Drama Pick: Good Doctor

by AsianLadyAbroad

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A genius with deficiency becoming a hero is something only possible in comic books. Rather than a comic book here, I need a partner with whom it’s possible to communicate- Dr. Do Han on the 4th episode

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I’ve been twisting around my sofa, gripping the edge and from time to time kicking and squealing in my seat as I watch Actor Moon Jun Won amazingly execute the role of a Savant Syndrome patient named Park Shi-On in the new drama called Good Doctor. And when that frenzy happens to me I know I’m simply on the right track of k-drama land. After King of Dramas and The Greatest Love. I think this will be the next drama to be included in my really short list of Favourites.

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First off, I’ve always liked fast-paced and straight to the point writing and direction. And Good Doctor have reached that qualifications in their first 2 episodes by presenting the main subject: Park Shi-On’s an autistic young man with a genius mind who wants to be a doctor and backstories: He was inspired to become a doctor because of his rabbit and brother, he has a drunkard father who’s very brutal to them, a clinic doctor became his ‘second’ father who also helped hit to become the ‘robot’ doctor today crucial to set the the foundation of the lead character all in the first two episode. If I would be interpreting this drama in my own terms I’d say that it is like a healthy burger served perfectly in all honestly. No cheating by removing or adding parts that aren’t compatible or necessary just to make the each episode prolonged. However, it’s also not afraid to slow down a little bit when the situation requires it before going back to its initial approach of bombarding us with intense and gripping innuendos. Acting wise, I’d say all of them have been very compatible and convincing with their respective parts. The head Doctor of the paediatric team cold attitude towards Park Shi-On, the hospital’s fatherly gesture towards Park Shi-On, the bitchy attitude we get from the General Manager slash fiancé of team head Doctor and weird old guy who wants the position just all simply work well together.

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Most especially Actor Joo-won (who plays Park Shi-On) whom I really commend for becoming fluid and amazingly realistic as an autistic man rather than someone who’s only mimicking an impaired person. What’s really admirable about his acting is that he portrays the character without making us feel irritated. In fact, watching him alone is the only thing that makes every thing interesting. He just blossoms into the character who’s, despite his limitations and impulses that becomes the cause of agony among his co-doctors, very much independent and capable of mature emotions in contrary to what his co-workers have been labelling him with, ROBOT. (It’s just really a matter of perception, I tell you). In regards to his OTP with actress Moon Chae Won, I’d be frank and say that I can’t feel any chemistry, AT ALL. It’s like dating a wall. Acting wise she’s good because that’s her person in the drama. She must by any means give justice to her role. But what she always lacks in is when she’s supposed to act in love it still oddly feels like acting. Which was what I also felt while watching way back to her Nice Guy days. As much as Song Joong Ki and she looked good together, over all effect still felt devastatingly flat. What I’m trying to drive at here is when one is supposed to look in love he or she might as well feel in love. Not just using those smouldering gazes and intense eye stares we usually see in K-dramas. Because falling in love is not all about eye stares, it’s the aura you present and the atmosphere you share. (Although I personally thought she looked prettier there, maybe because of her leading man? I mean she wouldn’t want it if he looked prettier than her, would she?)

GD 5Although this statement may be deemed as arguable since only five episodes have been aired (for now) I still think that she should try and truly let herself out in that area because I dare to say that Moon Joo Won can totally send those sparks flying despite the character portrayal he has to handle. And if she won’t do it with him, I will. Mark my word! 😉 Overall, I’d say this drama is good and engaging. Despite the medical theme, which looks all business-y, I was mysteriously magnetised. Alas, my feelings were right! So if you’re one of those apprehensive K-dramatics who wants to try something new but is very much apprehensive I’d say this K-drama is for you because of its genuine substance, good writing quality and real entertainment.

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