Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Start-Up

“Startup” is set in South Korea’s fictional Silicon Valley, called Sandbox, and tells the story of people in the world of startup companies. Seo Dal Mi dreams of becoming Korea’s Steve Jobs. She’s an adventurer who doesn’t own much, but has a grand plan for herself. She also has experience in a wide range of part-time jobs and is a person of great vitality. Nam Do San is the founder of Samsan Tech. He was once the pride of his family as a math genius, but for the past two years, he’s been going nowhere with his company’s investments. It turns out that Seo Dal Mi remembers him as her ‘cool first love’, and he decides to begin a startup in the hope of turning Seo Dal Mi’s misunderstanding into reality…

wikipedia
  • Starring: Bae Suzy | Nam Joo Hyuk | Kim Seon Ho | Kang Han Na
  • Episodes: 16 (1 hr. 25 Min.)
  • Aired: October 17 – December 6, 2020
  • Network: tvN
  • Where to Watch: Netflix


Imma start off right now and say I’m #TeamGoodBoy. And I’m #TeamNamDoSan. That is how torn this show got me. From when I watched for a first impression, till when I finished, I was having all the big feelings. Since I’m finished, I don’t understand how a show that on the outside was actually pretty light with the melodrama had me crying every episode. Let’s unpack this.

Starting with Good Boy a.k.a Han Ji Pyeong a.k.a Kim Seon Ho a.k.a the current owner of my soul. From the first episode when he was just a young orphan played by Nam Da Reum, I knew that his character was going to pull at my heartstrings the whole time. He was a newly released orphan into the world, with a little big of money and a knack for numbers. When he was taken in by Choi Won Deuk, Dal Mi’s grandma, I just knew that he was gonna be good. But it was the relationship between these two really felt like the heart or at least one of the hearts of the show. The way that HJP felt like he always owed Grandma something for taking him in and even after his departure from her, she held no grudge. Honestly, I loved their relationship more than the romantic one happening with Dal Mi and her mens.

Speaking of, Dal Mi and Nam Do San. I feel like I need to talk about them together because to me, their whole storylines seemed to be dependent upon each other. It may not have seemed that way on the outside but let me unpack some things. Dal Mi, after her mother and sister left her, she gets this pen pal who she then makes her first love, Nam Do San. Nam Do San and her “love” for him shaped who she was from adolesence to adulthood. But it wasn’t the real Nam Do San. It was out Good Boy Han Ji Pyeong! But to me, Dal Mi fell in love with the name and the words from HJP. So what happens when she meets the real Nam Do San? Of course she falls for him. What does she do when she finds out that the guy from the letters and the hot geeky man she’s been making out with aren’t the same person? SHE STILL LOVES ON NAM DO SAN! I’m telling you, I’m sure Dal Mi just wanted to love the idea of this man. Anyway, the real Nam Do San. He is a hot mess and I love him for it. But the way that he was basically struggling at life until he met Dal Mi and then all of a sudden, he has dreams and some drive to really succeed at life. I guess I should have seen from the beginning that these two were going to be end game but I stayed in my second lead syndrome feels way too long and tried to talk myself out of why Dal Mi and Nam Do San didn’t make a good couple. In the end, I realized that these two really need each other and make each other better versions of each other.

There were other story lines that involved Dal Mi and her sister In Jae and their family but they really took a backseat to the other storylines. I felt like the writers really missed opportunities by not going more into the family issues but I guess you only get 16 episodes and have to fit oh so much. Instead of developing that, we got cute side characters in the rest of the developers of SamSanTech. They were nuggets of comic relief and surprising dramatic revelations for our main characters. I approved.

Throughout all the tears, frustrations and oh so amazing kiss scenes, I came to really like the balance of tech world, drama and romance this show had to offer. I learned a lot about start ups that I didn’t know before and when I say I cried every episode, I mean it. I wasn’t raging at the end and I feel like that’s a plus because most shows make me rage these days. I’m going to miss these characters greatly because I truly got attached. Sigh Just let me go to Sandbox and live in a bean bag, please.

Acting : 8.5/10
Story : 9/10
Music : 8/A
Overall : 9/10
Recommended For : People who are trying to find love and their dreams


Fave Song : Future – Red Velvet

Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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