K-Drama Reaction: Life | Episode 5

So who’s really responsible for the bloodshed?

Have We Met Before?

Dr. Ye Jin-woo was tasked by Chief Lee Dong-soo (Kim Won-hae) to give an interview on behalf of the Sangkook University Hospital staff. He needs to counter the press release of President Goo Seung-hyo (Cho Seung-woo) which shifted the public’s attention away from the strike. On his way to the interview, an urgent patient came in and it took him at least an hour to finish the treatment. Jin-woo was apologetic to reporter Choi Seo-hyun (Choi Yu-hwa) but the latter understood the situation.

Jin-woo also had to ignore imaginary Ye Sun-Woo (Lee Kyu-hyung) throughout the interview. His brother was with their mother at that time. This imaginary brother somehow bothered me as we all know the story behind his condition. Although it seems that he could manage his thoughts very well, there are moments that his face looked exhausted by this occurrence.

Anyway, Jin-woo has struggled a bit on answering Seo-hyun’s hard-hitting questions. Even though she’s friendly, she’s still a reporter. She needed to ask those question in order for her to do her job well. I’m banking on her to write a scathing report just like what they did to reveal the non-compliance of the Hwajeong Group’s heirs on military conscription.

Would You Believe If You See It?

Lee No-eul (Won Jin-a) has a different opinion about the hospital strike. She believes there are other ways to solve the conflict with the hospital management. She wants a more diplomatic approach in the matter. And so, this independent minded woman went to President Goo’s office and invited him to visit the pediatric ward. Dr. Lee showed President Goo the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where they treat infants needing specialized care.

It was heartbreaking to see those little people suffering. I think it was what No-eul wanted. She thinks the so-called malicious jerk is still human. He will understand the doctors’ work if he saw it first hand. It was an effective move as Seung-hyo was obviously bothered by what he witnessed.

This made him craved the warmth of his own home. He has a mother!!! He looks younger and relaxed when he rested beside his mom. That was my favorite scene in this episode. I wanted to get to know Seung-hyo more and that was what they gave me.

To Speak Up Or Stay Silent?

Dr. Joo Kyung-Moon’s (Yoo Jae-Myung) Cardiothoracic Section was put in the spotlight after a patient died due to anaphylactic shock. The lead-up to the Morbidity and Mortality conference was filled with tension as doctors felt like they were being accused of covering up medical errors. The usually quiet Dr. Joo was also pressured by his colleague to speak up for them, which I think is a bit hypocritical of them. I mean, he was treated as an outcast by this Sungkook University alumni and now they want him to shield them from criticisms. But I guess, Dr. Joo really has a pure heart. This Gimhae native gave a rousing speech about the lack of support they receive from the hospital. He’s not arguing that they are perfect at all times but they do save lives. That fact is being forgotten just because of one error. A 1 in 1,000 death.

Maknae’s Episode Verdict

There were no explosive effects on this series but Life episodes are still filled with visual treats. This series shows the story rather than telling. The highlight scenes, like the scene at NICU, needed no elaborate dialogue. The camera shots and the actor’s performance were enough to convey what the series was trying to tell us. I’m becoming deeply invested in the series as it continues to show more of each characters’ personal stories. I will be truly frustrated if Life would end up lifeless.

Dongsaeng’s Afterthoughts

Disclaimer: This section would have a comeback in this series. I tried to suppress this shallow quips but I really need to express my real self (lol). Anyway, just skip this part if you don’t want to read some nonsense.

– I did a double take on this one. I thought it was something else ㅋㅋㅋ

– You used this line already Mr. Grim Repear.

– He is so bloody gorgeous.

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