So I’m all caught up on Snowdrop through this weekend’s episodes 8-9, which helps now to review the drama on its actual narrative, acting, and directorial merits rather than following along with the controversy. Main takeaways are that Jisoo is not good enough at acting to carry a serious drama as the female lead but nowhere near abysmally awful, her agency screwed her over by accepting this role and she would have really benefitted from a few dramas as the supporting to second female lead and give her time to work on the enunciation problems which are very evident and would annoy native Korean viewers for sure. But conversely I LOVE Jung Hae In in this drama, not his bipolar written North Korean spy posing as a South Korean college student character but when he went full soldier his charisma explodes onscreen with such controlled tension. I wish the girl he loves in the drama was less light weight and girly than Young Ro but at least he hard carries the OTP boat for this drama with his secret pining. As for the drama proper, my sense is that the writer took at look at the North Korean soldier with the golden soft heart in Crash Landing on You and wanted to do it in a period drama, and somehow landed on 1987 and combined it with the government assertions back then that North Korean spies were infiltrating colleges. I don’t sense a purposely whitewashing or revisionist take on history but a dumb clueless attempt as being clever with tying historical periods with a trendy element such as hot North Korean soldiers in love. I have zero interest in the greater story proper because it feels overly manufactured and the dorm hostage situation has now taken 4 episodes and half the aired drama so clearly this story with no real end goal in sight other than Soo Ho likely dying at the end. Snowdrop is basically an overly complicated dish that is half baked out of the oven.