Sassy Go Go ~ Episode 1 Recap
“You all became competitors rather than friends.”
Alright, it’s time to get my facts straight for honesty’s sake. I started Sassy Go Go strictly because of Jung Eun Ji. I religiously follow her around in her drama attempts like the soil craves for water! I loved her in Reply 1997, That Winter, The Wind Blows and Trot Lovers and the most logical thing to do in my Jung Eun Ji crescendo was to start watching Sassy Go Go and here i am with my eyes wide open as an owl during nighttime and my ears sharper than a squirrel’s teeth.
Sassy Go Go’s pilot episode started off pretty well dare i say and it had a wide variety of elements one could look forward to: from laughter and feels to food for thought at the same time! The school club aspect and part of its quirky aesthetic were breathing a Seonam Girls’ High School Investigators air while at the same time there was a School 2013 and School 2015 tempo playing shyly its tambourine, especially when it comes to the parents and the school’s headmistress. However, when you put all these dramas in the blender along with an unknown ingredient (Sassy Go Go) you get something that may not be that innovative, but it definitely feels highly promising and its first signals point towards the direction that it’s going to gradually captivate me. It already started doing so, but it’s too early to talk about that.
Alright, everything takes place at Sevit High School which is one of these school environments that preserve their status when it comes to high grades and students that attend the elite universities. There’s the Baek Ho cheerleading club which isn’t really a club that lives up to its reason of existence. It consists of the school’s highest ranking students that keep studying and studying in a quest for the first place. However, not everything is flowing well since the Real King club is the school’s dismal song as it consists of the lowest ranking students who emphasize on street dancing! Both clubs are in a turmoil since the students of the first one want to maintain their grades, but the students of the second one prevent them with their loud practice!
A few of Baek Ho club’s standout figures have to be Kim Yeol (Lee Won Geun), Kwon Soo Ah (Chae Soo Bin who was recently in Bluebird House) and Seo Ha Joon (Ji Soo)! Just like it usually happens with elite students in high school dramas, all three come from high class families and even though they have everything life is not as easy as it appears to be for these students who will become tomorrow’s cream of the crop in the world of business. Kim Yeol avoids his father’s phone calls and it simply proves that their relationship isn’t at its finest while his attitude at school is quite argumentative without taking into consideration who’s the one standing in front of him. For some weird reason he likes to present three option for every occasion and i am really curious about that! It feels like a personal algorithm which makes him approach everything with a spherical view while imposing his strongest point with the third option which is always being accompanied by a third step forward!
Ji Soo was depicting a student in Angry Mom, well, now he’s being filtered through a like-minded prism but in reverse since he’s an exemplary student in terms of grades in Sassy Go Go. He remains turbulent as Ha Joon in his own way, but underneath the surface he has to face his own demons since his father abuses him physically for not living up to his utmost expectations. Soo Ah is the school’s number 2 student right behind Kim Yeol’s lead, but in terms of knowledge and temperament she can’t surpass him. Her private tutor doesn’t only partake in expanding her knowledge, she also tries to find illicit methods for her to claim the 1st position of the knowledge hierarchy while at the same time Soo Ah’s mother has great influence at school with the headmistress being her right hand.
Real King consists of Kang Yeon Doo (Jung Eun Ji), Min Hyo Sik (Kim Min Ho) and Park Da Mi (Kang Min Ah)! Well, we mainly witness Yeon Doo from the Real King club for the time being since she’s among the main figures of the drama, but Kim Min Ho whom i recently saw in My Love Eun Dong is a hilarious figure delivering brave amounts of laughter, as for Kang Min Ah whom i saw in Seonam Girls’ High School Investigators i personally have high expectations even though she’s a secondary figure! Everything was flowing well for the Real King club members, except for their grades of course! They are not students who come from high class families, but studying isn’t their strongest card either. Their only joy is to keep on dancing in their practice room which is also the club’s headquarters, but they usually disturb Baek Ho club’s studying harmony. It’s something that either gets answered by cutting off their electricity, listening to classical music as loud as possible or a face to face confrontation.
There are many figures i’ve seen before in this maelstrom of dramas and just like Ji Soo was in Angry Mom, Soo Ah’s mother in Sassy Go Go, Choi Hyun Mi, is being presented by Ko Su Hee, the anti-Disney hilarious yet heartfelt figure in Angry Mom, Han Gong Joo. She’s ruthless and cold and she wants her daughter to become the school’s highest ranking student and she supports her by any means necessary. Park Hae Mi who was School 2013‘s headmistress has a like-minded role in Sassy Go Go as well as Choi Gyung Ran, the school’s headmistress who cares only about the highest ranking students and the school’s status. In Gyo Jin as teacher Im Soo Yong is a grotesque figure, but he still remains the headmistress’ right hand whereas Kim Ji Seok of Angel Eyes and I Need Romance 2 is yet another hilarious teacher, Yang Tae Bum, but he leans towards the students’ direction and he moves around with his stick like a maestro! As opposed to the main vibes the drama’s parents seem to reflect, Yeon Doo’s mother, Park Sun Young (Kim Yeo Jin), appears to be the more down to earth mother who cares about her daughter, but time shall tell! Last but not least, Soo Ah’s tutor is being presented by no other than Kil Hae Yeon whom i recently witnessed in Heard It Through the Grapevine as secretary Yang!
I kept my already condemned ship for the end, i have already started shipping Yeon Doo with her best friend, Ha Dong Jae (Cha Hak Yeon – N of VIXX), who likes basketball but he’s afraid of getting hit and plays carefully! His offense is his strong point whereas he’s not at all a defensive player, but he’s always by Yeon Doo’s side whenever she needs him and an one-sided love seems to be blossoming on his behalf. They just look so cute together and i have decided to ship them even though it’s already a lost case since there’s already electricity between Yeon Doo and Kim Yeol even though they are seemingly opposite characters. But you know what they say, opposites attract one another and while the drama will keep progressing we’ll witness all characters developing solely and through their interactions.
There are many things going on already and the Real King club seems to have reached the end after Soo Ah’s plot to harm Kim Yeol’s grades with an indirect blow. This didn’t have the impact she desired and it mainly harmed her roommate, Yeon Doo who thought she was Soo Ah’s friend but she was nothing more than an implement to bring down Kim Yeol from the first place. After mourning the club’s closure and demonstrating for it to come back to the surface, Yeon Doo eventually exploded inside the music class after being unable to finish her heartfelt interpretation of a song. She wasn’t only focused on Soo Ah according to the value of friendship, she also pointed her arrows towards Kim Yeol and everyone who thinks he/she is someone just because their grades are far greater than hers while she’s at the bottom. Eun Ji simply shone throughout the episode with her quirky or heartfelt projections through Yeon Doo’s figure.
The evening found her bursting in tears in front of her mother and losing herself in thoughts while she was trying to weigh the amount of happiness in her life which was none as opposed to her desire to be finally happy. Everything reached the end the moment Dong Jae with his finger-looking poking stick or whatever told her that she may have lost many points, but he also informed her on something that made her invade Baek Ho club’s library with an application to join them and her intentions are more than vibrant!
I have already fallen for Sassy Go Go’s intentions since it appears to have a lot of things in its drama box, but judging from the first episode and the main cast its focus will be on students. This doesn’t mean that we won’t witness parent-student and teacher-student relationships and the way they affect their lives for better or for worse through pressure or love, indifference or ambitions, physical or mental violence etc. The sparkles of a forthcoming romance have shyly appeared, but Sassy Go go has already revealed a few of its cards which point towards essential aspects of a student’s life such as friendship and solidarity as opposed to faceless and strict competition and an attempt for their thoughts and opinions to actually start being taken into consideration and not being heard from afar while being carried away by the wind. The acting is really strong and many of our figures have already started showing their distinctive characteristics, the cinematography is representative of the drama’s demands in a school environment and i have to admit that i liked the manhwa stills which were freezing some scenes for a few seconds! I am already on board and i hope for the best for Sassy Go Go which didn’t start well at all in terms of ratings. It only reached 2.2% while Six Flying Dragons hit 12.3% and Glamorous Temptation 8.5% in their pilot episodes.