Literally – that is the only thing I wanted to say to you all – “Are you guys watching Kingdom on Netflix?” Thanks for coming. OK, since you’re here, maybe I ought to explain the premise?

Basically, Kingdom is a Korean Netflix show released on January 25th, directed by Kim Seong-hun. And it’s adapted from a web comic series called The Kingdom of the Gods. The premise is intriguing. Basically, set in Korea’s medieval period, it tells about the King’s son, who is dodging political mayhem due to the fact that the King is either ill, missing, dead, or undead? That last bit is where the show got my attention. Apparently, the show is a zombie movie set in and amongst the palace intrigue of this gorgeous backdrop of Korea’s history. So apparently the Prince needs to stop the spread of the “illness.” Filled with coup attempts and arcane palatial intrigue, and inbred with the idea of zombies, and you basically get the idea of what Kingdom is.

But here’s the glitch. I don’t enjoy serials, generally speaking. Yes, there are exceptions to every rule. But, generally, it feels like most shows take so long to pay off that it isn’t worth it. I have to say though, I’m almost done with season 2 now of Counterpart – did you guys watch that? Really cool show. Or maybe the show Dark is more your thing? Or maybe Peaky Blinders? Or Taboo? Totally dug those shows hardcore. But really, I digress. Because my main point for hassling with this write up, is to just to find out if you guys have watched Kingdom or not? Ep1 didn’t hold my attention long enough to find out whether or not I’d like it. It was filled with starving peasants, a scrum for the throne, and other intrigues. But ZOMBIES! Gah! Show me the zombies!

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  1. Lisa

    Just added to my ever growing list of things I want to watch! Counterpart was an amazing show. I just finished the show finale and was very satisfied. I’m sad it won’t be back but it’s better to end on a high note than to drag out a story to where the writing gets not so great anymore. Taboo was an amazing show as well and I can’t wait for the next season in the new world! I saw Dark awhile back and enjoyed that as well but I haven’t seen Peaky Blinders so it seems there’s another to add to my never ending list!

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  2. Lisa

    I just started Peaky Blinders last night and am hooked. No worries on the spoilers on Counterpart. I would never do that to someone.

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  3. eli

    If you enjoyed Kingdom, the writer’s masterpiece is a great “time travel” series called Signal. If I remember correctly she was working on it for 7 years. It’s like that film and tv show series Frequecny but with more complicated mechanics which up until Russian Doll, I don’t think I have seen used. Two people trapped in a time loop, specifically, like the end of Russian Doll hence the comparison with Frequency but like in Arq, they don’t remember anything when it reset. Though how the time loops overlap gives them the key to break out and solve why they are trapped in a time loop.

    This was a mega hit in Korea in 2016 which catapulted her to be noticed by Netflix and other Western productions.

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