Dr. Brain: Season One
November 21, 2021 4:42 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Brilliant brain scientist Sewon (Lee Sun-Kyun) suffers a horrific personal tragedy. Desperate to uncover what happened to his family, he conducts "brain syncs" with the dead to access their memories for clues.

Currently streaming in the US on Apple+.
posted by DirtyOldTown (3 comments total)
Is this Stitchers? I loved Stitchers.
posted by polytope subirb enby-of-piano-dice at 8:43 PM on November 21, 2021

Dramabeans episode 1 review: "AppleTV+ just launched in South Korea, and with it their first-ever Korean language production, Dr. Brain. But don’t let the goofy title fool you — this is very serious and cerebral sci-fi fare. As we follow our main character on his risky and ground-breaking experiments into thought and memory, his whole world turns upside down."
posted by oh yeah! at 5:57 PM on November 22, 2021

I binged the first 3 eps today (all that are available so far) and am annoyed that I didn't wait until the show fully aired because these cliff-hangers are going to kill me. I'm loving this noir-scifi-horror vibe that's going on with the cinematography (which I shouldn't be surprised about, since this is a Kim Jee-won show and he's a director known for a certain style).

I haven't read the webtoon it's based on but I'm definitely curious as to how faithfully it's been adapted. Right now I think the main reason I want to read the source material is because I impatiently want to see what happens next, but I have to wait three more weeks for the rest of the episodes to air.

While I feel like it's weird for Apple TV+ to have it's own "original k-drama," I guess they've seen the success Netflix has had with international shows and are now trying to capture some of the market. It's annoying how scattered and "exclusive" dramas are these days when looking for something to (legally) watch online, but as someone who rarely revives her Netflix subscription, I'm totally fine with a little competition. Especially for a show that I doubt would have been shown on even the standard Korean cable channels due to the graphic content. Not sure if it was intentional, but I did have a weird little chuckle about the first body being bashed with a rock because I couldn't help but think of Lee Seon-gyun's demise in Parasite, and then when we first see him go downstairs to the basement I also was like, "More Parasite parallels!"

But what a weird and wonderful little show. I just hope it continues to live up to my (newly minted as of today) expectations. While the premise is totally bonkers, I like how they tackle it so seriously. When we first met the cat, I was like, "Haha, I wonder how well this brain transfer thing works between species!" and then in the next episode we find out! Cat-like reflexes have taken on a whole new meaning! Yet it all somehow doesn't seem completely ridiculous! (Okay, maybe just a little. But I accept it as much as I accept the brain transfers.)

Anyway, I feel like there's a serious lack of sci-fi in k-dramas so I'm always happy to cheer on something that stretches the boundaries. And looks absolutely gorgeous while doing so.
posted by paisley sheep at 11:23 PM on November 22, 2021 [2 favorites]

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