What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim Review
Synopsis. What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? is a 16 episode kdrama about a vice president and his secretary. Vice President Lee Young Joon has enjoyed the support of trusted secretary Kim Mi So for 9 years. She’s efficient, capable and anticipates his every need in the business arena. One day she announces she’s retiring. Taken aback, Vice President Lee tries to change her mind to no avail. Deciding Secretary Kim cannot quit him, Vice President Lee decides he will win her back. During the process, he falls for her. Will she fall for him?
What I liked.
Romance. Writers Baek Sun Woo, Choi Bo Rim (Poem a Day) let the audience watch this couple as they fell in love with each other. There are many kdramas that promise romance, but fall short. This series delivered romance. We saw them dine, walk, and share experiences that led them to a develop and deepen a personal relationship. Vice President Lee was the first to commit. Secretary Kim was more hesitant. Our couple shared a past and found a future together.
Vice President Lee Young Joon (Park Seo Joon). Cocky, confident, demanding, self-centered CEOs abound in kdramas. But Park Seo Joon infused Vice President Lee with charm and likability. He knew what he wanted and he went for it, bulldozing her opposition. His past and their interaction was an interesting side bar though a bit overblown. I rooted for him to recognize their joint future was the important prize. Shout out to the young actor, Moon Woo Jin, who portrayed this character as a boy.
Secretary Kim Mi So (Park Min Young). With a blazing smile and seemingly effortless efficiency Secretary Kim aided Vice President execute his demand job. I’ve enjoyed Park Min Young in multiple series, Healer is my favorite. She slayed the pencil skirt. Secretary Kim used her smile to cover her real thoughts and feelings to the world and Vice President Lee. As the series progressed she voiced more of her opinions but deference was generally the initial response.
What I didn’t like.
Lack of passion. Our couple was an adult version of cute. They pressed safe kisses (quite a few) on each other. They would not be classified as passionate. They were respectful and a bit cautious. In the final episode, it was evident their long term commitment would allow them to grow to be more open with each other. While I liked this couple and their romance, they weren’t the most riveting couple I’ve every watched.
Support Characters. Their respective families and the office team weren’t as interesting as our couple. They often felt like filler.
Would I recommend What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? Yes, if you want a romance with a dash of destiny, this series delivers. Our couple cared for and supported each other. I rooted for them and enjoyed their journey in this series.
OST. This drama’s OST had nine vocal tracks (link). The 2 disc detailed track list can be found at dramawiki (link). The second disc is instrumental tracks link. My favorite track was It’s You sung by Jung Se Woon (link) and featured below in a video which provides a taste of our couple: