Right from the day of its premiere, ‘Snowdrop’ has kickstarted a storm of controversies among Korean viewers. JTBC tried its best to pacify the angry viewers by releasing three episodes at once, but it wasn’t of much use. On December 22, a civic group called Declaration of Global Citizens in Korea went as far as filing a case against the series to stop the ongoing drama. Well, the official hearing from the Seoul Court on the airing of Snowdrop has just arrived, and I am sure that the news will make you vibe on ‘One-way Ticket.’
Despite staring BLACKPINK’s Kim Jisoo and Jung Hae-in, the latest episode recorded a low nationwide viewership rating of 2.751%. Now that’s certainly an increase from Episode 4’s 1.689 percent rating but didn’t cross the 3 percent rating like the first two episodes. With so much hate revolving around the storyline, the future of this story was really uncertain. Here, we have brought together everything about the judgment passed by the Seoul Court.
Why is Snowdrop Receiving Hate?
The show is accused of beautifying state violence and being unconstitutional towards their nation. The situation is so bad that about 300,00 citizens signed a national Blue House petition to take the drama off air. The makers tried resolving any sort of misunderstanding regarding the plot by airing three episodes at once, but the attempt backfired as it continued receiving hate from the viewers.
In case you haven’t seen the show yet, it follows the life of Eun Yeong-Ro, an ordinary student of Eun Yeong-Ro. Her life completely turns upside down when she comes across a North Korean spy, Lim Soo-Ho. She found him gravely injured in her room and being chased by cops. With a debt to pay back, Yeonh-Ro couldn’t abandon him in such a situation. She did everything to keep him hidden from the cops and the college faculty. Even in so much confusion and turmoil, the two eventually fell in love with each other.
On December 29, the Seoul Western District Court dismissed the Declaration of Global Citizens in Korea’s application to stop airing Snowdrop. While the Blue House has not yet responded to the national petition, but a verdict from the Seoul Court should be enough to relieve the Snowdrop fans.
The court explained its judgment by stating, “Even if ‘Snowdrop’ is based on a distortion of history, the probability that the public will blindly accept them is low.” The final verdict made it clear that unless the show’s content directly provokes the civil group, it’s hard to argue if the show violates the rights of the group. Moreover, JTBC has assured that all the allegations of historical distortions are just misunderstandings that will be clarified in the upcoming episodes.
The court has rejected the application for an injunction raised by 'World Citizen Declaration' to ban the broadcast of JTBC #Snowdrop.
The episodes revolved around Soo-Ho’s relation with the unlawful power system. Soo-Ho is a spy from North Korea who was disguised as a student protestor. It turns out that the Agency for National Security Planning is the very organization that brought in spies from North Korea. The episodes portrayed the tug of war for power and money between the leaders of the two nations and how common people often get entangled in such dangerous affairs. I am looking forward to JTBC’s claims of resolving the controversies in future episodes.
Where to Watch Snowdrop?
Snowdrop is currently streaming on Disney+ but only in selective countries. Be sure to check the official site if you can stream it here. You may find Snowdrop in pirate websites too, but most of them are unsafe and filled with interruption, so I would suggest you watch the series legally for the best experience.