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The Glory Season 1 Review – a solid, sometimes uncomfortable revenge drama

December 31, 2022

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This review of Netflix k-drama series The Glory Season 1 contains no spoilers.

An eye for an eye blinds the whole world, or so Gandhi would have said, but try saying that to the victims of bullying – especially the kind of intense, relentless bullying you see so often in movies and television. It’s never easy to watch a story about this, about someone being needlessly and cruelly tormented, but it’s important that we do so to understand how common it is in our own reality. For someone like that, revenge is not just an option, but an imperative. For Moon Dong-eunthe protagonist of the short story netflix k-drama GloryIt’s a lifestyle.

Glory Season 1 Review and Plot Summary

The other difficulty in a story like this is making sure you understand the victim’s point of view, even years later. Dong-eun does not pursue his former tyrants by accident; she devoted her entire life to the cause, obsessively following their lives and planning how to ruin them. She openly plans to kill. Forgiveness is never considered. To be bought, the brutality of his torments during his school years is exposed in detail and at length, making long stretches of Glory an unpleasant watch.

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These early events are displayed in flashbacks, with the narrative steadily shifting from the past to the present. Dong-eun’s story is really nothing special. She was chosen for being poor and her lack of social and family support made her helpless. So does the socio-economic status of his bullies, all over-privileged children of wealthy, pampered people who could guarantee that their children never face punishment for their actions. Even when Dong-eun surrendered to the police and the school faculty, she was ignored. The children also knew she would be, encouraging them to behave with impunity. Not to be utterly defeated, Dong-eun focused on her education and career, but the physical and emotional scars constantly reminded her that any potential justice should be served on her own terms.

And so, we have a show. Most of these eight episodes – the first part of a split season – are framed by an adult Dong-eun finally confronting the leader of the gang that made her life so miserable, Park Yeonjin, and telling him the story. Through this, the audience gets a narrative that fills in some narrative gaps and gives us an excuse to jump back and forth in time. Yeon-jin in the past is deeply awful, and the current version, now moderately famous and successful but also married and a mother, is no better. Lim Ji Yeon plays it convincingly, so mischievously.

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It is hye kyo song like Dong-eun who really impresses as an image of quiet determination and anger. She is alternately sympathetic and slightly terrifying as the belief that she is justified in her actions is so evident. The script asks a lot of her, and she delivers it, deftly carrying the action of Part 1 on her shoulders.

Is Glory good?

Do things ever slip into the realm of melodrama? Yes of course. And, as mentioned above, the focus on the nasty torment of school-aged children can become exhausting, easy and obvious form of drama. But, as also mentioned, these things really do happen and these feelings do show up. This way, at least, Glory is a somewhat cathartic exercise in pulling yourself together, even if its morality can be questionable at times, and its drama sometimes overdone.

What did you think of season 1 of The Glory? Comments below.

You can watch this series with a Netflix subscription.

Further reading:

  • Glory Part 1 ending explained.
  • When Glory Will Part 2 be on Netflix?

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