While I am enjoying Heirs/The Inheritors with a lowered expectation and an enjoyment of the little details in there that particularly intrigue me, I wish the drama could be better. A lot better, so that the enjoyment lived up to its sprawling cast, famed screenwriter cred, and clearly big budget. It’s not a hot mess but there is a sensation of waste, of prime opportunity that is not tapped into. One of the things that keep bogging down the narrative is repetition, along with its mostly lumbering pace. I can accept the slowness because it corresponds with Tan’s ennui and loneliness, adding to his feeling of disjointed isolation, but the repetitiveness is unnecessary and really out of character for Kim Eun Sook. She likes to make parallels, to tie things together in the end, but for her to repeat a major OTP moment a mere two episodes later is really sloppy writing. Tan already spent time watching Eun Sang sleep back at that roadside motel. Did anyone need to see a redux back in Korea? I think this scene looks pretty, don’t get me wrong, but the visual effect doesn’t actually translate to emotional satisfaction. I want to see Tan and Eun Sang spend time interacting, especially since they spent most of episode 4 apart. Plus this scene is almost a carbon copy of the first meeting scene between Taeyang and Kang Woo in The Master’s Sun, where she was doing laundry in the rooftop and then fell asleep and he came by and watched her. TMS aired right before Heirs, so once again the similarities and timing are too coincidental not to jump out at me. Lee Min Ho does a fantastic job in these stills of quietly watching Eun Sang with interest and reservation, while Park Shin Hye has enviably gorgeous hair but I could have done without seeing her actually do laundry chores for the Kim household. I get that she’s sorta their part-time maid as well, but the laundry trope needs to end here. Other than that, I can’t wait to see the school yard narrative begin in earnest in episode 5.