Ahoy me mateys Captain Cats here, and today I’m going to be reviewing the first must-see series of 2019, and that series is Netflix’s Kingdom.
The series is based on a webcomic series called The Kingdom of the Gods which was written by Kim Eun-hee and drawn by Yang Kyung-il. The series is set during the Joseon period from 1392-1897 and to drop a little Easter egg the central date of this series is during the Japanese invasion of Korea, which is 1592-1598. The main plot of the series is that the crown prince of Korea goes on a dangerous and deadly mission to find out the truth of a plague that is spreading quickly, while at the same time dealing with being entangled in a conspiracy.
This series is a breath of fresh air in the horror genre. The zombies in this series and the era that this series is taking place fit well with one another. Unlike the walking dead, George A. Romero’s dead film series and so on, this setting feels different but in a good way. The zombies themselves feel out of place, but in a good way, due to how would people at that time would react to a zombie outbreak. Throughout the six-episode season, we see how they fair and also the subplot as well, which I won’t spoil but its a very good subplot. Many people will compare it to Game of Thrones, but don’t compare it to that show because they are both two very different series.
Ju Ji-hoon is at his best as the crown prince, with Ryu Seung-ryong, Bae Doo-na, and Kim Sung-gyu playing as Jo Hak-jo, Seo-bi and Yeong-shin respectively bring these characters to life and the world around it as well. Director Kim Seong-hun of A Hard Day fame did a phenomenal job with how the series looks like, the flow and setting.
If you take the time and watch this series and want to see more, don’t worry as of February of this year, production for season two will begin.