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Premiere Watch: Hospital Ship

We’ve got a new medical drama on the way this week, as MBC’s Hospital Ship sets sail for small-town adventures in doctoring. I’m curious to see how much the hospital-on-a-ship concept will differ from the usual fancy hospital full of politics, and whether the warm human drama that was promised will come through.

 

Hospital Ship

 
Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Broadcaster: MBC
Genre: Medical, human drama
Episode count: 40 (half-hour episodes, 20 hours in total)

Reasons to watch: This is Ha Ji-won’s first drama in two years since the very disappointing Time I’ve Loved You, so it would be really nice to have her comeback be a good one. I mean, it has to be better than her last drama, right? She’s reuniting with the writer of Hwang Jin-yi for this, so that’s definitely a promising collaboration. It also has a premise that reminds me of Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim, which is a good thing: A talented big city surgeon heads to the sticks and finds doctoring in this new environment to be frustrating, but steadily grows into a true doctor. I’m not sure about a romance with Kang Min-hyuk, but if they can make her character’s growth arc as a doctor compelling on its own, that would be reason enough to watch for me. I’m hoping for a lot of cute friendships and a fun, ragtag crew—surely living together on a ship will speed those relationships along?

Bon voyage!

 
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I watched the ep 0 and my expectations are rising :D
#dramapleasebegood

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I'm always looking for the premiere date in these Premiere Watch posts, and then I realize that it's either airing the same week or in another week. Can't believe it's coming out on Wednesday! So fast. All these new shows comin' at me and I'm still so behind on all the currently airing ones. Nonetheless, this is definitely on my watch list because of Ha Ji-won and the fact that it's a medical. Yeah, you read that last part right. Haha.

Side note: I love the pink scrubs on the guy on the far left.

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I hope this will be as good as Lee Yo-won's "Surgeon Bong Dal-hee." It was also a hit.

Here's hoping for more good/hit dramas headline by women.

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Yes! I have waiting for a Ha Jiwon drama for so long. Please don't disappoint me show TT

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I watched a few BTS clips and it feels like it's going to be focus on the doctors and people who live on islands. It made me anticipate more (plus Ha Ji Won).

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Please don't struck in lovelines. Focus on medicial factor just like Romantic Doctor.

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The reverse harem poster for Hospital Ship makes me want to call this drama "Flower Boy Next Cabin"

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LOL this comment is gold ?

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Where do I sign up for this cruise? #toomuchpretty

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Ha Ji-won's character would probably prefer Shut Up Flower Boy Doctor more lol

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Hahaha. Ha Ji-won kicking butt onscreen is always awesome to see. Hopefully the noona romance will not feel too much like Grandma Over Flowers.

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Hopefully they'll manage to have a Secret Love Affair on the ship. It might be hard to pull off, but if anyone could do it, it would be a North Korean spy. ;)

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Yaaaaas, Queen HJW and her pretty sidekick boys. Here's hoping this drama ushers in a better cycle.

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When i see Hajiwon in this drama, Yes I'm very exciting. But after seeing the male lead, DAMN poor Hajiwon.

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Girlfriday looks like Hajiwon antis?

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Why would you say that? They're always cheering her on. Her drama King 2 Hearts is a Dramabeans legend. It was just that her last drama wasn't very good in their opinion.

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Rmb when TK2H broke the records for most comments. 2000+ on the recaps!! It held it for quite a few years until Healer came along I think. Legend on db indeed :D

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I'm not really into medical dramas but I'm really excited for this one. I guess it's the power of Ha Ji-won and the desire to see her in an awesome drama again.

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Oh I like the episode length. Thought worked really for SUSPICIOUS PARTNER which damned I miss terriby now.

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Is it starting on Wednesday? That's quick. I'm looking forward to the island hopping medical team.

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A 20 year old playing one of the doctors. Another time traveller from Joseon who fell through the manhole?

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Lols, I'm aboard this Flower Boy Hospital Ship. Mainly for the pretty scenery, and I do mean the islands!

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Fingers crossed DramaFever doesn't lose the license at the last minute.

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I am a fan of her...but i really love King2Heart because it's with one of my fave kdrama actor LSG. Good luck to this one Ms. Ha Ji Won.

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Love your alias! I just found LSG and need to watch King 2 Hearts myself. Looks like o have two reasons to watch it now!

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Oh my, you're in for a wonderful ride! There are so many good reasons to watch King2Hearts. :)

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I miss the Empress! Yay for a new drama of Ha Ji Won. Will tune it to this every week! ??

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Hajiwon is a QUEEN Noona Dongsaeng pairing. Ahhhh, it's make me missing TK2H couple ??

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I just hope they specify what type of surgeon she is, because I won't be able to take this show seriously if they have her performing heart surgery and brain surgery and spinal surgery and foot surgery lol. I hope that they realize that each surgeon has his/her own specialization, and that a heart surgeon can't perform any other type of surgery and so on.

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Haha, I agree, but then again doctors might be called to do stuff outside their specialty when they're in a rural clinic (or a hospital ship). I guess my main gripe (already) is that there are plenty of doctors who don't do surgery. But so far in Kdramas I've only ever seen surgeons get the spotlight, and they operate on everything from hearts to little toes. I suppose opening up bodies fascinates viewers lol.

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PLEASE BE GOOD!
Excited to see Ha Ji Won again. I stuck with Time I’ve Loved You to the end, but it wasn't great.

Really hoping Hospital Ship will be a nice hit with vibes like Romantic Teacher Doctor Kim.

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Looking forward to it !
Sounds a lot like the Japanese drama "Clinic on the Sea" with Shota Matsuda.

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I hope DB recaps this. ?

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Was worried about pairing ha Ji won with min Hyuk, but then her pairing with ji Chang Wook in Empress Ki worked for me despite their 10yr age gap.

So I'm hoping for the best, I missed watching ha Ji won in a drama

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Pls recap on this! :)

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