Many thanks to the drama gods who heard my cries for actual mutual romantic action in Heirs/The Inheritors instead of staring, hang grabs, wrist pulls, silencing forced kisses, road blockage, and whatever else the writer wants to pass for romance and instead comes off mildly icky to mostly disturbing. Park Shin Hye has been getting a lot of flack for being a frightened doe or a cold fish in all her romantic moments with Lee Min Ho. That’s true and all but the writing is more to blame for letting the OTP basically forgo spending actual fun times together. Their interactions are either longing, run away-and-pursue, or trying to stay away but still going back to each other. Since this is a teen drama, let them act like teens some of the time. Use their unchecked libido and impulse control to actually relax their worries and enjoy each other’s company, then worry about the future. For all they know, Tan and Eun Sang could get the entire world’s blessing to be together, only to break up in college because she finds him too stupid and he thinks she’s too mopey. With that said, I am loving the latest stills from the drama showing a genuine close hugging moment between Tan and Eun Sang.
This is way better than the kiss stills that were all about posing, these actually convey real emotional connection between the two characters. Looks like Eun Sang hugs Tan first, which is all the better. Even if the world is going to fall on her because she dares to love Kim Tan, at least love the boy back first while she’s at it. I want her to start acting along the lines of what she said it to Rachel “if I’m going to get slapped for something, let me at least do it first.” Occasionally when Eun Sang’s spit fire spirit bubbles forth, I absolutely adore her and her tart tongue. Too bad she’s being punted around by all the rich and powerful guys in this drama. Episode 13 will revolve around Tan getting kicked out of the house while Chairman Daddy makes plans to ship Eun Sang abroad. All the while Rachel stews over the knowledge that Tan is illegitimate but Young Do warns her to keep quiet about him. I don’t know what makes me tune into Heirs like clockwork every week, but if this was Kim Eun Seok‘s master plan all along to frustrate and entice me with dribs and drabs then she has succeeded in her quest to conquer the drama watching world using flashy bling and storytelling mediocrity.