"Heirs" first episode
Performances (main cast only!)
Plot and story
The first episode has all the elements of a ratings hit. A complex family drama. A Cinderella story featuring gorgeous Park Shin-hye. A proven plot. Most fans of any of these actors will stick with this drama. The performances and production are good. The character set ups are reasonably well crafted. We're ready for some real drama in episode 2. A recommended watch from F&B for fans of romantic drama, Cinderella stories and Lee Min-ho or Park Shin-hye.
Heirs (왕관을 쓰려는자, 그무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들) is all about star-power. Based on the first episode, the main reasons to dive deep into this drama, are Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-hye, Kim Woo-Bin and Choi Jin-hyuk. Is that enough? Yes, for we fans who adore these stars. Five out of five for main cast, sexiness and performances. Unfortunately, the first episode is hampered by horrendous American actors playing ridiculous American stereotypes—more on this later. (Watch Heirs here on DramaFever>>) Or watch the first episode embedded in this story.
Title: Heirs 왕관을 쓰려는자, 그무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들 / Wangkwaneul Sseuryeoneunja, Geumoogereul Gyeondyeora – Sangsokjadeul
The first episode has all the elements of a ratings hit. A complex family drama. A Cinderella story featuring gorgeous Park Shin-hye. A proven plot. Most fans of any of these actors will stick with this drama. The performances and production are good. The character set ups are reasonably well crafted. We’re ready for some real drama in episode 2. A recommended watch from F&B for fans of romantic drama, Cinderella stories and Lee Min-ho or Park Shin-hye.
First Episode of “Heirs:
5 out 5 for main cast
1 out of 5 for American supporting cast
We’ve never previously separated our rating on performances, but it seemed unfair to bring down stellar star performances with dopey, wooden supporting cast performances. It is probable the American casting was rushed or handled by a separate location producer. Whatever, the reason, the entire ensemble of American characters is high school performance level at best.
The stars—well, we expect no less than sizzling from Lee Min-ho. He delivers. We expect a strong and endearing performance from always adorable Park Shin-hye. Check. Kim Woo-Bin is nasty as can be as a character (so far) and he’s perfect.Choi Jin-hyuk is in true form as Lee Min-ho’s conniving brother. No one can argue with the star power of supporting Korean cast, including Jeong Dong-hwan, Choi Won-young, Park Jun-keum, and my favorite Kim Mi-kyung.
The characters they play are a perfect set up—for the most part—for an intense family “heirs” drama. Lee Min-ho is the brother shipped off to America to get him out of the way of his scheming brother Kim Won (played by another of my favourites Choi Jin-hyuk). Other rich heirs are set up as well. Kim Woo-bin is particularly slick as the nasty Choi Young-do, who comes from a totally dysfunctional family (including new step mom and step sis). Most of the first episode is character set up. Viewers, by this first episode, will have either made a connection with the characters or not. I certainly did, mostly with Park Shin-hye’s character Cha Eun-sang, and with her mute mother played by Kim Mi-kyung.
Lee Min-ho goes without saying. I’d love him in any role, but here he convincingly plays the footloose Americanized playboy. Even his English is adorable, delivered in a lush, exotic accent.
Plot and Story
3.5 out of 5
Episode one is a set up episode, and as is traditional with Korean drama you just have to stick with it. All K-Drama has backstory that needs set up, and Heirs goes beyond the ordinary due to a large cast of characters, all of whom have significant roles. Although Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye are the lead performers, it’s clear all actors will have major plot arcs in the story.
Writer Kim Eun-sook sets up what promised to be a major family-conflict drama, for which we would have given it 4 out of 5, but the dreadful stereotypes in the American scenes drag this down to a 3.5. The blond beach boy who steals Cha Eun-sang’s bag of bean powder, and snorts some thinking it’s Cocaine? The nasty, fat cop who confiscates her passport. The blonds on the beach? The thugs who accost Cha Eun-sang just at the right moment to help her decide to get in the car with stranger Lee Min-ho? We expect and hope for better once we leave America behind. The stereotypes drag down the story.
4 out of 5
Production, so far, is good, with strong camera work, nice setups and acceptable lighting. Makeup on the actors is too heavy and obvious in some scenes. American scenes and sets are perfect. Pace is excellent.
5 out of 5
For fans of the cast—once you get past the stereotype American setups, this is a 5 out of 5 for entertainment—this is a solid 5 out of 5. We have everything we could want here: gorgeous cast (who are killer actors) romance, Cinderella, epic family drama, business soap opera in the background. For non-fans, it would still rate a 4. Recommended to put on your DramaFever watch list.
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