Surgeons – Final impressions

Of course, I’ll avoid anything spoilery…

I was surprised at how much I got into both the main plot (Jin Dong’s nurse mother accused of a medical error causing in family tragedies) and the secondary plots in this series, especially as I was not impressed with the “surgical” scenes featuring the same “incision” surrounded by layers of gauze with a fairly hot pinkish-colored “blood” stain. Note: they do include a few shots of what looks like real medical work done, e.g., stitching up a wound — not that I’d want anyone who sutures like that working on me!

They keep the issue going right through the whole drama, rather than fixing it early, and my feelings as they worked through it all were engaged — and I wanted to reach thru the screen and slap the perpetrator(s) more than once — so yes, I cared!

What I especially liked though, and I’ve mentioned it already, is that Jin Dong and his costar Bai Baihe have a nice chemistry as actors, but more than that there characters offer a really fresh ‘opposites attract’ take — yes, they’re both excellent surgeons and share a passion for medicine and science, etc., but she’s really outspoken and forthright and he’s one to play things much closer to the vest. She’s been raised as the darling of the hospital and he’s felt more the pains of the past. I loved how very direct she was in her approach to her relationship with him and the way she takes the initiative when he is more reserved (because he has secrets).

I also enjoyed some of the interactions with her goofy pal, an ER doctor, who moves into her 3-bedroom apartment to balance things out. He’s a character and has some very entertaining lines.

Yes, there are Meaningful Messages about the Noble Work done by medical professionals, but it’s also a look into the crazy working conditions that they endure. Much like the way Divorce Lawyers was a picture into the customs of marriages and divorces in China today, this one is a strangely fascinating look into how… oh, how can I say this diplomatically…? I can’t, so I’ll just say it — how ignorant and backwards and shouty and even violent the patients and their families often are. It’s almost as if they see doctors as performing voodoo and can’t figure it all out, and then have to yell whenever they damn well feel like it. Kind of like a Western ER on a full-moon Friday payday night… times 2.

I enjoyed watching a lot of Jin Dong too — not the little bits and pieces we’d get of him in The Disguisers or Ode to Joy, but lots of him. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that!

#bai-baihe, #jin-dong, #surgeons

Making the surgical nonsense worthwhile


Yep, watching Jin Dong being a standup kind of guy and Bai Baihe being a talented surgeon with an ego but not a lack of humility.

#bai-baihe, #jin-dong, #surgeons

Hilarious Meta Moment in Surgeons

Because everything I’m currently engrossed in is an on-air drama (I really should go back to my backlist of others in progress some day…), I found myself picking up yet another new one – Surgeons, with Jin Dong. I’ve watched the first 8 episodes and, without giving away any spoilers I’ll say that the medical moments are almost laughably bad, especially the surgical bits, but the stuff that happens outside that is a resounding “okay.” He looks fine, his costar Bai Baihe is attractive and natural, and there are plenty of familiar faces, including the weasely guy from The Disguisers (with the atrocious teeth) and the Wasp, who was also Marquis Ning in Nirvana in Fire.

Clearly the production team had a laugh at him with this scene, with that actor at home relaxing after a hard day of setting up a colleague and making deals with a pharma rep.



Jin Dong, I’ve missed you!

You intrigued me in Nirvana in Fire but made me swoon in The Disguisers (but I won’t even talk about how you were not used to full advantage in Ode to Joy or the goofy Candle in the Tomb) but now a doctor? Or should I say one of several…


Okay, you look fine, you’re the lead, and it looks like there’s romance for you. I’m in, but be on call in case you break my heart if it’s not up to the caliber I expect for you.

The subbed trailer has had the plug pulled on YouTube, so here’s an unsubbed version. He’s become a surgeon, returned to his home and is working to uncover a mystery involving a possible (probable) wrongful death and medical coverups. His co-star Bai Baihe is also a surgeon and they share a history thru their ties to the mystery.

A number of other familiar NiF faces too make an appearance.

#jin-dong, #surgeons