Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Startup premiered in October this year and took the K-Drama binge-watching world by storm with its inspiring theme sparks a jolt of stirring encouragement for the dreamers and believers of this universe.
Dreaming of becoming a successful innovator in the business world, Seo Dal Mi (Bae Suzy) embarks on a journey into uncharted waters, and she's proven to be a headstrong character that we absolutely adore. Starring alongside Kim Seon Ho, Nam Joo Hyuk, Kang Ha Na, Kim Hae Sook, Stephanie Lee, and Song Seon Mi, among others, Bae Suzy takes viewers on a journey of hope, friendship, love, relentlessness, and the ripple effect of a white lie.
If you are just as enchanted by this series as we are, then join us as we traverse the 7 things we love about tvN's Startup! (Warning: spoilers ahead!)
1. Halmeoni Choi X Ji Pyeong
The unlikely yet lovable team-up of Choi Won Deuk (A.K.A. Halmeoni!) and cranky yet soft-hearted Ji-Pyeong (Kim Seon Ho) has swiftly become the crowning glory of Startup. Their endearing friendship composed mainly of witty banter and sarcastic jabs at one another always lights up the screen. However, if we read between the lines, it's clear that these two share a bond that is unbreakable. Halmeoni's heart of gold and Ji Pyeong's cool yet thoughtful demeanor synergize like magic.
Whether they're concocting a new strategy to keep Dal Mi happy (Read: continuously trick her) or are just casually eating corn dogs together, there's never a boring moment with these two. Comedic timing on point. We just want to eat cookies with them and talk about life...
2. Seo Dal Mi versus Won In Jae
The sibling rivalry brewing between these two is so palpable, you could cut it with a knife. The two may be sisters by blood, but they are two totally different individuals.
While both these business-minded women will stop at nothing to become successful, they have completely opposite definitions of success. Similar goals, yet opposing ideals. It's a battle between experience and perseverance.
What we love so much about our charismatic leading lady is that she's been through hell and back, but refuses to give up on her dreams. And you know what? It's starting to pay off. She's the personification of perseverance, which demonstrates that when your intentions are good and you work hard, your dreams are within reach. If there's someone who can fake it 'till she makes it, it's this girl right here. Let's get it, Dal Mi!
3. SamSan Tech
Starting from the bottom and climbing to the top is what SamSan Tech is all about. Nam Do San, Lee Chul San (Yoo Su Bin), and Kim Yong San (Kim Do Wan) are like the Three Stooges of the K-Drama. Their comic relief adds a dash of humor to the show to prevent it from leaning in a severely intense direction. They may tear each other's hair out on a regular basis, but it's evident that this trifecta of gullible yet brilliant guys will be friends forever. Add in the beauty and brains of the company's two muses, and you've got startup perfection!
4. Nam Do San Versus Han Ji Pyeong
Would it even be considered a K-Drama if there weren't a heartbreaking love triangle looming in the midst of it all? No, of course, it wouldn't.
Who will Seo Dal Mi end up with? Her first love from 15 years ago, or the man she met because of him? Is it the old Do San or the new Do San? Who will be her Prince Charming and who will be yet another Second Lead Prince?
Both caught in a web of lies, initially spun by grandma Choi, these two leading men find themselves spiraling from grace, as Dal Mi uncovers the truth by an unexpected turn of events. What started as a gift from a fairy godmother has morphed into a nightmare. Will the princess find a prince among these two?
We're not going to take sides, but let's settle this once and for all: Who do you guys think Seo Dal Mi should end up with, and why is it Han Ji Pyeong?
The futuristic and optimistic environment that envelopes Sandbox is a refreshing take on business, as opposed to the usual drab and systematic grayness of it all. Sandbox truly lives up to its name.
Moreover, this startup haven is being spearheaded by Yoon Seon Hak (Seo Yi Sook), a leader who is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Also, she can rock that neck pillow like no other can!
6. Jung Sa Ha
Seo Dal Mi proved that she's a CEO who has an eye for skill, wit, and sophistication when she hired Jung Ha Sa (Stephanie Lee) as their graphic designer. Her classy and straightforward persona makes her a character that tolerates zero non-sense while standing out in a crowd of millions. Throw her striking beauty and impeccable style into the mix, and you've got a girl boss of epic proportions. She may have some sassy diva blood running through her fabulous veins, but that's why we love her. Let's go shopping together, Sa Ha!
7. Yeong Sil
Yeong Sil is a virtual AI assistant that has the answers to literally everything. Most likely derived from Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa, Yeong Sil's hard-hitting answers are constantly yet unwittingly spot-on. The SamSan Tech team even incorporated him into their revolutionary NoonGil app to aid vision-impaired people. Technology truly rocks when it's made for the greater good.
Generally, this K-Drama reminds us that no matter your age, no matter your status, no matter the size of your dreams, just go for it, because the world is our very own sandbox.
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