Extraordinary You

Complete. The show had a strong start, but tapered off in the middle, and derailed a bit by the end. But I still love it anyway, I think once you got attached to the characters, there was no way to dislike the show.

The biggest flaw was the direction of the plot. In the first half, Dan-oh, Haru and Lee Do-hwa, struggled against the writer to change their predetermined fates. But in the second half, Kyung took over and suddenly the show became more about Dan-oh and Haru trying to “save” Dan-oh’s life, with Kyung throwing temper tantrums since Dan-oh didn’t love him anymore and interfering with their time together. Basically, the struggle against the writer was forgotten, and the characters stopped asking the big meta questions about their world, and accepted it (short of needing to save Dan-oh’s life). A Beanie mentioned how a better plot would have been for them to communicate with “Flower” Haru through the portal, and somehow avert their fates with his help. I agree – now that would have kept the show in line with what it promised in the early episodes. Juda’s potential too was squandered. Introduced too late, and given too little to do.

The writer was a god that couldn’t be touched, and that annoyed me. I’m human, and the writer must have been a human too – I wish we’d seen a direct confrontation with the writer.

Acting wise, Rowoon needs to improve, but overall he made us swoon so 9.5/10. The rest of the young cast gets a 10/10. Kim Hye-yoon in particular, I’m sorry they made her cry so much at the end, because her acting in the early eps was a delight to watch. For me, Hye-yoon/Dan-on introduced the show and carried its potential. Once she stopped wanting to actively meddle with the world and the boys took over, the show lost some of its charm.

I genuinely loved this show so much no matter what potential the plot squandered, and in my head, I’ve already imagined seasons 2 to 4 – same cast, different settings – or a popular manhwa with 2000 chapters or a time skip all the way to old age, so the kids get to live rich, full lives – especially all the OTPs, and especially Dan-oh and Haru’s OTP.

BONUS: Ro(s)woon’s gorgeous face. The best looking 96 liner in existence. Here’s a gif of the guy.

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    I COMPLETELY agree. Dan oh was the best thing in this show (i loved lee do hwa as well) but a part of the magic of the show left when dan oh stopped trying (around ep8 when she lost haru). The Dan Oh we love wants to take her faith into her own hands and doesn’t let boys decide it for her. She didnt completely lose character however (or maybe im biased because i LOVE her) and i felt some of the crying was warranted. Example: ep16 when haru disappears in front of her eyes: my gosh. Wow

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    Hmmm, I though Rowoon was pretty good? Definitely need some improvement, but he’s on the right track imo.

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    Side note, but Ro-swoon (I’m stealing this!) is sort of odd among idols imo. A lot of the idols tend to be more delicate/feminine/beautiful as opposed to masculine (appearance-wise). Rowoon fits into the latter category (I think) rather than the former. He’s not alone of course – a few others like Jaehyun and Jeno from NCT, Jackson and Jinyoung from got7, Mingyu from Seventeen – but he’s definitely part of a minority.

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      Definitely. It’s a part of his charm, and I think he should continue acting – as he gets better (and he’s growing better and better), he has so much potential given both his looks and skills.

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