SBS new drama Athena: Goddess of War (the Athena) is catching a lots of viewer’s attention because of the spectacular action and the rapid deployment and solid acting of the leading actors and supporting actors.
Since Athena is the spin-off drama of the IRIS, viewers expected more than any other dramas. When it aired the first episode on December 13, a viewer’s rating of 22.8% was recorded and people are expecting more success than IRIS.
200 billion Won was invested for Athena and the first episode is enough to satisfy viewer’s thirst for action.
Drama began with a fight between Korean Agent, Kwon Yong Kwan (Yoo Dong Geun) and Son Hyuk (Cha Seung Won) to get Kim Myung Gook, a prestigious North Korean scientist for a nuclear reactor who wants political exile.
Fighting in the bathroom, the elevator, parking lot, and on road was breathtaking. More upgraded action scene and bigger scale caught the viewer’s interest during the whole episode.
The highlight was Cha Seung Won and Mixed Martial Art athlete, Choo Sung Hoon’s fight in the bathroom. Viewers were overwhelmed because of the realistic action scene which is like from American drama and clean editing.
Also double agent, Yoon Hye In (Soo Ae) ‘s knee kick action in front of the elevator and gunfight scene and car chase scene between Yoo Dong Geun and Cha Seung Won raise the level of expectation for the Athena.
Quick story development and offshore locations through five countries made a beautiful screen. That also has stimulated the appetite of viewers. Also acting quality of the leading actors and supporting actors like Yoo Dong Geun and Park Chul Min make drama more fun to watch. The change of Soo Ae’s acting pattern to warrior image and lovestory with screen actor, Jung Woo Sung will produce more interest to the viewers.
source: Sports Today