“It’s okay, baby!” Those are the first words we hear from Lee Min Ho’s lips in his turn as the exiled high school rich boy in Heirs or The Inheritors (Those Who Wear the Crown, Withstand the Weight: The Heirs). The drama released the first ever video teaser since it’s three weeks away from its premiere, despite it feeling like this drama has been casting and in preparation for three years. The teaser gives a sneak peek at every character, starting with Lee Min Ho’s Kim Tan, in addition to Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin, Krystal of f(x), Kang Min Hyuk of CNBlue, Kim Ji Won, Kang Ha Neul, Park Hyung Sik of ZE:A, Choi Jin Hyuk and Im Joo Eun. I’ve already dialed down my expectations to the level where I expect this to be Kim Eun Sook’s attempt to do Boys Before Flowers right and double the eye candy level in addition to dialing up the overseas shoot prettiness. Hopefully she also decreases the ridiculous plot turns and the poor heroine’s chip on her shoulder. The teaser made it look like one of those 1990s teen shows airing on Fox. You know – Beverly Hills 90210, Malibu Shores, etc. – but I was really hoping it would be more luxe and all-out like Gossip Girl. I remember the first ever news articles on this drama referenced Gossip Girl, which is one of those guilty pleasure shows that is always fun to watch even if has zero resemblance to reality. I’m not getting the visual aura from Heirs that it’s aiming to throw the kitchen sink of fan service at the screen, though by sheer reality of having so many young stars and idols in the same show there will be audience members content with that alone. I’m not impressed by the teaser, both its production values and the choice scenes shown, but that doesn’t matter because this sucker is going to be cracktastic if it doesn’t try too hard to be more than its superficial fun construct. I’m going out on a limb and saying that I still haven’t gotten any impression that Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye will have good chemistry here. It might be okay, but so far neither has delivered any stills to give off the impression that their high profiling pairing will blow the lids of teen romance.
First teaser for Heirs (English subs):
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