The Glory Season 1 Review: Song Hye-Kyo’s Full Revenge Drama
“The Glory” Season 1 aired on Netflix at the end of December 2022 by presenting 8 episodes live. This series has been eagerly awaited because the script was written by Kim Eun-sook, who has never failed to work on famous dramas such as Secret Garden (2010), The Heirs (2013), and Mr. Sunshine (2018).
This series is the second collaboration between Kim Eun-sook and Song Hye-Kyo, having previously been involved in the quite phenomenal drama “Descendants of the Sun” (2016).
As if repeating the same success, “The Glory: Season 1” has also become a topic of discussion on social media, many people say they are waiting for “The Glory: Season 2” which is rumored to be broadcast on March 10, 2023.
The Glory: Season 1 Review
Momentum of Long-Holded Revenge
“The Glory: Season 1” tells about the life of Moon Dong-eun (Song Hye-Kyo), an elementary school teacher who has trauma in the past. In high school, he became one of the victims of bullying by his friends. He was physically injured to the point of causing permanent scars. Sadly, when he reported to the teacher, he didn’t get a safe room, instead he received the same treatment from the teacher who was supposed to protect him.
Teenage Moon Dong-eun (Jung Ji-so) then lived a hard life, she studied and worked with one big goal, namely to avenge Park Yeon-jin (Shin Ye-eun) and friends who bullied her in the past.
The series by director Ahn Gil-ho, who was successful with the project “Happiness” (2021) shows tensions that are made slowly. In his adult years, Moon Dong-eun approached his enemies in the past in a quite clever way. Like being an elementary school teacher, playing baduk, and getting close to the people closest to his enemies in a clever way.
In the first season, Kim Eun-sook was only seen giving the background story of Moon Dong-eun’s revenge and what big plans would be carried out in the next season.
Viewers are still curious about what else Moon Dong-eun can do with the help of Joo Yeo-Jeong (Lee Do-Hyun), a young doctor who volunteers to be the executor of his revenge on Park Yeon Jin and his friends.
The Glory: Season 1 Review
A series that is quite detailed in describing the characters of the characters
“The Glory: Season 1” is a thriller drama that connects bitter stories in the past with the adult states of the characters in the present. They were reunited under completely different circumstances, and Moon Dong-eun’s presence in the midst of the bullies became a nightmare for a group of friends whose perfect lives could be threatened at any time.
There is no character whose mentality changes drastically, Mon Dong-eun does have a brave attitude from the start. The difference is that in this life he is superior because he is ready physically, mentally, and materially to avenge him.
Park Yeon-jin and Park Sung-hoon (Jeon Jae-joon), who have been wealthy since childhood, have become more successful in their adult lives with their respective achievements. Unfortunately, their strange friendship and Park Sung-hoon’s color blindness have now become a wild ball that Moon Dong-eun can throw at any time to destroy both of them.
In the first season, there are still many puzzles that are spread out, but details such as the attitude of Park Yeon-jin’s husband, the mysterious Ha Do Young (Jung Sung-il), Joo Yeo-Jeong’s past which seems dark, and the whereabouts of Son Myeong- oh (Kim Gun-woo) became some big question marks that hope to be revealed in the next season.
Becomes Song Hye-Kyo’s Best Comeback Drama After “DOTS”
After the great success with the drama “Descendants of the Sun” (2016), Song Hye-Kyo has appeared several times in potential dramas such as “Encounter” (2018) and “Now, We Are Breaking Up” (2021). However, the two dramas were considered less successful in the market.
And in the end “The Glory” made Song Hye-Kyo’s name again discussed, this series also received quite a lot of attention, as evidenced by its rating which managed to occupy the top position on Netflix Indonesia, outperforming other series such as “Alchemy of Souls” (2022) and “Alice in Borderland” (2022) which airs at the same time.
In a video “Commentary & Reaction The Glory” which airs on YouTube Netflix, Writer Kim Eun-sook tells the character building process carried out by Song Hye-Kyo to play the character Monn Dong-eun who is a victim of bullying. For the totality of her role, Song Hye-Kyo admitted to going on a diet for two months to get a thin and pitiful appearance.
“The Glory: Season 1” is considered to have a complex storyline and features strong characters, the quality of the acting of all the players also received many positive comments fromviewer. The selection of the cast for their youth and adulthood is also considered very brilliant.
Several actors who play the same character have similar facial types, such as Song Hye-kyo and Jung Ji-so, Lim Ji-yeon and Shin Ye-eun, and Park Sung Hoon and Song Byeong-geun.
This eight-episode series can be one of the drama recommendations that can be watched in a marathon on weekends.