The most hyped up drama of the year, The Heirs (AKA The Inheritors) has finally come to an end and I am still learning to get my head around what these 20 eps were all about. It was a drama that tried really hard to reach into the depths of the ocean but could only remain on the shores. I was frustrated with the drama but yet I remained by its side, watching week after week. Week after week, I kept wanting push the drama forth and tell it present to me a story with substance and depth but in the end that was not what I got. For 20 eps, it was a drama that lacked the notion to chug forward into building a compelling drama. It had a central plot but within that plot there were a number of sideline storylines that were never fully developed. That ate away from the central plot, weakening it and the drama as a whole. The characters did grow but it was only ever so slightly. The steps that they took were baby steps that weren’t of any significant in showing the person that they have come to be. In fact, there wasn’t much of a difference from the characters that they were at the start of the drama to the characters at the end of the drama. In the end the drama drama only moved forward ever so slightly.
Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) and Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye)’s love line is the central plot to the drama but it was very very weak. I wanted to see more from them but they failed to reach far. The obstacles that they walked through were transparent as it didn’t bring them any closer in the process. For them it was love at first sight and given their two very different backgrounds, I thought that they would have had to wander the earth together hand in hand to prove to everyone that they are meant for each other. However, none of that happened. It never appeared that they had much of a socioeconomical difference between them. She ran to his arms when he called for it and was ready to face his father and the media without fear. And this was a problem in their relationship because where were all the obstacles that they had to face? Where were the fights for this relationship? Where were the proofs that they needed one another. Their relationship just felt too easy and yes, it had everything to do with their love at first sight but given their circumstances, I wanted to see something more from them. They tried to show that they had to run and fight but what was the whole purpose when in the end his father, who strongly opposed them from being together, suddenly gave the approval?
Kim Tan and Eun Sang’s weak relationship is a factor as to why their bond never really felt close. The other factor to this is that LMH and PSH’s chemistry were never really together. It’s not to say that they didn’t have any chemistry because they definitely did, but it just never reached the standard that I expected it to. It also wasn’t like their chemistry felt forced or anything, because that was definitely not the case. They just fell short of it. It wasn’t necessarily LMH or PSH’s fault, but it had more to do with their characters who were given personalities which were flawed. Though, the kisses between the OTP had everything to with LMH and PSH.
Kim Won (Choi Jin Hyuk) and Tan’s brotherly relationship that I would have loved to see more it. It was one of those stories that were kicked to the side when it should have been centralised. Though, of the out of the sideline storylines, it did have the most development. It was a very interesting relationship to see how they hold very different positions within the family come to help each other. They had a broken bond but it slowly repaired itself as the brothers spent more time together. Won disliked Tan because Tan was a treat to his position in the family while Tan desired his brother’s love. They learnt to compromise as they brought themselves to understand each other and realise that they are family.
One of the most wasted storylines of the drama was Won’s love story with Jeon Hyun Joo (Im Joo Eun), who barely had 20 minutes of drama time in the entire 20 eps to show that they were in love. If you showcase me a story, I at least want to see something of it. Show me what purpose their relationship had! Instead of getting any of that, all I got was wasted focus which could have gone to something that had more significance to the drama. Hyun Joo was a useless character to the drama as she was never a force to change Won and neither did she mark her position.
I’m actually glad that Won chose money over love because at least this is something he wants whereas if he picked love over money, he would have regretted it. He never loved Hyun Joo enough to make such a sacrifice for her and she never loved him enough either. Furthermore, the company and money means so much more to him than love. He is a man who has the power that is capable of him to reach new heights whether he has the love or not.
Choi Young Do (Kim Won Bin) undoubtedly had the best story arc of the drama. He was the only character who we saw grow and step past his struggles. He had his own troubles but he learnt to face them one by one and each time he faced them, it made him stronger. I thought he was a douchebag when I first saw him as a bully but there is more to him than what shows on the outside. He is a bully because that allows him to feel stronger and appear tough. He doesn’t want people to know that he is actually quite shallow. He allowed his weak side to be shown when he is around Eun Sang because she doesn’t judge. She allows him to feel that he can be himself when he is with her and more importantly, she allowed him to feel love. His biggest struggle was having to deal with his runaway mother who just left him without a trace. This has affected him greatly and is one of the reasons as to why he is the person that he is. I really enjoyed the scene in the finale when he reunited with his mother. It was so warm and rewarding to see that he can finally see her once again.
Despite the flaws, I enjoyed the drama more than I disliked it. It might have been frustrating but there were lots of moments warm to the heart and friendships which were very sweet to watch. Lee Bo Na (Krystal Jung) and Yoon Chan Young (Kang Min Hyuk)’s romance was a really sweet and insanely cute watch and kept the drama sane by proving that there can be sweet high school loves without a complicated backing story. Chan Young’s friendship with Eun Sang was also really sweet and even Bo Na’s budding friendship with her was really nice to watch. Rachel Yoo (Kim Ji Won) and Lee Hyo Shin (Kang Ha Neul) silent friendship is something that I have come to like after see what they have been through. Tan’s friendship with Hyo Shin is another one of those enjoyable relationship. My favourite scene of them was in the finale when Tan was giving Hyo Shin a goodbye hug before Hyo Shin left for the army. That was just really warm and fuzzy to my heart! Oh, and Han Ki Ae (Kim Sung Ryung)’s friendship with Park Hee Nam (Kim Mi Kyung) was another one of those relationships which was warm to the heart.
Yes, the drama did have flaws, there was so much more that I wanted out of the drama. I kept wanting to push forth the drama but it just never hit the notes. It was always struggling to reach these notes because it never intended to reach these notes. Despite all this, I enjoyed watching, though it could have been done a whole lot better.
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