FIRST IMPRESSION: Misaeng Episode 1 & 2


This is awesome. I love this. I heard good things about the webtoon, and how it was popular – and it has every right to be popular. It’s very different from most dramas, or I would even say it’s different from all the dramas I’ve watched so far.

You know dramas would have a plot, or a story, and the episode would usually revolves around that, and the pace would move quickly for the story to develop? It’s totally different here. The pace is incredibly slow – but it’s not negative. In fact, it’s the good point about the drama. The best part is that the drama is so close to reality, it’s fascinating, and really interesting.

Im Si Wan is making me look at him in a different light, and oh I want to hug him so bad watching this.

Not doing recaps – short summary and just some thoughts about it.

So basically, the drama revolves around office work – and different characters. The main character is of course, Geu Rae (Im Si Wan) who has spent the last 26 years doing nothing and suddenly lands himself an office job, as an intern. Well, he wasn’t exactly doing nothing – he was doing various part-time jobs and playing Baduk, but that is being considered as doing nothing in our current society anyway.

He is an introvert, and has been doing things alone for the past 26 years – so working in an office is very new to him. There’s also talks about him getting the job through connections, because he didn’t graduate from college, nor have good specs – and he literally doesn’t know how to do anything. I’m still not sure if he really got it through connections, because the mother told him it wasn’t through connections, but someone referred him.

Well, I guess time will tell. Maybe they saw something in him, that we don’t get to see yet.

However, because people think that he got in through connections, they ‘look down’ on him because everyone worked hard to get a spot, and someone who knows nothing actually get in that easily.

vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h22m54s146vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h23m10s52The interns had to do a presentation in pairs, and Geu Rae wanted to ask Young Yi to do it with him, but was too nervous and didn’t manage to ask.

Young Yi is the only female intern, and she’s confident and smart and blends in the office really well, but she’s not that friendly towards others. Not saying that she’s arrogant, it’s like she’s just doing her work well, and doesn’t mingle with others outside of work.

vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h24m46s242Not sure about Baek Ki‘s character yet – because sometimes he feels like a nice guy, but then again sometimes it feels like it’s a calculated move on his part.

vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h23m26s211Anyway, Young Yi was thinking about who to have as a partner, and she quickly asked Geu Rae to be partners with her.

Geu Rae is happy, and not just Young Yi, but most of the other interns actually came up to him with snacks earlier asking to be paired with him.

vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h23m46s162vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h23m48s180vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h23m55s250His manager then tells him the cold truth – to be careful of who’s approaching him – because those people wants to be paired off with him, because they want to look better, as he is not confident and doesn’t really know anything.

vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h19m37s227vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h19m27s129vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h19m41s14vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h19m47s76He walks around the office thinking to himself, and feeling dejected.

vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h20m38s73vlcsnap-2014-10-22-09h20m35s39Oh Sang Shik (his direct superior) asks him where is he going during working hours – and Geu Rae says that all these while he has been doing things alone, and fighting alone – so he doesn’t know how to do anything besides being alone, but Oh Sang Shik could have taught him and could have given him a chance. Oh Sang Shik replies that he’s not qualified for that and talks about how others worked hard to get inside the company, and he hasn’t welcome the idea of people getting in through connections.

That’s about it for the short summary. Recaps could be found on Dramabeans – they’re doing recaps for the drama 🙂


I love how the episodes revolves around Geu Rae and his thoughts. It’s not that he’s stupid, or that he’s dumb. It’s just that he literally doesn’t know how to do things because he never worked in an office his entire life, nor worked with people. We see his thoughts as he was constantly asking Young Yi to help him pick up calls, and that he was narrating that his pride and everything else doesn’t matter at that point of time.

He’s actually willing to learn, and wants to try his best – but no one is actually giving him a chance. I can’t wait to see him actually learning to get along with people, and work together, because I cannot stand his puppy face at being dejected. AHAHAHAHA.

Anyway, I think he actually pick things up very fast, and is actually quite smart if given the chance, so maybe the workers will look at him in a different light if they give him a chance to show what he’s got.

As for Young Yi asking him to be her partner, unlike the others who choose him to look good themselves, I think Young Yi asked him because she thought he wanted to ask her. I’m not sure about this, but maybe as she look at her hairband, she realized that what Geu Rae wanted to say at the pantry was for them to be partners but he couldn’t brought it up. I think she is confident in herself and doesn’t really specifically chooses anyone bad to make herself look good.

Okay, that’s about it. I never read the webtoon, so I have no idea what to expect, and if any of you who read the webtoon, please do not post spoilers. Hah! Anyway, I really liked the first two episodes a lot, and the whole tone of the drama. It’s fascinating 🙂


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