Butting heads with the boss in Radiant Office
Workplace melo-comedy Radiant Office has released another teaser and a couple more stills to rev up for its premiere next week. According to the plot synopsis of MBC’s upcoming drama, a young woman played by Go Ah-sung (Heard It Through the Grapevine) attempts suicide because she can’t seem to catch a break in finding a salaried full-time job, but then is informed that she has a terminal illness just as she’s finally been accepted into a company.
I was wondering whether the whole jumping-into-the-Han-River scene would be a deeply melancholic moment which would set the tone of the show, placing it more firmly in the melo category than in comedy. But the newly released teaser reveals that the suicide attempt was more of a frustrated expression of hardship than a real desire to stop living, for which I’m grateful. Because now I don’t have to worry so much about the heroine’s mental state and can continue to enjoy the comic hijinks.
At the bridge, Go Ah-sung yells, “What did I do so wrong to deserve this?” while her fellow suicidal musketeer Lee Dong-hwi (Answer Me 1988, Entourage) cries out, “Why is it always 100 to 1?” and Hoya (Answer Me 1997) joins in, “I can’t do it, so what do you want me to do?”
Just as they try to get on the bridge ledge, a group of rescuers and reporters show up, embarrassing them to the point where they just try to make a quick getaway. The three then meet again later as probationary employees for the new company they’ve been hired at. It’s actually Lee Dong-hwi’s ex-girlfriend’s workplace; he originally wanted to be the “Company Couple” with her so he tried out for the position, but now it’s super awkward because they’ve broken up and he’s been hired.
We get to see Ha Suk-jin (1% of Anything) as well in the teaser as their short-tempered supervisor. On several occasions, it looks like Go Ah-sung will get a bit of satisfaction facing off with her new boss because the stills show her head-butting him and patting him on the head. The music in the teaser stays upbeat while it shows her navigating her way at the company, from going on a car ride together to eating dinner with her co-workers.
I love that the drama brings eclectic sports into the mix as well from archery to fencing to comically illustrate the friction in the relationship dynamic between Go Ah-sung and Ha Suk-jin. The teaser ends with her firm determination to try really, really hard this time, and she looks optimistically bright despite her terminally ill future.
MBC’s Wednesday-Thursday drama Radiant Office will begin airing after the conclusion of Missing 9.
Via Chosun News
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