genre: historical, fantasy, romance
original run: May 13-July 16, 2016
number of episodes: 20
my rating: 4 stars
synopsis from viki:
Can a young royal physician change the fate of a cursed princess?
When Queen Sim (Jang Hee Jin) is unable to conceive, she visits the shaman Hong Joo (Yum Jung Ah). Hong Joo’s powerful black magic helps the Queen give birth to a twin boy and girl, Soon Hwae (Yeo Hoe Hyun) and Seo Ri (Kim Sae Ron).
But the dark sorcery comes with a price when Seo Ri is cursed, causing her to be abandoned and left for dead by the Queen. Seo Ri is rescued by the father of Poong Yeon (Kwak Si Yang), who becomes her only friend as she grows up in hiding.
With Poong Yeon and her helper, Choi Hyun Seo (Lee Sung Jae), by her side, Seo Ri grows up as a witch, all the while trying to figure out how to lift the evil curse on her life. When Seo Ri meets the royal physician Heo Jun (Yoon Shi Yoon), will he help her change her fate and reclaim her rightful place?
“Mirror of the Witch” is a 2016 South Korean drama series directed by Jo Hyun Tak. The series is inspired by the Mirror of Eastern Medicine (Dongui Bogam), a book compiled by the royal physician Heo Jun and published during the Joseon Dynasty and considered a classic in the study of Korean traditional medicine.
Secret Healer came up in my Netflix "Asian drama" suggestions. It's been on my to-be-watched list for a while, so I thought I'd give it a try. It took me so long to watch this drama because I had to pay close attention or I would miss something. Definitely not a drama to watch while washing dishes or with a toddler interrupting.
What I liked:
The overall story plot- so good. so so good. I was very pleased with the story. Yes there were a few plot holes but they didn't bother me so much.
The villain- Hong Joo was an excellent villain. I loved her back story and her obsessed she was. I was a little confused by her relationship with Choi Hyun Seo. It was much deeper than master-student.
Yoon Si-Yoon as Heo Jun- so genuine. I loved the depth of his character and how he portrayed the comedic scenes, the sweet romantic crush scenes, and the serious scenes.
Kim Sae Ron- I felt like there was a little missing from her acting. I did like her crazy psychotic scenes when the curse took over completely and her scenes with Yoon Si-Yoon were very good. She had an innocence about her portrayal that worked for her and against her. In her favor because her character has been locked away and is only 17. Against her because she didn't have oomph when it came to the calmer scene when she was in witch mode.
Min Do-Hee as Soon-Deuk- My favorite character by far in the whole show.
Things I didn't like: (**some minor spoilers ahead**)
Like I said before there were a few plot holes. There were things that bothered me like if Yeon-Hee has been making potions for years, why didn't she know what some of the herbs looked like and Heo Jun did?
THE ENDING- The ending gutted me. It was such a plot twist that I didn't like but I can understand why the story went in that direction. Also, in the recap after all the trauma was over, a few characters were forgotten like Queen Sim and King Sun-Jo's wife. Maybe King Sun-Jo's wife was too much of a minor character to follow up on, but did they have kids after it was all over??? And how did Queen Sim feel about Heo Jun in the end? I need to knowww.
Overall, I gave Secret Healer 4 stars. I might change it to 4.5 only because the ending and the plot holes. But this one definitely makes my top dramas, has given me appreciation for historical dramas (some of you know how hard it is for me to get into them), and also is one I will be re-watching later on.