DRAMA CLUB: Doctor Stranger 1-2 (1/2)
Welcome to the Doctor Stranger Drama Club! We're so happy to be a part of this drama club and we hope you all enjoy it as much as we do. This drama is already jammed packed with action and drama all in one. Let's get started, shall we?
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: “Doctor Stranger” doesn’t waste time in its first episode. We have a cheeky male lead who is whisked away from South Korea to North Korea, transformed from lawbreaking student to top surgeon, meets a girl, then loses her only to find her again, and is forced to watch his father die. I’m out of breath just typing that out.
Thankfully, the drama is blessed with a couple, played by Lee Jong Suk and Jin Se Yun, that have great chemistry. Thus, in spite of the breakneck pacing, Park Hoon’s commitment to Jae Hee is believable, which is important since this connection is supposedly what drives him to do anything to rescue her.
As to be expected, the show is intense, so what stood out for me in the first episode were the lighter moments. Lee Jong Suk’s first appearance in the show involves bad dancing, replete with body rolls.
We are then treated to the sight of Lee Jong Suk, one of K-drama’s prettiest actors, running under a canopy of cherry blossoms.
Best of all, there is kissing, and it’s pretty dreamy.
Next episode takes the viewers to Budapest, and if the trailers are to be believed, it will feature excitement and stunt biking. I can hardly wait!
Janice: The first two episodes of Doctor Stranger were riveting and fast-paced, just the way I like my k-dramas! I usually binge-watch my shows and have a feeling being forced to wait for new episodes of Doctor Stranger every week will be torture for me.
When I first watched the trailer for Doctor Stranger, I was afraid it would be too melodramatic for my tastes but the first 2 episodes quickly disabused me of that notion. From Hoon dancing to "Tell Me" and telling his classmates that it's a training tool for spies, to bickering with a little girl on the playground over a 500 won coin, there were plenty of comedic moments to lighten the drama. There were sweet moments as well. When Hoon's father gave him a bouquet to take to his date with Jae Hee, my heart got all warm and fuzzy.
This drama also accomplishes an incredible feat in that 30 minutes into the first episode, I'm already rooting for the main leads. I loved the scene where Hoon tells Jae Hee that no two heartbeats are alike.
And it makes it that much more wrenching when Jae Hee sacrifices herself to save Hoon on the bridge in episode 2.
Doctor Stranger has a little bit of everything -- action, comedy, thriller, romance -- with a foreshadowing of revenge thrown in. I can't wait to see how Jae Hee gets reintroduced to Hoon in the coming episodes!
On a side note, with Chun Ho Jin, Kim Sang Joong, and Kim Sang Ho all in this drama, it is reminding me very much of City Hunter. Especially with Kim Sang Joong playing the father and Chun Ho Jin playing the Prime Minister. The plots are obviously very different but it tickled me to see all these actors in one drama again.
June: First off, I am super excited to be a part of this drama club! This will be my second Lee Jong Suk drama that I will have recapped. All I can say is wow! This drama certainly didn't waste time with it's storyline. Right off the bat this drama packs all these feelings. I laughed, I cried and I got scared all in one episode.
I am also very happy with the chemistry between the two lead characters. I instantly fell in love with that couple and I am already rooting for them. Heck, they already shared a kiss and it was only the first episode! Usually in K-Dramas, it takes at least 10 episodes before we get a kiss. On top of that, their kiss was kind of steamy. But all is not well with our lovely couple and it's heartbreaking to watch. I just want them to have a happy ending but I'm not quite sure if our couple will in future episodes.
There were also so many times this drama has already either made me cry or made me want to cry. I wanted to cry so much in the beginning with Hoon's mom telling his dad that she wanted nothing to do with him. I'm like "No! Why are you like this!" and also when Jae Hee was taken away. But what really made me sob like a baby was when Hoon's father was telling him to use the chance to go to Budapest and escape. I could already feel it and I knew his father was thinking of doing something. But when he got shot, I couldn't hold back the tears! It was just so heartbreaking to watch.
Aside from that, I'm really excited to see how Hoon will join the hospital in South Korea and also I can't wait to see him interact will all the second leads. After watching the second half of the second episode, it seems like it'll be very interesting seeing him work at the hospital with everyone else.
What did you all think of the first two episodes of Doctor Stranger? Are you all hooked on it like we are? Comment below and tell us your thoughts!
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