Posted in kdrama

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim S1 (2017)

Drama: Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim (낭만닥터 김사부)
Network: SBS
Episodes: 20 + 1 special episode
Release Date: November 7, 2016 – January 17, 2017
Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 22:00

This medical KDrama is about the everyday lives of the doctors and nurses in Doldam Hospital, which is led by the great Doctor Kim Sabu.

Main Cast
Han Suk Kyu – Kim Sabu / Bu Yong Ju
Yoo Yeon Suk – Kang Dong Ju
Seo Hyun Jin – Yoon Seo Jeong
Yang Se Jong – Do Il Beom
Jin Kyung – Oh Myung Sim
Im Won Hee – Jang Gi Tae
Kim Min Jae – Park Eun Tak
Byun Woo Min – Nam Do Il
Choi Jin Ho – Do Yun Wan
Jang Hyuk Jin – Song Hyun Chul
Seo Eun Su – Woo Yeon Hwa
Joo Hyun – Chairman Shin

Heard so many wonderful reviews about this show and season 2. I finally had the chance to catch this drama this year (it was in my bucket list for the longest time). Maybe I’m really not a fan of medical Kdramas (i only watch 1 medical drama a year) or I just kept comparing this to Grey’s Anatomy (i know i shouldn’t but that’s the only medical drama I avidly watched for most of its run until they killed off McDreamy), but I didn’t loved it as much as everyone did. I mean, I liked it, it just took a week or two for me to finish the 21 episodes (while simultaneously watching 3 other dramas), but this drama wasn’t a big WOW-i loved it so much-why did i only watch it now.

I think the main reason is I didn’t like the majority of the characters. Yes, even Kim Sabu. I loved Nurse Oh, Yoon Seo Jeong and Dr. Nam from episode 1 but the others? Kim Sabu and Kang Dong Ju I only started really liking them around ep 13. Do Il Beom? Ugh! Probably episode 17 or 18. He was too whiny. Jang Gi Tae was too dramatic and corny. Absolutely detested Dr. Song and President Do. Everyone else is just okay.

There were not a lot of dramatic or unusual cases in every episode. The whole squabble about who gets to do Chairman Shin’s surgery went 2 episodes too long. There were a lot of repetitive plot points. The young doctors do something wrong or they’re too whiny, Kim Sabu gets all grumpy and angry while teaching them, they learn a bit, then they do another mistake in the next episode. President Do comes and goes as he pleases to stop Kim Sabu, Kim Sabu finds a way to one up President Do and show his brilliance. Rinse and Repeat for 21 episodes. I only started to really enjoy the episodes and the cases from episode 15. And after Chairman Shin’s surgery storyline was over, we finally get to see a lot of scenes showing each of the doctors perform surgery, which I was waiting for.

I couldn’t understand the reason for the intense hatred of President Do against Kim Sabu. President Do was already VP at that time and wasn’t doing any surgeries. Kim Sabu was the star surgeon. How can they be rivals when they have different positions? Was Do scared that he’ll get overshadowed by Sabu? That Sabu will try to take his place? But Sabu never wanted his position in the first place. He is so popular and gets so many VIP clients to the hospital, shouldn’t Do be happy that he is raking in the profits without taking credit for himself? I get that they have different views about running a hospital, but I don’t think it merits ruining someone’s career. I think this was my second main issue why I couldn’t enjoy the intense scenes between the two. Plus, the final showdown in episode 20 during the celebratory party was LAME!!! They just kept talking back to each other without anything significant happening — until they had a fist fight! YES! Finally! Sometimes they just need to get physical and get all the anger and hurt out. And I like that after the fight, President Do came over and they had a good talk/truce.

So what did I like about the drama? I liked the growth that each doctor had during the course of the show. It took a long time though.
– Kang Dong Ju only had closure around episode 18 (or 19). I loved that he was grown so much from being a bratty top student to a real doctor. Plus his amazing stitching skills after practicing so many times got me clapping and cheering for him. He is a good student, he just needed a chance to be himself after getting rid of all his past hurt and prejudices.
– Do Il Beom, for the most part i didn’t like. He kept lying about his experience, he was arrogant and selfish. But i liked that Kim Sabu finally got through to him, and that he finally had the guts to confront his father (again too late, around episode 19 or 20) and be Do Il Beom, not President Do’s son. I still don’t like how he mistreats Yeon Hwa repeatedly. I get that he is trying to teach her, but shouting at her in front of everyone is not the right way.
– Yoon Seo Jung had some sort of closure, but not fully, which I’m sad. She got her dream of doing a collaborative surgery with Kim Sabu. She fell in love and finally got together with Kang Dong Ju. But how she got over her PTSD was not fully explored. She didn’t even talked about it with Kang Dong Ju. Even the coffee with the other nurse wasn’t satisfying. Is it just “let’s leave the dead guy” alone? He was a cheater but Seo Jeong never found out and it’s okay because she is over him?
– Kim Sabu, yes, he was a coward back then. He didn’t want to be a teacher, he just happened to be so good that students followed him. He was kind hearted but he was passive. He had a lot of regrets about what happened to his former student. And I loved that he finally embraced himself as a teacher to the young doctors. That he finally found the confidence to fight back and not run away like he did before. And i loved that he remained true to himself and will keep on staying at Doldam Hospital.

Life is about turning into different roads. Whether you want it or not, you have to face the reality which is placed in front of you. You can’t find the right answer every single time. But Teacher Kim always said this, “We need to keep asking questions about why we live and what we live for. The moment you give up on that, the romance in life ends.”

Kang Dong Ju narration, episode 20

I’m thinking if I should go straight to season 2 and break my 1 medical drama a year rule (haha!). But the April and May dramas are too overwhelming, so many good dramas are ongoing that I need to catch up very quickly!

Rating: 8/10

Posted in kdrama

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay (2020)

Drama: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay/ Psycho But It’s Okay (사이코지만 괜찮아)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: June 20 – August 9, 2020
Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 21:00

Set in a psychiatric hospital about a children’s book writer meeting a caregiver and his brother.

Main Cast:
Kim Soo Hyun – Moon Gangtae
Seo Ye Ji – Ko Mun Young
Oh Jung Se – Moon Sangtae

The greatest part of this drama is the wonderful story about Sangtae and Gangtae, especially the fantastic performance of Oh Jung Se. I love the progress of the brothers (personal growth and their relationship with each other and the people around them) – from being bitter and holding past grudges, to letting it all out and starting to have honest conversations – to finally realizing they need to support each other, but at the same time, they can live separate lives. Sangtae belongs to Sangtae. Gangtae belongs to Gangtae.

More than the romance between Munyoung and Gangtae (which i didn’t really care for – i know how much their fans loved their chemistry together but it was not interesting to me), I loved how the three became their own family. How Munyoung learned to open up and start feeling for other people. I liked her when she’s being a badass for standing up to people or defending them, but I didn’t like when she was being obsessive (bordering on harrassment) to Gangtae, but I understand she has an illness and it will take time for her to heal (if that’s even possible).

There were a lot of characters in the drama, I particularly like Juri’s mom, Director Oh, CEO Lee and Jaesu. As for the rest, I didn’t really care for, so I thought there were lots of boring episodes and scenes that I fast forwarded some of them. The stories of the patients didn’t leave a last impression on me, except for the old guy and Kwak Dong Yeon’s cameo. They could have totally removed the patients’ stories and the drama can still survive. (Note: Chocolate had really good episodic patient stories that will make you bawl at the end of every episode).

Instead, I thought the secondary characters were underutilized. Juri and CEO Lee were relegated to a secondary love line when they could have better stories. Why is CEO Lee so invested in Munyoung? I wanted to hear more about his past and his struggles as a book publisher. Juri looks so nice and sweet on the outside but has an inner bitchiness that I also hoped will be explored, but she was just Munyoung’s childhood friend who got traumatized growing up. It also didn’t mention how Gangtae knew Juri.

Seungjae seemed more like a comic relief and didn’t really do much to add value to the story. I was interested in Jaesu and his story, which again was not explored. Why did he end up following the brother arounds and where does he get his money to be able to open his own businesses? Instead of exploring his story and potential growth, he only shows up to be Sangtae’s babysitter or when Gangtae needs a shoulder to cry on.

The drama also suffers from the terrible writing of Munyoung’s mom and what happened in the past. How did the brothers survive on their for 20 years? Where and when did they meet Jaesu? With both parents gone, who took care of Munyoung growing up?

Nurse Park turning out to be Munyoung’s mom (Do Hui Jae) doesn’t make sense at all. They teased this twist so much but ended in just 1 or 2 episodes without sufficient explanation on how she survived or the backstory why she turned psycho. Also, the reveal of younger Hui jae’s face was disappointing. For all the mystery about her face and the talk of Munyoung’s dad falling in love with her because of her beauty, I was expecting a super elegant and gorgeoud looking lady but she was not. She even looked older than the current Hui Jae.

Overall, I’m probably one of the few who didn’t like this drama as much as the others who were raving about this (even one month after the drama ended).

Rating: 8.5/10

Posted in kdrama

Medical KDrama Bingo

It’s Kdrama Bingo time!

How many Medical Kdramas have you watched?

I listed down the kdramas where the main cast is made up of doctors or the setting is in a hospital.

Have fun and share with your Kdrama friends!

Medical KDrama