• April 23, 2024

The Disney+ docuseries BTS Monuments: Beyond The Star offers a raw and honest look into BTS’s 10-year journey, showcasing their transformation from unknown underdogs to global K-pop superstars.

The members have always been open with their experiences behind the scenes—from the plethora of Bangtan Bombs to the yearly Memories DVD compilation. But even with hours of content, there are still glimpses that fans have yet to witness. In this docuseries, BTS fans, a.k.a. ARMY, will be able to see previously unreleased archival footage and exclusive new interviews with RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook. These beautifully capture the the band’s past, present, and future.

Here are seven things viewers can expect to see in BTS Monuments: Beyond The Star:

1. Practice videos

K-pop groups often film themselves practicing to monitor their performances. With BTS having been in the industry for a decade, they naturally have a lot of footage hidden in their vault. The teasers for BTS Monuments: Beyond The Star suggest we’ll see more practice videos, maybe even some from before their debut.

2. The members’ graduations

Many ARMYs know about Jung Kook’s graduation ceremony Bangtan Bomb, where all the members of BTS were present. In BTS Monuments, fans will see snippets of other members’ graduation days, particularly RM’s. While only one member is confirmed so far, ARMY is hoping to also get a peek at other members’ graduation ceremonies as well.

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3. Early showcases

Before BTS sold out huge stadiums and flew to different countries worldwide, they performed at small shows and met just a handful of fans. They even took quick naps in a small car while moving between events in South Korea. With BTS Monuments, ARMY will see more clips from those simple days.

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4. Old dorm moments

In their early years, all seven members of BTS shared one tiny room measuring 17 tsubo or pyeong (which is around 56sqm). It’s all too familiar and nostalgic for ARMY—it’s where BTS celebrated their first debut anniversary. There aren’t a lot of videos from that era, but it seems they’ll be releasing never-before-seen footage based on a trailer clip of RM and V playing with a game console at their old dorm.

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5. Stories behind the selfies

BTS members love sharing group photos and selfies with their fans, as proven by the overabundance of content on their social media accounts. To connect with ARMY, BTS often share stories behind their photos. In BTS Monuments, fans might even see behind-the-scenes footage of some photos. In a trailer scene, Jimin explains how he took a viral selfie he posted in 2013.

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6. That one fan meeting in 2013

In case you didn’t know, in 2013, BTS held a small fan meeting for a joint celebration of Christmas and the birthdays of Jin and V. Fans couldn’t bring cameras to the event, but BigHit did film the event, yet footage remains elusive. While the trailers released so far didn’t show a hint of this event, many ARMYs are hoping HYBE and BigHit will finally show the world actual clips from this event.

7. Under lockdown

To the rest of the world, BTS provided a much-needed light and life during the COVID-19 pandemic with their inspiring and upbeat songs “Dynamite,” “Life Goes On,” “Butter,” and “Permission to Dance.” But ARMYs would know how difficult that time was for the members due to the cancellation of the “Map of the Soul Tour” and the difficulty of performing in front of their fans, especially at the height of their careers. Grab some tissues before watching footage from that time. Consider yourself warned!

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BTS Monuments: Beyond The Star, which premiered on December 20, streams with two new episodes released every Wednesday, exclusively on Disney+.

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