The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers
After three LOOONG years, everyone's favorite South Korean medical drama, Dr. Romantic is finally back! It kicks off its second season with the romantic doctor himself, Teacher Kim (Han Seok Kyu), recruiting new young doctors to work at Doldam Hospital. He comes across cheerful but secretive cardiothoracic surgeon Cha Eun Jae (Lee Sung Kyung) and Seo Woo Jin (Ahn Hyo Seop), a cynical general surgeon with a troubled past. Doldam Hospital's staff and patients soon become entangled in a web of corruption, a battle over principles, and romance. With the guidance of Teacher Kim, the two new doctors slowly realize the true essence of donning the white coat. Who knows? They might even heal scars of their own.
The Short, Honest Plot
The drama puts a spotlight on humanity—all the pretty, ugly, and ROMANTIC sides of it.
Did You Know?
- Hyo Seop was an idol trainee and was supposed to debut with JYP Entertainment's GOT7. But being 6'2', he was simply too tall to debut with the rest of the group's members!
- A Seoul-based Filipina actress landed a role in the drama and even shared pictures with Lee Sung Kyung and other cast members on Instagram.
- Yang Se Jong returns as Do In Beom in the show with a special cameo appearance!
The Actors And Where You Last Saw Them
Han Seok Kyu as Teacher Kim
One of the most-respected seasoned actors in South Korea, Seok Kyu has been a household name since the 90s, having starred in two critically acclaimed films, No. 3 and Shiri. He went on a hiatus due to a disc problem but returned to the limelight better than ever with the historical drama Deeply Rooted Tree, which earned him the Grand Award at the 2011 SBS Drama Awards. More recently, you might have seen him in the 2019 OCN thriller drama Watcher.
Ahn Hyo Seop as Seo Woo Jin
He made his acting debut in the 2015 smash web drama Splash Splash Love. Since then, the actor has landed roles in various dramas like Top Management with actress Seo Eun Soo (who starred in Dr. Romantic Season 1) and Abyss with Park Bo Young.
Lee Sung Kyung as Cha Eun Jae
Before she gained worldwide recognition as Bok Joo for the 2016 drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, the model turned actress starred as a neurosurgeon in another medical drama, Doctors.
What I Think:
Watching the second season felt like ~coming home~. I was reunited with the characters I grew to love in the first season, from the charismatic Head Nurse Oh Myung Sim to the ever-reliable Manager Jang (and even Mr. Goo)! I felt like three years didn't pass by.
Season 2 banks on nostalgia but it doesn't dwell on it too much. The drama is as fast-paced as ever with the introduction of patient after patient, each with their own heart-wrenching story, rolling into Doldam Hospital's ER. Ultimately a drama about humanity, Dr. Romantic teaches us that situations are not always black and white, and certain realities push us to make decisions we are not proud of. The drama forces us to look at each character, empathize with them, and even look at ourselves and accept that we are also a work-in-progress.
For Teacher Kim or Kim Sabu, people are more important than any political motive and reputation. This very principle of his is tested as new hospital administrators aim to threaten the existence of his hospital. What makes things worse is that he is not in his best condition. He suffers from pain as a result of an injury obtained from a bus accident. The image of a ~weak~ Kim Sabu is so completely different from the strong and reliable Teacher Kim I was used to. I felt helpless for him, and Season 2 allowed me to see a more human side of the character.
Dr. Romantic, despite its title, doesn't have a lot of romance. Don't be disappointed, though! The main couple's chemistry is still undeniable. Nothing felt forced. The romance slowly built up after each episode and instead of the kilig moments we're all used to, we get a more mature kind of relationship: one based on friendship and respect. Nurse Park and Doctor Yoon's storyline is also one of the highlights of the season. You'll surely enjoy their innocent and pure relationship.
Lastly, the drama left a lot of questions unanswered and a lot of possibilities as well (Season 3, anyone?) Until then, I will continue to ponder on one of Kim Sabu's best advice: "Never stop asking why we live and what we live for. The moment you stop asking, romance will be gone from your life."
What My Friend Thinks:
"It's a well-written drama that focuses on the lives and struggles of those in the medical field. As the story progresses, we see massive development from the two doctors learning under the tutelage of Kim Sabu...From Seo Woo Jin, we learn to push on in life no matter how hellish it gets because there's always hope. From Cha Eun Jae, we learn that even those who appear to be on top of everything have demons to face. The drama lives up to the promise and greatness of the first season!"—Shain
I'd Recommend It To:
It's a must-watch for K-drama veterans who are looking for a show that will spice up their already long list of dramas to watch!
The drama should also be in the to-watch list of medical TV show fans out there. If you're a fan of Grey's Anatomy or House MD, you'll enjoy the intriguing and challenging medical cases introduced in this drama.
I'd also recommend it to all the twenty-somethings who feel lost at times. May you find a Kim Sabu in your life, someone who will help you realize your goals and dreams even if you're not really sure of them at the moment.
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