Cheese in the Trap is a South Korean TV series based from a manhwa of the same name. It tells the story of a hard-working college student named Seol who gets involved with her mysterious senior named Jung. The show depicts some realistic situations as a student and audience will surely wonder (with Seol) about Sunbae’s mysterious personality.
To start, I only watched the series because of the webtoon/manhwa. I’m a fan of the LINE webtoon series because I like the flow of the story. It’s not a heavy dramatic story but simple yet very interesting. I stumbled upon this show when I googled information about the manhwa. I was really curious how koreans will portray a manhwa in a live-action setting like how the japanese do live-actions of their manga. I am also curious how Jung Yoo will be portrayed since he’s my fave character in the story and he has a quite complicated personality.
I searched for information about this show first (it’s what I always do before watching anything) and was surprised to learn Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk of Weightlifting Fairy are here. I love them both and loved the series because it’s not the typical korean drama for me. Anyway, they are playing as Inha and Eun Taek in this series and seeing Lee Sung Kyung as a crazy villain is surprising (for me) because watching her as Bok Joo is so different compared to Baek Inha. Bok Joo is boyish while Inha is so posh. She did a good job though, she’s really crazy and funny as Inha. As for Nam Joo Hyuk, he’s still adorable as Eun Taek. Eun Taek will do everything for BoRa as Joon Hyung will always be loyal to Bok Joo.
While watching, I sometimes get annoyed with Seol because she doesn’t tell Jung anything that’s happening to her (Younggon’s stalking, copycat Minsoo) and that’s not how relationship works and I find myself go grr because she doesn’t say how she feels. Sigh. I understand she doesn’t want to trouble her boyfriend but those kinds of situations are exemptions.
I like spoilers because I want to see if I would like the show until the end. I read the plot of the whole series and so I didn’t finish it. I only watched until Episode 12. I’m neutral with open endings but an open ending for this series is a no-no for me because I’m already attached to it. I know it has an original ending since the webtoon is still ongoing but still I cannot accept it. Seeing it end that way, I cannot bare it. I also read other reviews about the series and was disappointed that in the later episodes, we wouldn’t see a lot of Jung but more of Inho which is different from the webtoon based from the articles. More stories about the Baek siblings than the main lead Jung. I’m not sure if the later episodes were loyal to the manhwa because the LINE webtoon app (which is the translated version) is still in season 3 while the korean version is already in season 4.
Park Jae Hin did a really good job in portraying Jung Yoo. He really captured the webtoon Jung and because of that I started to adore Park Jae Hin. He’s like the Jung Yoo in real life. Kim Go Eun did a good job in portraying Hong Seol. Eun Taek and BoRa was so adorable together even if Bora is more girly here than in the manhwa. Inho is still the lovable troublemaker and her sister is still crazy as ever. The casting was perfect . All of the actors suit their characters and it’s a huge plus in this series.
Even if I didn’t finish this series, I’m still getting a hangover.
I decided to watch episodes 13-15 after reading the plots in dramabeans but I won’t finish the 15th episode. The sudden car accident was too confusing and too much for the drama. Does Seol really need to be in a car accident? Did that really happen in the manhwa? I have no idea.
I have no plans in watching the finale because Jung did not even appear in the last bits. He figured out things offscreen. Like what? He’s the lead character and he doesn’t even appear in the last bits of the finale? I didn’t even know how he finally discovered his self. I only got a read message in the computer screen that they think will suffice his development and show a flashback of Jung and Seol as the ending? I want justice!
The drama started off really great but the later parts were disappointing especially the finale. I love the series because it taught me so many things which happens in real life. Victim complex, assumptions, taking things for granted, using people, keeping every thing to yourself without help, underappreciated. These are some things that happen but we usually ignore, what we often think as common, and I like that it tackles it here. I hope the movie and original manhwa would have a better ending than this.
Episodes 1-12 were the best episodes, 13-16 were meh. Episodes 13-16 were all about In-ho and In-ha. Don’t get me wrong, I love In-ho Baek but not for the In-ho ❤ Seol tandem. They pushed for a love triangle rather than developing characters’ development. We slowly lost the male lead which is Jung. They didn’t even include stories about him. I hope that the movie version gives a much better perspective to Jung.
It doesn’t matter to me if the film adaptation has a different cast except for Park Hae Jin as Jung Yoo. All I want is it has a better take of the manhwa in the film especially to Jung’s character. I love the manhwa that’s why I would really like if it is executed well.