DRAMA CLUB: Doctor Stranger 7-8 (2/2)
The Doctor Stranger Drama Club is back today and we have much more to say about this week's episodes! This week we discuss more in depth about our frustration with the seemingly dragged out storyline of Seung Hee/Jae Hee, Soo Hyun's crush on Hoon and Jae Joon. Let's get started, shall we?
June: So what did you all think of this week’s episodes?
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I was never bored, but I was frequently confused. I also shouted at the screen a lot when things just became too ludicrous.
Janice: I wasn’t as on the edge of my seat with these two episodes. The plots were a little bogged down for me. I was frustrated at the beginning of episode 7 when we had to go through the whole is-she-or-isn’t-she-Jae-Hee thing with the kidneys. But, I also recognize that we had to go through that and the heartbeat scene in order for Hoon to discover that Seung Hee really is Jae Hee and he’s keeping quiet for now to see why Seung Hee/Jae Hee is insisting that she’s not Jae Hee.
June: Yeah, I know we are only about little less than half way through the drama but I feel like it’s getting a little dragged out with the whole Jae Hee identity situation. But overall, I did enjoy watching these episodes. I swear this whole drama is one big conspiracy.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I completely agree about the Jae Hee storyline becoming a bit of a pain, so I just ignored that part of the show. Instead, I was horrified by Hoon’s mood swings from playful and charming, to screaming and crying. I understand that Hoon has been through a lot while working as a doctor in North Korea, but the writers just haven’t created a consistency in Hoon’s character to make these two extremes understandable.
Janice: I feel the same way. I appreciated the scene between Hoon and Dr. Choi for what it revealed to us about Hoon’s emotional life, but Hoon’s outburst rang a little false to me--I just attributed it to bad acting (Sorry, Lee Jong Suk! You’re still blowing me away in this series with all your other scenes!). I am glad to see that Hoon is breaking out of his laid-back shell though, just so that his character can build towards being more dangerous later on when events ramp up. I think it’d be harder to believe that Hoon can take revenge if he remains too cheery.
June: I agree as well. One second he was happy go lucky and then screaming and what not. I wish they would give a more clear bridge between the two.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: The only scene that beat Hoon’s hysterics with Dr. Choi was the baby resuscitation scene. I could not believe what I was watching! I guess the intention was to show that Hoon can be gentle and amazing with babies, but it just looked crazy.
June: I do admire his determination to save the baby but I agree. I couldn’t help think that I don’t think this would have worked in real life at all.
Janice: I think the writers wanted to show us Hoon’s human side, that Hoon cares more about being a doctor - what it truly means to be a doctor, despite the fact that Hoon claims to be a “mad dog,” - than money or title or prestige. I think the writers are trying to contrast Hoon with Chairman Oh and Jae Joon. But, I was pretty disappointed at the contrived circumstance in which the two teams now have to compete to be Prime Minister Jang’s surgeon.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: The teammate swapping became laughable. Are these people actually professionals?
June: Seriously! I couldn't believe it at all. I just keep thinking how can they even be acting this way when they have babies they have to save.
Janice: Yeah, I didn’t believe this scenario at all. This would never happen in a real hospital so I just suspended my disbelief for the sake of the story.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Could you suspend your disbelief at how the Chairman’s daughter has devolved into a teenager with a crush? The way Soo Hyun gets so flustered around Hoon, and then shows clear signs of infatuation in front of her fiancé are disappointing.
Janice: EXACTLY what I was thinking, JK! I was sad to see Soo Hyun’s badass character go downhill. Also, the way the other doctors were claiming that she isn’t even that good of a doctor, that she’s just riding on the coattails of her father, was unbelievable to me, it doesn’t jive with my initial impression of her character at all.
June: This is exactly what I was fearing and I seriously wanted them to just be friends. I really do like her character but I feel like this is basically what her character will be all about from here on out.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Do we even know who Hoon loves anymore? It seems that he pines for a memory more than any real person. I do not sense any depth to his flirtations with Soo Hyun, and he does not have the same connection with Seung Hee as he did with Jae Hee, in spite of the fact that they are the same person.
Janice: I think Hoon is still as single-mindedly focused on Seung Hee/Jae Hee but is respecting her wish to stay concealed. In that scene in the café, with Soo Hyun, Chang Yi, and Seung Hee, it’s so obvious that Hoon knows Seung Hee is Jae Hee and is purposely goading her by answering Soo Hyun’s questions about Jae Hee, while facing Seung Hee directly. I think he’s changing his tactics, knowing that Jae Hee is choosing this assumed identity for a specific reason and is trying to figure out why. Look at how he had Chang Yi tail Seung Hee.
June: Wouldn’t it be crazy if at the end of this drama he ended up with neither Seung Hee/Jae Hee or Soo Hyun. I highly doubt that outcome though.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: How about Hoon ending up with Jae Joon? Because, if Hoon climbs to the top of the hospital hierarchy, Jae Joon will need to cozy up to him to achieve his goal of taking over the hospital.
Janice: HAHAHA. I am all for the bromance. Bring it!
June: OMG! I’m all for that! It would be hilarious to watch considering Jae Joon’s obvious dislike towards Hoon.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: June, it’s just the typical hate turns to love storyline.
Janice: What do you guys think about Jae Joon’s back story?
June: I had a feeling there was more to him that we were led to believe. He seems very determined to get his revenge.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I feel that it fails to make Jae Joon a more sympathetic character given that his insidious plan to destroy the hospital involves misleading Soo Hyun about his feelings and intentions. His cold and calculating ways over the previous six episodes are not easily forgotten just because we find out that he was orphaned by the hospital’s negligence.
Janice: I don’t think it makes Jae Joon a more sympathetic character, either, but I think it does serve to make his motivations stronger, that he’s more than just someone who’s out to be the next chairman of the hospital. I knew that lawsuit was going to come back into the story somehow, and as soon as Dr. Choi mentioned an orphan, I was like: Ah, that is where they are taking Jae Joon’s character. But at the same time, this is a very common trope in dramaland and I hope the show takes on a more creative arc with Jae Joon and that it’ll add to the storyline instead of bogging it down.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: It will be hard to predict given the plot twists that have happened thus far, but what are your hopes and predictions for next week’s episodes?
Janice: The parts that I really enjoyed this week were the scenes having to do with the North Korean-Prime Minister Jang conspiracy. I’m just dying to find out what it is that the prime minister has planned. I can’t wrap my head around a reason that the North Koreans would work with a South Korean official unless it is to destabilize the South Korean government. But, how does Hoon fit into that? I had said before that Prime Minister Jang must be working on a scheme to be the next president but I am not sure how wanting Hoon to be his cardiac surgeon makes that possible.
June: I hope for next week they flush out more about this Seung Hee/Jae Hee situtation. As I said before, it’s starting to drag out a bit and I think it’s time to explain more about her. I’m also interested to see what the Prime Minister has planned and how Hoon and the North Koreans are involved.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: You two both have the right idea, so how about I hope for something so wrong that it might be right: Hoon and Jae Joon shipping. If Hoon fails to have any heat with either of the two female leads, we can at least count on the laser hot stares between him and Jae Joon.
Janice: Let’s see some backhugging between Hoon and Jae Joon!
June: Haha! The writers need to do pick up on this love line!
What do you all think will happen in next week's episodes? Do you all also feel like the Seung Hee/Jae Hee situation is being dragged out?
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