The controversial “Backstreet Rookie”, was it any good?-review

About the Drama :

Backstreet-Rookie-Poster3Choi Dae-Hyun (Ji Chang-Wook) walks despondently through a residential back alley after getting dumped by a girl. Sitting nearby are three high school girls, including Jung Saet-Byul (Kim You-Jung). She thinks Choi Dae-Hyun is cute and asks him to buy them a pack of cigarettes. Instead of getting cigarettes, they girls receive a lesson from Choi Dae-Hyun. He thinks the girls are just a bunch of knuckleheads, but Jung Sae-Byul is now even more smitten with him and kisses him.

3 years later, Choi Dae-Hyun manages his family owned convenience store. Although, high school girls like to come in and take pictures with him, the store doesn’t make a lot of money. Choi Dae-Hyun has also decided to put up a “part-timer worker needed” sign, due to the heavy hours he has been working. Sometime during the night, Jung Saet-Byulwalks into the store. She is now an adult and applies for the part-time job.

  • Network: SBS
  • Episodes: 16
  • Release Date: June 19 – August 8, 2020
  • Runtime: Friday & Saturday 22:00
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


still cutsLet’s start with, why it’s controversial. From what I read online, the main complaint was it’s too raunchy and of course the caricature of “Reggae boy”. But putting it all aside, It’s a pretty unique love story. First of all,it’s realistic. The main love interest isn’t some rich guy with a multimillion company, but just your average hard-working guy. To be honest the first 2 episodes I didn’t like, after the 4 episode I started to really enjoy it…but the two last episodes were a disappointment.


Overall I would recommend it if you are tired of the cliche k-drama plots and want something fresh and more “grown-up” , but still silly and fun! 

3,5/5 Stars 



So our main couple is Choi Dae-Hyun and Jung Saet-Byul ,yes we do get a little love triangle situation but it was gone half way of the show,so I don’t feel like it’s relevant to talk in this context. Was there chemistry between  Choi Dae-Hyun and Jung Saet-Byul? Yes and No,let me explain…First 4 episodes you could feel the awkwardness,I don’t know how or why,but you could feel they are not relly comfortable with each other. After that I started to see the chemistry,but in my opinion there where not enough cute scenes overall and that’s a shame!

the couple


*Mild Spoilers*

I was disappointed…they tried to wrap up all the loose ends ends in one episoe…ONE EPISODE!!! And you could really tell they where rushing…the actual ending wasn’t that bad,just the feel of the whole episode was bad…sorry not sorry


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That’s it from me 

Till next time 



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