The premiere week of Alchemy of Souls came in at the mid 5% range in ratings which is already decent and with this Saturday’s episode 3 staying at the same spot I thought at least it didn’t drop. Looks like my worry was for naught as episode 4 jumped up to 6.841% and sent this drama to a new level. Ratings increase is great for the cast and crew to validate people are watching their drama but what hooked me was the great story, acting, and chemistry so I really want the gripping and interesting start to continue. It absolutely had and I LOVED episodes 3-4, Lee Jae Wook‘s character of Jang Wook is totally the role of a lifetime so rich in pathos and yet able to be a goofy young man at times. Jung So Min continues to deliver the Nak Soo in Mu Duk’s body calculating coldness with gradual caring that comes from being around people again and not a bunch of assassins. The directing remains brisk and effective and the chemistry of the cast (young and veterans) sells this fantastical tale that is grounded in many of the most compelling hooks of fictional time – daddy issues, abandonment, survival, and empathy.