The good news is I’m back to watch Korean Drama because of The Heirs. It’s been a long time since my last Korean Drama and I kinda miss all the pretty people and those cliches story. Most Korean dramas are made to be a guilty pleasure anyway, so I expect The Heirs to be one and so far it has reached up to my expectation. Before I go further with my review. I will honestly say that The Heirs is not the best drama, actually far from it despite its huge potential.
The Heirs’ plot is moving very slowly, some scenes are repetitive and it can be over the top too. However, it’s still entertaining enough thanks to Lee Min Ho’s charisma and Kim Woo Bin’s acting chops. Yes, I keep watching this drama because of them and I’m shallow like that. You can judge me but let’s face it, most of us watch Korean Drama because of the eye candies. My point is if I need to watch something deep or smart, I will choose to watch those award-winning movies. In other words, deep thinking is not necessary for Korean Dramas, you just need to enjoy the ride and if it’s bad at least it’s visually pleasing like Boys Over Flowers. Fortunately, The Heirs is less superficial than BOF, there is more depth in the story as well.
In episode 11, we can finally see how Cha Eung Sang (Park Shin Hye) moves forward with her true feelings. First she is answering yes when Choi Young Do (Kim Woo Bin) asks her whether she likes Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) or not. And secondly, when she is alone with Kim Tan in the camping area, Eun Sang is actually making the first move to lean on his shoulder, surprising Kim Tan with her bold action. I guess she takes note when Kim Tan demanded her to do something with their relationship in the previous episodes.
People might say Eun Sang is too passive and mellow as the heroine, but can you blame her? She is very poor, working multiple part-time jobs and her house-maid mother is deaf. Her big dream is to get a proper job, she has no time for love let alone having a complicated relationship with this ultra rich young master named Kim Tan. Eun Sang have more than enough in her plate, hence I don’t blame her if she chose not to pursue her feelings for Kim Tan, logically it’s the best decision for her. But in this episode she decides to be honest with her feelings for once and I respect her courage for that.
Kim Tan in the other hand is still playing this possessive demanding boyfriend role (e.g: forcing a kiss, pushing her to choose between him or leaving his house, keep pestering her to date him, etc). Honestly, there is nothing romantic about a guy who keeps telling you what to do and monitoring you constantly like a stalker. Moreover, Kim Tan may have a calm exterior but it is said that he was the Lucifer of school full of demons. So yeah this give some explanation for his selfish and pushy behavior, I can see that he was a big bully in the past, even worse than Choi Young Do (Do you remember how aggressive he was when he fought with Young Do in episode 9?). Gosh, they both should stop dragging Eun Sang here and there like some kind of rag doll. She is not an object and they really need to stop using her as an excuse to win over each other.
Choi Young Do shows some redeeming quality in this episode until he decided to be an asshole again. Yes I understand that he might want to show what will happen to Eun Sang if she decided to be together with Kim Tan, but do you need to do it in that literal way? Like throwing her into the pool in the middle of winter season? Then asks her not to catch a cold? Gosh, Choi Young Do, no wonder Eun Sang will never believe you like her. Can someone please call a dating coach for this poor boy?
Despite his behavior, there is no doubt that Young Do likes Eun Sang genuinely (Although his initial intention might be to irritate Kim Tan). He clearly is brokenhearted when Eun Sang admits that she likes Kim Tan. Moreover, he can’t stop staring at Eun Sang with that puppy eye look, longing to be acknowledged by her. With his background (motherless and psychotic dad) I think his wounds are too deep, he hides his vulnerability behind his ruthless exterior. He doesn’t know how to treat someone he loves simply because the lack of love in his own life. With his 2nd lead status, I can already predict his fate, however I hope to see some character development in the future episodes because he got sizzling chemistry with Eun Sang. (Stolen hug done, stolen kiss maybe? I bet Park Shin Hye doesn’t mind )
Blame Kim Tan for his hormones, because as he flirts with Eun Sang inside his room (he warns that walking away will earn her a hug and talking back will earn a kiss, is this supposed to be a threat?) his mother, Madam Han caught them in this cozy scene. Kim Tan doesn’t hide the fact that he likes Eun Sang which of course drives his mom mad. Eun Sang eventually leaves Kim Tan’s house and spend the night in Lee Bo Na’s house. In the next morning, Eun Sang meets Young Do in the convenience store, he is eating alone again and when she asks why he is always eating alone, Young Do tells her to stop staring at him because it makes his heart flutter (another cheesy confession eh, Young Do? ).
Young Do and Eun Sang is waiting side by side to cross the street, while Kim Tan shows up on the opposite direction. Young Do as usual is trying to provoke Kim Tan by hugging Eun Sang and forcing her to cross by his side. Kim Tan catches her hand and asks her to come with her despite the fact she already rejects him by saying “I can’t do this anymore, I’m sorry.” Gosh, Kim Tan you should learn that sometimes when a girl says no, it means no and there is no other hidden meaning. Just look at Eun Sang’s suffocated expression, she is having enough of this. I hope those two boys can just leave her alone, they are just making her life more miserable than before.
In episode 12, Eun Sang is taking Kim Tan’s hand but only to let him go. She then leaves both guys in tears. Young Do runs after her and looks genuinely worried when he sees Eun Sang cries. He suggests to party (HA!) and Eun Sang wittily replies “That’s something a person who’s ranked #98 would say” LOL! She then leaves him while he keep staring at her mumbling “You won’t let me get close to you” Aww… Poor Young Do. I can feel your lonely heart but you better find another girl because she loves your former best friend.
There are many powerful scenes in episode 12 that I love, so far I think this episode is the best one of this series. Mostly because every scene has a meaning to move the story forward and not just a filler scene for fan-service. First is the meeting between Hyun Joo (Kim Won’s girlfriend) with Kim Tan. When Kim Tan asks teary Hyun Joo; is she okay? She instantly recognized him as Kim Won’s brother. Then she explained how Kim Won describes his brother as kind, affectionate, tall and have similar eyes like him. Through this short meeting with Hyun Joo, we get a glimpse of hope for these two brothers’ reconciliation. Hyun Joo and Kim Won’s current situation also foreshadowing the future of Kim Tan & Eun Sang’s relationship, crush by reality, social status and the evil dad.
Later we have this scene when Young Do for once using his intelligence to find out that Eun Sang’s mother is the housemaid of Kim Tan’s household and she is deaf as well. Eun Sang is saying that she is no longer care if Young Do reveals her secret to everyone and she demands him to tell her about his next plan. However, Young Do has no plan and blurts out, “I don’t even know what to do about my own scars! What am I going to do with yours?! I was just sad when you weren’t here, and I’m happy that you’re back, and your secret is heavy, and that’s it.” Good Lord, he looks really upset and frustrated because it seems Eun Sang will never trust him and who can blame her? His track record is bad enough in her mind. Still, Young Do has finally showed his human side, that he does have a feeling, a strong one in fact for Eun Sang. It’s late, but better late than never right?
The defining moment of this episode is when Kim Tan reveals his birth secret, that he is the illegitimate son and introduces her real mom to his fiancee Rachel Yoo and her mom. This of course drives his dad super mad, he slaps Kim Tan very hard twice. Her mom cries and tells him that while Kim Tan was abroad, she couldn’t breathe properly because of his dad and brother. She then asks why he did it when she endured so much to give him this privilege life. He apologizes for thinking differently, her mom is keep crying and worries about what is going to happen. The moment between Tan and his mom is very emotional and heart wrenching, kudos to both actors brilliant’s acting.
Big respect for Kim Tan, who finally decided to reveal his true identity and acknowledge his real mom in front of his fiancee. His action is reckless but he knows for sure that’s the right thing to do. If he wants to breakaway from his manipulative dad, he needs to do something bold and taking charge of his own life. For once, I finally can find something appealing about Kim Tan’s character. Yes he can be a possessive douche with stalker tendency, but at least he got the guts and conscience to do the right thing. Remember, this is not the first time he ever stand up for his mother, the first time was when Choi Young Do came to his house. I love how he never hesitates to protect his mom despite his circumstances, it tells a lot about his stance and motivation. Tan’s action is the opposite of his brother Kim Won who just passively complying to his dad.
And you know what? I hate it when people use the term illegitimate child. Why should a child bears the sin of his parents? It doesn’t make any sense and even though Kim Tan is the illegitimate child, he still is his father’s second son, the chairman of Jeguk Group. So really I don’t see why he will be powerless if he doesn’t marry Rachel Yoo. After this big revelation, I can’t wait to see what will happen to Kim Tan and Eun Sang’s relationship. Big storm is coming and hopefully they can endure this together.
My prediction for the next two episodes: Evil dad will plan something to separate Tan and Eun Sang (sending him or her abroad I guess), Kim brothers semi-reconciliation (it’s about time right?), Young Do is proactively protecting Eun Sang, and more lovey-dovey moments between Tan and Eun Sang. Stay tune for my next review of The Heirs!