What did I say about 2015 being the year of the mental illness K-dramas? At this point I’m losing count of how many upcoming K-dramas have one main lead suffering from some sort of mental affliction. Let’s add another to the list, shall we? Kim Soo Hyun‘s agency has confirmed that he’s considering the upcoming K-drama Doctor Frankenstein. After Doctor Stranger I’m already scared of any K-drama with the word “doctor” in the title, then this K-drama ups my worry level by describing it as the story of a genius doctor with multiple personalities.
WHAT. THE. HELL? It sounds like the amalgamation of all my worst narrative trope nightmares from genius to medical professional to mental illness stricken. I don’t have a thing against a genius multiple personality doctor, if any such individual existed in the real world, I simply find this whole drama set up reeking of hot mess topped off with the psychological disorder overkill that’s currently plaguing K-drama land. Like zombies clawing at the gate, when 2015 arrives the flood gates will open and we shall be swarmed with all sorts of mentally ill male leads trying to convince us that love will heal them, or some crock of shit like that.
Kim Soo Hyun apparently received the first two scripts for Doctor Frankenstein in the summer and had some suggested changes which he sent back to the production company. He’s recently received the revised script and will be making his decision on whether DF will be his drama comeback after last year’s uber successful You From Another Star. His legions of Chinese fans are waiting with bated breath as I type. Kim Soo Hyun already flirted with playing a doctor before, it was one of his careers when he was living for hundreds of years in YFAS as an alien who doesn’t age.
I think him even openly considering Doctor Frankenstein likely means he’s not interested in Kill Me, Heal Me or Blood, the former being a man with 7 different multiple personalities who falls for his psychiatrist while the latter is the tale of a vampire doctor. The screenwriter for Doctor Frankenstein is the writer for Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Monstar while producing the drama will be production company Raemong Raein which is currently bringing the craptastic Records of a Night Watchman to the small screens. I also don’t like that Doctor Frankenstein is continuing the terrible trend of lifting famous Western work titles wholesale, from Pinocchio to Pride and Prejudice to this. I’m really starting to get worried.