Arthdal Chronicles Part 1: The Children of Prophecy

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Miamoryhj
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I recommend this drama to anyone who loves historical fantasies.
I don't recommend it to people who like mostly lovely bubbly romcoms.
What I didn't like:
- seasons.... lol so meaningless, why separate it into seasons... ><
-too many names at the begging might be overwhelming plus the first episode is hectic as it doesn't show "passed...years" every time they time-skip.
What i liked:
- the story. It's different from what we usually see so i like it.
- twists and turns.
-costumes
-scenery

Overall I liked this first half of the drama :) but the whole season is more like an intro. and the real stuff will start i guess in the second. the story is nice and it gets more and more interesting later. as I said it is more like an intro and it gets power mostly during the 6th episode. However many historical dramas (and not only) have long introductions that are necessary for us to learn about characters, so it was okay for me. I liked this first season. The only thing is left is for the second and especially the last to be great. because and ending can ruin a drama lol. the first season is nice though.

Mythology: This series are based on Korean mythology about Dangun, who is considered the founder of Koreans. you can ready about him in internet. It is set in Ancient Jeoson and about Korea's first nation and Bronze Age. The myth depicts a story how a Heaven's Son comes to Korean Peninsula and makes a first kingdom. becasue he was the second or third son and couldn't become the ruler of Heaven. He lands on Great White Mountain. Later a Tiger and Bear come to him and ask him to turn them into human. So he tells them to go and eat mugwort and garlic only during 100 days or something. The Tiger gives up in the middle. But the bear eat's it and becomes a woman. The bear woman and Heaven son have a child, Dangun. Dangun becomes the first real ruler of korea. Actually people say that he symbolizes a human as he was born from meeting of a spirit and an animal. Also he symbolizes the Bronze age of Korea. later he goes into a mountain and his spirit rests there. Well there are several versions and in one the capital they make is called Asadal. To compare it to the drama the Dangun must be the Aramun Haesseula in the drama. So this drama took this myth about creation of Koreans and made a fantasy :)

I think the production team just made several mistakes and that's why got so much criticism and low ratings. maybe im wrong, this is just my opinion but:1. they made this show come out not long after GoT ended.... many fans fresh from GoT came to this and saw many similarities. However historical fantasies all have similar clothes and similar power struggle. This series are based on Korean mythology. 2. they overestimated viewers lol I think many were not ready to get a different-like kinda a bit European setting fantasy from Korea. And were just too used to that the Korea usually does historicals mostly in Jeoson or Georyo (and sometimes Silla).
So if you are interested in this genre, don't let these things stop you from trying :) watch till the 4th or 5th episode and then decide if you like it or not :)

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dearD4NI
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I still don't understand why this is divided into three seasons. "Season One" was not a complete arc so it's kinda hard to review. Realistically it should be Season One with 12 episodes and Season Two with 6. That seems to be how it is organized in Netflix anyway...

My rating here will be for this portion of the drama only. At this point, the drama started out pretty strong, got kinda muddled in the middle, but seems to be picking up again.

I wish it was better organized. I said this in the comments, but the writers, directors, editors - they all tried to do too much. A high fantasy drama is innovative enough in the Korean drama scene, but splitting it into multiple "seasons" did more harm than good. The pacing is all over the place, they established different story-lines faster than others so we had to wait while they caught up. And most importantly, there needed to be way better world building. This is a completely imagined setting with its own groups of people, religion, beliefs, society, hierarchy, government, etc. and the director or some editor or whoever thought occasionally adding captions to explain original vocabulary was enough. It's not. Some of our very important characters are missing important screen time and story development time because of the weird pacing, but it seems that this will be rectified soon in future episodes so I'm not to hung up on that point. This drama would have benefited so much from being longer; the world that they have created is fascinating and it should be fleshed out way more than it was.

The acting is phenomenal and the characters are really interesting. Like I said, I just wish it was better organized.

All in all, it's a good watch. It's not god-tier iconic, but I do recommend it - especially to people who are looking to watch something different.

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Mey
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I don't understand why people have so many negative things to say about this serial ...
This is the first time a kdrama with such a storyline and theme and CGs has been made and all people can do is critisize it
This drama has such a strong and impactful start ... Each and every actor is doing such an amazing job as if the characters has been tailored for them ...
I watched all the 6 episode and I can't wait to watch more ... The story is really intriguing and you won't date to skip any scene
For me the 1st season goes to TAGON ... Jang has portrayed it so FLAWLESSLY and he makes you fall I n love with such a brutal character
Song Joongki is as always MIND BLOWING in his character
So all I have to say is give this drama a chance for a change and you won't be disappointed

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PHope
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The first season was just okay. As they only presented the universe of arthdal and the characters, the last few episodes were only entertaining when it comes to the story.

So, the whole setting is magnificent and the cinematography is amazing. The costumes and make up were top notch as well. I don't really like the way they divided the series into three seasons though, as it didn't make sense and they didn't concluded the first season smoothly.

That said, the first episodes presented the whole arthdal universe. However, they should have made a better job with it, as it was not easy to understand it and it takes a while to remember the characters (part of the three main).

Overall, the three main characters were the best part of the drama, in addition to the cinematography. They were interesting and well presented. The performances were excellent as well.

So, seven out of ten, because the story hasn't even progressed yet.

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StarGirl 91
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The first six episodes of the Arthdal Chronicles basically sets up the series. I think this series has a very strong start and I am intrigued to see where the rest of the series goes. Initially, the story is a bit hard to follow but as the first few episodes progress it is evident that it is laying the foundation for an epic story.

The cast is superb! Each actor is well suited for their role and the acting is top notch. The standouts are definitely Song Joong Ki, Jang Dong Gun, ​and Kim Ji Won. I do wish that certain characters were given more screen time but I hope that the seasons that follow will give the characters more time to shine.

I recommend this series and I hope the episodes that follow continue to be as strong or stronger than the initial​ few episodes.

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Blazingflame
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I had zero expectation post those terrible poster. But much to my surprise I really like the first two epi. The concept was unique and interesting. Well the story is completely fictional and fantasy based so don't go with much logic about time period or costumes. Though the plot and character are completely different and original. One thing that won't disappoint in this drama is character and their acting. All the characters in this drama have their own agenda and arc which all comes together in epi 4 when finally you will see the characters in action for power. Overall I find technical aspects of this show on weaker side but if overlooked those issues you might end up loving this drama. Because this show has potential to do better then it can. I am looking forward to see how season 2 will played out. Since the third and most important child of propency is finally in the picture. I recommend this drama if you are fond of fantasy genre, even if you aren't this drama is worth a shot in amidst of all the lawyer doctor, chaebol dramas. Its refreshing and unique.

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nia
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I noticed that a lot of people dislike the way they formatted the show into three seasons but honestly, I don't mind it. They are releasing them one after another and rather than being called seasons, their official name is parts. This is only part one of the chronicle: like a novel, the storyline has just begun. I think they did this for the fantasy novel aesthetic (think Lord of the Rings Part 1, 2 and 3). This Part (Part 1: The Children of Prophecy) is simply meant to introduce the main characters and the power dynamics and situation of Arthdal. The main story is yet to come. Even so, I enjoyed every minute and was never bored, unlike I sometimes am when I watch the first few episodes of period pieces.

The acting is great. The CGI, makeup, costumes, and set are all top notch (I was worried that for korea's first truly fantasy drama, the would be cringey, but luckily, I was proven wrong). The story so far (considering we are only a third of the way through) is amazing and fresh, and I'm loving every single character (even the antagonist Tagon). I can't wait for the next part to come out.

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