I hope the Dr. Stranger watching experience does not devolve into the fervor of last year’s epic and messy Answer Me 1994 shipper fan wars. That was over which of the two male lead characters ought to get the girl, and perhaps it’s refreshing to see DS with the opposite problem of which of the two female lead characters viewers ship with the titular stranger doctor. The two ladies Jin Se Yeon and Kang Sora are in various periodicals recently so I thought it nice to showcase both of their different but equally charming styles outside the show. Jin Se Yeon rocks the shorter do in both Nylon Korea and Singles Magazine while Kang Sora does a BNT International photo shoot that deftly toggles four different looks. I’m happy for Kang Sora that her second female lead character is so well-written, it’s good for her career and even better for the viewers to see that not all second female leads are bitchy, vindictive, obsessed, or marginalized in the story. Jin Se Yeon’s Jae Hee is heartbreaking but Seung Hee is just a cold slab of ugh at this point in the story. It’s disappointing to see some viewers continue to bitch about Jin Se Yeon as Jae Hee/Seung Hee while heaping praise on Kang Sora as Soo Hyun when the time could be better spent discussing the STORY since there is so much crazy going on with plot threads spouting every which way. If the urge to spew forth on the ad nauseam complaint of “I wish Kang Sora was the female lead and Jin Se Yeon is so blank of an actress” is still there, enjoy this spread and then go crazy in the comments section. Let’s leave the recap comments for what’s actually happening in the drama story itself and hopefully generate more interesting discussions.
I adore Soo Hyun and if that Dr. McGorgeous Jae Joon doesn’t start treating her sincerely then I’m all for her giving him the hand by the end of the drama. I don’t want her with any guy unless he loves her completely. Sadly that guy can’t be male lead Dr. McGenius Hoon because his entire character construct is that he loves Jae Hee. That is it, the doctor part comes naturally but is merely the means to an end for him to be with Jae Hee. Normally I’d want him to get a life outside of romance but we’ve seen from his entire growing up background that he literally does not have a functioning life outside of Jae Hee. That’s what makes his character so pitiable and what elevates the first love trope in this drama into something that has to have a happy ending for Hoon’s entire world to make sense. This is not a guy who can fall for another girl even if she’s better than Jae Hee for him.