Kolorful Palette: Budapest cruise [Dr. Stranger]
Like a lot of people, I’m not that interested in medical dramas, but I am a fan of Lee Jong-seok, and he hasn’t disappointed. It’s hard not to be a fan when he seems to so effortlessly take a drama chock-full of ridiculousness and turn it into something compelling.
I’m actually happy this drama is a hodge-podge of different genres because it’s too unrealistic (at least for me) to do any one genre well enough on its own. With all the switching between romance, comedy, melodrama, medical suspense and political thriller, I never get weary of any given area, and instead find myself genuinely interested in what’s happening. It helps that it’s pretty impossible not to care about Hoon (thank you Jong-seok) but there are certainly other elements in place that are working in this show’s favor.
I get the impression that a lot of people don’t like Jin Se-yeon as Jae-hee/Seung-hee, but she’s spent so much time comatose or missing that it’s tough to say how her character will play out. I do think she was completely adorable with Hoon in the first episode, and they were such a great couple that Hoon’s years of pining feel believable, especially considering the upbringing he had. It drives me crazy in dramas when two people meet for two minutes, and that one brief meeting is enough to establish that they’re “destined,” so they spend the rest of the drama fighting for each other. I’m glad these two have some legitimate back-story, so it actually feels like they know what they’re fighting for.
I do think that Jae-hee and Seung-hee are the same person, since it was very obviously not a fatal gun shot that she took on the bridge. I know that she should be dead anyways because of her surgery, but generally on TV if someone isn’t very clearly 100% dead, they are alive, no matter how unrealistic it seems. Audiences tend to need closure, so uncertain death is pretty unsatisfying (unless it happens as a finale). I also just want Jae-hee and Seung-hee to be the same person since I don’t find the idea of falling in love with a doppelganger very romantic (especially since the personalities involved usually have nothing in common).
I don’t have any one reason I chose to draw this scene, but I really enjoyed the Budapest aesthetic, and it was also just nice to see Hoon have a happy moment with Jae-hee, no matter how fleeting. I always find it interesting how different various countries look on camera. It seems like sky should be sky and grass should be grass, but factors such as altitude and air quality can make such a huge difference that I am continually amazed.
I’m still a bit uncertain of what this drama’s overall tone is going to be, but I’ve decided to be optimistic since I want to like it and stick with it despite its flaws. I feel like I’m leaving a lot of dramas unfinished lately, so I’d really like for one to grab hold of me and have me hooked until the end. Dr. Stranger isn’t quite there for me yet, but I see its potential, so here’s hoping.