Woo Young-woo is always seen together with items of whales and whales stories. Then why whales were chosen but not other sea species?
In ENA’s Wednesday-Thursday drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” (directed by Yoo In-sik/ scripted by Moon Ji-won/ produced by AStory, KT Studio Genie), which is currently a hot topic, the main character Woo Young-woo (Park Eun-bin), who has autism spectrum disorder, loves whales. Whenever she has time, she tells her colleague Lee Joon-ho different stories about whales. Every time she comes up with an idea, the image of a large humpback whale appears with a mysterious sound and swims over the sky, creating a comfortable atmosphere not only for Woo Young-woo herself but also for the viewers. Looking at Woo Young-woo, who looks like a whale – the only mammal in the big ocean called “Hanbada”, the viewers’ interest in whales naturally grows.
In Disney Nature’s “Dolphin Reef” (2018), which is a nature documentary about whales that took more than 5 years to produce, you can see many whale species, such as humpback whales and killer whales, and other colorful ‘citizens’ in the sea, such as turtles, octopuses, and sharks. Actress Natalie Portman, the female lead of “Thor”, appeared as the narrator for this film. Like an animation, the story of sea nature unfolds in an exciting and emotional way.
The world in the sea reflected through the camera is really mysterious. Various individuals live in harmony with each other in a wide colony of colorful reefs. However, the documentary not only shows the beautiful side. The natural food chain also exists in the sea. Some big species eat smaller ones and some get eaten. Whales were not all the same. The killer whale, known as a predator in the sea, attacks a baby humpback whale on its mother’s back. Dolphins are also targeted unless they go in groups.
The sea, though, is still beautiful. From small lobsters to whales and sharks, they all live together. A colony of coral reefs, where numerous species form a complex ecosystem, is like a huge city. Although the species are different from each other, they combine to create a beautiful landscape. This is why Woo Young-woo likes whales.
In the sea ecosystem, whales are alienated and unfamiliar with other species in some ways. Unlike other fishes, whales do not lay eggs but give birth to babies. They have no gills, so they often have to come up to the water surface to inhale and exhale oxygen. Nevertheless, they live harmoniously with numerous other individuals despite being extraordinary, sensitive, weird, and out of common sense. In a word, wouldn’t the society where we live become more beautiful if “extraordinary” people like lawyer Woo Young-woo can live harmoniously with others?