I was happy to see hardworking Park Bo Gum win yet another tvN time slot as Record of Youth premiered to the highest network time slot ratings for Mon-Tues, but after watching I realized viewers must’ve watched for the leads because I was so bored with the story and pacing. Episode 2 thankfully picked up, thanks to the leads meeting because Park So Dam‘s Jung Ah is only interesting when she’s bantering with her crush Hye Joon. I thought Byun Woo Seok would at least be interesting or give Park Bo Gum some competition but his performance and character is a snoozefest so far. It’s the Park Bo Gum show, both Hye Joon’s aspirations to be an actor and Park Bo Gum acting his heart out to bring this character to live and add layers. I like his family dynamics but so far this drama is bringing in all the entertainment tropes – from sponsors, to rich families pulling strings, to the poor humble Cinderella boy and girl having to keep getting trod upon in their dream quest.