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Alchemy of Souls season 1, episode 2 recap – the role of the protagonists

June 20, 2022

This Netflix K-Drama Alchemy of Souls Season 1, Episode 2 recap contains spoilers.

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We start 20 years ago with a crowd of people crying over Do-hwa’s corpse, allowing for the capture of her child. When caught, the father is seen blocking the energy door belonging to Jang Uk, and the mage ignoring his son. Then we return to the present, where the young master once again compliments Naksu’s eyes, which bears the mark of the soul within them. “I plan to save you,” he says as Seo Yul moves forward, hoping to kill the assassin.

However, Naksu is quickly saved by Jang Uk, who tries to explain the whole situation while his friends confront him. What happens is a scene of strange justifications, excuses and false revelations, anchored by the assassin’s longing gaze towards his old acquaintance, Seo Yul. Suddenly however, the group learns that the original Naksu’s body is now missing, prompting a response from Jang Uk, who tells the woman posing as Mu-deok that he is well aware of her identity. Thus, she admits that she wishes to kill him by an inner thought.

Meanwhile, Park Jin informs his followers that the body robbers have broken Songrim’s barrier, which means there is a spy among them and they will have to ask the Jin family for help. Meanwhile, Jang Uk is interrogated once again as his friends conduct their own mini-investigation. Here we find that most of the souls are transferred to people of a similar identity, as the helpless master continues to tease his associate and the other two are summoned out of the secret room.

Surprisingly, when alone with Jang Uk, Naksu happily admits that she is the shadow assassin everyone is chasing. But his boss isn’t surprised, because he wants the person who should be an enemy to become his master and break the spell that kept him from learning anything. Elsewhere, Park Jin informs his assistant that there is a Soul Shifter in Songrim.

When we return to Jang Uk, he presents his offer to Naksu. If she helped him break the blocked energy gate and allowed him to master the spells, he would protect her. The assassin is uninterested, however, citing his stubbornness as the reason. Still, Jang Uk has a trick up his sleeve by closing the door to the secret room so no one can get out without his help. What ensues is a strange game of survival, but one that sees the pair walk away unscathed, ready to retrieve Naksu’s sword so she can begin her plan.

Unfortunately, such a scheme cannot be carried out, as a mage arrives to tell the duo that they must gather at the training center at Park Jin’s request. The Leader wants everyone in one place so he can take down the Soul Shifter, aided by a woman who brings with her an inheritance that can spot the antagonist. With this in mind, no one is allowed to leave the room thanks to the threat that any attempt to do so will result in death, and the process of discovery begins. This works too, but not quite as intended, as another soul shapeshifter who lingered in Songrim ends up being attacked by the supernatural hound. Afterwards, a fight begins, only put down by the intervention of skilled swordsman Seo Yul.

After the four seasons of Daeho awkwardly come together, Jang Uk excuses herself to look for Naksu, who herself wanders off to find the corpse belonging to the Soul Shifter. That is until he stops her from going out, exposing his plans, as well as the lack of options available to the assassin who is still being chased by the ghost. Luckily, Jang Uk is on hand to be the savior once again, with the young master breaking the legacy to destroy the supernatural being before he can devour Naksu.

Although surprised by his evil deed, Jang Uk seems to escape a harsher punishment than exile to Gisan. That is until he tries to blame his lack of teachings for the act, which prevents him from moving or talking. Meanwhile, Dang-gu explains the background of the broken engagement with the Jin family to the person he believes to be Mu-deok.

While being punished, Naksu says she will leave first, with the spirit plate, but will spare the man who tried to save her if they ever see each other again. Unable to do anything, Jang Uk sighs.

Afterwards, Jang Uk’s maid escorts him home, questioning him along the way about his reckless behavior the previous night. At the same time, Naksu buys firecrackers under the pretense that they are for a plan hatched by her former boss, while she also sets the wheels in motion for the spirit plate to be sold on the black market. In the background, a smiling woman lingers, potentially ready to use what she has heard.

Following this, the leader of the group of assassins informs his men that they should be able to sacrifice themselves for him, because if they die, they will obtain new bodies under the alchemy of souls. So they shoot presumed innocent lives before the eyes of the grey-haired assailant. Elsewhere, Jang Uk discovers that Naksu’s men have been discovered, but it appears to be a ruse when Park Jin is summoned to the palace, as the villainous Jin Mu is there trying to use his fake capture to get himself off the hook for a promotion, which ends up becoming a burn of Naksu’s body, while retaining his sword.

As Jang Uk is left with the situation explained to her, Naksu is confused by the assassins’ actions, believing that they may think she has failed in her mission to claim a new body. Afterwards, the Young Master goes in search of the sword, only for Jin Mu to attempt to take it as his own. As such, a back and forth begins, something ominous punctuated by Jang Uk’s assertion that he’s only unable to draw the sword “for now.”

When it is revealed that the Spirit Plate was stolen by Ae-hyang, one of Jin Mu’s men attempts to purchase the item and kill the current owner, believing it is no longer useful. This is because they believe that, presumably, the woman is Naksu, allowing the woman who assumes Mu-deok’s identity to figure out that the Danju cut her out of their plans.

Afterwards, Seo Yul wonders if Naksu was really the woman he had a bond with as his body burned, the new owner of the soul also watching his dead flesh ignite. There, she discovers the true identity of Jin Mu, the man who took her in the day her parents were burned alive. However, she is granted a way out of her diminishing role in life by Jang Uk, who arrives on the scene with her sword, ready for her to draw it.

Naturally, the assassin is able to receive energy from her weapon, or so it seems at first, because when she hits the object, it pushes her back. Naksu is now weak, unable to wield the sword that once killed many people. “We’re useless,” Jang Uk says, banishing his temporary maid knowing she’s unlikely to be a threat anymore. “I’d rather die than live like this” is the response, one delivered with a deflated face and worn demeanor.

Leaving for the grave of the soul shifters, Naksu watches what she says will be her resting place before plunging into the water in an effort to drown herself to her death. Meanwhile, Jang Uk is informed of the location of his former ally, but what he doesn’t realize is that what is happening is a draw of the weapon which the assassin was previously unable to retrieve. energy. Naksu came back as herself, ready to greet the man who saved her. Yet when she points the gun at him, she collapses before waking up in an infirmary in Songrim.

Here, it is revealed that the energy is currently only accessible in the lake, causing Naksu to consider possible ways to reclaim his old powers. While all of this is happening, Park Jin discusses the maid’s arrival in the infirmary, while Jang Uk is asked to risk his life for the sake of the shadow assassin. Either way, he has no choice, as he was unknowingly poisoned, he was told as he collapsed that if he survived the current situation, she would be his master. Then, when Park Jin and co. arrive on the scene, they are told the raw facts. If Jang Uk’s energy gate is not opened, he will simply die.

The end

But instead, Park Jin prefers to capture Naksu. However, Heo Yeom wishes to open the Energy Gate and does so independently so that Jang will be free from all evil. When the young master shows up, he finds out what happened, so sets out to find his future master to save her. And when he does, the new relationship between the two is confirmed, though the episode ends with Naksu collapsing in his student’s arms.

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