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[Drama 2019] Extraordinary You / Suddenly One Day, 어쩌다 발견한 하루 - 2019 MBC Drama of the Year


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1 minute ago, larrysouth said:

 

It was the one at the water fountain where I believe Dan-Oh gets wet.  Dan-Oh is wearing a navy blazer and her plaid skirt along with the the dark thigh high socks.  I would have attached the picture to show you if I had any technology ability at all.  Just be thankful that a person of my age knows what Wifi is.

Oh but I know which scene you mean. :D The one in which Ha Ru gives his shirt to her. :wub:

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11 minutes ago, Jillia said:

Oh but I know which scene you mean. :D The one in which Ha Ru gives his shirt to her. :wub:

 

Why must you always go to Ha-Ru taking off his shirt? :blush:    He has a mind as well, not just washboard abs..........never mind, I can't speak to you when you're drooling. 

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@leeminhosny Whoever edited that masterpiece together is a genius :lol: I feel like this really speaks to Kim Hyeyoon's acting when you can instantly tell which Haru she's speaking to/looking at based purely on her expression. (I mean, okay, I guess it helps that I've rewatched some of those scenes more times than I should admit, hahaha...) 

 

re: Predictions

  • I think Ju Da's storyline is going to be an interesting one, now that it seems like the director's going the route of self-awareness with her. Coupled with the scenes of her looking longingly towards Dohwa, her attempts to call his attention back to her, and the one moment she lingers over his contact information in her phone (all while in the shadow), I get the feeling that they're building up a nicely fleshed out character for her. Even though the website synopsis mentions her 
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    gaining awareness and doing whatever means possible to maintain the status quo of the comic

    I can see her choices being guided by emotion (and not necessarily in a terrible, stab-Danoh-in-the-back kind of way), particularly if Dohwa is, ultimately, the one she cares the most for, and struggling to reconcile her own role in the midst of a pre-determined love line. I think it'll be interesting to see how she attempts to navigate that tension, whether it turns her into a more 3-dimensional character or regresses her into something less, and if she ultimately winds up as an ally to the others. 

  • Also, I'm seriously living for the potential shadow/stage tension between Haru and Baek Kyung. I have this nagging feeling that the show will set up some kind of on-stage scene showcasing the camaraderie between the two, and once it all falls away, my guess is Baek Kyung's going to say something to antagonize Haru (based largely in part to a combination of unresolved insecurity and unease, and the threat that old!Haru's memory poses to the state of his and Danoh's off-stage reconciliation). It's so interesting to me how Baek Kyung struggles to express himself in productive ways (and manages in a few snapshots to do it well) but then immediately falls back on old habits because, with his on-stage characterization, he never learned how to handle his emotions in a way that doesn't involve lashing out and hurting others. His actions read to me like someone in desperate need of attention and care, but who also doesn't know how to receive it (honestly, I don't think I can gloss over the abusive aspects of it either). He'd make for such a great character study.

Phew! I have more to say, but I'll stop raving for now. :lol: Here's also another drabble I wrote because I clearly have no self-control. Ahhhh!

And while I'm not a fan of Baek Kyung and Danoh, I know many people here are, so! Someone else has been sharing their take on that relationship as well, and you can read that here.

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16 minutes ago, larrysouth said:

 

Why must you always go to Ha-Ru taking off his shirt? :blush:    He has a mind as well, not just washboard abs..........never mind, I can't speak to you when you're drooling. 

Well what can I say... it's Ha Ru's fault. But of course there is more to him. Also, you were the one mentioning the abs now. :P:lol: So whose mind is in the gutter?

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I think with Joo Da it's really tricky to:
 

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not make her purely evil. I would like for her to be more than just the goody-good girl who is poor and so on. I would love to see the anger because of all the bullying. Like with Kyung, I can understand his anger because of the abuse he suffers. But it only goes this far. And I want for Joo Da to have somewhat a emotional explosion when she is aware of how angry she is at all the bullies who are treating her terribly on stage.

 

I don't see Joo Da going up against Dan Oh. Nothing was set up for that. If anything Dan Oh was always nice to her - on stage. And even in the shadows Dan Oh was never pitched as a possible enemy for Joo Da. So I wouldn't understand if the drama would go down this road. Plus if Joo Da ends up wanting Do Hwa then Dan Oh is no rival in that regard because they're just friends.

 

I would LOVE though to have a conversation between aware!Joo Da and Do Hwa. That would be something. :D

 

 

As for Kyung, I think there is definitely a reason why he got to see the "Trumpet Creeper" manhwa first. I think he might find out what actually happened in that manhwa and where Ha Ru is coming from. He would then old all the answers Ha Ru is seeking: where he is coming from and where he is possibly heading.

 

I think at the moment they're already so much in their faces I'm not sure I would want more escalation. I would hope for the drama writer to find a different way to tell the story. Also, it could help with Kyung's character arc and possible redemption IF he would stop using anything against Dan Oh and Ha Ru. Boy is angry and I get it but some self-reflection would be nice. Plus Kyung desperately needs friends. With Nam Joo not being aware and Do Hwa dealing with his own identity crisis, I think piece treaty between Ha Ru and Kyung would be nice. But I don't think that will be the case. But who knows, righ? :)

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The vibe I get is that in Flower, Kyung is a nobleman/prince.  He is betrothed to DanOh (she mentioned she felt like she was a princess when they visited the palace grounds on excursion) - the 10 year betrothal makes sense in Sageuk times.  Makes much less sense in the Secret modern world.  Haru is not lead.  He is the guard (not nobility), he carries a sword.  His scar?  Initially I thought it was a defence wound but it’s an odd place for a slash to occur in battle?  Is it a blood pact?  Like one between brothers?  They used to do that in the old days.  I get the feeling DanOh fell in love with Haru and they made promises via the Trumpet Flower.  I am unsure as to whether their love was doomed from the start.  Was Haru Kyung’s bodyguard or something?  It would fit with the dynamic now in Secret where he’s suddenly Kyung’s best friend. Or maybe blood brothers?  Hence the scar?  Haru is torn between his loyalty to Kyung and his love for DanOh.  I get the feeling they didn’t get their happy ever after in Flower.  DanOh may have drowned...there’s all these references to water so far...

 

My take on all those who’ve become self aware or look like they have moments (eg Kyung’s brother and NamJoo’s Mother) is that they are all characters in Flower.  They have Dejavu moments in Secret where they see someone or something plays out in front of them and they have faint inklings of their past life in Flower.  The writer of Secret isn’t fantastic - the characters keep lamenting about how cheesy the lines are or how unrealistic the settings are.  He/she may have plagiarized large chunks of the comic Flower (not sure if it was intentional) which is why the scenes look so similar.

 

Haru’s character in Secret is an exercise of growing self awareness.  DanOh willed him into existence.  From a faceless #13 to a person with a name.  He started off just following her instructions.  He had no voice of his own.  Until the beach scene.  Where she instructed him to come to the sea to help her but he didn’t.  He acted as his own agent.  That’s why at the end of that scene he started to speak. He “found his voice” and DanOh gives him a name (Haru).  He was now capable of acting on his own and deciding what he would do in any given situation.  He became a loose cannon.  Rewriting the story in the birthday party.  The spotlight shifted from the main leads (NamJoo/JooDa) to the extras (Kyung/DanOh) - way too much artistic license for the writer’s comfort.  So he/she got rid of Haru1 and penned Haru2 in as a named extra (like DanOh) whom he/she could now “control”.  

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Actually, Ha Ru was able to speak prior to the beach scene. We see him calling Dan Oh "Eun Dan Oh" in the flashback scenes about his "awakening". This was the moment he heard his own voice for the first time. Dan Oh only assumed he couldn't talk because he was an even less important extra.

 

My guess is that maybe Ha Ru tried to speak to Dan Oh many times prior to her becoming aware but she basically always just moved where she was expected on stage and in the shadows. So he gave up talking. And then suddenly the girl he has been thinking about and wondering why he feels drawn to her, starts speaking to him. He probably thought if he would talk to her she would just go back to the old pattern.

 

Also, he did act on his own before the beach scene and before the lab scene as well. When Dan Oh saw the storyboard with her falling down the stairs, she didn't see Ha Ru/a mysterious boy intervening. So Ha Ru on his own decided to show up - he probably read "Secret" and maybe thought he could change something - and basically stopped Dan Oh's fall.

 

And we don't really know who "summoned" Ha Ru into the "Secret" manhwa. I don't think Dan Oh did. Why would she? She just became aware herself and Ha Ru was already in the world before that. I think we will find out in the next episodes what caused Ha Ru to end up in the manhwa again when clearly the Secret writer didn't want him there. :)

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@Jillia I absolutely agree that it'd be nice for Baek Kyung to have a redemption arc, but I think that's also partly why I'm looking forward so much to how the director will explore his dynamic with Haru on/off stage. So far, we've had the physical reactions from both of them--the pushing, the shoving, the three-way arm grab--along with enough pointed looks to fill a lifetime, but what I personally really miss, and what I'd love to see, is some kind of authentic conversation between the two of them where they're both in the know and it's not some kind of passive-aggressive contest fought out right in front of Danoh. And that I could see being tense as all hell, hahah, but in all the right ways.

 

And to clarify what I'd meant by the stabbing-Danoh-in-the-back comment, that was more in reference to 

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how I think Ju Da's desire to remain the main lead in her love life/comic might result in her taking misguided actions that unintentionally impact Danoh. Particularly in cases where the extras of her comic might "steal" the limelight away (e.g., Nam Joo's birthday party and the reversal of their roles), I could see the directors moving her character in a way where she's avidly ensuring everything goes according to what's already laid out. ...which would make it even more fun to see how that contrasts with her own personal feelings about where she wants the direction of her story to go--'cause, man, this whole BoF plotline with everyone ganging up on her is seriously old and tired, and I can't wait until she rebels or something! 

 

@nrllee I love how you brought up the recycled lines! I swear, there has to be some sort of significance to it all, and I wonder what direction the show's going to take it... whether it's highlighting the writer's lack of creativity, trying to hint at the futility of "fighting" against a storyline, or if it's something else altogether.

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12 minutes ago, Calligrapher said:

I wonder what direction the show's going to take it... whether it's highlighting the writer's lack of creativity, trying to hint at the futility of "fighting" against a storyline, or if it's something else altogether.


I think you can go meta with it.  As in do you believe that you as an individual have a defined storyline to play in the great canvas of life?  That the Writer has absolute control and you just have to play along?  Do you have any choice at all in the matter?  Free will?  Do you even want to change it?  Or do you stand defeated and just accept it as is?  Can you rewrite the story?  Where you’re not just some optional faceless “extra” in the big plot?  You may be “ordinary” in every sense of the word, but you can also become “extra-ordinary”.  :).

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@Calligrapher

Well if anything Ha Ru has been always protecting Kyung (the ball in the early episodes) and stopping Kyung from hitting stuff. Which would speak for the bodyguard theory. He also just removed Kyung's hand everytime Kyung would grab him. So Kyung was definitely the aggressive part in their scenes. BUT I agree that they should have a conversation. But for that to happen Kyung would have to stop being angry at anyone and everyone (with the exception of his dad and step mother - he can hate them all he wants) and to stop putting the blame on Dan Oh especially.

 

I would love for Kyung to team up with Dan Oh, Ha Ru and Do Hwa. Would be a nice change to other drama in which it almost never happens. :D

 

I definitely find your theory/idea for Joo Da interesting. She definitely did show sign of not being happy that Do Hwa isn't giving her any attention anymore. So it could go down that road. :)

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For some reason I just have it in my head that Jinmiche was the one who gave Ha-Ru the scar.  For some reason I thought that when Jinmiche was looking at the Flower manhwa, he was looking at a panel and I thought that I saw he cut Ha-Ru's hand with a sword.  I might totally have imagined it, because that scene was so short.

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Ooooh... so now this party is going to happen. It does look like it's the sandwich place Joo Da is working at? They're now putting and pushing everything into place for the last part of the drama.

 

6 hours ago, stroppyse said:

 

I'm really hoping that the drama provides a satisfying answer to the questions they pose about real versus fiction versus fake. A fictional character in a book actually lives both in perpetuity and only for the duration of the book. If a character is actually existent outside of those boundaries, enough so that their awareness can travel between books, what does that really mean in terms of their "lives". Totally existential, right? :)

I really hope the drama will be able to deal with it in a good way because if anything else falls in place nicely plot-wise AND the drama touches and answers those questions I would say it could make it one of the best highschool dramas. :D

 

More stills for the upcoming episode. They are also going for the rivalry between Ha Ru and Kyung. But I also hope if they start finding out about "Trumpet Creeper", so will Dan Oh. :)

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What do you call these 3! C3. As in three clowns!!
 
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This reminds me there is another trio in this manhwa. The class president, the one who wears glasses and the one who agrees with everything they say! These three are much closer to Haru it seems. Though they can't remember his name for the life of them in previous episodes.

 

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