Referring to my review of the Cheese in The Trap Webtoon before, I want to say that I feel bad I have questioned Yoo Jung‘s motivation towards Seol before I read the webtoon until half of the season 3. Yoo Jung’s past behavior is indeed shady and he’s not your typical male lead, he’s smart and manipulative but his feelings for Seol is genuine. Yes, this guy is madly in love with her because she is the only person who can completely accept him despite his flaws and dark side. The webtoon has been adapted to a drama starring Park Hae Jin (You Who Came From Stars) and Kim Go Eun as the respective main leads, I love the drama because both actors are delivering great performance and their chemistry is off the chart and very natural. They are perfect as Cheese in The Trap OTP (One True Pairing).
The drama is going very well until the production team decided to shift the focus to the second lead, Baek In Ho played by Seo Kang Joon. The production team is totally ruining it when they decided to cut many of Yoo Jung’s scenes since he is the main reason why this show is so interesting. Now Cheese in The Trap drama has officially ended and I read the ending is quite f*cked up. I guess I need to prepare my heart before I watch the finale, this is why I always warn myself not to be emotionally invested in a Korean drama, most of K-Dramas always take the wrong turn in the middle of the series and it can be derailed to a very bad direction. Anyway, just to relieve some of my frustration toward this series, I will discuss my personal opinion about Yoo Jung, Seol and their relationship. This is based on my knowledge both from webtoon and drama.
First of all, I love the webtoon and I was curious about who is going to play these awesome characters in the drama adaptation. Park Hae Jin is a veteran actor and he is an excellent choice as Jung, I think he is only handicapped by his mature looks (he’s 33 years old, while Jung supposed to be 25 years old). He nailed every complex expression flawlessly and it feels like he is coming straight away from the webtoon itself (He is a beautiful man indeed!). Kim Go Eun as our favorite heroine, Seol, is solid, natural and adorable, it’s no wonder that she got lots of recognition from her movie projects before. Her wide acting range and charming looks will take her very far in the industry for sure.
Frankly, I think Park Hae Jin is too old to play a college student and Kim Go Eun is 8 years younger than him. You can see the age difference right away when they are together, she’s like his much younger sister. Luckily, their performances is superb, due to their crazy chemistry I hardly notice the age gap anymore, I adore every scene of them together. I think their character become much more interesting when they are with each other, the strong attraction is undeniable and I love how they always intrigued each other with every little thing in life. Jung and Seol represent how hard a relationship can be in real life and sometimes love alone is not enough to sustain it for the long run.
Jung is a very complex and intriguing character, many are accusing him as a sociopath, that he is not good enough for our sweet heroine, Seol. I actually have the same opinion before, he initially creeps me out (especially with the flashback of his childhood times) but trust me you will change your mind after you read the webtoon thoroughly. Yoo Jung is fiercely manipulative because that’s the only way he can express his dissatisfaction to the world, he comes from a rich family where his father demands him to act accordingly and apparently his mother is absent as well.
Jung is lonely and reserved, he can’t trust other people because most of them only want something from him, hence he hides behind a perfect facade to hide his inner struggle. He can be both super creepy and very sweet, a two completely different persona. Seol is the only one who knows both dark Jung and sweet (genuine) Jung, cementing her special position in his heart.
Seol in the other hand is a sweetheart. She is smart, hard worker and kind. However she’s not perfect either, she is timid and often reluctant to speak up for herself. Due to her sensitive nature, she can detect Jung’s real personality right away and it resulted badly on her side. When you get the wrong side of Jung, he will torture you until you reach your limit and Seol is smart enough to realize how cunning this boy can be.
Seol was touched by his sudden change of behavior that she never thought Jung has this soft side of him, a vulnerable boy who cares for her and showers her with praise and acknowledgement, something that she never got even from her family. Seol is a great heroine too, mainly because she never let Jung or others to be fully control of her mindset and decision. When provoked, she can be very fierce and strong, definitely not your typical ‘candy’ heroine.
Jung and Seol is similar yet fundamentally different. Both are introverts and it’s hard for them to be easily liked by others, they are diligent and often being stereotyped as ‘a pushover’ due to their amicable facade. Their main difference is their empathy towards people. Jung is very logical and see this world in a black and white spectacles, his principle in life is an eye for an eye. When you do wrong, he will punish you back right away, he has no consideration of other people’s feeling and a proper moral compass in his life. Unlike Jung, Seol always can see the best of people no matter what, this is why she can befriend the rude and selfish Baek In Ho or accept the cold and manipulative Jung.
Seol understands that Jung can be very overwhelming and ruthless but underneath his dark side, he is just a lonely and childish boy who can’t just let go every little things that get taken away from him. Nevertheless, she loves him unconditionally and gradually she tries to be his moral compass in life. Through Seol, Jung can learn how to empathize with others and it’s wrong to hurt other people because eventually it will backfire you later, in other words KARMA will definitely haunt him down. Jung had experienced this several times, with the cost of Seol’s degrading trust for him or how he lost Baek In Ho, who was his best friend.
There is no single doubt that Seol and Jung are madly in love with each other after tackling so many obstacles and misunderstanding between them. If you read the webtoon, even Baek In Ho realized this. Despite his growing affection for Seol, he never tried to cross the line. They are strictly friends and there is no such thing as love triangle whatsoever like what the drama tried to shove on us. In Ho respect their relationship and he is never sinking that low to try to jeopardize their relationship.
The deep emotional connection between Seol and Jung is undeniably very strong and there are so many touching conversation between them that you can’t watch in the drama, it’s such a pity so much important scenes were not included in the drama adaptation. Although I must say some of the drama scenes are very touching too, in the first 10 episodes, I think this drama can do no wrong, alas all good things must come to an end.
Why they are perfect for each other? Because Seol needs Jung to encourage her to stand up for herself and boost her confidence, while Jung needs Seol to tone down his manipulative way and learn to empathize. People may stated that Seol will be fine without Jung as he needs Seol more than she needs him. I disagree with that because in the recent chapters they have became too attached with each other.
In Seol’s mundane life, Jung has become source of comfort, someone she can lean on during her hardest time. While Jung seen Seol as his most important person, someone who can accept him no matter what and trust him as a person. They bring the best out of each other and this is the main reason why Cheese in The Trap is very intriguing and popular. Readers like to see how both main leads grow within their relationship.
Some people may argue that it’s hard to change a person’s basic habit and I do agree with that. Jung is not a nice guy, he can be very ruthless and downright brutal but no one is perfect, even Seol has her greed and downside as well. Basically all humans are capable to be good and bad, it all depends on your choice. But if you judging on how Jung treats Seol and Baek siblings before, you know he is actually very capable to love and empathize with others. He just need to learn to trust people again. And seriously this guy is so damn smart, he can understand people strengths and weaknesses very well just by observing them. Hence the reason why he can manipulate them without even doing anything himself. If he can only use this talent to do good, like what he did to Seol, I think his world will be a much better place. Ultimately, he needs to understand that he is unable to control everything in this world no matter how smart and powerful you are.
Like any other couples in the world, Seol and Jung fight and reconcile so many times. Relationship between two people is never easy let alone being in relationship with someone as complicated as Jung. They are both imperfect, wounded by their past and family, but this is why they are so perfect for each other. They are not afraid to become vulnerable and reveal their deepest wound to each other. And this is what love supposed to be, to accept each other’s flaws before everything else because eventually you will only have each other to lean on.
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I sincerely hope in the webtoon Jung and Seol will get their happy ending unlike what happened in the drama. Their love story is very much the pillar of the series along with Jung’s complex personality. So dear author please give them the happy ending because these two need each other so bad and they deserve to be happy more than anything. JungxSeol for the endgame, amen.
So what do you think about this couple? Are they meant for each other or they deserve better? Let me know about your opinion for Cheese in The Trap OTP in the comment section!
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