Review: Cheese in the Trap (2016)


Korean Name: 치즈인더트랩
Brief Summary: Cheese in the Trap is centered around university students Hong Seol (Kim Go Eun) and Yoo Jeong (Park Hae Jin), as his personality and past get in the way of their relationship. In particular, his past association with Baek In Ho (Seo Kang Joon) and Baek In Ha (Lee Sung Kyung) prove to be hard to break.
Stream It: DramaFever
Recommendation: Watch It

I can’t remember the last time a drama disappointed me this much. If it had been terrible from the beginning, that would be a different story, but Cheese in the Trap was so promising in the beginning. It felt like a breath of fresh air. I’m still rating this a watch because the premise was fantastic, but prepare yourself to be extremely displeased when you’re finished!

The first episode was so ominous – you can’t tell if Yoo Jung is a psychopath or just misunderstood. And isn’t that exactly what Cheese in the Trap is all about? Here is a male lead who is not the typical misunderstood bully. You wonder if Yoo Jung even wants to be a good person, or if he even cares about anything at all.

I really enjoyed that this drama took place in college and actually had many scenes at the college, in the classroom, at the library, and storylines directly relating to school. I liked Hong Seol’s friends and how supportive they were. I also liked In-ho’s storyline, until the end when it seemed to dominate the drama. In-ho is a good person even though he acts like a punk, and you root for him to chase his piano-playing dreams again.

In-ha was hilarious until she became out of control. I never actually felt like she was in love with Yoo Jung, only that she enjoyed his money and living comfortably without any troubles.


Sadly, the last few episodes just completely went off the rails. Not only does Yoo Jung not change at all, but it’s actually Hong Seol who decides to accept him regardless. REALLY? He doesn’t come see her when she wakes up in the hospital or when she returns home? Then when we have the three year time jump at the end where we discover that despite three years of no contact, Hong Seol continues to email Yoo Jung. WHY. Hong Seol, you’re better than that.

It’s been a few weeks since I finished watching this drama and I’m still salty.

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