By Muusi N

“Revenge is best served cold.” 

Ah, there’s nothing quite like a juicy revenge story to sink your teeth into, am I right? Whether it’s in the movies or on TV, revenge plots always bring the drama, and the best part is, they can unfold over years—even decades! Hold onto your seats, folks, because there’s a new Korean drama that takes the cake when it comes to plotting out the perfect revenge. 

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The Glory revolves around a woman who was bullied in high school and finally enacts her revenge on her tormentors when she becomes the teacher to one of their children. This revenge plot unfolds in the series in two parts, but for Moon Dong-Eun revenge takes 18 years.  Talk about a slow burn!

When I first started watching this show, one of the things that intrigued me was what Park Yeon-jin and her friends did to Moon Dong-eun. This was not just bullying; it was assault. Even so many years after the fact, her body was still scarred. Furthermore, the mental harm and trauma she suffered is still present and they completely got away with it!

This captivating show was written by Kim Eun-sook, a true mastermind. I believe Kim Eun-sook wants to give viewers a dose of shock and awe by revealing the harrowing experience that Moon Dong-eun had to go through. Additionally, I think she succeeds in making us believe in Dong-eun’s elaborate and intricate revenge plan—which is no small feat. To buy into this plan, we need to accept the fact that Dong-eun has devoted her life to seeking revenge against her tormentors, even though it may seem far-fetched that her abusers were able to maim her right under the nose of the school administration.

However, the show’s appeal goes beyond its gripping revenge plot, as it delves into the complexities of class issues that permeate Korean society. Yeon-jin’s mother, for instance, is the epitome of a heartless parent who is quick to cover up her daughter’s misdeeds, thanks to her deep pockets and influence. In contrast, Dong-eun comes from a humble background, living in a dingy slum with parents who view her as a nuisance. Although this is all we know about the rivals, it is enough to comprehend the motivations behind Dong-eun’s insatiable thirst for revenge. 

Overall, I highly recommend The Glory. In my book, it is a 10/10, the writing is superb, the acting is top-notch, and the pacing is just right. It’s the kind of show that leaves you eagerly waiting for the next episode, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens next. Stream it and prepare for an unforgettable revenge story!

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