Welcome to the Doctor Stranger Drama Club! We’re so happy to be a part of this drama club and we hope you all enjoy it as much as we do. This drama is already jammed packed with action and drama all in one. Let’s get started, shall we?
Junggugeo Kaenada: “Doctor Stranger” doesn’t waste time in its first episode. We have a cheeky male lead who is whisked away from South Korea to North Korea, transformed from lawbreaking student to top surgeon, meets a girl, then loses her only to find her again, and is forced to watch his father die. I’m out of breath just typing that out.
Thankfully, the drama is blessed with a couple, played by Lee Jong Suk and Jin Se Yun, that have great chemistry. Thus, in spite of the breakneck pacing, Park Hoon’s commitment to Jae Hee is believable, which is important since this connection is supposedly what drives him to do anything to rescue her.
As to be expected, the show is intense, so what stood out for me in the first episode were the lighter moments. Lee Jong Suk’s first appearance in the show involves bad dancing, replete with body rolls.
We are then treated to the sight of Lee Jong Suk, one of K-drama’s prettiest actors, running under a canopy of cherry blossoms.
Best of all, there is kissing, and it’s pretty dreamy.
Next episode takes the viewers to Budapest, and if the trailers are to be believed, it will feature excitement and stunt biking. I can hardly wait!
Janice: The first two episodes of Doctor Stranger were riveting and fast-paced, just the way I like my k-dramas! I usually binge-watch my shows and have a feeling being forced to wait for new episodes of Doctor Stranger every week will be torture for me.
When I first watched the trailer for Doctor Stranger, I was afraid it would be too melodramatic for my tastes but the first 2 episodes quickly disabused me of that notion. From Hoon dancing to “Tell Me” and telling his classmates that it’s a training tool for spies, to bickering with a little girl on the playground over a 500 won coin, there were plenty of comedic moments to lighten the drama. There were sweet moments as well. When Hoon’s father gave him a bouquet to take to his date with Jae Hee, my heart got all warm and fuzzy.
This drama also accomplishes an incredible feat in that 30 minutes into the first episode, I’m already rooting for the main leads. I loved the scene where Hoon tells Jae Hee that no two heartbeats are alike.
And it makes it that much more wrenching when Jae Hee sacrifices herself to save Hoon on the bridge in episode 2.
Doctor Stranger has a little bit of everything — action, comedy, thriller, romance — with a foreshadowing of revenge thrown in. I can’t wait to see how Jae Hee gets reintroduced to Hoon in the coming episodes!
On a side note, with Chun Ho Jin, Kim Sang Joong, and Kim Sang Ho all in this drama, it is reminding me very much of City Hunter. Especially with Kim Sang Joong playing the father and Chun Ho Jin playing the Prime Minister. The plots are obviously very different but it tickled me to see all these actors in one drama again.
June: First off, I am super excited to be a part of this drama club! This will be my second Lee Jong Suk drama that I will have recapped. All I can say is wow! This drama certainly didn’t waste time with it’s storyline. Right off the bat this drama packs all these feelings. I laughed, I cried and I got scared all in one episode.
I am also very happy with the chemistry between the two lead characters. I instantly fell in love with that couple and I am already rooting for them. Heck, they already shared a kiss and it was only the first episode! Usually in K-Dramas, it takes at least 10 episodes before we get a kiss. On top of that, their kiss was kind of steamy. But all is not well with our lovely couple and it’s heartbreaking to watch. I just want them to have a happy ending but I’m not quite sure if our couple will in future episodes.
There were also so many times this drama has already either made me cry or made me want to cry. I wanted to cry so much in the beginning with Hoon’s mom telling his dad that she wanted nothing to do with him. I’m like “No! Why are you like this!” and also when Jae Hee was taken away. But what really made me sob like a baby was when Hoon’s father was telling him to use the chance to go to Budapest and escape. I could already feel it and I knew his father was thinking of doing something. But when he got shot, I couldn’t hold back the tears! It was just so heartbreaking to watch.
Aside from that, I’m really excited to see how Hoon will join the hospital in South Korea and also I can’t wait to see him interact will all the second leads. After watching the second half of the second episode, it seems like it’ll be very interesting seeing him work at the hospital with everyone else.
What did you all think of the first two episodes of Doctor Stranger? Are you all hooked on it like we are? Comment below and tell us your thoughts!
DRAMA CLUB: Doctor Stranger 1-2 (2/2)
Welcome back to the second post of the Doctor Stranger Drama Club. We are totally hooked on this drama and we hope you all are too! Come join in and see what we had to say about the first two episodes. Let’s go, go, go!
Junggugeo Kaenada: Great. How is everyone enjoying “Doctor Stranger”? Has everyone seen both episodes?
Janice: I just finished episode 2 and wow, I’m hooked already
June: I finished both episodes and it has already given me so many different feels!
Junggugeo Kaenada: I can’t help but back up what I’ve mentioned in my previous post, which is that this is a very fast paced show!
Janice: I agree, I am loving the pace of the first 2 episodes so far. I hope it clips along like this.
June: I like how right off the bat, it’s action packed! I think it was a really good first episode and a good way to start off a drama!
Janice: Me too! I can’t help rooting for Hoon and Jae Hee to not be separated even though that is the inevitable outcome, this early in the drama.
June: I wanted to cry so many times while watching the first 2 episodes!
Janice: Yes, June! When Dr. Park hugged Hoon the morning after Hoon overhears his mom saying he doesn’t want him, I teared up!
June: Yes! I was like “NOOOOOOO poor Hoon” ): and what happened with his father at the end of the first episode. My poor heart couldn’t handle it!
Junggugeo Kaenada: I have to say that I am grateful for the lighter moments when Hoon is his standard obnoxious self.
Janice: There are so many threads to keep track of already.
June: Hoon dancing to “Tell Me” was hilarious!
Janice: Haha, I appreciated the Wondergirls flashback. I think this is why this drama feels so good right now, it knows how to balance the melodrama with comedy.
Junggugeo Kaenada: And, is it surprising that once Hoon is in South Korea, he ends up as a delinquent doctor?
Janice: I was just thinking how to categorize it and it kind of has everything: thriller, revenge, melo…
June: Yeah, I was wondering how he ended up as a delinquent doctor in South Korea!
Junggugeo Kaenada: Janice, it is exciting to have such a roller coaster of emotions, but I do hope the drama settles down.
Janice: It does feel like a little bit of everything right now but I hope they don’t lose the comedy with the drama. It keeps this drama from feeling too heavy which is what I was afraid of before watching.
Junggugeo Kaenada: Yes, Janice, and the pacing tends to slooow down as a drama goes on. So, I’m enjoying the brisk pace while it lasts. If this keeps us, it may start feeling a little psychotic.
Junggugeo Kaenada: Does everyone find the chemistry between the Hoon and Jae Hee believable, given the short amount of time they had to establish it? Surprisingly, I did.
Janice: YES, I was going to say how much I’m rooting for them already. The scene with the heartbeat, I have to say, TOTALLY got me.
June: I was very surprised with how much chemistry they had! I am so rooting for them. I want them to have a happy ending so bad already, though we’ll see how that ends up as the drama goes on.
Janice: The scene with the heartbeat, while hiding, I mean,
Janice: I’m wondering how Hoon will find out about his mother.
June: I was wondering what did end up happening to his mom. Do you all think she was killed?
Junggugeo Kaenada: I am confused by the mother’s about face. One moment, she’s screaming how she doesn’t want Hoon, next, she’s trying to find him. I don’t think she was killed.
Janice: Yeah, and how they’ll resolve her harsh words said in the beginning that spurred Dr. Park to bring Hoon to N. Korea in the first place.
Junggugeo Kaenada: That bodyguard obviously has a soft spot what with the lolly pop obsession thanks to Hoon.
Janice: Those are some damn good lollipops.
Junggugeo Kaenada: I think they want us to think he killed her.
June: True. That bodyguard was kind of awesome with him helping out Hoon.
Janice: I think the Prime Minister thinks the bodyguard probably did away with her.
June: That Prime Minister is so shady!
Junggugeo Kaenada: The Prime Minister is just custom made to be hated, isn’t he?
June: I think so! lol
Junggugeo Kaenada: You can tell that the actor playing the Prime Minister is having fun.
Janice: It’s so strange to see the actor (can’t remember his name) play such an evil character in the Prime Minister. All the dramas I’ve seen him in, he’s been the good guy so my brain is having a hard time reconciling the two, haha
June: I love seeing actors play such different characters. I feel like because we are so used to seeing them as a type of character, so when it does change up, it’s refreshing!
Junggugeo Kaenada: Speaking of playing against type, I think this might be the first time Lee Jong Suk is not playing a teenager?
June: That is true!
Janice: I have to confess, this is my first Lee Jong Suk drama. I still have to watch I Hear Your Voice.
June: Oooh! Enjoy! I personally love his dramas!
Janice: What do you guys think will happen in episode 3?
Junggugeo Kaenada: I hope Hoon will quickly join the hospital, and we can watch him butt heads with the second leads. It will be a lighter source of conflict.
June: As for episode 3, I wish they would give us a preview! We now have to wait until next week for new episodes! I agree I want to see him interact with the second leads already!
Janice: I can’t wait to see how he will be scouted by the hospital.
June: One way I thought of was the doctor that was getting resigned from his spot will recruit him as a part of his team.
Janice: And if it’ll be by Han Jae Joon (Park Hae Jin) or the other doctor.
Junggugeo Kaenada: Yes, I think they are clearly setting up a rivalry between Hoon and the young doctor. Add North Korea into the mix, and it’s excitement all around!
June: So what are you all’s parting thoughts on the first two episodes?
Junggugeo Kaenada: There is so much potential in “Doctor Stranger” based on the first two episodes. They have thrown action, melodrama, and comedy into a fast paced story. It will be interesting to see how a change in setting to the more pedestrian environment of a South Korean hospital will change the feel of the show. Please, more opportunities for bad dancing by Hoon.
Janice: The first two episodes were thrilling to watch, full of heart-stopping moments where I sometimes had to press pause to catch my breath. There were sweet moments as well and I can’t wait to see how Jae Hee comes back into the story so that I can continue rooting for these two!
June: From beginning of the first episode to the end of the second episode, Doctor Stranger has gotten me hooked. This just made me super excited about recapping this drama. I can’t wait to see what they’ll bring to the table and I will be rooting for Hoon and Jae Hee.
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