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The Impossible Heir: Episodes 5-6

by missvictrix

Life is getting complicated for our main trio. While their plans appear to be moving ahead — with the heir in place and a wedding on the horizon — that doesn’t stop the betrayals from appearing on the scene in what’s turning into a game of Whac-A-Mole.

 
EPISODES 5-6

 

Thankfully, it’s a less of a boring week in The Impossible Heir in this set of episodes, but that doesn’t make what’s happening any more scrutable. The show turns up the ~drama~ this week, but for shame, none of it has much sticking power because we still don’t see inside our heroes enough for it to work the way it ought to. Instead, we have lots of dramatic things happen that we watch from outside. I haven’t felt this emotionally isolated from a K-drama in a long time.

Picking up where we left off, In-ha is now in position as Official Kangoh Group Heir #3, and our team is about through their master plan, right? In-ha wanted to get into the family and he’s doing a bang-up job of knowing he only has to be his father’s dog (his words). Hye-won wanted to marry into the Kang family, and she and In-ha’s recent engagement has been accepted by the chairman. And as for Tae-oh, he’s still in the right-hand man power seat. What else is left? Is it game over? If it’s not, what’s their end game? (Asking for a friend.)

 

In the meantime, the mess that Sung-joo caused last week was swiftly dealt with, and he’s been all but exiled (like his scheming mother who left for “the villa”) — and I don’t just mean from Chairman Kang’s good graces. I mean from the actual drama, too. Where Sung-joo’s arc seems to fizzle out, In-joo continues to be a PITA, and is involved in some big trouble, which we’ll get to later.

But first, the bigger theme of what the drama is really trying to do: start pitting our two heroes against each other. Gone, gone forever is the brief glimpse of their early friendship dynamic. Now they just glare at each other over expensive alcohol and rehearse their next move.

That being said, In-ha gets an official “test” from his father, which has to do with a high-profile business negotiation trying to sell one of the Kangoh companies. And this is one of the first times we see antagonism between In-ha and Tae-oh. In-ha seems to reach a tipping point where he can’t trust in Tae-oh’s long game. Instead, he uses a cheap trick to pull off the sale to his advantage. It works, and In-ha isn’t faulted for it much, but it’s the first time (ever?) that In-ha has blatantly gone around Tae-oh to get something done. And methinks that has set a precedent. (As a plot device it’s boring, but it works. And really, the fun here is seeing Tae-oh having to repress his inner fury.)

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Now that In-ha is having one-on-ones with his father (and getting schooled in business, wine, and proper chaebol conduct), he seems to be relying on Tae-oh less and less. But could the mounting tension also be over Hye-won? In-ha finally proposes to her and she accepts (it’s utterly emotionless, just like their entire romance has been). Nevertheless, In-ha texts Tae-oh excitedly with the news, but poor Tae-oh is out for a night run to some extremely moody music, brooding over losing his woman for good.

This scene is the perfect example of a juxtaposition that would work beautifully, and rip your heart by the feels, if the drama was doing what it was supposed to and, you know, making us feel things. As it is, I feel nothing, and I’m shocked over the lack of romantic chemistry in this entire love triangle when both Lee Jae-wook and Lee Jun-young have been such chemistry magnets in the past. Indeed, the entire love triangle is ripe for a harvest of deep-seated competition between our leads, the question of who really started the “game” first, and if In-ha is really out-playing Tae-oh with the Hye-won card, but our drama is having trouble pulling this off effectively. Still, the seeds are there. If you squint, you can see them.

The relationship between Tae-oh and Hye-won doesn’t seem to have changed at all over the past decade or so, which makes this week’s sudden fixation with the unresolved “tension” between them a little hard to buy. Apparently that oh-so-brief exchange when they were college students — the wrist grab and the decision to ignore their attraction — has been haunting both of them ever since. But this doesn’t come to the surface until Tae-oh’s life is in the balance.

 

One night after meeting In-ha in a basketball court, In-ha leaves and Tae-oh sticks around on his own for a few minutes. Yes, watching him shoot hoops in a dress shirt was my favorite scene this week. Alas, it does not end well, and he’s ruthlessly bludgeoned and left to bleed out in the street. But not before failing to reach for his phone, which is calling Hye-won, and he passes out thinking about how much he misses her. (This, unfortunately, is another example of a scene that could have been so powerful, if only we had actual Plot Evidence of Tae-oh having something to miss).

Tae-oh survives the attack — barely — and it jumpstarts a lot of plot points. First, it’s used as the way to break the resolve between Tae-oh and Hye-won. He touches her hand on two occasions (in the melty way that only Lee Jae-wook is capable of), and not only does Hee-joo know, but In-ha secretly sees as well (*Uh ohs*). Second, the assault is promptly covered up by In-ha and Chairman Kang for PR reasons, but we’re led to believe there’s some fishiness around. Third, it sparks Tae-oh’s own investigation of who the heck tried to kill him.

 

Thanks to Tae-oh’s North Korean-Italian-basement-hacker pal, he learns that In-joo’s right-hand mand was behind the assault, and he confronts him on it while looking very good in a leather jacket. But is it a warning from In-joo, or is something else going on? There’s a rumor that it was In-ha’s doing, and we do see him visiting the crime scene later like a real creepo. Either way, both Tae-oh and Hye-won find themselves on the Rooftop of Consolation, and this is where their Deeply Repressed Feelings of Longing come out. And I have to give it to Lee Jae-wook — the script might not have sold this romance adequately, but his eyes certainly do. He asks Hye-won only for “this moment” and then kisses her passionately. Too bad the Rooftop of Consolation has long been spied on by In-joo’s henchman, and pictures of the incriminating kiss have been captured.

With no time to linger, we jump into In-ha and Hye-won’s wedding, which everyone seems pretty okay with — well, except steely-eyed Tae-oh, and feisty sis Hee-joo. She’s previously warned her brother that, “[Hye-won] doesn’t love you, she only loves herself” and to that I say: well spotted!

 

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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (March 16, 2024)

by DB Staff

So, what are we all watching this week?

 

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

 

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The Impossible Heir: I have to revise what I said in my first impressions — Hong Su-ju IS the worst. Is she trying to be smug all the time, or is that just her natural state? She annoyed me so much every time she came onscreen that it overtook the plot, and I figured I don’t need this kind of negativity in my life. That impatience might have been mitigated if the boys ever seemed to do cool master plan stuff more than they talked about cool master plan stuff. But alas.

 

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The Impossible Heir: Episodes 7-8

by missvictrix

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The predicament our hero found himself in last week quickly escalated from bad to worse to worst case scenario. To top all that off, he discovers someone close to him has been outplaying him all this while. But for all the treachery, somehow it’s neither surprising nor exciting.

 

EPISODES 7-8

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I am finally ready to admit that The Impossible Heir is never going to meet my original expectations for it. And since watching it and being disappointed feels like a waste of time, I decided to watch it and just enjoy the antics. Because let’s face it — this week we saw our hero go from mastermind to out-played to forcibly drugged to suspected of murder to convicted of murder to sentenced to death to being on the verge of an even earlier demise. Talk about plot movement.

But first, we pick up a little before the murder scene we ended on last week — right back to In-joo showing Hye-won the incriminating kiss photos while they sit in his car. Her beautiful eyes are filled with tears. Is someone cutting onions in the backseat, or is she just finally showing a hint of emotion? (I’ll leave that one for you to decide.)

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Tae-oh soon gets wind of this disaster and flies to In-joo’s location at the club. They try to out-play and out-blackmail each other for a few minutes, but when In-joo threatens to kill Hye-won (and Tae-oh knows he will), he willingly drops to his knees and becomes In-joo’s dog. In-joo is as evil as ever, so this feels accurate for him, but seeing Tae-oh give up 10+ years of dedication to his Master Plan? Well, it would require us to actually have a stake in this romance. We don’t, but let’s say for the sake of argument that we do. And so, our hero is willing to put everything on the line for the woman he loves, and it becomes his undoing.

In-joo gives Tae-oh drink after drink, and Tae-oh slugs them down even after they’ve obviously been spiked with drugs. We’re then treated to the hazy memories of Tae-oh’s high evening where one second he’s drinking in the club and then next second he’s waking up in the penthouse murder scene. It takes about a hot second for Tae-oh to be charged with the murder of In-joo and his escort, and since he literally can’t remember anything due to the drugs he was pumped with, it ain’t lookin’ good.

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In true Impossible Heir fashion, we fly through Tae-oh’s murder trial in just a few scenes, and In-joo’s henchman MO KI-JOON (Kwon Hyuk) makes multiple incriminating witness statements. Before we can count to ten, Tae-oh’s just received the death sentence. Oh, Show, what the actual heck.

During Tae-oh’s trial, he’s trying desperately to pull up his forgotten memories of that night. Eventually he remembers a fourth person in the room (read: the actual murderer), but there’s not much he can do about it. In-ha comes to visit him, furious that Tae-oh has “ruined their plan,” but Tae-oh is a smart cookie after all, and he quickly realizes that In-ha knows more about the case than he should. In short, In-ha was behind it. In-ha also doesn’t work very hard to hide his gloating while taking over Tae-oh’s director position at work, nor his lack of interest in Tae-oh’s death sentence.

 

Thus, in a series of clunky plot reveals, we realize that In-ha is actually a blinkin’ sociopath. He nearly strangles Hye-won to death, letting her know he only wanted her because he wanted to take her away from Tae-oh. (Okay, I predicted this, and at least it explains their lifeless romance, but this doesn’t feel as shocking as it should.)

Next, we learn that In-joo’s henchman was actually a double agent of sorts for In-ha, and the two go further back than Tae-oh and In-ha do. Like I said, it’s clunky and hard to enjoy this particular twist, but it’s basically saying that In-ha was playing Tae-oh all along, and now that he is “in” as an heir, he’s ready to ditch Tae-oh. And by ditch I mean murder.

I completely understand now why Lee Jun-young was cast here. He’s proven before he’s excellent at being creepy, but this drama is so self-serious that it almost takes away from his performance. What would have been menacing and disturbing is turned just a notch too high and breaks down what it’s trying to build — and maybe that’s a directorial issue with the drama altogether.

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The Impossible Heir: Episodes 9-10

by missvictrix

 

This week our illegitimate heir enters his sociopath era, showing us he’s capable of the unthinkable. Meanwhile, our incarcerated hero is saved from imminent doom only to re-spiral back into the web of his own making. As usual, the drama pulls all the stops while somehow making it “impossible” to get invested in any of it.

 

EPISODES 9-10

 

So, last week Tae-oh was lured out of his cell to meet an untimely demise, but when we meet him again he’s been rescue-napped. Where is he? Who saved him? Who is harboring a fugitive? It’s Chairman Kang! He has Tae-oh safe in his hidden lair, and this is hands-down the most fun the drama has ever been. *Applause*

When Tae-oh gets his color back the two come clean — Tae-oh that his plan was to give In-ha Kangoh with his takeover scheme, and Chairman Kang that he knew all along that that was why Tae-oh brought In-ha in. What’s curious is that the chairman has no problem syncing with Tae-oh again after this betrayal. And he goes along with all of Tae-oh’s maneuvers, which is basically Tae-oh trying to one-up his own master plan.

This plot point would track better if Tae-oh hadn’t just been ferociously out-played by In-ha, but oh well. Tae-oh x Chairman Kang is definitely the best part of this drama, and I’m happy to have them working together again with that inexplicable bond of theirs…

 

The power shift that started last week is in full formation now, and now it’s Tae-oh, Chairman Kang, and Hye-won versus In-ha and his pawns. Oh, he tries to make Hye-won into one of those pawns by locking her up in a mental institution.

After scaring her for a few days, she promises to do his bidding and he spares her life. Again, not great execution here, since the high stakes the drama tries to imbue fall flat when in one scene Hye-won’s petrified into becoming In-ha’s dog, and in the next she’s running off to Team Tae-oh and leaving her wedding ring behind. (Speaking of which, for a loveline that’s supposedly at the core of this drama and is our hero’s Achilles heel, our drama pays it exactly zero attention this week. In other words, we don’t get any insight at all on the lovers reuniting after near-death on both their parts. Did these scenes get sacrificed on the cutting room floor? Or do they just not exist at all?)

The takeover plan, as it turns out, is actually a tear-apart plan, and In-ha is going full steam ahead with it. Tae-oh realizes that the only way the chairman can win this play is to split up Kangoh before In-ha can get to it. And he’s willing to do it. Except — on one fateful evening — Chairman Kang is doing his usual wine and jacuzzi when In-ha bursts in. The charged encounter quickly turns violent, the chairman’s fake heart disease makes a resurgence (and seems real?), and then he falls into his jacuzzi. In-ha is happy to help him drown. And thus, In-ha enters his villain era.

 

But wait, is there prior villainy we weren’t privy to? Tae-oh’s been able to jog his memories of Murder Night and remembers a few important things. The real murderer with shoe chains, walking around the murder scene. In-ha smiling his evil smile. The escort’s phone coincidentally recording the entire thing.

This recording is just the proof that Tae-oh needs, so he rounds up the prosecutor who got burned by his case, and eventually convinces him to find the video evidence on the escort’s phone. He does this, and I’m wondering if they even investigated this case at all?

The video recording shows explicitly (and how many times must we rewatch it?) Mo Ki-joon killing In-joo and the escort and drugging Tae-oh. But now we see another person on the scene — and yep, it’s In-ha, surveying the scene. Well, there’s no way around that evidence, and a retrial quickly leads to an innocent verdict for Tae-oh. Woo! But wait, does this mean we don’t get Tae-oh in a hoodie and sweatpants anymore?

 

Now that Tae-oh’s a free man, it’s game on, and he sets the final portion of his plan in motion. Apparently, he’s set up a paper company which will be the final key to the Kangoh takeover, and by this point he’s assembled enough of a team to pull it off: hacker boy, Hye-won, his prison friend, etc. The paper company — Gold H Investments — makes quite a scene and we see our Kangoh people getting rather upset. Especially In-ha, who knows that something is fishy and it smells like Tae-oh.

In-ha is pushed to the sociopathic brink yet more, and he goes to visit Chairman Kang in the hospital. No, Chairman Kang did not die. Thankfully sorely underused character Hee-joo found her father half-drowned in time and he’s currently in ICU in a coma. Maybe for real this time? We actually don’t know. But what we do know is that the second he wakes up, he’s going to kick In-ha out of Kangoh once and for all. It would have happened already, you know, if his own son hadn’t tried to murder him. But no time like the present. In-ha decides to have another go at patricide, and as he reaches down to take off the chairman’s oxygen, someone grabs his hand. It’s a very truly horrified Tae-oh.

 

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EVENT: Scrap That Ending - My OTP Should Have Ended Up Together (instead)!

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Which kdramas ended up with the "wrong" couple in the end? Why should YOUR OTP have gotten a happy ending instead?

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Lee Jun-young, Hong Soo-ju, sweet past wedding stills, now a couple in crisis (Royal Roader)

 

'Royal Roader' draws attention by releasing behind-the-scenes wedding stills.

'Royal Roader', which has been drawing an explosive response from viewers around the world by releasing episodes 9 and 10 in which the shocking truth of the murder case was revealed, released a special behind-the-scenes still to repay the enthusiastic interest and support.

 

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The Impossible Heir: Episodes 11-12 (Final)

by missvictrix

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With the impossible heir taking over the company by force, what’s a mastermind genius ex-bestie to do but take over the takeover? In our final week of the drama, justice is delivered, an end point is reached, and all our plot points slowly fizzle out into a lackluster ending that underperformed my already-low expectations.

 
EPISODES 11-12

 

If an unsatisfying drama has an unsatisfying ending, does that make it a satisfactory conclusion? Whatever the case may be, The Impossible Heir ends — shockingly — without a single twist, and with nothing interesting occurring. The moral of the story is equally mangled, but we’ll get to that later.

We open up back in the hospital room, with the glare-off between In-ha and Tae-oh. The chairman is saved from patricide once again, and that ends that. In-ha continues his massive takeover plan, politicking with a bunch of guys three times his age. He also talks to his overly loyal friend Mo Ki-joon — you know, the kid that murdered on his behalf and took the fall for every one of In-ha’s crimes. In-ha tells him not to worry about taking the fall. But we all know that’s sociopath speak for “imma kill you” and sure enough, In-ha orders a prison hit on him.

 

Meanwhile, the Gold H Investment plan is going off without a hitch. The loan shark that owns the thing on paper is going to play his role in front of the Kangoh shareholders, but for some reason Tae-oh shows up instead and essentially reveals his hand. I don’t understand why the show did this, and this whole plotline barely holds together — but the purpose is to show that Tae-oh has had this plan in his back pocket, and he’s amassed enough stock-holding power to flip a few politicians. And Ki-joon.

Ki-joon survives his brutal stabbing, and after a convincing speech from Tae-oh, testifies against the very-arrested In-ha. Here, the drama does us a disservice with it’s editing (among other things). It has a fondness for ending on huge, loud, no-context scenes, and In-ha’s public arrest is one of them. It’s not until we get into Episode 12 that we back up and see that this was all Tae-oh’s doing, thanks to Ki-joon’s witness statement.

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While Tae-oh and In-ha are trying to outplay each other, a few earlier plot points are touched upon. The most significant of these is Tae-oh’s imprisoned psycho step-father. He’s suddenly let out on leave, and he’s given intel as to where Monk Mom is. He makes a beeline there to terrorize and probably murder her for real this time, but she’s so scared she falls from the steps of her temple and dies.

Tae-oh gets word and goes to the morgue to identify her body. Yes, she’s really dead, and he’s utterly distraught. I want to feel for Tae-oh here, but really, we have not seen these two characters together for the entire drama and Monk Mom has had nothing to do with the story, so this comes off as another emotionally bankrupt plot moment.

But… maybe it’s the twist we’ve all been waiting for? Tae-oh’s mother has left him a letter. Ooooo, maybe it’s about his biological father and this will give us something to take to the bank? Nope. It’s just a nice letter to tell him to forgive everyone, forget the past, and live happily. Tae-oh seems greatly affected by this. And so am I, except with excessive eye-rolling.

 

The one good thing that comes from this scenario is that Tae-oh and Sung-joo get on the same page. Sung-joo tells him, “We both lost our mothers, and I think it was the same person” — Tae-oh’s mom’s demise was cooked up by In-ha pulling strings, and it is the same for Sung-joo’s mom’s arrest. She’s held accountable for all her crimes, and I’m not a bit sorry. So between this alliance of Tae-oh and Sung-joo, and Sung-joo finally telling off his mom, Sung-joo is now one of the good guys. Talk about a rando redemption arc. (Still, Lee Ji-hoon’s wildly over-the-top facial expressions have been the one thing entertaining me in this drama.)

Meanwhile, In-ha’s not only been legally converted to a Baek, but he can’t escape the gobs of evidence that are now turning up against him. Just like every blink-and-you-miss-it legal proceeding in this show, In-ha is soon slapped with a sentence for life in prison, and that is basically that. The drama thinks this is Very Emotional, but alas, it’s just another flat plot arc, ending with an equally flat moment.

The drama concludes this “high school friendship” storyline with a painfully try-hard scene in the courtroom. In-ha is asked for any final words after receiving his sentence. The metaphorical spotlight is on him, and Hye-won and Tae-oh, who are present in the courtroom. It’s implied they are all in anguish for the deep, long-standing bond between all three of them that is now broken. In-ha looks at them, but says nothing. He later commits suicide in his cell as a single tear drips down his cheek. *Really, Show?*

 

 

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EVENT: Noona Romances with the BEST Chemistry

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Noona romances - love them or hate them - do let us know which couples with an age gap had the best chemistry. :glasses:

 

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