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Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 15 and 16)

It’s good to have Ha Roo back but Dan Oh isn’t too thrilled as he is a completely different person now. Despite this setback, Ha Roo seems to be still drawn to Dan Oh and tries to figure out why. Baek Kyung uses this opportunity to show Dan Oh his sincerity but will he win over our heroine’s heart?

Episode 15

Picking up the same flower that he sees in his dreams, Ha Roo notices the drawing of Dan Oh on the wall. He is lost in a daze as he meets Dan Oh walking in the school hallway. She does call him by his name fondly but tries hard to dismiss any hope of the old Ha Roo coming back. She’s saddened by the fact that he speaks to her only to say that Baek Kyung has already left.

Girls are fawning all over Ha Roo as Dan Oh helplessly watches him in class. He opens a jar lid for her and she begs him not to be kind to her or she’ll think of him as the old Ha Roo. Baek Kyung interrupts their brief moment probably out of jealousy and to save Dan Oh but he’s just so aggressive that it comes off as a disrespectful gesture. Even the 2 girls who were into Baek Kyung before moved on to crushing on Ha Roo, driving Dan Oh crazy with jealousy herself.

Ju Da runs into Nam Ju’s mom and the latter makes her feel inferior by commenting on her dirty shoes and expressing that she wants a girlfriend for her son who is similar in status. An angle that is only used when our characters have their own thoughts while on stage is displayed on Ju Da. Wait, does this mean she’s also becoming self-aware too?🤔 She even smiles triumphantly at Sae Mi when she was bullied in the shadow by her friends and her.

A stage scene has Nam Ju in the broadcast room announcing to the whole school that Ju Da is the only woman for him. So the intended stage scene for them still happened after all, with Dan Oh and Do Hwa accepting what just transpired easier than ever before. Dan Oh tries her hardest to deflect Ha Roo, who unconsciously sits across from her in the library. He moves to another seat because of Dan Oh’s annoyance, but admits to himself that she is on his mind. He has a dream of catching Dan Oh falling while getting a book on a bookshelf: it’s their characters from the Flower comics!🌸 Talk about déjà vu as the same thing happens to them a few minutes in the library.

In a surprise visit, Baek Kyung goes to Dan Oh’s house early morning and they spend the time actually having a good conversation. Baek Kyung narrates that when they were kids, she would take her medicine because he casted a “spell” on her (like Cinderella’s fairy godmother) that would give her a healthy heart. She is surprised that he even remembers such a memory and Dan Oh thanks him for his sincerity. She confesses that she’ll try to forget Ha Roo, Baek Kyung’s rudeness, and how she tried to change the story. All of this happens in the shadow so props to Baek Kyung for making an effort to build a decent relationship with her.

When Ha Roo witnesses Baek Kyung tell Dan Oh in school that he’ll pick her up again tomorrow, he instinctively utters “No” and places his hand on Baek Kyung’s hand. Baek Kyung is of course annoyed, Dan Oh is shocked but says nothing, but it’s Ha Roo who is the most stunned when he tries to figure out why he just did that. In class, Ha Roo has another dream of his alter ego in Flower buying the same floral ornament in the market. Apparently, the flower is called “Trumpet Creeper” (Sounds creepy and not at all romantic but okay) and he wakes up from his dream smiling as he clutches it in his hand.

Episode 16

Baek Kyung steps up his making amends game by gifting Dan Oh with presents. This would have been a perfect redeeming moment for him if only he hadn’t had Ha Roo go to where they are as an errand boy to buy a bouquet of roses for Dan Oh. Damn, just when you think he’s trying to be a better man😒 Dan Oh coldly tells Ha Roo to leave and she walks away from both men in the park.

A few seconds after, a stage scene sets up Dan Oh and Ha Roo buying a gift for Baek Kyung at a sporting goods store. Once they are out of the stage, Dan Oh explains that it’s only her set-up that she needs to like Baek Kyung. When Ha Roo says that she can just change what’s already determined, she adamantly states that she doesn’t want to anymore because she doesn’t want to lose him. Ha Roo is confused because Dan Oh keeps repeating that he isn’t the same Ha Roo and doesn’t explain any further.

Going back to the comic’s leading lady, Ju Da doesn’t disclose to Nam Ju that she is at the hospital visiting her grandmother. They flirt (again) over the phone and Nam Ju confesses that he has a wish that he wants granted but he needs time to prepare for it. Ju Da sighs as she sees photographs of stolen shots between Nam Ju and her as a threat from his mom reminding her that they are the ones paying for her grandma’s hospital bills. She is clearly lonely and looks at Do Hwa’s picture on her phone. She’s already self-aware at this point I think but it’s just that no one can help her get through it.

Having another argument, Dan Oh keeps rejecting Ha Roo’s act of kindness towards her. He is also getting infuriated at the fact that she keeps saying that he is not Ha Roo when that is his name. She is upset at this fact because she said that to him in the shadow, which means he is now self-aware. Just not aware enough to remember their memories. I can’t imagine Dan Oh and Ha Roo getting into a lovers spat ever since they’re always so considerate towards each other but I understand that they are in a special kind of situation.

Taking matters into his own hands, Dried Squid burns the Flower/Trumpet Creeper comic book since Ha Roo has already accidentally touched it while Baek Kyung actually read 2 pages of the book. On the same night, Baek Kyung and Dan Oh’s families have dinner together as dictated by the stage. She declares to everyone that she can marry Baek Kyung the next day, something that he read in the Flower comic book as well. Dan Oh never falters to tell him that her words and feelings in the stage are not real, and Baek Kyung gets irritated by this because he has real feelings for her.

Walking alone at night, Dan Oh observes other people on the street for having stories of their own but they have no choice but just to succumb to the writer’s set-up for them. Dan Oh contemplates on what if she only remained as a clueless extra. Just then, Ha Roo speaks that if that happened, then he would also just be a nameless No. 13. Dan Oh is crying with her mouth open from the shock as Ha Roo takes her hand in his… revealing the scar that he has on his hand. Finally, he’s back!!❤️

Thoughts

Each episode reveals the fate of our characters little by little so if on the previous recap, I say something different from the current one, please forgive my changing comments too, haha!✌🏻 I feel bad for Ju Da because even though she’s the lead in the comic book, her life doesn’t scream sunshine and rainbows. I’m not saying that Dan Oh’s feelings are not valid but it’s not as if Ju Da is living her best life too. Dan Oh’s situation is pitiful too because of her heart condition and being an extra, but if she took the time to observe Ju Da’s position, maybe she wouldn’t feel that life is so unfair for her.

If there’s something about destiny that Dan Oh can fully embrace, it’s the fact that she and Ha Roo have somehow found their way back to each other. I’m not sure if they were meant to be the leading lady and leading man of the other comic or if Ha Roo was actually the 2nd lead. Is it possible that they also became self-aware characters in Flower and they both tried to change their stage there so they both disappeared and ended up as extras in Secret as punishment? Now that he’s regained his memories, I hope they find a way to still change the stage.

Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 9 and 10)

Getting what you want by working hard for your goals ought to be a rewarding experience but in this kdrama, is it considered a good thing? Dan Oh, Ha Roo, and Do Hwa take on a new challenge to change their predestined lives this week but they’ll learn the hard way that every action elicits a consequence that one must be ready to deal with.

Episode 9

Opening this episode is Ha Roo as his first few days in the comic book world of Secret is highlighted. He doesn’t know who he is and wanders around Seuli high school, eventually seeing Dan Oh from afar. He is drawn to her somehow and even knows her name at a time when she was still not yet self aware.

Do Hwa runs into Baek Kyung and asks him innocently if he doesn’t wonder why he is the only one drenched (From the scene earlier because it rained) while other students are not wet at all. Do Hwa comforts him that he’ll be dry once the scene changes and Baek Kyung looks confused.

Dan Oh is ecstatic that Ha Roo actually remembers her, hahaha! Another stage scene happens and it is Baek Kyung asking Dan Oh for forgiveness. She wants to end their engagement and also says sorry to him because a one-sided love is also tormenting to the person receiving it. Once the stage scene ends, Dan Oh does a complete 360 of her attitude just a few seconds ago as she feels incredulously happy that her character had the balls to say those things to Baek Kyung. She walks away and bumps into him, his gift of a heart rate monitor watch dropping to the ground, and he goes after her. Baek Kyung tells her to take back what she said but she just dismisses his order and leaves him.

Back at the classroom, Do Hwa gives Dan Oh strawberry milk and even cries because he read the part about his brother telling her about her heart condition getting worse. Hilariously, it is Dan Oh who ends up reassuring him that an extra like her can create a butterfly effect and change this world. Baek Kyung is furious at what Dan Oh said to him and goes on a rampage against his classmates. Ha Roo stops him from punching the glass window and tells him that it’s because he feels bad for Baek Kyung. Sorry but I can’t imagine a scenario where Baek Kyung will be a viable contender for Dan Oh’s affections, ugh!

Dan Oh and Ha Roo talk more comfortably the next day at school with Sae Mi and Su Chul joining them. Dan Oh teaches Ha Roo how to buy food at the snack bar since the line is always ridiculously long and she ends up cutting her way through to buy soda and sandwiches for the two of them. They eat their snacks outside and Do Hwa joins them. Dan Oh explains that he is 1/3 of the love triangle between Nam Ju and Ju Da, who they saw a few minutes ago.

At night, the self aware trio hang out at the school kitchen as Dan Oh imparts to Ha Roo knowledge about the comic book world’s rules. Dried Squid comes in and doesn’t look happy again and gives a forced greeting to Ha Roo. He even reads a new comic book entitled Flower where Ha Roo is a character as well! Wait, whaaaat?🤯 Could the mysterious portal that they have been seeing a gateway to another comic book world? Once alone in the school hallway, Dried Squid is dead serious in warning Ha Roo that his pain will only get worse and that his purpose is to stop Dan Oh from changing the stage.

Episode 10

Shifting focus from our main supporting characters, the main comic book love triangle also progresses. Ju Da and Do Hwa get to hang out at the school rooftop and Nam Ju walks in on them. He threatens Do Hwa that he hates it when other people touch his things and Ju Da goes after him when he leaves. They have a heated argument even further with Nam Ju looking genuinely hurt that Ju Da is clueless about his feelings for her.

Getting another preview of the storyboard, Dan Oh forsees Nam Ju confessing his feelings to Ju Da at his birthday party. She lets Do Hwa know and they plan to change his stage with Ha Roo’s assistance. He’s becoming more and more anxious of his role as the 2nd lead and is upset that his set-up prevents him from confessing his feelings to Ju Da. Uh oh, I’m all for Dan Oh changing her fate as an extra but attempting to modify the main love triangle’s direction could be dangerous🤔 As pointed out by Ha Roo, he doesn’t want to get involved because of the possible consequences meddling can entail. In the middle of their conversation, Baek Kyung tries to talk to Dan Oh forcefully but Ha Roo steps in between them as she doesn’t want to talk to him. Getting protective over Dan Oh, Ha Roo then declares that he’ll go to the party and help her.

Poor Baek Kyung as he grows more confused when Do Hwa scolds him about being nicer to Dan Oh. He keeps rehearing the words stage, shadow, and not being able to remember or do anything that unbeknownst to our self aware characters, he is slowly becoming one himself. Do Hwa vents out his frustrations on Ha Roo who happens to pass by them and Baek Kyung is surprised that Do Hwa knows who Ha Roo is.

It’s the day of Nam Ju’s birthday party and everyone is dressed to impress at this exclusive event held at his house. Dan Oh, Ha Roo, and Do Hwa talk about their plan to change tonight’s storyboard despite Do Hwa’s uncertainty in being able to do so. Once the stage is lit though, Do Hwa is already inside with his violin in hand and Dan Oh goes inside with Baek Kyung. Once in the shadow, he is unsuccessful in getting Dan Oh to stay with him outside the garden since she wants to look for Ha Roo and his 2 fangirls come running to him.

Ha Roo pretends to be a waiter to get into the party and he is successful in getting inside. Ju Da arrives at the party but before Nam Ju’s mom can interview her, he takes her hand and leads to her a private room. Just like in the storyboard, he gifts her with a gorgeous pair of custom made shoes and helps her wear them. As the party continues, Ha Roo tries his best to prevent Nam Ju from confessing but Baek Kyung stops him from doing anything at first. Do Hwa arrives and is shocked at how Ha Roo sneaked inside and with this short distraction, Ha Roo spills wine on Nam Ju’s shirt to buy time. Our 2nd lead runs off to confess to Ju Da and he is finally able to admit his feelings at another spot in the house. Nam Ju calls Ju Da’s cellphone desperately and he eventually finds her and Do Hwa together.

Without control, Dan Oh stands up as a reflex and walks towards the stairs in the garden… just like what she saw Ju Da did in her vision. Before she knows it, the waiter holding a strawberry cake trips and Baek Kyung fills in for Nam Ju as he takes Dan Oh in his arms and saves her from getting hit. Ha Roo is right beside them when this happens and Dan Oh is stunned when Baek Kyung proudly announces that she is the only girl for him.

Thoughts

Could there be an Extraordinary You multiverse?👽 I didn’t expect Ha Roo to be a character from another comic book but for now, that’s my theory based from these 2 episodes. It explains why he doesn’t have a character description and why he doesn’t know who he is in Secret. I can’t pinpoint though if he’s the main character in Flower though or just an extra that can be used to float around between worlds. The argument that I have though is why allow characters to become self aware in the process? Surely, the forces that came up with this comic book world is smart so wouldn’t he/she/it/they (hahaha) have thought that characters would want to change their fate?

As much as I hate Baek Kyung, I do feel sorry for him because the people around him are spewing out aspects about the comic book world but to him it sounds like gibberish, haha! It’s the opposite for him and Dan Oh because the latter likes him in the stage but hates him in the shadow. For Baek Kyung, he hates Dan Oh in the stage while he might learn to like her in the shadow. I feel like he’s the one who will step up to stop Dan Oh from changing her fate once he becomes self aware.

Now that it’s Baek Kyung and Dan Oh who took the storyboard’s scene, I’m wondering if that means she’s finally successful in making herself more than an extra. I have conflicting feelings for Dan Oh’s mission now because at one end; I’m happy that she was able to (finally) change the stage 100% but at the same time, the main story has become messier. I don’t think she’s going to replace Ju Da though but her butterfly effect has indeed happened — and just like a movie and video game that uses this theory, the results here are also dire.

Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 7 and 8)

Whether it’d be a person, event, or self-actualization, the moment that we need something to believe in, life has a funny way of giving us exactly what we want at its own timing. Just when Dan Oh felt depressed for being unable to change her fate, No. 13 makes his presence known and gives her hope that perhaps if they live in a comic book world, then anything is indeed possible.

Episode 7

Dan Oh gets another preview of the storyboard of her getting lost in a forest, further developing Nam Ju and Ju Da’s romance, and having Baek Kyung find and scold her. Despite being with Sae Mi, she goes on her monologue rant towards the writer. No. 13 is seen exploring the forest himself and goes through an off limits section, though what he saw was not yet revealed.

Nighttime comes and the students prepare for the couple trekking activity. Dan Oh decides to get things over with and she gets Baek Kyung to go to the forest with her already. As the stage is set, Dan Oh’s heart starts to ache and Baek Kyung leaves her alone. Once back in the shadow, she explores the forest a little bit until she gets to the spot that she saw in the storyboard. She screams really loudly from there so that right on cue, Ju Da leans on Nam Ju for comfort.

Despite memorizing the forest routes, Dan Oh still gets lost navigating her way among the woods. No. 13 eventually finds her, scared out of her mind, and they end up going to the place that he found earlier. Dan Oh realizes that the story was altered because it was supposed to be Baek Kyung who finds her, but she’s with No. 13 now. The off limits section turned out to be a beautiful secret spot where red flowers bloomed and a waterfall was situated. Dan Oh scoots down near the water and slips while trying to get up, No. 13 also slips and they end up lying on the grass beside each other. She calls him “Ha Roo” (Yes, he finally has a name!), meaning one day, because he has the power to change her day😍 He looks at her intently but before he can respond, a page turning sound is made and Dan Oh switches to another stage scene altogether.

It is the following morning and the class are visiting a temple this time. Being in the shadow, Dan Oh wonders why Baek Kyung is telling her the lines he was supposed to say in the stage if he found her last night, he even asks her if her heart is okay. Ooohh, looks like someone is slowly becoming self aware too🤔 Dan Oh finds Ha Roo and she reintroduces herself again, still thinking that he has probably forgotten about her. She ends up following him and they find a treasure box with a keychain inside. Dan Oh observes that it’s adorned with the same flowers they saw last night in the forbidden area, and Ha Roo suddenly drops it, seemingly getting hurt by touching it.

Another stage scene interrupts their moment and Dan Oh is transported to the train station. Ha Roo and her lock eyes and she feels like he remembers her but doesn’t jump to any conclusions. On their way home, Baek Kyung looks at Dan Oh while she looks at Ha Roo. Once she turns away, Ha Roo looks at her as well.

Episode 8

Dan Oh’s friend, Su Chul, took polaroid pictures of their trip and sells it to his classmates. Sae Mi takes two pictures for Dan Oh and she is excited with one picture of her that has Ha Roo in the background. Baek Kyung asks her why she won’t keep the other picture, one with her and him, and the look of confusion is apparent on his face of her hot and cold behavior towards him. Dan Oh doesn’t understand why Baek Kyung storms off but she just continues to adore her photo with Ha Roo😏

Do Hwa and Dan Oh hang out at the school bridge and he asks her how she deals with their set-up of being extras. Dan Oh is firm that things can change and she tells him to talk to Ju Da since he is complaining that he always just sees her back. He does chase her down and is just glad to see and talk to her. Meanwhile, Dried Squid is informed by Dan Oh of her changing her fate with Ha Roo and he isn’t happy about it. He warns her ominously that naming an extra is dangerous but our favorite heroine isn’t deterred by his words.

Dried Squid is reading the comic book in the library and he notices papers of drawings getting scattered on the floor. He follows the trail and discovers a wall filled with Ha Roo’s drawings. Back at the classroom, Dan Oh admires the polaroid picture while looking at Ha Roo. When he acknowledges her gaze, she is caught by surprise. she mouths the words “What are you looking at?” and he responds with a “You”. They also interact with each other in the library and Baek Kyung gets annoyed with them. He pushes Ha Roo against a bookcase and his head starts to bleed. Dan Oh faints from this encounter and wakes up in the hospital again. Her doctor is hesitant to tell her about her condition getting worse but she speaks ahead and admits that she knows she doesn’t have much time left.

A memory of Dan Oh as a kid is her planting flowers with her mom in their garden. She comes home from school one day and is shocked to see that the flowers are gone and that her father also doesn’t have that memory any longer too. She begins to think about the incident where Ha Roo also got hurt and becomes discouraged. She cries to Dried Squid (Because she is slicing onions, haha) that things are indeed worse because of her and that she will stop talking to Ha Roo No. 13 altogether.

A family dinner between Dan Oh’s dad and Baek Kyung’s family is held sans Dan Oh. Baek Kyung’s father gets annoyed at him because this puts a damper on their business deal with Dan Oh’s dad. He punches his own son because Baek Kyung tells off his stepmother as well and he gets a cut on his lip. As usual, he takes out his frustrations on Dan Oh the next day at school. Out of nowhere, Ha Roo punches him for disrespecting her and takes her hand to get away from Baek Kyung. Down on the ground, Baek Kyung yells out who the hell he is and Ha Roo replies that he won’t remember anyway because:

Thoughts

Sometimes I don’t know on whether I should include the main couple’s, Nam Ju and Ju Da (At least in the comics), development in my recaps!😅 I’m not a fan of Nam Ju’s leading man prototype character of being the aloof jerk who is really a good guy; while Ju Da is tolerable, her innocent doe eyed character is not sitting well with me. Technically, they aren’t this kdrama’s leading characters but I just want to commend the show for doing a fantastic job of balancing their exposures and storylines on screen. With Do Hwa being self aware and having a nice personality, I’m kind of rooting for him and Ju Da. I don’t think that’s possible though, even if Ju Da becomes self aware, so I hope that Do Hwa also gets his own happy ending without a romantic partner.

Is Dan Oh selfish for wanting to change her status in the comic book? I honestly don’t think so because like I said in my recommendation post, it’s not like she’s trying to replace Ju Da as the main character of the comic. She just wants her own story — a life that she voluntarily chooses to have, and not dictated by the writer. She just doesn’t realize the bigger ramifications of her actions yet but with what happened in these 2 episodes, she is making an impact more than she thinks. It can be tedious to watch her go from giving up to immediately having a shred of hope, but given her status of fighting an unknown force of destiny and meeting Ha Roo, I think it’s understandable🥺

I really don’t like Baek Kyung’s character but yes, it is his set-up to be a jerk and getting pressured by his family. I’m not sure what he’ll really feel towards Dan Oh once he learns the truth of being self aware though! Maybe a love triangle is possible but given his crude and selfish nature, there’s no way in hell I am rooting for him and Dan Oh.

Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 3 and 4)

With the startling revelation of her true role, how will Dan Oh handle her life as an extra? There’s more than meets the eye with in this comic book world and if anyone can get to the bottom of things, it’s our lovely heroine supporting character Dan Oh!😅

Episode 3

Scurrying towards the school kitchen again, Dan Oh gets a hold of the comic book before Dried Squid can get to it. She finally reads the introductory page and confirms the fact that she is indeed just an extra character with her image belonging on that side of the category. With her being self-aware, she admits that her classmates’ names were kind of surreal. She argues with Dried Squid that she doesn’t want to be an extra and badmouths the writer incessantly for making her that way.

Before she can rant any further, Dan Oh is transported to an intended scene in a painting room. She is irritated at the fact that her existence is only to help Nam Ju and Ju Da get together. This is proven when she tripped going to the front of the room to be the model and she knocked over a pen to the floor, only to have Nam Ju and Ju Da simultaneously pick it up and touch hands. When the class focuses on Nam Ju’s beautiful drawing of Ju Da, Dan Oh starts doing wacky poses to get their attention. She accidentally breaks one of the plaster casts situated behind her and breaks another one as well, but a page turning sound erupts and the scene of her just sitting down to model is restarted.

Dan Oh is curious on what happened and has a bone to pick with Dried Squid about it. Probably tired of her rants, he takes out a diorama that looks like their high school and explains the rules of the comic book world:

  1. Stage – Characters say and does things according to what the writer wants. In essence, this is the the main flow of the story. This is why Dan Oh hears a page turning sound and suddenly becomes timid to Baek Kyung or is accommodating to Ju Da in certain scenes.
  2. Shadow – This is outside the stage where unwritten scenes are yet to be created. Characters can move and act freely in this space since the next scenes are undetermined at this point in time.

Dried Squid warns Dan Oh that despite being self aware, things always go back to the way the writer wants to happen in the stage. She basically declares war on the writer and decides that her fate lies in her own hands.

More unfortunate than being a character who does things to further the main couple’s love story is the fact that Dan Oh has to put up with Baek Kyung constantly taking his anger out on her. She knows that he’s a jerk but can’t do anything since it’s her character’s fate to be blindly in love with him. Dan Oh is appalled that she’s talking to him so nicely when he is clearly harassing her; despite her thoughts wanting to talk back at him, the stage scene ends with her heart aching and looking pitiful. Because of this, she vows not to give up on taking control of her life.

Feeling down, Dan Oh wonders if she would have been happier if she was just not self aware like her classmates. Ultimately though, she dismisses the thought because she knows she is happier now knowing about her current state. She gets another vision into the future of her breaking her leg because she cushioned herself to protect Ju Da from falling down the school stairs. A memory of Dried Squid telling her that the “future” she witnesses is called a storyboard: A rough sketch of what the writer is planning to write next. He also adamantly reminds her that even if she foresees such events and tries to change it, things will always go back to the stage’s intended scenes. What a bummer!😕

Episode 4

The next day at school, Dan Oh spots Ju Da dancing while cleaning their classroom. The other member of A3, Lee Do Hwa, walks by and also sees her saying that she’s cute and is different from other girls. Dan Oh teases him that he fell in love at first sight with Ju Da, but technically this is the 2nd time since he was admiring her in the library the other day too. She goes on one of her famous monologues again and tells Do Hwa that 2nd leads always fall short but there are readers who appreciate his role. He doesn’t understand her babbling, haha, and only gazes back at Ju Da.

Try as she might, Dan Oh fails to set the stage her way as the storyboard she saw plays out with her and Sae Mi conveniently positioned at the middle of the stairway. She tries to move away from her position but her body stays in place. Nam Ju walks by but retreats when his horde of fangirls, including Sae Mi, flock to him. Ju Da walks by as well and as Dan Oh pleads in her mind for the events to change, mysterious guy walks past her down the steps. Dan Oh’s watch begins to beep and she finds herself drawn to him. She is somehow able to move her body this time and follows him but Sae Mi pushes Ju Da, consequently pushing Dan Oh, down the stairs. This time though, her fall is cushioned by mystery guy!

Before she gets a glimpse of his face though, she faints from the accident and when she opens her eyes, she is inside the nurse’s room. Instead of wearing a cast like the storyboard, she has a gauze on her leg instead. Dan Oh looked incredulous when Nam Ju made a big deal of Sae Mi pushing Ju Da since the latter only has a small bandaid on her leg, haha! It was the perfect opportunity for Nam Ju to tell Ju Da to stay by his side as not to get hurt.

Dan Oh teases Do Hwa for standing outside the nurse’s room, obviously concerned about Ju Da’s well-being, just like a good 2nd lead is supposed to act. When she sees Do Hwa’s back, the flashback of her falling onto mystery guy gives her an idea. She bumps her own back against Do Hwa’s to test her theory, but since her heart isn’t reacting, she knows that he is not the mystery guy. She is hopeful again and thinks that her fate can change if she meets him.

Our determined extra hilariously bumps her back against every guy that she encounters, much to their unwarranted surprise, so that she can find her mystery guy. She teases Do Hwa that Ju Da is at the schoolyard and their connection develops a little bit. After several unsuccessful tries, Dan Oh becomes tired and decides that he can come find her instead and joins in on the class’s dodgeball session. On the sidelines, Nam Ju and Ju Da continue to flirt as their romance develops too.

Dan Oh tries her best to get hit with the ball, hoping mystery guy will save her from being hit. Right on cue, he blocks her from getting hit and her head lies on his left arm. Her watch starts to beep again but before she sees his face once again, a page turning sound is made and Dan Oh realizes she is back in the classroom. Ugh, so close! Another stage scene is set up and Dan Oh is stuck lying down on a bed inside the nurse’s room. Ju Da is locked inside by Sae Mi and the other girls but once the scene is over, Dan Oh gets up and unlocks the door. I suppose she can do this because she’s not meant to be locked in yet she stops Ju Da from getting out because she knows Nam Ju is the one meant to rescue her.

Another attempt is made by the mean girls to humiliate Ju Da (I guess this is the sole reason for their existence) and ever the persistent one, Dan Oh tries to prevent another accident from happening. Ju Da ends up being splashed by a bucket of water despite Dan Oh shielding her from it with an umbrella. Dried Squid’s words that nothing will change resonates within her and she is irritated at her situation in this world.

After walking around and remembering that mystery guy is the one who helped her out with the fallen books, Dan Oh heads for the library. She smiles spritely and goes outside again when she catches a glimpse of what looks to be her mystery guy at the garden. No one is around but she notices the umbrella that she used awhile ago stuck on a branch and she tries to get it. As fate would have it, mystery guy ends up helping her. She runs to catch up with him, opening the umbrella in the process. The mystery guy looks back at her, just as she raises the umbrella high enough to finally behold at the person who can change her destiny.

Thoughts

Have I already mentioned how much I adore Dan Oh as a lead character?❤️ Her determination to be more than an extra and her monologues of talking to herself is adorable for me. It must be frustrating to do something you don’t want but have no say in changing it. I know that this just means Baek Kyung’s father is not intentionally hurting him, and so is Baek Kyung to Dan Oh — it just so happens to be their character arc. But even if they don’t purposely mean to be harsh, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t painful when being told off nonetheless.

For someone who just found out that she’s an extra in a comic book world, I think she’s still handling it better than most people would, haha! Mystery guy must be another supporting character who gained consciousness and from the snippets of scenes we were given, it seems that he has taking a liking to Dan Oh. What if he is able to change her stage scenes because they are a potential separate love story? As much as I want Dan Oh to succeed in changing her status by herself, I suppose a little help won’t hurt.

Unnie Recommends: 3 Reasons Extraordinary You is a kdrama to tune into!

It’s comforting to know that we are the heroes/heroines of our own story, but what if you find out that you’re merely the supporting character of someone else’s fairytale? Would you resign yourself to the grand scheme of fate or will you try and change the path laid out for you? Our protagonist, or rather, supporting heroine, Eun Dan Oh, gets the shock of her life when she discovers that not only is she a character of a comic book, but that she’s only an extra!🤯

Extraordinary You offers a fresh perspective on leading roles as a supporting character realizes that she isn’t human and her life’s purpose is to serve as a bridge between the real leading lady and man of the book . Funny, entertaining, and has stunning cinematography and comic book style graphics, this kdrama is certainly a page turner in its own league.

Current Impression

*As of this writing, I’ve only watched until episode 4 of this kdrama.

It’s an age old question of destiny vs. freewill as Dan Oh goes to great lengths to change her predetermined fate as a student with a heart condition and is engaged to one of her classmates.

1. Ever wondered if a minor character told the main story in their perspective? In this comic book universe, this is how extras live and feel their existence.

Dan Oh first realizes that something is not right when she experiences memory loss such as when she was about to take a test in class; in the blink of an eye, she is done with her exam, with answers and all. With the help of another extra character, she learns that she has become self aware and that’s why she recognizes these gaps between scenes.

She also finds out that despite her nice background of being rich, kindhearted, and well loved by her classmates, she is not the heroine of the story. Entitled “Secret”, the comic book is set in Seuli high school where a love story between two of her other classmates, Oh Nam Ju and Yeo Ju Da, takes place. Along with this revelation, she comprehends the rules governing the comic book realm and realizes that despite wanting to say or feel something else, she speaks and acts how she ought to according to how her character is supposed to act.

Although she can act freely at times and upset the course of the comic book’s story, things always go back to how the writer intended events to occur. Actions such as not paying attention in class, wanting to buy strawberry milk, and avoiding accidents are attempted by Dan Oh but she hears the sound of a page turning a few seconds later and she goes back to her original planned scene and story. Frustrating right? That is, until one fateful day…

2. You’ll surely root and hate the characters of the comic book as each person has a distinct role to fill.

Like any book, each tale has a set of characters to pique our interests. It follows the bullied heroine and the bad boy with a heart of gold type of romance, complete with a 2nd male lead who falls in love with the leading lady. From left to right, meet the cast of “Secret”:

  1. Eun Dan Oh – The main, supporting character
  2. Yeo Ju Da – A transfer student who frequently gets bullied and is the actual heroine of the book
  3. Oh Nam Ju – Leader of his gang, “A3”, and develops a romantic interest on Ju Da
  4. Baek Kyung – Dan Oh’s fiance who doesn’t like her and is part of A3
  5. Lee Do Hwa – The other member of A3 and is the 2nd male lead who falls for Ju Da as well
  6. Ha Roo – The mysterious classmate who helps Dan Oh change her fate in the comic book
  7. Sae Min, Il Jin, Sam Jin, Ae Il – Dan Oh’s classmates in school

It is because of Ha Roo that Dan Oh doesn’t get her leg broken when she was supposed to and she goes on a manhunt to find him. She believes that he is the key to changing her fate. I think that he’s also a self aware character at this point and it will open up a whole new story with her, Ha Roo, and Baek Kyung as the love triangle. Oohhh, I am so excited for this show’s potential!

3. Just because we are supporting someone else’s story doesn’t mean we can’t become a main character in our own story. We are our own person no matter what!

Dan Oh’s character is someone who talks to herself a lot and has an animated persona due to her saying her thoughts aloud and doing hand gestures to express her being dumbfounded or determination in lots of scenes. It’s not that she wants to be the main character in the book itself, like replacing Ju Da or ruining the main leads’ romance, but she just wants to live a life that is decidedly hers.

Will Eun Dan Oh defy the odds of her supporting role and become her own lead character of her own story? Or is she meant to be a bystander in someone else’s story? I have such high expectations for Extraordinary You and hope that like how Dan Oh is forging her own fate, we pen the chapters of our life with choices and memories that we willingly make✨

Unnie Recommends: Gender Switch Shenanigans for The Tale of Nokdu

Pretending to be a member of the opposite sex usually falls as a woman’s responsibility in Joseon dynasty shows, but this kdrama has a male take center stage for a gender role reversal👨🏻👉🏻👩🏻 Based on the webcomic Nokdujeon, Jang Dong Yoon pretends to be a woman to infiltrate a widowers only village to find the people that are hunting him and his family.

Before I go any further, can I just say that Jang Dong Yoon is beautiful as a girl?😍 You’ll enjoy this korean drama, The Tale of Nokdu, as the first few episodes dives right into the story and features Jang Dong Yoon’s character, Jeon Nok Du, struggle to fit in as a woman, deal with his first romance, and at the same time find his enemies.

Current Impression

Living on a remote island, Nok Du and his family are attacked by masked assassins. He manages to fight them off and slashes the legs of one of them who he finds out is a woman. Against his father’s wishes, he chases after her all the way to Hanyang. He meets Dong Ju (Kim So Hyun’s character) at a bad timing but helps her get out of a sticky situation that involved almost killing the King. In his quest to find the person responsible, he ends up disguising himself as Ms. Kim when he discovers that a secret group is inside the village: Ordinary women by day, mercenaries at night.

Having watched his previous kdramas (School 2017 and A Poem, A Day), I’m so happy that Dong Yoon is finally the leading man this time. He is smart and determined to achieve his goals as he thinks of ways to become chummy with the girls who he suspects is involved with the secret group. Nok Du is the funniest when he gets awkward and stammers to avoid eye contact when the girls of the village are so casual in taking off their clothes. It’s a stark contrast for women who disguise themselves as men because while they need to come off smug and strong, Nok Du tries his best to be reserved and keep his physical distance from the women😅

Dong Ju is a reluctant gisaeng in training at the widowers village. It’s not yet explained whose side she is aligned with because although she tried to assassinate the King, it seems like she isn’t part of the secret women’s group. Her character is a bit of a troublemaker and does things her own way, even cutting off her long hair to save another girl from being taken away. She and Nok Du end up as roommates and fight like cats and dogs, but asks later on if she could treat him as an older sister — which makes me think that she’s lonely and doesn’t have a real friend in the village. I’m curious about her backstory and hope that she can shine as an individual in this kdrama!

We’ll have to see when or how the women will find out that Nok Du is a man, but even if he’s been kind or isn’t a pervert, I’m sure the consequences will be hilarious and bad for him🤣 I have a feeling that the mystery surrounding Nok Du’s true identity could be similar with another kdrama (I’m looking at you Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency) where Nok Du is of royalty but let’s wait and see if my hunch is correct.

The Tale of Nokdu narrated its first few chapters with fun, laughter, and a little danger. Let’s enjoy our hero’s journey and watch his eventual happy ending unfold weekly😁

Unnie Life Lessons: 4 Woman Empowerment Tips by Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, empowerment is defined as “the granting of the power, right, or authority to perform various acts or duties.” I believe though that empowerment is not about just taking action, but it’s also being able to listen and realize when your deeds are wrong and doing something to correct it💪🏻

Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung gave women a voice — an influence and power that one can only dream of in a dynasty such as Joseon. Not only Hae Ryung, but supporting characters such as the Queen Dowager, Mo Hwa, Sa Hui, and even the Crown Princess, who stood up for themselves at one point in time and didn’t let other people deter them from speaking their mind when it was necessary. The men here (Prince Lee Rim, Crown Prince, Officer Min, etc) were also nothing short of gracious and respectful to our heroines — without their help, a woman’s revolution at the time would have been impossible.

I cannot emphasize enough my high regards for this because of the unique angle given to women, the romance, and the overall fresh storyline💞 Read about my recommendation post for this kdrama if you’re interested in watching this. My recaps for this show is also available for your reading pleasure!

Unnie Life Lessons

1. Just because you know and speak the truth doesn’t mean other interpretations or opinions are necessarily wrong. Sometimes, understanding the reason for such actions can open our eyes to an issue/perspective.
  • Hae Ryung is a smart and knowledgable female lead who rarely hesitated to voice out worldly facts. I appreciated the fact that she loved to read books but it also isn’t wrong if someone has a different opinion about a particular topic.

  • In the historian exam, Hae Ryung wrote that a solar eclipse was a natural phenomenon and that it’s not something that a King can control simply by performing a ritual. But when the Crown Prince explained that not everyone in Joseon can have a good education like her (Since Hae Ryung is a noble), they wouldn’t know that fact. There are poor people all over and the ritual is meant to calm the villagers nerves and assure them that everything will be okay.
  • Yes, what Hae Ryung answered was true but it also makes sense that not everyone can have access to that information. I know that back then was a different time because now, information is readily available for anyone to peruse. But we can’t expect everyone to perceive an issue the same way — there could be different solutions to a problem and both could either be right or could be improved upon.
  • Even when it doesn’t make sense to us, putting ourselves in another person’s shoes can give us more insight on their situation giving us clarity about their actions.
2. Doing the right thing is not always met with everyone’s approval. Be prepared to take responsibility for your actions and be mindful if your decisions can affect other people too.

  • Hae Ryung submitted a petition that got her into trouble because it involved palace politics. She was made to do all of the tasks left by the assistant clerks and was frowned upon by her male historian peers.
  • Like Officer Min pointed out, one must be ready for the responsibility of such deeds. Don’t complain or lament that you only did the right thing because every action, no matter how good the intention, can elicit a consequence that you must be ready to handle.

  • Doing the right thing is not a crime, but we must consider the effect our actions can have on other people and try exploring other ways to deal with a problem. Hae Ryung could have approached the stipend corruption in a different manner and pondered some more about how the petition can affect her coworkers as well.
  • All throughout the kdrama, Hae Ryung insisted to help and divulge the truth and true enough, she humbly accepted any praise or backlash (if there was) that came along with it. Like her, Sa Hui was bold enough to make her feelings for the Crown Prince known even if it meant people would gossip about her. I know this example is not a “right thing” per say but the fact that she was ready for any punishment is owning up to her actions😁
3. Accepting the fact that there are things in life we cannot change and that this shouldn’t stop us from continuing to live our best days.

  • Mo Hwa comforted Hae Ryung when the latter found out that her decision led to a child’s death. She felt responsible because she could have taken the child with her back to Haeju, but because of Hae Ryung’s concern that the kid might already have smallpox and infect others, she decided against bringing her there.

  • Death is a permanent part of life. Hae Ryung thought of what was best for everyone but it doesn’t mean that if she had decided to take the child with her, that the child would have survived either. If someone we love passes away, we mourn and feel sad about it. But we don’t let such an event weigh us down forever, we have to make good use of our time and do what we can to live well.
  • It would be unfair for us (the living) to deprive ourselves of what life can offer, both joyful days and hardships, by blaming ourselves for things that are out of our control. Let’s use the time we have to continue to work hard and pursue the things that make us happy🦋
4. Be true to yourself and don’t compromise your values just because there are people/situations who/that put you down. Your sincerity and honesty will attract good karma & people into your life.
  • Hae Ryung’s character was never shy in speaking the truth and fighting for what she believed in. She fought tooth and nail to be heard and ruffled up a few government feathers along the way but eventually won over the good graces of people. In the scene below, she was bold enough to persuade the King to stop hating the historians because their role is not to criticize the Royal family, but rather, to write their good traits as an example for the next generation.
  • Even when the King had given her a hard time, she was still perceptive enough to impart such a realization without compromising any values as a historian.✍🏻

  • In relation to tip #2, when Hae Ryung submitted the petition to request for a special investigation regarding the past, she was supported by her fellow historians. It was a risky move but because it was the right thing to do and she did it properly, everyone backed her up and they were eventually rewarded with a happy ending.

Like I mentioned in my last episode recap for the kdrama, Hae Ryung was an imperfect character that also learned a lot from her experience as a historian. In the end, I do think that she and the other women have come a long way since the 1st episode. They are now respected and treated as equals who possess thoughts that matter as well✨

Just like the traditions of the past, it’s not always easy to speak one’s mind and have the courage to be ourselves now in a world where social media triggers comparison and hateful comments. But I believe that as long as we’re mindful of our words, don’t treat mistakes or odd comments as a negative but rather a learning experience, we’ll live an empowered and loved life😊💕