“Snowdrop” portrays NSP’s viciousness amid controversy over its glorification
JTBC’s drama “Snowdrop”, which was criticized for the controversy over beautifying the National Security Planning Agency (NSP), properly portrayed NSP’s viciousness.
In episode 10 that aired on Jan 15th, there was a scene in which Pi Seung-hee (Yoon Se-ah) was threatened by NSP’s agent Ahn Kyung-hee (Lee Hwa-ryong) because he accused her of being a spy in the past. In addition, there was a scene where NSP and the government blocked reporters from reporting the truth.
The nationwide ratings were 2.571% for episode 10 and 3.017% for episode 11. The drama also topped the Disney Plus chart in 4 countries: South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.
Previously, after its synopsis was leaked, “Snowdrop” was embroiled in the controversy over whether “Young-cho”, which is Jisoo’s role “Young-ro” in the original work, might have been inspired by Chun Young-cho, who resisted Park Chung-hee’s regime in the 1970s.
Regarding this, JTBC explained, “The motive behind Snowdrop’s background and major events is the presidential political situation amidst a military regime. Against this backdrop, the drama tells a fictional story of a government engaging with the North Korean regime to maintain its power. Many people have recently expressed concerns about ‘history distortion’ and ‘disparaging the democratic movement’. However, most of the misunderstandings will be resolved when more developments of the drama are revealed in the future.”