DRAMA CLUB: Doctor Stranger 11-12 (2/2)
It's round two of the Doctor Stranger Drama Club! Join us as we continue chatting about Jae Joon's transformation, splitting the ship between Hoon and Soo Hyun, and gathering our hopes for Doctor Stranger in the coming weeks. We still have half of this show to go, what are your thoughts for the rest of Doctor Stranger?
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I was very pleasantly surprised at how the “Doctor Stranger” writers redeemed themselves with episodes 11 and 12. Good work, writers!
June: I was pleased with these episodes. I was very glad that I wasn’t disappointed like last week.
Janice: Hahaha, I have to laugh for a minute. As I guessed, I am in the minority again.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Oh no! Before June and I start gushing, why don’t you outline why you are disappointed with this week’s episodes?
Janice: I appreciated the writers trying to bring the humor back, I really did, but it just didn’t work for me. It felt too forced, but that may be because the humor was of a different sort this week, more goofy and cheesy. I think I’m missing the sense of humor because there is a lack of juxtaposition of grimness and severity that would make the humor stand out more. Also, all the events were very predictable this week and I was disappointed in that. However, I did like the last half of episode 12, so I should let you guys gush about the beginning.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I agree that the wackiness was jarring after all the angst of last week. I guess I was just so relieved to have charming and funny Hoon back that I didn’t want to question it too much. Just like Chang Yi; I’ll take his apology and run with it.
Janice: Haha, I can see that. I think I’m hoping for more of Hoon’s obnoxiousness to come back. He gave in too easily in this week’s episodes. But, I guess you can’t really do much when the life of the person you love is continually being threatened.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Admittedly, I find Hoon’s breezy attitude towards the precarious situation that he and Jae Hee find themselves in inconsistent.
June: It really is inconsistent. His mood swings and attitudes are so weird. Haha.
Janice: Yes! Inconsistency, that’s what this weeks episodes felt like. I may be repeating myself, but I thought we were on track to finally getting more reveals about the political espionage but we spent episodes 11 and 12 watching Hoon and Jae Joon play a game of are-they-going-to-operate-are-they-not-going-to-operate? And, why are they pushing Hoon and Soo Hyun together?! Everyone’s characters are starting to feel muddled to me.
June: That’s one thing I still don’t like about this drama. I really, really hate this competition. People’s lives should not be put on the line for this stupid competition.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Although, in this second round of the competition, it does feel like the patient is more of the focus than in the first round. Hoon is just doing his thing, manipulating the system to help the disadvantaged. What is different is Jae Joon finally realizing that preventing a repeat of the malpractice tragedy that sent him on the war path is more important than his plans of revenge.
Janice: I was extremely happy to see Jae Joon’s humanity in episode 12, when he was torn between exacting revenge or operating on the patient, it made him more interesting to watch because he realizes he’s being a hypocrite.
June: True! What did you all think about The Chairman telling Soo Hyun to get engaged to Jae Joon?
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I instantly thought, “What a terrible idea.” The Chairman obviously does care for his daughter, so he has no idea of the emotional hell he is sending her down by encouraging her to commit to Jae Joon. Thankfully, Soo Hyun is having second thoughts while crushing on Hoon, which is definitely more entertaining than any mere engagement.
June: I seriously laughed a bit when that happened. I was like you’re essentially trying to hitch your daughter with the man who wants to destroy your hospital but alright. You do you, boo boo.
Janice: Ohhh, but I do want Jae Joon and Soo Hyun to end up together. Because I can’t see her and Hoon together at all. The Chairman’s meddling exasperates me because he exasperates me, but I want to see Jae Joon and Soo Hyun find their own way to each other.
June: Like Soo Hyun said, Jae Hee is the only one in Hoon’s heart. I don’t think Soo Hyun and Hoon will ever get together. I just want to see more friendship between them.
Janice: I agree, I want their friendship to develop.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: They are already the perfect siblings. I mean, there was nothing remotely sexual about Hoon forcefully massaging Soo Hyun’s scalp to prevent hair loss and Soo Hyun grabbing his permed hair to match.
June: LOL exactly! I saw that more of BFF/sibling interactions, to be honest. I wonder if they are going to try to make Chang Yi and that other hospital guy a thing. I can never remember his name! Haha
Janice: Chi Gyu? I think? His character is annoying me so much!!!! Grrrrrrr. I don’t even have words, he’s one character that is superfluous, in my opinion.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: True, I have ignored slutty Chi Gyu thus far, but I like watching Chang Yi punish him. It’s about time someone stopped feeding his libido.
June: Yes! Seriously does he even do work-related stuff while at the hospital!?
Janice: Well, he sure is learning the female anatomy very well.
Janice: I have one question: Do you guys think the whole Seung Hee/Jae Hee identity has finally been put to rest? I was surprised, reading all the comments on the blogosphere about last week’s episodes, that people still weren’t sure that Seung Hee is Jae Hee. I thought it was very conclusive in episodes 9 and 10.
June: Probably not, only because the writers are so unpredictable at times. But I’m about 95% sure they’ll bring it up again somehow later in the drama.
Janice: I don’t know. I think it’s done.
June: Honestly, I hope it’s done. They dragged that out for too long and I was getting sick of it. Haha.
Janice: Me too, I was just curious what you both thought. I’m wondering why there are doubts that Seung Hee is Jae Hee when she admits it, Hoon admits it, and Comrade Cha admits it. Am I missing something?
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I am glad they put the Jae Hee identity mystery to rest, and I was also happy to get a reprieve from the Prime Minister’s incoherent scheming. There is enough to worry about in the hospital between Hoon, Jae Joon and the Chairman without having to bring in external political intrigue.
Janice: The political intrigue is feeling weak right now anyway, with the citizens not reacting at all to the nuclear testing, and the bodyguard saying to Cha that North Korea just cares about the money, who cares who does the surgery? I am so confused about where the writers are going with this, they probably don’t know either or we’d have gotten more clues this week, I think.
June: I just can’t wait until this whole Prime Minister business is over, though it’s probably going to go on until the final episode.
Janice: What do we want to see happening next week?
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I am happy to have Jae Joon and Hoon join forces against the Chairman and, maybe, even the Prime Minister. It has made both characters more compelling to give Jae Joon a conscience and Hoon a hurdle that he can’t charm his way out of. And, I hope Soo Hyun grows out of her girlish crush.
June: I hope next week’s episodes continue to not disappoint me. I definitely want to see more of Hoon and Jae Joon working together against the Chairman. At this point, the Chairman has gotten on my last nerve along with the Prime Minister. I also pray the writers do not bring up the Jae Hee situation. We are done with that!
Janice: I absolutely agree with you both! And, can we have more canoodling between Dr. Moon and Hoon, please?
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