Okay, I’m totally ready for my allergy to Lee Jong Seok to get cured. Not sure it will, but if it happens after I watch Dr. Stranger then so be it. I still think he looks weird but I’m quite liking his character in this drama and a good character plus performance can always win me over. The production of Dr. Stranger went ahead with a very toned down press conference this week and it might have been better just to scrap it. The leads all showed up in black, or dark blue like Jin Se Yeon, and the facial expressions ranged from dour to sedated. Park Hae Jin also wore pants meant for a school boy so apparently the recent uptick in male pant lengths going down was just a blip in K-fashion scene. The ladies were all lovely even in black, especially Kang Sora with her hair pulled back and a little black dress that was fashionably chic.
SBS released a long 12-minute preview at the press conference and I’m going to confess to quite enjoying it. I didn’t fast forward anything and found myself wanting to see more after it ended. Lee Jong Seok’s character appears to go through various incarnations from North Korean rebellious schoolboy to dutiful doctor with a beloved he’s trying to protect to a refugee in South Korea trying to scrape by in random jobs. I felt the chemistry between him and Jin Se Yeon playing his first love and I sure hope she’s not dead and turns out to be the South Korean doppleganger since I like their cute love story so much. Park Hae Jin and Kang Sora didn’t get as much screen time in the long trailer but I also like the bits of chemistry I saw between them as well as their more serious characters. This one looks promising for me but the ratings game is a question mark as Triangle also premieres next week plus Big Man is hitting its second week and might have an uptick.
12-minute long preview for Dr. Stranger: