‘Memories of the Alhambra’ Episode 5 | Netflix TV Recap

By Daniel Hart
Published: December 15, 2018 (Last updated: November 15, 2023)
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Memories of the Alhambra episode 5 shows considerable progress in the story, as the augmented reality game begins to produce answers, with the lead character starting to understand what is happening to him.

This recap of Memories of the Alhambra Season 1, Episode 5, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.

At the end of the last episode, a bewildered Yoo Jin-woo (Hyun Bin) is attacked by the non-player character version of Cha Hyung-seok (Park Hoon) on the last floor of the hostel. Jung Hee-joo (Shin-Hye Park) witnesses the fall. Shocked by this immediate impact, she gets him rushed to a hospital. Memories of the Alhambra episode 5 shows how a near-tragic incident causes a closer connection to the wealthy businessman and the former hostel owner.

You soon learn that Jung Hee-joo’s feelings for Yoo Jin-woo are confirmed, as his hospital ordeal drives her to tears, making her feel anger towards him for his near-death experience. You also realize that when Cha Hyung-seok came to duel him in the hostel, he didn’t have his augmented reality game contact lenses in, making us realise – what is happening to the CEO? His experiences from the gaming world are filtering into his reality, which is part of some bizarre plot development.

Memories of the Alhambra episode 5 presents a further danger for Yoo Jin-woo as he has to survive another attack from Cha Hyung-seok in hospital. Fortunately for Yoo Jin-woo, if there are any obstacles in the way the impending duel is delayed after a 60-second countdown. Yoo Jin-woo comes across as a madman shackled in the hospital as he screams and shouts at the staff and stumbles through the wards to try and prevent being killed.

Yoo Jin-woo comes to the sudden realisation that he killed Cha Hyung-seok by playing the game, and he accepted his fate that he was about to have the same manner of death; that’s until Yoo Jin-woo unknowingly becomes an obstacle, saving the businessman’s life. As episode 5 draws to a close, Yoo Jin-woo becomes the narrator discussing the possible whereabouts of the cryptic programmer Jung Se-joo (Chan-Yeol Park) – he believes the same scenario happened to him, where a non-player character is tirelessly tracking him down trying to kill him.

Memories of the Alhambra episode 5 ends with Jung See-joo presumably dead on the train platform, fading out in the game. This was a far better episode than the previous.

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