DRAMA CLUB: Doctor Stranger 19-20 (1/2)
Well everyone, this is it, this is the last week of the Doctor Stranger Drama Club! We've all had a fun time, despite our disappointment with some of this drama. We went through ups and downs, some major disappointments, and not to mention some frustration! Join us for our last week and see if you agree with our thoughts on the drama's final episodes.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: We have finally come to the end of the disappointing and frustrating "Doctor Stranger". The series became all about an amoral, and ultimately unnecessary, competition to operate on a President who turned out to be just as despicable as the villainous Prime Minister.
Jae Joon's long march to vengeance ends in a misfire. He destroys his future only to save the life of the Chairman who has been his target, for the love of the Chairman's daughter, Soo Hyeon. Jae Joon is unceremoniously ushered out of the story at the beginning of episode 19, then conveniently trotted back in towards the end of episode 20.
Soo Hyeon takes over for her father as head of Myoungwoo Hospital, but still ends up looking incompetent. After finding Jae Joon standing over her father, she refuses to give Jae Joon the benefit of the doubt or try to understand him. It takes her father, of all people, to change her mind about Jae Joon. She is left spluttering about not knowing that Jae Joon had saved her father when she might have found out if she bothered to ask questions. Later, she lets the President and Prime Minister run roughshod over the hospital, and is completely ignorant about what is going on in her operating room. Only the presumption of Hoon’s death allows Soo Hyeon to get over him, and she seems to settle for Jae Joon in the end.
Jae Hee is finally honest with Hoon about her feelings, and works with Hoon just as he had proposed early on. Unfortunately, their plan hinges on the President who turns out to be stupid and amoral. He absolves the Prime Minister for trying to murder him, then goes back on his word to protect Hoon and Jae Hee, the very surgeons who saved his life.
Hoon and Jae Hee are at the mercy of the Prime Minister when he is shot by the North Korean agent, back from the dead and finally useful. Hoon and Jae Hee find themselves charged with saving the Prime Minister’s life. Everyone from the spineless President to Jae Hee is ready to allow the Prime Minister to die on the operating table. Everyone except Hoon who has never met a patient he did not want to save.
Hoon’s consistency of character has become an annoying habit, because he is so focused on the small picture (saving whoever is on the operating table) that he is oblivious to the wider scope of political machinations. Jae Hee has had to shoulder the responsibility of looking out for his safety for the majority of the series so that Hoon may maintain his integrity.
However, we can give Hoon credit for not repeating the bridge dangling scene of the very first episode. This time, after escaping from the Prime Minister and being shot by the North Korean agent, Hoon refuses to let go of Jae Hee. They both go tumbling into the water, but no body is found so, of course, Hoon and Jae Hee survived. Hoon seems genuinely happy to be reunited with Jae Hee in the end. It all felt predictable and anticlimactic, but “Doctor Stranger” is finished, and that’s good enough for me.
Janice: The last two episodes of "Doctor Stranger" felt like a mad dash towards the finish line. The upside to all this is that this week's events unfolded in a relatively straightforward manner.
After bursting into her father's office and finding Jae Joon standing over her father's body, Soo Hyun assumes that Jae Joon wants her father dead and tells him to leave and never come back. She also tells Jae Joon that she'll never forgive him for what he did to her father. Hoon, however, knows the truth and urges Jae Joon to tell Soo Hyun that he gave her father CPR, saving his life. Jae Joon refuses, confessing that he can't forgive himself for hurting Soo Hyun.
Chairman Oh wakes up and tells Soo Hyun the truth, prompting Soo Hyun to realize her mistake and run out of the hospital after Jae Joon. But, she is too late, much to my disappointment. I wanted Soo Hyun to catch Jae Joon to tell him how wrong she was, and to apologize for not realizing how much he's been there for her. Their miscommunication is made all the more frustrating because Jae Joon gave up his revenge for her.
Meanwhile, Hoon confronts Jae Hee for lying to him about when she learned the truth about her father's death. Jae Hee continues to deny her love for Hoon, but Hoon pushes at the truth until Jae Hee breaks down and admits how painful it has been pretending to hate him. These two finally have their moment to be honest with each other and we can finally rejoice that they're together. It's sweet and pleasing, especially when Hoon's mother joins the picture and they all have dinner together. This is the life that Jae Hee and Hoon were supposed to have if Prime Minister Jang hadn't meddled in their lives and made it so tragic.
In an effort to derail Prime Minister Jang, Hoon and Jae Hee tell the President about the conspiracy around him but get the shock of their lives when the President forgives Prime Minister Jang and allows him to keep his position. I couldn't believe this was happening. How absurd is it that the President would keep his would-be murderer close to him and then think the informants who told him about the conspiracy would be safe working with that would-be murderer?! It doesn't make sense at all!
However, a surprise comes in the form of Comrade Cha. The North Korean agent is alive despite being shot, and he surprises Prime Minister Jang and shoots him in his car. The Prime Minister is then rushed into surgery with Hoon at the operating table. Jae Hee and Tae Sool both urge Hoon to consider a table death but Hoon is adamant about his ethics. Hoon saves the Prime Minister and consequently, he and Jae Hee are both on the run for their lives.
Unfortunately, Comrade Cha catches them as they are running over a bridge and shoots Hoon. Like the beginning of the drama, Hoon is again, desperately holding onto Jae Hee while she is dangling over the side of the bridge. This time around however, Hoon decides to jump over the bridge and into the river with Jae Hee. Chang Yi and Soo Hyun arrive at the scene in time to watch them fall into the river and Hoon and Jae Hee are presumed dead.
After a time jump of one year, Chang Yi is warming up to Chee Gyu, Jae Joon is back to apologize to the Chairman for what he did, and Hoon is miraculously alive. We find out that Jae Hee has been in China for the past year and is to be reunited with Hoon through Jae Joon's help. Their reunion is witnessed by Soo Hyun and Jae Joon, and it seems these two will get their happily ever after too. I'm glad, I've been rooting for this couple for forever and I'm happy to see them together at last!
The end of "Doctor Stranger" felt bittersweet. I've spent so much time with these characters that it's sad saying goodbye, but at the same time, this drama was very flawed and the last two episodes were no different. It felt like the writers were rushing us towards a conclusion and I wish they would've taken more time in the previous episodes to flesh out the situations in this week's episodes. However, I've enjoyed my time watching and talking about "Doctor Stranger" and I'll remember it for the episodes that I loved.
June: Well there we have it everyone. The finale of "Doctor Stranger" and honestly, I just couldn't wait for this mess of a drama to be over. I was so disappointed with how this drama turned out, that I'm probably not going to miss watching this. I felt like this drama had me wanting to throw my computer out of the window so many times! From very shady people to some bad acting, I couldn't help but wonder with made me more frustrated.
I seriously could not believe that at the end, the President would just go an forgive the Prime Minister. Like are you kidding me right now?! He was almost put into a coma and was going to be killed by that man. Like it makes no sense to me whatsoever that he would just let it go. Another thing I couldn't fathom was Hoon trying to save the Prime Minister. This man ordered for you to be killed in North Korea, locked you out of the embassy when North Korea was after you AND then tried to kill you back in South Korea. I seriously would be holding a massive, gigantic grudge no that man if he did those things to me. But of course, this is a drama and most dramas don't have any logic. Plus, I guess it would have made Hoon feel guilty, given the types of things he had to do back when he was at medical school in Pyongyang.
Also, of course Comrade Cha ended up being alive, because you know he won't go down that easily. If there is one thing that I actually did like about these last few episodes, it was the scene of Jae Hee, Hoon and Comrade Cha at the bridge. It just brought be back to the earlier episodes and it reminded me of how much I had actually liked this drama before it went downhill for me. I also liked that this time Hoon didn't let go and he went down into the river with Jae Hee. As Jae Joon and Soo Hyun, I was glad she was able to forgive him and it seems like they ended up with their happy end. I'm surprised and kind of glad that they didn't force Hoon's affection towards Soo Hyun in the end because that would have just made things way, way too rushed. Also, I'm surprised that Jae Hee actually lived! I had had a feeling that she wasn't going to make it in the end.
Time flew by while doing this drama club and I sincerely had so much fun with the other drama club members. Even though I was disappointed with this drama, I do look forward for more of Lee Jong Suk's dramas. Goodbye, Doctor Stranger!
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