Depiction of neurodiverse characters
Netflix : Extraordinary Attorney Woo
A bout of cold and fever, which is a common occurrence during this time of the year, can be quite irritating . But what better way to get some rest than binge watching a hugely popular show on Netflix? That is precisely what I did in the last two days .
Extraordinary Attorney Woo is a Korean drama series where the titular character, who is also the main protagonist, is a brilliant rookie attorney who is on the Autism spectrum . The series begins with Woo graduating from the university as a topper and joining a leading law firm . Her journey from a rookie assigned to an unwilling supervisor to a successful attorney who is able to use her exceptional memory and superior visualisation and logical thinking, while working on her articulation challenges, to win some difficult cases forms the rest of the story .
My biggest concern with shows that deal with disabilities is that they tend to glamourise disability in a way that negates the journey of those with the condition . The good part about the series is that it tells a honest to goodness tale without turning it into a sixteen plus hours of inspirational content. The characters have been sketched really well and the actors have justified their roles .
Besides the titular character, noteworthy mention should also be made of the character of Young Woo’s supervisor, whose journey from a sceptic to an encouraging mentor has been portrayed rather well .
A very good watch, I will rate the show with five stars, for it is one of the most authentic stories about Autism that I have seen done.
This post is a part of “International Day of Disabled Persons” blog hop hosted by Sakshi Varma – Tripleamommy in collaboration with Bookosmia. #IDPD2022Bloghop.
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Wow! Amazing review Aditi. Great job 🙂
Wow very well reviewed Aditi 👏👏had not seen this web series..will watch for sure…..keep writing 🥰😊
I like this show too Aditi, and rightly as you said, it’s as authentic as it can get. Great review!
I liked this series too Aditi; good to hear from you that the portrayal of Autism in this series is close to reality. Appreciate your thoughts on adulthood 🙂
Lovely review Aditi. Yes I was thinking the same too. I binge watched this one and definitely agree with your review and rating. Lots of hope and wishes to your approaching adulthood too dear ❤️❤️
Yes ..Adithi…i agree with u ..it’s a good series with sum insights into the autistic brain and thinking at the same time not glamourising or preachy…
Hi Aditi, I like your insights into the show. I too thought the show was very good, gives a good insight into many of the outward manifestations of autism. Did you see the episode with a minimally verbal boy on thr spectrum? I thought that was one of the best representations of the condition.
A well nuanced review, Dear Aditi. Very fluent flow of expression. The characters have been very well analysed. A hearty welcome to you to your upcoming milestone of independent, impressive, adulthood. It will usher in many more memorable creative literary contributions from your multi-faceted mindspace. Keep spinning winning terrific tales!
Would watch the show to see the journey of protogonist and the mentor. Vivid review.
Thanks Aditi for sharing this review and your perspective as well. It’s commendable that you are aspiring to be an equally contributing citizen for the nation and wishing you the very best for the same…
On another note, I am going to add this to my list for of movies / shows to watch…here are some of the movies worth watching in the context of disability & inclusion.
Sachin Jakhotia (Shlok-Ability)
Thanks, Aditi for sharing the review, and stating Honest to goodness tale… Will watch the Extraordinary Attorney Woo soon. I’m sure the character has justified her role and handling and managing the varied tasks and not taking sensory difficulty as a hurdle but accepting it as a challenge.
I never knew this show was there. Another indication of the so-called perfect world we are living in. Thanks for this review. Now, this is something that I would like to see and I hope to learn a lot from it
I have never seen any of the Korean movies but your review is compelling me to watch this particular one. Thank you for your review.
I watched the first episode today after reading your review. I request you to share your experiences in sync with the situations faced by Woo. It will help your readers to understand autism amongst adults in a better way.
A well-written review. It inspires me to watch this drama. I like the way you have articulated what you like and what you dont like about this drama. I am curious to know how you might have dealt with the “glamourisation” of the disability. By the way, I agree with you on that part. I think the struggles of people on the high functioning autistic spectrum are not adequately appreciated. Kudos on a nice article.
Aditi I loved it too!! I also am watching The Good Doctor. Watch that too 🙂 and of course Atypical.
Aditi, I have consistently enjoyed your expression and marveled at your perspective, with each one of your writings. To think you are only 17! The conversation on neurodiversity has already started and seems to be gaining ground- I hope we make headway in the progress to the target state and the sense of fulfilment you describe.
In growing up to be true equals. May such a world be realised soon. Thank you for sharing your perspective Aditi
Such a lovely review Aditi. I have never watched Korean dramas but your well written review is encouraging me to watch one. You have a marvellous perspective for your age. May your pen never stops. Keep it up.
Thanks for this brilliant review, Aditi. You’ve also given me another show to watch with my teen daughter, who loves Korean shows just like you. I plan to read your review again with her, after watching this series. Looking forward to reading more of your posts and recommendations. Hugs.
Aditi, there is such a shortage of good content on neurodiversity. So glad to have come across your review. I will definitely be checking out this show. On a separate note, I love how articulate and honest you are with your thoughts – rooting for you, may you have the sense of equality and achievement you strive for as an adult.
Thanks Aditi for giving me a scenario of an Autistic adult. Although i interact frequently with Autistic kids but am yet to interact with an adult and dont understand the challenges they would face in their professional lives. Also thanks for recommending the show
Hey, I watched the first episode today after reading your review. I suggest, write a new blog where you can share your experiences of the situations Woo shown to have faced for better understanding of your readers. Thanks again for reviewing it.
Brilliant review… I’ll surely check it out! it’s interesting how the portrayal of PWDs has evolved over time along with society’s perception of them.