Popular drama Start-Up has recently wrapped up, and it’s an ideal time to start the series for those of you who prefer to watch without any interruptions, or rewatch if you’re experiencing Start-Up withdrawal. Here are some reasons to check out Start-Up!
Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk make a very gorgeous couple. They’re also the same age and have the same agency, so we can see a more natural type of comfortableness between the pair. In Start-Up, we see a sweeter and sillier side of Suzy compared to her previous character in Vagabond. Nam Joo-hyuk has grown in popularity since The Light in Your Eyes and The School Nurse Files, so it’s a great treat to get to see him so soon after his latest series.
The Strong Second Lead
Kim Seon-ho as Han Ji-pyeong makes for the most swoon-worthy and heart-wrenching second lead in recent K-drama history. Whether you’re #TeamDoSan or #TeamJiPyeong, you’ll experience some degree of second lead syndrome. Ji-pyeong has a moving backstory, and seeing him come to terms with his feelings will make you sincerely wish for his happiness. Kim Seon-ho’s puppy dog eyes and adorable dimples are a sweet bonus.
Amazing Cast Members
In addition to the main love triangle, the rest of the cast is also quite amazing. Dal-mi’s grandmother (Kim Hae-sook) is simply the best and so full of love. Even characters who might not be immediately endearing like In-jae (Kang Han-na), Sa-ha (Stephanie Lee), and Do-san’s father (Kim Won-hae) will eventually win you over. And who could forget the adorable best friends Yong-san (Kim Do-wan) and Chul-san (Yu Su-bin)?
Speaking of the best friends, the original Samsan Tech trio is definitely friendship goals. The plaid-clad nerds stick together through thick and thin. Although they genuinely care for one another and are full of loyalty, they do have their adorable squabbles from time to time. You’ll be able to relate when they’re fighting one moment and bawling their eyes out due to concern for each other the next moment.
Each character is vying for their own kind of success. There are some characters like Ji-pyeong who have become financially successful and living a very different life since he left his orphanage. Samsan Tech’s team strives to make it big and prove themselves. Similarly, In-jae wants to have success on her own and not have it tied to her stepfather’s name. While financial success is a part of their goals, the young entrepreneurs also seek to help people and make the future a better place.
In addition to the motivational and romantic stories, Start-Up offers a lot of knowledge about the world of business for those who are unfamiliar with the tech industry. Whether you’re interested in starting a new business or not, it’s fascinating to learn important terms and things to look out for. A lot of innovation comes from start-up companies, so you can get a better idea of what goes on behind the technology that makes life easier.
There’s a lot of character growth all around which means heartfelt lessons for everyone. Nam Do-san overcomes his self-confidence issues while Han Ji-pyeong becomes able to maintain close relationships. We also see Dal-mi become self-assured and In-jae figure out her identity. It’s satisfying to see all the characters grow from the kind of people they were in the beginning of the series.
Enjoy watching Start-Up on Netflix!