All it took to win me back was Tan and Eun-sang’s cute camping date. That, plus some funny banter moments (Tan barricading a door that opened inwards was particularly hilarious), provided enough sweet to get me through the heavier dramatic moments. It also helps that Tan is being proactive in getting himself to a place where he has the freedom to follow his own dreams and desires.
However, the Tan / Eun-sang relationship is no longer my big draw. It’s pleasant and I’m rooting for them, but what pulls me to the screen and keeps me there is Young-do. Whether he’s interacting with Tan, with Eun-sang, the two of them at once, or even just brooding on his own — I’m intrigued and entertained. It’s definitely the Kim Woo-bin affect at play, but there’s also the whole “bad-boy trope” which, I have to admit, works for me. (And which, I have to admit, Kim Woo-bin is working. He needs to lead his own drama, stat.)
Coming out of left field is another unexpected character-draw: Hyo-shin. Which, I’m thrilled for Kang Ha-neul. I’ve liked him since Monstar so I’m pleased that his character’s had such meaningful screen-time. (Not a ton — but meaty when it’s there.) But I am stunned to realize that I’m very, very hopeful Hyo-shin might actually woo Hyun-joo away from Won. And now I’m really invested in Hyo-shin getting a happy ending. I don’t want him to go the Dead Poets Society route. (Please rebel by living your own life! Please, please, please!)
Won’s character took an unexpected (by me!) turn in giving up on Hyun-joo. (I think his choice was foreshadowed when he chose to buy her a necklace and not a ring — but I missed that hint.) It’s sad, but I think it shows the cost of choosing the company and that it’s a choice Won made with open eyes. (A stupid, stupid cost, I’ll add — but one well established in this world so… *sigh* …I’ll let it go). I liked that Tan witnessed the fallout and that he had a little moment with Hyun-joo. I liked how it showed his and Eun-sang’s future if he didn’t choose to do something dramatic. And I loved that he chose to do something dramatic. (Finally!)
And I adore the relationship between the two moms. As crass and snappy and even cruel as Tan’s mom can be, she is in such a horrible place (Tan’s father is such a despicable man — seriously) and Eun-sang’s mom sees that and is kind, and Tan’s mom sees her seeing that and appreciates the kindness… They’re sweet together. And also hilarious. So it’s win-win as far as I’m concerned.
I have to admit, Heirs hasn’t been as good as I was hoping it would be. The pacing could be better (the past four episodes could have been condensed down into two, for example), and our main couple hasn’t pulled me into their romance as deeply as I’d hoped. But there are other fascinating characters and relationships and I’m interested in seeing how they turn out. I’m not wowed, but I am entertained. And that’s enough to keep me tuning in.