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ShreeyaSharma

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ShreeyaSharma

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May 17, 2014

Doctor Stranger Ep4 Review

I haven't seen that many Korean Dramas but judging from the ones I've seen so far, this drama has been.. in an entirely other league. I've seen City Hunter which was based on a slightly similar track but this drama has surpassed the level City Hunter set for me. This episode proved that yet again.



Really well acted and executed scenes, I was engrossed the entire time, for every second.



There were just the right amount of cliffhangers, and mysteries - not too much to annoy me and not too little to seem too predictable. But that's the thing, this drama maybe anything but it's not predictable.



They could have showed the surgery on Soo Hyun's mother to be a success in the end (against all odds) and made Park Hoon seem like an invincible hero, but they didn't. It gave such a humbling feel to see him fail, gave a realistic touch to his prodigal doctoral skills. I know it's horrendous of me to say that the death of a patient was a good thing but I'm just seeing the situation objectively.



Either way, a gripping episode deserves more than 10/10.

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Jun 3, 2014

Doctor Stranger Ep9 Review

Ever felt like you've been promised a bag of crisps and you wait excitedly for it, and then when you open it, it's 3/4th full of air? That's what this episode left me feeling. The preview last week made me look forward to the episode so much and didn't deliver any of that.



The first half was intense with the focus on the surgery of the newborn twins. That part was good, edgy and gripping. But that's where the good things about the episode ended. The rest of the episode had nothing but the cat-mouse chase between Jae Hee and Park Hoon. Seriously guys, it's happening so often now that even I can recognize some of the corridors and staircases they run around.



I think the writers are now trying just TOO hard to keep the suspense up. Too much of it starts to annoy me. I know it's essential to keep the viewers hooked and they were doing a marvelous job uptill a few episodes ago, you can check my previous reviews, I was gushing like a nutcase about how amazing the mystery is. But repeating and dragging the same issue over and over again in the bloody same manner? Don't you get bored of writing the same thing? I know I got bored watching it. It was the first time I check the remaining time of the episode to see when I could finish it and go to sleep. That's bad, really.



I hope that the writers find new focal points for the suspense now because the Seung Hee/Jae Hee and Park Hoon chase is driving me insane. I really don't want to stop watching this show because of the sake of the brilliancy is showed in the earlier episodes.



Every show has it's share of good and bad episodes, this was just one of the bad ones, that's all. I hope the streak doesn't continue. I'd hate to think of the show as a disappointment.

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Jun 13, 2014

Doctor Stranger Ep12 Review

THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. DAMN. WOW.



This was THE best episode. of the show. Hands down. I could watch it all over again if I wanted to. This is what the show is capable of and I'm ecstatic that it has finally come back to where it belongs. Reminds of pheonixes :)



Such great acting, I was blown away. AMAZING execution of the episode as a whole. Incorporated the past, the present, everything. I have absolutely no praises that can do justice to this episode.
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May 23, 2014

I Hear Your Voice Pilot Review

I was hesitant to start the series even though I've been reading about it for about a year now. Reason? It seemed too hyped up. I'm currently watching Doctor Stranger and loving Lee Jong Suk's performance in that, watching him act in that show, made me give up my resistance to this one and I started watching it today. I'm not regretting it.



In a drama, the first episode is where normally all the characters are built up and/or the plot is laid and let's be honest, it's not always exciting just listening about the past of the characters, unless there's a mystery involved. THIS episode however, despite just being a plot build up and a character build up, kept me with it till the end. Mainly because of the acting. The young Hye Sung was, captivating, truly. She was the highlight of the episode.



The concept seems fresh for a series, there's going to be courtroom drama, love triangles, Lee Jong Suk - all the ingredients to keep me happy. Very happy :P

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May 17, 2014

Doctor Stranger Ep3 Review

I'm almost screaming like a giddy teenage fangirl right now :D The episode was so much fun! It's magnificent to watch Park Hae Jin and Lee Jong Suk in their respective roles especially when they're treating a patient. Lee Jong Suk seems like such a natural! Completely at ease with his role, and the switch he makes when he's in his 'Doctor' mode - AMAZING. Dr. Han comes across as a really complicated person, I'm not really sure whether I like him or not, his skills are commendable, no doubt.



Like I said, a fun episode, had its moments of laughter, much thanks to Lee Jong Suk, his swearing and cursing was adorable. There's a scene where he holds his hands over his cheeks to protect them from any more of Dr. Oh's slaps and I wanted to climb into my laptop screen and give Dr. Oh a piece of my mind for hurting such a lovable guy. Humph.



And then, suddenly, in the last 10 mins, all the fun ends. BAM. Jae Hee is at the hospital. As a doctor no less! Needless to say, the show's writer's are good at surprising me :D I think Park Hoon just got a major reason to work at the hospital now. But WHY is Jae Hee at the hospital anyway? And she's behaving.. weird. And I can't help but feel there's going to some serious love quadrangle happening, because - hello, am I the only one who saw chemistry between Dr. Oh and Park Hoon?



Agh, the show is just too good for me to second guess everything, so I should just stop.



Hopelessly hooked to the series!

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Dec 4, 2014

Pinocchio Episode 7 Review

The uncanny resemblance the story has with reality is quite unsettling. I've always felt that this show grasps the human tendencies precisely, but it is still unnerving to see it again and again. The way Choi Dal Po struggles with the consequences of his mistake was brilliantly shown. Him sitting in the dark side of the room and his old self berating him with the same words he'd used for In Ha. Maybe now he truly understands what's it like being a reporter. Earlier he was just a victim, after this incident he's bound to feel more responsible as he's got the first hand experience of doing a similar mistake too. Love how the writers gave Dal Po a little shake. I'm glad he's got the Captain to look out for him when he's in a fix of emotions.



One of the best things about this show is that there are probably going to be minimal complications in the romance aspect. In Ha's incapability to lie renders all the misunderstandings moot. The main issues when love stories are at stake are the misunderstandings and the things that the lovers don't say to each other, it's highly refreshing to see people who're upfront with their feelings. Granted, Choi Dal Po is hesitant to admit his feelings for her but the reason behind hiding those feelings is on an entirely different level.



Dal Po meeting his brother in this manner was expected, him recognizing him first was also expected. What surprised me was the interest his brother showed in In Ha. I really really really hope that this is not going to turn ugly. It's understandable that Jae Myung might want to hurt In Ha's mother for doing what she did to their family but.. this is too cruel. Hurting an innocent is not justified in any regard. I hope he comes to his senses before any chance of his salvation is lost.



I'm in awe with the way every episode is so well-made and executed. You've got the serious moments, the mystery, the romance, the comedy, everything mixed so well in the perfection combination you never realize how the time goes by. You just want to continue watching their story because it's so gripping! Truly amazing!

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May 8, 2014

Doctor Stranger Pilot Review

For the first half of the episode it gave me a strong feeling of deja vu. City Hunter (Another drama whose plot foundation was laid on a crucial North-South Korea feud) and this drama seemed to have a tad bit too many similarities. Even the actors (Doctor Park and Assemblyman Jang play the pivotal characters in this show as well) had me making comparisons. But that's where the similarities ended, imo.



Lee Jong Suk breathes fresh air into the episode as soon as he appears (dancing to "Tell Me" XD) and has you hooked onto him with each passing second. It was a delight watching him and I'm giddy with excitement at the prospect of being able to watch him throughout the series.



Tbh, a lot happened in this one episode, but the amazing part is, you don't feel that ANY of it rushed. Everything moves at a fast but fairly good pace. I'm rooting for this show, because after a long while, a pilot episode has had me this interested. I can only hope this level of amazing is carried forward in the rest of the series.

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Dec 5, 2014

Pinocchio Episode 8 Review

This is what a well-written show is. I am astounded at how the emotions are being portrayed so realistically at every point. Be it the dilemma that Dal Po faces when he meets his brother, or the too-hard-to-hide feelings that In Ha and Dal Po have for each other, or the rage and sense of unfairness that Jae Myung feels and acts out on. I've always considered reporters and journalists to be cold people who undeniably work for the better of the world but are more report-oriented than being humane. Most of my perceptions about them were cleared in this episode. Everybody has got their job, they should do well in that regard, nobody can be everything or do everything. I feel that I have matured a little today after watching this episode.



Although it happened quite earlier than what I had expected, the kiss In ha and Dal Po shared felt just right. It just goes to show that although it is a part of the genre, this show is not primarily a romance. Which is a thing I love about this show. It could have easily deviated and become a drag because of a side-line plot but it's sticking to it course and delivering in every aspect. All I feel is respect and admiration for the writers of this show.



Coming to the theories and estimations (I can't help but make them!) - I think that the accident that Jae Myung prevented (which was a really brave thing to do btw) and the news coverage that MSC will do on that will put him in a new light and maybe warm Dal Po towards the idea of revealing his identity to his brother. But the fact that Jae Myung made it abundantly clear that he wants nothing to do with Dal Po or any reporter may deter progress of their relationship. I love how this is not so simple and about to get even more complicated but still seems like a legit thing that could happen with people. Great work by every single person associated with the show. I'm glad I can watch such a wonderful piece of work :)

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Jul 2, 2014

Doctor Stranger Ep18 Review

I've pretty much just accepted my fate as far as this show is concerned. Leaving it now is out of the question, I'm just waiting for the next week when hopefully all the things will come to a proper end.



Finally Jae Joon is back in the spotlight. Amazing stuff. Personally his story is the best one out of the whole lot. It's interesting, seems to have a purpose and a definite line of direction - things that the other plotlines lacked.



One thing that I'm happy about is the things aren't feeling rushed. There are two more hours to finish everything and there's not much left so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the writers will respect the sentiments of the people who are STILL watching the show after all this time and give the show a good end.

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Jun 19, 2014

Doctor Stranger Ep14 Review

Finally some vital questions answered! Better late than never seems to be the mantra I chant these days while watching the show. The fog around the mysteries surrounding everything has thinned a lot after this episode.



Not an exceptional episode, but a good one nonetheless. Thank god for the actual medical thrill they're providing us finally.
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May 23, 2014

Doctor Stranger Ep6 Review

There is always a first time for everything. And for the first time, after the end of an episode in a drama, I'm struggling to find words that can describe what I'm thinking. This is what this show does to me. It's almost scary how good it is getting. Great job, Show, you got under my skin, bravo!



Have you ever seen a person desperately begging someone? Today I did. The way Park Hoon tried to get JH/SH to talk to him, it broke my heart. You could actually see the desperation in his eyes and actions. JH/SH is either a really good actor or a really cold person. And now that we know she really is Jae Hee, I think either she is too determined to see through whatever The Mission is, or she doesn't know she is Jae Hee herself, and is just acting out the part set out for her by Officer Cha, which would be quiiite interesting. Dr. Choi seems like a linchpin in all of this grand scheme. Will have to wait it out to see how all this unfolds I guess.



The jaw-dropping revelations in the episode had me in shock. No kidding. My mouth was hanging open half the time during the episode. Granted the show's doing a good job of maintaining the mystery but, ugh, I hate being in the dark for so long. I can't even guess properly, the show's being such a tease :/ One minute you think you have it all figured out and then WHAM the show sends another brilliant twist at you. I'll consider it a feat if I manage to keep my sanity by the end of the series.



Although I'm not a very couple-biased drama viewer, and I always respect whatever pairing they come up with in the shows and let things work out at their own pace, I can't help but try and somehow MAKE the show bring Soo Hyun and Park Hoon together. Is that strange? I don't care if it is, just bring them together. Their scenes together? Forget the sparks, there were bloody fireworks between the two all the time. But I'm going to believe there is good in this world and for that reason alone, Soo Hyun WILL end up with Park Hoon. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy the love quadrangle that has already begun *snuggles in with a can of popcorn*



Mind boggling episode! Can't wait for more. This show makes me look forward to Monday, enough said.

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May 8, 2014

Doctor Stranger Ep2 Review

Another fast paced and jam-packed episode that didn't feel so fast paced. What amazes me the most about this show is its ability to transit from one scene to another so smoothly that before your mind can fully understand and shoot logical bullets at the plot, the show throws another sequence at your brain. It's refreshingly marvelous to be able to feel that in a KDrama :D



Though, I AM going to admit, some instances were too illogical and unrealistic to go un-screened. But at the end, you don't think about any of that and just fervently root for Park Hoon and Jae Hee to find their way back to each other (Seriously, there should be a sane and humane limit to the number of times one can lose their loved ones). Budapest provided a beautiful backdrop for the first half of the episode, and the background music makes the moments magical. Budapest is now officially on my "Places To Visit Before I Die" list :P



I'm not especially slow when it comes to understanding whats going on, but for a few minutes, at about the 2/3rd part of the episode, I was left with a confused frown on my face and my mouth set in the "Uhhh..." mold. What went beyond me was, after the time leap, how and when did Hoon end up in a detention cell exactly? But even more than that, what bugged me senseless almost till the last 5 minutes of the episode was the fact that where exactly was Park Hoon? South Korea? North Korea? It became obvious when Secretary Kim came to check on him that he was in S.Korea but HOW IN THE WORLD DID HE END UP THERE? And Jae Hee, how'd she end up back in the N.Korea camp? Well, more than a logical flaw, I think the show wants to keep this as a mystery. Or that's what I'm telling myself and not going bonkers.



Hopefully these issues will be addressed in the later episodes. For now, I'm content with the knowledge that along with Lee Jong Suk, Park Hae Jin will be scorching my laptop screen *Wipes off drool* I absolutely cannot wait for the next episodes. I was thinking of continuing my other dramas while the next episode came out but I don't think any other drama will be able to live up to the level this drama has set in my mind. Not for a while at least.

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Jun 25, 2014

Doctor Stranger Ep16 Review

KYAAAAKK! 2 more weeks and I cannot wait. This show's taking me on one helluva rollercoaster ride :D



Emotional turmoil, vested interests, OT drama - all this kept me on the edge of my seat in this episode. I'm absolutely exhilarated for the next week.
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Jun 13, 2014

Doctor Stranger Ep11 Review

I can understand the feeling Dr. Moon has after a victory :D I'm doing the little victory dances he always does :P Never have I ever felt so relieved to see a show stand back up and dust itself off. This episode almost came as a bribe to string me back in.



Finally I got to see the real hospital action I'd been missing so much. The whole NK secret mission was still incorporated in the things happening but it was just the right amount I needed after all the head-splitting confusing hints that were being dropped for the last few episodes. I can see that the next episode will be good as well.



Finished the episode with a smile on my face after a long time :)

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May 29, 2014

Doctor Stranger Ep8 Review

Aaand we're back with the signature edginess and pace. Things are looking up in the darkness I'd been left in by the show. Which is good, because even if by the 8th episode they hadn't given a slight idea of what exactly is going on, it would have been a bummer. Too much mystery destroys the interest as well. BUT, our Show is smart, it didn't make that mistake. We now have the basic idea about all the sub-plots as well as the main plot.



So after 2 weeks of thinking if Seung Hee is Jae Hee and re-thinking that no they're different people, to finally being sure that Seung Hee IS Jae Hee after all. Not that it's been made obvious but you can see the hints. And imo, Park Hoon knows its her but is playing along with her deceit until she comes clean herself. It's better to stay by her side letting her think she fooled him rather than run away from him thinking she exposed her secret. Win-win?



Apparently not for Soo Hyun who is unintentionally heading in the direction of Park Hoon. I can see that, but unfortunately Hae Joon can see that too, which is not good. And now that we know the strong reasons he has behind his obsession with Myun Woo, he's a force to be reckoned with. I don't think he'll let Park Hoon get in his way, now that even the Director has made it clear that he must take care of the 'invader' in his castle. If I were Park Hoon, I'd sleep with one eye open.



The fog obscuring the actual plot here has been lifted a bit and we can catch a glimpse or at most take a probable guess at it. Everything seems to come back to Premier Jang and his heart surgery. But is that all? Of course there must be something more to it. I hope there is. The show's handling the mystery well, its keeping me interested.



More revelations in the next episode, can't wait!

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