When I saw the first set of official drama stills featuring the second leads of Dr. Stranger together in a scene, my immediate reaction was “Can I have these two in their own drama?” I actually find Dr. Stranger oddly appealing despite my Lee Jong Seok allergy. I think it comes from him acting older rather than younger like he did in I Hear Your Voice and trying to be all cute and little boy dongsaeng which just rubbed me the wrong way. I’m sure he has his appeal but I would rather try and glimpse his so-called acting ability that his fans have bandied about but I have yet to see. Conversely Park Hae Jin has always been an underrated treat for me, not an actor I would watch a drama for but he inevitably turns out better than I expected in it. The best example would be East of Eden where he was the third male lead and antagonist but ended up being the most well-developed male character and the one that resonated with me the most.
Same thing happened again in You From Another Star where he out-acted Kim Soo Hyun in my eyes, and had the more interesting male character. He did a lot with so very little in Lee Hwi Kyung, and I hope he’ll do this thang here with his Dr. Han Jae Joon. He’s an overseas trained genius doctor who discovers the North Korean escapee Dr. Park Hoon played by Lee Jong Seok and brings him back to South Korea. He might also be bringing back his rival in work and love but perhaps it’ll all work out in the end and we get a nice bromance out of it. I also quite like Kang Sora and here she plays another doctor in the same hospital and is also Park Hae Jin’s character’s fiancee. Me likey that arrangement. Check out the latest stills from the drama including Lee Jong Seok in scrubs where he barely passes the look test as a believable doctor (I’ve seen my share of young looking ones in real life). Park Hae Jin and Kang Sora are totally nailing it and that helps sell this drama more and more.