DRAMA REVIEW: Does ‘Start-Up’ Deserves A 10/10 Rating?

Sandbox is set in the fictitious Silicon Valley of South Korea, this is where the dreams of being successful began.

Needing to make $90k to open her own business, Seo Dal-Mi drops out of a university and takes up part-time work. She dreams of becoming someone like Steve Jobs.

Nam Do-San is the founder of Samsan Tech. He is excellent with mathematics. He started Samsan Tech two years ago, but the company is not doing well. Somehow, Nam Do-San becomes Seo Dal-Mi’s first love. They cheer each others start and growth.

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Start-up has made not only Koreans go crazy but people from all over the world…

Why? There are several reasons to its success of the drama:

(These are my personal opinions, and we can all have different opinions!)

First, the two male characters are both very attractive, not only physical good looking but their personalities in the drama. They both struggle to express love, yet they still express their love as the drama goes on!

Second, the storyline of young people dreaming to reach their goals – made me feel like I could also dream big and pursue my career dreams! Watching them work so hard and being passionate inspired me!

Also, all characters are so entertaining: Bae Suzy, Nam JooHyuk, Kim Seonho and Kang Han-Na. All four actors are good actors, making the viewers soak into the mood with them.

#TeamNamDosan or #TeamHanJiPyeong was also the trend that brought big attention to this drama. 

With these awesome actors, I tend to have a higher expectation- and thankfully, this was an enjoyable drama. Even on my way to work, with friends, at work – “start up” has been the conversation topic! Our main debate was: #TeamHanJipyeong vs #TeamNamDosan which I believe everyone else also talked about. 

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Lastly, I want to mention the character development of Dal Mi(Suzy). With her dad going through rough path in life, she worked so hard to achieve her dream on her own. The fact that she was believing herself? THAT’s DOPE. Her bright personality, passion towards her goals is so endearing! As she puts herself into a competitive environment – hackathon, she did not complain how others are more talented than her or whatsoever. She took days and nights to study and prove herself that she is also worthy to be there. Though in real life, that’s difficult – it was inspiring to see!

Editor’s Score: 10/10

I would recommend anyone and everyone to watch this series!

You can watch this drama through Netflix as well! 😊 

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