As I continue to see roughly 200 percent more Netflix than normal since it is not a fantastic idea to leave the home at the moment, I have just caught up on Kingdom season 2, the sequel season to some series I raved about annually, and had been expecting that a heap of episodes would be as good this time around.
Honestly, I think season 2 is much better.
While the spread of a disease ravaging a whole country might not be the sort of item you need to see at this time, the zombie plague of Kingdom, that concentrates on an epidemic of this unusual setting of 16th century Korea, makes for a phenomenal series nonetheless.
Between this show and Train to Busan, Korea has cemented itself as the premier creator of zombie content in today’s age, however many seasons of The Walking Dead AMC puts out.
We’re following the story of Crown Prince Lee Chang, the heir to the throne who has been deposed and framed for offenses by a rival clan hoping to capture power.
He is attempting to save the nation and depose his stepmother, Queen Consort Cho, that (season 1 spoilers) is faking a pregnancy by harvesting possible kids from local commoners so that she can feign a male child is her heir (the girls are lost and all the moms are killed).
Here’s what I enjoy about the show, and season 2. Spoilers follow.
It targets both on the history and science behind the outbreak, even if it’s all science-fiction and alt-history.
We learn about the way was initially used when it arrived in a last-ditch attempt to repel a Japanese invasion. The “great sign” of the elders was that they killed a village of sick commoners, and turned them into mindless zombies they unleashed on the Western.
It ended up contributing to the jolt down the street while they were saved by that in the short term.
Secondly, there’s a focus on some actual science here beyond”get little, chop off your arm and perhaps you’ll live” as we see in other zombie programs. The disorder is pretty elaborate.
Some worms hatch from eggs. But throughout the series, we learn that if you dip yourself the entire body will be fled by the worms till they reach the mind. This is used to save every character in the series at one point or another.
Finally, the end season 2 sets up is beautifully orchestrated, together with the prince stepping down to allow his”brother,” a toddler, to be king.
The secret which nobody understands but him is that the kid is truly the son was her own. He has to honor his friend and not have to unpleasantly murder a baby which can be raised for a king. Win-win.
But while the show does an expert job of wrapping up this storyline, future seasons that are prospective are teased by it as well. We learn that there’s a singular person accountable for going all across the country planting these flowers on function, which are beginning to make outbreaks in locations.
This season’s shot is the woman responsible for the outbreak, and also we do not know anything about her or her motives, a reason to tune into season 3.
All this is in addition to direction, acting, the elite writing and a few of the funniest zombies. Korea is a proponent of”fast zombies” that are far more fearsome and frightening compared to slow shamblers of the majority of Western zombie fiction.
If you like horror, zombies, Korean dramas or just quality television, I’d recommend both seasons of the Kingdom on Netflix right now. It’s one of the zombie tales in fiction and only 12 total episodes, and I have seen them all.