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 of all the tvN Sat-Sun drama premieres since early 2021. The only other drama to premiere in the 5% range was The Demon Judge otherwise all other Sat-Sun dramas in the last year and a half have been starting off in the 6%-9% range. Alchemy of Souls definitely had audience interest to check it out but I don’t know how many will stay around. This drama is absolutely up my alley – it’s original and interesting with the soul swapping (or body stealing) core trick and then putting it inside a very sprawling story and characters. Episode 1 barely scratched the surface and there was so many past connections to unpeel and new relationships to form. I’m glad Jung So Min is the leading lady because she’s the center of this drama and so far she’s doing a great job of being the powerful female assassin’s soul inside a blind weak girl’s body. Lee Jae Wook and Minhyun as the two younger male leads are okay thus far, luckily no one is failing out of the gate. I’m excited for episode 2 and also glad to see the Hong Sisters back with something that appeals to my taste buds.