After the phenomenal success of ‘Squid Games’, folks at Netflix saw through the fact that Korean actors and dystopian stories are a hit with viewers. So enter zombie-series ‘All of Us Are Dead’, that’s set in a Korean High School and is winning fans all over the world. In-fact, it’s been on the number 1. spot in India for a few days.

So what makes this zombie-series click with the audience? Let’s look at five reasons (you can skip to the video at the bottom if you’d rather watch than read) –

  • The High-School setting – Most of the drama unfolds in Hyosan high-school, which is ground for the zombie outbreak. This is an interesting change from the usual settings in the genre. Here the focus is on how a bunch of teenagers try to survive as the adults in their world pretty much abandon them.
  • Genesis of the Virus – There is a detailed back story of how the virus was made. A former pharmaceutical employee turned science teacher creates the unpredictable virus that quickly mutates and manifests in different ways. Throughout the 12-episodes, we see glimpses of how/why he made the virus, and then attempted to make an antidote.
  • Multiple side-stories – The series doesn’t just focus on the high-school students trying to stay alive, but there are multiple interesting sub-plots that serve as refreshing breaks from the main story. You have a firefighter trying to get to the school to save his daughter. There’s a funny little story about a ‘live-streamer’ who comes to the zombie affected district to find out if flesh eating monsters have really taken over the land. So viewers have more characters to root for. For example, supporting-actor Lee Eun Seam who plays Mi Jin, has become a quick fan favorite.
  • Sub-plot on how Military tackles the situation – In most apocalypse-themed content, we get very superficial glimpses of how officials handle the situation, and in many cases – a zombie outbreak leads to the quick and complete collapse of government machinery. But in ‘All Of Us Are Dead’, there is an interesting sub-plot depicting the Korean military’s investigation into the outbreak, and their efforts to contain it.
  • It has just the right amount of comedy – It’s not as serious and gripping as “The Walking Dead” or “Train To Busan”, but each episode is interspersed with enough comic moments to lighten up the mood now and then. There’s a hilarious character called Dae So in the main student survivor group who keeps things cheery. A sub-plot about a dashing and brave cop stuck with a timid/coward younger cop also offers some quick laughs. Overall, it’s a good blend of comedy with all the blood, gore and zombies.