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Bulgasal: Immortal Souls: Episodes 5-6 OPEN THE TOPIC

After facing a common enemy, the bloody feud of our hero became more and more complicated. His wrath on our heroine is still as strong as ever, but now he must bargain with her if he is to reach the bottom of his cursed destiny, and achieve the end he has long planned.

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I’m also going to be on this show, and love the direction we’ve taken this week – where fate, hate, tension, fear, and nostalgia erupted from practically every scene. High drama! It was also great to finally have more Lee Joon on screen. His performance this week has me confused. (Why is he so good at being a psychotic villain in Rococo-esque suits and settings?)

Back to where I left off last week, though: Hwal and Sang Eun barely escape with their lives from meeting Balghasal. After leaving the scene and unconscious detective Kwon, Hwal returns home, as it were, with Sang Eun. His idyllicly dilapidated house serves as a safe home for everyone (although it’s not remotely safe, considering every few minutes someone else shows up at the door).

As Sang-eon recovers, Hwal stares at her with a look that’s hard to decipher – looking like a bit wanting, but then turning into this hard-to-control rage. It’s happening on all of our episodes this week, in fact. He saved Sang Eun and nearly slaughtered her several times; He clutches her neck with murder in his eyes, yet binds her ankle that has been crushed by a monster. Their story is definitely an interesting one.

Much to our satisfaction, we revisit the murder that took place 15 years ago, and see how the whole scene ended. We’ve had a lot of bits and pieces from this, but this time, we’ve got it all. This includes Lee Joon bulgasal brutally killing Sang-yeon, and most importantly, the wisdom you share when you die. Belgasal chuckles that her soul is split in two, but he will kill both – however, Sang Yoon says he won’t be able to kill her sister. She continues that “the dark hole will not go away” and that her sister “will put everything back in place”.

Dark hole references aside, this makes more sense now. Sang-eon definitely seemed to be a wild card in this centuries-old fate. Perhaps you will change the direction of this fate once and for all?

Hawal struggles with the existence of this second bulgur. He was always under the impression that there was only one (and we get memories of General Dan telling him so). However, Hwal knows that he must find out the role of this Belgas in the story and kill him before he gets his soul back and becomes mortal again.

The story doesn’t make us wait long, and I kind of like the aggressive way Lee Joon bulgasal pushed himself into the story. In fact, we know it has been around for a long time; He hunted down and killed all of Sang-yeon/Sang-eon’s past reincarnations. Now, he literally summons Hwal for a sumptuous lunch and asks him to join his ranks.

Outside of the brilliant acting here from Lee Joon, this scene drops a lot of important plot information, including his name (finally!): OK EUL-TAE. He first tries to convince Hwal that they are on the same side and disrupt any belief that Hwal might have of Sang-eon’s innocence. He repeats several times that they have a common enemy and that they both represent the real danger.

But it’s also not as straightforward as it sounds, because Oel Ty seems (pretend?) to be ignorant of Hall’s backstory, alluding to a warrior who killed all monsters 600 years ago, and a baby cursed from the womb—but at the same time, he seems to have indicated Fairey in his words.

Yul Tae explains that only Belgasal can destroy souls, and that they need to destroy Sang Eun. Eul-tae needs Hwal’s help because he has this “black blood from a dark hole” that occurs when he approaches her (and blames Sang-yeon for whatever phenomenon). As part of the deal, if Hwal helps him kill Sang-eon’s soul, Eul-tae will tell Hwal about the true formation of the curse.

To complicate matters further, each of our characters has more motivation than survival. Sang Eun is willing to sacrifice her mother to kill Eul Tae and keep her little sister safe. Hawal just wants to avenge himself on the Belgas who killed his family, and to get his soul back so that he too will die. Eul-tae seeks to destroy Sang-eon’s soul to heal the wound he inflicted a thousand years ago. It’s cruel stuff, and the idea that their death means nothing to them only adds to that.

Finally, Hwal and Sang-eon seem to have reached an agreement: Hwal will allow Sang-eon to live as a human until he finds a way to kill Eul-tae (after achieving this, he plans to continue his eternal plans in her dungeons). For now, it’s mutually beneficial, because both will eventually get what they want, and the dangerous truce (if you can call it that) is a sight to behold. I can’t put my finger on how Hwal actually believes in Sang Eun’s innocence and lack of memory about the past. The frightening dream sequence that surprised me; I love our heroine as much as she does, and I hope there’s no hidden layer to her. However, at the end of our episodes, she sees that old painting of herself, which is Do something to her.

In the middle of it all, we have more monsters attacking, Si-ho as leverage, and Detective Kwon back. The latter basically imposes itself on every scenario, and while he has only an idea of ​​what’s going on, I rather like it, and how it adds another layer to our plot.

The most exciting part about this show, of course, is all the echoes of past lives that our characters remember with pain and longing (hwar) or just feel strange echoes of familiarity (like when Detective Kwon first sees Si-ho in the present). Likewise, Si-ho senses something about Hwal, but she always cringes when he’s around, hiding behind her sister, who is commanding here in more ways than one.

Most feelings are with Hwal in these scenarios – it’s positively sad to see him salute the man who was once a beloved father and who is now after him; Or to watch him acclimatize while his wife and archenemy live as sisters in his house. Although I’m not sure how Hwal really feels about Sang-eon, it seems clear that he still interacts with Si-ho as he did with his wife in the past: risking anything to keep her safe (which he failed in many centuries. Since ).

Even better, these echoes of the past aren’t just about the characters’ relationships – they’re also connected to the events of the story, as seen with the Water Monster and the way it attacked General Dan/Detective Kwon’s arm. very good! I’m sure there’s a lot more of this coming our way, because even though we learned a lot of tactical information in this week’s episodes, there’s still a lot we don’t know.

The true identity of each character remains shrouded in mystery, as is the true formation of this sinister fate. Now that we know something different is happening in this latest reincarnation with the two twin sisters, I wonder what that means for the future. I don’t expect a happy ending or anything else – instead, I almost feel like where we started at the beginning of the drama wasn’t really the beginning. There’s probably more to say there, too.

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