Review – Young Pal
What was this show, exactly? A bit of a Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, a bit of a medical mystery, a bit of a mystery thriller and a bit of a mess. The concept was interesting: a struggling young doctor takes side gigs patching up the mob to help pay off the debts he’s accrued keeping his dying sister alive. So, an honorable guy doing dishonorable things – everyone’s favorite gray scale hero. We have the cops tracking him down and his constant struggle to stay out of reach of the law, which was fun while it lasted (the first couple of episodes were very exciting). On the other end of this, we have Sleeping Beauty, a corporate heiress who was severely injured in an automobile accident/suicide attempt and has been kept in a medically induced coma for years by her family. First by her father, who kept her asleep so he wouldn’t have to deal with her, basically. And then by her brother, who kept her asleep so he could take over the corporation.
Gangster doctor wakes up Sleeping Beauty… and we have some sibling showdowns, some elaborate backstabbing, and some corporate evil maneuvers as secrets are revealed, sickly sisters are tossed about for ransom, and attractive people with very little chemistry fall in love.
It was a decent show. It felt a bit disorganized, as if the writers couldn’t agree on certain points. Characters would disappear for long chunks of time then reappear randomly. I felt there were quite a few tangents in the plotline. And the whole thing could have been chopped down to 12 episodes easily. The last four or five episodes in particular were boring and convoluted.
Personally, I kept thinking of The K2 while watching it – and how that show is superior. They have a strangely similar vibe… with the fairy tale angle and the nasty family politics and the anti-hero thrown in the middle of it all. They both also managed to make some fairly simplistic sets seem convincingly “futuristic” and high-tech. But The K2 was thrilling, whereas this show just managed to be “okay.” I recommend Super Wook instead (Review of The K2).
Overall Rating – 6.5/10. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.
2 thoughts on “Review – The Gang Doctor / Young Pal”
Oh god, I remember when they confessed their feelings for each other, I couldn’t stop laughing. They felt more like siblings to me than anything else. So I dropped the drama. I didn’t want to watch an awkward romance (in my eyes). Which is really sad as I also enjoyed the whole “good doctor fixes up bad guys to keep his little sister alive” – angle. And I really liked Joo Won’s, Kim Tae Hyun. He was so enjoyable as a character. And the gangsters! They were great! Same goes for the hospital staff. But Kim Tae Hee’s character was just so bland to me. Thanks for the review. Now I know for sure that I didn’t miss anything 🙂
I agree with your review! I really want this drama to be better, because the general idea was interesting, and I love Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee. But it ended up being quite disappointing. I didn’t drop it, but I actually don’t remember much of it, haha. 🙂