DRAMA CLUB: HEIRS Episodes 1-2 (1/4)
Well, everyone, we made it! It’s been a looooooooong wait, but we finally got to see the first two episodes of Heirs. I’m Vivi from Kdrama Fighting, and I’m thrilled to be joining in for the first few episodes of this drama club!
First off, let’s talk leads. I like how Lee Min Ho’s Kim Tan isn’t your average second-generation chaebol lead. Okay, so he’s kind of your average second-generation chaebol lead. I mean, he’s brooding and sad and has tons and tons of money (and apparently lives in Iron Man’s mansion?), but he at least he isn’t a total dirtbag. He makes people sandwiches! And he takes in homeless Korean vagabonds! Awwwwwwww.
I will say, though, that if a total stranger invited me over to his house and said, “I’m not sure if it’s safer than here, but it’s better than here,” my first thought would have been “SERIAL KILLER--RUN AWAY.” Just because he’s handsome and drives a nice car doesn’t mean that he doesn’t chop people up and store them in his fridge. Just sayin’. Eun Sang is lucky he was joking about the kidneys.
Park Shin Hye has been known to play some pretty timid characters, so even though her doe-eyed crying face was in tip-top shape, I was happy to see that she at least shouted at people when they ripped open her suitcase and took her stuff, which happened way more than you would expect from only two hours of television. Here’s hoping she builds even more of a backbone as the series progresses!
I’m pretty sure we all saw this coming from miles away, but no one is buying that these are high school students, right? They look like adults. They act like adults. They attend high schools that look suspiciously like college campuses (and I’m pretty sure my high school English teachers were too busy trying to force us to read Romeo and Juliet to pontificate on the most beautiful word in the English language, but maybe that’s just me). So can we just make a pact to pretend that they’re in college for the remainder of the series?
I would talk about the rest of the main characters, but let’s be honest: there were about a billion of them running around the set. What are we at now—a love octagon or something? What I will say, though, is that Kim Woo Bin’s Young Do seemed to match what I expect from a male lead much more than a second male lead. How am I supposed to feel second male lead syndrome if he keeps throwing baseballs at defenseless nerds?
Okay, now that the important stuff is out of the way, we need to talk about those Los Angeles scenes for a second. It got so bad that I felt like I was accidentally watching Sharknado for a second. And to be honest, if a shark had eaten that surfer dude, I wouldn’t have been very sad.
In a lot of ways, I felt like these episodes were anti-tourism campaigns. Want to visit the US? Be my guest, but only if you want to hang out with a bunch of gang members who will proposition you and steal your mother’s painstakingly handmade bean powder to snort as drugs! Fortunately, even though everyone wants to beat you up, they’re all so fat and lazy that you can easily jog away from them while clutching Lee Min Ho’s hand…. Even though it’s pretty funny to watch, I’m looking forward to the jump back to Korea in upcoming episodes.
More than the jump back to Korea, though, what I’m really looking forward to is Eun Sang’s response to Kim Tan.
Dang, that guy moves fast! A (sort of) love declaration already! Be still my beating heart!
So what did you think of the premiere? Was it everything you hoped for and more? For more reactions to Heirs, check out my live blogging responses to episode 1 or check back later this week to hear what Kayla and Erica had to say!
Missed a post from the Heirs Drama Club?
·Episodes 1-2 [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
And check out Drama Club members on their on their own pages:
Vivi: Kdrama Fighting!
Kayla: Freckles in April
Erica: North Meets South