6:19 pm - 10/10/2019

Extra-Ordinary You episodes 1 to 4 (full episodes) Discussion Post

NOTE: I'm using full episodes count instead of the half episodes

PLOT: Eun Dan-O (Kim Hye-Yoon) is a student at a prestigious high school. Her family is wealthy, but Eun Dan-O has a heart disease. Her fiance Baek Kyung (Lee Jae-Wook) attends the same prestigious high school. She likes him a lot, but he does not like her at all. Suddenly, Eun Dan-O has short-term memory loss and she can see what will happen in the near future. She gets confused by her symptoms. Then, Jin Mi Chae aka Dried Squid, from the school cafeteria, tells Eun Dan-O that she is a character in the comic "Secret" like everybody else there. Eun Dan-O learns that her character is not even a main character, but rather an extra and she doesn't have much time to live. With her newfound understanding of the world she inhabits, she is determined to find true love in her own plot-line and circumvent the author’s plans for her character by utilizing the flashes of storyboard she alone is able to see. One day, she falls down the school stairs. She feels her back touch the back of another student, among a group of male students. Her heart suddenly starts to flutter. Eun Dan-O wants to find the male student who made her heart flutter. She eventually finds the student (Ro Woon) and he is her classmate. He is a character that doesn't have a name only known as Character Number 13. They get close and Eun Dan-O names him "Ha-Roo."

CAST: Kim Hye Yoon (as Eun Dan Oh), Ro Woon (as Number 13 / Ha Ru), Lee Jae Wook (as Baek Kyung), Lee Na Eun (as Yeo Joo Da), Kim Young Dae (as Oh Nam Joo), Jung Gun Joo (as Lee Do Hwa), Lee Tae Ri (as Jin Mi Chae / "Dried Squid Fairy" / "A4"), Kim Ji In, Kim Hyun Mok, Uhm Hyo Sub, Choi Jin Ho, Ji Soo Won, Song Ji Woo, Jung Ye Nok, Han Chae Kyung, Mimi, Jung Yeo Jin, Kang Min Ji, Jo Deok Hee, Han Myung Hwan, Lee Eun Hye, Jung Ji Hyun, Heo Soo Bin, Shin Yong Ho, Yoon Jong Bin, Lee Chang Shik, Jung Dae Ro, Kim Tae Jung, Kim Jae Hwa

Director: Kim Sang-Hyub
Writer: Moo Ryoo (webcomic), In Ji-Hye, Song Ha-Young
Network: MBC
Episodes: 16 full episodes (32 half episodes)
Genre: Fantasy-Romance
Release Date: October 2 - November 21, 2019
Runtime: Wednesday & Thursdays 21:00

SOURCE: Image and drama information taken from Asianwiki

You can watch on VIU | Dramanice

If you are looking for something light and entertaining (or if you simply want to enjoy Rowoon's handsome face), this is the kdrama to watch! I'm really having fun watching this =)
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babyjenkski Re: OP10th-Oct-2019 01:46 pm (UTC)
edited my posts as instructed :)
goldenrosalie 10th-Oct-2019 04:22 pm (UTC)
i'd actually say that the highlight of this drama kim hye yoon. male actors in this drama really aren't delivering top acting so far lol.
this aside - i'm really enjoying the drama! it's a lot more fun than i expected and i'm just glad to have something light and fun to watch. i also have a soft spot for khy after sky castle, so i hope this will be a successful project for her.
tho i'm not sure how i feel about direction of 4th ep. it's rather tiring how every romcom drama needs serial killer or some kind of thriller element. so i hope they won't go in this direction after all (i didn't read webtoon).
samfrack 10th-Oct-2019 08:08 pm (UTC)
I agree male actors aren't really delivering but it seems to be part of the writing. Like they're supposed to be lacking in personality and only serve single purpose. At least that's what I tell myself to not get annoyed with the fiancee.
goldenrosalie 11th-Oct-2019 05:39 am (UTC)
actually that was going to be a part of my comment because in a way they are supposed to be cardboards anyway lol. i think the guy playing 13 is bothering me the most tho, esp considering that he should be the traditional 'male lead'. but even that can be easily written off - just because character suddenly gained consciousness doesn't mean he knows what to do with it.
daynr 18th-Oct-2019 06:11 am (UTC)
wait, I just finished ep 4, what is the serial killer/thriller element? Unless you mean squid, who does seem to be a bit too knowing. I assumed he represented the writer?

Otherwise, she is carrying it all. I'm struggling sometimes with the other extra characters, like her friends, but she's so fun at portraying her role. I think the guy playing Do Hwa is also doing well, though I'm ready for him to not like the supposed lead character girl. (not that she isn't lovely, just *snooze*)
goldenrosalie 18th-Oct-2019 12:49 pm (UTC)
i didn't read webtoon so my interpretation of "you will give him a name and bad things will start happening" coupled with aggressive fights seemingly out of nowhere & protag dropping "hey it's a romcom, it's not a thriller, it will be just fine" were wrong. i watched all eps by now and it's obvious that i was off the mark.
and yeah i'm trying really hard to give some benefit of doubt to other actors (i know that lee jae wook is pretty talented but he is phoning it in here) but while kim hye yoon gives her A game in every scene, same can't be said about others. i think it was a conscious casting choice because pretty much eveyone had just 1-2 roles before this drama. but i still feel like a lot of actors in this drama took the fact that they are fictional and aren't 'real' a bit too far. let's try to emote in next eps!
daynr 18th-Oct-2019 02:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense.
I don't remember LJW in anything, but if he's phoning it in, shame on him. I agree with you on the emoting, they have to evolve now that they're becoming conscious. Fingers crossed!
samfrack 10th-Oct-2019 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'm enjoying it thus far especially how lead keeps calling out the writer about the ridiculiousness of her character. Plus Rowoon. It helps me de-stress after a week of classes. The story isn't too serious and I hope it stays that way. Maybe I should read the webtoon lol
babyjenkski 10th-Oct-2019 08:39 pm (UTC)
I also like it whenever our lead calls out the writer. Its so funny how so many thoughts are running through her mind but ends up saying cheesy things because she can't help it.
juhli 21st-Oct-2019 11:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, i love that meta-aspect of the show xD
babyjenkski 10th-Oct-2019 08:35 pm (UTC)
Watching this show is total shift for me after finishing something so dark (Strangers from Hell). It makes me laugh every time there's a scene with the supposed main characters of the comics they're in. I love the reference to Boys Over Flowers lol
juhli 15th-Oct-2019 09:54 am (UTC)
This has been a really cute and light-hearted watch so far, im enjoying it a lot! There are hints to sth darker/deeper that im also looking forward to. Cant wait for Baekyung to become conscious too :D

There are some very interesting theories about the dried squid fairy, how Haru might have been conscious of Danoh longer than she has of him, and even how the three might have been characters in a past sageuk manwha together, there are so many possibilities!

I've also read up to chapter22 of the webtoon and the drama did change some things/characterisations
babyjenkski 15th-Oct-2019 10:19 am (UTC)
Ooohhh you've read the webtoon!

I like those theories going around. I don't have any tho lmao Dried Squid Fairy appears to be really mysterious I thought he was the webtoon writer before. Seeing Haru draw made me also think he's the writer. But I feel that my guesses are nowhere near the truth.
juhli 21st-Oct-2019 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, the webtoon has a more depressing feel to it hahaha, and juda/dohwa have more backstory. Also Dan Oh is more chic there, not as lively as in the drama version (i prefer the drama!). Baek Kyung also has a lot more backstory and doesnt have as big of anger issues as in the drama.
babyjenkski 22nd-Oct-2019 01:14 am (UTC)
Aiiiii I want those back stories! Maybe I'll try the webtoon after the drama =)
daynr 18th-Oct-2019 06:12 am (UTC)
what are some of these theories, assuming they're not known truths?

Edited at 2019-10-18 06:12 am (UTC)
juhli 21st-Oct-2019 11:32 pm (UTC)
For the dried squid fairy, there are theories that he could be some sort of gatekeeper, who makes sure that things dont derail in the manwha or that he is an "old extra" that went through all the things that Dan Oh is going through right now in terms of fighting against the fate that the writers have for her, but that nothing changed or sth happened to make him accept his fate (his 'nothing hanges'-speech to Danoh surely made it seem like he was talking from painful experience). Another is that he managed to slip theough the writers cracks and acts in his own interests (not sure what thise are).
daynr 22nd-Oct-2019 06:30 pm (UTC)

I'm not sure I even really understand what the heck those theories are getting at (gatekeeper to what?) but that's cool.

once the show is over, we can all have a big discussion where someone can explain it to me, after we gush over her final boy pick.
daynr 18th-Oct-2019 06:16 am (UTC)
It took me a bit to enjoy this, because it's a bit over the top during the scenes. I'm growing to enjoy all the humor related to it, but lord are those scenes sometimes a bit.

I think our leading lady is doing a great job of being charming and spunky, and I have been enjoying seeing jerkface fiance Baek show the glimpses of consciousness/concern for EDO. I'm not saying I like jerkface romantic leads, but I'm not saying 13 year old me is 100% dead either. I look forward to him facing some guilt over being dismissive of the seriousness of her condition. (though I wonder if in the webtoon she was written as using it as leverage, or if he's just a jerkface. She sure doesn't act like it now.)

I look forward to Rowoon being conscious so we can see if he can act. So far LKH is carrying the show, backed by some serious pretty and the guy playing Do Hwa.
babyjenkski 18th-Oct-2019 06:28 am (UTC)
I'm not saying I like jerkface romantic leads, but I'm not saying 13 year old me is 100% dead either.

LMAO same! I think the reason why I'm enjoying this so much is because the story makes me feel so young. It's like I'm reliving my teenage years through the characters in the story which is something I used to feel reading Sweet Valley High many many many years ago.

When watching a kdrama, I usually check out the previous works of the cast (due to this, I sometimes discover gems checking out previous works of the artists). Only Lee Tae Ri (Still getting used to calling him that, I'm more used to Lee Minho) and Kim Hye Yoon have solid experience before so its quite entertaining to watch the new actors here.
daynr 18th-Oct-2019 06:41 am (UTC)
*snicker* so should I call you a Jessica or Elizabeth? Or one of the extras?

It does feel youthful, which is a nice change.
babyjenkski 18th-Oct-2019 01:08 pm (UTC)
LMAO nooooooooooooo
juhli 21st-Oct-2019 11:39 pm (UTC)
I think i can tolerate the over-the-topness more, because the setting is basically a shoujo manga with all of its ridiculousness and prettiness xD
daynr 22nd-Oct-2019 06:33 pm (UTC)
god, the A3 stuff and the girls following the boys around is ENOUGH, except Shadow DanOh reactions make it all so worth it. After the first episode I warmed up to it, just cause she can break the 4th wall for us. Now it's kind of fun.

But I'm ready for someone to just, like, goose Nam Joo so he stops taking himself so seriously, but I know that won't happen.
juhli 22nd-Oct-2019 08:24 pm (UTC)
the side-commentary from Dan Oh (and later Do Hwa) makes it so meta and hilarious
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