Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2
Genre: Medical, Romance, Melodrama
Origin: South Korea
Air-date: January 6, 2020 to February 25, 2020
Starring: Han Seok Kyu as Teacher Kim / Dr. Boo Yong Joo, Lee Sung Kyung as Cha Eun Jae, Ahn Hyo Seop as Seo Woo Jin, Kim Joo Heon as Park Min Gook
Ah! Here I am, at last with my long anticipated review of Romantic Doctor Kim 2! Yes, I am pretending like y’all were waiting anxiously to see what I had to say and yes I am here to disappoint you guys as usual. This review is completely spoiler free! BOOM!
As I have mentioned previously, I never finished the first season and I can’t quite remember why, but we can chalk it up to boredom or busyness—either works. I knew that even though I didn’t complete the original one, I was still going to watch this because of Lee Sung Kyung. I LOVED her as a doctor in Doctors so I was elated that she was casted as the female lead. Plus she owed me big time for the hot ass mess that was About Time. I also knew that we had a strong cast that I enjoyed from what I had seen during the first season even though my initial reaction to Ahn Hyo Seop being casted was, “at least he’s pretty.” Ooopsie.
I enjoyed the story and the different thematic elements that this had to offer. We had a drama that was focused on character developments and hospital politics. I will admit that I often get apathetic towards medical dramas when a huge story point is centered around hospital politics because it’s just a little too dry and not what I often seek out. I’m sorry, but I just don’t particularly care if a director wants to take over and turn it into a spa or not. I don’t care because it is a tired and played out trope. However, I do believe that Romantic Doctor Kim series does a good job of maintaining that balance and is probably one of the few medical kdramas that I have watched that can do that. That being said, I still did not give a flying monkey fuck about any of that while watching. I only cared about the character development and the sense of family that this show offered. It reminded me of Hospital Ship and I really liked that one which is a controversial opinion. Also lowkey lowkey I stayed for the romance. Sung Kyung and Hyo Seop were so cute. I love me a rivals to lovers trope. Hehe.
I think it goes without saying that the acting was pretty good. We saw the glimpses and the growth in the characters. Everyone played their characters quite believably and the biggest shocker to me was how much Ahn Hyo Seop had improved. I really liked his character, I found his performance to be typical, but still quite enjoyable.
I have a thing for tortured souls. Sue me. He was definitely the actor that changed my opinion the most. I even want go watch Abyss now. I will admit to being a little disappointed by Lee Sung Kyung’s character, but that wasn’t due to her portrayal, but rather the character’s development. I really felt like the writers could have done more there—after all, the premise of her character was so interesting and had great potential. It is what it is sadly. Shin Dong Wook as Dr. Bae can catch me outside for some of this p-… *whistles innocently*
I LOVED THE MUSIC SO MUCH. THE TASTE. THE FLAVOR. IT GAVE ME ALL THE LIFE. They wasted no expense in giving me all the people I fucking love. We had Baekhyun, Gummy, Punch, Chanyeol, Heize, Chungha—it was basically Sugar Baby’s kryptonite! All we needed was Taeyeon to complete the trifecta. YamYam Entertainment is a godsend. Every song was so perfectly placed with the scenes. I am literally obsessed.
Overall, I liked this drama. I would probably only rewatch certain episodes. For e.g., all the scenes between Ahreum or Eun Tak and definitely the last kiss between our couple because I am single and lonely and need to self-insert.. *chuckles nervously* But on a serious note at its core this was a very enjoyable and heartwarming drama.
Rewatch Value: 8/10
Fave Song: Go Away Go Away – Chanyepl x Punch