Our Heroine is a jaded public defender named Jang Hye Sung who needs to learn to believe in her clients! and the law!! assisted by a telepathic teenager who can read her clients' minds and tell her if they're innocent or not!!! Because that's definitely what you need to know, to do your job as a defense attorney!!!!
The storyline literally follows all the beats of an Ace Attorney game:
FIRST CASE - Easy Starter Case! A Failboat Friend Has Been Falsely Accused!
SECOND CASE - Bizarre Strangers Are Involved In An Inordinately Complicated Murder!
THIRD CASE - Someone We Care About Got Murdered!
FOURTH CASE - Someone We Care About Got Framed For Murder!
FIFTH CASE - Someone Is On Trial For Murder But It's All Tied To A Previous Murder Trial That Went Wrong Twenty Years Ago And Also The Principals In The Case Might Be Somebody's Long-Lost Parents Presumed Dead!
On the one hand, TRAGICALLY, nobody interrogates a parrot. OR a whale. On the other hand, dramatic amnesia, accidental stabbing, identical twin murder suspects, and MORE THAN ONE INCIDENT of a person cutting off a body part to fake their own death. Also, not even while playing an Ace Attorney game have I screamed "CONFLICT OF INTEREST! RECUSE YOURSELF!!!!" so much at a screen in my life, ever.
Now, OK, I've played lots of Ace Attorney games. I know how this goes. You have your awkward public defender protagonist --
-- and their cold-hearted prosecutor rival --
-- with whom they share a DRAMATIC BACKSTORY involving childhood rivalry, courtrooms, lies, betrayal, murder, and somebody losing an eye! --
-- (we were so disappointed that Do Hyun got her eye fixed at some point and did not keep her dashing eyepatch when she grew up to be a dreamy prosecutor) --
-- anyway, PROSECUTOR RIVAL, who consistently inspires them to up their defense attorney game --
-- and who occasionally finds themselves reluctantly collaborating with the other team for the sake of JUSTICE!!
-- and who definitely doesn't have any inconvenient ~feelings~ about their public defender rival, no sirree, none whatsoever!
Now, the the show seems to be under the impression that it is portraying a love triangle in which the rival love interests are Attorney Jang's nerdy, idealistic coworker, Attorney Cha --
-- and Attorney Jang's telepathic teenage sidekick, Soo Ha, who has been pining after her since he was eight and she provided key testimony in the CASE OF HIS FATHER'S MURDER --
-- thus turning both Soo Ha and Attorney Jang into targets for a serial killer (played by Mishil's multi-talented brother from Queen Seondeok.) I may have forgotten to mention there was a serial killer on the loose.
I refuse to believe this man's cunning disguise is not yet another homage to Ace Attorney.
Anyway. ROMANCE! All well and good, but given that Attorney Cha also appears to be conducting an adorable side romance with his charming legal secretary --
-- and Soo Ha is STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL --
-- I'm not ashamed to say that we found it perfectly easy to write off all heterosexual love interests and spend the entire show shouting at Attorney Jang and Do Hyun to bang in an elevator. The showrunners can't fool me. I am an Ace Attorney expert and I KNOW WHAT'S UP.
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