I’m quite particular with the Korean dramas I choose to watch since it’s pretty common for me to leave a show unfinished due to losing interest. However, this was not the case with the 12-episode TV drama “Solomon’s Perjury”, as I was completely hooked from beginning to end. I binged this series with a record of 19 hours all in one sitting (and yes, I pulled an all-nighter just to finish this masterpiece), and I highly recommend this show.
Let’s begin with a brief synopsis before I jump into my personal feelings on this show: on a snowy morning after Christmas, the body of male student So-Woo is found dead on school grounds, and the authorities decide to cover it up by claiming he committed suicide without allowing further police investigations. The main character, Seo-Yeon, along with other students at the school hold a trial to uncover the truth behind this student’s death.
Each episode leaves its viewers on a painful cliffhanger with a clue that dives deeper into So-Woo’s life, making you realize that his death might be linked to something bigger. The new discoveries unveiled in the case often go against the viewers’ expectations, making us constantly second guess ourselves. The suspense is also enough to keep us on our toes as we wait desperately for the truth to be revealed. Viewers will wonder why the authorities tried so hard to close the case without further investigation. What exactly are they hiding?
This drama also touches on a lot of heavy themes such as bullying, child abuse, domestic violence and suicide. As the students figure out the truth piece by piece throughout the trial, they also learn how to cope with this tragic event and form some of the most amazing friendships and bromances you’ll ever see.
I would give “Solomon’s Perjury” 4.5 out of 5 stars. I don’t understand how such an interesting show can go unnoticed by the public, though I do suspect it was due to the fact this drama series aired around the same time as “Goblin”, another drama that tore through the chart ratings after its first episode. I totally recommend watching this if you’re looking for a show centered on school life, a corrupt system and mystery. And with only 12 episodes, you can totally binge it in two days.
Spoiler Warning Ahead:
While the dead student So-Woo didn’t get many lines, since he died in the first episode, his presence resonated with me the most throughout the series compared to the other characters. At one point, Seo-Yeon realizes that So-Woo was actually her online friend she’s been talking to throughout her high school years (to me, it seemed like they were pretty close … so So-Woo might have had a small crush on Seo-Yeon), and it was devastating for me to see how So-Woo died thinking he’s all alone in this world. If you are wondering what I meant with that sentence, I highly encourage you to watch this drama series, and I promise you will not regret it.
Photo from Solomon’s Perjury (iWill Media)