[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 20 (Final) 2013/12/25,
At long last, "Medical Top Team" has waded through its twenty episodes and reached a conclusion. It did not need twenty episodes to reach the all-too-happy ending, which was illogical albeit heartwarming.
The strongest part of the show was its medical aspect. The medicine was always clear with explanations given either in subtitles or verbally by the doctors,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" 2013/12/21,
With dramas being produced so frequently and all the regurgitated tropes that come with that, it is often the case for some dramas that there is not much potential there to begin with. They might be fun and good to pass the time, but nothing which could ever be more than that. Sometimes, though, a drama will come up that is very sad. It is very sad because it will have some good parts, maybe even excellent parts and potential, but will ultimately let that potential down. 'Medical Top Team', by director Kim Do-hoon ('The Sun and the Moon') and writer Yoon Kyeong-ah ('Master of Study', "Brain") is such a drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top team" Episode 18 2013/12/15,
When desperation for ratings sinks in, a show will stop at nothing to gain viewer interest. In the case of "Medical Top Team", the production team decided to be as extreme as possible and make two major characters become ill. Other major characters are suffering from personality transplants. Joo-young and the assistant director are very different from how they were when the show began and it's not a good thing. Joo-young has made a pretty drastic shift from the woman she was when the show began,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 17 2013/12/12,
This episode had more heart than the entire series put together thus far. Yes, dramatics were involved, but the stiffest of characters came alive under duress and I'm wondering why these dramatics hadn't happened earlier. Seung-jae's mother is very ill and that affects the entire cast of characters no matter their relations with one another. It draws the "Medical Top Team" back together, breaks Seung-jae's hard exterior and makes a human being out of the assistant director,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 16 2013/12/07,
This episode both improved in some ways and deteriorated in some ways. Put those two together, and we have a stagnating show. It really began to go downhill when Ba-wi left the show. Now it's left with insecure doctors, weak romance, too little humor and too much politics. It's saving grace is now the chemistry between the minor characters such as neurologist Jeong Hoon-min and radiologist Bae Sang-gyu. Their odd couple bromance is refreshing and heartfelt. Dr. Jo (Park Won-sang) can be grouped together with them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 15 2013/12/06,
"Medical Top Team" continues to stagnate despite the ever present political tensions and interpersonal issues. It's disappointing because there is potential in the cast, crew and script, but that potential is left unfulfilled.
The biggest gap is between the brilliance of the actors and the chemistry that they have. The cast is strong in talent, immaculate with line delivery and can express worlds with their eyes. However, the chemistry between most of the actors, like Jeong Ryeo-won and Joo Ji-hoon, is lukewarm at best. It's not just romantic chemistry, it's platonic chemistry as well. Although the actors are on screen together, there is no spark of intensity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 14 2013/11/27,
"Medical Top Team" is getting very preachy and it's spokesperson is Tae-shin. It's taking good and bad, ideal and real, and makes a very clear division between the two. It excludes all grey area, which just makes the drama seem unrealistic and difficult to relate to.
Despite the fact that all the elements in "Medical Top Team" are strong, relatable, and relevant, it is now a stodgy drama. It spends most of it's time having the main characters huff, and puff, and posture rather than sit down and have meaningful conversations like the adults that they are,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 13 2013/11/25,
There was only so long that "Medical Top Team" could hold out before the idealistic few separated from those who are more practically minded. This causes some much needed character building within and outside of the hospital. Unfortunately, the politics still bog down the show because they are just plain boring. They are boring because the villains that mess with the political machine are boring. They are also boring because the real villain is the political machine itself. It's intangible and impossible to pity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 12 2013/11/19,
"Medical Top Team" is beginning to lose its vigor. The characters are starting to become cogs in the political machine and character development is stagnating. The most interesting part of the show is now the minor stories that inject some humanity into the show. The rest is a slew of political games that are not interesting in the least because they are, in essence, a long string of tug-o-war games with no end in sight,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 11 2013/11/18,
Another wrench is thrown into the works of the "Medical Top Team". At least it seems like a wrench with all of the sneering and posturing amongst the uppity-ups. The optimist in me still thinks that this wrench maybe be a valuable tool for Seung-jae to use to get his Top Team into a safe zone, but that may just be optimism talking,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 8 2013/11/05,
The fight between Seung-jae and the assistant director is in full swing. Each is hoping to curry favor with the emotionally unforgiving chairman. They are an interesting pair, Seung-jae and the assistant director, because she is what he may become in thirty years: jaded and unhappy. She seeks money and power to try and win the affection and respect that she never got from her negligent father-in-law or cheating husband. The assistant director's decision to focus on treating wealthy clients is one that Seung-jae, Joo-young and all of the other doctors have to consider,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 7 2013/11/04,
This episode was a tad bipolar in that part of it was a fuzzy, warm-feeling ending for Ba-wi and part of it was a tense political battle that had no respite. That bipolarity, however, reflects the general theme running through the show: idealism versus realism. Tae-shin represents idealism. He believes in making decision"Medical Top Team" solely based on what is best for the patient. The Seung-jae's father, the chairman of the hospital, is the representative of realism. The hospital is run using enormous amounts of donor money and those donors must be appeased. Sometimes that appeasement comes at the cost of patient care,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 6 2013/10/29,
This episode was exactly what I asked of "Medical Top Team" in my last review: introspection, heavy character development plus the dramatic tension from the medical dilemmas. Tae-shin has to contend with himself, his worry for Ba-wi, his deep panic because of past conditioning and the limitations of being human. Seung-jae is still battling his illegitimate son issues and fighting his aunt, the assistant director, for power and favor from his father. And both he and Joo-young are struggling to balance their desires to help patients with the need to play the political game,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 5 2013/10/29,
While I really appreciated the intense drama of the first four episodes with dangerous operations and sick patients and hospital politics, it is all starting to be too much. Dramatics are good and well, but only if they are interspersed with other elements like episode three did so nicely. There are a few moments of quiet introspection, but they weren't powerful enough to balance out the intensity of the medical scenes. What I initially liked about "Medical Top Team" was its ability to blend the medical with character development. There was much less character development in this episode, which meant there was a lot less substance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 4 2013/10/23,
"Medical Top Team" has a filmlike finesse to the quality of its shots, dramatic timing and music selection that make it a pleasure to watch. It focuses on the small beats that give insight into the characters hearts. It isn't overly indulgent in emotional dialogue and instead relies on camera storytelling and clever verbal interactions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 3 2013/10/22,
This is a medical drama done right. It doesn't just throw out high-falutin' medical terms and insert tense situations just to force viewer interest. No, it manages to develop characters who feel real, infuse political tensions, and create life-and-death stakes in a world that is engaging and believable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 2 2013/10/14,
"Medical Top Team" is still setting up. The actual "Medical Top Team" is in the formation process and the candidates are a point of contention in the story. While the initial set-up in earlier episodes of K-drama is usually tedious, "Medical Top Team" tempers that tedium with juicy character development. It explores the fundamental ways in which doctors approach medicine. Some do it to preserve their pride; some to make money; others to help patients. It's exploring being a human in a medical setting rather than being a "medical" drama,...More
Sin Ha-gyoon: 'Kang-hoon's Desire is Story of Us' 2012/01/26, Source,
Above piture: Chameleon actor Sin Ha-gyoon who played a neurosurgeon named Lee Kang-hoon
The protagonist Lee Kang-hoon of the KBS 2TV drama "Brain" that finished airing last week was very different from the so-called "typical type of protagonist". He is filled with an inferiority complex about his deprived childhood and he concentrates everything on pursuing his single goal of success. Even when his mother passed away, his teacher Kim Sang Chul left him, and his girlfriend Lee Ji Hye said good-bye to him, he only hesitated for a moment and did not stop his race to success,...More
Medical dramas making comeback to small screen 2011/11/10, Source,
Medical dramas are returning to the small screen. The latest entry is KBS's "Brain", which will start Monday.
"Brain", set in a university hospital features four doctors and their mentor, rivalry and love.
Director Yoo Hyeon-gi teams up with script writer Yoon Kyeong-ah; formerly the duo worked together to make the popular KBS drama "Master of Study"".Ms. Yoon and I wanted to tell a story about the human mind; and in Western medicine's perspective, studying the human mind often means investigating the brain", said Yoo,...More
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