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TV Review: All of Us Are Dead

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Summary

All of Us Are Dead is a coming-of-age South Korean zombie apocalypse series, and a Netflix original released on January 28, 2022 starring Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hoo, Cho Yi-hyun, Park Solomon, and Yoo In-soo. The series is based on the Naver webtoon, Now at Our School which was created by Joo Dong-geun and published from 2009 to 2011.

The story begins when a science teacher and father of a bullied son creates a “Jonas virus” that would make his son strong enough to overpower the bullies who have been torturing him. His father would rather have a monster son, rather than a dead one. But then a student gets bitten by the lab mice he used for the experiment, and that student gets infected. The virus spreads, and not long, the entire Hyohan High School is swarming with zombies everywhere and the few survivors fight for their life every day without food, water, internet, and landline connection, making it hard for them to seek help.

Review

Always, when it comes to zombie apocalypse series, I’m excited to binge-watch, so I finished All of Us Are Dead during the weekend. And in watching all those 12 grueling episodes, I cursed too much, wished for a few evil-minded students to die, tried my best not to cry during the saddest moments, and tried not to lose it whenever the students argued. Truth is, this is definitely not one of my favorite zombie-themed series because I am not planning to watch it again ever. This series showed mostly the bad side of the Korean culture where bullying is rampant, and the school faculty members who are supposed to be the second parents of the students aren’t doing a good job to protect them. That one faculty member even told a student that there must be a reason why kids like her are being bullied.

It’s very concerning to know that bullying could cause a zombie apocalypse. This just goes to show how grave the situation in schools are in South Korea, and this is not even the first time I’ve watched a Korean series where school bullying and school rank could lead people to lose their humanity. The K-Drama, Sky Castle, is the perfect manifestation of how bad the school system is, while in All of Us Are Dead, every kind of person in a society was perfectly exhibited – the selfish ones, the traitors, the cowards, the heroic, the evil-minded, the helpless, the stupid ones, the annoying, the intelligent and smart ones, and the compassionate.

What I like about this series, just like in any other zombie series, is the thrill of seeing what it takes to survive, and not knowing who will make it ‘til the end. That’s what makes it binge-worthy. This series is definitely a must to watch because it’s good though I admit, there were many, many instances when I didn’t look because I just couldn’t watch something too brutal. I know it’s ironic. I love zombie-themed series, but still, this one was too much to watch whenever that evil bully was involved. I hate him. Maybe if that Gwi-nam character isn’t in the series, I could fully enjoy it. Nevertheless, despite the things that I hate about it, I’m still giving it 4 out of 5 stars because it was good and worth the time.

All of Us Are Dead | Official Trailer | Netflix

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