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In 2071, toxic air pollution had devastated the world, leaving only 1% of the population alive. People rarely leave their homes without gas masks, and delivery drivers known as knights protect and deliver packages. One legendary knight, Knight 5-8, meets a young refugee named Sa Wol who dreams of becoming a knight. With the help of Seol A, an officer in the Defense Intelligence Command, Knight 5-8 trains and mentors Sa Wol, helping him achieve his dream in a dangerous and harsh world. (Source: CK Warrior at MyDramaList) ~~ Adapted from the webtoon "Black Knight” (택배기사) by Lee Yoon Kyun (이윤균). Edit Translation

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Українська
  • Русский
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 6
  • Aired: May 12, 2023
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Original Network: Netflix
  • Duration: 42 min.
  • Score: 8.1 (scored by 12,308 users)
  • Ranked: #1638
  • Popularity: #527
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Completed
Coolforthesummer
63 people found this review helpful
May 12, 2023
6 of 6 episodes seen
Completed 3
Overall 8.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
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Visually Breathtaking but Storyline Leaves Room for Improvement

While the story may not offer much but the production quality of this drama is truly a visual extravaganza. The VFX effects, action sequences & sci-fi elements are absolutely breathtaking.

The plot revolves around SaWol's journey to becoming a deliveryman after enduring numerous hardships.

The male lead primarily serves as a legendary deliveryman showcasing some impressive action sequences. He comes off more as supporting character here except last 2 episodes.

On the other hand the main antagonist follows the typical sci-fi movie villain archetype, harboring a deep resentment against humanity. He is afflicted with an incurable disease and conducts tests on patients to find a cure.

The female lead plays an army officer role with limited significance in the overall narrative.

Although the characters may not leave a lasting impression they are passable.


The drama boasts several exciting action sequences with the deliveryman competition & climactic scenes being my personal favorites. If you are seeking drama with stunning action sequences, impressive VFX effects and an ok-ok storyline then this is definitely worth a watch.

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Completed
Kate
66 people found this review helpful
May 12, 2023
6 of 6 episodes seen
Completed 3
Overall 8.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.0

It’s so basic, but so good.

There is exactly nothing innovative about this show. Typical exaggeration of the unfair social structures currently existing in the world, typical villain with selfish motivations, typical hero with personal story. And yet, I had so much fun watching.

I would agree that the world buildup and storytelling is rather vague - lacks the details on how the society truly works, what are the motivations of all the characters and groups. Some do things because they are good people, some because they are selfish or desperate, some scared, sometimes (most of the time) it’s personal story or revenge, but we don’t really get a proper and more elaborate exploration and explanation - neither about the past, present nor the future.

I might be in the minority here, but it honestly did not bother me at all. I think with post-apocalyptic stories, I actually prefer when a lot of things are left with a question mark that I have to think about and find the answers for myself. For me, the process of filling the gaps with my own ideas is actually a part of the entertainment. All that consider, I can see how others might view it as a rather big flaw.

The performances were great. Do I think they will be remembered for a long time? No, since the characters were not exactly that complex and well written. That said, the actors did a phenomenal job with delivering performances that made the characters seem real and cohesive, even if the writing was rather imprecise. The brotherhood between 5-8 and Sa Wol was both entertaining and low key heartwarming - all thanks to good on screen chemistry between Kim Woo Bin and Kang Yoo Seok.

Being a fan of Song Seung Heon, it was rather disappointing how little acting this man had to do. Probably one of the weakest aspects of the show performances wise, and it’s all on the character’s writing and not the actor himself. Since the character was rather boring, I honestly don’t think anyone could make him stand out more.

Directing wise, everyone should look at this drama as a great example on how to end episodes - these were true cliffhangers that made you curious! I honestly could not stop watching. Binge watched all 6 episodes with just pee breaks.

What’s more, the pacing is great. They don’t focus unnecessarily on unimportant bits, highlighting the scenes that matter the most. Sadly, the final confrontation was a let down. It ended before I could even register what’s going on and I was left with the thought: that’s it? Well, that’s anticlimactic.

As for the production - I loved the set design. You know what is one of the most ridiculous things in post-apocalyptic and sci-fi shows? The over the top complex designs. The world is shattered, people would lean towards the simplicity that would be cost efficient, except for the rich elites who would try to pretend the reality is either the same it was in the past, or not as bad as it truly is. We got just that here - simplicity for the poor, trying to maintain the idea of normal life for the rich.

For the negatives - the show is really dark during some scenes. Yes, in context it makes sense, but you still need to think about your audience and not just the realism of the situation. Watching just a black screen is not entertaining. If you make it impossible to see, you can as well just make it into an audio book. That problem mostly existed in the first two episodes and lighting got a lot better later on. There were a few scenes that managed to create a beautiful picture just with the right lighting in the right spot.

A small bit that got me laughing - truly questionable blood splashes during the fight scenes. The gun wounds were fine, but the poorly animated CGI blood during fist fights was just comical.

Overall, I had a blast watching. It can be both: brainless entertainment and a start for some conversations and reflections about social issues and structures as it reflects our reality rather well.

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  • Drama: Black Knight
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 6
  • Aired: May 12, 2023
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Original Network: Netflix
  • Duration: 42 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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  • Score: 8.1 (scored by 12,308 users)
  • Ranked: #1638
  • Popularity: #527
  • Watchers: 26,174

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