Warrior Baek Dong Soo may seem like your typical historical drama but throw a killer star, a warrior camp and an assassin group into the mix and it becomes an action-packed affair for the martial arts enthusiast.
Episode 1 begins with a narration of events, starting with Crown Prince Sado’s (Oh Man Suk) valiant display of defiance against his enemies. The act though emboldened led to grave repercussions such that Sado’s subordinate, Baek Sa King faces the death penalty along with three generations of his family.
On an open field somewhere in the distance, Sword Saint Kim Gwang Taek (Jun Gwang Ryul) is intercepted by a grungy swordsman named Chun (Choi Min Soo). The two exchange banter like old friends until they engage in combat with a mastery of skill that definitely counts as badass. The fight ends in a standoff but not before Chun declares that this time around, he wins.
Caught between a rock and a hard place, Baek chooses to sacrifice himself and leaves his wife and unborn child under the care of Kim Gwang Taek but alas, it seems as though the odds are against them.
First Impressions: I came here because of Jackpot and it is proving to be well worth the effort. Although Warrior Baek Dong Soo has a flair for tragedy and gore, the story is fleshed out in a manner that is thoroughly engaging.
Within the first episode alone, I wanted more. I yearned to see the unborn child turn into the man who will right all the wrongs and I wanted the underdogs to win.
As an avid wuxia fan, I appreciated the k-style sword fighting and relished the cheesiness of it all, from Sky Lord and Earth Lord to the quintessential background music that completes the mood.
It is a heroic journey in the making and no matter how dire the circumstance or how unfair the injustice, Gwang Taek and his band of friends stand strong. I wouldn’t mind more of that especially if it means more of his swaggering nemesis Choi Min Soo and his own band of assassins.
Last but not the least, episode 2 introduces a teenage Baek Dong Soo (Yeo Jin Goo) and Yeo Un (Park Gun Tae) to kickstart the coming-of-age story of Warrior Baek Dong Soo.