Jae Joon and Hoon know all about having a bad taste in one’s mouth.
DRAMA CLUB: Doctor Stranger 13-14 (1/2)
itsjunemarie on Thu, Jun 19, 2014
Welcome back to this week’s Doctor Stranger Drama Club! This week was full of bromances, curry, and political nonsense! We can’t wait to see what you all think of this week’s episodes and see if you all agree with some of the thoughts we had. Let’s get started!
Janice: “Doctor Stranger” is jumping all over the place and a lot has happened in this week’s episodes, but I can’t see any linearity in its plot anymore. I think I’ve given up on expecting anything from “Doctor Stranger” and am just going to accept it for whatever it becomes.
Three things I did enjoy from this week’s episodes were: Jae Hee, curry, the heartwarming bromance, curry, the plot to assassinate the South Korean President, and curry. I might have to make some curry this weekend because I wanted to eat my screen from watching these two episodes. But anyway, let’s talk about Jae Joon and Hoon’s budding bromance. They worked together! Drank together! Tried to take care of each other! And it was lovely. I was cheering my boys on. After the fallout from operating on Jae Cheol’s mom, Hoon encouraged Soo Hyun to save Jae Joon. As if that weren’t endearing enough, Hoon tries to protect Jae Joon’s love life by acting like an asshole to Soo Hyun and telling her not to create misunderstandings between her and Jae Joon. Isn’t that cute?
However, Jae Joon and Hoon are soon torn apart when they are pitted against each other in another round of competition at Myung Woo Hospital. Jae Il Hospital has been disqualified from the Prime Minister’s surgery due to kickbacks, and Myung Woo has been selected as the hospital to take its place. Prime Minister Jang insists that Hoon be reinstated and the two medical teams are competing against each other again – it’s as if nothing has changed.
Chairman Oh warns Jae Joon that he is still not in his good graces and if he wants to win Myung Woo, he must be the winner in the next round of surgery. This is compounded later when Jae Joon is misinformed by Sean Zhang, Jae Joon’s friend from America. Sean reports that Hoon’s father, Park Cheol, operated on the supreme leader of North Korea and was treated very well there after the successful surgery. The first part is true, the second is not. This leads Jae Joon to believe that Park Cheol didn’t want to come back to South Korea to give testimony in the lawsuit for his father and the misunderstanding refuels Jae Joon’s desire for revenge.
All I can say is: did Sean purposely feed Jae Joon inaccurate information? If so, why?
Jae Hee was badass this week and stopped Cha Jin Soo from killing Hoon by showering him with a rain of bullets from his own gun. Too bad it was all around him instead of at him. Jae Hee also foiled Prime Minister Jang’s plan to control Hoon through his mom, Lee Mi Sook. Jae Hee secreted her away with Chang Yi and made her promise not to tell anyone, not even Hoon. Hoon goes crazy looking for his mom and forces Jae Hee to tell him her plan by threatening to permanently destroy his hand. Jae Hee gives in and we finally find out what all the political intrigue is about! Turns out, the heart operation isn’t really for the Prime Minister but for the President of South Korea. Jang is colluding with the North Koreans to put the President in a permanent coma so that he can rise to power. Hoon and Jae Hee were targeted for this mission because they will each do anything for the people they love.
Now that this political cat is out of the bag, I wonder if the writers are going to focus more on Jae Joon’s revenge. Because they can’t ring anymore out of this plotline can they? I guess I’ll find out next week!
Junggugeo Kaenada: I am beginning to think that North Korean super surgeon, Hoon and Chairman’s daughter, Soo Hyeon deserve each other. Not because there is any romantic chemistry between them. Rather, because they are equally dense about the wider situation around them.
After Jae Joon and his surgical team defy the Chairman to operate on the malpractice victim, Soo Hyeon is too busy flirting with Hoon to worry about her boyfriend’s career suicide. Hoon must prompt Soo Hyeon to try speaking with her father in order to save Jae Joon’s job.
Hoon is kicked out of the hospital and Soo Hyeon loses herself to her memories of their brief time together. It is cringe-inducing when Soo Hyeon cries on Jae Joon’s shoulder over Hoon’s departure. Soo Hyeon humiliates herself even further by literally cooking up an excuse to see Hoon. Then, Soo Hyeon tops herself by calling Hoon to invite him over only to have Jae Joon answer Hoon’s phone.
At Soo Hyeon’s apartment with Jae Hee and Jae Joon watching on, clueless Hoon shovels curry into his mouth while laughing about the idea of him liking Soo Hyeon. Soo Hyeon overreacts, and needs a talking down from Jae Joon. Amazingly, Soo Hyun is angry at what a jerk Hoon is rather than at herself for acting the fool in front of her boyfriend.
In addition to being insensitive to Soo Hyeon’s obvious crush on him, Hoon is moronic about the danger that he and Jae Hee are constantly in. When Soo Hyeon takes issue with his involvement in the malpractice patient’s surgery, he assumes that she is being heartless rather than fearful for his safety.
Jae Hee continues to put her life at risk for Hoon as she kidnaps his mother from the Prime Minister’s clutches to remove his leverage against Hoon. She decides not to tell Hoon where she has hidden his mother, because he is incapable of being subtle. It turns out that Jae Hee was correct, because Hoon starts screaming for his mother like a brat. He resorts to threats of maiming himself in order to force Jae Hee to reveal her plans.
Knowing that Jae Hee spent time in a North Korean labour camp, and seeing her repeatedly save Hoon from the trigger happy North Korean agent, Hoon’s sulky grudge against her is a new low for the character.
Meanwhile, Jae Joon is surprisingly patient after his girlfriend blows off his idea of moving to the US together, and with her obvious attraction towards Hoon. In the aftermath of the malpractice patient’s surgery, he even becomes friendly with Hoon, and they have a good rapport. This friendly relationship is short-lived once Jae Joon learns who Hoon’s father is. He talks himself into hating Hoon, and the senseless competition is back on.
Hoon appears indifferent towards Soo Hyeon, which is understandable since he has been pining after Jae Hee since his escape from North Korea. It is harder to explain Hoon’s willful ignorance of the hardships that Jae Hee has gone through to reunite with him.
June: I have mixed feelings about this week’s episodes. I feel like the plot is becoming more and more of a mess. I am seriously wondering where this drama took a turn because it doesn’t really feel like the same drama I started watching a few weeks ago.
I will say that I did enjoy the bromance moments between Jae Joon and Hoon. I was like finally they are getting along and maybe could become friends. But, no! You know there had to be some sort of conflict for that to just get ruined. I am now very curious as to why he was telling Jae Joon the wrong information. Is that man somehow linked with the Prime Minister? Speaking of the Prime Minister, he is just one major, shady person. We finally get to know what his plans are and it turns out the surgery isn’t even for him! Like, what? They have us believing it was going to be for him this whole time, but oh well. I was just glad to find out what his plan was all along.
But this just brings me to wonder, what is next for Doctor Stranger? We finally know the plan but will this just continue to show Jae Joon’s plans for revenge? Like seriously, what’s next.
I also would like to point out at how they have basically ruined Soo Hyun’s character completely. She started off well but now it’s basically all about her crush on Hoon. I think that itself just makes me want her to end up with Jae Joon. I don’t think Hoon would ever let someone else in heart other than Jae Hee. Also did anyone notice Hoon’s new hair style! Haha What did you all think of it?
What did you all think of this week’s episodes? Have any predictions for upcoming episodes? Comment below and tell us your thoughts!
DRAMA CLUB: Doctor Stranger 13-14 (2/2)
Welcome back to the Doctor Stranger Drama Club! We are all having mixed feelings about this week’s episodes and are trying to keep it light with some of our favorite moments, but also some of our not so favorite moments. Come in and see if you agree with some of our thoughts on the drama so far.
Junggugeo Kaenada: I am beginning to feel as schizophrenic as the characters of “Doctor Stranger”. One week, I’m loving the show. The next, I’m shouting at the screen in frustration. Unfortunately, this week had moments to love, but was mostly the latter.
Janice: I agree, I don’t feel connected to any of the characters anymore because they have been so inconsistent with their actions and attitudes. The plot has had no linearity either. I feel like most of this week’s episodes were just filler because we ended up right back where we started.
What moments did you love?
June: I agree completely! I had very mixed feelings about this week’s episodes. I am seriously starting to wonder where the writers are taking this drama. I just miss the feeling this drama had from the beginning of it, you know?
Junggugeo Kaenada: Yes, good idea: let’s start with the few positive things that we can think of. I loved the return of the gangster and his goons who Hoon hires to find the surgeon in hiding. But, then, like you said, the entire enterprise was moot, because they didn’t need him to bring about an apology for the family of the malpractice victim.
I also liked the friendly interaction between Hoon and Jae Joon. The scene where Jae Joon declares Hoon’s coffee the worst he has ever tasted, and an outraged Hoon defends his coffee only to spit it out and stamp on it, was hilarious. Again, this relationship was completely retracted when Jae Joon finds out who Hoon’s father is, and becomes a cold and vengeful robot again.
Janice: I loved those two moments too! The gangster scene might’ve been the funniest scenario out of both episodes. The most memorable scenes to me were Jae Hee – I love how she took control of the situation, from overpowering Comrade Cha to derailing Prime Minister Jang’s plans to blackmail Hoon – and the scene between Hoon and Jae Hee where he finds out what the Prime Minister is up to. Someone finally insists on what the master plan is! My absolute favorite though, was the bromance and I was so sad to see the developing relationship between Hoon and Jae Joon disintegrate so fast. I wonder why Sean Zhang gave Jae Joon some false information? Is he going to turn out to be a conspirator too? Did you think Jae Joon was being manipulated?
June: My personal favorite part of the episodes was where Hoon and Jae Joon were starting to get along but of course it isn’t going to last long. Is it so hard to ask for them to just be friendly with each other without having some useless drama. But of course, it wouldn’t be a K-Drama if it didn’t have those elements! Haha
Junggugeo Kaenada: I just assumed that Sean Zhang was fed inaccurate information. But, it doesn’t excuse Jae Joon’s reaction to the information. Instead of talking with Hoon, he decides to return to plans of revenge.
Janice: Haha, your interpretation seems more plausible than mine. I immediately pounce on the conspiracy theories! But, you’re wholly right, it was head-banging how Jae Joon just jumped to conclusions.
Junggugeo Kaenada: Lack of communication is an ongoing issue, since it is destroying Hoon’s relationship with Jae Hee, as well. If he had bothered to ask Jae Hee about the experiences that lead her to South Korea, or Jae Hee had volunteered that information, then we wouldn’t have had to watch Hoon screaming at Jae Hee like he was having a tantrum.
Janice: I was upset with Hoon’s 180 about-face in this week’s episodes, too. The whole premise of “Doctor Stranger” revolves around Hoon not being able to live without Jae Hee so to see him yell at her and not trust her when she is trying to save both their lives is a little absurd. The relationship between Hoon and Jae Hee has been feeling distant lately and I truly thought the writers were going to pair Hoon with Soo Hyun in the end, because that seemed to be the direction they were going in, but then the writers did another 180 turn and HoonHee (can I call them HoonHee?) are back together again.
June: I’m really confused as I said before about what the writers are even thinking about with this drama. Like I thought this was supposed to be all about Hoon and his undying love for Jae Hee but it seems weird now. It just doesn’t seem like it has lost it’s main premise and storyline.
Junggugeo Kaenada: I’m not sure who Hoon likes anymore. As you said, he seems disconnected from Jae Hee, and not just because he doesn’t trust her. He doesn’t seem to think about her much, period. And, with Soo Hyun, Hoon appears indifferent towards her. She is completely humiliating herself with her obvious, girlish crush on him, and he can only admire her professional improvement. Ridiculous.
Janice: I’m sad that “Doctor Stranger” doesn’t pass the Bechdel test, it had seemed so promising in the beginning with Soo Hyun kicking her half-brother’s butt, and I agree with you, J.K., I’m also disappointed that Soo Hyun has devolved into a simpering miss. Where’s her spine?!
What do you think of the reveal of the political shenanigans that Prime Minister Jang is trying to pull off? I think “Doctor Stranger” is leaning away from its political storylines and moving towards focusing on Jae Joon’s revenge. I don’t see what else the writers can wring from this plot point.
Junggugeo Kaenada: The Prime Minister’s plot has finally been revealed. So, it is actually the President’s heart that needs an operation, and they are going to blackmail Hoon, using her girlfriend and mother, into killing the President. With such a ludicrous plot, I am all for focusing on Jae Joon’s revenge. At least, the revenge plotline will stay safely within the confines of Myungwoo Hospital and reality.
Janice: I couldn’t follow the logic of Hoon and Jae Hee’s roles in the plot either. Instead of Jae Hee taking on another identity to trick and entice Hoon, and the Prime Minister holding Lee Mi Sook, Hoon’s mother, hostage all these years, why not just force Jae Hee to carry out Prime Minister Jang’s plan by threatening her with Hoon’s life? Because we sure have come to this same conclusion in a very roundabout way. I know we’re supposed to suspend our disbelief and all, but in order to do so now, I have to assume that these puppetmasters are dim lightbulbs.
Junggugeo Kaenada: Yes, that would be much more efficient than hiding a woman in a mental hospital for 20 years, and trying to find a woman who looks strikingly like Jae Hee, who actually turns out to be Jae Hee.
June: All in all, there pretty much isn’t any logic in this. While I was glad we found out what the whole plan was, I was super disappointed in how everyone was involved and what not.
Janice: As I said before, I think I’m done with expecting anything out of “Doctor Stranger.” I’ve accepted that it’s not going to be the fantastic drama that it had promised to be and I’m content to see what other crazy the writers are going to throw at us. Actually, I’m kinda really looking forward to how much more absurd they will make “Doctor Stranger”. I’ll be really surprised if the coming episodes makes some sort of brilliant sense and ties the two parts together so I just want the writers to throw the book at “Doctor Stranger,” make it as crazy as all get-out.
Junggugeo Kaenada: Like Soo Hyun, I will reminisce selectively about the parts of “Doctor Stranger” that I loved. However, I also hope that they ramp up the absurdity in the coming episodes, since I fear that “Doctor Stranger” is destined to be a hot mess of a show with plot holes galore and inconsistent characters. Let’s embrace the crazy if it comes rushing at us, because a worst case scenario at this point would be boredom.
June: I completely agree with you all. I have come to accept that “Doctor Stranger” is not going to be the amazing drama I thought it was and have definitely lowered my expectations as the weeks go by. I think that will be the only way I can somewhat enjoy the rest of this drama.
Janice: Shoot for the moon, writers! Give us all the ridiculousness you can think of!
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