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[Netflix Review] Kingdom Season 2 (2020) ★★★★★

Chang, Yeon-sin and the soldiers going to battle in Kingdom season 2

Kingdom is an epic adventure full of zombies and schemes and heartbreaking moments.


The second season of Kingdom tells us more about the zombie virus, where it came from, how it can be cured. But the virus is also used as biological warfare. Resulting in a massacre and very thrilling scenes.

This season is filled with zombies, heartbreaking moments, and political schemes, twists, switching sides and more is revealed about sinister plans and previous mistakes for which some characters make amends in tragic scenes. It is going to be an epic ride, full of cunning tricks and smart tactics, some comic relief, tragedies and a lot of zombies. 

The second season consists of 6 episodes each with a duration of 36-52 minutes. It’s one long story while the mystery of the zombies unravels, schemes are uncovered and Chang takes on an epic battle to save his people. It is highly recommended to watch the series with its original Korean audio and with subtitles in your own language if possible. 


Plot

The first season ended with a nasty surprise for Chang and his men, when a horde of zombies is about to attack in full daylight. It’s not the sunlight they shunned away from, but the warm temperature, and winter is coming. While Chang has to save the people in Sangju, and take the fight to Cho Hak-ju, Seo-bi is searching for a cure. 

But there is a traitor amongst them. While the Queen has an evil scheme of her own, involving Mu-yeoung’s pregnant wife. Meanwhile Cho Beom-pal has to choose a side and Yeon-sin is a big asset to Chang’s epic battles to come. 


Why you should watch it

This season explains more about what happened tree years ago when Lord Ahn Hyeon successfully defeated the Japanese army, but as we all suspected this has everything to do with the Resurrection Plant and Cho Hak-ju. It was the starting point of biological warfare and the perilous situation the kingdom is in at the moment. It also explains more about the Resurrection Plant itself and it has a little unexpected twist. 

Like the first season it all looks great. The settings, the art decoration, the clothing, the atmosphere is all very tangible and takes you straight to the Joseon era. Although a lot is explained through flashbacks, this second season also takes its time to tell the story properly, but doesn’t hold back when it comes to fight scenes and hordes of zombies rushing to the battlefield. 

Although the main characters are often separated from each other going on different missions, they still keep connected to each other due to the storytelling. They are the center of the story, and everything else evolves around them, making each of them or some of them a part of what is happening either on the scheme side or on the zombie side of the storyline. This way the story is very balanced and feels very connected.

Though it is less gruesome than the first season and focuses more on the story, it is certainly much more moving and a heavy emotional ride. 

This season has more sentiment, more emotional drama and heartbreaking moments that are fully utilized. There is also a lot of room for political schemes, and it is shown how these schemes came to be and how they effect the kingdom and are an important element of this season.

But there is also a lot of room for the zombies. They’re scary, they’re fast and resurrect quickly after being bitten. The first episodes and last episodes focus fully on the zombie attacks and the cinematography and choreography of the fighting and battling are excellent and epic.

It’s very thrilling and suspenseful and the question is whether every main character we come to love will survive. Especially the last massacre and battle is epic. While everybody is dressed in mourning white, their garments become smeared and drenched in blood, giving it a frightful and bloody sight. 

This season everybody has a chance to grow or to make amends. Chang’s decisions and actions prove him to be a great king. Seo-bi is fighting for her survival, but she is also adamant to find a cure. Yeon-sin is a tiger warrior and has great fighting skills, is smart and he is a great asset to Chang. But we find out more about what happened to the little village which he left to fight in the war and who was responsible for that massacre. This causes a horrifying reveal and makes Yeon-sin an even better man. 

Mu-yeong brings a heartbreaking moment while Cho Beom-pal brings in the comic relief. Almost every scene he’s in, he’s the fun factor. He still is a coward, but he is trying to be brave and doing the right thing, but it’s not always easy. He’s the most human character for his faults and it shows how much he has grown due to this whole epic ordeal. 


My favorite part

The last episodes are epic as hell. The cunning plan Chang comes up with, is brave and bold, the cinematography, the shots, the epic fighting scenes, the zombies dressed in white but stained red, drenched in blood makes it even more epic. It’s a very thrilling episode, with heroic actions, smart tactics, and edge of your seat moments. 

Although it seems that the story has come to an end, there are also some loose ends, some new discoveries, some cliffhanger moments, and a mysterious woman who shows up at the last second. So the epic fight might be over, new fights and battles are about to begin. It certainly demands a third season and this series has definitely the potential to let the Kingdom universe grow and to make even bigger stories, with a lot of new storylines. 


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★★

Epic factor: ★★★★★

Thrill factor: ★★★★☆

Gruesome factor: ★★★☆☆ 

Entertainment factor: ★★★★★


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Cast and crew

Kingdom is based on the webcomic series The Kingdom/Land of the Gods written by Kim Eun-hee and drawn by Yang Kyung-il. The series is directed by Kim Seong-hun and written by Kim Eun-hee. It stars Greg Chun (Chang), Sang-ho Kim (Mu-yeong), Doona Bae (Seo-bi), Kim Sungkyu (Yeon-sin), Suk-ho Jun (Cho Beom-pal), Ryu Seung-ryong (Cho Hak-ju) and Hye-Jun Kim (Queen).

Production company: AStory. Original network: Netflix. 


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