Doctors is a 2016 South Korean drama about a girl, Yoo Hye Jung (Park Shin Hye) who is rebellious and a sort of gangster growing up. When she is abandoned by her father and sent to live with her grandmother, she starts attending school where Hong Ji Hong (Kim Rae Won) is a teacher. The two start falling for each other but it's cut short due to Jin Seo Woo's jealousy; she spreads a rumor that the two are dating. Hye Jung drops out of school. Her grandmother finds out she has cancer and goes in for a surgery but never wakes up. The surgeon performing the surgery is Jin Myung Hoon, Seo Woo's father. He reports that he did the best he could and there's nothing he could do.
The drama seems like your typical medical drama. There's a lot of blood and surgeries, but I found myself going back to this drama because of the characters. Park Shin Hye and Kim Rae Won were phenomenal together, however, I would have liked Yoo Hye Jung and Jung Yoon Do to end up together more. Here are my list of pairings I would have preferred in the drama:
Hye Jung & Yoon Do
Seo Woo & Yeong Gook
Soon Hee & Joong Dae
Soo Jin & Kang Soo
The main premise of this drama was Hye Jung trying to get Jin Myung Hoon to apologize and take responsibility for her grandmother's death. However, due to the expiration of statutes of limitations, there is nothing she can legally do.
Throughout the drama, there are many dramatic things that happen such as a man who's kids both need surgeries but can't afford it, therefore he resorts to attempting suicide, but is talked down by Hye Jung in the last moments. Another dramatic thing that happens is Kang Soo, a first year resident, finds out he has a tumor and needs it removed. The last couple of episodes led with some extremely delicate materials. Chairman Jin, Seo Woo's grandfather, is arrested for embezzlement, a man's wife who is on the brink of death is pregnant with his kid, and Jin Myung Hoon becomes ill due to a large tumor in his spinal cord.
In the end, all works out. The lady has the baby through a C-Section but unfortunately and ultimately dies. Jin Myung Hoon undergoes surgery and wakes up in the end and thanks Hye Jung.
The part I don't like about this drama is the couples. First of all, I think that Hong Ji Hong was too old for Hye Jung. Not as much when they became doctors but I still had a feeling that irked me weirdly. The last scene is Ji Hong proposing to Hye Jung and them kissing.
The reason I didn't like this ending is that it left the audience hanging. What happens with all the other couples that sort of pair off towards the end of the series? I became so interested in Seo Woo and Yeong Gook's relationship that I lost interest in Hong & Yoo.
Another thing that bothered me was that this drama was aired as an action/medical drama. The trailer had Hye Jung's fight scenes but the drama kept those around for a few episodes and then cut them off completely. I wish it had been more consistent throughout. I understand that she's growing up and moving past that life, but she fights once in the hospital and then that's it? Give us more!
Overall this drama was good. It's not my favorite but it's not a bad drama either. The acting for the most part was excellent and the story kept you involved. Doctors doesn't land as high on my listing of favorite dramas only due to the fact that it fell victim to the typical drama ending. There's so much build up towards this intense ending and they try to cram it all into one final episode, but don't leave any room for epilogue. The post-story in this drama lasted approximately 6 minutes. That's enough time for there to be a new director appointed, Jin Myung Hoon to wake up and Hong Ji Hong to propose and that's it. I mean, Doctors' epilogue didn't have to be as long as I hoped Boys Over Flowers would have been, but still at least 20 minutes of post-story.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my review of Doctors. I know it's been a while since I've reviewed a drama, but I plan on putting up a Descendants of the Sun review soon as well as a W – Two Worlds review. Maybe I'll even put up a Uncontrollably Fond review once that series is finished. Thanks for all the support and don't forget to like, comment, and share this post everywhere.
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