Surgeons (2017)

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PLOT:

Is it possible to search for answers to a death that occurred almost 30 years ago?

Zhuang Shu (Jin Dong) is a successful cardiothoracic surgeon who has been practicing in the United States. He returns to work at a general hospital in China to find answers to a malpractice case that happened 29 years ago that resulted in the death of a patient.

Zhuang Shu’s mother, the nurse involved in the case, was forced to resign. Then she saw her 4-year-old daughter kidnapped and then she committed suicide later on.

Fellow cardiothoracic surgeon Lu Chen Xi (Bai Bai He) happens to be the daughter of the patient who died in the malpractice case. After she stands up to the hospital director, Yang Fan (Liu Yi Jun), she is demoted to the emergency department.

[Summary from MyAsiantv.]


I have to admit that I’ve never been fan of medical dramas. I can’t particularly remember the reason why I like to avoid this drama genre but it’s been like that. However I decided to give Surgeons a try because I saw this on twitter and because of Jin Dong. Also I read some good reviews so I decided to check it out. What I didn’t expect was that I will fall in love with Bai Baihe. I mean she’s just so pretty and SHE CAN ACT. So to organize my rambling and uncontrollable fangirl feels I will list the reasons why you should definitely watch Surgeons. [The reasons are not in order.] You may or may not agree with it but it’s the reason why I watched this show.

  1. Jin Dong and Bai BaiHe [and their sizzling, off the charts chemistry]

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I just have to be honest that it’s because of Jin Dong that I decided to watch this drama. I mean I saw him first in Ode to Joy and I became slightly interested in him but he was kinda buried because Wang Kai was there and I was ogling at him most of the time. Then I saw him again in Nirvana in Fire and that’s it. I don’t know how to explain but there’s just something about him that is soooo attractive.

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As for Bai Baihe, this is the first drama that I have seen her and I have to admit that when I saw the trailer I really thought that she’s in her early 20’s. No joke! I kept on thinking why did they pair someone so young with Jin Dong and when I googled her age I was shocked. I mean her face doesn’t exactly say 33 years old. And she’s so pretty I kept on seeing different faces on her. I see Suzy Bae, Lee Yeon Hee and Tang Yan. And my, she can act! Bai Baihe is not just a pretty face. I know that I watched this because of Jin Dong but I ended up falling in love with her instead.

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I will not be ashamed to say this that when I started watching the drama and I see Lu Chen Xi [Bai Baihe] and Zhuang Shu [Jin Dong] on the screen together I just can’t help but squeal. I mean I can literally feel the chemistry radiating from the screen. Did I say off the charts? Yes, I already did and I will repeat it again. They will go down as one of my favorite drama OTP of all time. Really.

2. The Characters

Another good thing about this drama is that you don’t get two-dimensional characters but instead you get real and imperfect people. They have their strengths and weaknesses and struggles that they need to get through everyday. The portrayal is real and you can feel their dilemma when they are faced by two choices without a right answer.

We have capable leads who are expert in their field as surgeons. However it doesn’t mean they are perfect. Lu Chen Xi is strong headed and temperamental who only concerns herself with facts and saving people. Zhuang Shu on the other hand is a calm and secretive person who’s driven by his plan of revenge on the people who framed his mother and in the process ruining their family. We have Chen Shaocong, Lu Chen Xi’s friend who’s unambitious at first but later on got motivated to work hard so that he can be promoted. And no, he doesn’t harbor secret romantic feelings for Lu Chen Xi. It’s all platonic.

Then we have our “villain” in the character of the head of the Thoracic Department, Yang Fan. I put a quote on the word villain because on the course of watching the drama you’ll realize that he’s not your typical bad guy all the way. He also tries to be a good father to his son despite their conflicting sides.

3. Strong Female Lead

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Lu Chen Xi’s character can appear annoying at first [according to some people who watched the drama although I personally have no problem with her] because she’s very frank with her words especially to the trainee doctors. She appears to have no consideration of other people’s feelings. However I think the bigger reason why people find her character irritating is because she’s a female.

She’s very capable and good at her job and she expects everyone to be the same. I love her flaws and it’s one of the reasons why she’s on the higher spot in my “most beloved female lead characters”. Yes, she has her problematic moments but I think that makes her real. She’s not your super nice, Cinderella-type female lead because she fights back when she knows she’s right and it’s most of the time. #GirlPower

4. The Story

The plot doesn’t really offer mind-blowing twists and turns, birth secrets or complicated love lines but it doesn’t mean that it’s boring. It’s interesting in its own way and you will laugh, cry, get angry and frustrated on your journey while watching the drama. I think it has a simplistic plot yet it still has something that makes you keep on going.

There are some revelations about the past in the first part but even without really spelling it out you can get the gist of what happened. However the drama is not just all centered on the revenge aspect but it also poses questions and difficult situations to the leads and what they should do in those situations.

5. The Acting

I’m really the type of viewer who can’t stand poor acting in dramas. Even if it’s my fave doing that poor portrayal I wouldn’t spend a minute watching that drama. Good thing Surgeons is doing good in acting department. Jin Dong and Bai Baihe is really good at acting their roles and Liu Yijun as the villain as usual he really delivers. Even the supporting roles are doing a good job at stealing the spotlight sometimes.

6. Development of Romance

This is for me the main reason why I fell in love with this drama. If you’re looking for super dramatic love quarrels or complicated love triangles or squares, well there’s none. Everyone is not problematic about their feelings. I mean there’s not really a very complicated love line and I love the slow development of romance between the main leads. It was not love at first sight for them nor their feelings for each other is based on looks. Both of them admire each other for their skills and is willing to accept each other’s weaknesses.

The list above are just a few of the reasons why I loved the drama from bits to pieces and if you give it a try I’m sure you’ll find more things to love about it. So give it a try!