This has been a head-scratching last few days for Dr. Stranger viewer. First there was the bizarre creative decision to repackage the drama into a two hour Chinese movie, with even the consideration of dubbing the voices since the Chinese audience hates subs and are totally A-OK with dubbing. Then the PD gave an interview where I swear he basically shat answers out of his nostrils and gave everyone a collective migraine afterwards. Apparently the original outline for DS was a straight up medical drama where the characters of Soo Hyun and Hoon were the leads. The initial outline was junked once SBS intervened to order the original concept juiced up on steroids with spy and romance elements since straight up medical dramas were in a ratings slump around the industry. So the screenwriter went to work and came up with the drama we saw in the beginning where Jae Hee is the lead and the first love the central premise of the spy story with a side of medical stuff.
The casting didn’t come until after the revised concept was presented as the first few scripts, so the casting choices weren’t affected by whatever the original outline was since that never saw the light of day. Park Min Young was offered the first female lead role of Jae Hee/Seung Hee, she considered for a bit during which time Kang Sora accepted the role of Soo Hyun. Eventually Park Min Young passed and went off to do A New Leaf and that role was offered to Jin Se Yeon. If anyone wants to argue that the Soo Hyun offered to Kang Sora was the lead over the Jae Hee offered to Park Min Young, I’ll have to send you to a corner. PD Jin Hyuk wanted to work with Min Young again after City Hunter and really tried to land her for the role here. The DS we saw go off the rails in the mid-section was due to another last minute rewrite when SBS saw the audiences weren’t responding to the spy stuff and all the secretive plotting so told the screenwriter to go back to emphasizing the medical aspects. I swear even the behind-the-scenes stuff in this DS is as ridiculous as what passes for plot onscreen.
Written preview for episode 17:
Seeing Park Hoon come back, Chairman Oh orders Dr. Yang to do everything to prevent Hoon from successfully completing the surgery. Dr. Yang feels conflicted. On the other hand, Hoon goes to see Jae Joon and asks him to voluntarily bow out of the surgery for the PM Jang. Jae Joon sees Hoon asking this of him and brings up the name Lee Sung Hoon and then shows him the lawsuit from twenty years ago…..
The written preview for episode 17 and doesn’t shed any clues on the romance aspect and I think that’s intentional to keep trolling the viewers. Frankly that’s fine with me, I’m so over who the fuck ends up with Park Hoon. Seeing the preview mention Jae Joon talking with Hoon about his own past (like, something that also should have happened ten episodes ago!) is a breath of sane air. Finally the male leads are talking instead of doing dick-waving surgery battles that ought to strip both of their medical licenses. Hallelujah!