K-Drama Review: Extracurricular (2020)

Monday, August 17, 2020

Source: imdb

Title: Extracurricular
Original title: Human 101, Human Class
Genre: School, crime, psychological, life
Director: Kim Jin Min
Screenwriter: Jin Han Sae
Number of episodes: 10
Stars: Kim Dong Hee, Park Joo Hyun, Jung Da Bin, Nam Yoon Su
Available on Netflix

A model high school student who's steeped in a world of serious crime finds his double life upended when a classmate takes an interest in his secret.


To be honest, I had interest tow watch this series because of Kim Dong Hee. After I watched his performance at SKY Castle and Itaewon Class, I think I should appreciate more about his work. Therefore, I decided to watch Extracurricular.

In my opinion, Extracurricular is the darkest teen k-drama that I've ever watched. I never thought that the crime that involved the main character is about underage prostitution.

The untold story of the model student

Oh Jisoo (Kim Dong-Hee) is a model high school student. He is very smart and obedient. Unfortunately, he knows that he need to do something to pay his university tuition fee. Long story short, Jisoo is involved in such a shady business that you will never think of.

One day, Jisoo's classmate, Bae Gyuri (Park Joo-Hyun) took interest on his secret. At the end, Jisoo reluctanly agree to let Gyuri involved in his business. At the other, there is Minhee (Jung Da-Bin) and his boyfriend, Kwak Kitae (Nam Yoon Su) that to some extent will have a relations with Jisoo and Gyuri.

Sensitive topic

From the first episode, I was a little bit shocked because of the topic of this drama is very dark. I am aware that some student could involved in some crime to pay their tuition fee. But, I never thought about the underage prostitution. I believe that this topic is very sensitive, especially at Korea itself. So, it's very interesting to know more about this drama.

Well, to be fair, it's not only about the underage prostitution that has been unveiled through this drama. You can also see about the bullying issue at school. Even though we always try to against bullying, in the real world, those act still happening.

Source: Netflix, edited by me

There is no lovable character

I have to admit that I got difficulties to finishing this drama. Even though it only has 10 episodes, I think the plot is very slow. Then, I think this is the director's intention to give a grey character. I mean, there is no lovable character here. 

Even though I stan for Geun-soo at Itaewon Class, I couldn't do the same toward Jisoo. Jisoo's character is not rely relatable for me. In some way, I understand his struggle, but the way he hide himself and the duality of his persona made me got a lot of headache. 

Then, my opinion another character is just the same. There is no a literally angel or evil character here. I definitely would like to emphasize that every characters in this series is very punch-able.

Am I waiting for the second season?

From the first time I noticed that this drama only has ten episodes, I believe that there will be a second season. Why I think like that? Because, there are so many things that left unanswered.

Moreover, the final scene is very odd. I believe there will be a continuation about Jisoo and Gyuri's life after the final incident.

To be honest, even though this drama made me got a lot of headache, it still give a lot of refreshing theme. I believe because this drama is a Netflix Original Series, they are more brave to tackle a lot of sensitive issues.

Well, 7.5 for the Jisoo and Gyuri's partnership.



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