This week is simultaneously a very slow week in K-dramaland since there isn’t a new drama premiering, but also a very anxious week for the fans of The Master’s Sun which is wrapping up in mere hours. Two Weeks ended last week on MBC so its follow up drama the geniuses-in-one-hospital medical drama Medical Top Team was slated to premiere on October 2nd. But in a twist of executive decision, MBC has announced that it’s delayed MTT for one week – and one can only speculate if its to avoid the finale week of TMS or to take up the Heirs challenge and go head-to-head with that jam-packed high school drama. Either way, I like it. You gotta pick your poison and I think MBC has decided the unknown Heirs is a better bet than the current Wed-Thurs night ratings leader TMS. With that said, the cast of MTT held their press conference already last week, which hilariously means the delayed by a week broadcast decision was likely made at the very last minute. I worry a bit for MTT because now all the promotional material is out but audiences have to wait an extra week before it airs. The fresher the better is my approach, and the delay may end up leaving viewers aware of Heirs but forgetting about MTT. I thought the press conference was cute, with no one standing out in the fugly meter though leading lady Jung Ryeo Won predictably with her usual sartorial style came dressed in a very oddball outfit. Her two leading men Joo Ji Hoon and Kwon Sang Woo were both quite dashing but soooo diametrically opposite to me. One is a buff beyond belief stud muffin type, the other an introspective lanky reserved type.
When I watched the long preview and heard them both speaking, I was guffawing because I realized that both are two of the softest spoken leading men in Korean entertainment. Don’t believe me, go listen for yourselves. Kwon Sang Woo’s voice is one of the oddest components of his entire package, it’s soft and gentle with a slight lisp that I actually find quite endearing. Joo Ji Hoon has a very soft delivery paired with an average timbre so in general his line readings never make an impact with me. He acts with his eyes and lips, not with his words. I think MTT is going to be one of those fast paced multiple cases an episode type of ensemble dramas. Right now Good Doctor is the ratings leader for KBS on Mon-Tues but a pack of Clydesdales with a year’s supply of six-packs can’t drag me to watch it. Yunno, my allergy thingie. It’s actually been a long time since I really got hooked on a medical procedural and this one looks as likely to interest me as anything that has come out in recent years since OB/GYN. I like the cast, even the stiff Min Ho has his earnest charms, and the idea of a group of genius doctors assembled together has the potential for really complex medical cases for everyone to solve. Of course, I could get totally hooked on Heirs and have no time for MTT, but for now I’m rooting for both dramas to own their respective niches and give each other a run for the money. I actually think for the domestic Korean audiences, Kwon Sang Woo brings all the ahjummas to the yard. The production team actually has a great track record – the PD did The Moon Embraces the Sun while the screenwriter did Brain and God of Study. Check out the press conference pics and previews below.
5 minute preview for Medical Top Team:
Teaser for Medical Top Team: