Review – The Heirs
Well, I broke down and finally watched The Heirs. It was much better than I expected, but also a lot of what I thought it would be. Lee Min-Ho was rather charming as the aloof rich guy who turned into a puppy with love. Park Shin-He did what she does best – look adorable at all times, cry a lot, and seem vaguely lost. Kim Woo-Bin ruled as the school bully who finds his soft spot… by tormenting his first crush. And the rest of the large cast was entertaining, interesting, and engaging as the plot lines moved around from episode to episode… from America (how bizarre was that? Don’t break the 4th wall!) to elite private schools, and from the bedrooms to the board rooms.
It’s easy for me to be disengaged with these “super rich” dramas. I find myself with a growing lack of sympathy of their problems, but this show managed to keep my emotions in check by doing a very good job of humanizing these rich kids and forcing me to care about them. Quite a few of the side plots were very unique, including the awkward and funny friendship between the mistress and the mute housemaid. It was fun to see Park Hyung-Sik before he’d capped his teeth and really matured into the full-blown handsome A-List actor he is today. Tons of huge stars and exceptionally fine acting prowess saved what probably should have been a mediocre show and propelled it into a highly satisfying soap opera about young love between the economic classes.
I confess, I really liked it.
Overall Rating – 8/10 – Cinderella Hangs Out with The 1%.
Review – (Suffering Through) The Bride of the Water God
I am a sucker for supernatural stories, so of course I signed up for this show the minute it started. Even though the first episode was lame. Even though the second episode was lame. Even though it never got better… it just… middled around towards the bottom. But I kept watching it. Every Tuesday. Two new eps at a time. Like an idiot. Because I kept expecting something to happen… which is ridiculous, because after a certain point, you just know nothing is going to happen because if the writers knew how to make a good story, they would have been giving you one the entire time.
So, idiot me, watched this entire dumb show. About the most boring, lifeless, and dreadfully uninspired divinities EVER. Have there ever been more boring gods? NO. They have zero personality. They don’t really do anything, apparently – they were as boring in the Realm of the Gods as they were in the Human World. Just… dreadful.
As was our lead female. What a low key bitch, right? And her annoying habit of rambling out her self autobiography showed a sad lack of insight for a therapist. I mean… didn’t she have a degree in psychology? No wonder she didn’t have any clients.
Did the actors not read the script first? I honestly can’t believe this show got the green light. It’s so bad! Plot holes, pointless characters, storylines that go no where, seemingly important things that turn out to be utterly meaningless, and bad fashion. The romance was stupid, too. Childish, annoying, insipid, awkward. Eck. I hated it.
Overall Rating – 2/10. Drowning In A Plate of Water.