First Impressions for ‘Cheese In The Trap’: Quirky and Unpredictable


Cheese In The Trap is the new tvN sensation which is gaining public interest and love week after week. It is based on a webtoon with a huge fandom and I think it has found its place in everyone’s heart. I haven’t read it so I’m glad I don’t have to take the original as a yardstick to measure how good Cheese In The Trap is but for now I’m finding it really good, very quirky, different and unpredictable. This first impressions post is based on 4 episodes.

The drama narrative is mainly from our female lead Hong Seol’s (Kim Go Eun) point of view. She is studying business management in college and Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin) is her senior but they attend same class (as he went for the military duty in between). We also have Baek In Ho (Seo Kang Joon) in the picture as he seems to be an old friend-turned-enemy for our hero. Then there are our heroine’s best friends Kwon Eun Taek (Nam Joo Hyuk) and Jang Bo Ra (Park Min Ji).

The drama perfectly captures the college feel which I can totally relate to — subject selection, group assignments with social loafers who never wanna contribute anything and who don’t even bother to read your messages, presentations, seniors, professors, exams et al. The tone is very different and you know it is not going to be your standard rom-com. Our hero is very mysterious and we see very little of what he is thinking but then his actions are almost always good. So maybe we are all paranoid, just like our heroine? Kim Go Eun is doing a fantastic job as Seol and I like the character already. Yes, I do cringe when she doesn’t always say what’s going on in her mind but I just love how she thinks and questions other’s actions if she has to. She looks very hard-working but in a grounded and realistic sort of way.

Yoo Jung is definitely a hard nut to crack. From what I can deduce, he is good towards Seol and only her and doesn’t give a damn about anyone else. They are dating already. I’m usually a fan of slowly developing romances but then from the drama’s context, it feels okay as now we’ll see how Seol faces the consequences of being in a relationship, especially when she hasn’t been in one before.

My liking for second lead Baek In Ho is growing more and more and I simply love his interactions with Seol. Maybe because she is so carefree with him, unlike with Yoo Jung, where she keeps on feeling awkward and is not in her true self mode. I like that the misunderstandings do not remain for long. I enjoyed the moment when we all were totally thinking Yoo Jung as a mean person after the first episode when the drama surprised us with the real truth behind everything. I like that I can’t predict what will happen in the upcoming episodes. I wonder what happened between Baek In Ho and Yoo Jung that they are at such sour terms but Yoo Jung looks too indifferent and bitter about everything that I find it creepy on his character. If he did cause some accident to result in In Ho losing the ability to work with one of his hands, then there should be some tinge of guilt. But there is none.

I do have a complaint — In Ho’s sister Baek In Ha (Lee Sung Kyung). I don’t know if it’s the actor or the character, but it looks out-of-place and over-the-top in all sorts of ways. I hope she tones down her acting and eye expressions — my head literally spins when she does that.

Overall, Cheese In The Trap is quirky, breezy, unpredictable and has a heroine you can easily root for.

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15 thoughts on “First Impressions for ‘Cheese In The Trap’: Quirky and Unpredictable

  1. Mitta

    Not sure why I’m not clamoring to jump on this bandwagon by based on your post it definitely sounds interesting. I may just give it a test run 🙂

  2. Kay

    I can’t wait to check this one out. I’m really loving everything I’m reading about it, and it looks just right for me. I hope you continue to enjoy it!

  3. tentimestea

    I’m very excited to start this drama, and even more after reading your first impressions. I love the webtoon though, so I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot of comparisons!

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  5. brightsept

    I watched this drama as well! Im a fan of the webtoon actually, but I think this drama is good. Even though is not 100% the exact same with the webtoon, but it stills give the same story. So it’s cool!

    1. snow Post author

      Yay that you’re liking it too. And that too after you’ve read the webtoon. It’s a good thing the drama is bringing differences so that everyone can get something new to watch 🙂

  6. fragriver

    I started watching a few episodes and I love the main characters already, esp. Hong Seol. Fortunately, it is not another movie about the luxurious life of the young chaebol like other movies I have seen before, i.e. The Heirs, Boys over flowers, etc. or a movie where a Cinderella meets her charming prince. I do love the awkwardness of Seol when she was in love for the first time and the university life portrayed in the drama is quite interesting.

    1. snow Post author

      Yes…so happy to not see the whole rich-man-poor-girl thing here. Yoo Jung is rich but that thing is not much shown and he acts like a normal college student (of course, he has his craziness…haha)…I love Seol so much…she is a great and Kim Go Eun perfectly captures the girl-next-door vibe.


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