The drama many of us have been waiting for all year has finally premiered…do I even have to say it’s name? Yes, yes I do.
Doctor Stranger is finally here!
I have been waiting for this drama since January if not earlier when it was announced that Lee Jong Suk would finally be returning to Dramaland after 2013’s summer hit I Hear Your Voice ran its course. He’s been off filming a movie and in the meantime two other actors caught my attention that are going to be featured in Doctor Stranger. The first is the incredibly handsome Park Hae Jin who many, many…MANY of you will remember from this year’s biggest hit Man From the Stars where he played Lee Whee Kyung. If that isn’t enough man-candy for you then there is just no helping you! The final piece of the puzzle for me that had be waiting very impatiently was Jin Se Yeon who I will always and fondly refer to as Kim Ok Ryeon from her involvement in -another- of my favorite dramas this year, Inspiring Generation. Ok, now that I’ve gotten that refresher out of the way.
This is going to be good!
Doctor Stranger opened up in a big way tonight. The basic premise of the show…is complicated. Hoon (Lee Jong Suk) is a genius brain surgeon of seemingly unparalleled skill. His father is recruited/kidnapped to save a high ranking North Korean official and Hoon, as a child, is used as collateral to ensure that his father succeeds in saving the official. After unfortunate turn of events they are forced to stay in North Korea and many years pass by. It seems like this show is going to be a part time medical drama, half time spy thriller, and quarter time love story. I’m digging that.
There were a slew of cute moments that made my eyes light up and smile. Most noticeably was baby Hoon whose tears made my own tear ducts work over time and Hoon and Jae Hee’s bike ride through the meadow. The color’s used were bright and warm which really made me feel like they were having a good time. It was a cheerful scene and stood out to me as a highlight of the show visually. These two scenes contrasted nicely with two others that told me this show was going to be a great drama. The first, a kiss scene…in the rain. Wait, what? Yes, you read that correctly. We get to see a kiss scene in episode 1! If that weren’t good enough we are lucky, oh so lucky, to get Lee Jong Sook in a shower scene…also in episode 1. Take a minute, catch your breath…go watch it and then come back.
Despite, the many dramaland tropes like kiss and shower scenes Doctor Stranger seems like it’s going to be a tough ride. Yes, there were some really sweet moments in this first episode, but there were also some very gruesome and heart wrenching scenes that are going to pull on your heart strings and possibly make you want to pull out your hair. I was incredibly impressed at how effective the writers and cast were able to bring a tear to my eye.
After so many weeks of staggered returns for various dramas I’m excited to get back into the swing of things and can’t wait for Monday and Tuesday nights for Doctor Stranger.