I remain so utterly perplexed by the ship wars in Dr. Stranger. Unlike last year’s flaming death match in Answer Me 1994 between Trash and Chilbong, I really don’t see any narrative support for the existence of a ship war in DS. The character in the middle between the two ships has to have feelings for both sides to actually sustain a ship war because it’s clear then the choice can go either way. When it’s one-way only then a ship war becomes fans of one character or actor/actress fanning the flames of a besotted fantasy rather than in alignment with the narrative thrust of the story. It’s the same way Marry Him If You Dare tanked, so many fans of the second male lead, whether of the actor or simply liking his character more, kept clamoring for him to get the girl when all along the leading lady only ever liked the male lead. The writing went to pot for the sake of that fandom and the rest is epic failure history. I really really hope the same doesn’t happen here in DS.
I don’t know if anyone has noticed that none of the leads look their best in this drama and I’ve a mind to remind the costume department what great canvas they have to work with. Bad haircuts, pasty makeup, bizarre clothing choices, it’s been so haphazard even from a superficial angle. Sometimes Kang Sora looks like a rich wife and other times she’s a teenager masquerading as a medical doctor. Short hair Seung Hee does not suit Jin Se Yeon and her various mini-skirts scream hoochie more than double agent spy master. I found a cache of older pictorials with Kang Sora (for InStyle Korea) and Jin Se Yeon (for Arena Homme) that make them look so much like pretty face-twins. The picture above is Jin Se Yeon, not Kang Sora. Eerie, isn’t it? Their lookalike visage also gave me a great idea for another DS plot twist. Have Soo Hyun and Seung Hee/Jae Hee be long lost sisters! One grew up in the North and one in the South, that’ll drag Soo Hyun into the main conspiracy story line if her sister is involved, plus toss in an additional “I’m in love with my sister’s man” angst! This drama definitely can use more crazy, right?