Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022)


Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022)

Where to Watch: Netflix

Number of Episodes: 16

Netflix Summary: 

Starring: Park Eun-bin, Kang Tae-oh, Kang Ki-young

Creators: Yoo In-sik, Moon Ji-won

KDramaCritic Rating: Favorite

KDramaCritic Short Review:

Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022) resonates with me on a deeply personal level.  As someone on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum, seeing a fairly accurate portrayal of an high functioning autistic woman is wonderful.  The show captures some of the nuances of behavior and the dichotomy of this condition: How can someone with such intelligence struggle with day-to-day functioning?

After watching the first three episodes, I immediately texted my husband that he needed to watch this show ASAP.  I then called my parents and told them about it.  So many behaviors, thought processes and dialogue pieces clicked with my life.

The main criticism would be that the show does perpetuate the stereotype of the autistic savant.  Most people on the autism spectrum are not savants and are of average intelligence.  Some are of above average intelligence and some are below average intelligence, but it is easier to create a novel character with genius level intellect.

To be fair, Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022) does address this in one episode where Attorney Woo meets an autistic man who is arguably a more realistic representation.  The autistic man's caretaker even comments that Attorney Woo is a rare exception.

Despite Attorney Woo's intelligence, I do appreciate how the show portrays the real difficulties and vulnerabilities of being autistic.  The show touches on gullibility, sensory and motor issues, and difficulty achieving full independence.  A great deal of respect is given to these sensitive issues and I personally appreciate the care given.

My KDramaCritic rating is "Favorite" and I will be re-watching this show in the future.




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