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Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 1 and 2)

*Read about my recommendation post for Extraordinary You and I guarantee you’ll want to start watching this kdrama!

Once upon a time, in the fictional and exclusive Seuli High school, a popular and warmhearted heroine named Eun Dan Oh studied. She is kind, pretty, and an only daughter of a rich family; despite having a weak heart condition, all is well and dandy with her life💃🏻

As all romance stories go, all that’s left for her to do is to find her Prince Charming and live happily ever after… but as with every fairytale, a plot twist exists. And this plot twist will change our heroine’s life forever.

Episode 1

A white car pulls up and a student named Dan Oh struts confidently at the school’s front lawn. Her fellow students admire her presence and fawn all over her, with her narrating a heroine’s plight as to have hot guys vying for her attention. She talks with her friend inside the school hall just as the school’s 3 most popular guys, the so-called “A3”, walk in the hallway as well. Girls scream and gawk at the guys but a female student carrying a heavy box trips and falls onto their leader, Oh Nam Ju, even kissing his right cheek by accident. Dan Oh steps up and comforts the poor girl who Nam Ju berates.

As Dan Oh walks away, she abruptly feels a shift of change and hears a weird sound in her head. She looks back and sees that her fellow students have been frozen in place. Before she can react any further, she is suddenly sitting inside a classroom. She looks around her surroundings and is surprised when her friends say that that there’s an exam. She doesn’t remember studying when she checks her textbook to be full of notes and highlights. Once she receives the test paper and looks at the chalkboard, a page turning sound is made again and the exam is over. She checks to see her test and wonders again why there are answers already.

A father and son talk inside a car and it is revealed that Kyung is 1/3 of the A3. His dad scolds him for not accompanying Dan Oh to the hospital because it might affect his business deal with her father. Meanwhile, Dan Oh hears another page turning sound and like a robot, she automatically becomes all demure as she approaches Kyung. He is not friendly towards her and mentions their engagement, yikes! Wouldn’t want to be tied down to a guy who clearly hates me and a scheming father-in-law to boot. Another sound resonates, something like magic disappearing, and Dan Oh starts getting angry at him.

All throughout the day, Dan Oh experiences more shifts of events in her day and is starting to freak out on what is happening to her. As time passes, she acknowledges that time can skip 2 hours or even several days in the blink of an eye for her.

A male student is shown admiring his hand, with his back towards the camera, as he sees Dan Oh enter the library. She reads several books to check what is wrong with her when suddenly, she sees another book that catches her interest. Entitled “Secret”, she flips the pages over and unexpectedly has an epiphany. In a foreshadowing of events, she sees Baek Kyung grab hold of her hand and getting spilled by food all over her in the cafeteria. Dan Oh is shocked at what she just witnesses and trips over some books, only to have Baek Kyung catch her. True enough, her vision of Kyung grabbing her happened just now and she runs away from him, stunned. The mysterious man featured earlier bumps into Kyung but the latter doesn’t confront him in the end.

Dan Oh washes her face in the restroom and frees the bullied female student, Nam Ju Da, out of one of the bathroom stalls. She is again astonished as she hands out some wet wipes to Ju Da, only to recognize that she didn’t even have that item to begin with. With the numerous times she’s been skipping memories and the recent incident in the library, she thinks that she has gone insane.

We are introduced to another character as a chef known as “Dried Squid Fairy” serves food to the students. Dan Oh nonchalantly mentions that she’s losing her memories and the man looks at her as if he knows what she’s talking about. Dan Oh thinks that she can see the future and tries to prevent her vision from coming true by switching her not eaten lunch to her friend’s empty curry bowl. She puts her plan into action by preventing Ju Da from tripping but she is powerless to stop the event from unfolding. Nam Ju interrupts the crowd laughing at them and offers a helping hand.

Dan Oh experiences another page turning event and gets called out by Kyung in the hallway saying that he doesn’t like her. She begins to wonder why she can’t speak up to him in such moments and only acts nice. As Dan Oh is talking to herself again on the school bridge, she is startled to see a mysterious black hole in front of her. She notices Dried Squid looking at it too from afar as well.

Episode 2

Catching him inside the school kitchen, Dan Oh confronts him about the blackhole. She sees the book called Secret on the table as Dried Squid quickly sits on it and doesn’t directly answer her questions. She goes back to the library where she first found the book and sees another black hole in place of where the book was located in the shelf. Feeling certain that all of these things are connected, she sneaks back inside the kitchen and reads the book. With her mouth wide open, she discovers that the images and scenes portrayed inside the pages are about her.

Dried Squid comes clean and confesses the truth to Dan Oh. The memory losses that she feels are the gaps between scenes in the comic book, she feels the shifts because she’s become self aware of her being. He says that they’re not humans but rather characters in the book. Dan Oh thinks that he is a lunatic and outright rejects his explanation. Dried Squid follows her around to try and explain things further but proves his point when the cellphone he drops from the school bridge flies in midair, much to her bewilderment. She calls out to her friends below and they don’t believe her because she was holding her phone the entire time that she’d been talking. Poor Dan Oh, haha!!😅

Dan Oh goes through another out of body experience when Nam Ju tells her that he’s giving her a chance to thank him but try as she might, words are not coming out of her mouth. She sneaks up behind Dried Squid and reads the exact same scene that just happened in the comic book. When she tells her friend, Sae Mi, the reality of their situation, the class teases her about it. After numerous time jumps, Dan Oh relives the exact same reactions and lines that her classmates said the first time she confessed — which means that she’s the only one who is self aware among everyone.

The next morning, Dan Oh holds her chest and feels her heart beat. She reminds herself that nothing will change and goes to school with a new positive attitude. Given her awesome background of being a heart surgery survivor, studious, and well-loved by her classmates, she embraces the role of being the main character of the comics. She proudly helps out Ju Da from getting bullied again and begins to wonder who her leading man is. She muses who between the 3 guys of A3 will capture her heart but her good mood gets disrupted when all 3 of them just walk past her, hahaha!

After fainting again due to her weak heart, she wakes up at the hospital and irritably sees Baek Kyung sitting inside the room. Dan Oh complains to Dried Squid how it’s possible that she has such a hard time when she’s the main character and he stammers to give her an answer. She goes on a monologue again about how unfair it is to be a weak heroine and when she turns to talk to him, Dried Squid has disappeared.

At the school grounds the next day, Dan Oh helps Ju Da carry a plastic bag and she hears another page turning sound. As the other students gang up on Ju Da, Nam Ju comes to save the day. Thinking that he is approaching her, Nam Ju actually puts his arm around Ju Da and warns everyone to stay away from her. Dan Oh sees a burst of light shining on the 2 of them, Nam Ju and Ju Da, and finally gets the picture that they are the book’s main characters! In a flashback of relevant scenes, Dan Oh realizes that Nam Ju has been referring/talking to Ju Da all this time, and not her!😜

Thoughts

I already said that I have high expectations for this kdrama and boy did it NOT disappoint!😁 I know that Extraordinary You is based on a webtoon but the way the story was executed is impressive. I am rooting so hard for Dan Oh as she deals with the fact that she’s only a comic book character that follows the writer’s will, plus she’s just a supporting character! I think anyone would be shocked to find out that they aren’t the hero/heroine of a story, especially when we see the world in our own eyes. I am in love with her character already, especially when she rambles and goes on a monologue rant as she tries to figure out what is going on with her🤣

I’m curious about the mystery guy that obviously takes notice of Dan Oh. Is he a supporting character too who is self aware or could he be someone more important? I’m not sure if Dried Squid Fairy is a good guy as well since we we’re given no explanation of why he knew so much about the comic book world already. Is the black hole a portal to the real world? Gimme more episodes, stat!!

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😁