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Alchemy of Souls season 1, episode 4 recap – the story remains engaging

June 27, 2022

This Netflix K-Drama Alchemy of Souls Season 1, Episode 4 recap contains spoilers.

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Starting with a flashback centered around the birth of Jang Uk, as well as the idea that the child must have the energy of the King Star and be intrinsically connected to royalty, we see how Jang Gang was torn by the situation with her child. We then see a brief explanation that the young master was born when the star at the center of “the Big Dipper”, which “contains the secrets of nature”, and is revealed when the sky is filled with the energy of the waters of Daeho, appeared in front of us. return to the present. There, a dejected Jang Uk awakens from an unfortunate dream while bathing, remembering his banishment while doing so.

Then we find out through servant Kim that Jang Uk doesn’t speak in an unusual way after the floggings, with the experienced maid believing it all came from being shunned by the person the young master believed to be. a father figure. Hearing this, Naksu walks up to his student to discuss how the incident will give him more time to train with the torrent of energy he has been granted. Here we find that Jang Uk has indeed tried to perfect the steps, but made little progress. Although interesting, he harbors great ambitions to be begged back to Songrim, much to his master’s smug amusement.

Soon, Naksu finds herself even more satisfied after realizing that the whippings actually caused the torrent to rise earlier and that the fever her student is suffering from is just the result of the energy turning into heat. “This energy will only be yours if you can handle it,” she says, describing that he will soon go from burning to feeling cold, before adding that he needs to keep breathing slowly. In the following scenes, Naksu tends to Jang Uk, taking care of his fever to maintain a condition suitable enough to conserve energy. His efforts are hindered by a curious servant Kim, who quickly deduces that the young master might have a fever.

As the illness becomes more difficult to deal with, Jang Uk’s friends try to convince Park Jin to bring the young master back to Songrim to no avail, as the two men have to focus on soul changing cases instead. Thus, the group inspects a body together, while soul alchemy is correctly explained as possible once a person has mastered Jipsu, Ryusu, Chisu, and Hwansu. The latter is the “divine power” to change water into fire, and vice versa, something rarely inaccessible to humans. Upon examining the tragedy, suspicions are raised that the man was supposed to be working at Cheonbugwan, the resting place of the assassins. Ergo, Seo Yul, and Dang-gu are tasked with watching the place for strange activities.

Then, a calm-minded magician, Professor Lee, calls on Sapsali to accompany him on his quest to find soul-shifters, with the spirit taking the form of a real dog to do so. Elsewhere, Naksu fights to stay awake so she can observe Jang Uk, while the student suggests that if he dies she should take the torrent of energy within him. Always the direct person, the shadow assassin goes on to explain that if she could do that, she would have killed him already, a statement that makes the young master wish to hear something more heartwarming. As such, a story is shared, one that places all of Naksu’s safety on Jang Uk as the two subtly embrace.

The next morning, the resilience inside Jang Uk returns, though he remains unable to draw his father’s sword, which is his ticket back to Songrim. He is discouraged for a short time, but Naksu’s encouragement, who informs him that his rush to try and do what he’s doing is an act of vigor, rather than stupidity, allows him to feel some confidence. It was until the Crown Prince made a surprise visit, ready to trick the young master into giving up his swords now that he hatched a plan to crush him. Meanwhile, the other three of Daeho’s four seasons reunite on a boat trip to see Jang Uk, armed with different fun reasons for the trip.

Unable to agree to part with the Swords, Jang Uk is challenged to an emasculating battle by the Crown Prince, who wishes to expose his weaknesses. Confidently though, the young master accepts the proposal, and the two end up engaging in a heated fight that, while obviously uneven, helps show Jang Uk’s resilience on a deeper level. In the end, the battle is dubiously won by the Young Master, after Naksu distracts the Crown Prince enough to cross the agreed line. But what happens next, when his friends arrive on the scene and his master is about to be punished, is most interesting, as Jang Uk intervenes enough to break his enemy’s sword and unsheath what he was previously unable to do. And, although he is unable to control his powers, it is clear that the energy inside of him is slowly being worked.

Wanting to prove a point, the Crown Prince insists on sticking around to fight, wanting one or all of the four seasons to challenge him. Yet it is Mu-deok who manages to suppress the proceedings, pleading with the royal before offering to drink the dirty water she used as a distraction. What unfolds next is a shared guilt trip of everyone wanting to consume the liquid together, which is enough to rid the house of Go Won. Upon exiting however, he receives Naksu’s sword in a strange symbolic gesture from the shadow assassin. However, we soon find out the reasoning, with Naksu not wanting his student to get on the wrong side of a royal before he was strong enough to fight him.

As Mu-deok goes to return to the group, Seo Yul confronts the maid about her manipulative personality until a quick escape can be made from the conversation. When the assassin washes up later, she softens, however, touched by the appreciation shown by her student. Meanwhile, Park Jin talks with some of his acquaintances about Gwigu’s disappearance, but finds himself interrupted by the appearance of Jang Uk. The young master is there to show off the sword drawn, seeking to be accepted into Songrim and to be taken under the chief’s wing.

However, it is a fruitless endeavor, as Jang Uk’s inability to control his energy causes real pain to his father figure, and the subsequent revelation of the contentious altercation with the crown prince leads to the arrest rather than upon acceptance. “He’s out of control and dangerous,” Park Jin says before being warned by Jin Mu about the incident involving the swords. Later, the animosity gives way to a genuine level of respect for Jan Uk, as the leader of Songrim discusses his sudden success in learning abilities. But it turns out to be a last ditch attempt to steer the young master away from the life he seems destined to live, and when he initially fails to convince Jang Uk to avoid becoming a mage, Park Jin immediately discusses the fact that the man he took he’s caring for isn’t Jang Gang’s son, but rather the product of an affair.

As both parties stew over revealing Jang Uk’s identity, equally upset by what happened, Park Jin wonders if he shouldn’t just lie and claim he’s the young master’s father. . Of course he won’t, and what follows is a humorous scene regarding the looks before seeing the assassin receive information regarding the potential ownership of the missing spirit plate, in addition to knowing who Naksu might be from. These days. There’s also an intriguing incident involving a soul-shifter, conducted under the curious gaze of Professor Lee.

Trusting Mu-deok, Seo Yul recognizes that although the pseudo-maid still puts Jang Uk in danger, she always gives him what he wants and protects him, so she can be allowed to keep the sword belonging to the young master. . Then, the shadow assassin seeks to break through the gloom, antagonizing his student to the point that he wants to quit his training and change the master-student relationship that is being forged. Next, Jin Mu talks about the punishment for cutting off Jang Uk’s arm, much to Heo Yum’s disappointment. That is until Naksu suggests that the two fight again to prove the fairness of the proceedings, which the evil leader wants to lead the demand for.

The end

In due time, the official request for a duel is presented, so that the crown prince and Jang Uk can face each other properly. It’s something that has to be accepted for his own safety, but it seems the young master decided to flee instead, along with Mu-deok. Here, it’s clear that Seo Yul trusts his former acquaintance, while Park Jin learns the truth about Jang Uk’s potential fate if he doesn’t show up for the duel by the middle of next month. However, Jang Uk does not leave his responsibilities, but rather trains in the village of Sari before the important confrontation. With Naksu up for the challenge, the episode ends.

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