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Medical drama Syndrome is no Brain

…though you couldn’t tell from its promo material. Syndrome‘s newly released posters and trailer are pretty standard stuff, which I could swear I’ve seen tons of times before. Seriously, is there a medical drama template setting in Photoshop, where you insert actors’ faces and out it spews a generic-looking promo shot with the requisite scrubs, scalpel, and body part of interest?

True, medical dramas are always going to be popular and a great number of them are quite different from each other (see: House versus Grey’s, or New Heart vs OBGYN vs White Tower), so I don’t dismiss Syndrome for being yet another entry in the field. Occupation dramas are just a reason to change the scenery for universal stories of love/ambition/rivalry anyway.

Even still, I just can’t get my interest up for this show, because, well, we just saw Brain, right? The show ended not long ago, aired on Mondays and Tuesdays, and was about neurosurgeons. Syndrome, like Brain, revolves around a motley collection of familiar personalities, from your young female resident to the perfectionist colleague to the cold-hearted surgeon. You may as well call this Brain No. 2 (no relation to HeadsNo2). Or Brain Again. Re-Brained? No-Brainer?

I mean, is there anything about that trailer that’s fresh or interesting? You have pounding music to underscore the life-and-death stakes, fierce looks of dedicated professionals, and a “your life is literally in my hands” motif. I wish they’d chosen to tell us more about the characters or the story, since the concept — Doctors save lives!…or do they? — is about as familiar as they get.

The drama does feature solid actors in its lineup, led by Han Hye-jin (Jejoongwon), Song Chang-eui (Life Is Beautiful), and Park Gun-hyung (Kingdom of the Wind), pictured in the above poster. The second poster includes supporting cast members Jo Jae-hyun (New Heart) and Kim Sung-ryung (Stormy Lovers).

JTBC has done a pretty good job with its inaugural dramas (Padam, Fermentation Family), which have pulled in modest-to-good ratings (Padam in the 1.5% range, Fermentation just under 1%) and have earned some praise for their cinematic quality. I suppose that means there’s a good chance Syndrome will boast equally solid production values, so there’s that.

Syndrome will air after Padam Padam wraps up its run and premieres on February 13.

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SONG. CHANG. UI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3
I'm in.
HAN.HYE.JIN?
I'm double in.

Screw the plot. :P

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hahaahahaha I'm sooo agreed with you on this! LOL

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The only fresh thing about this preview was Jo Jae-hyun, I can't believe he's in another medical drama. New Heart was SO good,almost a masterpiece, but the medical dramas these days (Brain,Syndrome) don't attract me as much as New Heart.

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i love New Heart, but it's Ji Sun who really carried that drama, imho.

i hope they put out a Scrubs-esque medical drama. (Surgeon Bong Dalhee...? idk, i didnt watch). production quality of a medical drama but less of the dark, mellow tone. altho OBGYN has a lighter tone than the other popular Kmedicals.

New Heart and Iryu are still my MAIN medical dramas.

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haven't seen brain but from the promos, its another nuerosurgeon/brain medical drama again. since it looked like brain was a success, i guess they're going with a "since it aint broke, don't fix it" try. i wish they up the ante by doing a medical drama about doing surgery on children/pediatric surgery. children's organs are much smaller compared to an adult, so the stakes can be said is much higher, and will definitely bring in the drama and tears, etc. check out the manga "Saijou no Meii;" it even has villainess doctors.

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oh good lord, it's song chang eui!!!! i could watch that man read a book and call it entertainment.

hormones aside, can we get a change up in gender roles? can't the female be a cold-hearted ambitious surgeon and the male, a heart-on-his-sleeve resident?

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Ammm, I agree with you on both counts... He looks like a reader. And a role reversal would be an awesome change to the drama-landscape...

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mmm i'll pass. han hye-jin's acting bores me, despite the fact that she's sister-in-law to hottie kim kang-woo. the storyline isn't anything fresh either. can't they do a drama about another profession that hasn't been explored much in drama-world?

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DENTIST DRAMA.

intense. right. there.

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I'd totally watch that. Also, if they NEED something medical, can't they do dramas focused on morticians? That's be cool. Something along the lines of Body of Proof.

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Hmm, morticians...

"Stiff Competition" A young man from one funeral home falls in love with the daughter of his biggest rival, who drove the young man's father to suicide ten years before.

"Body (Fluids) of Evidence" - Using lab techniques to help investigators

"Hearsing Around" - Rival funeral homes compete for business

"Grave Error" - plot revolves around trying to identify bodies that were incorrectly buried.

"Dead To Rights" - exploring social justice in the workplace of a cemetary

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Driven to Love You - the new Thai hit about a ghost who falls in love with her hearse driver and refuses to leave the vehicle

Best Dug - The town's best mortician falls hard for a has-been grave digger

Summer Scent - yeah. no changes there. They were all deadly in that .

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- Marble before flowers : With a Thor like stone carver.
- Fated to bury you. Sorry, you shouldn't have killed my cat.
- 1 litre of blood : About a delivery guy who has 60 mins to bring a very rare type of blood to the hospital on the other side of Seoul, on the rush hour.
- 1st shop of still life prince. Everlasting bouquets and portraits for your loved departed ones.
- Lie to me 2 : The prince charming is a drama writer zombie killed by an antifan. Poor guy has hard time confessing his love to his murderess.
- Seducing Mr Infect. Leave that to your imagination.

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"C O R R U P T I O N"

A dangerous group of online characters cause other, innocent members of the community to become snarky smarty-pants.

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Wait, I think this one is already in production.... 8-)

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Mysti AWESOME work!

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Seoul, DDS
Lemme try...

A Bridge for your Heart
Root Canals of Glory
Thrilling Cavities One at a time
You think only canines are sexy? Check out our molars.
Nitrous Oxide: Don't Laugh Alone
We're one Cappy Family

Hahahaha sooooo bad

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Jomo, I have some to add to your list!

Molar Opposites: Warring brother dentists
OcciDental: West is best...or is it?
Toothfully Yours: A touching love story about a determined young dentist and his plucky hygienist
Don't Forget to Floss!: The heartwarming story of a young dentist stricken with early-onset Alzheimers
Spit it Out! Flower Boy Dentist

yeah..that one doesn't need explanation.

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BAHAHAHAHA!

Omg. If there was water in my mouth it wouldn't be in my mouth. jomo & JoAnne *bows*

Can I add?

Gurgle, Gurgle -- the sound of his and her mouth wash (I don't even know what that would REALLY be about.)
or we can go the simple straightforward approach

Teeth!

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Unfortunately the people whop name medical dramas are a lot less creative than you guys. It would probably end up being called "Teeth".

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I think someone definitely forgot to shut down the nitrous oxyde bottle. :) :) I'm laughing like crazy for 10 mins already instead of taking my shower.
This thread is going to be out of control, i can sense it !
Behave girls : We are already spooking people on the OT ( No ! Don't run away people, we are safe and healthy !
Mines, inspired by the showing now at koreandrama :

Korean mandibula : The missing link.
Glowing you : The new extraordinary dental whitening.
Take care of us, Surgeon.

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"Don’t Forget to Floss!: The heartwarming story of a young dentist stricken with early-onset Alzheimers"

You are SO going to Hell. Leave room for us, s'il vous plait.
:)

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Historical
"Toothpick: The Dentilating True Story of the Man That Created George Washington's Smile"
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Haiku
Hear the drilling sound
OW! Not enough lidocaine...
Need to rinse and spit!
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Documentary
"Mouse Decay: Orthodontics for People Who Lisp"
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I almost peed!

I love you all.

I think there actually is a movie called Teeth - it's a horror movie. It was in my Netflix queue for a while (daughter). I love horror movies, but not GROSS horror movies.

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hahahahahaha thank you for the laugh. u're truly a genius. but as a dentist myself I don't think ppl would watch us drilling the teeth, showing the cavities on screen. hahaha. the interesting one maybe jaw correction surgery kinda like plastic surgery... I think korean nip/tuck would be cool

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Before & After: Jaw Correction Surgery Clinic ???
Cavity Prince
Flower Boy Dental Care
Greatest Teeth
Me Too, Dentist!
Unstoppable Wisdom Tooth

I think there is a world of possibility! And I'd like to thank everyone for engaging in my crazy! LOL

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Oh gawwwd this thread took a turn and now it's all about dentistry and therefore my worst nightmare. *shudders*

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Oooh all my fav people are here and livening up this thread...can't resist the pull (pun intended)...here goes:

Rinse Waltz
Shut Up: Flossing Boy Band
Drill High
The Molar That Embraces the Sun
Color of Woman's Teeth
Protect the Floss
Molar Wol the Spy
Take Care of Us, Doctor
Baby-Faced Dentist
I've Fallen for Your Teeth
Lie to Me, and I'll Kill Ya, Doc
My Dentist is a Nine-Tailed Fox
Sign

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LOVE Protect the Floss! hahhahah

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"Molar Wol the Spy" - LOLOL. So that's how they get the microphones embedded..... hee

Really great ones too, YY!!

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I'm pretty sure I'd be all over Drill High!

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TEETH WITH DEEP ROOTS

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*DEAD* XD OMG

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A week before the drama is out and still no official HP...it definitely would help to have some more info.

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you're all so funny!!!

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'No-Brain' gets my vote!

Just the title, not to watch, though. I'm sick (heh) of medical dramas - don't watch them on U.S. tv anymore and won't be watching one from Korean airwaves.

It's too bad, cause I really like the actors featured here - just can't take the content.

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Reading reading reading....Wait, WHAT?! Why does Padam Padam have such low ratings????!!!!! I wish it got as much hype as Moon/Sun/Cloud is getting. :(

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1.50 % of rating is not that bad because JTBC is a young paying channel. It's like for cable programs : 0.50 = low, 1 = normal, 2 and above it's a hit.

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seriously, what's wrong with people? (or what's wrong with me/us?) padam padam has been quite a gem to me.

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II was surprised by the ratings too. Padam was really lovely.

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i second that

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Hee! <3

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After watching New Heart and Brain, my expectations for medical dramas are off the roof. I'll give this a try though.

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I watched Brain and loved it though. But, I think that's because Shin Ha Kyun (who is awesome in every aspect of the word) was in it. Not to mention the hero (I use this term loosely) in Brain was pretty much a cold-hearted, ruthless, antagonist type person which was oh so fun to watch. He had his soft center, yeah, but he was kinda bad in that cray way, man.

I'm not really familiar with anyone here and the plot (or lack of?) doesn't sound like anything I'm gonna go check out anytime soon. But, yay for doctors saving lives!

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I absolutely agree. I love Shin Ha Kyun and watching him act in Brain was like watching a train about to fall off a cliff. He was just about crazy enough to go insane, but empirical enough to stay within reason. That tension between insanity and loveableness made the show for me. Man. I wish I could marry him <33

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Oh man, I watched Brain, stumbled upon ep1 on kbsworld then the rest was history. Shin Ha Kyun kept me tuned, his character was neurotic and a bonafide douche, so awesome lol. Ugh can I be his concubine? Hahaha

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Agreed. I watched Brain first because of SHK's acting, then was smitten by CJW's beauty!! Brain is simply awesome.

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They need to take a lesson from Nip/Tuck promos. They were always awesome. I never saw a dull one or one that was similar to another.

Oh you know what they should do is have a contest where people send in fake promos for a med drama and pick one that meets whatever criteria they have. That's a way to get rid of dull and overused motifs.

Other than that I don't think I will tune in for this. I'm picky as hell when it comes to med dramas. So I might just read a review and see whats up.

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And anyway she's taking off her gloves in the wrong way. Just sayin'...

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LOL @ "You may as well call this Brain No. 2 (no relation to HeadsNo2)."

Yep, sounds like same old, same old. I'll probably check it out but I doubt I'll stick with it, especially since I just watched Brain. A lot of people loved Brain, but I wasn't one of them. I stuck with it because I was riveted by Shin Ha Kyun's tour-de-force performance, however, I thought the writing left a lot to be desired.

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No one can beat the awesomeness that was Brain or Hot Tension so this preview they are showing should be better.I definitely will watch it for Han Hye Jin but it looks horrible.Now let me go rewatch Brain iso everyday this drama is on I can compare. All I ask is that please no one make Han Hye Jin look stupid or have weak main characters.I am so tired of seeing her play in 2nd rate roles or have no one to act off so essentially it ruins a triumph comeback for her. Sigh now let me keep laughing at the funny but hilarious comments on this thread.

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I already have a professional life, I don't want to come home and have to endure more professionals unless they are amazing in every way possible.

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I couldn't get, or rather, didn't feel like getting on the Brain bandwagon cause I have not much interest in the cast. But maybe i should give this medic drama Syndrome a try when it comes around, just for the cast alone. :)

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After watching Shin Ha Kyun in Brain, it's a hard act to follow.
Han Hye Jin's acting leaves me cold. So unless the story line is impressive this will be a No-Brainer.

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I'm waiting for the sequel: Flower Boy Surgeons. - that might be interesting....

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lol... after reading all comments, i think the consensus is that there aren't a lot of potential viewers here. they could just make this into a musical medical drama with the two male leads very good at singing and/or dancing.

i'm still looking forward to it cause i love both guys and i adore Han Hye Jin (altho that's mainly cause I love Geum Soo)

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Hey look, it's Brain!
Shin Ha-kyun -> Song Chang-eui
Jung Jin-young -> Jo Jae-hyun
Choi Jung-won -> Han Hye-jin
Jo Dong-hyuk -> Park Gun-hyung

It really doesn't help that Syndrome's title looks nearly identical to Brain's title. Similar fonts, English spelling underneath, one letter (the "ㅣ" in 린 & 신 for Brain and Syndrome respectively) as a picture... yeah, besides the acting from Shin Ha-kyun, Brain was mediocre at best so I hope only the promos look identical otherwise Syndrome is going to be boring and utterly stupid.

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I do agree with you! I hope it's not just another copycat :(

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I was scrolling down the dramabeans homepage and I saw the picture, and I almost screamed, "SONG CHANGE EUI!!". But then, I didn't want my brother to think I was crazy so...

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I look forward to this medical drama. Maybe "same same but different" so why not give a try. I like the cast. Han Hye Jin has improved with her acting.

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I adored her in the not so well known Terroir. <3

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I love "Brain" sooo much, so maybe I will give this a try...for the first ten minutes....
*I miss Shin Ha-kyun*

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I've actually never gotten into a medical drama, it just doesn't phase me. I wish Han Hye Jin had starred in something else cos I really like her but oh wells..

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Oooh... another medical drama. I loved Brain and Shin Ha Kyun.... but I will give a try to this medical drama :)

-Still, the promo pictures do look very similar especially the one with "brain" on it.... I hope that it will be a great medical drama (or end up just like any other drama; toss aside; though the chances are very high to be toss aside; no offence to others who love the cast (maybe not so much on the drama)

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Maybe if they make this a vampire medical drama, more people would watch. A beautiful doctor gets bitten by a vampire on her way home from work one night. Subsequently she has to fight the temptation to bite her patients, and is forced to guzzle bags of blood from the blood bank when no one's looking. A patient dies after the blood bank runs out of blood (because of her). Should she confess and be staked? Or should she switch to an alternative blood source, specifically, rats living in the hospital pantry, instead?

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Ohhh, YY, I like the premise, especially if she's a third-shift emergency surgeon in a gritty orban hospital.
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"Red-String Sutures of Fate"

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"orban" = "urban" - oops

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I love the cast! I dont care about the plot, havent seen any medical drama in more than a year! So watching this. And a big plus that its from JTBC.

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Maybe it's the music but this preview gave a SIGN vibe. Oh, if only it were true and the quality is comparative to
SIGN, I'd be so, so happy ;-)

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I might be up for this one as long as there are no love triangles and all those couple themes as with most korean dramas,if we can get rivalry,stuff like that,something different I will be happy

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I just finished watching Brain (and re-watched its ending for the second time on KBS World tonight).

It TOTALLY blew me away and I havn't had that high octane urge of addiction to a drama for a long long time. Shin Ha-Kyun is the draw - I hope you can grace our dramaland more often. That intensity just keeps you glued to the screen. Bouncing him is the amazing Jung Jin Young and you got a fantastic double wammy you could only dream of.

I am not sure if this new drama could follow the hard act in Brain.

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haha..i was totally addicted to brain...normally i wait till a drama has finshed before i start watching it ..but i was so addicted after i watched a batch of like 10 eps together...i had to watch it as soon as each episode came out...which is a bit annoying coz u only get 2 eps per week ...SHK is the BEST..lust loved him. lol.

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@epyc, I am like you as Brain totally blew me away! I was never into medical drama until I was memerised by the riveting acting of Shin Ha Kyun one fine Sat afternoon when I spotted his expressive eyes behind a surgical mask in an episode of Brain on KBS World. I then realised that he is the guy who beat Park Si Hoo of the more popular drama TPM, to the Daesang award!I even followed the remaining series thru live streaming. It is so underrated online BUT is a hit in Korea and Shin Ha Kyun has garnered a huge following because of it.

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I'm glad to see that I wasn't the only one who was so into Brain, I fell in love with Shin Ha Kyung since ep 1 and I had to watch all of his films.he,really, is a great actor. I can't believe I didn't know him in my "6 years in dramas world". I was never into medical dramas and stuff. But brain and Shin Ha Kyung really stole my heart.

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i can't agree with you more dramabeans about the trailer...it looks almost identical to brain's promo..i mean like the same colour scheme...fonts..they even have the CG Brain sketch..plus the music is similar too....can they even do that...lol

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These actors deserve better. Especially Han Hye Jin.

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Looks like Kim Sung-ryung & Jo Jae-hyun play Song Chang Eui's doctor parents.

7min Hightlights clip of EP 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-0CYcQIzxk

2nd teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R-4pkkvuh4

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Why can't they have an ajumma doctor and a younger male intern instead of the typical? I can see him, all gooey eyed as he stares at her over his mask while she performs a complicated surgery. Then, when a patient dies, she's all stoic, but he finds her out in the staircase, weeping copious amounts of tears, and hot young intern comes in and comforts her. She's sure she can't be married; her life is too busy and men are too intimidated by her brains and career. He's bored with girls his age, and is starving for a woman with substance and a strong grip on life. Set in the backdrop of an urban ER, where there can be numerous cases, with maybe one main case running throughout. Has this ever been done? I'm fairly new to the drama world, but haven't seen anything like this. If there has, let me know; I'll definitely be there to watch.

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You should try Ob / Gyn ( i know Viki and Mysoju have it ).
The romance(s) are touching and the medical cases ( a lot of babies if that could decide you ) interesting ( a bit bloody and very heartwrenching ). There are some fun moments too, so at the end it's a realistic and well balanced drama.

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I'm on it! Thanks for the recommendation. :D

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I will definitely try it for the cast, but I freaking loved Brain and Shin Ha Kyung was such a joy to watch that it would be tough to top that. However, Brain really relied a lot on Shin Ha Kyung and his delivery so maybe this drama wouldn't be so focused on one character. It worked for Brain because Shin ha Kyung had great delivery and had a very entertaining character. Kind of like how House works. The show is all about Hugh Laurie and he absolutely has to deliver for it. In comparison to Greys Anatomy which focuses on different characters.

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Vhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9Mwf8Gyn9I&feature=player_embedded

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i love this drama not only because song chang ui is my favorite actor and han hye jin is one of my fave actress, but also the story is very well-executed. it’s my first time watching a medical drama because i mylself, doesnt have the courage to see a surgery although i know it’s all an act but i gave syndrome a shot..
anyways aside from the superb story the music is outstanding can someone please tell me the name of the song that has been played on the end of episodes 13-20, cause everytime i search for the soundtrack only u-kiss’ “remember” is coming out, i badly want to know what song is that thanks..

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Just finished "Brain" this weekend and boy was it GREAT!! I literally stayed up for an entire day for the drama. Shin Ha Kyun's acting was phenomenal! He stole the show! Or more like, he was the show! There isn't a heavy emphasis on the whole love story, but that shouldn't deter anyone from watching the drama. I've been out of the whole kdrama world for so long (about 4 years) and Shin Ha Kyun's acting pulled me back in. However, I've been attempting to watch some kdramas and nothing has been able to lure me in "Brain" did.

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