Having crossed paths before and left a terrible impression on each other, Kim Seo Won and Han Gil Ro enter their first day of training for the National Intelligence Service with tempers raging. Neither yet has what it takes to truly serve their country, but as they train alongside their teammates, being taught the values of the patriots they cautiously aspire to be, the two begin to see each other in a new light. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances and the lies they're forced to tell as a result might ultimately keep them apart -- even as comrades.
7th Grade Civil Servant shows that you can have a great plotline handed to you, with fantastic actors and still manage to mess it up.
The show starts off fairly promising. You have the spy antics (complete with poking fun at common conventios), the idealistic youth and their tough-loving mentors and a mystery that seems intriguing. All complete with good comedy.
And then from there, things go downhill pretty fast. The spies are barely competent as adults, let alone as highly trained agents meant to protect the country. The problems go around in circle after circle after circle ad nauseum, and the conflicts take forever to set up and pay off. Characters change personalities multiple times in one episode. Frankly, it's all pretty head scratching.
The one saving grace is the acting. At some point, it seems even the actors realise how odd the show is and continue to give decent performances for what could easily have been dialed in. Ju Won in particular seems to have fun with it while nailing his character's (far and few) worthwhile moments.
Try it out during a dry spell, but leave any logic at the door.
This was definitely not the follow-up for Ju Won that I was expecting. The drama itself was decent and light-hearted, but had a hard time evoking any emotion from me, whatsoever. I am not sure if it was meant to be a comedy, a romance, an action, etc... I am not sure the drama ITSELF even knew what it was supposed to be. On most accounts, it didn't fit neatly into any category. As for the actors, they did well enough. The chemistry between Choe Gang Hui and Ju Won was credible and the supporting cast did an excellent job interpreting and depicting their characters. I think what this drama lacked the most was a solid script and story line. It's disappointing to see such fine actors in a drama that does nothing to exhibit their true talents.