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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim S1 (2017)

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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

Plot
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

Review
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



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Hospital Playlist (2020)

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Drama: Hospital Playlist (슬기로운 의사생활)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 12
Release Date: March 12 – May 28, 2020
Runtime: Thursday 21:00

Plot
This drama shows the daily life of 5 doctors, who have been friends since university, and their colleagues. At the end of the day, they have dinner together and practice with the band.

Main Cast
Jo Jung Suk – Lee Ikjun
Yoo Yeon Suk – Ahn Jungwon
Jung Kyung Ho – Kim Junwan
Kim Dae Myung – Yang Seok Hyung
Jeon Mi Do – Chae Song Hwa

Review
I super loved this drama! The first 2 episodes were dragging and boring, but starting episode 3 i got so addicted. The best thing(s) about this show is the friendship of the 5 doctor-friends. I didn’t even care much about their medical cases. I just wanted to see their interactions throughout the day. They are all supposed to be the best doctors in Seoul yet not sure how they are able to find time to have lunch and dinner together and even practice with the band. A bit unrealistic too that they are all like the avengers – all so perfectly kind and competent with love lifes and extracurricular activities to boot. Makes me think what have i been doing my entire life? i’m so lazy. haha.

My favorite doctor is Ikjun! Jo Jung Seok is starting to become one of my favorite actors. He may not be as strikingly handsome as the others, but when you stare at him for a long time and you see his charming presence on screen, you’ll fall in love with him. He is also deadpan hilarious and his acting is so natural. I especially loved his interactions with U-ju, who was the cutest and sweetest kid! I honestly didn’t expect the love line between Song Hwa and Ikjun but i totally ship them! They have liked each other for a long time and they managed to stay friends over the years but now that both are free, we are finally seeing that they really belong together. They may not have that burning passionate love that most other kdrama couples have, but i what i see is an enduring love that is further strengthened by their friendship, honesty and trust. Not sure why Songhwa didn’t eagerly accept Ikjun’s confession. Apart from making it a cliffhanger for Season 2, i dont see what else is there to hesitate about.

My second favorite doctor is Junwan! To be honest, (please dont kill me) but i never liked Jung Kyung Ho. I tried watching his old dramas like Falling for Innocence (i love Kim So Yeon!) and Happy Once Again (with Jang Nara), but i can never like him. I think it’s his crooked smile/sneer that looks off to me. But i loved him here as Junwan! I still think he looks weird but now I’m actually thinking of going back to watch his old dramas. Oh and he’s too thin! I think he looks healthier with some meat on his body. Okay, back to Junwan! They keep saying he is mean and hot tempered but i dont really see it. He is just impatient but you can see how caring he is when he talks to the families and when he tries to teach and support his residents. I also loved his relationship with Iksun. I’m as shocked as he was at the season finale!! What happened to Iksun!! I know she didn’t want to get married, but why did the ring returned to Junwan? It didn’t seem like Iksun rejected him or returned the ring to me, but more like Iksun is not in the UK at all! So where is she? and she still kept answering his texts. My guess is either she is sick? or she is running away because although she loves him, she is scared to getting hurt again so she is trying to break up with him. Poor Junwan!!

I already briefly mentioned Song Hwa and how she is a superwoman who never seems to stop working and living. I’m glad that the show also gave her a little bit of flaw (because then it will be too unrealistic). All the years of being a workaholic is taking a toll on her body. She almost had a breast cancer scare, and her back is aching. I’m glad she finally realized that she is living a hectic life and she needs to stop and take a rest. I think moving to a smaller town to rest is a great idea. Now what it means for her relationship with Ikjun is something I’m sure will be tackled in season 2. Will she reject Ikjun’s confession since she is living in a nearby town? I can imagine Ikjun being so busy with the hospital and taking care of U-ju that he will probably be working even harder so that he can drive to and from Song Hwa’s place and back. And Song hwa will feel bad and break up with him or something.

I also want to briefly mention about Chilhong. In the first few episodes, I actually liked Chilhong, my heart fluttered when Chilhong seemed so sweet to Song Hwa, but in the middle of the episode, he got so clingy and whiny but i stopped liking him. Even without Ikjun in the picture, i dont see it working between him and Song Hwa. Song Hwa may be calm but she is a go getter and i dont think she will be satisfied with a meek and mild mannered (and dare i say boring) Chilhong. And with Ikjun in the picture, who is as successful as she is, her long time crush and friend, who understands her best, then sorry for Chilhong. I think he should just focus on being a successful chief resident before trying to woo your boss.

i think not a lot of people like Kim Dae Myung, mostly because, he is not as popular as the other guys or as handsome, but I have liked him since i watched him in Misaeng and Sound of Your Heart. I loved his role as Seok Hyung. i dont like going to a male obgyne, but he were my obgyne, i wouldn’t mind going to him for appointments! he is great with the mothers, so mild mannered and considerate, no wonder his appointments are always full. his story is a sad one, with the helpless sick mother, the bad father and the evil mistress. i hope he has a better and happier storyline in season 2! i’m already seeing the potential love triangle between him, Mina and his ex-wife. i like Mina, i think she is cute although i find it weird if they ever get together because she is technically her boss. so if something romantic happens, they will have to work apart.

Last but not the least is Jeongwon. Again, he is another actor that i could never like for some reason, but now i find it watchable and looking forward to go back to his old dramas i skipped. His is so cute and kindhearted as a pediatrician. He cares for the babies and i feel like his heart will break every time he see a baby or a kid in pain. I liked his dilemma of choosing between priesthood and doctor and i think that he made the right choice. There are only a few competent pediatricians but there are a lot of priests. He could serve the world better in the hospital, that does not mean he is rejecting God. Maybe that is where he is supposed to be. The only thing i didn’t like is his loveline with Gyeo-eul. A lot of winter garden fans will hate me for this, but i honestly dont understand the couple. i just saw him as being nice to Gyeo-eul but i never saw it directly or outrightly tell her or others he liked her or why he liked her in the first place. was it just love at first sight? and he was too shy to tell her so he just spent all his time staring at her silently? as for Gyeon-eul, she looks so frowny faced and boring all the time. Even the way she speaks is monotonous. I just hope Jeong Won decided not to become a priest solely because of Gyeo-ul. I’m not really looking forward to their story in season 2.

I actually like Rosa and Jongsoo’s coupling more than Winter Garden!! They’re so cute together! Are they really just friends or maybe they can be a couple? 🙂

Overall, i loved the slice of life drama that this show delivered, plus all the beautiful songs and scenes of them singing and playing in the band. Esp in love with Jo Jung Seok’s voice and the group singing Aloha in the videoke room!

Rating: 9/10