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Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 29 and 30)

With only a few pages left, how will the world of Secret end and what does this mean for our characters? The truth hopefully shines through as tough choices need to be made between our two love triangle couples. A happy ending is all anyone wants, is that so much to ask?

Episode 29

To Ha Roo’s dismay, Dan Oh is back to being just a mindless extra who only recognizes him as Baek Kyung’s friend. Baek Kyung is also surprised that Dan Oh has lost her self-awareness once they both entered the shadow. Ha Roo asks Dried Squid what happens once the story of this comic book ends and the latter explains that they all go into a deep sleep until the writer draws them again. Just like how his lover Su Hyang was added in last minute in Secret, other extras are easier to erase as well.

Not giving up on Dan Oh, Ha Roo tries his best to make her recognize him again. Do Hwa is also sad that she doesn’t acknowledge him as a friend anymore and although he’s happy that her heart problem is no longer an issue, she still isn’t the real Dan Oh they both grew to know and care about. Despite having a difficult time, Ha Roo doesn’t falter and remains adamant in reminding Dan Oh of their shared memories.

Apparently the secret that Nam Ju’s mother was afraid that people would find out is that he’s not the biological son of his father. Ju Da defends him against their classmates for changing their outlook on him since he isn’t rich anymore. Typical comic book stuff reaction huh? When Ju Da realizes that Nam Ju has also been having a hard time living his life, this is the moment that she truly allows herself to fall for him. She declares her feelings for him in the stage while simultaneously feeling it in the shadow too. While I am sad for what this means for Do Hwa, I am happy that she’s finally realized what she truly wants.

Ju Da and Do Hwa have a heart to heart conversation about their future. She confesses to liking Do Hwa, and I believe her, but she’s been through so much even as a main character so she doesn’t want to put in the effort to change her stage for Do Hwa. She wants a happy ending and since she genuinely likes Nam Ju too, that is what she’s choosing. Do Hwa is a bit sad but accepts her decision and is okay in being friends with her despite getting turned down. Lee Do Hwa, you keep saying that Nam Ju is cool but you’re pretty cool yourself. I hope you get the girl of your dreams in another comic book world!❤️

Perhaps Dan Oh losing her memories and being obliviously in love with Baek Kyung is an ode to fans who ship them as a love team. They go out on a date and it’s nice to see Baek Kyung enjoy himself with Dan Oh. Smiling, being silly, and just spending time with the person you like — it feels like a long time coming for him who like any other character, has been struggling and dealing with his own form of hardships. It’s only when Dan Oh thanks him but says Ha Roo’s name instead that Baek Kyung is jolted back to reality. Even when she isn’t self-aware, she still subconsciously thinks of Ha Roo.

Episode 30

When Dan Oh faints at the school stairway, it’s Ha Roo who brings her to the nurse’s office and they reenact a moment where he also applied a bandaid to her knee wound before. She tells him to leave since whenever she’s around him, her heart rate watch keeps buzzing. Dan Oh gets snippets of her past moments with Ha Roo in the shadow and begins to wonder about him. Despite the fact that she’s 100% healed, she looks and feels that something is still missing.

Even Baek Kyung who gets to spend more time with Dan Oh is not happy as he admits to himself that she’s not her “true” self. Despite the fact that he claims he’s a monster, self-aware Baek Kyung is not because he isn’t selfish enough to pretend that everything is okay with him and Dan Oh. Baek Kyung and her set a date to meet at school to measure their height as adults (Since they did this as kids) and as the stage commences; Dan Oh regains her memories when she pushes her back against, you guessed it… Ha Roo! They have a tearful reunion as they finally found each other again👫🏻

Turns out Baek Kyung could change the stage too since he willingly gave his coat for Ha Roo to wear before the stage started last night. Dan Oh returns the wedding ring to him next day at school and she hopes that he can find his real self just like she did. With tears in his eyes, Baek Kyung is freed from his guilt as Dan Oh forgives him for what he did in Trumpet Creeper and thanks him too in Secret. Come on, give the man a hug! (Just kidding, hehe)🤗

Our main OTP’s time together is cut short though as Ha Roo starts to notice that more and more elements of their comic book world is starting to end. After hearing a loud and dreadful sound, Ha Roo checks the art room that he and Dan Oh just spent their time in and sees only black space with various items floating around. He expresses a look of panic as an easel is suddenly erased before his very eyes.

Thoughts

So Dan Oh dying in the shadow somehow cured her set-up of having heart problems? Or is this what the writer actually intended if she went through with the operation? I think it’s the latter option and since I’m believing that theory, what Ha Roo did just made the time that he could have spent with Dan Oh celebrating and be happy shorten! I’m glad that he was bold enough to change her stage because he honestly thought that she would die, but I just don’t like the fact that it could have cost serious repercussions on another person (Ju Da’s grandma). But nitpicking aside, I am happy that they’re finally on the same page and Dan Oh’s fate has changed for the better.

Is it too late to root for Baek Kyung and Dan Oh? haha! Even if he hadn’t given Ha Roo his coat, I think Dan Oh would eventually become self-aware again and remember her love for Ha Roo. His character has been redeemed (for me) and I hope that in another world, his set-up won’t be as messy. I’m happy that he was able to change the stage for Dan Oh like he kept claiming he would. He proved his true feelings for her as he finally set her free to not only be with the true person she loves, but also to claim her real self back.

I’m not sure how the ending will be given that this comic book world is about to finish! I hate for the characters to be separated and go into a deep sleep but I have a feeling they’ll all reunite again. I will definitely miss Extraordinary You and hope that the last 2 episodes will be satisfying!😊

Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 25 – 28)

Desperation is a dangerous emotion to have as it can push you over the edge and have you do something unthinkable. With Dan Oh’s lifeline hanging in the balance, Ha Roo tries his hardest to alter her stage and save her. As repeated constantly, changing one’s fate affects another — who benefits and suffers from the butterfly effect is a risk that one just has to learn to live with.

Episode 25 and 26

With the startling revelation of Dan Oh’s death in the other comics, Ha Roo is freaking out and talks to Dried Squid about his memories. We see in a flashback that Dried Squid also tried to change his fate by running away with one of his court ladies who happens to be his lover but she was killed in the process. He warns Ha Roo that the more he tries to change Dan Oh’s story, the more she will suffer.

At the hospital, Dan Oh visits Dr. Lee and he discusses the date of her heart surgery. She is nervous about the operation because of her vision but tries to think positively about it. She and Baek Kyung have a heart-to-heart conversation in the stage about liking Baek Kyung because he represented her will to live. Once they enter the shadow, Dan Oh holds out her hand to Baek Kyung declaring that they should get along with each other since he is her lifelong friend. Because of his traumatic memory as a kid of holding his mom’s hand and the latter dying when touched, Baek Kyung is taken aback and doesn’t shake her hand.

Dan Oh asks Dried Squid to hide the Secret comic book from Ha Roo so he doesn’t worry about her future. While they both hide their concerns for one another, Baek Kyung becomes open with his feelings for Dan Oh in the stage. He confides in Ha Roo that he truly likes her now and even admits to Dan Oh in another stage that he does have feelings for her. Once the shadow commences, Baek Kyung doesn’t let go of her hand and asserts his feelings once again, emphasizing that they are in the shadow already when he says this. Ha Roo catches sight of Baek Kyung hugging Dan Oh and they get into a heated argument over her.

There’s no stopping Baek Kyung in professing his true feelings for Dan Oh as he insists that she is all he has and that he can change her destiny more than Ha Roo. I know he is sincere with declaring his emotions but it just comes off as self-serving because he views her as the only real component of his life in the comics. It’s not fair to Dan Oh who always reiterated that she only likes him in the stage which she has no control of, but I guess it’s also unfair to Baek Kyung who has to experience a change of feelings from Dan Oh — he gets swayed by her behavior in the stage while receiving a lukewarm treatment from her in the shadow.

Once Ha Roo realizes that Dan Oh could also be in danger in the comics here as well, he goes over the top protective on her in every situation she gets in. She gets into another stage situation with Baek Kyung as he continues to be sweet with her. He tries to talk her into getting the surgery in the shadow and for a moment, I truly think she is considering it. Ha Roo thinks otherwise though because he thinks that the operation will cause her death. He discloses to Dan Oh that what happened in Trumpet Creeper is also happening in Secret but she reassures him that the other comic’s story is in the past anyway. It’s just a front though as Dan Oh herself is truly terrified of dying😢

The last scene has Baek Kyung discovering the secret spot in the library and witnessing a scene in the other comic book where Ha Roo seemingly is the one who stabs Dan Oh to death with a sword.

Episode 27 and 28

Taking matters into his own hands, Ha Roo won’t be held back in changing Dan Oh’s fate. With Do Hwa’s help, he gets Dr. Lee’s coat and goes inside his office to check for Dan Oh’s medical records. Baek Kyung tries to change the stage too but it is Ha Roo who makes an impact. After several failed attempts and resets of the same scene, Ha Roo thinks of swapping Dan Oh’s records with someone else’s to ultimately make an impact on the stage. The records that he changed though was Ju Da’s grandmother (If you have an eye for detail)! The consequences of Ha Roo’s action not only affects Dan Oh but someone else’s loved one, I have a bad feeling about this. It does work though as Dr. Lee tells Dan Oh and her father that she doesn’t need the surgery anymore.

Baek Kyung and Dan Oh talk in both the stage and shadow about her miraculous recovery and shows her the charred pieces of Trumpet Creeper, prompting her that she shouldn’t trust Ha Roo because he’ll end up killing her. She becomes confused about her own self seeing the drawn out scenes in the other comic while Ha Roo remains anxious even after changing Dan Oh’s stage. Dried Squid also reads Dan Oh’s miracle not needing surgery anymore in Secret and recalls how he lost his lover twice, Su Hyang, in the other comic. If a character dies in the shadow, they will be revived again but without their memories of self-awareness. It is when a character dies in the stage that they are permanently written off the book. No wonder Dried Squid was so adamant in things remaining exactly as they are, sheesh!

Tensions continue to rise between Ha Roo and Baek Kyung as the latter exposes that it is the former who kills Dan Oh in the other comic and with him interfering with her surgery, the same thing will happen in this world too. Despite preventing Baek Kyung from proposing to Dan Oh in the school auditorium before, the same scene still plays out between both of them in another stage with Ha Roo as a witness. It’s a cruel situation for the 3 of them but at least the shadow Dan Oh doesn’t lead Baek Kyung on and returns the ring to him. Baek Kyung explains how he came to like Dan Oh for real but she only responds with a sincere apology.

Tired of getting bullied around, Ju Da uses Nam Ju’s affection to make Sae Mi jealous and get the upper hand against her. She initially doesn’t take his feelings for her sincerely and is even cold and rude towards him. It’s understandable that she feels that way because people do torment her because of Nam Ju, but the way she finds solace in Do Hwa makes me nervous now because she’s like a ticking bomb waiting to explode. With her grandmother getting the surgery instead of Dan Oh, it’s revealed that the operation was a success. Ju Da gets swayed by Nam Ju’s sincerity even in the shadow and starts to warm up to him. Poor Do Hwa as he has to witness this development again and again just when Ju Da is giving him hope that she can like him too.

Dan Oh’s heart still continues to ache in the shadow but she pretends that everything is okay in front of Ha Roo. Baek Kyung’s words that he killed Dan Oh keep haunting Ha Roo and he finds out from Do Hwa that Ju Da’s grandmother got the operation intended for Dan Oh. He feels helpless when Dan Oh’s heart starts aching again and it’s Baek Kyung who is able to give her the medicine she needed to recover. When Ha Roo himself remembers that he killed Dan Oh in Trumpet Creeper, he starts avoiding Dan Oh out of guilt.

Remembering what Dried Squid said that dying in the shadow means only losing one’s self-awareness, Baek Kyung is tempted to kill Dan Oh in the hospital. He cries as he reluctantly removes her oxygen mask when he suddenly recalls his past self holding the sword from behind Ha Roo and pushing it forward ultimately killing Dan Oh. So it wasn’t Ha Roo who killed her after all! The mask has been removed and Dan Oh’s vitals go haywire.

Ha Roo races to the hospital when Do Hwa informed him that Dan Oh is ill. He finds her with her oxygen mask intact, meaning Baek Kyung didn’t have the guts to kill her (Thank goodness) even if they are just in the shadow. She flatlines for a few seconds though but a new stage commences immediately. Ha Roo is at school and to his surprise sees Dan Oh walking in the hallways, smiling and alive! He calls her and takes her hand in his but she releases her grip from his as she runs down to greet her other classmates. That means she did die in the hospital and is now not self-aware anymore!😱

Thoughts

I’m not sure that if Dan Oh took the surgery that she would have lived given the storyboard that she saw was her flatlining. But as the rules go for the comics, since Ju Da’s grandmother didn’t die from the operation, it should be that Dan Oh would have had a successful surgery. I can’t totally blame Ha Roo for wanting to change the stage but what if Ju Da’s grandma had died instead? He wouldn’t have been able to live with that fact, even Dan Oh would be mortified that someone else died in her place. Altering the stage has serious consequences and lucky for Ha Roo, Dan Oh died in the shadow so she can still be brought back. With the show ending, I’m sure that Dan Oh will remember Ha Roo one way or another. I just don’t agree with what he did because someone else’s life hung in the balance.

Okay, Ju Da may be bullied and pitiful but I didn’t expect her true character in the shadow to be flirty! To my defense, I never said I liked Ju Da’s character (haha) but I appreciated the fact that she started to fight for herself too. I honestly believed from the previous 4 episodes that she and Do Hwa would be endgame but with Nam Ju swaying her heart with his sincerity, she might actually just end up being with her intended leading man. I guess I can’t 100% blame her pettiness towards Sae Mi and coldness for Nam Ju because even if she’s the female main character, her life hasn’t had a rosy trajectory. I’m so glad Dan Oh is the real lead in Extraordinary You because I don’t think I can stand watching Ju Da get the spotlight for this show.

Baek Kyung not killing Dan Oh was the only move that I see possible because if he had killed her even just in the shadow, no amount of remorse or apologies can ever redeem hin. His character in Secret is certainly different from the one in Trumpet Creeper, I don’t think he became self-aware in the latter and he never really cared about Dan Oh there. I am glad that he’s not a bad guy in this world and hope that his scars will heal too as this kdrama comes to a close. He doesn’t have to get the girl to have a happy ending, like Do Hwa, having self-love is enough to make you happy.

Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 17 – 20)

I can’t seem to catch up with the recaps for this kdrama so I’m going to do a 4 episode summary for now. Hopefully, my recaps will align with the weekly launch of new episodes!

As each stage unfolds and the shadow lurks after, more and more characters are becoming self aware of themselves. What are the secrets that Dried Squid is so desparate to keep hidden and how will this knowledge affect the lives of our characters?

Episode 17 and 18

Our star-crossed lovers have reunited as Ha Roo reassures Dan Oh that he won’t be going anywhere this time. Even Do Hwa is ecstatic and doting that his close friend finally remembers him too, haha! Dan Oh and Ha Roo decide to play hooky one day and ditch their music class to explore around town. Dan Oh swears that this is the last time she’ll try to change the stage for the fear of losing Ha Roo again. They spend the day eating candy, playing games, and even taking pictures together. To add to a list of their firsts, they hold hands as they walk back to school.

While Dan Oh’s luck has changed, the same can’t be said for Ju Da as Sae Mi and the other girls lock her inside a room agian because they know that Nam Ju is going to officially ask her to be his girlfriend. She is pissed off but can’t do anything in the stage. Do Hwa figures out that she was bullied because Nam Ju had prepared something for her in the auditorium but had to postpone it since the balloons, confetti, and poster were ruined. It’s Do Hwa who finds Ju Da in the shadow but as the stage plays out, Nam Ju naturally finds her instead.

Ha Roo gets recurring visions of his former life with Dan Oh in the Trumpet Creeper comics but he is not yet sure what these visions mean. He deduces that the reason he keeps seeing the flower that symbolizes waiting, is because it is telling him to wait for Dan Oh to find him no matter what happens. Dried Squid talks to himself lamenting that the writer has been reusing the same characters, plot, even the lines that they said from the other comic. He is anxious that the same tragedy that happened in Trumpet Creeper will occur here too.

Ha Roo ultimately asks Baek Kyung if he likes Dan Oh (Finally someone asked!) and although Baek Kyung doesn’t give an answer, the former steps up to admit that he does.

Episode 19 and 20

Baek Kyung finds the charred pages of the Trumpet Creeper comic book and deduces that the lines Dan Oh had said to him before in the stage here in Secret are exactly the same with the Dan Oh lookalike in the comics. Dried Squid is mortified when Baek Kyung shows him one of the burnt pages and swears that he’ll take back what was taken from him. In a new stage scene, he yet again gets angry at Dan Oh but as soon as the shadow commences, he immediately walks back to her to try and apologize. He’s not given a chance to at the moment though but he awkwardly tries to say sorry the next day instead.

Getting triggered by people around him, the green-eyed monster in Baek Kyung is heightened as he is constantly being told that it’s better to be an extra like Ha Roo who is not limited by any predetermined set-up. Despite this fact though, he feels that people are adoring and treating Ha Roo like a main character. When Dan Oh’s heart rate watch starts beeping, Ha Roo places it on Sae Mi’s hand instead since he thinks that the scene intended is for Dan Oh to collapse and have Baek Kyung come to her aid. The watch continues to buzz even on Sae Mi so when the stage does happen, Baek Kyung discovers that a person indeed fainted, but it’s Sae Mi who’s on the ground! Ha Roo was able to creatively change the stage once again but Dan Oh still faints; only this time, Ha Roo is the one who brings her to safety.

Nam Ju’s confession to Ju Da is thwarted when his mom intervenes to not do anything of the sort. Ju Da goes to the auditorium where Nam Ju prepared to confess only to find no one there. Do Hwa unexpectedly finds out that Ju Da is not answering her phone and goes to see her at school knowing that something went wrong. Although Ju Da does not directly confess that she’s become self-aware, she does vent out her frustrations that she decided to keep waiting for Nam Ju because he was the 1st person to reach out to her.

With her chest pain affecting her in the shadow too, Dan Oh grows increasingly worried about her time left in this world. She and Ha Roo spend the weekend hanging out at school and make a promise to meet up at the largest tree in the garden there on October 10. Things don’t go exactly as planned though as the succeeding stages has Dan Oh confined in the hospital for more than 2 weeks. Ha Roo senses that something is wrong when Dan Oh doesn’t meet him and tries to see her in the hospital; but whenever he tries to go in the shadow, the stage keeps creating a new scene and he doesn’t make it every single time.

On October 31st, Dan Oh finally gets time in the shadow and she frantically goes to school to find Ha Roo. She searches for him everywhere before breaking down at a spot near the tree. Ha Roo hears her crying and goes to hug her while also confessing his feelings for her. They seal their long-awaited meeting with a kiss on the lips❤️

Thoughts

If this were a horror movie, the ending would probably be that the same set of characters will be created in another comic book, just in a new plot and setting. Everyone won’t be aware again and a devilish smile would be seen from the writer as the same loop of events will just restart all over again. Yeesh, thinking about this gives me the creeps and I am hoping that Extraordinary You is not that kind of kdrama! It would be a daring conclusion but please NO!🙅🏻‍♀️

Before these episodes, I thought that Dried Squid was a gatekeeper for the comics to be stable, but it seems like he could have been a character from Trumpet Creeper too. Given his ominous foreshadowing and constant barrage of warnings to Dan Oh to not change the stage, maybe he suffered a great consequence too. The “tragedy” he mentioned could be a death of a character, I’m just not sure if it’s Dan Oh or Ha Roo. I know that this is a work of fiction but damn, how can the writer be so lazy to reuse lines and characters like this?

Based from the snippets that we are privy to from the other comic book, I think it’s Ha Roo who first fell in love with Dan Oh’s character there. The reason why he can change the stage in the current story is probably because he was the 1st one who became self-aware in his other life and he was also 1/3 of the love triangle so he possesses more power than other characters. I agree with Ha Roo that the book is probably ongoing given that he can change the stage, hopefully the writer does something right this time around and help Dan Oh achieve a happily ever after.