Casa Koala Misses Ji Pyeong in the First Weekend without tvN Drama Start-Up

Starting from Friday, all I heard were wails of “Sniffles, tomorrow/today/forever there is no more Start-Up!” I didn’t realize that the non-K-drama experienced denizens of Casa Koala would be ill-equipped to handle the end of their favorite drama, so this weekend I had to soothe sadness with platitudes of “It’s okay, everyone got their happy ending!” It didn’t help that Mr. Koala and the Koala Teens never watched the first episode, they got into the drama after episode 3, so this weekend they watched the first episode and became even more diehard Ji Pyeong fans. Mr. Koala thought the writing was wasted on pointless side plots when In Jae and Ji Pyeong could have been developed more, Koala Teen Boy loves Ji Pyeong so much he randomly would yell “Ji Pyeong!” during the day around the house, and Koala Teen Girl says “Ji Pyeong is such a great character, I don’t hate Do San but he’s comparatively not as interesting or well developed.” Plus Koala Teen Boy doesn’t even like Dal Mi, he thinks In Jae is way cooler. So there you have it, post-script from Casa Koala on our family watch of Start-Up. Apparently only Koala is an OTP shipper heh!

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A Warm and Happy Ending Bids Fond Farewell to the Plucky Characters in Episode 16 of Tech Romance Drama Start-Up

Those who have only watched Start-Up will likely be shocked to hear that screenwriter Park Hye Ryung‘s previous dramas had serial killers, wrongful deaths, future dreams, and so much higher stakes. This was her sweetest drama to date, pared down … Continue reading

Song Joong Ki Hosts the 2020 MAMA Awards in Seoul with Many K-acting Stars in Attendance

Aaaaahhhhh this feels nice, a sense of normalcy and nostalgia for how big this awards got in recent years and perhaps a nice slimming down to focus on just the core competencies. The 2020 MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) went … Continue reading

Start-Up Ratings Remain Steady in Episode 2 as Story Smartly Lines Up All Four Leads with Compelling Connections

Some dramas star a fan’s favorite star and the lengths by which I hear devotees try to rationalize the bad writing, lackluster directing, and even bland acting doesn’t make it actually any good. tvN‘s latest Sat-Sun drama Start-Up is the … Continue reading

Kim Sun Ho and Younger Counterpart Nam Da Reum Steal the Show in Excellent and Tear Inducing First Episode of Start-Up

She’s back!!! Screenwriter Park Hye Ryun I mean and she’s firing on all cylinders and arguably better than ever with her new tvN drama Start-Up. I watched episode 1 and immediately beelined to write about it. Well, after I stopped … Continue reading