Protect the Boss—The Story of Growth that Yearns for a New Generation
Protect the Boss. Both the boss and the love faced crisis. With the announcement of resignation from CEo Cha, DN Group stepped into the mode of the acting CEO of Shin Sukhee. Jihun who has stepped down from the position in charge of a major affiliate business informs Eunsul of a farewell for a while. The super-secretary Eunsul, who had been pouring out all of her strength “to keep standing without falling to support the weight of it all” in order to protect everyone cannot now help but burst into tears. Protect the Boss has led its story in a bright manner, without any kind of significant suffering or conflict other than Jihun’s panic disorder. However, with its grand finale ahead, it now faces the conclusive crisis. However, this difficulty acts as the conclusive impetus for the young to step over the mud fight of greed and selfishness that the adults “who are only old on the outside” have created and to grow beyond them. The standard that separates the line between immaturity and maturity is the knowing of “shame.”
Muwon, who had planned to live according to the expectations of his mother, learns shame from Eunsul and changes. Likewise, Jihun roars to his father that “at the very least, you must understand this humiliation.” Nayun, instead of her mother, apologizes to Eunsul that she is sorry. It is perhaps not to the degree of a revolutionary overthrow of the old order that the older generation has constructed. But the health of the young generation, no longer powerless, is a shining achievement by Boss. This ideal pursued by Protect the Boss in some ways reminds one of SBS’s City Hall. The innocence of the satire of the two dramas are unable to frontally convey the structural problems of the current politics and the chaebol families. However, the same message – that when one aims for the human being rather than an insignia, there exists the future of the nation – is the virtue the most needed now by this generation, and so moves the heart. In that way, Protect the Boss is indeed a growth story that paints the yearning for a new generation, while wearing the shell of a romantic comedy.