Unrequited Feelings Intensify in ‘Star Struck’ Episodes 1-2

Yearning in silence for your feelings to be reciprocated by someone, particularly when that someone is a long-time friend, can be an incredibly agonizing experience.

Star Struck‘ follows the story of Seo Han Joon’s enduring unreciprocated feelings for his close friend, Jo Yoo Jae. Since their middle school days, they have shared a strong bond and a dream of attending the same university. Han Joon is content with being by Yoo Jae’s side and is held back by fear of expressing his feelings. When Han Joon decides to reveal his true thoughts and feelings, their uncomplicated love takes an unexpected turn. Find out through the following episodes how their love story will unfold:

 

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. Read at your own risk!

 

Episode 1: Meteor Shower

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The younger versions of Yoo Jae and Han Joon meet at a playground, where they talk about the stars and the meteor shower the other had a chance to come upon. Yoo Jae’s younger self bestows upon him his luck so that Han Joon could also witness one. This sparks the start of their friendship that continues till later. In the present, Yoon Chae Young seeks Seo Hanjoon’s help in getting closer to Jo Yoo Jae. With graduation approaching, she hopes to get closer to Yoo Jae and turns to Hanjoon for support since the two are close. She asks about his type, but Han Joon brushes off the question—advising her to focus on her studies instead. After returning from a basketball game, Yoo Jae notices Chae Young and Han Joon being close. Chae Young swiftly refutes any idea of her and Han Joon being a couple wherein Yoo Jae follows up that it should be that way, jokingly implying his ‘relationship’ with Han Joon. He quickly redirects the conversation by expressing concern for Chae Young’s well-being, having noticed her being sick during the mock exam, which she misinterprets as Yoo Jae being interested in her. Later on, Han Joon advises Yoo Jae not to do things he doesn’t truly mean to Chae Young because he knows she has feelings for him, but Yoo Jae responds by questioning who says he doesn’t mean it.

After class, they talk about Yoo Jae’s academy and Han Joon’s contemplation of studying there for three months. Yoo Jae asks if Han Joon’s mom gave him permission, to which he explains that he is currently supporting himself by working part-time at a boxing gym. The boxing gym director offers Han Joon an increase in his regular salary if he agrees to spend 30 minutes each day hitting the punching bag. Han Joon appreciates this gesture, considering his mother’s recent job in the insurance industry. Meanwhile, Yoo Jae’s parents argue about his father’s unemployment so Yoo Jae feels relieved when he receives a text from Han Joon asking about the academy’s placement test. Yoo Jae guarantees that his skills will ensure his placement in the first class. Expressing his frustration with the situation at home, Yoo Jae confides in Han Joon, stating that he’s tired of it all. In a comforting gesture, Han Joon suggests going to the playground but Yoo Jae assures him that he will be okay. 

Han Joon is later placed in first class in the academy, there he meets Park Jin Hwan who is reluctant to speak to him after noticing the scratch on Han Joon’s cheek. Han Joon clarifies that it is a result of his part-time job in boxing and they later bond over the sport. Han Joon becomes aware of Jin Hwan’s one-sided crush on Chae Young. His suspicions are confirmed when Jin Hwan discreetly passes him a note, inquiring about Chaeyoung’s feelings towards Yoo Jae. They spot Yoo Jae and Chaeyoung engaged in a conversation in the second class. Jin Hwan repeats his previous question, seeking confirmation, but Han Joon admits that he doesn’t have all the answers, despite being Yoo Jae’s closest friend. Han Joon and Yoo Jae later share an intimate moment at home when Yoo Jae falls asleep on Han Joon’s shoulder while studying.

 

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Episode 2: MBTI

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After spending time together outdoors, Chae Young creates a group chat with Han Joon, Yoo Jae, and Jin Hwan since they have been meeting up often. Upon returning home, Yoo Jae finds his mother drinking soju. Concerned about their financial situation, he suggests the idea of dropping out of the academy to use the money towards covering half of their rent. His mother insists that he should continue, given that he has already registered for three months. Despite her reassurances, Yoo Jae remains anxious about their circumstances. At the academy, Yoo Jae catches Han Joon eating burdock root alone. Noticing that Han Joon has no interest in the food, Yoo Jae playfully takes it away. Expressing his fondness for the food, Yoo Jae proceeds to feed Han Joon, creating a heartwarming moment between the two friends. After, Han Joon engages in a conversation with Yoo Jae regarding MBTI after witnessing him talking to Jin Hwan, who is inquiring about Chaeyoung’s MBTI to assess their compatibility. Han Joon asks Chae Young directly about her MBTI in their group chat, prompting Yoo Jae to warn him about Jin Hwan potentially getting upset since he initially approached Yoo Jae. Han Joon gets angry at Yoo Jae for helping Jin Hwan when he knows that he and Chaeyoung are having a fling. Yoo Jae claims he didn’t know about their relationship, but Han Joon insists that Yoo Jae should never mention Jin Hwan in front of him again.

Ingyu, Chae Young, Yoo Jae, and Jin Hwan discuss the reason why Han Joon suddenly asked about Chae Young’s MBTI on the group chat, not knowing it was Jin Hwan who wanted to know, and Han Joon was merely a witness to the conversation between Yoo Jae and Jin Hwan. Yoo Jae and Jin Hwan then have a conversation where they talk about when and why Jin Hwan started liking Chae Young. Yoo Jae also admits that he has feelings for someone. Jin Hwan shares that he prefers keeping his one-sided crush a secret rather than risking rejection. Before heading home, they make a brief stop at Yoo Jae’s part-time job.

On his way home, Yoo Jae comes across Han Joon who has been waiting for him. Han Joon suggests eating together, but Yoo Jae reveals that he has already eaten as the director treated him to a meal along with Jin Hwan. This sparks anger in Yoo Jae, causing him to speak hurtful words and Han Joon warns Yoo Jae to refrain from speaking in that manner. The next day, Yoo Jae ignores Han Joon at school.

 

Writer’s Thoughts:

The two episodes were filled with tension as we get to know each character’s hidden feelings. Although, with Yoo Jae, we’re still unable to confirm if his feelings for Chae Young are genuine when he clearly gets upset over the growing friendship between Jin Hwan and Han Joon. We’ll find out whether he’s jealous because his best friend is getting taken, or it’s his hidden love for Han Joon in the next episodes. Also, will Han Joon confess, or will he stay satisfied with his feelings being a secret like Jin Hwan?

 

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