D-Day: Episode 17

Korean Drama Reactions & Reviews | November 18, 2015 | 384 viewed

Director: Jang Yong Woo
Genre: television series
Starring: Kim Young-kwang (Lee Hae Sung), Jung So-min (Jung Ddol Mi), Ha Seok-jin (Han Woo Jin)
Release Date: 18th November, 2015
D-Day: Episode 17 [Review]
D-Day Episode 17

Truly the job of doctor and firefighter requires a high standard of altruism and dedication which make them so respectable, but also vulnerable. Duty calls, but volunteer your life for others is never easy. It seems that Captain Choi’s looming sacrifice is an inevitable deed, as there’s no one more qualified for the job than him. The great power imbalance of handling this disaster comes into play, and we see that the real people saving lives don’t hold the power to make the pivotal decisions.
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Captain Choi throws a punch at Ja-hyuk in response to accusations that he’s lost his sense of duty. Throwing the money envelope on the ground, Captain Choi asks if that is Ja-hyuk’s version of responsibility — bribing him to risk his team’s life. Ja-hyuk argues that he’s giving Captain Choi an opportunity to save his country, which only earns him a sarcastic thank you.
Ja-hyuk’s desperation to untangle the power sources leads to a more polite and pleading request for Captain Choi’s team resolve the issue. After a moment, Captain Choi explains that he can quickly put out a fire, but it takes longer for him to potentially sacrifice one of his team members. He asks for one more day, and Ja-hyuk agrees.
As Ja-hyuk leaves the tent, we see Woo-sung around the corner, having overheard this conversation.
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I really hope that this isn’t the last main conflict between these two, but I can see how this can easily turn into something very personal for Ddol-mi. Though her father insisted that he would have come to Seoul to help in the disaster’s aftermath anyway, Ddol-mi still feels guilty. I think her guilt may parallel Hye-sung’s guilt in failing to protect his parents, but I would hate to waste the last couple of episodes trying to resolve an honest doctor’s decision. By now, we all know Hye-sung is a passionate doctor who cares almost too much about his patients’ survival. His choice to not treat Ddol-mi’s father can’t come from malicious intent. So while I don’t worry about this conflict getting resolved, I do worry about the little time we have left to redeem this drama.
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