굿 닥터 (Good Doctor)

It’s only been a few years since Moon Jun Won debuted. I’ve seen pretty much everything he’s been in and he’s already played such a wide variety of characters which only proves how versatile he is.

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From the awkward slouch and mannerisms on his first appearance, I knew that this role would be a huge challenge.Park Si On’s life is surely going to be tough.And as expected, Joo Won is 100% committed to the character.I think the best point of comparison to Park Si On’s is his Lee Kang To portrayal in Gaksital. (And then of course, there’s his real aegyo-filled self in 2 Days & 1 Night.) Daebak! It’s like he literally steps into another world and becomes an entirely different person every time. And he could SING too! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

Moon Chae Won who plays Dr. Cha Yoon Seo, is equally attractive and talented.

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The first time I saw her was in Lee Seung Gi’s Shining Inheritance (I didn’t like her then) but I loved her in The Princess’ Man with Park Si Hoo. More than just a pretty face, I think she picks her projects quite carefully and gives an all out impressive performance specially in melodramas, note Innocent Man with Song Joong Ki.

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The power of these 2 Moons is certainly the biggest asset of the show as they consistently complemented each other. (Because a romantic relationship between a strong willed female doctor and her socially awkward,mentally underdeveloped hoobae would be completely cringe worthy if not placed in the hands of good looking convincing actors.)

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Originally entitled Green Scalpel, Good Doctor is the story of a young man who aspires to become a doctor in spite of having Savant syndrome.I didn’t know much about that term except for its relation to autism.However,Savant syndrome is not actually recognized as a mental disorder.It is an unusual brain development which gives a person some extraordinary genius-level scientific/mathematical/musical/artistic abilities but a childlike mental state.

I love a series that could make me cry from the get-go.And that opening scene with young Si On and his protective Hyung is truly a heart-tugging memory.It easily established the strong driving force that pushes Si On towards his dream of becoming a pediatric surgeon.

THE GOOD

Park Si On!

Anything related to real life mental condition is a very sensitive issue. There’s a huge probability of offending the audience if it’s misrepresented or overplayed; but Joo Won portrayed Si On’s character with utmost care and control.  *Best Actor Award! Ppali ppali!*

Exciting Medical Operations

Good Doctor is first and foremost a medical drama so it’s nice to see that the literal sense of being one is not being pushed aside.The show has some nail-biting near death cliffhangers,specifically the last one with In Hae.She’s sooo lovable and we all know what happens to lovable characters in Kdrama land…(Though too good to be true, quite abrupt and miraculously, still it’s a relief she survived.)

Balanced Aww and LOL moments

Most series have the tendency to get a bit dragging midway.It is also exhausting if it makes you cry every single time but Good Doctor surprisingly has a lighter tone compared to the usual medical dramas.It just ended a few days ago but I’ve already rewatched it twice. *I skipped the boring parts though.Will get to that later.*  And, I literally laughed out loud at some scenes since Chief Ko was quite an awesome source of comic relief.

Mini Bridal Mask reunion

It was touching to see how Director Choi Woo Seok served as Si On’s gentle, loving mentor and second father.

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Then that awkward moment when you remember how much they wanted to kill each other in Gaksital.

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There’s also Lee Kang To’s devoted Abe,cheerful as always,who now plays sunbae Hong Gil-Nam. Mok Damsari’s comrade Jeok Pa as Gyu Hyun’s mom. Young Boon Yi as In Hae,Si On’s confidant. Dr.Cha’s friend who appeared out of nowhere looks like Gye Soon, the circus spy..

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And of course,Gaksital won’t be complete if not for Park Ki Woong’s ultimate cameo appearance!

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THE BAD

Boring Hospital Politics

This is obviously the part that I usually skip everytime I rewatch an episode.Soft baddies: all talk,empty threats.It was obvious from the moment they showed Deputy Director Kang’s sick son (ironically,only the Sungwon University Hospital doctors could cure him) that it’s only a matter of time til he’ll have a change of heart and all those talks about the hospital takeover would just purely be a waste of time.Ssing Ssing!

THE CUTENESS

I have no words!

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With the actors’ superb performances and the characters’ endearing relationships,Good Doctor’s strength lies in its ability to move the audience.It is not merely about Park Si On’s journey alone but also of those he met along the way.He wasn’t the only one who changed, the people around him did too.It is easy to tolerate overused tropes and plot holes when they are compensated with good acting and some character development.

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As much as we want life to be all about happy thoughts and pixieimage
dusts,we’re in a reality where we can’t stop time and we all have to grow up.

Life is not fair and shit happens but that’s OK because according to the show, “in order to become a GOOD person, one has to have a lot of scars”.

And sometimes,it’s just nice to look at the world through the eyes of a child.

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