Athena: Goddess Of War / 아테나: 전쟁의 여신 **** (2010)
SBS Drama / 20 episodes
Genre: Action Drama
Directors: Hwang Jeong Hyeon (황정현), Kim Myeong Jun (김명준), Kim Tae Hun (김태훈)
Screenwriters: Kim Hyeon Jun (김현준), Yu Nam Kyeong (유남경)
Main Cast: Jeong Wu Seong (정우성), Cha Seung Weon (차승원), Pak Su Ae (박수애), Yi Ji Ah (이지아), Kim Min Jong (김민종), Choi Shi Weon (최시원), Yi Jeong Gil (이정길), Kim Yeong Ae (김영애), Jeon Guk Hwan (전국환), Pak Yong Gi (박용기), Pak Yong Su (박용수), Yu Dong Geun (유동근), Kweon Yong Gwan (권용관), Yi Han Wi (이한위), Kim Seung Wu (김승우), Sean Richard (션 리차드)
Yi Jeong Wu is a NTS special agent in charge of protecting ex-North Korean agent Kim Ki Su. During his mission he meets Yun Hye In, a double agent, who secretly works for Athena whose main goal is to obtain the latest nuclear weapon by all means possible.
***SPOILER WARNING*** I wouldn’t say it’s not a real spin-off since none of the main characters from IRIS appear as main character here. We have a feature of General Park and a quick apparition of Seon Hwa. I love those actors, Kim Seung Wu and Kim So Yeon, but their presence seems a little bit forced here and since some elements are left out, like Seon Hwa’s vengeance, I guess there is a 3rd episode on the way. I’m not really satisfied with the story though. Jeong Wu is a little too clean and righteous to my taste. Also I wouldn’t have killed Jae Hee’s character. On the other hand, Cha Seung Weon is perfect in his role. His character is really interesting and develops on several layers. As a whole, Athena is still enjoyable. There are surely good action sequences but still, it is not as good as IRIS, sorry. If you love action drama, that is surely what you want to take a look at…