Editors Note: Annd it's here: another new installment in our Drama Club series! Presenting, the all new I Hear Your Voice Drama Club with Jhon, June Marie, and Karen. Keep up to date with new posts every Monday-Thursday, and don't forget to drop them a warm welcome in the comments section! Happy Drama Clubbing! -Aileen --- Welcome to the very first I Hear Your Voice Drama Club post! My name is Jhon and I'm very happy to be writing for DramaFever and covering this drama. Without further ado, let's begin. i hear your voice ep 1 img 2 It takes very little time for I Hear Your Voice to start complicating one of its main protagonists. In the very first scene, Park Soo Ha (played by Lee Jong Suk of Secret Garden fame) uses his mind-reading ability to save a girl from being bullied, all while remaining cool and aloof. We think he's the main protagonist, but then the show starts pulling some narrative shenanigans. It's within the first 7 to 8 minutes that we get our first flashback. Since this is k-drama, of course it's going to be quite a traumatic one. It turns out that Park Soo Ha is an orphan (something always has to be messing up our main heroes) and, not only that, he witnessed the murder of his father. At this point, you might be thinking, "oh, is this another one of those revenge dramas?" But before you can even begin to formulate a thought about that, already we've moved past Park Soo Ha to another character (a seemingly completely unrelated one played by Lee Bo Young). While Park describes the girl he's in love with, the show seemingly drifts away from his perspective and follows Lee Bo Young's character, Jang Hye Sung, for a while. i hear your voice ep 1 img 3 Jang Hye Sung is an unsuccessful lawyer. She barely puts forth any effort in defending her clients (her bored look while at work is hilarious) and is seemingly only interested in money. While at a job interview, she feigns nonchalance and even tries out bribes and several different attitudes/poses if it means getting the job she wants. She has no qualms about going after what she wants and doing whatever it takes to achieve it. And suddenly we launch into an extended flashback to Jang Hye Sung's past. Structurally, this is awkward. We barely know anything about the present Jang Hye Sung before we're suddenly thrust into her past. And it's also a flashback that dominates the entire episode. But, it's also something that shakes up what could've been routine. The writers do a great job of filling in the gaps and showing what kind of person Jang Hye Sung is, sure, but they also allow for a great payoff of the first flashback. i hear your voice ep 1 img 5 During Park Soo Ha's flashback, we're almost exclusively in his point of view. We know as much as he does and we experience everything through him. It's disorienting and scary and traumatic. We wonder how on Earth he could've gotten away from that situation. I'm a big fan of when series take slightly risky narrative pathways and manage to make them work. The reason why Jang Hye Sung's lengthy flashback works is because it thematically works Park Hoo Sa's story into Jang Hye Sung's, it allows for some narrative misdirection, and it sets the stage for the drama that will happen in the present. Outside of being effective melodrama, it's just damn good storytelling. i hear your voice ep 1 img 4 The second episode, however, contains none of that narrative play. It seems now that the character motivation and the tragic back stories are out of the way, the show is going to about exploring about how what happened back then will shape our character's personalities and the events of the now. At the beginning of the 2nd episode, Jang Hye Sung starts her new job as a public defender. In the previous first episode, we were privy to her job interview, so I guess her story must've worked. Joining her as a public defender is Cha Kwan Woo (played by Yoon Sang Hyun, of Take Care of the Young Lady and also of Secret Garden fame), and he's her complete opposite. Cha Kwan Woo is idealistic, almost to a fault, and his philosophy is rather naive, innocent. He's also extremely dorky. Part of the charm of this second episode is seeing the conflicting ideologies clashing. They each take the opportunity to use their cases as trials for their own ideology. i hear your voice ep 2 img 2 Also introduced in this second episode is Jang Hye Sung's bitter rival from her old school days (and also the reason as to why she was kicked out of school, as explored in the 1st episode) now turned prosecutor. She's Seo Do Yun (played by Lee Da Hee of Birdie Buddy fame) and she means business. I can imagine a lot of the tension and problems between them will be worked out in the courtroom in future episodes (that's what seems to be happening here as well). The subject of this episode's moral quandary is a classmate of Park Soo Ha's; just like Jang Hye Sung in the past, she's accused of a crime she didn't commit.  This leads to Park Soo Ha to finally find Jang Hye Sung. A very subtle point in the background of their scenes together is the sense of disappointment in Park Soo Ha. This is the woman he's been looking for a very long time, but she's nothing like he hoped she would be. She's become a cynic, an adult. If the upcoming episode preview tells me anything is that part of what Park Soo Ha's role in the drama will be is that of Jang Hye Sung's conscience or guide - he's the one who will have to help her believe in justice again. i hear your voice ep 2 img 3 Quick Observations - Hey, it's Kim Hae Sook! Always enjoy her presence. - Can we get a Kim Ga Eun spin-off where she just makes faces like these? - I didn't really mention the whole "killer in prison" thing, but I imagine that will be the part of this series that I don't like. - So far, I have no idea what will happen romantically in this series. Wonder what everyone else thinks? More I HEAR YOUR VOICE Drama Club! Episodes 17-18:  [ Part 1 ]  [ Part 2 ]  [ Part 3 ]  [ Part 4 ] Episodes 15-16:  [ Part 1 ]  [ Part 2 ]  [ Part 3 ]  [ Part 4 ] Episodes 13-14:  [ Part 1 ]  [ Part 2 ]  [ Part 3 ] Episodes 11-12:  [ Part 1 ]  [ Part 2 ]  [ Part 3 ]  [ Part 4 ] Episodes 9-10:    [ Part 1 ]  [ Part 2 ]  [ Part 3 ]  [ Part 4 ] Episodes 7-8:      [ Part 1 ]  [ Part 2 ]  [ Part 3 ]  [ Part 4 ] Episodes 5-6:      [ Part 1 ]  [ Part 2 ]  [ Part 3 ]  [ Part 4 ] Episodes 3-4:      [ Part 1 ]  [ Part 2 ]  [ Part 3 ]  [ Part 4 ] Episodes 1-2:      [ Part 1 ]  [ Part 2 ]  [ Part 3 ]  [ Part 4 ]