I…..kinda enjoyed the first episode of SBS Fri-Sat drama Backstreet Rookie but that goodwill mostly dissipated in the second episode. Starring Ji Chang Wook and Kim Yoo Jung, going in with zero expectations and just a love for the two leads, I only hoped that this drama wouldn’t suck. That’s a low bar and so far it doesn’t 100% suck but it’s really problematic in so many different elements it takes me out of trying to connect with the two leads and get on the bandwagon of watching them bumble their way to a happy ending. Foremost is male lead Dae Hyun having a girlfriend already but female lead Saet Byul is basically barging into his life as a part time clerk at his family convenience store because she likes him.
She’s a cool cat but the underlying emotional cheating on his part and boyfriend stealing on her part cast a pall on their romance however much I think they are adorable together and probably better suited. And don’t get me started on the incredibly offensive approach to supporting character webtoon writer with a reggae predilection Dal Sik, if the drama adaptation could cut the adult themes it probably should have excised his character since its such a hot potato. The ratings are low to start with premiere 4.8%, 6.3% and second episode 3.7%, 6.8% and I may have to drop it on principle alone next week if the red flags aren’t corrected.