Yangtze River Dolphin explores gender equality and more in another beautiful episode.
This synopsis of Extraordinary Attorney Woo Season 1 Episode 12 “Yangtze River Dolphin” contains spoilers. You can read our thoughts on yesterday’s episode by clicking on these words.
You’ve probably heard the words “gender equality” and “patriarchy” more times in the last couple of years than you have in the rest of your life combined, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that a show with relevant social issues would dig into the topic at some point land.
Summary of Extraordinary Attorney Woo Season 1 Episode 12
sure, Associate Attorney Woo makes a point of approaching his subjects in a novel, interesting, and balanced way, and Yangtze River Dolphin is no exception in this regard. It begins with two women filing a lawsuit after their employer tries to force them to quit through a policy biased against female employees, but it goes much further than that, including fostering some core relationships ( especially between Young-woo and Jun-ho).
As always, the details of the case really take a back seat to allow the messages and issues they raise to come to the fore. There is something to be said about the pervasiveness of gender inequality and the stubbornness of biased policies and those who enforce them; so is the difficulty of navigating a society built upon these things and openly challenging those who will benefit from their continuance.
In legal dramas, there is a tendency for the success of our “heroes” to be matched with the right moral outcome. Associate Attorney Woo avoids this trap and is better suited for it.
But the show is arguably a better love story than a legal drama anyway. There is even more confusion between Young-woo and Jun-ho here, as Gwang-ho’s insistence on meeting Jun-ho causes Young-woo to reflect on the status of their relationship. With no official tag, are they really dating? And if they’re not actually dating, can she really introduce him to her father? It’s a confusing situation for Jun-ho. Whether he has the patience to deal with all of this will determine how strong their romantic connection really is.
There’s also a subplot about Myung-seok possibly being in danger due to a previous case, and a late, dark twist regarding his health. The former point is interesting to address and shows how those who fight for justice do so at their own peril and expense. It’s a worthwhile topic, with the whole coughing up blood thing on a concerning note at the end. What do next week’s episodes have in store for us? We will see.
You can stream Extraordinary Attorney Woo Season 1 Episode 12, “Yangtze River Dolphin” exclusively on Netflix.
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