Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow Piles on More Nonsense to a Happy Ending Meaningful to the Fans Who Have Stuck with the Drama

If there was ever a negative bell curve this drama would be it. Alchemy of Souls managed to start strong for about 15 minutes and end strong for the final 15 minutes and everything in between was the slow descent into pure drivel with an eventual attempt to climb back out. The nadir was the ending to season 1 and now season 2 wraps up this story in ways that still make no sense if one thought about it (and one needn’t think too hard at that) BUT is actually a really satisfying happy ending if you are a devoted fan who loves the OTP. After even more lame conflict with Jin Mu, who soul swapped into younger man’s body but remains the douche-iest villain ever, all the good guys survived along with Naksu and Wook who got married and lived happily ever to collect escaped mystical artifacts to put back into Jinyowan. The whole Naksu took Bu Yeon’s body ethical conundrum was negated by there never being a real Jin Bu Yeon in the first place – the baby was dead in the womb and resurrected to be born using the ice stone and the soul inside was that of Jin ancestor Jin So Ran who remained so she could one day protect the country again. So Jin So Ran left Jin Bu Yeon’s physical body to Naksu so that Naksu and Wook could be the Light and Shadow that protects the world. All in all, I think pretezaling to this happy ending was the best way to end this drama and now onward to less brain hurty fare.

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Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow Heads into Final Weekend Previewing Reunited Romance Between the Leads and Final Showdown with the Baddies

The long dream/nightmare (depending on your perspective) is almost over for Alchemy of Souls, with the second short season Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow ending this weekend with episodes 9 and 10. The preview stills hint at the leads … Continue reading

Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow Episode 2 Rises to 7.743% as the Narrative Shows Hand on the Resurrected Bu Yeon’s True Form and Writes the Central Conundrum Back to the Story

Man, watching the second episode of Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow was alternating between these two are cute and headdesking. It’s clear the Hong Sisters had a concept (soul switching! In sageuk fantasy times!) and then wrote the story … Continue reading

Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow Returns as Season 2 with Swapped Premise of Bu Yeon Now in Naksu’s Physical Body and First Episode Ratings of 6.719%

So…..despite all all the self-warning and repeated burning from summer tvN drama Alchemy of Souls, I did come back at least for the first episode of season 2 called Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow. The female lead switched from … Continue reading

Alchemy of Souls Ends Season 1 in a Complete Shitshow of No Answers, Last Minute Deus ex Machina, and a Waste of 20 Episodes of Character Building

tvN Sat-Sun drama Alchemy of Souls season 1 ended with 9.218% ratings in the final episode 20 and that’s 9.218% more ratings than it deserved. The drama ending on a flaming turd even worse that I could have imagined and … Continue reading

tvN Confirms Season 2 of Alchemy of Souls for Dec 2022 Airing at 10-episodes with Full Cast Returning Other than Jung So Min with Go Yoon Jung Taking Over as Female Lead

Gosh, hearing this confirmed news still gives me a visceral reaction and it’s not a positive one. But then again, the Hong Sisters could have their grand plan mapped out from the beginning for Alchemy of Souls, what with the … Continue reading