At current time, Wang Chi Ang is the heir to a large Chinese business his father runs. He is kidnapped and taken to Moorim School but flees his captors. He falls off a ledge into a lake where Shim Soon Deok, a young girl attending Moorim School rescues him. He willfully accepts going to Moorim due to his infatuation with Soon Deok.
While traveling there, Shi Woo bumps into Soon Deok and Chi Ang on the way there and incidentally opens up the seal. They are accepted into Moorim, however, Shi Woo and Chi Ang constantly fight due to misunderstandings about each other. They are expelled, but one is allowed to continue his education at Moorim only if he returns with the school marking from the top of Moorim Peak. The two of them travel side by side in order to retrieve the marking and eventually become close friends. Neither retrieves the marking, but instead return together to Moorim School.
It is announced that the Moorim Competition will be opening soon, allowing outsiders to enter the school and participate. Throughout the competition, the four students learn that Dean Hwang may be involved with more than protecting the students and may be after the Chintamani.
Seven years later, all seems good within the walls of Moorim. Soon Deok and Shi Woo are engaged to be married, Yeop Jung, a crazed student determined on winning at all costs has a book published and seems well off, two of their professors are married and have a child, Seon Ah is the new Dean of Moorim and is dating Chi Ang. Chi Ang and Shi Woo go to uncover the pieces of the Chintamani key that had fallen from Moorim Peak. They reveal the Chintamani and open it to reveal a large stone that shows their reflections. The point of the Chintamani was that it reveals the person who has the power to change things for the better, which is themselves.
Another complaint I would bring forward is the fact that this drama seemed like it was almost bordering on homosexuality in discussion. I don't mind the homosexual thing in my dramas, but please make us aware at all times who the romance is supposed to be referring to. There were times in this drama where I honestly thought the main romance of the show was Shi Woo and Chi Ang. Please specify who the focus is supposed to be on. For example, in Pinocchio, the focus doesn't shift from Dal Po and In Ha to Dal Po and Chan Soo or to In Ha and Yu Rae. It doesn't make sense. And even in that drama when the attention is dragged to Dal Po and Yu Rae or In Ha and Bum Jo, it doesn't last long.
Overall, this drama was really good and I was excited to watch it every time an episode became available. Is this my favorite drama or anywhere near the top of my dramas? It is definitely in the top of my dramas, however, it is not my favorite drama. Pinocchio, hands down, is the best drama I've watched to this point. It is original and while many of the typical drama motifs exist in it, Pinocchio tried to break bounds. I think Descendants of the Sun might be my number 2 though. I enjoyed Moorim School, but it didn't grab my attention nearly as much as other dramas. Not to mention, this drama held many tropes of k-drama in one show, such as the k-pop idol and the normal girl and the rich guy/poor girl motif. I don't mind those, but please I want originality, not a repeat of Boys Over Flowers or Heartstrings.
That was my review of Moorim School. I hope you enjoyed it and won't get to mad at me for my words. Also, I hope you stayed awake during this reading because I know it is long. I'll end it here. I give this drama a rating of 7/10.
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