Harry Potter nerd time: Am I the only one who thinks the maze in the beginning of the video is just like the maze at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?? *mindexplosion*
There are some absolutely amazing parts to this song. The beginning of the song is great with the quiet clapping and then Baekhyun’s swooping in with his first line. The chorus is gold. “Someone call the doctor” has to be one of the best English lines ever in a K-pop song. It is powerful, mysterious, and just sounds really cool. However the part of the song that just puts me in awe is the rap. Starting with Sehun’s “Hey Doctor!”, the lines and the background instrumental and the way the whole thing leads into the chorus with a distorted “Someone call the doctor” is absolute PERFECTION. It is so loud and overwhelming, making it feel like we are actually experiencing an overdose. Overall it is a great song, but the reason why I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it’s perfect is because the transition between the different set of lines are not as fluid as other more solid songs.
EXO came back with another single-take-type video. The single-take effect looks pretty cool, especially with all of the zooming in and out. The rooms themselves are also really interesting. The main dancing room definitely fit the sound of the song. The black and white room looks nice, but it really doesn’t go with the other room at all. On top of that, neither room goes along with the maze scenes at the beginning and end of the video. While each scene looks nice, it would have made the video much more cohesive if they were related to each other somewhat. The transitions between the two rooms are all exceptionally well timed.
There is this really cool moment in the video where Chen and Lay exchange this flash of light, and I wish we could have seen more of that in the video! It is a really neat effect, but having it happen only once seems really random.
As with all EXO videos, there are a lot of outfits in this video. Let’s start with the main dancing scene: I do really like a couple of outfits, like D.O.’s, Luhan’s and Chen’s, but overall the colors and style of those outfits are just strange. I don’t like all of the colors. The outfits look like oversized, childish workout clothes. The suits on the other hand look great! Chanyeol’s outfit would have to be my favorite in that scene, and Baekhyun looked especially classy with his styled hair and white suit (Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks he looks just like Key in that scene). I am also digging how Suho and Kai look kind of like mad doctors with their hair.
Those hats just need to go.
This is a really energetic and dynamic dance. The beginning pose is simply amazing. There is so much moving around in this dance that we always have something new to look at. I love the chorus. Pointing to their wrist when they say “Someone call the doctor” is very fitting. One of my favorite moves in this dance is during the chorus when they have one arm outstretched and move it side to side, almost like an orchestra conductor. Then the whole rap sequence is just perfect and epic, especially during Sehun’s part when slowly they all start moving forward toward the camera. It also ends really nicely with the K and M members each doing their own domino effect.
My few complaints: The jump-rope move just doesn’t fit, and to me it looks like one of SM’s recycled moves from SJ-M’s “Swing.” The clapping during the slower lines before the rap goes on for too long and is not very interesting to watch. Also, that move at the end of the chorus with half of the members banging on the heads of the other members…I just don’t know how to feel about this move. Without the music, it just looks like the top members are banging on pots and pans and the lower members have a bad twitch, but with the music, it fits the drum beat in a really cool way. Some of the members (D.O., Chanyeol, Lay) pull it off really well, but others (Suho, Baekhyun, Tao) just look uncomfortable.
I have to say, Kai really shines in this dance. He is nowhere near the top of my bias list, but I found myself unable to keep my eyes off of him.
Overall, I like this video, although I don’t love it like I loved Wolf. There were a few blunders in the video, but that whole rap sequence totally won me over. They definitely went out with a bang.
Overall Final Score: 4.1/5