The first drama poster for Cheese in the Trap is an effortless breath of fresh air. Looking at it makes me feel cleansed, like so much manufactured connections and narrative tropes are washed away in the candid snap of leads Park Hae Jin and Kim Go Eun in a moment of drama production joy. The drama was followed closely during the casting phase, especially when less than ideal female lead names were bandied about until it finally landed with Kim Go Eun, but after it started filming the news dried up to occasional snippets of random coverage. I like that actually, this drama already has a intense fanbase of original webtoon fans, those who casually are interested in checking out what is billed as a different kind of college romance are less likely to be swayed when there aren’t as much chatter. So far the drama continues to look lovely, a simple sweetness that feels optimistically promising.