Another wrench is thrown into the works of the "Medical Top Team". At least it seems like a wrench with all of the sneering and posturing amongst the uppity-ups. The optimist in me still thinks that this wrench maybe be a valuable tool for Seung-jae to use to get his Top Team into a safe zone, but that may just be optimism talking.
A few points are scored for Seung-jae against the battle with the assistant director when Top Team unifies upon Tae-shin returns from hiding. All seems well until the team discovers how Joo-young managed to keep herself from being transferred. Her decision seems like betrayal to everything that Seung-jae and Tae-shin stand for, but the entire situation is a huge grey area. The team can choose to understand her and support her, or not. It's all dependent on pride. Joo-young still can't let hers go, but Seung-jae lets his suffer for his dream of making Medical Top Team a success.
The potential ally that I mentioned last episode turns out to be a double-edged sword with his own agenda. I like the introduction of a power outside of the assistant director, but he's still a subordinate of the unfatherly chairman. This subordinate, however, has a liking for Seung-jae. Will he choose to help him because of those feelings? This has become a perpetual dilemma in this show: idealism (helping someone one respects) or reality (doing what's best for business.) In a way, this is what makes Tae-shin's unwavering faith in helping patients refreshing despite its impracticality. Political pressures don't shake him like the others.
In particular, Joo-young is feeling the pressure. She receives it not only from the assistant director and Jang, but now from a suspicious Seung-jae as well. He suspects that she has made a deal with the assistant director, which is something the Top Team knows it shouldn't do and Joo-young knows this best of all. It's interesting to watch secrecy unravel such carefully formed relationships, especially when honesty could have fortified them.
The side romances are developing nicely for the most part. I miss Sung-woo and Ah-jin screentime, which is being replaced by Ah-jin fawning over Tae-shin screentime. Ah-jin is being used to highlight Tae-shin's personal problems so her crush on him seems forced. The extra time she had because of her crush did pave way for the ending of this episode, which will shift focus onto her like the ending of episode 8 did for Sung-woo.
What I'm missing in this show is the tight writing from the first few episodes. It feels like the production team is letting itself go and allowing the show to get flabby. It needs to get on the treadmill and shape up.
Written by Raine from Raine's Dichotomy
Journalist, drama lover, and foodie, Lisa enjoys exploring Korea, speaking the language, and soaking in all that dramaland has to offer. Her Korean husband laughs that she knows more than he ever will about dramas and K-pop. Lisa Espinosa can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
"[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 11"
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