K-Drama Reaction: Hospital Ship | Finale

“There was a time when I thought I could be alone. I used to be ashamed of being dependent. However, I don’t feel ashamed when he catches me as I lose my balance. We’ll feel weak many times in life. We’ll also feel lost. At times like that, please look around yourself. You’ll find him who supports you at times when you feel weak. That’s why we can start anew. While believing in love, I loved. After all, it’s love.”
– Song Eun-jae, Hospital Ship Episode 40

Eun-jae’s Diagnosis

Just when I thought the storm is over, another huge wave came their way and threatened to topple our favorite medical ship. Song Eun-jae (Ha Ji-won) was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the most common type of cancer that arises in bones and it is usually found at the end of long bones, often around the knee. I dismissed previous scenes of her complaining about her knees. I never thought it was part of the finale.

Love is Everything


I was, at first, confused on why Eun-jae suddenly want to cut ties with Kwak Hyun (Kang Min-hyuk). I really thought she already learned that there would be moments when she needed somebody to lean on. But I understood Eun-jae’s action after explaining her side to Nurse Pyo. She’s a strong woman. It’s hard for her to suddenly lower her pride and show her vulnerability especially to the person she loves.

Sharing the Burden

In the end, Kwak Hyun proved he really know how to handle Eun-jae. He gathered Eun-jae’s previous patients and let her know she’s not alone with her battle.

Can I just say Hyun is that one K-drama male lead who made me fall in love so hard this year? He really set the standards for me. I’m satisfied how this character convinced my favorite female surgeon it is okay to jump in a shaky ship because he is there to catch her.

Maknae’s Episode Verdict

This series didn’t really stop until the end. They really have to make things complicated to the last second of their finale episode. They reserved Ha Ji-won’s crying scenes as if they knew the audience still have tears to shed after 40 beautiful episodes.

The Series Verdict
I kept my previous episodes short as I want to share my overall views on this medical drama.

Soundtrack
Let’s start with the easiest part – the music. I liked all of its OST particularly this one from Laboum’s Park So-yeon.

Supporting Cast

I have to be honest that I was only excited about this series because of Ha Ji-won. I covered the casting news for this MBC medical drama so I went through the ups and downs of its casting process. There were actors I thought would have done better but now I can’t imagine any of the Hospital Ship crew being played by another actor.

One of that standout was Lee Seo-won who did a great job in his role. I like how his character developed from the angsty Korean Medicine doctor serving the military to a forgiving and more mature man. I would have loved to see Eun-jae with Kim Jae-geol’s family but it was clear from the start who she would end up with.

I have to be honest that I questioned why they cast Kang Min-hyuk instead of a veteran actor. But he proved me wrong with this series. He really worked well to play the role and made irresistible magic onscreen. Min-hyuk has grown from that cutie eye-smile drummer from Heartstring to this charming doctor who showed he could act with someone as good as Ha Ji-won.

Story

When I was writing casting updates for this series, I was half-excited half-worried with its plot. I like it that they are trying to make things different from other medical dramas but I’m not quiet sure if it would work well. It worked well, I think. They did take advantage of their peculiar setting and tell stories that were only seen in Hospital Ship. I’m not sure of the facts used for the medical procedure but I’m not a nitpick when it comes to such things. Also, I don’t have time to fact-check as I was busy wiping my tears over every case they handle. The storytelling of this series was really good that even those most unlikely scenarios were shown in a very empathetic manner.

Song Eun-jae

The main focus of the drama was the surgeon, Song Eun-jae, and now I understand why they offered it to Ha Ji-won. The series was heavily carried by this character alone and someone as versatile as Ha Ji-won was needed to effectively tell this story. She has the power to draw you in. She successfully made Eun-jae someone I’ll care about. And it is vital as this series is really character driven.

Ahjumma’s Rating
For weeks, this series made us laugh and cry with all the characters they introduced and stories they told. I have to be honest that I thought the drama should have ended a few episodes ago as I felt it was dragged on a bit. Nonetheless, it started on a high note and still ended sailing quite good. It was mainly because of the people in the series and their compelling stories. It may not be a perfect medical series but it has the most empathetic characters in K-dramaverse.

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