Alchemy of Souls Rises Above 6% Again in Episode 6 as Mu Duk Navigates the Fine Lines Between Three Male Leads

Sigh, it’s another LONG week before my next fix of Alchemy of Souls and the crack that the Hong Sisters are doling out in very controlled portions. Because the drama is so good it makes the wait harder and also each weekend’s new episodes to be savored. This weekend the ratings stayed the same to last weekend, with Sunday’s episode 6 rising above to 6.639% and showing that the drama has more legs when there is less competition but still enough draw to stay in the 5% range on Saturdays. Mu Duk remains the center of how this whole world is constructed – now she’s turning into the focus of not one, not two, but three male leads with the crown prince joining the clown car of dudes intrigued by her, and she totally is the missing elder daughter of the Jin family but question if that girl is Nak Su or prior soul swapping blind girl Mu Duk. I love that it’s only with Wook that she makes requests and even sorta promises, those will be the things keeping her heart grounded into this world. She’s so whip smart and capable and I’m glad she’s not dodging all the dangers by luck and needs to keep finding new paths to stay alive, just like Wook.

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Netflix Drops Pictorial with Four Leads of Hit tvN Fantasy Sageuk Alchemy of Souls with Lee Jae Wook, Jung So Min, Minhyun, and Shin Seung Ho

Dang, not only is this dr ama doing well domestically it’s also rocking on Netflix which has streaming rights. For the week of June 26th Alchemy of Souls reached 10th worldwide which is quite a feat considering it’s a sageuk … Continue reading

Jung So Min Gets More Curious About Minhyun with Their Childhood Connection as Background in New Stills for Episode 3 of Alchemy of Souls

I may be jinxing it by starting to cover tvN drama Alchemy of Souls more but it’s that rare beast which absolutely fascinates me on multiple levels and the only drama currently airing that I’m emotionally resonating with. The new … Continue reading

Alchemy of Souls Releases New Cast Drama Photos and After Two Episodes Reminds of a Fantasy Period Drama Version of the F4 Dynamic

Last weekend’s start to tvN new Sat-Sun drama Alchemy of Souls was probably as good as it gets. The drama is headlined by a younger cast with two idol-actors in the mix and looked like a hodge podge of elements … Continue reading

Alchemy of Souls Episode 2 Turns on the Crack Factor as Character and Emotional Beats Combine Beautifully to Propel the Narrative

Okay, summer is officially here for me because HOMG where have you been all my life Alchemy of Souls? The Hong Sisters magic is back and ready to inject drama crack into my koala veins and I’m scrambling to find … Continue reading

tvN Drama Alchemy of Souls Premieres to 5.205% First Episode Ratings with an Intriguing and Steady-handed Narrative Start

So the big question mark around tvN fantasy sageuk drama Alchemy of Souls (Returning Soul) is now answered, and it’s not a definitive yes or no. The first episode premiered this Saturday and got 5.205% ratings which is the lowest … Continue reading

Alchemy of Souls Releases Deluge of Character Posters and Poised for Premiere this Saturday June 18th

We’re two days away from learning whether ambitious new tvN fantasy fusion sageuk Alchemy of Souls will excite viewers with the different and hopefully innovative story or crash on takeoff for being too weird or unwieldy. It won’t fail for … Continue reading

Alchemy of Souls Release New OTP Poster with Jung So Min and Lee Jae Wook and Additional Stills of Veteran Supporting Cast

All those what the heck is this discussions will be laid to rest this coming Saturday as tvN fantasy sageuk Alchemy of Souls will finally meet viewers. Taking over the time slot from critically acclaimed and highly rated Our Blues, … Continue reading

Jung So Min and Lee Jae Wook Bicker and Banter in New Teaser for Alchemy of Souls While the Posters and Stills Look More Serious in Tone

It’s about one week away from the premiere of tvN fantasy sageuk drama Alchemy of Souls (Korean title Returning Soul) and I remain as perplexed as ever what to expect. But if I dig into the Hong Sisters oeuvre this … Continue reading

Jung So Min and Lee Jae Wook Tease a Fantastical Broody Ancient World in First Look at tvN Drama Return From the Hong Sisters

The first teasers are out for upcoming tvN fantasy period drama Return, which I’ve also seen called Soul Marriage, and it looks beautiful and broody beyond belief. Starring Jung So Min and Lee Jae Wook, this drama made headlines first … Continue reading

K-netizens Think Upcoming Hong Sisters Fantasy Sageuk Drama Return is a Hot Mess After Leading Lady Swap to Jung So Min and Demotion of Oh My Girl’s Arin from Second Female Lead Down to 8th Spot

Two decades of K-drama watching and a still keen memory tells me that a hot mess drama casting/production isn’t always indicative of a bad drama to come, buuuuuuut it does tend to turn out that way with only a handful … Continue reading