I’ve watched this Korean drama this past month and into the first week of October…well I rewatched Part One and Part Two… very slowly…especially since two episodes every week Part three was finally being released! And of course, I re-watched those same episodes from Part Three, episodes 13-18 straight as a refresher…so I can work well on Part Three’s review. So, you can say I was slightly behind schedule on posting this review because of that…. But on the bright side, I was able to touch this up a little bit more… To make sure I gave all of my thoughts on this…especially since this will be my first Korean drama review for this month!!! Hehe… Woohoo!!
Disclaimer: Pictures of the show, cast are not mine. And just add, info on the cast I got from Wikipedia, MyDramaList and Asian wiki.✌️ By the way, just to sneak in, you can find this Korean drama on NETFLIX!
Woohoo! Thank you, Netflix!!!
Anyways been a long time coming and finally presenting…
Arthdal Chronicles: Part Three Korean Drama Review
First off… please don’t take what I say seriously… just with a grain of salt, like with music. I do not have a professional degree in film, literature and television… Not at all…nada zilch degree. But I love movies books and tv shows, most especially if they capture my interest somehow. Despite the lack of degree on this area, I will still do this review as a TV show lover and a TV drama…. And just to clarify too, sorry if at some points I might run on with my words or have any grammatical errors… but I will definitely be honest about my thoughts and feelings in this review.
Just to add…as I mentioned before in my last two reviews for Arthdal Chronicles…. In accordance to articles online…Arthdal Chronicles is divided into 3 parts…1-6; 7-12 and 13-18 episodes! Also, part one and two was be release at the same time. By the way, I recently learned that Part 1 is called “Children of Prophecy”, Part 2 is “Turning Sky, Rising Ground’, and Part 3 is “Arth, The Prelude to All Legends.”
Anyways this review is going to focused on Part 3, episodes 13-18, “Arth, The Prelude to All Legends.” Viewers will finally be able to watch Part 3 completely this month, cause all the episodes by now have finally been released! Part 3, was btw was released last month September 7. Woohoo!! Although a bit on the Hmmm side cause I really hope there will be a second season in the future…but it sounds like the chances of that is 50 / 50… will expound more later…
Moving on… I will first talk about the cast Song Joong Ki, Kim Ji Won, Jang Dong-gun and Kim Ok-vin! This is more of a repeat of Part One and Part Two’s introductory of the cast members but here is goes…
Song Joong Ki is a popular South Korean actor who rose to fame in 2010 in the historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal and was one of the original cast members of popular variety show Running Man. Then in 2012, he played his first TV leading role in melodrama The Innocent Man and starred in featured films with the most notable one as the title character of 2012 box office hit A Werewolf Boy. Then after completing his mandatory military service, he took the lead role in pan-Asia hit drama Descendants of the Sun which cemented his status as top Hallyu star!
In Arthdal Chronicles, Song Joong-ki plays the dual role of Eun-seom and Saya. Twin brothers who have been separated at birth and according to the old Arthdal prophecy “The child born on the day when the blue comet appears will bring calamity.” The brothers are offspring of a relationship considered unacceptable in Arthdal. They are mixed race of Saram also known as human and Neanthal. I will talk about more of the two characters he plays later.
Kim Ji-won is a popular South Korean actress who entered the entertainment industry appearing in commercials, and was known as the Oran C Girl and the Lollipop Girl. She then made her acting debut in 2008 in drama Mrs. Saigon. She first gained attention in the 2011 sitcom High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged which led to her being cast in her first major television role in the musical What’s Up and film debut in Romantic Heaven. She also starred in high school drama To The Beautiful You and horror film Horror Stories. Her breakthrough role came when she co-starred in teen drama Heirs which won her the New Star Awards at the SBS Drama Awards. Which led her to her role in crime thriller Gap-dong and web series One Sunny Day. Which lead her to her 2017 role as an army surgeon is pan-Asia hit drama Descendants of the Sun which brought her even further recognition outside of Korea. Thus in 2017, she got her first leading role in romance sports drama Fight for My Way which solidified her status as a leading actress. And her latest drama, Arthdal Chronicles, is currently playing on Netflix and which this review is for.
In Arthdal Chronicles, Kim Jiwon plays Tan-ya. The anointed successor of the next Great Spiritual Mother of the Wahan and the prophesized child of the blue comet. Born on the same day as Eun-seom and Saya but in the Wahan prophesy, it says that “The one who will break the shell will arrive on the day of the blue comet, accompanied by death. Wahan will ceased to be Wahan.” Tan-ya is the love interest of both Eun-seom and Saya, but is in love with and the childhood friend of Eun-seom.
Jang Dong-gun is a popular South Korean actor. He is considered as one of the highest-paid actors and celebrity endorsers in Korea. He also topped consistently in surveys by industry insiders and most bankable stars. He is best known for his leading roles in films like 2001’s Friend and 2004’s Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War. He starred in several films and dramas since then… such as the tv drama A Gentleman’s Dignity, Dangerous Liaisons, Suits, a several part historical period zombie action film Rampant which is currently on Netflix and which I will also make a review of as well. And his latest…Arthdal Chronicles that is released this year on Netflix which I am currently and will be doing a three-part review of.
In Arthdal Chronicles, Jang Dong-gun plays Tagon, who is the first son of San-ung, the leader of the Arthdal Union. Anyways Tagon, blessed with both intelligence and physicality, making him a genius strategist and warrior. He is also the head of the Daekan troops. He is the hero whose war strategy helped the Arthdal Union triumph over the Neanthals in the Great War. With every triumph, his reputation rises and as it does, so does his father’s wariness of him. Also no one, but Sanpung, Eun-seom and Tae Al-ha knows that Ta-gon is an Igutu, mixed blood of human and Neanthal.
Kim Ok-vin is a South Korean actress. She made her debut in online beauty contest in 2004 and began her acting career with a role in the 2005 film Voice. She appeared in numerous projects including the tv series Over the Rainbow, 2011’s Poseidon, 2013’s The Blade and Petal, most recent 2019’s Arthdal Chronicles and films like Dasepo Naughty Girls and the The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan, 2017’s The Villaness, the Discloser. She also received several award nominations, including winning Best Actress in 2009 Sitges Film Festivals for her role in Thirst. She is also know to be well trained in martial arts as a child, attained third dan in Hapkido and second dan in Taekwondo. Practices muay thai and boxing well having various other interest. It is also known that she has a IQ of 141 and is ambidextrous.
In Arthdal Chronicles, Kim Ok-vin plays Tae Al-ha. Tae Al-ha is the daughter of the Hae Tribe Chief, Mi-hol, who is a scientist, warrior and ambitious politician. Because of his ambitious cruel father, Tae Al-ha learned at a young age, that if you do not become strong, you die. If you cannot be a strong person, you must stand on the side of strong person. And correct judgement about who is strong matters most. Unlike, the rest of her tribe, she is most interested in power and in Tagon, although both had an agreement if their lives are in danger they can let eachother go with no regrets especially she because a femme fatale spy for family at a young age while Tagon if revealed as the feared surviving Igutu, he will be damned.
Now…I will move on to the summary recap of PART THREE of ARTHDAL CHRONICLES…
In Part Three, Episodes 13 – 18 of Arthdal Chronicles… also turned out to be called “Arth, The Prelude to All Legends”… it begins at the slight recap where Part two “Turning Sky, Rising Ground” ends with Tanya and Taealha during their judgement at the spiritual court and Tanya must find the bell of Asa Sin to prove her lineage. At the court, Tanya is finally able to do the dance that she was having trouble doing from Part One “Children of Prophecy” and at the end of her dance she was able to find the bell of Asa Sin, proving she is indeed the true direct descendant of Asa Sin. Meanwhile, Eunseom rising for the underground mine tunnel while pretending to be dead as part of his plan for escape with the rest of his fellow slave miners at Doldambul slave mines.
After that slight recap, Part 3 “Arth, The Prelude to All Legends” begins with Tanya after proving she is indeed the true direct descendant of Asa Sin by finding the bell… Tanya then proclaims as part of her agreement with Tagon and Taealha that if she indeed finds the bell, to say to the spiritual court that Tagon is indeed the second coming of Aramun, thus leading to both her and Tagon to be hailed and accepted happily respectively as the true direct descendent of Asa Sin and the second coming of Aramun. This leads to a whole new ball game of intrigues, betrayals, major changes, attempted assassinations and coups.
As for Eunseom, despite some causalities, he is able to escape along with a couple of slaves. While being pursued the captors they’ve escaped from, Eunseom and he fellow slave then embarks on finding Sateunik’s wife… in order to let her his death as Eunseom’s promise to him before he passed away. This is where the next part of Eunseom’s journey begins…where he meets the person that will aid to him being called and revered as something else…
I will just leave the recap up to here so I won’t spoil too much!
Finally, I will talk about thoughts and overall review on PART THREE of ARTHDAL CHRONICLES…
First and foremost… even though it is repeated from my previous two Arthdal reviews, I feel like I must give my thoughts once again on Arthdal Chronicles is allegedly the copycat of Game of Thrones. And once again like I’ve explained before in the Part One as well as Part Two of the review of this show…I will say once again in this review too, that right of the bat. No! It is not! That accusation is too much of a stretch in my opinion. And like I said before… Don’t get me wrong, slightly off topic but it does have to do with my review hehe peace…yes! I like Game of Thrones but I want to mention unlike people mentioning that this show is a copycat of Game of Thrones…it is NOT! I will once again repeat myself here in this Part Two review but anyways…as far as similarities it can go I will say it is more towards the costumes and cinematography, and GOT fans saying Arthdal Chronicles is a copycat…that is a stretch! Yes, this is an ancient times drama and power play is involved in the story but even the story and/or plotline is different. Also, unlike GOT, there are no dragons and no White Walkers and no Children of the Forest. There is a Children of the Shahati in Arthdal Chronicles but unlike the Children of the Forest in GOT, in Arthdal those children are assassins, they basically do the bidding of the White Mountain Tribe in the name of their god Isodunyong. In GOT, there are wolves but they are real ones. While is Arthdal Chronicles, there is one wolf but an apparition of a figure spiritual body or the spiritual apparition of the Arthdal people’s founding god. Another is also, in GOT, there is a clairvoyant aka the Third Eye Raven who has psychic abilities and basically sees all and GOT has the Priestess Melisandre who is a shadow binder, cast glamour and manipulate and have prophetic visions by looking into the fire. While in Arthdal Chronicles has a Priestess, who must be able to dream to be the spiritual mother and also the priest particularly from the White Mountain Tribe who deal with religious rites and ceremonies and can communicate the wills of God from reading and looking through a special and spiritual flames of the undying fire. Anyways, I will not expound too much anymore so I won’t spoil anything.
In Part Three of Arthdal Chronicles… I thought it was exciting! Just the “ending” I had mixed emotions, but more on the ending later…
Anyways, the third part 3 “Arth, The Prelude to All Legends”, I totally enjoyed seeing the development as well as changes in the characters’ personality. Like for instance, Taealha see is still a strong character but she softened a bit… Both Eunseom and Tanya despite being far apart from eachother…somehow they are kind of in-sync, they still hold true to their roots as a Wayan and to their principles but they both became much stronger as individuals. Only difference is Tanya became much more on their toes with others because she is in Arthdal, while Eunseom still remains to have a level of faith in others. Tagon on the other hand, went from wanting to impress others and gain some acceptance and love from people towards not really caring anymore.
Although one thing I can say about the changes in some of the character’s personalities is that some dynamics between characters have changed. I will not explain this much. But if it makes you curious. Definitely go and check out this drama.
Another factor I’ve enjoyed in Part 3 “Arth, The Prelude to All Legends,” were all the new characters that appeared whether they are from the Momo Tribe, the Myu Tribe and the Ago Tribe.
I’ve also enjoyed that fact that more strong female characters started appearing in not only amongst the characters that showed up in Part 1 and Part 2 besides Taealha and Hae Tu-ak and even Tanya…Nunbyeol the Neanthal who grew up as Chaeun’s sister is added to the list….including one from the Momo Tribe and the other from the Myu Tribe.
Now on how I feel about Part 3…. Although I undeniable enjoyed the show I hid mixed emotions…
I had little “Awwww” moment…mixture of negative tone and excited….Part 3 ended with is an open ending and a major cliff-hanger, possibility making viewers kind of disappointed that it ended with more question and unresolved but excited with the possibility of that it with continue with a second season…. But I highly doubt that Arthdal will have a second season even though I heard it is doing well internationally especially since it available on Netflix… Arthdal’s ratings in South Korea aren’t high enough for the possibility of a 2nd season to happen. Especially since the main cast already gave their individual goodbyes and thank you speeches for the show already and they are in all in high demand it might be hard to get them all back together again to even have a 2nd season. But as an avid viewer of the show, and out of all the Asian shows I ever watched, this is a show my brother actually liked since it is so hard for him to get into Asian dramas….
As a fan of Arthdal, I could only hope sometime in the future someone picks of Arthdal and helps continue onto season 2. I did heard rumors though, that in Korea…just not on Netflix…the company that produced Arthdal released a cartoon video of what they had planned for the following season or seasons for the drama but because of the ratings in South Korea, they just released and cartoon video. But either way, I do hope someone picks this show up and continues it because it is a totally amazing story!
Anyways if you made it up to here… Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review of the Final Chapter, Part Three of Arthdal Chronicles…. Episode 13-18!!! Hopefully, this review builds your curiosity in checking out Arthdal Chronicles! You won’t be disappointed in checking Arthdal out.
And hopefully like me, you will become and fan of the drama and hope that the continue on with another season, cause it really made me hope and crave for more!
Btw if you haven’t checked it out yet, please check out my reviews of Part One episodes 1-6 & Part Two espisodes 7-12 of Arthdal Chronicles!
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