Doctor Stranger Episode 17 – The Shattering of Jae Hee’s Pretense
I decided to review Doctor Stranger even though it’s already too late because it causes so much disturbance in my Kdrama routine. If I’ll rate this series, story-wise, I can’t even include this in my top 15 best dramas. Honestly, I have second thoughts if I’m gonna recommend this to anyone. I still have to see the ending before I’ll decide if this drama is worth anyone’s time. As of this writing there are 2 more episodes to go until the finale. This series will end next week, Tuesday night.
Though I enjoyed the medical suspense part, the utterly obvious plot holes, illogical character development, and ridiculous storyline are just too much. I can’t even blame those people who sputter profanities and rude comments against this series, because same as me, they are also just hugely disappointed. (The only two major aspects that redeemed this drama are the main actors and actresses performance and its cinematography.) But, why do I waste so much time watching this if I hate it a lot?
Actually, I just discovered that you can really hate a drama and still continue to watch it because you are quite interested on how all the craziness will end. Also, if weird things occur – such as you, rooting for the 2nd female lead for the first time in your over a decade of voraciously consuming “gazillion” of drama series, you just couldn’t stop because it is such a bloody mystery that needs to be solved.
The Sizzling Chemistry between Park Hoon and Oh Soo Hyun
I am shockingly one of those thousands of delusional fans who are shipping Park Hoon and Oh Soo Hyun to end up together. So weird because in my over a decade of watching Kdramas I never shipped a 2nd female lead but DS breaks this record. This is a history in the making! Lol! In my over a decade of watching Asian dramas, this is the very first bloody time that I love the 2nd female lead character (Oh Soo Hyun) and hate the first female lead (Jae Hee). I root for Soo Hyun like a lunatic that I want Jae Hee to disappear for good. Hahahaha! (My attachment to these fictional characters are getting weirder and weirder.)
Jae Hee is Leaving Hoon Soon and Tells Soo Hyun that He Loves Her
In episode 17, I had finally deciphered Jae Hee’s ultimate intention. All along I’ve been doubting her motives for coming to South Korea. Her role as a North Korean spy (who is in cahoots with the Prime Minister to put the President in coma) has a very clear mission to fulfill, and rekindling her romantic interest to Park Hoon is just part of the show to finish it. Poor Hoon.
Jae Hee’s confession to Soo Hyun that she will be leaving soon confirmed my suspicion that there’s a higher probability that the ending of this series won’t veer away from the original ending in the book (Doctor Stranger is based in a best-seller book – Northern Doctor). In the book, Park Hoon will end up with Soo Hyun. I just wish that they’ll incorporate a time jump, and later on we’ll see Hoon and Soo Hyun happy together as a couple and are successful in their career as thoracic surgeons.
In this episode, Jae Hee also told Soo Hyun that Hoon is the reason why her father died. That Hoon killed her father to save her and she’s not sure anymore if she can still continue loving him despite all the things that happened between them. She then told Hyun that Hoon really loves her and he just hasn’t realized it yet. She asked Soo Hyun to wait for him because later on Hoon would eventually realize his feelings.
It’s clear as blue sky now that Jae Hee has no intention in staying with Hoon after her mission. She said that she will be going back to Japan. Her coldness to Hoon in this episode mirrors her reactions in that flash back scene in episode 5 (Hoon chasing her inside the hospital while she intentionally avoided him). Her facial expressions in that scene showed contempt and disgust towards Park Hoon. Jae Hee’s pretense has now been shattered. Oh, YEAH!