by darkn3ss, November 13, 2013

Currently Watching: Medical Top Team
Hello  people.  It’s been a few weeks since we have said goodbye to sweet Park Shin On, so I thought hey why not go and pick up the trend with a good old hospital corruption case.  Well if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you must be new to the world of K-Medical Dramas then!!  But if you want to know then let me introduce you to our new little friend Medical Top Team.
“Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.” Hippocrates
Medical Top Team is a South Korean Drama airing on MBC from October 9 2013 to December 5 2013. It was written by Yoon Kyung-ah (Brain 2012 and Master of Study 2010) and directed by Kim Do-Hoon (The Moon Embracing the Sun 2012, Royal Family 2011, Spotlight 2008, and The Next 2005). So now you kind of know who wrote it and who directed it.  Shall we find what this drama is about? Let's just say that Good Doctor lovers should not try to find the same kind of vibe with the nice doctor whom you want to love from day one.  Get ready for characters that are complex, and be ready to hate them. 

Medical Top Team focuses on depicting what goes into treating patients when the team that works on those patients is a team of doctors who are considered the best in their field.  This is not really said in any intro, but you need to get ready for a more gruesome depiction of human greed and dirty hospital conspiracy.  I can see you frowning and wondering why the hell should you watch this, well let me introduce to you the characters first.  Maybe that would somewhat warm you up to it.  

Main Cast:
Kwon Sang Woo as Park Tae Shin

A straightforward genius thoracic surgeon, who is depicted as being truly kind and soft-hearted according to the writers. What I like about his character is that he provides a perfect contrast to Han Seung Jae by being more emotionally driven and somewhat unstable making him somewhat of an anti-hero.
Jung Ryeo Won as Seo Joo Young

An ambitious, charismatic, and arrogant thoracic surgeon who may not be as misunderstood as what she appears to be.  What I like about this character is that she just has the right combination of those little things that would make you love and hate a character.
Ju Ji Hoon as Han Seung Jae

A mild-mannered, renowned internist whose appearance supposedly hides a cold interior.  At the risk of being hated, I have to say that I actually love his character better than the Tae Shin one.  For me he’s a better representation of what a doctor with his kind of responsibility should be, level headed, careful and with the right touch of human empathy. He is also the bastard son of the chairman of Gwang Hae Hospital, something that adds to  his personality and plays into the plot of him working hard to attain recognition from his father without sacrificing his ideals.
Oh Yeon Seo as Choi Ah Jin

An energetic and highly enthusiastic second year resident surgeon, who seemed to be depicted as the girl that gets into unrequited love without seeing much of Kim Seong Woo, who wears his love for her right on his sleeves.
Choi Minho as Kim Seong Woo

A good-natured first resident surgeon and also the youngest member of the top medical team. He has a heavy  one-sided crush on Choi Ah Jin. 

Well we can't really forget the secondary cast since they are the reason the main cast shines brightly, so without further ado here they come.

Secondary Cast:

Kim Young-ae as Shin Hye-soo 
She’s depicted as being the ambitious, dubious, and manipulative deputy director of the Gwang Hae University Hospital.  She has a will of steel in an unhappy marriage, who truly gives form to human greed. She’s the Chairman daughter-in-law making her Dr. Han's aunt.  
Ahn Nae-sang as Jang Yong-seop
He's ambitious, a back stabber, Chief of Surgery who specializes in boot licking. He will do just anything and sacrifice just anyone to  feed  his  own  ambitions. 
Park Won Sang as Jo Joon Hyuk 
A sloppy misunderstood and kind anesthesiologist idolized by Ah-jin who is definitely more than meets the eye.   
Lee Hee Jin as Yoo Hye Ran 
A misunderstood, hot tempered, sociable surgical nurse in the Top team who is supportive of Park Tae Shin and totally distrustful of Jo Joon Hyuk
Alex Chu as Bae Sang Gyu 
A carefree, kind-hearted, medical imaging specialist who hides his great ambition behind an image of a sacrificial lamb with deep interest in the shininess of his skin and is rather blunt about it.  
Kim Gi Bang as Jung Hoon Min
A misunderstood, awkward, nerdy yet kind neurosurgeon who is locked in a mock rivalry contest with Bae Sang Gyu, and in a relationship with Yeo Min Ji.  
Jo Woo Ri as Yeo Min Ji 
A bubbly, childish surgical nurse, who happens to be the love interest of both Bae Sang Gyu and Jung Hoon Min.  She also happens to be Choi Ah Jin's best friend and roommates. 
Kim Sung Kyum as Lee Doo Kyung
He’s the arrogant and cold-hearted Chairman of Gwang Hae Group, Han Seung Jae's father and father-in law to Shin Hye Soo, and whose downfall may as well be pretty women and money. He’s a man who is more interested in profit than in human interactions.
Lee Dae Yeon as Hwang Cheol Goo 
The kind but naïve director of the Paran Clinic for whom Dr. Park sells himself.
Why You Should Watch It:

Okay now that we definitely know who is who, and if just seeing this interesting cast was not reason enough to make you pick this drama, well I would have to tell you that to seriously appreciate this drama you need a strong stomach and a certain love for medicine.  But what captivates me the most about this drama is the grey area where the characters are not just black or white.  No, they are rich complex characters who don’t always fit neatly in the category that they are put in.  And I also like the sense of doom that rises from this drama where you kind of see a definite path that the almost non-existent romance may go, but you sit there cheering for the couple you know are never going to get together ( Dr. Park and  Dr. Han *cough* anyone.)

I would say don’t get discouraged from the pace this dramas goes by.  If you decide to pick up Medical Top Team, well, get ready to be bored and angry and of course teary.  But the mistake to be made is to go into this drama expecting to see a medical drama Good Doctor style. Well, no, Medical Top Team is no fairy tale.  It’s a complex story of human greed, desires, ideals, and the old age quest of man wanting to emulate God and conquer death.  You have been warned‼