Extraordinary is the best word to describe the new K-drama series Extraordinary Attorney Woo. While it is a romantic series, this new Netflix series is not your typical drama where a rich man sweeps a pretty but not-so-rich girl off her feet with his immaculate good looks and expensive tastes. Extraordinary Attorney Woo is a refreshing drama series that continues to captivate the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide. It’s also a popular series that wants you to enrol in Korean language courses so you can watch it without having to read the subtitles.
Extraordinary Attorney Woo premiered on Netflix on June 29th. Within its first week, the K-drama series has gained 23.9 million hours of viewing, making it the second most-watched non-English TV show on Netflix this year. Since then, it has been gaining a lot of rave reviews for its refreshing take on the office romance genre.
What it’s all about
Extraordinary Attorney Woo is the story of a rookie lawyer named Woo Young-Woo, played by Park Eun Bin. What makes Young-Woo unique is that despite being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at a young age, she grows up to be a brilliant young lawyer with an immensely high IQ of 164. She makes up for her lack of social skills and empathy with her excellent memory, which allowed her to memorise everything in her dad’s law books at a very young age. Aside from that, she has a creative thought process, helping her solve every case she’s assigned.
Working at Hanbada Law Firm, Young Woo meets Lee Jun-Ho, played by Kang Tae-Oh. While working together on various cases, Young-Woo and Jun-Ho developed feelings for each other. As their love story progresses, Young-Woo encounters several obstacles along the way, including her struggle with her estranged mother.
Why you will love Extraordinary Attorney Woo
1. It tells a unique story in every episode.
One of the reasons for this series’ crazy popularity is that it solves a new case in every episode. Attorney Woo solves all of her cases in a bizarre yet winsome way. And every time she makes a new discovery, she gets a light-bulb moment in the form of a whale or dolphin appearance, which lightens the mood.
2. It captivates you with Park Eun Bin’s portrayal of her role.
Playing the lead role of someone who has autism spectrum disorder may not be easy, but Park Eun Bin disappears into her role convincingly. From the way she speaks and walks to the hand gestures, the actor looks so natural on screen and performs with much professionalism and vigour. Her out-of-this-world charm as the young lawyer makes the character so incredibly relatable despite her circumstances.
3. It has compelling supporting characters.
Apart from the very handsome Kang Tae-Oh, who plays the lead male character, this K-drama series has other supporting characters that show how much they appreciate everything that makes the rookie attorney “different.” These include Jeon Bae-Su, who plays Attorney Woo’s father, Woo Gwang-Ho, Joo Hyun-Young, Attorney Woo’s childhood best friend, Dong Geurami, Kang Ki-Young, senior Hanbada lawyer, and Ha Yoon-Kyung and Joo Jong-Hyuk, who play her Hanbada colleagues.
4. It helps raise awareness of autism.
Aside from Attorney Woo, the K-drama series features other characters with the disorder. However, it tastefully showcases how one person is different from others as there are many different kinds of autistic people out there. Some people may be like the young lawyer, who is highly intelligent, while others need a lot of help from their families on a daily basis. Because of this, it helps open up the viewers’ eyes to the world around them in extraordinary ways.
5. It is the “healing” story you need.
For many viewers, Extraordinary Attorney Woo has that “healing” effect on them. It gives you solace and forces you to think at the same time. It makes you laugh, cry, and brings out every other powerful emotion from you. In other words, it’s one of those feel-good series, just like the Korean drama series Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, that you would want to watch over and over because of its positive effect on you.
In conclusion, the drama series Extraordinary Attorney Woo is extraordinarily beautiful. It’s an astonishingly moving show that wants you to defend, love, and understand those who are different from you. This K-drama series is definitely not something that you come across every day.
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