K-Drama Review: “What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim” Overjoys With Sweet Moments Powered By Exceptional Love Pairing

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A breathtaking love journey that endears propelled What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?

There was no dull moment on watching the romance blossomed for the love couple of What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? Embellished with saccharine scenes and made even more lively with ample quirks, Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young’s collaboration was a darling treat for rom-com followers.

Rating-wise, the workplace drama succeeded with flying colors for keeping impressive ratings as well as ranking well in terms of online presence. But the addictive spur that did not waver in each episode was what had made the series commendable.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim?

Title: What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim
Distributor: tvN
Themes: Workplace, Romance, Comedy
Length: 16 Episodes
Broadcast Date: 06 June 2018 – 26 July 2018
Main Leads: Park Seo Joon, Park Min Young, Lee Tae Hwan
Highlights: Adorable Love Pairing, Vanilla Romance Plot
Oh No Moments: Minimal out-of-place gaps, Detached supporting cast
Overall Rating: 
Re-watch Value: 
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Adorable Love Pairing

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim yields a strong can’t-wait-for-next-episode moments as the cute interaction coupled by heart-fluttering scenes permeate to the viewers’ love veins.

The romantic sketch of the debonair boss, who had a mental breakdown when his secretary of 9 years decides to resign from her post, might appear as a typical premise. But when Park Seo Joon prances with his adorable narcissistic rendition of the self-absorbed boss who eventually come to terms that love is something which can’t be solved by his nimble mind, we got an impressive weekly showcase of his love adventure to keep the only woman who can understand him by his side – not as a secretary anymore but his wife.

Complementing the bizarre businessman is the diligent secretary, who has grown together with him – not knowing that they share a poignant traumatic moment when they were young. Her optimistic attitude subdues the adorable hubris of her boss Young Joon, and eventually allowing the latter to uncharacteristically bend his principles to give way for the love he feels toward Mi So.

Bountiful Sweet Frames

Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young power the addictive magic of the series by keeping it high on the love notes in throwing sweet captured frames each week.

Though traipsing on vanilla romance, finding the meaning of love from disregarded moments over the years warrants a satisfying ending, based on the mutual emotions which Young Joon and Mi So have for each other that are only belatedly realized.

Adorned by ample humor, heart-stopping liplocks, and sincere love intentions and declarations, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim has been nothing but a giant bubblewrap that spoils the hopeless romantics.

Refreshing Romantic Comedy Spirit

The mirth and sweet sigh inducing scenes seem never-ending, and just keeps on getting better for tvN’s top rated romantic comedy this year. Even the side love stories function well in breaking the saturation of the main lead’s love story as they highlight scene-stealing hilarious moments before reaching their own love acknowledgments.

We swear that we still laugh remembering that “rescue-her-bra-pad” and “don’t-tell-my-suit-secret” scenes. The series makes sure to treat fans with a huge amount of fan service drawn from wistful reminiscence of being in love.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim

Detached Supporting Cast

While the supporting cast are being injected every now and then with hilarious moments and respective love lines, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim honestly suffers on inadvertently under-utilizing its other characters, because the focus on the love story supersedes the side stories. When you look back on the episodes, you would vaguely remember the scenes relating to the secondary cast members aside from their expected happy endings. Even Lee Tae Hwan’s role is bland. It fails to project an engaging dimension, hence his presence is deemed forgettable, except for a faint redeeming moment in the dying minutes of the series.

The commendable buildup of romance has enabled the audience to disregard how the talents of the supporting cast seem to function like commercial breaks to the main-love-couple-centric narrative. For sure fans still dare not complain about it much though, because the drama enchants with its rom-com hook.

Minimal out-of-place plot gaps

The back story of Mi So and Young Joon’s shared childhood trauma connecting to the love triangle conflict with the Lee brothers did fail to achieve a convincing punch. It felt like a puzzle piece that held the continuity of the story, but it did not resonate the significance to the growth of the characters.

It had visible gaps in terms of linking the male leads unresolved angst towards each other, but the candied moments enabled the viewers to forego the shallow plot conflict which connected the estranged brothers and the heroine.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim

Afterthoughts & Recommendations

There was no wasted episode in What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim – even with the parade of acceptable cliches. The engrossing mood explained well the immense following it has generated throughout its run.

Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young amplified the delightful storytelling by suiting up to their roles with remarkable immersion that it was impossible not to wish them to have a reel-turned-real-life romance.

While it did not have a neatly written and creatively imagined plot, it was still an enjoyable watch which would make you smile and laugh. It banked on the perfect execution of the couple’s love journey and targeted people, who preferred a light and comfy story full of romance and heart-flutters.

abbyinhallyuland watched the full series of What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim on VIU.

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About the writer

abbyinhallyuland reads and sleeps a lot when she is not traveling. Her calendar reminders are mostly K-Drama broadcast schedules and birthdays of her favorite Korean actors. Promoting watching K-Dramas as stress therapy is her life advocacy. She is fond of Spencer Reid, Kenshin Himura, Starwars saga, Haruki Murakami and Hunter x Hunter.

Favorite Korean Dramas: Reply 1988, Nine, Misaeng, Gaksital, Discovery of Love, Because This is My First Life, Descendants of the Sun, My Love from the Star, Healer, Punch, You’re Beautiful, Coffee Prince, Princess Hours, The Greatest Love, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and City Hunter