DRAMA CLUB: Doctor Stranger Episodes 5-6 (2/2)
The Doctor Stranger Drama Club is back for round two this week as we talk more in depth on episodes 5 and 6! We hash out theories on the North Korean conspiracy, we chat about the menagerie of women falling at Hoon's feet, and we discuss the developing love triangle between Hoon, Soo Hyun, and Jae Joon. Join us for our round table and share with us what your theories are!
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I really enjoyed episode 5. It featured drama and comedy in equal measure. Unfortunately, I am less enthusiastic about episode 6. I felt that it got dragged down by a storyline that forced Hoon to chase Seung Hee (aka Jae Hee) around. Then, Chang Yi’s poor mother gets dragged into the intrigue at the risk to her health. That’s not entertaining.
June: I enjoyed both episodes but I agree. I was not pleased with Chang Yi’s mother getting involved with this whole situation. Also, Seung Hee just rubs me the wrong way.
Janice: I can see what you’re both saying. Hoon chasing Seung Hee around did get annoying to me too but I enjoyed episode 6 more for the plot-building than anything else. With Comrade Cha conspiring with Seung Hee and Prime Minister Jang, I know we’re setting up for something big, plot-wise, and I’m excited to see how the coming episodes build on that.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Yes, I am interested to see exactly what the North Korean plot is. Initially, I thought they were trying to sabotage the Prime Minister’s impending heart surgery, but he seems to be involved in the plotting. So now, I’m confused.
June: Same. I just can’t believe how shady everyone is. I feel like you can’t trust anyone in this drama. lol
Janice: I had the same thoughts, JK, I thought they were going to sabotage the heart surgery too, but now I think maybe Prime Minister Jang is working with the North Koreans to somehow get rid of the President so that he can ascend to the position. Even as I type this, I’m wondering if I’m bonkers because I don’t know how that would work. But, the whole scenario with Seung Hee being able to prove that the serum she injected into Chang Yi’s mother can control consciousness at will, makes me think that.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I think we can safely assume that Seung Hee is Jae Hee undercover? I appreciate the complexity of her situation, though I question why the North Koreans would trust such an important mission to a person who has every reason to betray them.
June: For me, I’m still confused whether Seung Hee is Jae Hee. I just can’t understand why she would do this mission in the first place but would I be surprised that this is really Jae Hee? Probably not. lol Dramas always pull these stunts all the time.
Janice: I’m assuming that Jae Hee is undercover too and being forced in some way to do this mission in order to protect Hoon (because without the mission, Comrade Cha would just take revenge on Hoon). There are moments in episode 6, where Seung Hee seems to be Jae Hee: she freezes when she sees Soo Hyun being tender with Hoon; the hand fist when Hoon insists on listening to her heartbeat.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: Yes, the drunk scene. The fact that Seung Hee seemed affected by the intimacy between Soo Hyun and Hoon tells me that she is indeed Jae Hee. Plus, she has too many of Jae Hee’s memories. I’m pretty sure it’s her.
Speaking of Soo Hyun, I’m enjoying the sidekick role that she has taken on with Hoon. She was the voice of reason during episode 6 while Hoon was going crazy.
June: I am loving Soo Hyun’s character and the friendship she has with Hoon. I hope the writers keep it as a friendship and don’t force a love line/love triangle. That’s such unnecessary drama and will create more of a mess.
Janice: Exactly, June! I love the shades of warmth to Soo Hyun’s character now, too, but I can see that a love triangle is definitely going to happen. Remember when she crouches down by Hoon, while he’s passed out, and she strokes his cheek? ACK! I was shouting NO so hard in my head.
June: Ah yes, that scene! Sighs. I wish that in dramas it can be possible for a male character and female character to just be friends. lol But that’s too much to ask for.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: I’m okay with Soo Hyun and Hoon developing something beyond friendship. It is understandable when Hoon is putting his career on the line and hiding the reason to protect Soo Hyun. That’s dreamy. What I am cringing at is the show hinting at Chang Yi having feelings for Soo Hyun, too. She calls him “hyung” for goodness sake! That relationship should stay platonic.
Janice: YES, I was just going to say that. Hoon has too many ladies falling for him at the moment.
June: Omg that scene. I was like just great! We might have someone else falling for Hoon too. lol Dang, Hoon just making all these girls fall for him.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: You know, Jae Joon makes it too easy for Hoon. Yes, he is honest about his feelings with Soo Hyun, which is not always the case in K-dramas. Otherwise, Jae Joon is more focused on getting angry at Hoon than helping Soo Hyun. Meanwhile, there’s Hoon smiling, doing surgery for practically free, and possessing amazing doctor skills. What mere hospital department head could compete with that?Janice: Haha, you hit the nail right on the head.
I’ve been dying to talk about Jae Joon. That whole bar scene between him and his co-worker has added another layer to Jae Joon’s cold personality. We knew that he was capable of machinations but I didn’t think he was calculating enough to pretend affections for Soo Hyun in order to become the next chairman of the hospital. But, that metaphor in the bar made me think twice! What do you guys think?
June: Ah Jae Joon. That bar scene just basically confirmed my suspicions about him. Especially that scene when he hugs her and the music changes to a more dark tone and he looks up at the hospital. It’s pretty clear that he still wants the “castle” but I think he also has some real feelings for Soo Hyun. I still think in the end he’d pick being the chairman instead of Soo Hyun.
Janice: I think this is why I’m still so engaged with “Doctor Stranger.” The characters are all multi-layered and there’s an ambiguity to each that keeps us guessing and on our toes. For example, Hoon decides to trust Dr. Choi but can we say that Dr. Choi will turn out to be a good guy? I’m not sure and I love that uncertainty. I’m also glad that, six episodes in, there still aren’t any superfluous characters in “Doctor Stranger” (cross my fingers it stays that way), everyone pretty much advances the plot in some way.
I can’t wait to see what the North Koreans and the Prime Minister have planned for Hoon because he’s most entertaining and endearing when faced with difficult situations.
Jung-gug-eo Kaenada: The show has been good regarding pacing, so I hope “Doctor Stranger” doesn’t dwell on the Jae Hee / Seung Hee mystery for too long. Let’s ramp up the heat between Soo Hyun and Hoon, because the resulting conflict inside Hoon between his love for Jae Hee and his growing attraction to Soo Hyun would be so entertaining.
June: Between some potential new love lines and shady characters, “Doctor Stanger” has been bringing the drama and I can’t help but wait until we get more episodes. I can’t wait to see how all the characters are connected and to also find out more about Seung Hee / Jae Hee. Also, I can’t wait to see more of Soo Hyun and Hoon’s friendship, and more of Jae Joon and Hoon’s rivalry.
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