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Backstreet Rookie (2020) B

The SHORT Pill:

When a heart throb convenience store manager tries to manage a charming, young, part time employee, things get less than convenient, but all the more exciting while discovering who’s truly in charge of whom.

The Pharma 5 Watch Guide!

Best Time To Watch:

Anytime, but be in the mood for a webtoon themed comedy. This is definitely something you can only focus in on because you planned to.

Prescribed For:

Newbies, open-minded K-Addicts who wants something fun, bubbly, bright, and not too serious.

Love And Romance:

Very “cat & mouse”, chase but not catch kind of love dynamic. A very long and funny flirtation.

Classic Clichés:

I wasn’t really hit with HUGE chemistry in this drama. I love each actor individually but was not sold on the beating of the hearts.

Addiction Level:

2 Pills – Not really addictive, but will continue watching if your curiosity gets the better of you.


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To be honest, I almost quit this drama during the first episode. But because of my love for the two leads, Kim Yoo Jung (Saet Bull) and Ji Chang Wook (Dae-Hyun) I made myself push through… and I’m really glad I did. Kim Yoo Jung is AWESOME! It’s so great to see her all grown up and kicking butt.
WARNING: You must give the first episode at least 30 minutes before switching it off. And you must give the drama itself until the end of the 3rd episode before making a decision. It starts off a bit all over the place and may have you questioning whether you should continue or not. You should. Remember, this series is based on a Webtoon and can, at times, get a little fantastical. The first few episodes can find you a bit lost in the mix. because of the animated nature. So it takes a bit longer to get to the heart of the matter.


CAST CHEMISTRY: It took a bit longer than expected to get into a groove but once they found a connection, the banter was very enjoyable.


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Exam Results:


Rated this comedy a “B” because with a tad bit more polish, this drama could have really been one for the books.

Side Effects:

It’s safe to say that your love for Ji Chang Wook and Kim Yoo Jung will not be any less after watching this.

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