My Country The New Age : First take - A powerhouse period drama
My Country The New Age is set during the transitional period between the end of the Goryeo and the beginning of the Joseon dynasties. (Yes, do research on Korean history, mythology, in order to understand the series).
The Netflix series attracts your attention with its grand production design. The breathtaking action sequences are to die for, they make you want to reach for the rewind button. Written by Chae Seung-Dae and directed by Kim Jin the feature-length episodes keep viewers engaged with an immense amount of action sequences while narrating a story of friendship and rivalry. However, the cause and effect that leads to the action sequences remain unconvincing.
Most of the series takes a special amount of interest in establishing the characters, (keeping in mind that not everyone would pause to Google about Korean mythology). The transitions which lead to the turmoil appear more as an excuse to start an action sequence, but that is forgivable because they shoot every moment with intrinsic details.
Although the series has a new-age vibe, it seems culturally dense which makes it more crowd-pleasing.