The Glory – Part Two
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Melodrama
Origin: South Korea
Air-date: Mar 10, 2023
Starring: Song Hye Kyo as Moon Dong Eun, Lee Do Hyun as Joo Yeo Jung, Im Ji Yeon as Park Yeon Jin, Yeom Hye Ran as Kang Hyun Nam, Park Sung Hoon as Jeon Jae Joon, Jung Sung Il as Ha Do Young
Well, well, well.. We are back with Part Two (2) of The Glory. Which is actually just the remaining eight (8) episodes of this sixteen (16) episode drama that they cut in half. Yeah I’m bitter! Stupid Netflix and this foolishness that they’re doing by splitting seasons. The hatred that I have for Netflix’s distribution of Korean Dramas will be unmatched. That is why I forever judge Kdrama watchers that only ever talk about Netflix Kdramas too. Yeah I said it. Who gonna fight me? Anyway, moving on.
The biggest question is am I satisfied with the way this show ended? Yes. This show did what it had to do. We got our revenge meals and they were quite satisfactory. I loved that no one was spared. The storyline worked so well and was so beautifully woven that I couldn’t help but feel the true depth of emotions while watching this. Yes, I, Sugar Baby Unnie, shed a tear or two during the truly emotional moments. I don’t think I will think about the Spring in the same way ever again. I think what I especially enjoyed about this show was that there was no need to humanize our villains. I enjoyed the unhinged behavior more than anything. All the stalking, the cheating, the lies! The delusional habits. The backstabbing. It was just so satisfying watching how the rich can turn on each other in the blink of an eye.
What I really loved about this drama was the acting. Everyone was perfect for their role but the scene stealer was Im Ji Yeon. I am sorry but that woman acted down. I was shook. Panicking. Wondering if I had some kind of kink because the way I fell in love with her. I loathed Yeon Jin and yet I still was so thoroughly impressed. Already spoke about it during my part one review but man we gotta give this woman her flowers. I also really enjoyed Do Hyun in this role because we got to see the depth in which he can give a character. He did a really good job at playing this young man who is seemingly bright but layered with so much trauma deep within. It was why I cried when his mother pleaded to Dong Eun because I truly got the desperation.
Now is the time for me to be a hater.. Apologies to you all, but everyone saying that Song Hye Kyo has beaten the “no chemistry” allegations are wrong. Unless you are referring to her chemistry with Jung Sung Il in which case, I do agree. Now don’t get me wrong, I think the love story here made sense and was extremely well written. I loved a lot of the dialogue and the delivery of the lines were great. However, I still only felt a comfortable/platonic chemistry with Song Hye Kyo and Lee Do Hyun. The kiss scenes did nothing for me nor did the love confession. Granted this type of show doesn’t need an explosive chemistry, but I can’t help the way I feel.
Overall, I won’t be thinking about romance when I think of this drama. I will be thinking of the stellar performances, the cinematography and the excellent writing that occured. I 100% recommend this drama because it is so enthralling and very captivating. I would also rewatch this in a heartbeat. Yes, this isn’t an unique story in any way, but the performances really pulled this through.
Rewatch Value: 8/10