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Doctor Stranger – Final Review and 14 Episodes of Quack Couple Moments Plus HoonHyun Alternative Ending
I need to close this bitter-sweet chapter of my Kdrama viewing experience by ending it with a more “balanced” review. I’ve already ranted my disappointment last week and that’s the end of it. I’m promoting good vibes as I bid farewell to my two favorite characters (Oh Soo Hyun and Park Hoon). Warning: Don’t continue reading below if you hate spoilers.
Final Review and Rating
Of all the Kdrama series that I’ve watched, Doctor Stranger is the only one where I have a love and “more” hate relationship. Story-wise this series is a big let down, plot-wise the worst, and OTP-wise, the worst of the worst. There are a lot of questions that never got an answer until the end, sloppy character development of the main female lead (Jae Hee), illogical plots (especially the North Korean spy angle), bad writing, and a very lousy acting performance from one of the main female actresses – Jin Se Yeon.
On the positive side, Doctor Stranger is redeemed by the stellar acting performances of the other 3 main leads (Lee Jong Suk, Kang So Ra, and Park Hae Jin). Also, the cinematography is quite great and the medical story plot is not that bad. I’m also thankful to this series because I discovered Kang So Ra, a very talented and dynamic actress who instantly captured my interest when she was introduced in episode 3. Lastly, though the screen writer failed a lot in providing logical consistency to the overall plot of the story, I still thanked him for giving my favorite protagonist (Oh Soo Hyun) a very good back-story, character development, and making her the real heroine at the end of the series.
My final rating for this series is 6/10.
Would I Recommend Doctor Stranger to Other Kdrama Viewers?
In a heart beat, my answer is always a big NO. Save your 20 hours by watching other worth while dramas such as I Can Hear Your Voice, Dong Yi, Bad Love, Rooftop Prince, Secret Garden, or you can just watch the re-run of Cosmos in National Geographic Channel. Avoid this drama if you don’t want to be disappointed. But, if you want to torture yourself, then go on, watch and get yourself annihilated. LOLS!
Top HoonHyun aka Quack Couple Moments in “14 out of 20 episodes”
I would like to bid farewell to Doctor Stranger with only good memories in my mind. Thus, I will only reminisce HoonHyun in the throwback screenshots below. These sets of photos can fully explain why their pairing is more realistic and is larger than life compared to the first OTP.
Fourteen bloody episodes of sweet trolling. Thanks writer-nim, I’ve just listed you in my Top Writers to Avoid List. Nevertheless, I’m quite happy that before the final bomb, our fellow Soompier had already written an alternative ending for our favorite couple.
HoonHyun Alternative Ending
In literary fiction, there’s no such thing as an absolute ending. In the original book, Soo Hyun and Hoon end up together. In the drama series, they didn’t end up but in @kiyasnow mini-manga series, Oh Soo Hyun and Park Hoon meet each other after two years and ended up living together for the rest of their lives. This is the beauty of fictional stories. (:
This semi one-shot manga starts two years after Park Hoon and Oh Soo Hyun got separated due to the unavoidable consequences brought by South/North conspiracy and the scandals that happened to Mweongwoo Hospital.
Thank you so much @kiyasnow for this very sweet ending. For those who are still interested to watch despite all the warnings, feel free to visit the official HoonHyun aka Quack Couple Thread in Soompi. There you can read some fun and interesting opinions from the viewers who rooted for Hoon and Hyun. Good luck!
The fan art I used as a featured photo in this blog post is created by @Kiyasnow.
English translation of Episode 19 preview
Translation by @oyeleyeolusina in Soompi.
SH: Tell me, did you all along plan for my father to die.
JJ: Soo Hyun
SH: Get out of this hospital immediately.
Unknown voice ( maybe lollipop ahjussi): It was done by Cha and I definitely have to find it.
PM JSJ: You did it on purpose, you doing this is going to be the end for me.
TS: To betray the PM.
PH:A person like Jang Seok Joo is someone with no right to lead the country.
President: There is a person I would like to meet
President: Doctor Park Hoon.
JH: You are meeting the president.
PH: If the plans of the PM JSJ is revealed, we can get a safe haven.
President: Park Hoon what did you just say.
PM: Where is the president.
I am not surprised that agent Cha is back. He is a character that is not easy to kill and even if the writer needs to kill him, he has to finish him off in the most dramatic exit ever, not just a mere fall in the river. The hot North Korean villain is back and I suspect that he’ll bring the ultimate bomb twist most viewers have been expecting since his disappearance.
The Dreaded Ending – HoonHyun, HoonHee, or None?
At this point of the story, it is really difficult to tell. Though I want Hoon to end up with Soo Hyun, there’s a high probability that he would end up with Jae Hee. But, given the fact that agent Cha is back, the following can be considered as reasons (based from the facts in the drama) why Jae Hee won’t end up with Hoon.
- In earlier episodes, agent Cha told Jae Hee that he created her. Is this one of the reasons why Jae Hee broke up with Hoon for no clear reasons? Why would agent Cha tell that to Jae Hee if that is not true?
- Jae Hee tells different variations of her story. To Soo Hyun, she said that she knows what Hoon did to her dad even before the day that they met in the hospital. Oddly, she told Hoon that she has just recently found out about her dad when PM Jang told her. Why she can’t tell a simple truth to both people? She’s still hiding something. This is the reason why I can’t help but think about the book’s ending (Jae Hee chose another man and left Hoon).
- At this point of the story, it’s all up to Jae Hee. If she’ll leave Hoon because she truly believes that most of his actions are prodded by guilt and not love, then I’ll say, she really has another agenda why she came to South Korea as a spy.
- Also, I’ve posted this already, if her truest intention is to be reunited and live again with Hoon, why go back to North Korea (and be a comrade with agent Cha)? She said she was shipped to Japan (after she was separated with Hoon) and finished her “medical studies” there, then why not go (from Japan) straight to South Korea? Or, is the Japan story another lie?
The screen writer has so many loose ends to tie that I doubt if he had successfully did it within the two episodes that will be aired tonight and tomorrow. A possibility of an open ending is lurking in the corner. Aisssh!
In the previous episodes, we saw Jae Hee telling Soo Hyun that Park Hoon loves her. In this episode, we saw Jae Joon telling Park Hoon that Soo Hyun really likes him. With this train of events, it is safe to conclude that within the final 2 episodes, we’ll see Park Hoon realizing his feelings towards Hyun. Awww! Pretty much exciting. *spazzing* Still, I’m keeping my emotions intact because there’s actually a high probability that my delusion won’t happen. ): Check this link to know why I’m focusing more on the romance part. Check this link to learn more about my thoughts about this series.
Jae Hee Breaks Up with Hoon and Keeps on Rejecting Him
Not just once but thrice that Jae Hee brutally pushed Hoon away in this episode. I really don’t understand why she needs to do those stints. I really want to pull my hair every time she’s on screen. Her recent actions don’t make sense and I think that she’s lying to both Park Hoon and Soo Hyun.
I don’t know but I really have this bad feeling about Jae Hee. Since she reappeared in episode 3, I really can’t trust her character. Oddly, for the first time, I agree with her. Hoon is indeed not in love with her. Hoon’s obsession to find her and be with her is caused by guilt when he failed to protect her in Budapest. Now that she’s blaming Hoon for her father’s death, I hope they will break up for good. (Quack shipper much. Lolz!)
Jae Joon is Entrusting Soo Hyun to Park Hoon
Jae Joon revealed his true motive to Park Hoon because he knows that he can’t just entrust Soo Hyun to anyone except Hoon. When he told Hoon that Soo Hyun really likes him, it is similar to saying that he’s entrusting Soo Hyun to him because he knows that she will be badly devastated after what he will do to her dad and their hospital.
I’m hoping that Hoon will become Soo Hyun’s main ally in the final 2 episodes. I’m hoping the screen writer will stick with the book’s ending (but, of course, he should alter it a bit to make way for a happy ending). When the producer announced last week that they are sticking with the original script’s ending, I was quite sure that HoonHyun would be the endgame. But, still, there’s really no guarantee that it will happen. ):
In the last 2 episodes (that will be aired next week – Monday and Tuesday), I hope Jae Hee will fade in the screen for good. If she’s going to give up Hoon then she better not eat her own words. I’m tired of watching her “constipated face” this whole time. Since the series never bothered to give her character a back story and proper development, then she should go. Either she’ll return to North Korea, die in the midst of the mission, or not appear anymore on the screen. Jin Se Yeon’s very poor acting performance is actually one of the reasons why this series is harshly criticized not only by the local viewers their in South Korea but by international audience as well. Arrghh!
Good bye, Jae Hee err Seung Hee or whatever!