Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 8 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 9 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 10 -| Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 11 -| Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 12 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 13 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 14 -| Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 15 -| Review Score –
Episode 16 -| Review Score –
Fans that tuned into the 16-episode SBS drama for Hwang In-yeop probably stayed because of what a badass Seo Hyun-jin turned out to be. After his popularity soared with a series of shows seeing him as the second lead, it seems like in the K-drama, ‘Why Her?’ – a show where he is the main lead – Seo Hyun-jin ironically steals the spotlight away from him.
This K-drama is not light-hearted and deals with a lot of cases that range from child abuse, suicide, political fraud, rape, murder and a lot more which is why viewers’ discretion is advised. As the episodes progress, the story starts getting more complex but it is the impeccable acting from the cast that’s likely to blow fans away.
‘Why Her?’ alternatively known as ‘Why Oh Soo-jae?’ revolves around the life of an attorney, Oh Soo-jae (played by Seo Hyun-jin) who is a partner at South Korea’s most prestigious law firm. What started off as a mere job for Soo-jae suddenly became her life’s purpose when she was determined to bring down the men that ruined her life.
On the other hand, Soo-jae is responsible for what happened with a young man, Kim Dong-goo (played by Hwang In-yeop). Ten years ago, when Chan was falsely indicted for the murder of his step-sister, Soo-jae failed to defend him due to her familial circumstances.
Now years later, fate has brought Chan and Soo-jae together as he has enrolls in law school as a student where the lawyer is a visiting faculty. Will they be able to recognize each other? Does Chan find out who killed his step-sister? Will Chan forgive Soo-jae for betraying him?
The screenplay of ‘Why Her?’ is as crisp and clear as it can get. Fans are going to be hard-pressed to guess who the true murderer is until the very last minute and it seems apt because everyone needs a lawyer like Soo-jae to solve intense cases like these for them.
Soo-jae carries the show from start to finish, and it is true that Chan’s unwavering support is what keeps her going, one cannot deny the fact that Hwang In-yeop’s potential as an actor was not really used here.
I wish we could see more scenes of him in action as a lawyer and actually defending himself for once in court against Choi Tae-kook – TK Law Firm’s owner and Soo-jae’s boss – who has wronged Chan in so many ways.
The story continues progressing as Soo-jae’s initial purpose to seek revenge soon sees him waver as the gravity of the chaos starts settling in. In doing so, Soo-jae’s purpose soon turns to destruction. And she does just that, which is commendable for the makers to have their trust in Seo Hyun-jin alone. She carries ‘Why Her?’, which could be partly why it became the highest-rated show for its time slot.
The plot of ‘Why Her?’ starts off calmly and slowly builds up but at the same time, many are likely to comment on how unsatisfactory the final moments of the show were. Despite that, Soo-jae is one character that sees the most growth throughout the run.
From never letting anyone catch her vulnerability to finally breaking down and showing Chan her flaws, Soo-jae’s paradigm shift is commendable.
The show has a somber OST that plays in the background with songs like ‘What About Us’ encompassing the feelings of the main leads whereas the single ‘Vincent’ is likely to give fans a soft melody to enjoy in times of joy.
One thing is for sure, I would want ‘Eye of the Storm’ to play whenever I enter a room full of haters because the instrumental track holds that much power!
The show is an amazing watch in every way, which is why, aside from the way this ended, it still has fans hooked. With every new win for Soo-jae, it felt like a personal win for me that had me rooting for her to have the world. It is ironic what happened to the men who wanted to dominate the entire country left to the mercy of the same country and its people after their wrongdoings were exposed to the world.
It is apt how, in a show with a plot that resembles the current political situation of South Korea, it became one of the top-rated shows in the country. And it’s easy to see why. Well written and with a strong female as the lead, ‘Why Her?’ is a marvelous legal drama well worth a watch.
Verdict - 9.5/10