Start-Up: Not so Random Thoughts

Apologies for cropping out In Jae’s character

I started to lose interest in the series not because of how the story is going but because of some toxic fans who cannot differentiate liking a character over liking their favorite actor(s).

It was fun at first… having Team Do San and Team Ji Pyeong made the story exciting because we have TWO qualified characters- DO SAN and JI PYEONG (NOT Nam Joo Hyuk and KIM SEON HO) vying for SEO DAL MI’ s attention (not BAE SUZY).

But as weeks passed, I can already see people mocking the ACTORS themselves. Like, WTH. Nam Joo Hyuk stans mocking Kim Seon Ho’s popularity and Kim Seon Ho stans challenging Nam Joo Hyuk’s acting skills. They are really out of line.

I like both actors (but I love Kim Seon Ho more-yes self confessed stan since Good Manager days)  but I watched all of their series (except for Surplus Princess and Glamorous Temptation for Joo Hyuk). Both are very good actors, I particularly loved Kim Seon Ho in You Drive Me Crazy and I loved Nam Joo Hyuk’s acting in The Light in Your Eyes.

I’m just triggered to post this because I read one group post saying that those who love Ji Pyeong likes sob stories that’s why they root for him. Please. I hope he thought of his sentence first before generalizing those who like Jipyeong as shallow, pity-party people who goes for sob stories.

Let me clarify first: BOTH (Dosan and Jipyeong) have their own sob stories to tell. Actually, all the characters have their own sob stories 😌 But let’s focus on the two male leads.

-Jipyeong being an orphan, growing up without family and struggled hard to make ends meet.

-Dosan who’s self-confidence was destroyed by the pressure from his parents and everyone around him.

I personally can relate to Dosan (I was an honor and accelerated student when I was young) and I had rebel in my own way instead of keeping up with the pressure… but that’s a different story to tell.

But why do I like Ji Pyeong if not for his sob story? Because despite growing up alone, he managed to live a good life with his own genius and hard work. He did not let his “sob story” get in the way of becoming a better person. He didn’t had a home? Food to eat? He has that now (view of Han River) but he still lacks affection (hello, Yeongsil!) and halmeoni is the closest person he can call a family.

Some would would say, they don’t like Jipyeong because he didn’t expressed his feelings first. It may be a flaw for some, but for me, it’s more real and sincere. Why? Yes, they have exchanged letters which comforted them in the past but you are only seeing that person now after 15 years. Is it not normal for someone to “analyze” his feelings first before delving into a relationship? Is it not right to sort out his feelings first whether what he feels is gratitude (towards halmeoni), pity (because Dalmi didn’t go to University) or he cares because he loves her? I actually applaud him for not jumping the gun unless he was sure… and when he was sure, HE CONFESSED without expecting any feelings in return.

Don’t you think that it’s actually Dosan who “loved” too early? He has only known Dalmi for months (and through a pretend relationship at that). He “loves” Dalmi because she supports him and believes in him (not really thinking whether the support was for him or the Dosan from 15 years)… his love is too pure and innocent for real life scenarios. It was like “love at first sight” and his love for her is because she makes him feel good about himself. In reality, this love is at the early stage of crush (not even sure if you can call it love). When he caused a scene in In Jae’s step-father’s office it was remarkable moment that Dal Mi can look back on (the risk of failing to get an investment to protect the emotional well being of Dalmi).

6 more episodes to go and lots of things can still happen.

What I hope is for everyone to have their own happy ending.

I hope Jipyeong finds his happiness (even not with Dalmi). I hope he finds someone who will love him as he is (because he’s doing well now!) — wag niyong problemahin si Kim Seon Ho nasa puso ko na yun, hindi ko yun papabayaan!

I hope Dosan finds HIMSELF. Free from his parents pressure, I hope he will succeed with what he is good at. I hope he becomes successful not because he wants to be THAT person to Dalmi (the one in the suit) but because he maximized his God given gifts and talents to make sure he won’t feel insecure to anyone anymore.

I hope Dalmi remains steadfast and strong and be happy with whom ever she will choose in the future… but more importantly, I hope she succeeds as a person first and love will find its way to her.

Published by Hallyu Enthusiast

KDrama binge-watcher. Oppa-lover. Eonni-appreciator. KPop listener. Ajumma Fan Girl.

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