I cut my index finger the other day while trying to cut a cabbage and so I wasn’t quite able to write properly. Still am of course but the ring finger must do the job. So this week was not the best as far as drama watching concerns meaning I hadn’t a lot of time to watch the dramas. But luckily I caught up with Heirs and Reply 1994 both of which I’m really enjoying.
So this week’s episodes find us with some flashbacks to help us understand what happened in the past between Tan and Young Do, Young Do continues his bullying, Tan and Eun Sang spend some time together and they provide us with lots of cute moments, Tan confesses his feelings to Eun Sang, they almost kiss and then kind of kiss, Tan confronts his brother, Won continues to be weird, and lastly Young Do starts to have feelings(?) for Eun Sang.
First I wanna talk about Won. We learned a little bit about him in these episodes and when I saw him outside Hyun Joo’s house where secretary Yoon was the first thing that came to my mind is “Tan is just like him”. Their situation and the way they talk to their girls are very very similar and I have said it before that I find the two brothers to have so much more things in common than they think they do. Didn’t anyone got that feeling too?
Now as for Young Do. He is crazy. Craaazy I’m telling you. I understand that he has his issues, that he has problems with his father, that he grew up without a mom. BUT there comes a point that you just can’t continue to justify his actions. I like the way the character is written and Kim Woo Bin’s performance but I don’t like the person that this character is. He clearly despises his father and at the same time he follow his “advice” and tries to be more like him. I’m not sure that he even realises that he is becoming just like him. As for the reason behind the “hate” for Tan. I don’t find it enough for it to cause so many problems. Am I the only one? He saw in Tan what his situation could be but why to put all the anger he has towards his father to Tan. Because my guess is that that’s what happened.
The bullying got a bad bad turn in this episode as it was really hard to watch the way he treated Joong Young and I’m not talking only about the beating and having him kneel in front of him. It was equally bad to make him beg Eun Sang to help him, making him seem like (my first thought was) a pimp, because it was like Eun Sang had to offer herself to Young Do. Does that make sense? I hope it does. And as for the feelings he is starting to have for Eun Sang. I can probably understand why it was her that caught his attention but I completely cannot understand why he thinks that treating her like that would have any positive result. That is not how you win a girl’s heart or any person’s heart for that matter.
Moving on to Kim Tan I’m happy that he finally took a step to the right direction, confronting Young Do, even if that was not with words but with “actions”. I do believe that Eun Sang wasn’t the cause for him to start taking action (the problems were there way before he meets Eun Sang) but she was the reason that pushed him a little bit to the right direction. As far as the confessing goes, I like it. I liked more the fact that he was honest and open about it, and that he actually asked her to think about the possibility of them being something more. Their interactions are adorable, so funny and sweet, and I love the fast dialogues that they have. They really seem like real people when they are together. It feels more relaxing and so “the way things are supposed to be”. Also as a side note, I loved the scenes where he acts like a little boy like when he pulls the ponytail tie out of her hair. It shows his true character who at the end of the day just wants to live as a normal teenage boy.
As much as I loved the fact that he is all adorable with her, I wasn’t his biggest fan when unintentionally (at least I hope that is the case) makes her a ball between him and Young Do. That goes for Young Do too. She has found herself in the middle of the battle when she is the last person that needs to get involved in their “war”. Hopefully Tan realises that and finds a better way to “protect” her if you like.
Which leads me to another point and that is “the protecting”. I like Eun Sang, I understand her and I would probably be as terrified as she is if caught in the same situation. But still I hope for her to find the courage to stand up for herself a little more. I know she can, she has done that already but I want more. It is nice to know that there is someone who will have your back, be it a guy or a friend in general, but the final battle you have to give it yourself. I’m hopeful that it is gonna happen sooner or later.
Despite all the hate that I see Heirs receiving I actually continue to enjoy this drama. I don’t get it. People talk about it being slow, not having a main theme, having underdeveloped side characters etc,etc. Personally I don’t see these points. I mean what did we expect? Tan and Young Do fighting with their fists from day one at school? I mean Tan just got back after three years. Wouldn’t it be weird for that to happen? And it doesn’t have a main theme? Isn’t Tan’s story the main theme? You know his journey in finding the courage to confront his family and his past. It feels like it is a main theme and the way to say the story of “people trying to feel free and have dreams and live the way they want and not the way their family and society expects them to live”. As for the underdeveloped characters, really? Really? The drama has so many side characters so that it’s bound to happen. And lets not get amnesia and believe that in every other drama all the characters are more developed. I think the main problem here is the expectations people had before even the drama started. High expectations lead us to believe that the drama is gonna be great and then the drama can’t live up to the expectations, exactly because the expectations were so high. What I’m trying to say is to try and give it a chance and also relax (as snow_white from The Drama Corner said in her post.)
Overall I really enjoyed these two episodes, I’m intrigued to see what happens next and I’m happy that at least here in the blogosphere there are people that enjoy watching The Heirs as much as I do.
(pictures credit: Dramabeans)