Joo Ji Hoon cannot catch a break when it comes to drama hair-dos. I can’t even wrap my mind around his hair for the role of the antagonist doctor in Medical Top Team. It’s slicked back, which usually denotes an ambitious suit-and-tie corporate raider type character. The slicked back I can handle, what’s destroying my eyes is how flat it is on top. Where’s the volume? It’s like an iron ran over his head and half his scalp has been flattened. His character in MTT is actually the one I’m most interested since everyone else is written exactly the same – nice and genius in their own profession. He’s described as ambitious and angling to become the hospital director so that adds the added conflict above the usual medical condition of the episode plot devices. MTT sounds like one of those medical shows that has something for everyone, and with Jo Jae Hyun being so awesome in the weekend drama Scandal I keep flashing back to how much I loved him in the addicting New Heart, my personal fave medical K-drama of all time. A couple of other fantastic oldies are Surgeon Bong Dal Hee and OB/GYN. MTT follows Two Weeks so it still has another 5 weeks before it airs, but it’s taking advantage of the early shoot start and being good to the fans by releasing stills early. Whereas MTT’s competitor in the same Wed-Thurs time slot Secret has two weeks until it airs since The Blade and Petal is finishing this week just released another still of its leads. There are cute BTS pictures of Hwang Jung Eum and second male lead Bae Soo Bin as a couple, likely during happier times before he runs over Ji Sung‘s girlfriend in a car and lets Hwang Jung Eum take the fall for him. It’s like he’s a coward AND a douchebag. I adore Bae Soo Bin but it’s going to be a steep uphill climb to make that character redeemable. Finally there are new stills of male lead Ji Sung’s character in the streets looking stressed and sporting a bandage around his hand. Looks like it’s fall out when he confronted Hwang Jung Eum in the police station, and probably he ended up punching a wall instead of her to release his devastated rage that she killed his beloved girlfriend. Even though Ji Sung just got back from an engagement picture trip to Spain with fiancee Lee Bo Young, it’s a testament to his seasoned acting experience because there isn’t a shred of his giddy little boy happiness from the airport pictures and instead all I see is a very hurt guy. I love it!
K-dramas love using hair to convey a character type, and slicked back usually equals oily and smarmy or cold and repressed, though I hope his character isn’t as stereotypical as either K-drama staple. He does look better in the suits with this hairstyle than wearing a white coat. Come to think of it, he’s like the male version of Hwang Jung Eum, though it looks like she’s broken her curse with her look for the upcoming revenge melodrama Secret. She’s gone had three bad hair days in a row from Can You Hear My Voice to Full House Take 2 to Incarnation of Money. Joo Ji Hoon is still on his second bad hair style, the first being his piano playing awkward genius look in Five Fingers. Let’s hope he doesn’t go three for three because I find it hard to believe such a handsome man could be rendered so aesthetically off just with some decidedly unfortunate hair style choices.