JoAnne: Someone who is not Lee Min Ho but will magically turn into him during close-ups is surfing in sunny California. It's comforting to see that even IN the US, a KDrama production company will select the absolute worst Western actors possible. I do like consistency. I also wonder if the girl that Lee Min Ho kisses realizes how many fan girls just signed her death warrant?
cherkell: BAYWATCH FLASHBACKS! First off, the Coast Guard would bust you for surfing that close to the piers. And it looks like these scenes were shot closer to Ventura Beach than Malibu Beach, but who’s counting. (You’ve seen one SoCal beach, you’ve seen them all.) But I bet LMH felt right at home with all that plastic surgery surrounding him!
cherkell: His hair is bouncin’ and behavin’, that’s for sure. Good Heir sports the ubiquitous “Wolf Cut” which is very popular in Korea these days. Make a note of it.
cherkell: Heh heh heh… she said “balls.” Still having a hard time believing these are HIGH SCHOOL KIDS. I’d pay good money to see Woobie NOT be an ass upon first blush in a drama. *sheesh* (But the bullied kid looks a lot like one of his classmates from “School 2013," no?)
cherkell: Of course, Eun Sang and Kim Tan have not met each other – she’s disgusted with her mother’s career choices to where she's completely blocked that out of her mind, and Kim Tan probably has lost the directions to that part of their sprawling mansion and doesn’t even know it exists.
cherkell: *consulting Venn chart for character names again* Token Boy Band
cherkell: Token Girl Group Member Appearance? CHECK. Stringy also is the perfect descriptor for her acting, ‘cause it’s pretty cheesy so far. This one's gonna hurt, and hurt bad.
cherkell: Introduction of KDrama Trope No. 705 (Disabled Mother of Innocent Lead Girl)? CHECK. Granted, I love Kim Mi Kyung and have been watching her in dramas for decades, but don’t these actresses ever worry about over-exposure (and I don’t mean in the Stringy Hair way)? Or are they just grateful to have the work available?
JoAnne: Han Ki-Ae (Kim Sung Ryung) is the petulant mother of Good Heir. Ok, she might be funny. When told that 'The President' has just arrived home, she quickly swallows a full glass of wine to 'hide' it. And upon being told that he went straight up to his room she promptly spit it all back into the glass and chastised the maid for saving the good stuff for last. Between that and the big ass bow in her hair, I'm guessing she's could be a major source of laughs. Mute Mama has some skills, too. This should be good.
cherkell: I laughed so loud after this scene ended that I’m sure I woke up the neighbors. (Bite me, neighbors.) Drunk Mom done gots some smarts in her at least!
cherkell: GUMIHOT! I don’t care what we call him, just as long as he answers back in those sweet, dulcet tones. This show just shot up 1000% in my eyes. RAWR.
cherkell: Stereotype of Ugly American Brute? CHECK. I almost wish he was wearing a red shirt so I could invoke the Laws of Star Trek and have him killed first!
cherkell: Sorry, I have no words to describe Woobie’s look. But my panties almost melted. ALMOST.
cherkell: My ears were bleeding from all the Engrish attempted here. Did something important happen?
cherkell: And another sorry to the Viewing Public, but the species Blondicus doofusia surferosa actually does exist in California. I’ll take yas to Santa Cruz sometime; you can view them in their natural habitat!
cherkell: Nice attempt, girlie! Shoulda shot her back a その どやがお やめて instead! :)
cherkell: After a bit of research, it turns out that scene was actually filmed in Compton. I guess Watts is too gentrified now to represent a run-down, slummy American neighborhood? And what's with the 35-year-olds living at that house? If they're running a hostel, I would give them negative stars on Expedia.
cherkell: LMH should be writing in his journal, “All the beachside coffeeshops and oceanside restaurants in California, and she has to slut around mine…”
cherkell: Lalalala don't care about the business stuff right now. More Sex Hair and Voice!
JoAnne: She kind of has the right this time, though, because damn - her sister is a bitch. She's caught red-handed and all she does in response is dig through baby sis's suitcase looking for money while Eun Sang sobs brokenheartedly on the sidewalk. She finds the money and runs off, leaving poor baby sis completely alone in a country she doesn't know with a language she doesn't really speak, no money, and no place to go. Nice. But hey - Good Heir has been watching all along. Random Korean Benefactor Gene, activate! I wonder if LMH's orange skinny jeans will be the thing that his pink skinny jeans were in City Hunter?
cherkell: If this was Real Malibu (as compared to this Faux Malibu), that suitcase and its contents would have been stolen a nanosecond after she turned around to run after Slutty Sister. Also, Darwin’s Law would have been invoked with Surfer Dude stroking out on the beach. Show, you have disappointed me.
cherkell: There we have First Instance of Suspend Belief – a random LAPD foot jockey can take away a passport just like that. I apologize to all our international readers – remember, this is pure fiction!
cherkell: Why are those strange men dressed like Seo Taiji and Boys? Did they get lost on their way to the “Answer 1994” set?
cherkell: I wasn’t screaming. Not in the least. Though I was lusting after that car. Mine’s been on the fritz these days.
JoAnne: All in all, not so bad. No lack of snark material, for sure, and plenty of pretty to squee over. Acting, except as noted, is at least workmanlike. Scenery is gorgeous. Plot? Who the hell knows? We haven't even gotten half way through the character introductions yet. All we know is that everyone hates their families and everyone has some connection that goes back years and years. We can speculate that pretty much every damn body is going to be in Cali for some reason by the next episode, but I somehow don't think this will translate into a topless Sex Heir so I'm a little sad about that. I don't much like our heroine yet, although she IS at least minimally better than our other choices. I hope that Woobie and Minhot give us a real triangle, and I PRAY for KimBro-mance. We'll see.
cherkell: Oh most defintely snark-worthy, but I found it kinda meh, like all the PD-nim did was string all the trailers together into a 72-minute show. The hype sure as hell didn’t help any, and here’s some advice from someone who’s been there: If you’re going to produce a BELIEVABLE drama about Korean expats and their escapades in a foreign country, maybe you should try to get a foreign adviser on your staff for a change? There were soooooo many stereotypes tossed out that I lost count. (Good thing we weren’t doing tequila shots for every bad line of Engrish uttered, or I’d be in rehab by now.) But it's only a drama... I should really just relax.
One thing the DeeEff viewings does not include is the cold opening to the show, where someone (and I've got to figure out who) does a really bad cover version of Iggy & The Stooges' "20th Century Boy." I give major props to the brain trust who decided that, because it's perfect to describe these snooty little brats and their First World Problems. But it's only the first outing; let's see how things play down the road.
Art Work: Kakashi