Live Blogging the Heirs Premiere

It feels like we've been hearing nothing but Heirs updates from the kdrama world for months now.  Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye in one show together! *head explodes* Even though the premise of teenagers in love has us a little skeptical, we couldn't let such a massive occasion pass by unnoticed, so we decided to live blog it, Oscars style.

You know how style journalists write commentary on awards shows as they're airing? Things like "Ooooh that dress looks like she wrapped herself in seaweed and crawled out of the ocean!" (I don't know anything about fashion actually. Is that what style journalists say?)  That's what we did here.  We watched the Heirs premiere and just wrote whatever came to mind.  It isn't the most in-depth commentary (for that, check out my drama club review on DramaFever over the weekend), but it was fun for us!

And here we go in

00.00-- Vivi: My palms are actually sweating. Settle down, Vivi. You’re not the one starring in this show. You’re safely on your couch in your pajamas. It’s gonna be fine.

00.10--Coco: OMG here comes some ‘90s Saved By The Bell “Best Summer of My Life” music and surfing scenes! How did they know how to reach deep into my nostalgic teenaged heart?

1.29-- C: Hey, I’m fairly impressed with Lee Min Ho’s engrish! Does this mean we are one step closer to being wed?

V:  I politely decline to comment.  He’s trying so hard!

1.42—V: It’s not a good sign when I have to read the subtitles to figure out what the Americans are saying.  So far, I feel like they’re just mumbling to cover up the fact that they probably don’t speak English at all. “Hey!*mumbling incoherently* Bye!”

C: Also I think they’ve managed to depict every stereotype of southern California ever. Can that girl get any tanner or blonder? Not to mention the surfer best friend.  

V: I feel like the model for this best buddy slacker surfer friend came from some made-for-TV teen movie circa 1992.

C: Totally dude!

1.51— V:Is this some kind of record? We’re under two minutes into the thing, and we already have a shower scene. Kim Eun Sook clearly knows what her audience wants. Why waste time?

C: Doesn’t count. Not standing in front of a mirror with steam rising. It does appear he is brooding about something, however.

3.13—V: Biggest plot mystery so far: Is Lee Min Ho sporting some lip gloss as he gazes into the distance?

C: I don’t know, but he sure looks pretty! And so, so contemplative. And probably misunderstood. And he probably doesn’t know how to love because he has never been loved.

4.15—V:Wait, what kind of second male lead hits defenseless nerds with a baseball? Ouch!

C: This is all very unexpected. My psychological frame for making sense of Kdrama things is being thrown out of whack.

7.03—V: I’m getting flashbacks of Eun Chan with Eun Sang delivering food and demanding her payment like a boss.  On another note, did she just say that she’s a second year in high school?  What does that make her—15? 16?  For my own sanity, I’m just going to pretend that she’s a sophomore in college, okay?

C: Second male lead looks intrigued by her sassiness! What the? Are you sure he’s not the male lead?

8.50--C: Now that’s what I call a second male lead. I think the writers got a little carried away with casting so much eye candy, they don’t even know what to do with them all!

V: Were people just volunteering to be in this series?  All we need is a womanizer with a heart of gold, and we’ve pretty much covered every male lead in the history of everything.  And no, Surfer Dude doesn’t count.

9.50-- C: Oh Krystal, honey, just stick to singing. Sorry, but acting is not for you.

12.47—V:Is that dream catcher going to be our terribly symbolic item for the rest of the series?  One can only hope that Park Shin Hye gazes at it wistfully at least 25 more times throughout the course of the show. (Fingers crossed!)

C: Buy me one now, Vivi! As an ancient symbol of our unending blogging friendship.

V: What if I painstakingly fashion one for you with my own two hands?  Does that make it more symbolic?

C: Only if it included strands of your hair as the webbing. Actually, that kind of just grossed me out. Please don’t use strands of your hair.

17.05—V:Not only is Eun Sang’s mom a downtrodden housekeeper, but she also can’t talk.  In the Olympics of misfortune, this woman wins the gold so far.

C: And where is her husband? We already knew the female lead has to be an orphan, so I guess it’s no shocker that he isn’t in the picture.

V: “Isn’t in the picture”?  He’s DEAD, Coco.  Because that’s what you get when you’re poor.

C: You’re right. Poor= everything is taken from you. EVERYTHING.

21.30 C: This all feels very Gossip Girl to me. Choi Yong Do=Chuck Bass, anyone?

V: YES.  So much yes to that statement. And Rachel=one of the female ones!  With the brown hair!

23.49—V: Rachel may be a terrible person (I assume), but I want her dress to be in my closet.  RIGHT NOW.

25.17—V: Serious concern: What will happen to Young Do’s super-gelled hair when he takes that helmet off?  I want to know.

C: All I know is that is definitely will not look as good as Ji Hoo’s helmet hair did!

26.0 C: Sorry but she is not as chipper about all her side jobs as Eun Chan was. In fact I’d say she’s kind of a whiner. You never saw Eun Chan crying cause someone knocked down her bottles of milk!

27.16—V: Okay, not as bad as I thought.  At least she’s 18!  But still, these people are too young to be engaged and stuff. (Shakes fist while rubbing geriatric knees) Kids these days!

30.02—V: It’s supposed to be a touching moment, but when I see “DRY CLEANING ONLY” written again and again all in caps like that, all I can think is, “REDRUM.”  Does this make me a bad person?

C: Yes! It does seem much more ominous than touching. This would be perfect to put in a trailer where you took some clips and changed the music to make Heirs seem like a Horror movie.

31.05—V: Aaaaaaaaaand there it is.  I was wondering how long it would take before we got a Park Shin Hye doe-eyed cryfest.

C: I’m afraid there’s going to be more of this than I’d like, but there’s always more of this than I’d like in all of her dramas. That, or the slightly confused and shocked face.

36.04—V: I’m sorry to break it to you, Eun Sang, but knowing the word for “subway” won’t help you much in LA.

C: And what exactly was the “Would you like people or…” phrase she was about to say? “Would you like people or trained monkeys to be your taxi driver?”

46.06—V: This may be an obvious point to make for a show called Heirs, but holy smokes are there a lot of grumpy rich people on this show. How will I decide who to hate first?

47.08—V: Apparently, Americans are the WORST.  Is this man propositioning her, or is that some terribly translated pickup line?

C: I think the producers are trying to make America seem as scandalous as possible to make sure that Koreans aren’t tempted to come here for the tan blondes and surfer dudes. They are like syrens!

51.50—V: Don’t listen when they compare you to angels.  They just want you for drugs.

52.48—V: I’m glad that in all of his time in America, Tan learned the truly important English phrases, like “dipsh-t.”

53.52— C: I just knew we’d eventually see the snotty Jun Pyo we all know and love. I’ve missed you so much!

V: Ah, their first fight!  Nobody pulls off sassy blinking like Park Shin Hye.  Nobody, I tell you.

59.46—V: A gang! That’s what you get for coming to the U.S.!  Everyone steals your bean powder and gives you money for sex and makes fun of you for being Asian!

C: And don’t forget the constant sound of police sirens! I didn’t expect Heirs to be such a morality tale, but lesson learned. Thank goodness they didn’t end up in NYC. You don’t even want to know what happens on the streets at night in this part of America!

1:00.30 C: Oh look! Here comes Edward Cullen! He even has a reddish hint to his hair like in Twilight. I wonder if he can read her thoughts too? That would be an unexpected twist the likes of the Secret Garden body switch!

1:01.02—V: When Lee Min Ho asks you to come home with him, I believe the correct answer here is a hearty “YES.”

How did you guys feel about the premiere?  Was it everything you hoped for and more?  Hard to say from just one episode, but at least it was entertaining! Comment below!


  1. Quick question, where did you guys watch the Heirs? I usually watch Kdramas on Viki, but when I went over there to view the Heirs, it said the show wasn't licensed for the Americas. It's also only on Hulu+ and not just Hulu, which is my normal back up. Where did you watch yesterday's episode?

    1. Viki doesn't have the license for America? That's interesting, I would've thought out of all shows, Heirs would definitely be licensed for North America! I mean, if it's not available in America, where is it available? I watch it on

    2. My understanding is that it's a bit of a war between Viki and Dramafever. Dramafever got exclusive rights to air it in the Americas, and Viki has it pretty much everywhere else. Pretty silly if you ask me.

    3. That's kinda ridiculous. How are the subs on gooddrama? I definitely like Viki's subs better than those on Dramafever.

    4. I must say Dramafever really up-dated the game it seems for the 2 first episodes. The episodes were available quite fast, i was impressed as I feel like DF is on average slower than Viki.
      I guess it is because when you have fan subbing, the passion makes things goes fast!

  2. It's on

  3. It was totally what I expected, which was... pretty bad and generic. But like, I don't expect it to be anything but terrible and generic so that doesn't really bother me. Is anyone really watching it for the plot? Nah, everyone's watching it for the cast. The English killed me, I am so so so glad they're only going to be in LA for one more episode!

    1. You're right--no one is watching for the plot. And the LA stuff was so, so painful.

  4. Hang on... I need to quit laughing here.....

    And. I'm good.
    You two are just priceless. I forced my husband to watch it with me last night and unfortunately, he didn't say too much. Maybe tonight we'll have a glass of wine and he can at least be a little snarky. Mostly he just cringed at the English while I tried to unhear dipsh*t.
    And ohhh those stereotypes.. Lol. Gotta say though the bean powder plot (sounds like a good old fashion conspiracy hehe) was kind of the best thing ever. Best = hilarious.

    1. Update: I was just informed that I was NOT allowed to watch ep 2 ...without him. Hah.

    2. Success! I can't even get my husband to sit in the same room if a kdrama is playing!

    3. My hubby and I watch them together. We just happened on "Lie to Me" a few months ago and thanks to this website got off to a good start with what to watch next. We make up our own endings when we don't like theirs. :)

  5. I liked the premiere. Or, as the gals over at dramabeans put it, maybe I just have lowered expectations, as in my expectation of something is inversely proportional to the hype it's given. Except for the Harry Potter books. :) The Engrish wasn't as bad as the surfer dude friend. I wanted to conk him with a surfboard whenever he opened his mouth.

    1. My expectation was that it would probably be terrible, so anything entertaining is a plus!

    2. Lowest expectation = less heartbreak. Now we can just sit back and enjoy the show!

  6. This was hilarious! Thanks!

  7. I've been hugely entertained by how outraged US viewers generally were at the crude stereotypes on display in Heirs episode 1- it seems that when US TV does to other countries/cultures, as it has done from day one, it's OK, but turnabout is apparently NOT fair play.

    1. Trust me, the irony wasn't lost on me. I think most people were amused more than outraged. I chuckle at this the same way I do when I watch those overly serious '90s action movies where ALL Russians are terrorists or prostitutes.

    2. On Lee Min Ho's English attempt I must say that although he is trying hard to make himself understood still not very good at it and he loses all his voice 's appeal ( think of City Hunter calling Kim Na Na with a deep strong voice, even my hubby recognizes his voice in any drama ) but I don't like him to speak anything but Korean, he does not look confortable speaking English and I HATE his " BLOND TERRIBLE ACTOR / SURFER / SHOUTING EVERY WORD FRIEND"
      I've been reading the comments about what American watchers think of the drama and they can't stop talking about it being racist and portraying a wrong image of the USA. If you watch any USA movie you will see how they portray themselves: drug dealers, protitutes, killers , but if anybody else mention it it's a sin, BTW most the latinas in the movies are portrayed as poor prostitutes or wives of a Colombian drug dealer / mafia capo or else ...we don't go complaining about it , all the chinese rest. delivery guys are chinese in the movies and I can assume that it's not always like that in USA. It's fiction, it's supposed to be enjoyed and I'm enjoying it really much. I can't wait to see more of it.

  8. Anyone in the gulf know how I can watch this? Everything is blocked and viki doesn't have licensing :(

  9. Love the Edward comment at the end. i knew the scene reminds me of something, could not quite figure it out! Hahaha. Thank you!

  10. Your pic of you watching Heirs is cute!
    In my heart Lee Min Ho will forevermore be Choi Young from Faith. So how can he be a high school student again? Why didn't they at least make them college students? I think the English speaking actors were cast in America, since it was shot in LA and I didn't' see any of the usual actors and none had the usual German or Australian accents. I didn't like Lee Min Ho speaking English. I understood him but his acting seemed to suffer when he spoke English lines. I think so many of the plot devices were cliché, but I liked it enough that I will continue watching.


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