Korean Dramas

What I’m Watching Wednesday- Heirs

Hello everyone! It’s time for another What I’m Watching Wednesday post.

Started: Heirs (Episodes 1-8)

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This week I finally gave in and started Heirs. There has been a ridiculous amount of buzz about this show. Even though I only just started watching, I felt like I already knew what was happening on a weekly basis thanks to social media. I’m not sure if I like this style of watching, but Heirs isn’t making me excited enough to really care if I saw some spoilers.

Heirs is fine. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. Lee Minho is gorgeous (when is he not?!) and I like Park Shin Hye in her role. The problem lies in the framework. THIS DRAMA IS JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER DRAMA. Heirs is playing by the drama-land rules and I’m not liking their lack of originality.

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Sure, they try. There’s about a billion characters and they each have their own set of issues. But you can’t change the fact that Lee Minho is the typical chaebol heir who falls for the poor, hard working girl. His one sided love is nothing new. He was even center stage to this plot in Boys Before Flowers.

I read in an interview that Lee Minho wanted to have one more youthful role before he would be too old to “pull off” the high school look. Awww, that’s kind of sweet, but at the same time, I’m not buying his character’s age. Couldn’t they have at least made him a college student? High school is overrated.

After hours of “research” and hundreds of screen caps, here are some of my thoughts:

Chart- HeirsEveryone is connected to EVERYONE. That’s some impressive planning. The chart above only overs the top 10 cast members. Drama fever also made a great one here. So many characters, so little time to actually development their roles. Sigh.

Dream Catcher

Symbols of Love are much too prominent. WE GET IT. The dreamcatcher has MEANING. No need to show it every 5 seconds.

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Kim Tan has the typical bitch girlfriend (excuse me, fiancé). Is there any other way to greet a someone other than by throwing her suitcase down the stairs? Talk about jealousy issues. At least the character fits the cookie cutter bitch role so perfectly. I would hate for Heirs to break that golden drama-land rule.

BrothersAwww, Kim Tan just wants his brother to love him! This storyline is at least a little interesting. Something big must have happened for the half-brother to fear Kim Tan so much. It’s sweet how much Kim Tan still admires his brother even though his brother clearly wants none of the affection.

Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 10.50.15 PMLee Minho is not meant to speak English. It’d be best if he stuck to speaking in Korean.

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While a large chunk of the drama takes place at a high school, this is not a high school drama. We’ve only seen a handful of scenes with the characters actually in class, and thus far no one seems to be doing much schoolwork. The high school setting is just for background noise. It also gives the stylists an excuse to dress the cast in super cute uniforms. If anything, this drama can be labeled as a bullying drama. There is a heck of a lot of that.

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There’s also an awful amount of footage of long pauses and wistful looks.

 

This love triangle is alright, but much too predictable. Park Shin Hye is once again playing a rather clueless heroine surrounded by admiring males. I see her past characters from You’re Beautiful and Flower Boy Next Door in this current role.

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Talk about a long kiss. How can two people stand with their lips touching for so long and not change position? That’s just weird. Why such the dramatic pause?

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How about recreating the “Game Over” kiss from Personal Taste next time?

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Are you 5 years old, Kim Tan? Now you’re just being childish.

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Park Shin Hye sums up my thoughts about Heirs almost perfectly.

FashionAlso, what’s with Kim Tan’s questionable fashion choices? Must ridiculous wealth translate to strange clothing? A pink fuzzy sweater never works on a man, even a man as beautiful as Lee Minho. I do admit that the strange necklace/necktie thing is growing on me.

That’s all for now. Heirs, I hope you step up your game. I’m just waiting for you to surprise me. Please! I really want to love you, but you are making this a very difficult task.

Rachel  

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5 replies »

  1. I totally agree with everything you said here! What episode are you on? I like the drama but the romance bit is turning me off. Seriously, is it just me who thinks that Tan is too desperate? Maybe it is because I ship Young Do and Eun Sang more:P What do you think of the Young Do/Eun Sang pairing? I usually fall for the “nice” guy but for this drama I found myself siding with Young Do:/ Also, do you notice that half of the episodes that aired so far ends with a staring scene? This bugs me a lot:/ Anyway, thanks for following my blog and your blog is awesome!

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  2. I definitely have been drawn to Young Do more and more as the show goes on. I think his characterization is much more appealing than Kim Tan. I think it’s has to do with having hope that the bad guy is actually good deep down. We’ll see how it turns out! Everything is drawn out so much and the staring scenes really need to stop! I’m halfway through episode 10 and I’ll probably catch up with the rest today. When I watch, I like it, but I’m not overly addicted.

    Thanks for reading! I’m glad that you like my blog 🙂

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  3. Thank you for this post. Seriously, I laughed all the way through because I feel pretty much exactly the way you do! I’m just not as concise, lol. I don’t want to be too harsh, but I think that the problem is that the drama is just kind of boring. And I think it’s because, like you say, we’ve seen it all before. Also, Dear LMH. You are older than me, and I got out of college 3 years ago. Time to get out of high school.He does so much better when he’s allowed to be an adult. Also, Sidenote: You’re hilarious.

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  4. Awww, thank you so much for reading! You’re comment just made my night 🙂

    Yes, Lee Minho should not be in high school. He graduated long, long ago but he seems to keep forgetting that. This better be his last trip back! I just finished up episode 11 and I think I like the direction Heirs is going in more than before, but there are still many issues. I can’t quite give up all hope yet!

    Thanks again!

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  5. You’ve said some of the same things I have in my blog! LOL, I couldn’t love anyone more than LMH but seriously, the fuzzy pink sweater still has me scratching my head! 🙂

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