The magic of Hospital Playlist lies in its normality. Whereas in different palms, a hospital-based drama would possibly give attention to the extremes of life and dying that occur within the working theatre and wards, below Shin Received-ho’s (Reply 1988, Jail Playbook) management it principally drifts together with solely small peaks of motion.
That was the case at Yulje Medical Centre within the hit first season of the tvN present (globally distributed by Netflix) and continues to be the prevailing temper in its second instalment, too. It’s troublesome to raise the on a regular basis to one thing that doesn’t really feel mundane, however Hospital Playlist season two principally pulls it off. There are alternatives to dive into sensationalism – like when the tables are turned on one of many 5 medical doctors and bandmates on the coronary heart of the collection they usually turn into a affected person in pressing want of remedy – however as an alternative, the crew bypass them, selecting as an alternative to hone in on themes of human connection, relationships and friendship, and the trivialities of life.
Once we final noticed Yulje’s best on the finish of season one, new love and new possibilities have been within the air. The caring, sort paediatric surgeon Ain Jeong-won (performed by Yoo Yeon-seok) admitted his emotions for resident Jang Gyeo-ul (Shin Hyun-bin), charismatic transplant specialist Lee Ik-jun (Jo Jung-suk) made a proposition to his finest pal and sensible neurosurgeon Chae Tune-hwa (Jeon Mi-do), whereas tsundere cardiothoracic surgeon Kim Jun-wan (Jung Kyung-ho) was packaging a hoop to ship to his secret girlfriend, Ik-jun’s sister Ik-sun (Kwak Solar-young). Stiff and indifferent gynaecologist Yang Seok-hyeong (Kim Dae-myung), in the meantime, was confronted with the choice of whether or not to go away his job and take over his late father’s firm.
Yoo Yeon-seok and Shin Hyun-bin. Credit score: Netflix/tvN
Seok-hyeong’s scenario apart, these storylines turn into the dominating arcs in season two, whereas the gynaecologist additionally will get his personal romantic narrative too. It’s heartwarming to observe their blossoming love lives – and the struggles of some partnerships do add some much-needed rigidity to proceedings – however in some way this side of their lives taking centre stage dims the spark of season one just a little.
What works nicely in season two, although, is how the characters develop from their earlier portrayals. Because the episodes progress, we come to know the interns and residents extra intimately, to the purpose you actually begin to root for the youthful medical doctors. Of the musically bonded foremost medics, it’s Tune-hwa who sees essentially the most improvement this season, her function providing up completely different, deeper sides to her moderately than simply the supreme, sturdy surgeon. She’s nonetheless simply as keen about her job (and nonetheless as current, regardless of shifting to Sokcho final collection), however she’s sillier, softer, and extra sage, and shines all of the brighter for it.
In fact, the tie between Tune-hwa, Seok-hyeong, Ik-jun, Jun-wan and Jeong-won has at all times been music and that’s no completely different right here, no matter what’s occurring of their lives. Their renditions of songs in Seok-hyeong’s basement are nonetheless a touching spotlight of every episode – even when Tune-hwa is allowed to screech alongside – offering aid for the characters and a mild ending to every chapter for viewers.
Kim Dae-myung and Ahn Eun-Jin. Credit score: Netflix/tvN
To get to the very finish of Hospital Playlist, although, is to do battle with some unnecessarily lengthy episodes – a handful clock in at practically two hours every – however there are many satisfying moments alongside the way in which to maintain you going. In typical vogue for this present, the finale wraps issues up quietly, the present floating off into the sundown in as anti-climactic however candy a approach doable.
To date, it doesn’t look like a 3rd season shall be forthcoming – the producers behind the series have said there are currently “no specific plans”. It will be a disgrace to not revisit Yulje sooner or later however season two tenderly ties up its unfastened ends in such a approach that, just like the medical doctors sending healed sufferers again off into the world, ending right here appears like a pure and gratifying conclusion.
Hospital Playlist season 2 is streaming on Netflix
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