We’re more than halfway through Start-Up, but the ship war among viewers is still going strong! By this point in most dramas, the male lead has captured our hearts along with the heroine’s and there’s no going back. But when it comes to Start-Up, the Second Lead Syndrome is very strong. There’s just something…magnetic about Ji-pyeong. A big part of it is Kim Sun-ho’s nuanced performance, and the rest is how the character can’t help but be vulnerable with Dal-mi’s grandmother.
Then there’s Do-san. Sweet, smart, earnest Do-san. In the battle for Dal-mi’s heart, he’s hard to overlook— and not just because he’s tall.
The thing that really tickles me about this show is the usual K-drama tropes are inverted. In this case, the first male lead is actually nice, but a lot of people are rooting for the pricklier second lead. It’s so refreshing!
So, with the end of Start-Up drawing near, who do you want Dal-mi to choose? Do-san or Ji-pyeong?
Cast your vote below and stay tuned for the results! (I’ll announce who I voted for then as well).