I think jTBC did not set out to give a different take on the late 1980’s student democracy protests and the actions of the military government in cracking down but it ended up shooting itself in the foot regardless with Snowdrop. By combining that real life era and events with a made up North Korean spy in South Korea fiction, it was a tinder waiting to explode and the network should have realized that in March 2021 when the first complaints started. Now it’s mired in low ratings 5-episodes in and complaints from both sides of the political spectrum – the liberals think it’s distorting the history of the democracy protests and the conservatives are pissed it’s romanticizing the North Korea spy into a swoony male lead who feels tortured emotions and is righteous. It’s actually pretty fun that the two SK political factions, who hate each side, are united in hating this drama. But the legal system remains clearheaded and today the Seoul District Court ruled on an emergency injunction motion brought by a South Korean Civic Rights Group in its lawsuit filed against jTBC last week demanding the network stop airing Snowdrop. The Court denied the motion because there is no law against distorting the democracy movement and in this case there is a very low likelihood anyone watching the drama would actually believe this fictional take to be true. So there you have it, Snowdrop can keep airing and everyone can chill the F-out and perhaps go back to critiquing it on its merits – acting, directing, and story development.