BY Adrienne Stanley | Oct 07, 2015 11:29 AM EDT
KBS' "Sassy, Go Go" is one of the most refreshing teen dramas to hit the airwaves in quite some time.
While iconic series like "Boys Over Flowers," "The Heirs," and "Playful Kiss" carried the message that poor teenaged girls should fall head over heels in obnoxiously wealthy young men, "Sassy, Go Go" features a likable male lead, whose romantic feelings are not influenced by his immediate disdain for someone whose upbringing is completely different.
The series incorporates some stereotypes that are prevalent in teen series, but viewers are meant to root for the students who are struggling academically, more so than those who are seemingly perfect.
A Pink's Jung Eun Ji is Yang Keon Doo, a student who embraces her love for dance, even while abandoning her academics. Keon Doo is within the bottom one percent of her class, an achievement she brags about to her fellow students and parents.
In "Sassy, Go Go," the true cheerleaders are the members of a dance team known as the Royal Kings. They are the bottom rung of the students and led by Keon Doo.
It appears as though the Royal Kings will continue to function as a refuge for academic losers until an unfortunate incident occurs between Keon Doo and Kim Yeol, a popular student with astronomical grades.
Lee Won Keun is Kim Yeol, a wealthy high-schooler who leads a study group that also functions as cheerleaders for basketball events. While the study ethics of his clique are uniquely Korean, the group functions like an Ivy League co-ed fraternity, as they exclude the underdogs.
Jung Eun JI and Lee Won Keun maintain adorable chemistry throughout the first two episodes, as the series proves that young love can bloom without the immediate interference of scary parents who lead conglomerates by the day, while emotionally torturing their sons, at night.
Here are four reasons to watch "Sassy, Go Go."
1. Jung Eun Ji imparts compassion in a character that could be written off as clueless and unpopular.
Cheerleaders are usually portrayed as the cream of the crop at their high school, but Jung Eun Ji embraces the role of an unpopular cheer captain who is willing to overcome adversity.
2. Lee Won Keun finally has a likable romantic role, after demonstrating his competency in "Wild Chives and Soybean Soup."
Lee Won Keun is best known for his roles as the younger versions of characters in "Moon Embracing the Sun," "Passionate Love," and "Wild Chives and Soybean Soup." His brilliant portrayal of young Yoon Joon Soo helped to make the series a family drama that is worth watching, even if viewers only tuned in for his portion of the show.
3. N of VIXX is a second-lead that viewers can cheer for.
N of the popular acting idol group, VIXX, is Ha Dong Jae, an amiable basketball player who is the best friend of Keon Doo. His athletic skills are lackluster, but he stays on the court because of his love for the game.
4. While the relationship dynamics between female characters in teen dramas is generally cut and dry, "Sassy, Go Go" demonstrates that one's closest friend could also be their strongest enemy.
Keon Doo implicitly trusts Kwon Soo Ah, her roommate, and friend, who is more dedicated to her academic pursuits than her easy going classmates. Soo Ah is driven to a terrifying point but maintains a smiling face whenever she talks to Keon Doo. Her character could easily fit in with the posse of "Mean Girls."
Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor at KDramaStars. She is also a contributing music writer at KpopStarz, MTV Iggy and other publications. When she is not listening to "We Like 2 Party," she can be found on Twitter. (@retrogirladdy).
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