Korean Dramas

New Dramas Are Coming: Which Should I Recap?

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This week marks the start of some highly anticipated shows. I’ve been reading the news, watching the teasers, and enjoying the building hype. I’m really looking forward to this spring season of dramas.

However, one important question remains. Which drama should I recap?

Doctor Stranger vs. You’re All Surrounded

I’ve narrowed it down to Doctor Stranger and You’re All Surrounded, but I’m still rather undecided. I love the casts of both shows and I think the plots are ones that I would enjoy. Unfortunately, my time is limited. If I want to produce quality recaps and reactions, I’m going to have to pick one show and stick with it.

Doctor Stranger

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Why am I interested in Doctor Stranger? Three simple words: Lee Jong Suk.

I love this kid. He was fantastic in I Hear Your Voice last year and I just love his raw energy and unintentional cuteness. I have high hopes that he will continue on with his winning streak. I haven’t watched him in anything that I didn’t enjoy.

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The plot is intriguing, albeit slightly confusing at this stage of the game. I know that Lee Jong Suk’s character was born in South Korea, but grew up in North Korea. His dad is a brilliant surgeon, he also becomes a genius doctor, and there is some sort of lost love line where his North Korean girlfriend dies (in Hungry?), but he meets her doppelganger at the hospital he ends up working at in Seoul.


The trailers look like we should expect some dramatic heartache mixed in with some quirky moments. I’m not quite sure how big the medical aspect will play into the show, but with a title like Doctor Stranger, it’s probably safe to assume that the hospital will be the primary setting. I’m hoping though that this show leans more toward spy thriller, as opposed to an emergency room centric drama. I’m very curious to see how it all pans out.

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Judging from the trailers, Lee Jong Suk has many different hats to wear in this role as North Korean genius doctor.

Lee Jong Suk Water

Apparently even water delivery boy is one of his jobs?

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The supporting cast looks rather strong, especially with Park Hae Jin starring as the second male lead. It’s nice to see him in a drama so soon after Man from the Stars. Kang So Ra was fantastic in the movie Sunny so I’m excited to see her in another project. I admit, I’m slightly nervous about SISTAR’s Bora making her acting debut with this project. She’s pretty, but how will her acting skills hold up?

Needless to say I am going to be watching this show. However, the question remains if it will be good enough to recap.

I’m still not 100% convinced…

You’re All Surrounded


Seven words are needed to sum up my excitement about this new police comedy: Lee Seung Gi AND Cha Seung Won.

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How can you go wrong when combining the awesome power of both Lee Seung Gi and Cha Seung Won?

I call it a recipe for success!

The show revolves around rookie cops who make a mess of their district while they learn what it takes to be detectives. Cha Seung Won’s character is their strict leader who must handle all the shenanigans that his teams cooks up.

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This show has a much more comedic feel when compared with Doctor Stranger. The trailers make it seem like we can expect a good natured coming of age story watching these rookie cops grow into valuable members of the police force. I’m looking forward to cracking up watching their antics.

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I’m also rather looking forward to Lee Seung Gi shirtless…

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Once again, there’s a strong supporting cast alongside Lee Seung Gi and Cha Seung Won. Go Ara should make a fun female lead and I’m also excited to see Ahn Jae Hyun again. I’m glad to see that Ahn Jae Hyun and Park Hee Jin are both moving up in the drama world following Man from the Stars. (BTW did you know that Ahn Jae Hyun will be 27 in July?! I had assumed he was no older than 20!)

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Regardless of how the actual plot develops, this looks like a fun comedy with a fantastic cast.

Heck, the director is even optimistic that this show will gain as much popularity as Man from the Stars! Now that’s an impressive goal. I guess when you use the same cinematographer as the aforementioned hit, you can get a bit cocky.

Show, I have big hopes for you!

In Conclusion

Doctor Stranger

What do you guys think? Should I cover Doctor Stranger? What about You’re All Surrounded? Ah, writing this post has caused me even more confusion. I think I’m leaning toward You’re All Surrounded, mostly because it promises to be a fun time. I think Doctor Stranger will be a strong drama, but the actual drama levels may be high. Will Lee Jong Suk’s cuteness be enough to balance out the angst?

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The real test will come this week when I watch the first episodes of both shows. I’ll watch prepared to write about both and I’ll make my decision after careful review. Lucky for me, these shows air on separate days. I should be able to get through my week relatively unharmed! Who knows, if they’re good enough I may even convince myself I can cover both…

Wish me luck! I can’t wait for my drama watching filled week to begin!


6 replies »

  1. Definitely “You’re All Surrounded.” I’m also excited for the release of “Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team” from TvN… oh Heechul and veteran actors only sounds like fun!


    • Yes! Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Teams looks great as well! All of these new shows are making me excited. You’re All Surrounded is looking like my winner for full recap status. Is it Wednesday yet?


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