After having a few days to fully process the premiere two episodes of Heirs/The Inheritors, I find myself actually liking it more despite acknowledging even more flaws in it. I can’t explain it other than this one is purely a personal preference thingie. The acting has been mostly lackluster and the narrative overwhelmingly obvious, but a few of the characters have really connected with me and that’s a surefire way to my heart. I’m more and more falling for Kim Tan, and only wish Lee Min Ho would wake up and infuse his performance with the same level of budding actor intensity he put into Gu Jun Pyo in Boys Before Flowers. I feel like back then he was hungry for success, eager to prove himself, but now he’s resting on his laurels and is almost going through the motions so far. I know he has it in him, that charisma which sucks me in even if he’s not the best actor around. Star power, he has it and he needs to start unleashing it. Despite his rote performance, I love how Tan comes off with the rich kid baggage but none of the rich kid antics (as far as we’ve seen). Yes. he was supposed to have been the devil incarnate back in Korea (along with Young Do) before big bro shipped in overseas, but the Tan that we’ve met is all sorts of easy to root for. His interest in Eun Sang may have been written without any plausible foundation and executed with ridiculously overwrought long stares that make no sense, theoretically I totally get it and can’t wait for them to get back to Korea to develop it in earnest. Here is the exiled heir to the biggest chaebol fortune in Korea wanting only a semblance of familial affection, finding an equally bristly kindred spirit in the poorest girl in his exalted vicinity. I even like that I don’t love Eun Sang at first blush, but like her sharp edges enough that she isn’t too syrupy sweet. I wish Heirs weren’t so hyped because of its screenwriter and its massive cast, because it definitely doesn’t live up to hype but does have its own brand of sweetness that I’ve inexplicably fallen for. There are dramas I ought to love more that never touch me, and oddly enough the clunky opening of Heirs has reached out and tapped into my fondness for outcast love stores. Check out the latest stills from the drama as well as the new preview for episode 3. I can’t wait for Chan Young to join to the LA crazy party and give Tan some jealousy to stew over. It’s massively silly but potentially oh so satisfying.
New preview for episode 3: