K-Drama Review: “Kingdom Season 2” Relentlessly Rippled A Prince Persistence To Protect His Nation
Offering a fast-paced chilling story, Kingdom Season 2 made sure that its followers get what they signed up and waited for
For viewers infected by the addicting story of Kingdom 2, the mind-blowing pursuit to quell the plague is undoubtedly gratifying. Ultimately, locking your heart to stock up more patience while waiting for its next season.
Title: Kingdom 2
Theme: Thriller, Drama
Length: 6 episodes
Broadcast Date: 13 March 2020
Main Leads: Ju Ji Hoon | Bae Doona | Ryu Seung Ryeong | Kim Sung Kyu
Highlights: Thrilling and Fast-Paced Narrative | Engrossing Good vs Evil theme
Related Dramas: Kingdom
Prince Chang’s Heroic Journey
Leading the pact of heroes to root for in Kingdom Season 2 is Prince Chang, portrayed by Ju Ji Hoon. Providing a convincing texture to the main hero’s life, his character valiantly believes in the idea that any deplorable situation can be remedied.
Fortunately for the lead protagonist, he has a team of intelligent and competent people who perfectly executes his attack and counter-attacks. Conclusively leading them to a hardly-fought victory.
Showing mercy does not appear to be the series’ dominant quality. Therefore, witnessing the heroes frequently cornered by the evil ploys of the villains established connection to the viewers to cheer that their virtual world would get better.
Efficient Depiction of Villains
Having a healthy dose of plans to make everything hopeless for the protagonists, the vile father-daughter tandem maneuvered their roles to textbook villains devoid of any kind emotion. There was no conscience to cavil for them, only a disheartening goal to satiate their seemingly ravenous greed.
Obsessed to keep the seat of power, Cho Hak-ju carefully worked on a premeditated plan of ousting the legitimate royal family. Cruel to the hilt, his foresight does not include what will not be beneficial to him. In the end, he got a serving of his own medicine as his daughter used the same conviction on him.
Notably, the strikingly annoying performance of the Queen fortified the energy of the series. It heightened the expectation to accomplish a redemption that befits all those arduous and painful moments for the emotionally and physically battered prince.
High-octane zombie-vanquishing scenes
Smartly framed, the story seethes with overwhelming intensity. The kind that would make the viewer at the edge of his seat. Feeling compelled to virtually enter Netflix screen and help the heroes subdue the infected monsters is also inevitable.
The thrill blending to its narration is a formula that Kingdom Season 2 has perfectly brewed. Just like its fictional conflict premise, the moment you invest in the story, there will be no turning back as you will be consumed to join the heroes all the way.
Every sword slashed, every drop of blood spilled – reverberate the whole picture and the agonizing journey Prince Chang had to bear. Because a moment of indecisiveness can endanger the little manpower aiding him on his conquest.
From the frantic Unpo wetfield fight scene to the climactic palace battle scene, a pandemonium of riveting moments were captured in the fluid movement of the story.
Gripping outwitting games
An equally matched contention between the heroes and villains drive the efficient storytelling of Kingdom Season 2. Marked by formidable antagonists with quenchless greed and quick-witted heroes who pursue what’s right; the pendulum swings in the series were in a constant high.
In the villains’ camp, the Haewon-Cho clan stakes their all by mindlessly unleashing a virus to set their sinister plans in motion. Even at the expense of increasing the death toll caused by the infected citizens. At the other side, Prince Chang exhausted his smarts with a culminating move that ultimately subjugated a scary army of monsters that almost killed him and his allies.
It was an exhausting watch in a satisfying way. At the end of it all, the main hero managed to suceed. After all the sacrifices, the lives lost and the harrowing choices; the outbreak dissipated for the kingdom to recover. And that’s all that matters.
Watching Kingdom Season 2 interestingly makes you physically drained. It feels like all the chasing and running between the heroes and zombies transcended from the fictional Joseon world of Prince Chang straight to my body.
Considering a binge-watch is highly-recommended, but if you are faint-hearted you might want to watch at your own tempo.
What I love about Kingdom Season 2 is how its ingenious plot densified the smartly portrayed characters. That epic lure-the-zombies scene was definitely a crowning moment in a narrative which ceaselessly kept its momentum on a riveting high.
Intelligently-written, I appreciate how the thrill-providing-zombies are evolving and appeared to have kept a little IQ left to terrorize the heroes. That made them on equal footing with the nimble-minded heroes. Thus, creating a balanced flow in the fierce feud which has been the moving power of the series.
Given its antiquated setting, you can’t help but admire the characters in utilizing the resources available to outsmart each other. At the same time, it made use of simple story-telling. Even with a relatively dialogue-heavy plot, it was easy to immerse in the series.
Prince Chang’s decision to let go of the throne to continue the quest of finding the cryptic truth about the resurrection plant speaks about his pure patriotic love. Experiencing the excruciating hell brought by the scourge, and the fact that it is not completely eliminated pushed him to be non-complacent that it could happen again.
The waning scene forebodes that Prince Chang’s perturbation might come true. Whether he will pay for the choice he made to keep the baby alive is the question we hope to see in the next season of Kingdom.
Kingdom Season 2 is streamed on Netflix.
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