Medical Top Team

Medical Top Team (2013)

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A drama about an elite medical team, a doctor team that draws only the best doctors from each area, fights to make miracles possible and trying to fare its way amidst a power struggle shaking up the hospital. However, the doctors start getting into conflicts with one another when love enters the hospital mix. This drama will center around Paran Hospital's unpaid doctor Park Tae San, a skillful medical surgeon who has read morea warm heart but straightforward to a fault. He is doing good deeds and working at a free medical office for those in need and is a cancer specialist of the team.

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    Top Medical Team

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Dec 13, 2013
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
During much of its run, the primary buzz surrounding Medical Top Team was how poorly it fared in weekly ratings. While it competed against goliaths Secret Love and The Heirs, such a deficit might be expected. One may even go on to argue that ratings do not necessarily measure the quality of a show -- and typically I would agree with that person. Yet, despite undeniable starting potential, I can't help but read more think the viewership was onto something with this one.

What if I said Medical Top Team had a split personality? Several weeks ago, panicking network MBC announced a change in scriptwriters; whether or not a switch actually occurred is dubious. In any case, the focus and tone of the drama seemed to shift rapidly around the same time. What we began with was a somber medical offering, complete with meticulous operations and multitudes of jargon. Cases felt realistically engaging and hospital politics well-written and relevant. Character interaction possessed an understated, slow-burn potential, though most attention was paid to the overall workplace atmosphere. Viewers searching for something more technically sound, like me, would have enjoyed this to the end.

However, around midway, much more focus was placed on individual characters (including romances and personal drama). The result was a marked shift away from the surgical team element, which was sort of the entire point. Other stumblings include muddied simplification in hospital politics, plot-lines hastily handled, and character trajectory which sometimes felt pandering or out of line. Relationship evolution of and between certain characters became the worst offenders of this, especially within the last five episodes. Overall development was incredibly rushed, right up to the ending; little to no focus on romance suddenly becomes episodes without scalpels, but stuffed full of sudden hugs and almost-kisses.

Performances suffer inconsistencies as well, stemming from both issues with the script and fizzling chemistry between actors. This comes from a person with many favorites present in the cast.

For instance, Jung Ryeo Won plays a role lacking in everything from settled back story to likability; her presence can only be called wooden, which is *not* the standard for this talented actress. What worsens the effect is how little spark exists between her and either male lead, though particularly Joo Ji Hoon. Zero chemistry, there, platonic and otherwise. But on that note, Joo Ji Hoon manages to have the best portrayal and most consistent character in the series. Late episodes allowed him to show more range and were very kind to him, though the styling department never was. His work with Kwon Sang Woo (whom I found likable) and Jun Noh Min (twice now, after Five Fingers) was strangely fun to watch. Favorable mentions go to Alex Chu and Park Won Sang, while the huge amount of airtime enjoyed by Oh Yeon Seo will forever have me scratching my head. Her acting wasn't great though she very nearly eclipsed Jung Ryeo Won as female lead, a disappointment of itself: Dr. Seo needed the extra time.

Fine music stands tall as the best element throughout Medical Top Team. Most instrumentals are memorable and suit each situation well. There are also two very nice vocal pieces including the stirring "Firelight," (John Park) and catchy number "Can You Feel Me?" (Melody Day). Other positive highlights include an actual, modern hospital used in filming, deliciously bright color palettes used for sets and clothing, and sharp cinematography.
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14 people found this review helpful
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Dec 15, 2013
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
I will preface this review with a statement. I don't like medical dramas. I watched this only because of the actors. This drama is boring. Plus, I think the writers changed and you could tell. The writer failed the possibilities.

I like most of the actors in this drama. Joo Ji Hoon as Chief Han was excellent. I was with him emotionally from beginning to end. Jung Ryeon Won is also great read more as the feminine, but strong Dr. Seo. Her character could have been better developed, but she had great chemistry with Ji Hoon. The kiss was HOT!!! It would have been good if that relationship had been better developed also. Kwon Sang Woo was totally adorable as the sensitive and principled Dr. Park. Oh Yeon Seo was too cute as Dr. Choi. I really enjoyed her character. Kim Young Ae is an excellent veteran actress. I wish I could post spoilers, because I had a great story line for her character and Dr. Park.

The music is nothing special.

I won't rewatch this.

If you like medical dramas, then you would probably like this more than me. I don't necessarily recommend it, but it isn't horrible.
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It's a medical drama and it reminded me of this drama a lot.
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    AngelRu Jul 9, 2017 - edited

    I am a bit disappionted in coupling.. but the story was great. Howcome I feel like the 1st half snd 2nd half of the drama made by different director. how come lead kwon sang woos love turned way like this. I am sorry...

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    HyeKyo_Joongki May 30, 2016 - edited

    Ugh! I Thought Jung Ryeo Won And Kwon Sang Woo will end up here! at first they're chemistry is Hotter Than Fire! But In the middle it was kinda boring and then Oh Yeon Seo Begins to ruin their Love Story I Knew it! That Park Tae Shin Likes Seo Joo Young I Can See It In His Eyes And Seo Joo Young's Eyes! I Love Ju Ji Hoon But I Think Kwon Sang Woo And Jung Ryeo Won Suits In This Medical Drama Wouldn't It Be Great If Kwon Sang Woo And Jung Ryeo Won End Up Together And Wouldn't It Be Good If Oh Yeon Seo Will End Up With Choi Min Ho? And Ju Ji Hoon Will Find The Right Girl For Him In Time... That's What Writer Should Write! Why are they putting chemistry between kwon sang woo and jung ryeo won together they know that many people will love them! they shouldn't give it any meaning! Ughhh! This Drama Is Like Lee Jong Suk And Kang Sora In An Also Medical Drama ''Doctor Strangers'' People Are Angry Because Park Hoon(Lee Jong Suk) And Oh Soo Hyun(Kang Sora) Didn't End Up Together! And Also I'm The Die Hard Fan Of Lee Jong Suk And Kang Sora!

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    IAmNikkyG Nov 14, 2015 - edited

    Who did Jung Ryeo Won ended up with?

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    nuka Oct 2, 2015 - edited

    it started very slow with kind of scattered story line but from the middle it turned to be a great fast pace drama. I enjoyed it from the second half when the team started to move like a team. and the romance sub stories were healthy and meaningful. enjoyed this.

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    Gardenia Mar 6, 2015

    I really love Park Tae Shin's character, if you have any dramas with the same sweet, kind and funny guy please recommend me one and I'll give you some kisses :*

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    kit1186 Jan 22, 2015

    I feel like if Korean medical shows had new patients every episode like American medical shows they would be a little better because they spend too much time (3-4 episodes) on one patient.

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    kitty Sep 12, 2014 - edited

    i dont know how to play the video plssss help me. what should i do.

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      cutieyuffie Oct 16, 2014

      Uh? You know you have to find the episodes right? This site does not provide the episodes, it's a site to keep track of the episodes of dramas dx

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    DejikoUnicorn Jul 6, 2014 - edited

    why and when they changed writer?

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      Ginger Sep 20, 2014

      They never did!

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      DejikoUnicorn Sep 21, 2014

      I read everywhere that they changed the writer!

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      Ginger Sep 21, 2014

      no it's because the drama became more romantic near the end everyone suggested they changed the writer but they didn't!

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    titi_odus May 4, 2014

    I expected quite a bit from this drama, what with a name like "Top Medical Team".
    I was disappointed and I forwarded a lot, I generally enjoy medical dramas but this not so much.

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    AnnGominho Jan 30, 2014

    Esse drama não foi pra mim tão apaixonante quanto "Good Doctor", mas nem por isso irei desconsiderá-lo.. Gostei bastante também! Ao contrário de algumas séries/dramas médicas que conseguem fazer você se conectar com os pacientes (como Good Doctor), senti falta dessa "conexão" nessa série... Acho que só surtei um pouco com a Ba Wi, aquela criança fofa e apaixonante!!! E sinceramente, torci loucamente para os casais: Joo Young & Seung Jae, e o Tae Shin & Yeo Jin!!!

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    AlexB Jan 29, 2014

    I liked a lot kwon sang woo in stairway to heaven, he was really really great in it, and i can't understant why they waste his talent like this...

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    iamsarah Dec 28, 2013 - edited

    is their romance or is it all medical?

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      kit1186 Jan 22, 2015

      There was romance but surprisingly there wasn't that much of a love triangle

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    ELFfreak Dec 16, 2013

    It started of good, the middle were just (I was nearly dropping it)average. But when they changed the writer the drama were getting more intense. So the last 4 episodes very pretty good actually.
    But I can't deny that is was boring sometimes and I wish the top team had more cases. It was more political business and love problems than difficult surgery cases.

    But I gave this drama a 7, just because the acting were superb and that Minho looked like sad puppy in every episode. So adorable! XD

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      Ginger Jan 8, 2014

      They didn't change the writer she just likes to bring the romance near the end :)


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    South Korea
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    Oct 9, 2013 to Dec 12, 2013
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    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    7.0 (scored by 1,410 users)
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