Kingdom (2019– )
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Episode #1.6 

Cho Hak Joo has chilling words for the Queen, who's hiding a sinister secret. Prince Chang orders Sangju's defenses, but Seo Bi senses something awry. (Source: Netflix)

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Seong-hun Kim

Writer:

Eun-hee Kim
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Episode credited cast:
Ji-Hoon Ju ... Crown Prince Lee Chang (as Ji-hun Ju)
Seung-ryong Ryu ... Cho Hak Joo
Doona Bae ... Seo Bi
Kim Sungkyu ... Young Shin
Sang-ho Kim ... Moo Young
Hye-Jun Kim ... Queen Consort Cho
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joon-ho Huh ... Ahn Hyun (as Jun-ho Heo)
Seok-won Jeong Seok-won Jeong ... Cho Beom Il
Seon-kyu Jin Seon-kyu Jin ... Deok Sung
Suk-Tae Joo Suk-Tae Joo ... Lee Do Jin
Suk-ho Jun ... Cho Beom Pal
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Cho Hak Joo has chilling words for the Queen, who's hiding a sinister secret. Prince Chang orders Sangju's defenses, but Seo Bi senses something awry. (Source: Netflix)

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S1: Great on style, okay on narrative, light on substance. But a very unique and engaging idea for a familiar concept
28 January 2019 | by philipposx-12290See all my reviews

Netflix Kingdom is like a lot of Netflix shows. It has huge production value, more so than most of Netflix shows. The costume design, the practical effects and VFX for the zombies, all the details in Korean culture, the landscapes, the different colors et cetera. They all really feel like the show is taking you into that certain time.

The first 6 episodes were also really good in action, when delivering so. Also the last episode had some really slithering tension and really great built up, leading to a cliff hanger. Don't really know what to think of that, but I'll take it for now.

But it also falls for the same tropes of many Netflix original shows. First, it has some pacing issues. The 3 & 4th episode in particular feel practically only like retelling the second episode and in all these 3 episode the only thing happening is actually zombies killing people in villages. That leads to a dragging narrative for quite some time.

The other flaw I had with it where the lacking characterization of many characters. While it looked gorgeous on the surface, the substance wasn't always there to back up. It certainly touched on themes like royalty, treason & honor, but it never gave its 3-4 characters at center much time to fully come to life.

The acting & humor is very Asian-like, so you'd have to be prepared for some of these jokes, as the performances are very much like one would expect from a Korean production. But that's not really a flaw if you have your expectations.

If you really don't care about much substance, or explained depth narrative than the show is absolutely perfect. It's zombie action, put into a unique setting, with unique ideas and themes. I'm probably gonna check the second season out, so I'm curios what they are going to do after that cliffhanger.


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South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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