I've been watching the K-drama Unknown Woman on and off for the past few months, and unlike the last few K-dramas I skimmed that had a similar trope of a Woman Done Wrong Who's Out for Justice, this one has fully committed to the Count of Monte Cristo grey morality premise, where the main character, Son Yeo-ri, is focused and unapologetic about righting the wrongs that were done to her (to HER, specifically, instead of her family, though her rage later includes the wrong done to her daughter) instead of deviating to various softer subtropes that aren't that interesting to me even if they make for more sympathetic protagonists.
Now, aside from tickling my id something fierce, last night I noticed something that this show has done, or more accurately, not done, which has upped my appreciation. Basically, the main couple is in full harmony and cooperation, working together for the sake of justice/vengeance, and there's 0% conflict between them. Where the last few similar-premise K-dramas had some drama and misunderstandings between the main pair for romantic purposes, Unknown Woman doesn't care about romantic drama* -- it set up and dealt with the conflict of the main couple ages ago, and since then they've been a united force, trusting each other and TALKING to each other every step of their vengeance plan way, and it is amazing. (BATTLE COUPLE!)
*All the more unusual because the main plot is set-up to easily slip into a triangle/quandrangle, what with Son Yeo-ri's vengeance path taking her against her ex-boyfriend with whom she had her kid, and the new man she's fallen in love with being said ex-boyfriend's young uncle.
It's just such a nice change of pace to have a story where the main female character, when she does cry, only does it over herself and her daughter, and not over a dude she can't have. To be true, we're still something like 20 episodes from the ending so that may change, but I hope not. There's still a great deal that needs to be settled for the final stretch.