For those keen to purchase a copy of the drama, HelloHallyu strongly encourage readers not to purchase the Innoformmedia version, which is set we bought. The reason is simple. Instead of the original 16 episodes produced by MBC, the DVDs contained 22 (45 minute) episodes.
We can only guess that this was done so that the drama can be screened for TV viewers in an 1 hour programme slot, in whichever part of the world, with an ample 15 minutes of advertisements thrown in. As a result of this commercial, and in our opinion, a thoroughly irresponsible decision, the episodes are now somewhat truncated, often ending, and starting, at the most awkward of scenes. The poor editing work really marred our enjoyment of this drama.
Now for the good part, of which has totally nothing to do with Innoformmedia.
Spotlight revolves around the work carried out by reporters/journalists which goes into the production of the news programme we see on our TVs. It is really interesting to know that what the news anchor reads out for 2 minutes of air-time on the news programme involves hours, or even weeks, of hard work put in by the reporters working behind the scenes in obtaining the news.
We are almost at the last episode, and truth be told, we can barely tell if there's anything going on between Seo Woo Jin and Oh Tae Seok. So, the verdict is still out, for us here, on whether Seo and Oh ended up together.
In summary, Spotlight is a drama that attempts to give everyone a peek into the production of the news we see on TV. It revolves around the constant challenge between the journalistic belief of objective reporting versus the government stance on "public good". To be honest, I always believe that the public has the right to know the truth about their government's dealings, good and bad. After all, the government is voted to safeguard the rights of the citizens not perpetuate its reign, which all too many governments have come to think as a divine right conferred on them once voted into office. The drama has left me more convinced about the need to preserve the journalistic integrity of our media, be it traditional or new.
I (Teddy) give Spotlight a rating of 6.5 out of 10. The plot and content was good. However, the scriptwriter should have done a better job in fleshing out all the characters.
Pictures - MBC's Spotlight