I have a long and fruitful love/boredom relationship with medical K-dramas. I’ve marathoned quite a few, but by and large the genre basically tells me to stay away. Those of you who read my blog know my real profession, so I am clearly not a doctor who would likely burst a blood vessel in rage when watching K-dramas completely slander and massacre their profession without the slightest modicum of reality. I can handle that because I don’t look at blood and guts for a living. But there is a reason why I eschewed med school for….my whatever school….because I didn’t want to be looking at blood and guts for a living. So why would I watch a K-drama all about it? Truth be told, a good medical K-drama seamlessly blends the medical emergencies with the typical love triangles and interpersonal angst, so it’s more like a side job than the main deal. But then I ask myself why even bother. Last year was the first time I went the entire 12 months without checking out a single medical drama, and this year I’ve done a good job of staying away, but Medical Top Team is enticing me despite all my reservations about the plot and the cast. I’m not a fan of any of the main leads from Kwon Sang Woo, Jung Ryeo Won, Joo Ji Hoon, Oh Yeon Seo, MIn Ho of SHINEE, or Alex. But conversely none of them turn me off, so this drama fits into one of those weird in-between moments where I can be hooked if there is just the right hook. The first stills have been released of four of the main leads and consider my interest piqued. First is Kwon Sang Woo, who I always associated with beefy bravado, but his still above is seriously lovely. I don’t know if its the hairdo, or he’s lost some of his muscle, but he looks young and bright and less smarmy. I like. I’ve not seen Kwon Sang Woo look this good in…..ever? The stills of Jung Ryeo Won continue her trend of delivering the quirky goods, and Oh Yeon Seo does a serviceable job of being a bright newbie in the team. But I seriously died laughing at Min Ho’s stills because he looks like a robot. A bona fide perfect specimen of controlled emotion, and I don’t think he meant to convey that. Ah Min Do, still showing me he hasn’t learned acting between the time from To the Beautiful You until now. This drama has pretty solid production expertise behind it – the PD did the lovely but stupid The Moon Embraces the Sun while the screenwriter was behind Brain and Master of Study. This drama takes over the time slot from Two Weeks on MBC Wed-Thurs which means it goes head-to-head with Heirs (Heritors). Don’t think Heirs will automatically win the ratings battle, remember that youth-themed dramas have been tanking for the last few years whereas the currently airing medical drama Good Doctor is handily winning the Mon-Tues ratings battle. Anything can happen which makes it even more interesting come October.