- https://getinformed.carrd.co/ This is an incredible carrd with information and resources about many of the issues the world is going through right now!
- I find Twitter an extremely useful tool in finding information about these injustices and ways to help. As well as Change.org for petitions!
Level Up (2019) from MBN + Dramax aired from 10th July to 15th August, at the late time slot of 11pm every Wednesday and Thursday.
An Dan Tae (Sung Hoon) is a director at Yoosung CRC, a company that specialises in restructuring and saving companies that have gone under. His next task involves Joybuster – a gaming company. Even before he decides to take the role of CEO to complete his work, he meets passionate team leader Shin Yeon Hwa (Han Bo Reum) and a misunderstanding instantly occurs.
The drama has a somewhat odd form of humour that is slightly over the top, but it’s not awkward and is actually funny. I think the straight laced character of Dan Tae getting into these situations makes things funnier. Dan Tae is cold, but we do see some gentler moments, and I got the impression that his “meanness” or offhanded approach isn’t spiteful.
We see that he comes from a poor background, while his “colleague” and probably only friend – General Manager Park Gil Woo (Danny Ahn) – is the CEO’s son. I loved their dynamic. They have the funny boss/underling relationship, but also the comfortable nature of friends. I hope to see more of them, especially as I love Gil Woo!
Meanwhile, Yeon Hwa is incredibly sad and angry that Joybuster’s CEO has left them with the uncertainty of the company being dissolved. Despite being the butt of a joke and the scapegoat target of the shareholders, Yeon Hwa is still passionate about games and her role at Joybuster. Even in these two first episodes we saw a rather well-rounded female lead and I’m excited to see her go up against Dan Tae!
We also meet the second male lead, an unemployed Han Cheol (Cha Sun Woo/Baro) who immediately stood out against Dan Tae as being dumb (in a cute way), friendly and willing to help others. It was interesting to see the two dynamics play out in similar situations as Dan Tae was spending time with a previous colleague – Bae Ya Chae (Kang Byul) – and the personality differences between the two male leads was jarring! I hope these two second leads get happy endings as well.
In the first episode we saw more of the build-up and establishing the main leads circumstances. In the second, we got a large amount of plot “bulbs”. We meet our antagonist and rival (although at this point I think this is a one sided sentiment) and also the true catalyst for Dan Tae taking on the Joybuster job. I will just warn you that we do get an off screen death and I say this because it came out of nowhere and changes the tone dramatically.
I think this drama will have a lot of comedy, but will also punch hard with the emotioanl stuff!
Overall, I did enjoy these two episodes and while I don’t care about the gaming industry at all, I’m excited to keep watching. The characters seems compelling and the acting was good. Although is it just me or does Sung Hoon talk so fast as Dan Tae? I had trouble keeping up with the subtitles sometimes 😂
- Written by: Kim Dong Kyu
- Directed by: Kim Sang Woo
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- Release date: 10th July – 15th August, 2019
- Network: MBN
Have you seen Level Up? What were your first thoughts? Or do you want to pick it up?
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