EXTRAORDINARY YOU (K-drama 2019)

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Eun Dan Oh (Kim Hye-Yoon) is a 17-year-old high-school student from a wealthy family who suffers from a lifelong heart condition that inevitably means she will not live past her teenage years. However, when Dan Oh realizes she is experiencing long gaps in her memory as well, she comes into the unhappy inheritance of another fact in her life: she is a character in a Korean webtoon and all of her actions are predetermined by the artist who draws her. To make matters worse, she discovers she is only a supporting character in the cast. 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.

What would you do if you found out that you were a character in a comic? And, in fact, not the main character but just an extra on top of that? Well, I find the concept of this drama extraordinary unique that’s why I signed it up.

For the first few episodes, I find it very entertaining. The determination of the protagonist to change her fate and find the meaning behind her life is quite enough for stimulation. Also, the characters are fresh and complex yet charming.

However, the story started going downhill in the midst of it. It became repetitive, clichés and turned into ordinary teen rom-com that goes in circles.  The fun and adventure have been dissipated in a very obvious approach. Besides, I never find any character development on and off stage. It just simply became dull and stagnant.

I don’t hate the show. I just don’t like to recommend it.

Verdict: 7/10

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