A solid penultimate episode raises some understandable questions about whether all this is going to get wrapped up in time, but if there’s any show that can pull off a satisfying conclusion it’s Extraordinary Attorney Woo.
This recap of Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 15, “Saying and Doing Things Not Asked”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on last week’s episode by clicking these words.
As we approach the end of any series, the same questions always begin to pop up. Most of them revolve around the show’s future instead of its ending. Are we going to see more? Do we want to see more? We’ve already speculated on that elsewhere in regard to Extraordinary Attorney Woo, but that isn’t to say we have any concrete answers. And the penultimate episode, “Saying and Doing Things Not Asked”, only raises more questions.
Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 15 recap
Chief among them, at this point, is whether or not we’re actually going to conclude any of this. There’s just so much going on. One of the downsides of a case-of-the-week structure, I suppose, is that it means all the important character development and serialized subplots happen piecemeal, in the margins of other stories. That continues to happen even here. With Young-woo always occupied, she scarcely has time for a relationship to develop, and her namesake show follows suit.
The case in “Saying and Doing Things Not Asked” involves a giant company’s financial records being compromised. I won’t waste anyone’s time by recounting specific details or repeating myself about how these cases have functioned on a storytelling level. It’s relevant because it raises questions of digital security and corporate liability when it comes to personal data. But, at this point, it isn’t what anyone really cares about.
What people are tuning in for is to see what happens to Myeong-seok, say, or to see the development in Young-woo’s relationship with Jun-ho, or the progress of Min-woo’s redemption arc. I can’t be the only one lamenting that these things are still developing in periods of downtime rather than being shunted to the forefront with the finish line so close.
To give the show its due credit, we are beginning to see the personal stuff intertwine with the cases more – the revelation here that the hacker is Tae Su-mi’s son raises another problem to be dealt with in the finale. And you can see in stuff like Young-woo trying to explain to Jun-ho why she thinks he’ll be lonely with her call back to previous cases and episodes, particularly the trip to Jeju. With Min-woo beginning to soften on Young-woo for the sake of Su-yeon, there’s definitely a feeling of everything really coming together in interesting ways.
But this is the point. Will there be enough room? Enough time? Are we going to see the end of these arcs and subplots or be left in the lurch, waiting for a renewal that might never come? Extraordinary Attorney Woo has been exceptionally written thus far, so if there’s any show I trust to pull off the impossible, it’s this one. But a satisfying conclusion when there’s so much at stake seems like an unlikely proposition at this point. Tomorrow’s episode will tell us.