From Asian Euphoria: We have our very first guest post by Saloni Lodha! It’s been a long time since I’ve written a review, so I’m really glad that Saloni wanted to share her review on this site. Hope you enjoy her review! 🙂
Title: 김비서가 왜 그럴까 What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim
Broadcast Period: June 6, 2018 – July 26, 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5
The old plot of rich guy poor-girl has been twisted, played with, and put in a modern-day context with light comedy, amazing background score, cute gifs, and an over-the-top chemistry between the two main leads. In addition to that, there is an intriguing subplot in the show regarding their childhood life, and it has a really good connect at the end of the show.
The show was definitely more than just average to me because it made me laugh, smile, and crave for love so as to speak. A lot of people don’t appreciate comedy series as much as they do thrillers. Truth is, writing comedy scripts is as difficult as writing a thriller’s plot. Thrillers can be dark, intense and depressing sometimes; comedies aren’t. It always ends on a positive note. And so did What’s wrong with Secretary Kim, when Kim Mi So and Lee Young Joon got married.
Interestingly, I founded the subplot of the show more fascinating than the love story between Vice Chairman and Kim Mi So. The idea of establishing a connect with dark memories of childhood and the present time brought freshness to the script which it lacked in the initial stages. For a fleeting period of time, even I thought that Vice Chairman’s brother was the oppa Kim Mi So was looking for and that they might end up together, but they didn’t. And I’m happy with the narrative it went further with.
Also, during the revelation of plot, there were certain scenes that gave me chills and goosebumps, especially the scene when the lady commits suicide because it’s so unexpected. I genuinely thought that maybe she would physically abuse the kids or something, but she ended up taking her own life in front of an 11-year-old. I was completely flabbergasted. Shook to the very core. There’s nothing worse than seeing death at such a tender age. It gets imprinted in your mind for a lifetime and it’s not something that can be easily forgotten.
At the end, when the subplot was over and their love still continued for two to three more episodes before the ending of the show, I got a bit bored and it felt like I was watching the show just for the sake of completion. Otherwise, the show was very good. It kickstarted on a very hilarious note, then developed a good and gripping storyline, but the end went flat. It didn’t please me at all. It could have been improved a little.
The last mention would be to all the supporting actors. The office space and the people working there were used as a very good prop for the development of the story and the protagonist’s romance. The fact that all of the office people ended up falling in love with somebody or restoring their old relationships speaks volumes of the positivity the series displayed which made me happy and like it even more.
One of the most peculiar elements in the show that is sure to get your attention is perhaps the background score. It just elevates the feeling of romance and being in the moment. Every single romantic scene between Kim Mi So and Vice Chairman has some background music to it, which according to me, is precisely the reason behind their over-the-top chemistry. It is just so pure and passionate.
The music is soft and gentle and its lyrics perfectly match the situation, amplifying the effect of the entire scene. It is definitely the director’s masterpiece in keeping the audience hooked until the end (besides Park Min Young and Park Seo Joon’s chemistry).
I have a peculiar habit of listening to the entire soundtrack of any movie or tv show I watch. This show was no exception. I heard all the songs. My favorite came out to be “Its You” by Jeon See Woon. What was yours?
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