Thursday, February 21, 2019

Drama Queen Pick: Kingdom Season 1


10 days have passed since the King collapsed from an illness. Queen Jo (Kim Hye-Jun) and her father Chief State Councilor Jo Hak-Joo (Ryoo Seung-Ryong) have forbidden anyone else to see the King. Even his own son Crown Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-Hoon) is forbidden to see his father. In the meantime, Chief State Councilor Jo Hak-Joo rules Joseon with an iron fist, but rumors spread that the King is dead.

Crown Prince Lee Chang senses something sinister and sneaks into the King's palace. He sees a shadowy monster through a door and smells its foul stench, but he is discovered and escorted out of the palace. His guard Moo-Young (Kim Sang-Ho) steals the medical journal for the King. The journal is nearly empty, but lists the name of Physician Lee Seung-Hui (Kwon Bum-Taek). To find out what happened to the King, Crown Prince Lee Chang and Moo-Young travel to the Jiyulheon clinic in faraway Dongnae to see the physician. When they arrive, they discover that the clinic is in ruins and dead bodies are found under a building. Crown Prince Lee Chang and Moo-Young later learn that the only person to have survived the clinic is medical staff member Seo-Bi (Bae Doo-Na). When they finally find Seo-Bi, she tells the them that the dead they saw at the clinic are not dead and they will rise up soon to kill. (AsianWiki )

My thoughts: 

I happened to watch this drama on Netflix and I was immediately immersed in the drama. This season only features 6 episodes but the script was very well written. There were many scenes that felt very realistic with all the special effects and make up skills of these professionals. I enjoyed the fast pace of the plot and the twist in the drama. 

Kingdom consisted of a brilliant cast such as Ju Ji Hoon and Ryoo Seung Ryong. I like Ju Ji Hoon since Princess Hour, I am excited that he is playing a crown prince in this drama too. Although this was the third time he acted as a prince, I felt that he is still so charismatic and handsome. He became more charming every time I saw him onscreen. His acting skills had improved tremendously throughout the years.

Netflix had spent a lot of money investing in this film and this drama proved to be a major success in terms of viewership and critics. Do look out for the special effects and the exciting plot. If you have not watch this drama, I would highly recommend to you. 


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