Why Secretary Kim (First Impression)

Why Secretary Kim (First Impression)

Finally a lovely drama to watch! I’ve been marathoning heavy dramas lately (Whisper, Untouchable) so it’s kind of depressing. I actually just finished Untouchable (JTBC, 2017) and watch Why Secretary Kim (tvN, 2018) right after. In Untouchable, not even a second I was at ease. The plot was complex and demanded me to focus all the time. Meanwhile Why Secretary Kim is such a “feel good” drama. Since it’s still only 2 episodes, everything is still rainbows and unicorns.

Why Secretary Kim also called What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim is such an oasis in the middle of desert. It’s lovely, it’s cheerful. It’s got its chic side it to, it’s all I can tell from 2 pilot episodes of a romance drama. It’s been –really- a while since last time I posted a “first impression” post so you can tell that I am extremely excited for what’s to come.

Now, shall we begin?

Drama is an adaption of a novel and webtoon with the same name. So if you have read the original work (the novel, or the second adaption work, the webtoon) you might know what’s going to come in the future. But no spoiler!! Dramas are thrilling when you don’t know what it is going to bring to the table.

Quoted from asianwiki,

“Lee Young-Joon’s family runs a large company and he works as the vice-president of the company. He is smart, rich and handsome, but he is arrogant. His secretary is Kim Mi-So. She has worked for him for years and she is perfect for him, but Kim Mi-So decides to quit her job.”

Episode 1 opens with cold male lead, Lee Young Joon (played by Park Seo Joon) attending a party only to ask himself, “what’s wrong with Secretary Kim?” and it turns off his so called “window girlfriend”. The next scene introduces us to the said Secretary Kim (played by Park Min Young). A very competent secretary of Lee Young Joon who has worked for him for 9 year. She knows him the best, takes care of him, and the only one who can handle his narcissistic personality! Work gets the best of her though. She has no “me time” for the last 9 year. She dedicated all her golden days only to work to pay her sisters’ tuition and her dad’s debt. Now after 9 years, all burdens have been lifted off her shoulder so she decides to resign from her position.

Park Seo Joon as Lee Young Joon

Park Min Young as Secretary Kim

Now, things really get excited from now on.

Lee Young Joon plays it cool at first at letting her go but he can’t sleep at night! The thought of Secretary Kim no longer around to serve him is hideous to him. So he tries to persuade her to stay. From offering director position to even propose her. But Secretary Kim does not bulge. She still wants to resign.

These are the highlight points from episode 1 and 2. It’s simple yet makes me curious about the next episode. Romance dramas are all generic. You can predict everything. It all comes down to script and direction. How the writer’s script and director’s direction play big part in making a generic romance drama feel original or fresh. That’s what I feel watching the first 2 episodes.

Actually I have many theories right now. It’s shown in episode 1 that Secretary Kim has a notebook from when she was young. In that notebook she wrote “oppa” meanwhile she doesn’t have oppa. In episode 1 Secretary Kim is also terrified of spider and asks her sisters whether she was lost when she was 4 or 5 years old.

Not to forget the mysterious woman in Lee Young Joon’s dream. He also wrote in his text to Secretary Kim “my hyung”. But no one knows who is his hyung. I feel like all of these are connected to one another. I feel like they actually have known each other since childhood but the adult them don’t realize it.

Now, the acting department. The acting is also great! Both leads are the better actors in their age range. Both of them also always pick exciting projects so I’m extremely excited about this drama.

This is my first post about this drama. You can expect more to come since I’m deeply in love with this drama 🙂 See you around.

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