Healer is the latest drama from writer Song Ji-na who previously wrote Faith, What’s Up and Sandglass among other dramas. It is the story of three characters whose lives are intertwined. The three characters, Seo Jung-hoo, Chae Young-shin and Kim Moon-ho are played by Ji Chang-wook (Empress Ki), Park Min-young (City Hunter) and Yoo Ji-tae (A Star’s Lover).
A short background
Seo Jung-hoo works as a night courier, doing jobs that require throwing away all ethics as long as he gets paid, think Jason Statham in The Transporter. He’d do anything, short of actually killing someone. One day, he is tasked with finding someone for Kim Moon-ho. A young woman who is like a niece to him but has been lost and presumed dead for about twenty years. He decided to look for her after finding out that the supposed grave she was buried in was actually empty. Enter Chae Young-shin, who is a reporter for an online tabloid newspaper, Someday, but dreams of becoming a hotshot reporter who reports serious news like her idol, Kim Moon-ho. It turns out Chae Young-shin is the girl he is looking for but she has no recollections of her past after suppressing her memories due to the extreme trauma she suffered. Once Jung-hoo finds her and delivers her DNA to Kim Moon-ho (in one of the most intense nail-cutting scenes ever seen in a drama), he finds that his quiet, lonely existence is about to be disturbed and he realizes just how connected he is to Chae Young-shin and Kim Moon-ho.
Healer is like the tutu-wearing ballerina younger sister of an actual revenge thriller. That’s not to say the drama is uninteresting, the rabid fan following on Soompi forums can bear witness to the awesomeness that is this drama, but it is not as dark as some other revenge thrillers. If Healer were a novel, it would be a romance novel with some revenge plot, some thriller plot, some corruption plot but a romance novel nonetheless. I’m not going to lie, a lot of people, including myself, are watching this drama for the characters more than the actual plot of the story. I’ve read a lot of comments by people who think the story is way too boring and draggy to watch, even for the sake of the characters and they have been seen to abandon the show in favour of the much more serious drama, Punch, which is also airing in the same timeslot as Healer but on a different station.
There is no doubt that Healer is awesome to those who love it. The plot is fast-paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I studied journalism for four years in the university, but I never knew gathering news and making a successful broadcast could be so riveting until I watched this show. The chemistry between the leads is literally jaw-droppingly intense, move over Spiderman with your upside-down kisses, Healer and hand-holding is in. All the characters, except that one lady we all don’t hate but just don’t get why she’s on the show, contribute something to the story.
And don’t even get me started on the OST, your family can only take you screaming ‘My heart’s aflame and it’s burning in your name’ so many times before they start chucking things at you and calling you crazy. It happens, not my fault.
The actors have good chemistry and work well with one another, and there doesn’t seem to be a miscast among any of the characters. And you absolutely cannot miss Kim Mi-kyung as the badass hacker ajhumma who is rockstar ajhumma hacker by day and elegant badass lady by night. Who says only superheroes deserve a double identity.
If you like your revenge drama to taste like cappuccino with extra cream and extra sugar instead of a strong, black coffee, then this drama is perfect for you. Just remember that if you have a weak heart, call your doctor and let him/her be on hand when you watch the OTP scenes.
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