Heirs is pulling out the big guns. And by big guns, I mean the long awaited OTP kiss, which no matter how awkward or slightly inopportune narratively is always an audience lure. While the big kiss between Tan and Eun Sang won’t happen until episode 8 on Thursday, SBS is striking while the slight ratings uptick for last week’s episode 6 is hot and releasing these early. I’m still watching Heirs, and actually caught both episodes last week in real time since I was in Asia on a business trip. I was planning to write about episode 6 but a conference call and jet lag promptly put a damper on that plan and I’ve been mulling over my thoughts ever since without having the time to really write about it. It was an odd episode, encompassing all that has made Heirs a very strange watching experience. What should have been a truly compelling narrative transition of the two leads Tan and Eun Sang into the cutthroat world of Empire High was instead muted and slow. There were moments that shined, but in between everything felt so washed out with the thousand and one staring contests and conversations that went nowhere. I’m not bored by Heirs, but after each episode I always ask myself “that’s it?” and wanting more from everything that has transpired in the last hour. It’s a combination of poor execution by the PD, and Kim Eun Sook‘s writing choice to keep layer on the set up and mood building without periodic pay off moments to quench the audience thirst.
I’ve long since stop hoping Heirs would get better, because I’m enjoying it well enough as it is. Tan and Eun Sang’s kiss might just be that definitive moment that tips them over to starting the romance for real. From the looks of the kiss, it appears Eun Sang is reaching for her phone and looking sad, and then Tan kisses her. I hope there is lip movement. Oh god please let there be movement, for the sake of keeping Kim Eun Sook’s streak alive of having some of the hottest kisses in K-drama and to quell those Park Shin Hye can’t kiss comments, which are mostly valid but I wouldn’t lay all the fault solely at her feet. I wouldn’t get my hopes up since this is a high school drama, but lord knows Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye are long past high school age in real life and it’s not like anyone watching actually buys into the absurdity that they resemble real life high school students. Heirs is a fantasy concept, might well go for broke and have the kisses be hot and heated. With all the staring Tan has been doing for the last 5 episodes, he’s probably bursting with teenage boy hormones and I’m glad he’s finally acting on it. I could do without the forced kiss scenario but it doesn’t bother me too much since Tan has been ever the gentleman with her so far. Let’s hope she either likes it or slaps him if she doesn’t, either way she gets to call the shots as well. In addition to these stills, SBS also released new pictures of Young Do and Rachel in black tie attire. Those two would make a great OTP if these drama wanted to go there. Unfortunately I don’t see it, Heirs appears to want Young Do to fall for Eun Sang and then get reformed that way.