Healer || First Thoughts โ™ฅ (Episodes 1&2)

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This is kind of embarrassing. I got the dvd boxset in a giveaway so long ago and I still haven’t watched it yet ๐Ÿ˜… I think I’ve seen one episode, but that changes in September 2020! This is also part of my Valentine’s Rom-Com Watchlist โ™ฅ

Healer aired from December 2014 to early February 2015 on KBS2. It filled the Monday-Tuesday 10pm slot for 20 episodes (each an 1hr long). This drama was best received by international watchers and it made Ji Chang Wook popular outside of South Korea.

Healer (Ji Chang Wook) is a special kind of “courier”. For his jobs, he doesn’t want to know the reason, just the price (how else is he going to buy that secluded tropical island?). Oh and he draws the line at murder. A job he completes becomes more complicated as it’s connected to a larger corruption. Alongside this, a recent job gets him involved with the famous news reporter Kim Moon Ho (Yoo JiTae) and a “second rate” journalist Chae Young Shin (Park Min Young). There is more to their past and Healer’s own than they could have ever realised.

The first episode was a bit boring… we are thrown into a corrupt business being covered up and reported on. This may be that I’m not smart enough, but I didn’t feel that we were given enough information, especially with the people involved. I was like… who are you? And then the second episode mentions it like once… I think this side of the story could have been included better or even later on.

Episode 2 was far more interesting because we were following our mains and learning more about them. I didn’t care about Young Shin in episode 1 as she felt shallow and I dislike journalists whose sole job is to report on the private lives of people, but in the second she was far more well-rounded. I like her tenacity, her kindness and her bad, but good dancing!

Healer is a bit different. I don’t really care for his character yet. We spend a lot of time with him, but it’s like he doesn’t really have a personality yet. His first scene is him wishing a tennis game character was designed so he could change her outfit to something sexy… ugh. I’m far more in love with his hacker – Jo Min Ja aka: ahjumma (Kim Mi Kyung). She is hilarious and if she pairs up with the ex cons and Young Shin’s father at his cafe I will be incredibly happy!

Kim Moon Ho is my favourite character so far and he’s the one who has given us the most. He’s a reporter with strong morals and he’s charming. I also love that we see the past through his lens. The question of what happened to the “lost child” and how it all culminated to now is honestly the main reason I want to continue.

Overall, the filming style is not the best, but you can see what they were going for. The action/fighting scenes are somewhat awkward and I think they try to hide some of that by using darker lighting etc. which for the most works okay. I do quite like the technology aspect of Healer’s glasses and the effects on screen, it adds to the fantasy of the hacking and vigilante aspect.

The acting is fine at this point. We have strong leads in Chang Ji Wook and Park Min Young, I just think the first two episodes didn’t do as well at capturing my interest in the plot as I thought it would do. If it weren’t for the secondary characters, I don’t know if I would continue. That is where I see all the potential and hope that the leads and main plot start to contribute to it soon.

Also, fun fact, the drama I just completed – I’m Not a Robot – has Choi Dong Goo in and when I tell you that I was so surprised when I saw his face in these flashback scenes ๐Ÿ˜‚ This just means the universe has aligned (or whatever it is they say) and this was the right time to watch Healer, right? ๐Ÿ˜…


Credits:

  • Written by: Song Ji Na
  • Directed by: Lee Jung Sub & Kim Jinwoo
  • Running time: 60 mins
  • Release date: 8th December 2014 – 10th February 2015
  • Network: KBS2

Have you watched Healer? Did you enjoy it or not? Or are you like me and it’s been on your watchlist for forever? ๐Ÿ˜‚

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe โ™ฅ

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