Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 3 recap – “This Is Pengsoo”

July 6, 2022
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

Balancing humor with insight into Young-woo’s life, “This Is Pengsoo” is another solid outing.

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Summary

Balancing humor with insight into Young-woo’s life, “This Is Pengsoo” is another solid outing.

This recap of Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 3, “This Is Pengsoo”, contains spoilers.


It’s called a spectrum for a reason, and “This Is Pengsoo” is at least in part dedicated to highlighting that fact within the context of this likable new drama. Opening with an autistic individual, Jeong-hun, presumably beating his brother, Sang-hun, to death, Young-woo is given the case primarily on the basis of her own autism so we can see the major discrepancies in these two personalities.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 3 recap

This is a useful theme since so many people still know so little about autism. Jeong-hun has the mental age of a child, an especially severe case, but we can see the commonalities between him and Young-woo – he loves penguins while she likes whales, for instance, and both have lived a life of stunted communication, with their loved ones finding bonding with them and understanding them difficult.

It’s from Jeong-hun’s love of penguins that the episode gets its title, its humorous streak, and a potential means of bonding for Young-woo to exploit, but he’s so fragile that it proves fruitless.

Sang-hun, it turns out, was also struggling, having tried to commit suicide multiple times. Was witnessing one of these attempts what sent Jeong-hun into a frenzy?

What I find effective about Extraordinary Attorney Woo’s depiction of autism is how it contrasts an almost childlike mentality – Jeong-hun’s love of penguins and the Pengsoo song, for instance – with brutality and trauma; you can’t consider one without the other, which is pleasingly difficult to reconcile. What you see, primarily, is vulnerability, which is why it stings all the more – and visibly annoys Meong-seok – when Young-woo’s autism is used against her in court.

And despite Young-woo figuring out the real chain of events, including the fact that Jeong-hun actually tried to save his brother, not beat him, the idea that her autism would jeopardize the chances of a favorable outcome in the case causes her to be side-lined. And it subsequently causes her to hand in her resignation and remove her nametag from her office door.

We know, of course, that Young-woo isn’t done yet, but it’s important to showcase how her autism is used against her, rather than just allowing it to become a kind of superpower within the legal context. It’s hard to witness, but presumably, it’ll result in some major catharsis down the line.

You can stream Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 3, “This Is Pengsoo”, exclusively on Netflix.

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