Review: Park Shin Hye and Park Hyung Sik strike a chord in Doctor Slump

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“Despite working harder than anyone else for 17 hours a day, I was still treated like a sinner and an idiot.” Says Nam Han Eul of Park Shin Hye. Hardworking Han Eul, who has been worked to the bone, not only finds herself passed over for a promotion, but also on the receiving end of a boss who has stolen her thesis and leaves him no excuse to humiliate her. .

Anyone who has struggled with a toxic work environment can relate to this and its impact on mental health. The calm Han Eul is surprised to discover that she is struggling with depression and exhaustion.

“Sometimes you suddenly lose the balance of your mind and feel lethargic. I have depression. I overexerted myself and couldn’t rest when I was tired, so it became a mental illness,” Nam Han Eul says in disbelief as she slowly accepts how she had compromised her life and her self-esteem for her sake. . job.

On the other hand, we meet Yeo Jeong-woo (Park Hyung Sik), a high-flying plastic surgeon, who has been wrongly accused of medical negligence and has lost everything. The incident leaves a strong impact on Jeong Woo, who does not realize that he is struggling with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

Fate leads him to meet Han Eul once again. The two had been the best students in school and were always in competitive mode, their only goal was to be above each other.

While renting the rooftop room that is part of the annex to their house, the two finally talk to each other.

Han Eul confides that her entire life has been just studying and working and that she doesn't know or have anything else. You get it, as many of us are constantly driven by the need to excel.

Jeong Woo finds the first hints of empathy towards her when he says, “I wish I could give the young man a hug.”

Han Eul also discovers that although Jeong Woo has been popular, it is a facade. His ambitious parents couldn't have cared less about him and his so-called friends have only been there for what they can get from him, he is a lonely person who struggles with his problems.

As these two worn souls became confidants of each other, they found a way to empower each other, which led to a deep affection and love.

Doctor Slump, is a heartwarming story in which two school rivals find love for each other at their lowest point in life. As they fight his depression, Jeong Woo tells Han Eul

“Who would have imagined that the top two students years later would be struggling with anxiety and depression?” A statement that is fulfilled. From meeting parental expectations to the need to excel and navigate the hyper-competitive world of academia and then professional life, one ends up compromising one's physical, emotional and mental health.

The theme of depression is handled sensitively and the highlight is Han Eul's mother, who can't understand what it is, but wonders if it could be her expectations that caused it. While she tries her best to give him so-called nutritious food,” one realizes how in many Asian societies mental health has always been neglected.

Then there are Bin Dae Young (Yoon Park) and Lee Hong Ran (Kong Seong Ha), they are single parents whose parenting skills constantly challenge each other and help each other find a ground of balance with their children.

Of course, there is a villain in the piece. Han Eul's boss and Jeong Woo's friend, Min Kyung Min (Oh Dong Min), and his attempts to change his situation.

Park Shin Hye, who returns to screens after the birth of her son, gives a nuanced performance as Han Eul. The studious girl who realizes how life has passed her by.

Park Hyung Sik, one of the most endearing actors with a charming screen presence, hits all the right notes as Jeon Woo, a lonely boy who is only looking for love.

The two have compatible chemistry and complement each other.

Doctor Slump is an attractive watch, although it does stretch a bit at times. It is relatable to the show on many levels, especially in Han Eul's track, one finds a resonance with the characters and their problems, as they go on a journey to heal.

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