There are some days when I have a writing dry spell. There is just nothing to write and nothing to review. Then there are days when the amount to write pours in (the weather kind of reflects my writing pattern, like the downpour recently mimics the amount of things I need to review) but I just can’t find the time to write. I have been experiencing so many things recently, been to so many restaurants, my recent trip and new experiences, new friends in KL, the number of Korean Dramas that had just ended its run on cable TV…
Good Doctor is one of the dramas that had just ended. The drama, shown on KBS, is one that aims to highlight the plight and prejudice of autistic adults, perhaps much more so than a medical drama, but it does have its share of blood and gore, something I don’t enjoy. Thank goodness unlike other medical dramas, the scenes shot in the operating theatre and are not that frequent, and even though there are subtitles explaining medical terms, they were not as frequent as in other dramas, or I would have given up mid-way.
Park Si On is an autistic adult. As a child, he was rescued from an accident by a doctor where his elder brother is killed. His mother deserted the family and his abusive father. Park went on to live with the doctor who saved his life and went to medical school. However, he failed to convince the examination board to see past his disability and they failed him. The doctor, a director at the pediatric ward of a University hospital, persuaded the board to allow Park to work for 6 months at the hospital on a trial before failing him. And so, Park becomes a houseman in training for pediatric surgery at the pediatric ward.
Initially, Park is criticized and scolded constantly for his lack of social skills. Parents of ill patients refuse to have him as their children’s doctor. However, his impressive memory and good medical knowledge (he is like a walking encyclopedia) do not go unnoticed by his peer. And with every episodes and medical emergencies, Park slowly brings out the humanity of people through his innocent honesty and childlike behavior and observation, such that even the villain doctor and director, who were plotting to bring down the pediatric ward so as to sell it to an investment company, start to question their own behavior and why they had chosen to be a doctor in the first place.
Dr Cha, Park’s senior, starts to feel a love attraction for Park and their relationship attracts gossips. In a year-end play the medical staff put on for the patients, the relationship of Peter Pan and Wendy is reminiscent of Cha and Park’s relationship. Wendy tells Pater Pan, let me be a child forever and be close to you. Park is afraid as he notes the difference between him and the rest. Is the relationship doom?
The too perfect ending is what I yearn for, and is often lacking in other serious Korean Dramas (one of them mostly die). In this case, the scrip writers did justice to Park and perhaps by making it a good ending, gave hope to people with autism, that they too can have a good career and love relationship, and make contribution to society in their own special way.