DRAMA CLUB: Doctor Stranger 13-14 (2/2)
Welcome back to the Doctor Stranger Drama Club! We are all having mixed feelings about this week's episodes and are trying to keep it light with some of our favorite moments, but also some of our not so favorite moments. Come in and see if you agree with some of our thoughts on the drama so far.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I am beginning to feel as schizophrenic as the characters of “Doctor Stranger”. One week, I’m loving the show. The next, I’m shouting at the screen in frustration. Unfortunately, this week had moments to love, but was mostly the latter.
Janice: I agree, I don’t feel connected to any of the characters anymore because they have been so inconsistent with their actions and attitudes. The plot has had no linearity either. I feel like most of this week’s episodes were just filler because we ended up right back where we started.
What moments did you love?
June: I agree completely! I had very mixed feelings about this week’s episodes. I am seriously starting to wonder where the writers are taking this drama. I just miss the feeling this drama had from the beginning of it, you know?
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Yes, good idea: let’s start with the few positive things that we can think of. I loved the return of the gangster and his goons who Hoon hires to find the surgeon in hiding. But, then, like you said, the entire enterprise was moot, because they didn’t need him to bring about an apology for the family of the malpractice victim.
I also liked the friendly interaction between Hoon and Jae Joon. The scene where Jae Joon declares Hoon’s coffee the worst he has ever tasted, and an outraged Hoon defends his coffee only to spit it out and stamp on it, was hilarious. Again, this relationship was completely retracted when Jae Joon finds out who Hoon’s father is, and becomes a cold and vengeful robot again.
Janice: I loved those two moments too! The gangster scene might’ve been the funniest scenario out of both episodes. The most memorable scenes to me were Jae Hee - I love how she took control of the situation, from overpowering Comrade Cha to derailing Prime Minister Jang’s plans to blackmail Hoon - and the scene between Hoon and Jae Hee where he finds out what the Prime Minister is up to. Someone finally insists on what the master plan is! My absolute favorite though, was the bromance and I was so sad to see the developing relationship between Hoon and Jae Joon disintegrate so fast. I wonder why Sean Zhang gave Jae Joon some false information? Is he going to turn out to be a conspirator too? Did you think Jae Joon was being manipulated?
June: My personal favorite part of the episodes was where Hoon and Jae Joon were starting to get along but of course it isn’t going to last long. Is it so hard to ask for them to just be friendly with each other without having some useless drama. But of course, it wouldn’t be a K-Drama if it didn’t have those elements! Haha
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I just assumed that Sean Zhang was fed inaccurate information. But, it doesn’t excuse Jae Joon’s reaction to the information. Instead of talking with Hoon, he decides to return to plans of revenge.
Janice: Haha, your interpretation seems more plausible than mine. I immediately pounce on the conspiracy theories! But, you’re wholly right, it was head-banging how Jae Joon just jumped to conclusions.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Lack of communication is an ongoing issue, since it is destroying Hoon’s relationship with Jae Hee, as well. If he had bothered to ask Jae Hee about the experiences that lead her to South Korea, or Jae Hee had volunteered that information, then we wouldn’t have had to watch Hoon screaming at Jae Hee like he was having a tantrum.
Janice: I was upset with Hoon’s 180 about-face in this week’s episodes, too. The whole premise of “Doctor Stranger” revolves around Hoon not being able to live without Jae Hee so to see him yell at her and not trust her when she is trying to save both their lives is a little absurd. The relationship between Hoon and Jae Hee has been feeling distant lately and I truly thought the writers were going to pair Hoon with Soo Hyun in the end, because that seemed to be the direction they were going in, but then the writers did another 180 turn and HoonHee (can I call them HoonHee?) are back together again.
June: I’m really confused as I said before about what the writers are even thinking about with this drama. Like I thought this was supposed to be all about Hoon and his undying love for Jae Hee but it seems weird now. It just doesn’t seem like it has lost it’s main premise and storyline.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I’m not sure who Hoon likes anymore. As you said, he seems disconnected from Jae Hee, and not just because he doesn’t trust her. He doesn’t seem to think about her much, period. And, with Soo Hyun, Hoon appears indifferent towards her. She is completely humiliating herself with her obvious, girlish crush on him, and he can only admire her professional improvement. Ridiculous.
Janice: I’m sad that “Doctor Stranger” doesn’t pass the Bechdel test, it had seemed so promising in the beginning with Soo Hyun kicking her half-brother’s butt, and I agree with you, J.K., I’m also disappointed that Soo Hyun has devolved into a simpering miss. Where’s her spine?!
What do you think of the reveal of the political shenanigans that Prime Minister Jang is trying to pull off? I think “Doctor Stranger” is leaning away from its political storylines and moving towards focusing on Jae Joon’s revenge. I don’t see what else the writers can wring from this plot point.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: The Prime Minister’s plot has finally been revealed. So, it is actually the President’s heart that needs an operation, and they are going to blackmail Hoon, using her girlfriend and mother, into killing the President. With such a ludicrous plot, I am all for focusing on Jae Joon’s revenge. At least, the revenge plotline will stay safely within the confines of Myungwoo Hospital and reality.
Janice: I couldn’t follow the logic of Hoon and Jae Hee’s roles in the plot either. Instead of Jae Hee taking on another identity to trick and entice Hoon, and the Prime Minister holding Lee Mi Sook, Hoon’s mother, hostage all these years, why not just force Jae Hee to carry out Prime Minister Jang’s plan by threatening her with Hoon’s life? Because we sure have come to this same conclusion in a very roundabout way. I know we’re supposed to suspend our disbelief and all, but in order to do so now, I have to assume that these puppetmasters are dim lightbulbs.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Yes, that would be much more efficient than hiding a woman in a mental hospital for 20 years, and trying to find a woman who looks strikingly like Jae Hee, who actually turns out to be Jae Hee.
June: All in all, there pretty much isn’t any logic in this. While I was glad we found out what the whole plan was, I was super disappointed in how everyone was involved and what not.
Janice: As I said before, I think I’m done with expecting anything out of “Doctor Stranger.” I’ve accepted that it’s not going to be the fantastic drama that it had promised to be and I’m content to see what other crazy the writers are going to throw at us. Actually, I’m kinda really looking forward to how much more absurd they will make “Doctor Stranger”. I’ll be really surprised if the coming episodes makes some sort of brilliant sense and ties the two parts together so I just want the writers to throw the book at “Doctor Stranger,” make it as crazy as all get-out.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Like Soo Hyun, I will reminisce selectively about the parts of “Doctor Stranger” that I loved. However, I also hope that they ramp up the absurdity in the coming episodes, since I fear that “Doctor Stranger” is destined to be a hot mess of a show with plot holes galore and inconsistent characters. Let’s embrace the crazy if it comes rushing at us, because a worst case scenario at this point would be boredom.
June: I completely agree with you all. I have come to accept that “Doctor Stranger” is not going to be the amazing drama I thought it was and have definitely lowered my expectations as the weeks go by. I think that will be the only way I can somewhat enjoy the rest of this drama.
Janice: Shoot for the moon, writers! Give us all the ridiculousness you can think of!
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