Like zombies? Then this one is for you.
Kingdom is a Netflix original series about Joseon zombie apocalypse that started airing on January 25, 2019. Set immediately after the death of a King, a strange plague sweeps through the country, causing the King and dozens of others to rise from their graves and terrorize the country. The series follows the Crown Prince (Ju Ji-Hoon) as he tries to stop the outbreak, and then simply survive it. Seo Bi (Bae Doona) as a nurse, tried to warn everyone as she noticed the dead coming to life. The series was written by Kim Eun-Hee (Signal) and directed by Kim Seong-Hun (The Tunnel).
I’ve been waiting for Kingdom since Bae Doona announced her next project after Secret Forest. I mean, a zombie apocalypse featuring such a talented actress, written by one of my favorite scriptwriters? Finally, a premium content we all deserve so please sign me up.
The first episode starts off slow as it tries to give some explanation about what happened in the palace. There’s a notice written in Chinese on a billboard, claiming the king of Joseon is dead and the crown prince should be crowned immediately as the new king. However, inside the palace, the king is known to be severely sick and has been secretly treated for the past 10 days. No one was allowed to visit the king, not even the crown prince himself. Late at night, the crown prince sneaked out to visit his father, wanting to know the truth. But instead of his own father, he encountered the silhouette of a beastly monster.
As you see, Kingdom is not just a typical zombie drama. It contains a political conspiracy regarding the throne which makes the story feels so fresh and engaging. Every character has a background story and left you wondering what this character knows or what evil schemes they might be up to.
Season one is only six episodes though, but I prefer a short series with a fast pace rather than a long one with a much slower pace. Every episode will put you on the edge of your seat right from the beginning; it was full of suspense, twists, and action-packed. Their storyline is awesome with top-notch cinematography. Every scene seems legit and the zombie they had on Kingdom are much harder to control. They had a fast-runners zombie and if someone gets bitten, they’ll transform into a zombie no more than ten seconds. Which is pretty scary.
Conclusion, Kingdom is an enjoyable series to watch. One of Netflix’s great new shows for 2019 and I’d give 4.5/5! Can’t wait for Season Two!
Go watch it and don’t forget to check out Secret Forest aka Stranger after that lol