees it and tries to stop it, one girl against a horde of violent criminals - telling them she is a famous star (she is) and so they can't hit her without getting in trouble and covering him with her body. But they don't care and start hitting her and he rolls over, barely conscious, shielding her with his body. They end up in hospital with serious injuries for a while and I end up in love), 'Tree of Heaven' (he begs on his knees for his enemy to stab him because otherwise the guy will go after his OTP), and 'Lobbyist' (he covers her with the last of his strength). I have to say Lobbyist, despite the happy ending is, hands-down, the most hurt-comfort drama I have ever
seen. I don't think there was a single episode where Song Il Gook's character was not seriously, and sometimes horrifically, mistreated. I am still amazed he made through it with all his limbs intact. I am rather looking forward to 'Swallow the Sun,' another mercenaries drama from the same team - I am curious to see if they can top Lobbyist. (I wonder why SIG has a thing for getting roughed up in his drama - other than Lee Jun Ki's 'Time Between Dog and Wolf,' the only drama to offer some competition to Lobbyist is another SIG drama - Kingdom of the Winds.)
And that was a heck of a digression.
Also, after watching various Seoul 1945
vids on youtube, I now ship Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri just because that OTP seemed awesome in S1945. That drama is very much up my alley - gritty period epic - and I would have watched it a long time ago if it wasn't so dratted long - 70 episodes! I am sure the topic of WW2 and Korean War is worth that many, but I have the attention span of a gnat.
Just point me towards the episodes with Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri tortured in the prison camp, kthanks.
Watching the youtube vids led me to discover (through 'similar vids' feature) a drama I really want to check out (also starring Lawyer Byun): 18 vs 29
. It sounds adorable and I need a fluffy drama in midst of all the serious ones. The heroine is a 29-yr-old woman who married her highschool sweetheart (someone she hated in school at first but then fell for). However, things haven't been going smoothly and she has decided to file for divorce. Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for the drama), on the way to the courthouse she gets into a car accident. It being a Korean drama car accident, her injury is loss of any of her memories after age 18. It is up to her almost-ex-husband to care for her. Can they fall in love all over again?
ETA: Found this "justification" on soompi for Min Gook being a bastard to Ae Ri after her miscarriage:
"I have this feeling that HMK thinks that maybe AR have other man before their marriage. So, he is angry that she have difficulty keeping babies."
Oh yes. That would be such a lovely justification. "Hey, whore, you stretched yourself out with other guys and because of it now can't keep my kids!" Forget medically unsound - that would be even sicker than what the drama has. Sometimes fans drive me up the wall.
'Tis a pity Min Gook such a bastard because occasionally he comes across as hot.
ETA2: reading soompi, I found out the reason why Lawyer Byun left that first time. AWWWWW. Lawyer Byun, I forgive you. It's official, I want you to get the girl you like because you are a good guy.