Park Jeong U, a prosecutor who once sent others to prison, wakes up one day to find himself behind bars on the charges of murder and with no recollection of what lead him here. Despite being locked up, he makes it his mission to figure out what took place in the time before he ended in prison and fight his way out.
Defendant is like many other law shows, filled with twists and turns. Unfortunately like other shows, it also tends to follow a similar trajectory.
The acting and writing are the stronger points of the show although both have the weaknesses that can't really be hidden. Ji Seong and Eom Gi Jun both prove their acting skills again, tackling difficult scenes and characters beautifully. There's the odd falter but overall they carry the show. Female lead Yu Ri's limited acting is evident here especially compared to the rest of the more veteran cast but her role diminishes enough throughout the show that it doesn't have too big of an impact.
The writing keeps the plot moving but it does feel like 18 episodes was too long. There were moments were it felt like nothing really happened other than angry looks or pondering, and a shorter run time would have tightened everything up.
A recommend for fans of Ji Seong, Eom Gi Jun or those that like law shows.
Defendant is a story about a prosecutor sentenced to death for killing his wife and baby girl. However, of course, the prosecutor is not guilty. He is a victim of a cruel son of chebol. So this is how the story drags on and on for 18 episodes.
Park Jeong U is that prosecutor portrayed by Ji Seong. Kind and laughing eyes of the actor spoiled the dorama. Firstly he is a superhero prosecutor, then he becomes a broken prisoner and the next moment Jeong U is an all mighty avenger. A long time ago I was impressed by actor's acting in Swollen by the Sun. In this dorama his acting is flat although he tries to be versatile.
Gang Jun Hyeok is another prosecutor who is a "friend" of our protagonist. O Chang Seok tried to portray a jealous, ambitious prosecutor who is a real coward. It was the 1st time I've seen acting of O Chang Seok and I did not like it all.
A defendant should have a lawyer and he has one - Seo Eun Hye. We see her as an ambitious lawyer who pays too much attention to details studying the case. And what do we see when she starts working with Jeong U? Nothing. She does not even know what may be the charges for a copartner of a prison breaker. She becomes only a driver for an escaped prosecutor.
The only star here is Cha Seon/Min Ho. And he is the antagonist who sent our prosecutor to jail. At least it was not so boring to watch scenes with him thanks to Eom Gi Jun who portrayed them.
I have a question to a screenwriter: what 18 episodes were about? If you cut off the middle of the plot, you may receive more or less good dorama.
The only good thing in the Defendant is that it shows that people are the cruelest and good for nothing creatures on our planet: twin brothers, their wife, an executor, prosecutors friend, prison staff.
I cannot recommend this dorama as it really has no message at all, the above mentioned does not count. It stands out among the same genre doramas only as it has some prison breaking scenes. That's all. However, I liked the work of cinematographer - he made the dorama watchable by his work.