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This is a cleverly written look into the lives and careers of those who work beneath the surface of the entertainment industry.
We’re reviewing the Netflix K-drama series Behind Every Star Season 1 without major spoilers.
We can all imagine the hectic lives of those who work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Whether in PR or as a full-blown talent agent, the demands are seemingly endless and your peers sometimes sneakily reckless. Or at least that’s what Netflix is K drama Behind every stardirected by Baek Seung Ryong and written by park so youngshows us in fictional form.
At the heart of the case are employees of Method Entertainment, a talent agency that manages a roster of 30 actors. They are all tireless workers who, as stated in the first episode, are tasked with “deliveries, schedule management, promotions, planning, contracts, marketing and everything else that involves an actor’s career.” Nevertheless, the respective personalities in the company differ. Director Ma (Lee Seo-jin) is an occasionally irritable but always composed man who never shies away from taking control of a situation. Chun Ye-in (Kwak Sun Young) is a determined, somewhat bullish agent whose resourcefulness is matched with a defined resilience. In the meantime, Kim Jungdon (Seo Hyun-woo) is a kind-hearted but clumsy worker who takes good care of those around him, only in a rather clumsy way. Then, So Hyun-joo (Joo Hyun Young) is the wildcard, a rookie with a lot of flaws in her, although someone with tangible bite.
On the whole Behind every star is entertaining stuff, thanks in part to the successful addition of actors playing exaggerated versions of themselves during standalone stories that run alongside the main plot points. They offer a refreshing change of pace, usually involve well-executed comedy, and give the actors that extra edge Lee Hee-joon a chance to show yourself from another side. Additionally, these stories from actors within the agency make the other moving parts feel more impactful as we are less exposed to the developments in the arcs e.g. B. how the future of the company will develop until they are absolutely necessary. As such, despite episodes lasting over an hour, there’s a real liveliness to the pacing, and it doesn’t feel like there’s much extra fat around the edges.
That being said, some dynamics occasionally get a bit too repetitive, like the fights between Je-in and Jung-don. Of course, they’re a natural part of working life, but when the topics of discussion are the same or very similar so often, it can all feel a bit circular. This is only a minor issue, however, especially when Park So-Young does an excellent job of writing characters that feel full and full of depth after just two episodes.
Of course, no show is complete without good acting and a cast Behind every star Bring the script to life seamlessly. Kwak Sun-young is excellent as Je-in, infusing her portrayal of the wayward agent with enough energy to make her unabashedly investable. Also, notable aspiring actress Joo Hyun-young brings a commendably well-founded edginess rooted in affiliation to her portrayal of So Hyun-woo. As for others Kim Tae-oh puts on a fantastic show as the flamboyant Choi Jin-hyeok, Lee Seo-jin remains consistent as the straight Ma Tae-oh, while Seo Hyun-woo embodies the kindhearted clumsiness of Kim Jung-don for a memorable execution of his role.
Complete with a sleek office setting and an overall colorful palette is this Korean remake of the French series Call my agent! could easily become a sleeper hit. Funny, engaging, and dramatic in all the right places, it’s a show that seems worth its relatively breezy 12-episode commitment, especially for fans looking for something that knows when to get meta.
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