DRAMA CLUB: Doctor Stranger 15-16 (2/2)
The Doctor Stranger Drama Club revels in satisfaction with episodes 15 and 16, roots for lovelorn Jae Joon, and speculates on Jae Hee's true feelings regarding a Hoon and Soo Hyun coupling.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I sensed a high level of satisfaction with “Doctor Stranger” in Drama Club this past week. Am I right?!
June: I think so! Even though I had some mixed feelings, I strangely enjoyed these episodes this week. I’m not exactly sure why to be honest. I just kind of did. Haha.
Janice: Yes! For me, it was because things were moving along at a quick and steady pace.
June: That’s very true! I also felt like the episodes finally weren’t dragging along.
Janice: Mostly, anyway. I can see the political story line getting woven more tightly into the medical drama, so it doesn’t feel like two separate parts anymore. All the characters are getting equal story time, so it all feels balanced to me. That’s not to say that it isn’t full of problems.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I agree completely, because I am surprised at how satisfied I feel in the aftermath of episodes 15 and 16, considering how angry episode 15 made me while I was watching it.
Janice: What made you so mad?
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: The stupid competition! Once again, they were ready to sacrifice a patient for the sake of the competition to operate on the Prime Minister. They even mislead the patient’s wife and caused her undue worry just so they could create problems for Hoon.
June: I agree completely about episode 15! I wanted to smack my computer screen so many times when I was watching it! So many characters were making me so mad.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Jae Joon was such a villain, using his surgical team to gang up on Hoon for the sake of the competition, and possibly because of personal jealousy regarding Soo Hyun. Yet, I pitied him when Soo Hyun was crying over Hoon on his shoulder, because he was so compassionate towards her. That was just awful.
Janice: I was the same way! I’m not sure I would be as magnanimous if the person I loved repeatedly chose another over me, and then sobbed to me about being rejected. I feel oddly protective of Jae Joon in this week’s episodes and I am surprised by it, because I spent so much of “Doctor Stranger” ambivalent about him. I think his bromance with Hoon in the last few episodes opened up a different side of his character that I really enjoyed watching - he and Hoon were so funny together - and it’s making me root for him hardcore. He’s also the most interesting character to watch right now, in my opinion, and it makes my brain hurt when Soo Hyun acts deplorable around him.
June: It’s like I said in my thoughts for our first post, I did feel bad for Soo Hyun, but then again, I was like, girl, you got to get over it. I miss when Hoon was super in love with Jae Hee at the beginning of the drama. I feel like the writers are pushing the Soo Hyun/Hoon thing too much. Like, wasn’t this drama supposed to partly be about his love for Jae Hee??
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: The writers, and Hoon by extension, appear to have forgotten about his great love for Jae Hee. Though, in episode 15, at least Hoon is no longer acting like a brat towards poor Jae Hee; he has actually matured. Fortunately, Jae Hee has been pretty awesome, taking control of the Prime Minister’s plot, and turning the cheek when it comes to Soo Hyun’s obvious attraction towards her boyfriend.
June: Yeah, I don’t know if I would have acted the same if I was in Jae Hee’s shoes.
Janice: What do you guys think Jae Hee is going to do? I’m not sure if she’s jealous and just suppressing it, or if she is going to step aside, and let Soo Hyun and Hoon be together. Jae Hee reassures Soo Hyun that Hoon will return to where she is, but Jae Hee also tells Hoon that she will return to him when the mission is over. Two conflicting messages!
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I think Jae Hee is ready to sacrifice her happiness in order for Hoon to have a normal life in South Korea. Of course, she feels twinges of jealousy when she sees Hoon and Soo Hyun interact, but then she reminds herself what her ultimate goal is. That would explain why she tells Hoon and Soo Hyun what each of them want to hear.
June: I agree. I feel like in the end somehow Hoon and Soo Hyun will end up together. I honestly just hope that doesn’t mean Jae Hee is literally going to sacrifice herself for this mission.
Janice: I’m torn. I, for the most part, am with you guys in believing that Jae Hee is taking herself out of the equation, but it makes me frustrated that Jae Joon and Soo Hyun won’t be together. I think I’m rooting for him more than anyone else now, even more than Hoon. Is that blasphemous?
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I feel the same way about Jae Joon after this past week. Jae Joon shows an internal conflict that is sorely lacking in Hoon, and I think it makes him a compelling underdog that you want to root for.
Janice: Yes, exactly, and he’s starting to get ensnared in Prime Minister Jang’s machinations. I fear for Jae Joon, because he doesn’t realize that Jang intends for the President to be induced into a coma and that won’t bode well for Jae Joon’s medical career. Whoever ends up operating on the President will be unwittingly committing career-suicide when the President doesn’t recover from his surgery; it would be a malpractice suit of the utmost magnitude wouldn’t it?
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Well, the malpractice suit would bring down Myungwoo Hospital, which was Jae Joon's ultimate goal. In this, Jae Joon has much in common with Jae Hee: they are both willing to sacrifice their future for an objective. Jae Hee is obviously doing it for Hoon. Jae Joon is aiming to avenge his parents. I wonder if Jae Joon and Jae Hee will find out how much they have in common as they operate on the President.
June: I’m with you all, as well. I really want for Jae Joon and Soo Hyun to end up together! I’m seriously rooting for him, and I want him to set up his game and go get her. This Prime Minister literally makes me angry every time he comes onto the screen. I’m starting to wonder how he even became the prime minister in the first place!
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: That Prime Minister is such a despicably petty man that he will not leave Hoon alone, even if Hoon has nothing to do with his ambition. He is still dreaming of revenge instead of focusing on the Presidency.
June: This man really needs to just set out his priorities. lol
Janice: I think he plans to kill Hoon in the end, no matter what he promised Jae Hee, and is waiting for the mission to be done before he acts, or rather, before he sends his bodyguard, Tae Sool to do the job. Tae Sool, of course, will save the day again, like he did when Cha was about to shoot Hoon.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: It took Tae Sool long enough to reveal his support for Hoon. I was beginning to wonder if the writers had forgotten about Tae Sool and Hoon bonding over a lollipop. I am glad that Hoon has more people in his camp other than Jae Hee. It makes the situation feel less desperate.
Janice: I had given up on Tae Sool being on Team Hoon last week so I was cheering ecstatically when Tae Sool finally stepped out of the shadows, and made a move to save Hoon.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: As an aside, did anyone find it strange that the slutty surgeon, Chi Gyu’s sister suddenly appeared? A new character with only four episodes left?! And, the virginal surgeon, Bong Hyun is getting married to the chief anesthesiologist, Min Se? Where did that come from?
Janice: I totally laughed at the screen when Bong Hyun and Min Se abruptly announced their marriage. It was too neat of a way for Jae Hee to be switched over to Jae Joon’s surgical team. But, yes, I wonder what is in store for Chi Gyu and Chang Yi now that his sister has shown up. Is she going to play a part in their romance?
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Well, I noticed that the sister is only combative with her brother. She was very respectful towards Chang Yi. Do we want to see Chang Yi get together with Chi Gyu?
Janice: I don’t, but the writers won’t quit it. If this is really where they are going, they better think fast to make me like Chi Gyu.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: The end is fast approaching, so the writers better make the most of the remaining episodes. What do we hope for in episodes 17 and 18?
Janice: I want the next medical competition to be the last one. With Hoon showing up in the operating room at the end of episode 16, I think he’s going to win this round, and become the surgeon that operates on the President. With only four episodes left, I’m starting to think about my happy endings, who I think deserves one, who I’d be okay with not getting a happy ending though I want them to, and who should just drop off the face of the earth. Obviously, Hoon better get a happily ever after, but the writers still have a lot of convincing to do if that happy ending is with Soo Hyun. I don’t think she deserves Hoon at this point, I still want Jae Hee and Hoon to be together. I’d like to see some strong emotions happening between this couple next week! I want the misunderstanding between Hoon and Jae Joon to clear up, and for the two to exact their revenge on Prime Minister Jang and Chairman Oh, together. Also, I think it’s a shame that Soo Hyun’s half-brother wasn’t more developed. He could’ve been played against Soo Hyun more, and that would’ve centered her story around something other than Hoon.
June: I’m honestly just hoping the end of this drama doesn’t suck. I want no open-ended endings and I want happy endings for everyone. Okay, minus the Prime Minister. He can just go away forever.
Janice: Ha, June, me too!
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: My hopes for the show match up with yours. I would like to see the four leads team up against the Chairman, and the Prime Minister. It would be so satisfying for them to realize how much they have in common, as opposed to fighting each other for the sake of a stupid competition.
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