I loved the first 8 episodes of Alchemy of Souls and thus I have been more than patient and fair as I watched the next 8 episodes slowly leech away all that was fun and exciting about the story. As of episode 16 it’s officially killed the remaining tiny torch I carry for it and it legit is so boring and annoying now. But I still love Wook and Lee Jae Wook‘s portrayal 100%, him and Shin Seung Ho as the crown prince remains wonderfully done. Those two should have their own side drama like two cousins on a quest or something like that. Recently Jung So Min looks frustrated to be in this drama and the OTP don’t have chemistry anymore but it’s probably due to the drama writing her character to be so stiff and purposely resistant to emotional breakthrough. Every single plot point from the ice stone, Jin Mu and soul swapping bitch queen’s big conspiracy, fake Bu Yeon and also real Bu Yeon’s power, Wook’s martial arts growth, it’s all ponderously plodding at this point. The return of guest star Joo Sang Wook as Wook’s mega hot zaddy is the only highlight of episode 16 with next weekend on hiatus before the drama returns to try and wrap things up in the remaining 4 episodes left. And no, I don’t even want to think about the so-called Season 2 with Go Yoon Jung as the female lead as the continuation of this story.