Part 1 of Netflix’s The Glory is receiving explosive responses from viewers around the world.
The Glory tells the tale of a woman who puts an elaborate revenge scheme in motion to make the perpetrators pay for their crimes years after surviving horrific abuse in high school. According to Netflix’s Top 10 Chart, The Glory was watched for 25.41 million hours this week, ranking third in the Non-English ranking. The show also ranked within the top 10 in 19 countries, including Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Singapore, Morocco, and Hong Kong.
Forbes praised Song Hye Kyo’s performance: “In her nuanced portrayal of Dong-eun, Song delivers a fractured fixated character, so hell-bent on destroying her tormenters that she derives little happiness from her own existence.” South China Morning Post reviewed, “The show’s seductive mise-en-scene and Kim’s elegant writing, demonstrated in Dong-eun’s lyrical voice-over, are just the icing on the cake.”
Leisurebyte gave a four out of five. “What really made me love this show was that while some revenge plots make us feel bad for the real perpetrators at some point, this drama has done an impeccable job of not letting us feel bad about the victim’s revenge throughout whatever she does,” they wrote. “While these actors have won our hearts with their performances, their younger versions have also done a marvellous job.”
The relay of rave reviews from Korean media outlets followed. “Just as expected,” JoyNews24 wrote. “Kim Eun Sook flawlessly showed off her writing prowess even in the revenge story, and Song Hye Kyo‘s presence exploded within it.” Sports Kyunghyang praised the “gem-like lines that you can’t forget.” TV Daily reviewed, “It makes the viewers want to become an accomplice in Moon Done Eun’s revenge and cheer her on.”
Sedaily praised the message of the show, “School violence isn’t so unfamiliar to Writer Kim, who has a high schooler daughter. She portrayed the desperateness of the school violence; which is regarded as a light prank by the perpetrators but a living hell for the victims. “
Thanking all the praises they’ve received, The Glory released the unreleased still photos and behind-the-scenes photos.
You can watch The Glory Part 1 on Netflix now.