Hospital Playlist S2

Drama: Hospital Playlist 2 (슬기로운 의사생활 2)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 12
Release Date: June 17 – September 16, 2021
Runtime: Thursday 21:00
Country: South Korea

Season 2 continues from the first season as we see the 5 friends/doctors and their relationship with their patients, colleagues, families and partners.

Main Cast
Jo Jung Suk – Ikjun
Jeon Mi Do – Songhwa
Yoo Yeon Seok – Jeongwon
Jung Kyung Ho – Junwan
Kim Dae Myung – Seokhyung

Season 1 review – Hospital Playlist (2020)

Season two was not as exciting as Season 1 but I still loved their relationship and seeing their day to day activities.

The first few songs released didn’t feel as nice as s1 but made up for it in the latter part. Hearing my old favorites like “I Love You More Than Anything” by Bijou and “Already One Year” by Browneyes being remade is so nice, since the younger generation and newbie Kdrama and Kpop fans can listen and enjoy these classic hits. Plus the unexpected cover of Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” by Ikjun (and the acoustic version sung by Yoon Mirae). We also get to see Jeon Mido sing in her normal voice in that episode when they were singing karaoke – Junwan and Iksun thought Songhwa had terrible singing voice, but to Ikjun she was like an angel (she sang Come on Baby Tonight – i dont know the original singer, i just know the FinKL version).

The friends started out as single, now they all have someone by their side. Esp loved Ikjun-Songhwa and Seokhyung-Minha. I didnt like what Iksun did to Junwan but still loved them. Never been a fan of Winter Garden. Rosa and Director was also great! I just thought that just because they were now coupled out doesn’t mean they will spend less time with each other. I didn’t like how Ikjun said this might be their last performance. In season 1, Jeongwon and Junwan had gf but they continued to meet up regularly. I dont see how they can start being busy when Minha is just in the hospital like Gyeol and Songhwa is already part of the group.

Each episode was sooo long that I honestly fast forwarded a lot of the medical scenes, esp those in the operating room. It’s because there wasn’t any tense situations, almost always the doctors have successful surgery. I wished they lessened that part and focused more on the personal relationships. In season 1, Gyeol had a huge crush on Jeongwon who never showed her liked her more than as an intern but then last episode he suddenly confessed and they were a couple. In season 2, Seokhyung has been turning down Minha all this time but then again he had an epiphany (and I dont know when or why or how) and confessed to Minha that he likes her. Not only that, but Jeongwon in the last episode again dropped a bomb that he will go to the US to study about bowel transplant and Gyeol is coming with him. Like what? What for? Doesn’t she have her own life? What will she do there for 1 year? I didn’t think they had to be together even in their professional lives. A lot of fans may kill me, but I never felt any chemistry between Winter Garden.

There were less stories about the nurses and interns this season but i loved the episode about the importance of the ER team.

One of my fave characters this season is Jaehak, his bromance with Junwan, his story about his wife and getting his money back from the scammer!

I’m gonna miss the group but I don’t think season 3 is necessary.

Rating: 8/10

Pandora (2016)

Movie: Pandora (판도라)
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Runtime: 136 min.
Distributor: Next Entertainment World
Country: South Korea

A nuclear power plant is on a verge of a meltdown after an earthquake shook the small town.

Main Cast
Kim Nam Gil – Jae Hyeok
Kim Joo Hyun – Yeon Joo
Jung Jin Young – Pyung Sub
Kim Dae Myung – Kil Sub
Kim Myung Min – SK President

I loved Kim Nam Gil as the reluctant hero. His character always wanted to work somewhere else to make more money, he hates the town and yet at the last minute he was the one who saved the town. His monologue at the last part made me ugly cry 😭😭.I also loved the other nuclear plant workers, firemen etc who were willing to risk their lives to save their families.

The movie focused on the slow build up of the nuclear meltdown, so it was so tenseful, because i don’t know if it will explode any minute. It also showed the slow response of the government in these types of situations. I think on one hand, the government tried their best to respond, given the urgency, but it’s also difficult to immediately point fingers at the government. They’re in Seoul, the disaster happened so far away. You can’t expect them to have all the answers. If only they can just magically teleport to the town and teleport everyone away from it, but it’s impossible. So I would understand why at times like these, the local government and the townspeople are expected to be responsible to handle this situation. it’s probably also a very good lesson not to build nuclear power plant near a town, and have a solid emergency response plan that everyone knows about.

Rating: 8.5/10

Hospital Playlist (2020)

Drama: Hospital Playlist (슬기로운 의사생활)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 12
Release Date: March 12 – May 28, 2020
Runtime: Thursday 21:00

This drama shows the daily life of 5 doctors, who have been friends since university, and their colleagues. At the end of the day, they have dinner together and practice with the band.

Main Cast
Jo Jung Suk – Lee Ikjun
Yoo Yeon Suk – Ahn Jungwon
Jung Kyung Ho – Kim Junwan
Kim Dae Myung – Yang Seok Hyung
Jeon Mi Do – Chae Song Hwa

I super loved this drama! The first 2 episodes were dragging and boring, but starting episode 3 i got so addicted. The best thing(s) about this show is the friendship of the 5 doctor-friends. I didn’t even care much about their medical cases. I just wanted to see their interactions throughout the day. They are all supposed to be the best doctors in Seoul yet not sure how they are able to find time to have lunch and dinner together and even practice with the band. A bit unrealistic too that they are all like the avengers – all so perfectly kind and competent with love lifes and extracurricular activities to boot. Makes me think what have i been doing my entire life? i’m so lazy. haha.

My favorite doctor is Ikjun! Jo Jung Seok is starting to become one of my favorite actors. He may not be as strikingly handsome as the others, but when you stare at him for a long time and you see his charming presence on screen, you’ll fall in love with him. He is also deadpan hilarious and his acting is so natural. I especially loved his interactions with U-ju, who was the cutest and sweetest kid! I honestly didn’t expect the love line between Song Hwa and Ikjun but i totally ship them! They have liked each other for a long time and they managed to stay friends over the years but now that both are free, we are finally seeing that they really belong together. They may not have that burning passionate love that most other kdrama couples have, but i what i see is an enduring love that is further strengthened by their friendship, honesty and trust. Not sure why Songhwa didn’t eagerly accept Ikjun’s confession. Apart from making it a cliffhanger for Season 2, i dont see what else is there to hesitate about.

My second favorite doctor is Junwan! To be honest, (please dont kill me) but i never liked Jung Kyung Ho. I tried watching his old dramas like Falling for Innocence (i love Kim So Yeon!) and Happy Once Again (with Jang Nara), but i can never like him. I think it’s his crooked smile/sneer that looks off to me. But i loved him here as Junwan! I still think he looks weird but now I’m actually thinking of going back to watch his old dramas. Oh and he’s too thin! I think he looks healthier with some meat on his body. Okay, back to Junwan! They keep saying he is mean and hot tempered but i dont really see it. He is just impatient but you can see how caring he is when he talks to the families and when he tries to teach and support his residents. I also loved his relationship with Iksun. I’m as shocked as he was at the season finale!! What happened to Iksun!! I know she didn’t want to get married, but why did the ring returned to Junwan? It didn’t seem like Iksun rejected him or returned the ring to me, but more like Iksun is not in the UK at all! So where is she? and she still kept answering his texts. My guess is either she is sick? or she is running away because although she loves him, she is scared to getting hurt again so she is trying to break up with him. Poor Junwan!!

I already briefly mentioned Song Hwa and how she is a superwoman who never seems to stop working and living. I’m glad that the show also gave her a little bit of flaw (because then it will be too unrealistic). All the years of being a workaholic is taking a toll on her body. She almost had a breast cancer scare, and her back is aching. I’m glad she finally realized that she is living a hectic life and she needs to stop and take a rest. I think moving to a smaller town to rest is a great idea. Now what it means for her relationship with Ikjun is something I’m sure will be tackled in season 2. Will she reject Ikjun’s confession since she is living in a nearby town? I can imagine Ikjun being so busy with the hospital and taking care of U-ju that he will probably be working even harder so that he can drive to and from Song Hwa’s place and back. And Song hwa will feel bad and break up with him or something.

I also want to briefly mention about Chilhong. In the first few episodes, I actually liked Chilhong, my heart fluttered when Chilhong seemed so sweet to Song Hwa, but in the middle of the episode, he got so clingy and whiny but i stopped liking him. Even without Ikjun in the picture, i dont see it working between him and Song Hwa. Song Hwa may be calm but she is a go getter and i dont think she will be satisfied with a meek and mild mannered (and dare i say boring) Chilhong. And with Ikjun in the picture, who is as successful as she is, her long time crush and friend, who understands her best, then sorry for Chilhong. I think he should just focus on being a successful chief resident before trying to woo your boss.

i think not a lot of people like Kim Dae Myung, mostly because, he is not as popular as the other guys or as handsome, but I have liked him since i watched him in Misaeng and Sound of Your Heart. I loved his role as Seok Hyung. i dont like going to a male obgyne, but he were my obgyne, i wouldn’t mind going to him for appointments! he is great with the mothers, so mild mannered and considerate, no wonder his appointments are always full. his story is a sad one, with the helpless sick mother, the bad father and the evil mistress. i hope he has a better and happier storyline in season 2! i’m already seeing the potential love triangle between him, Mina and his ex-wife. i like Mina, i think she is cute although i find it weird if they ever get together because she is technically her boss. so if something romantic happens, they will have to work apart.

Last but not the least is Jeongwon. Again, he is another actor that i could never like for some reason, but now i find it watchable and looking forward to go back to his old dramas i skipped. His is so cute and kindhearted as a pediatrician. He cares for the babies and i feel like his heart will break every time he see a baby or a kid in pain. I liked his dilemma of choosing between priesthood and doctor and i think that he made the right choice. There are only a few competent pediatricians but there are a lot of priests. He could serve the world better in the hospital, that does not mean he is rejecting God. Maybe that is where he is supposed to be. The only thing i didn’t like is his loveline with Gyeo-eul. A lot of winter garden fans will hate me for this, but i honestly dont understand the couple. i just saw him as being nice to Gyeo-eul but i never saw it directly or outrightly tell her or others he liked her or why he liked her in the first place. was it just love at first sight? and he was too shy to tell her so he just spent all his time staring at her silently? as for Gyeon-eul, she looks so frowny faced and boring all the time. Even the way she speaks is monotonous. I just hope Jeong Won decided not to become a priest solely because of Gyeo-ul. I’m not really looking forward to their story in season 2.

I actually like Rosa and Jongsoo’s coupling more than Winter Garden!! They’re so cute together! Are they really just friends or maybe they can be a couple? 🙂

Overall, i loved the slice of life drama that this show delivered, plus all the beautiful songs and scenes of them singing and playing in the band. Esp in love with Jo Jung Seok’s voice and the group singing Aloha in the videoke room!

Rating: 9/10