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.
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 →
Hhhhmmmm, I wonder if reshoots are going on and changes are being made to the final arc of Alchemy of Souls. If I take tvN at its word then this is nothing more than just good production values at play … Continue reading →
This really was a filler week for Alchemy of Souls but it ended up being much needed. The first 8 episodes were such fast paced action and plot progression its a breath of fresh air to see the youngsters being … Continue reading →
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 →
As expected, the see-saw Saturday to Sunday ratings pattern remains steady and this Sunday’s episode 8 of Alchemy of Souls went back up past 6%, in the same vein as Jang Wook takes one step back but really two steps … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
When I love a K-drama to bits from the very start, it also imbues me with a stronger sense of anxiety because if the drama takes a turn to dumpsville then it means a lot more to me than if … Continue reading →
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 →
The premiere week of Alchemy of Souls came in at the mid 5% range in ratings which is already decent and with this Saturday’s episode 3 staying at the same spot I thought at least it didn’t drop. Looks like … Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
Oh man, now I HAVE to go back and watch Monthly House (Monthly Magazine Home). The 2021 jTBC drama was on my to-watch list but fell into that small but sad bucket of dramas I always mean to catch up … Continue reading →