“Moving” wrapped up its 20-episode journey
Disney+’s original series “Moving” (written by Kang Full / directed by Park In Je), is a supernatural drama that deals with three teenage high school students and their parents who discover their superpowers.
“Moving” introduced characters and their abilities in each episode. In the latter part of the series, characters who were scattered came together at school to gather their strength and confront their enemies, providing viewers who eagerly anticipated their reunion with scenes that evoked catharsis. The appeal of superhero works lies in action sequences where characters use their unique abilities, and this was masterfully showcased in the latter part of the series. Characters like Jang Ju Won (Ryu Seung Ryong) with the ability to continuously regenerate, Lee Mi Hyun (Han Hyo Joo) using her senses to subdue enemies with firearms, Lee Jae Man (Kim Sung Kyun) with superhuman strength and speed, Jeon Gye Do (Cha Tae Hyun) with the ability to generate electricity and teacher Choi Il Hwan (Kim Hee Won) with a determination to protect the children all fully utilized their abilities.
While the series provided plenty of flashy action on the surface, it also delved into profound human emotions. Scenes like Kim Doo Sik (Jo In Sung) shooting North Korean soldiers while avoiding vital areas and the appearance of Kim Deok Yun (Park Hee Soon), a North Korean military officer who didn’t wish to harm anyone, transcended the boundaries of cold ideology. Love for family is a central element that encompasses the entire work. The motivation for the North Korean agents’ actions is to protect their remaining family members. Scenes like Lee Jae Man using his body to shield his son, Kim Bong Seok (Lee Jung Ha) flying up to rescue his injured mother and carrying her while fighting enemies highlighted the importance of family bonds.
The ending is neatly resolved. Surviving North Korean soldier Jung Joon Hwa (Yang Dong Geun) returns to the North, eliminates high-ranking officials and releases Kim Doo Sik. Kim Doo Sik, back in South Korea, eliminates Min Yong Jun (Moon Sung Keun), the fifth director of the NIS Security Planning Department who planned everything and reunites with his family. Kim Bong Seok continues to save people and lives the life of a hero even after graduating. Jang Ju Won and Jang Hui Soo (Go Yoon Jung) rescue North Korean soldier Kwon Yong Deuk (Park Kwang Jae) and lead normal lives. Happiness finds them all.
“Moving” has emerged as a savior for Disney+, which faced challenges with its Korean service launched in 2021 as it recorded the lowest number of users. However, after the release of “Moving”, Disney+ daily active users (DAU) exceeded 620,000 in August, a significant increase from the numbers recorded in July, which were less than 300,000. Furthermore, on Sep 13th, the platform recorded approximately 810,000 users, its highest ever. According to data from the domestic content analysis platform Kinolights, “Moving” maintained the top spot in the combined rankings for five consecutive weeks since its release.
Therefore, the possibility of the next season is substantial. Furthermore, the existence of a strong source material in the form of the webtoon adds to the anticipation. Many viewers are already looking forward to the next season, especially with the introduction of the character Young Tak in the middle of the series. Young Tak is a significant character in Kang Full’s world, appearing in the latter part and set to appear alongside the main characters of “Moving” in the next season. Clues about the next season are also hinted at in the final episode and the post-credits scene, with the presence of characters such as Lee Kang Hoon joining the National Intelligence Service, Shim Hye Won (Shim Dal Gi) revealing her true identity after disguising herself as a student and Ma Sang Gu (Park Byung Eun) becoming the new leader after the death of Min Yong Jun. All these elements contribute to the anticipation for the future of “Moving” and its potential to further expand the horizon of Korean superhero storytelling.