School 2015: Who Are You?
Genre: School, Youth, Mystery
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Air Time: Monday/Tuesday
Kim So Hyun as Lee Eun Bi / Go Eun Byul
Nam Joo Hyuk as Han Yi Ahn
Yook Sung Jae as Gon Tae Kwang
Lee Eun Bi lives at the orphanage Love's House in Tongyeong South Gyeongsang Province where younger residents look up to her as a mother figure. They don't know that she's friendless at her school and viciously bullied by a posse of mean girls led by Kang So Young, while teachers turn a blind eye. On the other hand, Go Eun Byul is the most popular girl at Segang High School, the most prestigious private high school in Seoul's Gangnam District. Eun Byul's best friends are Cha Song Joo and Lee Shi Jin, and she shares a mutual attraction with Han Yi An, the school's star swimmer. But Eun Byul has secrets, including one involving a girl named Jung Soo In. Both girls look exactly alice, but only Eun Byul is aware of the other's existence. One day, on a school field trip Eun Byul mysteriously disappears. At teh same time, Eun Bi gets unjustly expelled from her school. Mistaken for her doppelganger, Eun Bi is forced to pretend to be Eun Byul and begins living her charmed life.
What a start to this drama! The first episodes have really brought me into the story and I am really interested to see where the drama goes from here! I have to say that I haven't watched any of the School series, so I am coming into this drama without any expectations, although School 2013 is on my list to watch. From what I know about this series is that it deals with real life problems that students deal with while in school, but from what I've gathered they haven't been as dark as this has started. Between this show and Angry Mom my eyes are being opened to a very big problem in schools these days, bullying. I don't know how much of this is exaggerated and how much actually shows real life bullying, but it is really hard to watch. The amount of physical, emotional, and sexual harassment that is going on is horrifying. I didn't graduate from high school that long ago and I never experience or saw anything life this. That may be because of where I went to school but I honestly don't remember seeing any bullying at all, and maybe that just means that I ignored what could have potentially been bullying and maybe a lot has changed in the three years since I graduated.
I think the hardest thing about the first episode was watching this girl get bullied again and again and having her not stand up for herself. It got really frustrating because I just wanted to punch my computer screen every time Jo Soo Hyang came on screen, which is a testament to her acting because I now fully believe she is just a horrible person. But while I was thinking about it, I think it makes the bullying more realistic. When you have someone who has been bullied again and again and seeing how teachers turn a blind eye to what they know if happening, you get to the point where you know that if you do stand up for yourself everything will just get harder, so they stay quiet. It's horrible but I think it's closer to real life.
The story seems really interesting and I am liking the mystery plot they have integrated into the story. I may be the only person who has watched this show but I swear there are so many similarities between this show and the show The Lying Game. While I was watching this first episode I was reminded of this show over and over again, it must have something to do with the twins separated at birth, one living a wealthy idealistic life while the other is in foster care and then through a series of events the poor twin ends up taking over the others life. There are plenty of differences between the two shows but it was just funny how the basic plot structures were the same.
The acting has been solid in the first two episodes. Kim So Hyun has quite the job cut out for her, she has two characters that have very different personalities so I'm excited to see what she is able to do with both. The other actors were fine, we haven't really gotten to see a ton of the other main leads so I look forward to seeing more from them.
Overall a solid start from this mystery school drama, the first two episodes have had a quick pace that has kept me interested in the story and it has presented a mystery that has me already guessing at where the drama is going to go.
As a side note: The swimming scene in the first episode was done really well. That may be weird to say but I was a competitive swimmer, until I got injured in high school swimming was going to be basically my career. So whenever shows have swimmers I always cringe because they never show what real competitive swimming looks like. This show probably has the best representation of a swimmers stroke and technique that I have ever scene. I think they had to have gotten real swimmers to film that scene or Nam Joo Hyuk is one hell of a swimmer. So there is my weird observation for the day.
To see the swimming scene skip to about the 2:00 mark