Review – Doctor Stranger
What an odd little show. I have so many conflicting emotions about this drama – because there were so many things I really, really liked and quite a few things I wished I could have vetoed in the writer’s room. But overall – it’s one of the few medical dramas I enjoyed.
Plot: A brilliant surgeon and his young son are sent on a secret diplomatic mission to North Korea – only to be betrayed by their own country and kept by the North Koreans! The young man grows up there, following the footsteps of his father to become a doctor, but due to the lack of equipment and technology, learns “old school.” His childhood sweetheart and fiance is taken by the secret police shortly after agreeing to marry him. When he’s near graduation, he is taken by the government to a secret facility to perfect his craft of heart surgery, by devious and nefarious means. He spends several years imprisoned in this nightmarish place – secretly searching for his fiance. He finally finds her right when his opportunity to escape the country presents itself – and attempts to flee with his lady love only to lose her in the process. Several years later, in South Korea, a series of events leads him to be hired as a new surgeon at a prestigious hospital. There he meets a woman who looks identical to his fiance, but claims not to know him. Who is this mysterious woman? And will he ever find his lost love? While all these burning questions linger, there is an awesome new woman in his life who vies for his heart… but can he ever escapes the secrets of his terrible past and get over his first love?
Overall Rating – 8/10. Pyongyang Medical School is Not For The Faint of Heart.
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