K-Drama Review: ‘Cheese in the Trap’s Ending Has Netizens Furious

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Cheese in the Trap: From 2D to Live Action

Cheese In The Trap is a South Korean television series that has been adapted from the Naver Webtoon with the same name. The genre is (definitely) romance, friendship, family, with a psychological wrapping. This TV series aired on tvN every Monday and Tuesday between January 4th and March 1st, 2016, with a total of sixteen episodes. The webtoon version itself was being updated from 2010 until 2016. The TV series was one of the big hit dramas at the time since the webtoon was also popular among comic lovers worldwide.

Cheese In The Trap TV series was starred by Park Hae-jin as Yoo Jung, Kim Go-eun as Hong Seol, Seo Kang-joon as Baek In-ho, and Lee Sung-kyung as Baek In-ha. These top actors and actress displayed their acting skills in their role very well. Unfortunately, the ending is different from the webtoon version because, at the time, the webtoon version hadn’t finished the story yet. Many people felt disappointed because the ending is not the kind of closing story that viewers want. Because of this controversial ending, the rating of the final episode dropped down by 5,87 % from the usual rating coming to 6,48 %.

Curious about how this TV show goes? Let’s check this out! Be careful of the spoiler if you still want to see it anyway.

Cheese in the Trap: Summary

Hong Seol is a smart, diligent, and hard-working university student. She also has a kind heart and likes to help people around her (until some of her friends start taking advantage of her). She is coming from a poor family that runs a small restaurant. Hong Seol is always the ‘number one’ student because she always has to make sure she gets a scholarship, which is given only to the best students, and her family can’t afford to pay her tuition fees.

Her life is okay until her senior Yoo Jung, a handsome, rich, polite, intelligent, and cool guy comes back to the campus and joins her generation after being late for a year. In a campus ceremony at a small restaurant, Hong Seol who made a fresh comeback from her hiatus to work sees that Yoo Jung is so famous that everyone has gathered around him and overreacts to catch his attention.

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Hong Seol can see something that the other people can’t see. Yoo Jung has a different face and meaning behind his perfect attitude. He acts like he cares but he is actually cold and manipulative and wants to control everything around him. Unfortunately, while Hong Seol takes a look at Jung’s mysterious act, he catches Hong Seol’s look and makes her uncomfortable. She thinks that Jung knows about her finding out about his true self so after that day she thinks Yoo Jung hates her very much.

After that day, Hong Seol’s life starts to undergo a lot of changes. Her bad luck comes every day, and she suspects Yoo Jung for doing this since his attitude is different with her when nobody is around them. The ‘number one’ Hong Seol is also being replaced with Yoo Jung, so she can’t get a scholarship anymore.

Being very frustrated with the evil Yoo Jung, Hong Seol wants to take a hiatus once more. But, suddenly she is informed that her scholarship is being reinstated because Yoo Jung’s scholarship process has failed. She then comes back to the class, but now Yoo Jung is totally different from before! He suddenly approaches Hong Seol nicely, asking her for lunch and dinner numerous time, smiling at her, etc.

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Hong Seol thinks that this is part of his plan to make her suffer, but as time goes by the love between them starts blooming. Hong Seol slowly accepts Yoo Jung in her life. But, there’s still a gaffe in Hong Seol’s heart, since she knows that Yoo Jung has a psychological disorder, which makes him a cold-hearted man, who doesn’t have any empathy for others. Yoo Jung, step by step, proves to Hong Seol that her previous bad luck was not because of him, in fact, Yoo Jung helps her behind the scene.

Their awkward relationship gets even more awkward with the arrival of the troublemaker (yet handsome) twin, Baek In-ho, and his sister Baek In-ha. They used to be Yoo Jung’s step-siblings but because of Baek In-ho and Yoo Jung’s accident, they chose to live separated from him. Baek In-ho is a mess and a grumpy man but he actually cares for others, especially his crazy twin In-ha.

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Baek In-ha is a lazy, mad, and wicked woman who uses her beauty to get some money from men and always wants to catch Yoo Jung’s attention. She also often spends Yoo Jung’s father’s money on buying unnecessary expensive things. The arrival of these twins makes Hong Seol’s life even more complicated.