Here’s come more Lee Min Ho in Heirs! Honestly, the promotional deluge from The Inheritors has been nothing short of exhausting, though I’m hardly blaming anyone since I choose to follow along gamely. I suppose one can look at it from another angle and argue that the promotion has been on point so far considering that Heirs has got double the well known hot young actors and actresses in its cast compared to your average K-drama. So double the promotional kick for double the pretty cast? I think this drama will never get a fair shot on its own merits no matter what it does. I’ll try to judge on quality but whatever I say will be questioned by those who see it differently as my biases coming into play. I’ve come to think that quality doesn’t even matter anymore, this thing will rake in the dough every which way. Which is a bit disappointing since writer Kim Eun Seok has the capacity for genuine intelligent fare, but if Heirs turns out all sorts of amazing then I’ll be first in line to doff my cap to her rising to high expectations and proving the naysayers wrong. I was pretty charmed by Lee Min Ho’s last batch of official stills from Heirs where he was seen with his trusty surfboard headed into the waves. It was the first set of stills with his character that really felt alive and popped, rather than just seeing Lee Min Ho with a new haircut looking pretty.
These new stills with his character Kim Tan in what looks like a college classroom (filmed at the University of Redlands) are mostly underwhelming. He looks so stand-offish with the scene, and don’t even ask me what a high school student from Korea is doing taking college classes in the US, unless the drama posits Kim Tan is an overachieving gifted prodigy who is grade levels above his age. I can see what he’s doing – taking class and then going up to ask the professor a question – but it comes across as really staged and awkward. K-dramas have never really filmed overseas in a way where foreign actor scenes didn’t make me cringe, but it’s not a shortcoming unique to K-dramas as plenty of Hollywood shows flat out suck at depicting other cultures especially Asians in Asia that doesn’t scream exotic stereotyping. My only gripe is that an awkward scene ruins the flow and takes the viewer out of the moment, and really I want to just soak up the pretty scenes and prettier people in Heirs and not be laughing at awkward Engrish and community college acting class dropouts roped in as extras for Heirs. I’m kinda getting used to Lee Min Ho’s shaggy-ish hair style though, it’s got a relaxed charm that I like.