TVING’s new original series “Island” starring Kim Nam Gil is receiving lukewarm responses compared to Netflix’s “The Glory” released on the same day.
“Island“, which was released on Dec 30th, is a fantasy and action hero drama about people digging into hidden secrets and fighting against evil. Based on the popular cartoon and webtoon of the same name, it stars trustworthy actor Kim Nam Gil as the main character Ban, Lee Da Hee as chaebol heiress Won Mi Ho and Cha Eun Woo as young priest Yo Han.
However, unlike Netflix, is it poisonous that it is released twice a week? Among the 12 episodes, episodes 1 and 2 released on Dec 30th did not draw much interest as only the overall narrative build-up was made. In particular, in episode 1, Kim Nam Gil’s screentime was about 5 minutes.
Although the story of how Ban became a half-human, half-demon and the narrative of Mi Ho’s previous life were revealed in episode 2, the drama’s repetitive development seems boring.
On top of that, Lee Da Hee’s performance was not much different from her previous work. Her cattitude as the heir to a chaebol family was similar to what viewers saw in “The Beauty Inside” and “Search: WWW”. Her action scenes also reminded viewers of “L.U.C.A.: The Beginning”. Lee Da Hee’s signature expressions remained the same in “Island”.