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Doctor Stranger ‒ Ep 17-18 Discussion Post (Spoiler Warning!)

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The series will revolve around Park Hoon, a South Korean who was captured with his father and grows up in North Korea. He is trained to become a genius doctor, and though Park Hoon lands a job at the best South Korean hospital after defecting, he is treated as a foreigner. To find his lost North Korean first love, Song Jae Hee, he does anything to make money.






[Script revisions or aka why this drama turned into a mess]
This has been a head-scratching last few days for Dr. Stranger viewer. First there was the bizarre creative decision to repackage the drama into a two hour Chinese movie, with even the consideration of dubbing the voices since the Chinese audience hates subs and are totally A-OK with dubbing.
Then the PD gave an interview where I swear he basically shat answers out of his nostrils and gave everyone a collective migraine afterwards.
Apparently the original outline for DS was a straight up medical drama where the characters of Soo Hyun and Hoon were the leads. The initial outline was junked once SBS intervened to order the original concept juiced up on steroids with spy and romance elements since straight up medical dramas were in a ratings slump around the industry.
So the screenwriter went to work and came up with the drama we saw in the beginning where Jae Hee is the lead and the first love the central premise of the spy story with a side of medical stuff. The casting didn’t come until after the revised concept was presented as the first few scripts, so the casting choices weren’t affected by whatever the original outline was since that never saw the light of day. Park Min Young was offered the first female lead role of Jae Hee/Seung Hee, she considered for a bit during which time Kang Sora accepted the role of Soo Hyun.
Eventually Park Min Young passed and went off to do A New Leaf and that role was offered to Jin Se Yeon.
If anyone wants to argue that the Soo Hyun offered to Kang Sora was the lead over the Jae Hee offered to Park Min Young, I’ll have to send you to a corner. PD Jin Hyuk wanted to work with Min Young again after City Hunter and really tried to land her for the role here. The DS we saw go off the rails in the mid-section was due to another last minute rewrite when SBS saw the audiences weren’t responding to the spy stuff and all the secretive plotting so told the screenwriter to go back to emphasizing the medical aspects. I swear even the behind-the-scenes stuff in this DS is as ridiculous as what passes for plot onscreen.

[Interview with the author + comments]
The writer of ‘Doctor Stranger’ sang praises for the acting of Lee Jong Suk and Park Hae Jin.
Park Jin-woo, who wrote the script for SBS drama ‘Doctor Stranger’ spoke to reporters at a press conference, talking about the two actors and not holding back his praise.
He expressed, “Lee Jong Suk is really good at acting. He is able to come up with actions and things not even in the script. The winks to convey his emotions, that’s not in my script.”
Writer Park Jin-woo expressed his apologies that even though ’Doctor Stranger’ got 1st place in its time-slot, its ratings are significantly lower than Lee Jong Suk’s previous dramas.
He said in an apologetic tone, “[Lee Jong Suk] had been in a lot of works that broke 20% in ratings, I seem to have held him back”.
The other main actor Park Hae Jin had come from a warm role in ‘You from Another Star’, this time he is taking the opposite kind of character — a cold Han Jae-joon. A new side of him has been discovered through the drama.
Writer Park Jin-woo added that Park Hae Jin “did really well”, especially praising his pronunciation. “He pronounces my script really accurately and acted it out, I am grateful.

Top Comments:
(+56, -1) Park Hae Jin. Lee Jong Suk. Both actors who had an important point to prove with this follow-up piece of work… Especially as a fan of Lee Jong Suk, we know how he put everything on the line and worked hard for this role. To see it go from the high expectations in the beginning down to this now, how can you say these words so easily… I am really so angry I could scream at the writer and director… If the writer really feels sorry for the two actors, please collect your wits for the final episodes… please… I beg you~~~ㅠ.ㅠ.
(+55, 1) You should thank these two actors for everything, and do well in the last four episodes… The female lead just swings from side to side and break her character… let us see Hoon show his true powers and become a real doctor
(+53, -1) The writier must thank the actors!!! The script is nothing… Even the actors must feel irritated when acting out the script.
(+53, -1) Writer Park, if you know all this, you should be so thankful. Will be watching this until the end for Jongsuk-ssi. Just wrap up the ending well please.

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