Review

K-Drama Review: “Witch’s Court” Brews Feisty Legal Drama Powered By Witty Heroine

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Although messy and circling at some points, Witch’s Court claims justice well-served, thanks to a strong cast.

Witch's Court

Title: Witch’s Court
Distributor: KBS
Theme: Legal, Drama
Length: 16 Episodes
Broadcast Period: 09 October 2017 – 28 November 2017
Overall Rating: 
Rewatch Value: 
Plus Factors: Strong Heroine Portrayal, Focused Story Trajectory
Oh No Moments: Halted Romance, Circling Outwitting game
Related Dramas: Suspicious Partner, Fantastic

Witch’s Court strongly surgesto a gripping finish as it uncovers corruption involving crime against women.

After all the hearings I attended in the legal drama parade this year, I became less impatient to Witch’s Court when it started dragging out halfway through its airing. If not for Ma Yi Deum’s tenacity which pushed me to bear the painstaking journey of taking down an indestructible villain, I would have not stayed faithful.

Following the yardstick for courtroom dramas, Witch’s Court provides side stories to support the main conflict of defeating the invincible antagonist. It is as if the heroine and the villain are at the other edge of a justice weighing scale, pulling it in and reversing it in with their outwitting game.

Witch's Court

Highlights

Ma Yi Deum

The cheeky prosecutor is the life of Witch’s Court party. She provides the smarts, attitude and direction to the narrative. She delightfully entertains while keeping her grit. Since she is the central character of the chronicle, those frustrating battles she overcomes serve as magical pills that wash out some inconsistencies and pointless exposures of the villain. She is one of the most memorable characters who has graced K-dramaland this year.

Focused Narrative

Different from the usual legal dramas which tackle various crimes, Witch’s Court focuses on injustices suffered by women. Ma Yi Deum lost her mother who is a key witness to a sexual harassment case against Cho Gap Soo. 20 years later, Cho Gap Soo is running for mayoral candidacy and Ma Yi Deum stumbles on the truth about her mother’s disappearance through her senior prosecutor boss, who has been working to get the evil politician behind the bars.

The team works on the proceedings of women-related crimes, which connect to the core conflict involving the lead girl’s mother. From its onset, the drama presents where it is heading, so the audiences have a clear understanding that pinning down the villain and finding the heroine’s mother are the goals along the way.

Witch's Court

Drawback

Halted Romance

The love arc for the main leads Ma Yi Deum (Jung Ryeo Won) and Yeo Jin Wook (Yoon Hyun Min) is cut mid-way, when the story reveals that Jin Wook’s mother conspired with Gap Soo’s right hand in taking in Yi Deum’s mother as a mental patient in the hospital, where she is working in exchange of financial assistance promised by Gap Soo’s camp. The ill-fated revelation involving the main leads’ mothers interrupts the budding romance. They hint an ever-after for the love couple but it is hard to be happy after the grueling battle with the villain. Have they let the love flow along with solving the conflicts, it would have been a more balanced storytelling. Plus the couple look adorably awkward and cute onscreen.

Mid-way Crisis

Witch’s Court opens with a bang when the preliminary side conflicts are successfully solved by the legal drama cast. But after so many cases pointing to the quest of outmaneuvering the adversary, it becomes exhausting halfway through its airing. The final resolution made me forget to celebrate the good guys’ victory. I just heaved a sigh that it was finally over. It maintained its focus even when the disruptions slowed down the initial spirited tone. But the circling bumps impeded the fluidity of the story.

Witch's Court

Recommendation

Witch’s Court raked in a strong average of 10.6 ratings all through its 16-episode run, thanks to the outsmarting game that lasts until luck runs out on the opponent’s side. While the strong lead girl portrayal drove its winning moments, the construction of character connections through the legal cases tackled on the side stories spin the whole picture.  It made an impact by solidifying the edgy hall of justice tales. If you like legal dramas that are character driven with less romance yet entertaining at the same time, feel free to visit Witch’s Court anytime at your convenience.

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