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 I was prepared for total disappointment already once I heard the Hong Sisters had a 10-episode season 2 ready and it would switch female leads from Jung So Min to Go Yoon Jung. The only way to make a viewer stuck with Naksu (her soul) whether in the body of either actress is to cast the same actress and make it like those xianxia multiple lives stuff where it’s always the same actor or actress so we’re following the soul emotionally and the same person visually. Without that, then all the connection with Naksu INSIDE Mu Deok (or Jin Bu Yeon) is wasted without continuity.

Alas episode 20 was random filler with the OTP seemingly turned to ordinary people and getting ready to be married and move to the countryside and live simple lives. Then Jin Mu the asshole mastermind who won’t die and keeps getting kept around last minute realizes Mu Deok is Naksu’s soul and uses his Pavlovian bell to awaken her assassin side and order her to kill Cho Yeon’s dad and then she also kills Jang Wook when he tries to stop her. Then she flies off half turned to stone and drops herself into a lake to die but two chicks swim her out. Jang Wook is burned in a pyre but then walks out of it resurrected and alive. Cue preview for season 2 with everyone returning and Go Yoon Jung as Naksu and perhaps the Hong Sisters forgot her body was burned in the first episode. But then again, people just randomly resurrect in this drama anything goes. Not me, I’m out. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

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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

Alchemy of Souls Part 1 Consists of 20 Episodes with Jung So Min’s Story as the Center, Part 2 with 10 Episodes Changes to Go Yoon Jung as Female Lead

Omo, come again? Like, way to harsh my buzz Hong Sisters! News broke today about the structure of Alchemy of Souls, which announced prior to airing that it would consist of Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 is scheduled … Continue reading

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 drama 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 which … 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