Bulgasal Immortal Souls is a fantasy-thriller Korean drama created by Jang Young-woo, Kwon So-ra, and Seo Jea-won and stars Lee Jin-uk, Kwon Na-ra, and Lee Joon, alongside other cast members. There are 16 episodes, and Bulgasal episode 2 has a runtime of 74 minutes.
Netflix describes the series as:
Cursed since birth and exempt from death, a revenge-driven immortal sets out on a quest to reclaim his soul and end a 600-year-old vendetta.
– Bulgasal episode 2 recap contains major spoilers –
After the events of the last episode, Bulgasal Immortal Souls episode 2 starts with Hwal stabbing the Bulgasal and he asks her why she killed his family. Unfortunately, she tells him that he has created more bad karma and that he will be reborn again with this scar that he has left on her body. With this, she becomes dust and disappears, leaving Hwal to sit there with a sword through him and cry.
When his men find him, they are shocked to find that not only has Hwal been able to defeat that which cannot be defeated, but that he is also not dead. They are shocked and scared and without a word, Hwal gets up to caress his dead son’s body (feeling a little hungry, it seems like). The army starts to stab him fearing that he will kill them all. But the swords in his back seem to have no effect on him.
Off to find vengeance, General Dan comes face to face with Hwal and asks him whether he has really become the Bulgasal. Hwal, defeated and crying, implores Dan to kill him since he cannot die and craves human flesh. However, General Dan wonders what he can do since Hwal, technically, cannot die. Talking about his family’s death, Hwal is torn with guilt as he says that it was he who killed his family since he dragged them into this Bulgasal mess.
Swinging his sword to end Hwal, General Dan tells Hwal to flee and live away from everyone and to never harm humans. He wasn’t born a monster – he was born a human and has a human heart. He lets Hwal go and as he’s walking off, his men surround both of them and ask him to kill Hwal since it is the royal order. When he refuses to do so, one of the soldiers stabs General Dan, which pushes Hwal to unleash his monstrous side.
Just as Hwal is about to murder the soldier, General Dan asks him not to and tells him to come with him. Away from the soldiers, General Dan asks Hwal to promise him that he will never feed off human flesh. When he agrees, Dan asks Hwal to take him to her daughter to apologise for ignoring her. Unfortunately, though, he dies before Hwal can take him. A lot of deaths in just two episodes and General Dan’s death, honestly, hits a little home. He was a nice character.
A full breakdown of what happened in the last few minutes of the last episode is given in Bulgasal episode 2. Hwal asks the female shaman why he became the Bulgasal and she tells him that the previous Bulgasal stole his soul and died after becoming a human. She will thus be reincarnated as a human in the future. Furious at this revelation, Hwal promises to find her reincarnation and give her a taste of her own (Bulgasal) medicine. He promises to get his revenge.
Jump to 1593, the Japanese invasion of Joseon – people run away from one place to another in order to flee the invaders. Meanwhile, Hwal is drawing a picture of his soul taker while thousands are slaughtered outside. He saves a woman from a Japanese invader and is about to eat the guy when he remembers his promise. Three years later, Hwal is using the painting he made to search for the Bulgasal.
He falls into a trap after he follows some old guy to find the previous Bulgasal, who turns out to be a “friend” from before. He quickly kills the monster off and tells a mural of the Bulgasal that she inherited his soul and his karma – he asks her to bunker down until he can get to her.
Jumping to 2006, Hwal gives the photo of the Bulgasal, now a reincarnated human, to a private detective, who, again, was one of the villagers who took care of Hwal all those years ago. In the present, Hwal is following a very underage Sang-un around. She isn’t sure why, but when the following becomes a bit too apparent, her sister Sang-yeon takes her and runs away to a secret hideout.
On the way, they are attacked by a creepy bus driver but are able to get away from him. After reaching their destination, Sang-un asks Sang-yeong what is going on, and the latter tells her that people like the bus driver are actually monsters and there’s nothing human about them, except for their human-like exterior.
Sang-yeon asks her sister to stay put, although the latter wants to run home and tell the police what’s going on. However, the former forbids her and asks her to stay with her, since they both look the same. Sang-un, however, has a very expected fit and goes to sleep crying. The morning after, they go to visit a woman who ends up being Sang-yeon’s sister, shocking Sang-un.
Of course, Sang-un does not listen to the one rule that Sang-yeon had told her to follow and calls her mother the moment Sang-yeon leaves. She runs away from hiding and goes home with her mother and finds Sang-yeon there. What follows is absolutely carnage and tension as the two sisters try to figure out a way to save themselves and their mother from the Bulgasal. Unfortunately, though, Sang-yeon and their mother don’t make it.
Left as the only survivor, along with her little sister, in Bulgasal episode 2, Sang-un goes to meet Sang-yeon’s sister and asks to live there with them. 15 years later, Hwal visits the place only to find it empty. Sang-un, now grown up, works at a laundry place and seems cheerful and jolly outside. However, that night, on the day of her mother and sister’s death anniversary, she visits her old home and is plagued by horrible memories.
While tearfully thanking her sister, Sang-un comes across Hwal once again.
Final Thoughts: Bulgasal episode 2
Bulgasal episode 2 is fantastic. The world-building, the way the show progresses and the characters all flow and mesh together brilliantly and give us a show that is fresh but also extremely engaging. The monsters are kinda scary. But I don’t really enjoy the yellow-toned scenes – it feels very overwhelming after a while. However, other than that, the story is engaging as heck and a show that stands out among the myriad of romantic K-dramas that we are usually accustomed to seeing.
Bulgasal: Immortal Souls is streaming on Netflix.
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