A terrorist group known as "Athena" and led by evil mastermind Son Hyuk threatens South Korea and the world. It is now up to special agent Lee Jung Woo of the National Security Agency to foil their terrifying conspiracy. Jo Soo Young, the daughter of the South Korean president, is kidnapped and hidden away in Italy. Jung Woo and his team are given the assignment to find her and bring her back.

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  • Jan 11, 2012 18 of 20 episodes seen
    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  7
    • Story  9
    • Acting/Cast  7
    • Music  8
    • Rewatch Value  5
    Well, the spinoff from Iris was not close to the original, why? Let me tell you!

    Story/Love plot - A forbidden love between two warring organizations? I have to say that this was a great idea. Although this was different from Iris, it made the drama extremely interesting. Whenever there were collisions from the opposing sides, the love story would blossom during the most intense parts of the drama. Well done from the directors part for portraying it as such and the writers for coming up with this idea. Now, the actual drama, pretty good. An easy to follow story line but still throws in twists and turns to keep viewers interested.
    Acting/Cast - Not as good as Iris, but the actors/actresses did their part. It
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  • Jun 11, 2012 20 of 20 episodes seen
    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  8
    • Story  7
    • Acting/Cast  8
    • Music  8
    • Rewatch Value  4
    CSW does dark so well....

    I gave "Athena" 8.5 stars due to the glorious cinematography (the N. Italy mountain region was awe-inspiring/a magnificent location) and because once again Cha Seung-Won's performance is mesmerizing. He's an outstanding physical Bad*ss and his voice... dark seduction. The action was good (not of John Woo's caliber of course, but acceptable) The so-called love story/no chemistry between Soo Ae and JWS, wasn't remotely believable and annoyingly boring. Like I wrote earlier, I watched it for CSW and rarely am I disappointed in his performances.
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  1. 1800 characters remaining Spoiler?
  • kit1186 Jan 17, 2014
    So happy Changmin stepped up his game.
  • lainiwaku Jan 3, 2014
    i watched iris, athena, then iris 2
    and i can say my favorite is athena !
  • Lily2PM Dec 7, 2013
    I really wanna watch it for Cha Seung Won. And I really don't want to watch it because of another actor x_x (no offense to the actor's fans whatsoever)
  • palak Oct 13, 2013
    i think i might watch this for cha seung won :)<3
  • T-O-Psexual Aug 23, 2013
    Oh my gosh I wish I watched this earlier omfg i finished it in one day, it's too amazing.

    I legit cried when Son Hyuk died, I knew he was supposed be kinda a bad guy but I became so attached to him and I felt that underneath all that he just cared about Hae In and that he was a good guy oh man i really wanted him to live T_T but at least he died on like...good terms with Hae In? If that could be considered good omfg
    • myrra Nov 10, 2013
      im decided to watch this drama but after episode 1 i accidentally click your spoiler... i read it,then im stop watching this... coz' ur spoiler make me sad huhu i really want to watch this b'coz of Cha Seung-Won give-up :(
  • animefayinc Jul 15, 2013
    This is definitely one drama that is overflowing with kpop idols O-O

    But I don't know if I want to watch it just because of that... :\
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  • rainbowfun Apr 16, 2013
    I saw the movie & liked it, should I watch the drama too?
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    • Yuri-PK Jun 1, 2013
      did you find the movie on MDL?
      I've just realised that I don't have it on my list and can't find it..does it have an alternative name on this site or something?

      And yeah. You should watch the drama too. Personally, I enjoyed every eps as they were out..and this year I rewatched it on TV and went through all those fellings and states of mind again^^ I think it's a good drama of its kind..
      1 ❤
    • Gwilthyunman Jun 2, 2013
      The movie? You mean IRIS: The Movie?
    • rainbowfun Jun 2, 2013
      @Yuri-PK I think it's not in the database here...
      1 ❤
    • Yuri-PK Jun 3, 2013
      nope..I mean ATHENA: Goddess of War The Movie from 2011
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    • Yuri-PK Jun 3, 2013
      @rainbowfun I think so too..:(..that's strange..I find here lots of commercial purpose dramas, or simply short dramas and I can't find this well-known movie=))
      + I would like it a lot if they had variety shows too:p
      Anyways, I still love MDL <3
  • Lily2PM Apr 5, 2013
    The only reason I'm thinking about giving this drama a try is to see Cha Seung Won as a bad guy. But the fact that Siwon is in the show is making think twice before actually watching it... (I know ELFs are going to hate me for saying this, but before you do, know that I am actually like SuJu)
    1 ❤
  • aha Mar 14, 2013
    Hye In is such a bitch, i felt rly bad for Son Hyuk, he did nothing wrong to that selfish whore, her betrayal was unlogical and ridiclous - she didnt want to kill anymore but yet she had no problems with killing her old comrades without blink of an eye, it makes me laugh when ppl are saying this story has a happy ending, since there was no chemistry at all betwen the leads it would be much better if Hye In had succeeded in suicide
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  • Ace Jan 31, 2013
    don't understand why this drama has a "happy ending" with the couples while Iris had a tragic one. so stupid..this spin-off is nothing compared to Iris though. Iris had me depressed for a week and I almost screwed up on my research papers and finals because of it lol good times
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  • Seung225 Nov 19, 2012
    Okay, it doesn't matter how many times I see the poster of this drama Soo Ae ALWAYS looks like Maggie Q to me. I know it's not her but... Arg! So frustrating!
  • romnin18 Sep 9, 2012
    I hate this drama, so many beautiful girl die.....
    1 ❤
  • compay Sep 6, 2012
    After watching 2 episodes, I'm kind of not sure whether to drop this or not. It feels like they just follow the cliche rules of the dramas, but it looks so obvious. Like for no reason the main character looks sad and the sad music starts. Nothing sad has happened yet for us to associate with the sad mood. Things like this. Hmmm...
  • kuuchan Aug 21, 2012
    It's probably just me but I got a bit bored by the end of the series, I literally fell asleep during several of the episodes (it was exam period for me though). The first few episodes were good though (lived up to the action I expected).
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  • blueaoichan Aug 17, 2012
    Is this scary ? Cause I see 'thriller' in the genre :s


Athena: Goddess of War

Athena: Goddess of War


  • Main Title: Athena: Goddess of War
  • Native title: 아테나: 전쟁의 여신

General Details

  • CountrySouth Korea
  • Aired: December 13, 2010 to February 21, 2011
  • Airs On: Monday, Tuesday
  • # of Episodes 20
    Average Duration 1 hr. 5 min. per episode
  • Genres: Action, Thriller, Romance


  • Score: 7.13 (scored by 1,105 user)
  • Ranked: #856
  • Popularity: #366
  • Members: 2,821
  • Favorites: 0
3.6 stars - based on 1,105 votes

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