The documentary about the K-pop superstar group “BTS Monument: Beyond the Star” was released this Wednesday. The eight-episode series will show “a ten-year emotional journey of the seven members, from the period before their debut to their planned reunion in 2025, including their solo projects,” according to the streaming platform.
Viewers can experience “never-before-seen interviews, performances, and behind-the-scenes moments” from the septet, complete with their tops. And the first two episodes gave us several strong moments.
BTS Monuments: Beyond the Star takes us on a poignant journey alongside seven South Korean boys through their life-changing moments to the peak of their success.
Before becoming world celebrities. Here are the five highlights of the septet’s documentary series.
- 1) Bang Si-hyuk’s words
One of the highlights that touched fans and viewers was the scene where the president and founder of HYBE (formerly BigHit Entertainment) was talking about the seven members. Bang Si-hyuk said in a one-on-one interview in the episodes that he was actively trying to make decisions that would benefit the boys.
The topic of conversation with Bang Si-hyuk shifted from how BTS will move forward in their music career to letting go by putting the well-being of the musicians first. He went on to reiterate that how can artists work if they are struggling? He therefore added that the boys’ happiness continues to be a priority. The episodes also showed how Bang Si-hyuk asked the BTS members—Jin, V, RM, SUGA, Jin, J-Hope, Jimin, and Jungkook—to take six months off to recuperate when the septet began experiencing success. The seven members of the group, however, decided not to take a vacation.
- 2) BTS’s Invitation to the BBMAs
Another moment that marked this new step in the band’s career trajectory was when they received their first invitation to attend the Billboard Music Awards in 2017. The young musicians were now targeting the American market, having previously expressed their disbelief at the idea of receiving this invitation. According to Jin, they became known in the United States as an idol group that no one saw coming.
Nonetheless, the stars went through a tough time, battling fatigue and injuries to the point of even giving up and wondering if it was all worth it, as is usually the case in every success story.
- 3) Melon Music Awards 2013
The series evokes several memories. It featured clips from BTS’s pre-debut, their debut on June 13, 2013, and their less-than-ideal dance rehearsals. During this period, BTS and BigHit Entertainment were struggling financially and were on the verge of bankruptcy until they won their first ever award at the 2013 Melon Music Awards.
The band’s frontman, RM, claimed in an interview in the following scene of the documentary series that “music truly transcends languages, nationalities, and races.” Little did the young idols know how their songs would become universally known. Their fame grew so quickly that they themselves did not know what to do next.
- 4) ‘Map of the Soul World Tour’ canceled
One of the scenes from the latest episodes of the documentary series begins in 2020 with the planning of the “Map of the Soul World Tour,” then returns to 2013. One of the episodes named The Beginning, 2020, has been referred to as a turning point for BTS and their careers when, briefly, everything stopped for them.
With the pandemic ravaging the entire world, stars have also been forced to take a break. This led to the cancellation of their 2020 “Map of the Soul World Tour,” which the group had worked hard for years for, and fans were eagerly waiting to reunite with their favorite boys.
Nonetheless, it allowed them to take stock of who they were as artists. J-Hope and his bandmates talked about how this time around made them appreciate their craft and how it was an opportunity to introduce themselves again as the artists they wanted to become for their fandom.
- 5) BTS’s hesitation to renew their contract and continue as a group
Among K-pop groups, BTS is unique in that their journey was extensively filmed. Their most authentic and instinctive responses are captured in Beyond the Story. The entire documentary series showcases the raw sides and untold lives of the seven Korean boys who shook the world with their music and humanity.
Their spontaneous expressions of resilience, sadness, loneliness, joy, and laughter are all present in the documentary and touch viewers. However, another moment that highlights their career is when V opens up during the show and shares the group’s apprehension about renewing their contract in 2018.
The singer mentions that for seven to eight years since their debut in 2013, they worked tirelessly and without a single break. So in 2018, when the prospect of a contract renewal arose, the members simply wanted to quit because they didn’t have the strength to continue or face other criticism from the world. As fans know, this was also the time when BTS was considering disbanding.
Additionally, the docuseries includes appearances from Kang Myeongseok, author of ‘BTS: Beyond the Story’, who takes fans on a trip down memory lane to the group’s important moments over the years.
The documentary series also covers a variety of topics, including the challenges BTS faced during the Danger era, their early performances, their first appearances at the American Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards, their experiences becoming widely recognized in America, their speeches at the UN, and the euphoria of performing at Wembley Stadium in London.