…and now let’s talk Kim Tan
What IS this?!
I’m flabbergasted, because the last two episodes of “Heirs” are showing that Kim Tan is just as terrible as Choi Young-do, except he’s more subtle about it, contrasting with Choi Young-do’s obvious shows of hostility. I’m starting to think Choi Young-do might be more harmless of the two in the long-term, since his actions are outward, whereas Kim Tan is nice and then he’s nice and then he’s nice and then BAM, he’s a huge asshole. He plays just as dirty as Young-do, and it’s just mean stuff.
I want him and Choi Young-do to just end each other Gladiator style. THUMBS DOWN.
Things that Kim Tan is doing that are just as bad as Choi Young-do’s bad-boy-cloaked-in-love thing:
- “Leave the house [your only place of residence since you’re so destitute and have no other options]. You don’t want to? Then like me.”
What the fuck? This is a complete 180 from when he confessed to Eun-sang and then gave her time and space to think about what to do about it all. It’s one thing to nudge along a person who’s unsure about their feelings, but it’s another to threaten them using your position of privilege. That’s disgusting. If you think I’m overreacting, then you’re taking this moment too lightly, which is exactly the problem with this moment to begin with — that it was written with very little flourish or importance when it should have been a bigger moment to highlight the weight of Kim Tan’s demand.
- When a girl needs alone time from you and your buddy’s unwanted advances, it does not mean you need to go out and save her. Sit down.
- Looking through all your security cameras to stalk a girl you like is fucking creepy, and the tinkly piano accompaniments that went with the scene is one of the reasons why people can’t stand K-dramas. Come on, people.
- Using Young-do’s family situation against him is just as despicable as when Young-do first did it to Tan. Strike 1.
- Going to Young-do’s dad to try and teach Young-do a lesson is a big fat “NO.” Strike 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 1000.
There are maybe two ways people read this scene: one, that Tan did know what was going to result out of it — that Young-do’s dad was going to use violence to instruct — or two, that he was just trying to get a rise out of dad card, hoping it’ll ensue in some father-son discipline. While I don’t think Tan could have anticipated that Young-do’s dad was going to start beating him with a belt had his phone not ring, I don’t think Tan is innocent enough to think that Young-do’s dad was just going to yell at him and call it a day. If he and Young-do were as close as the show made it seem, I’m sure he knew the kind of person Young-do’s dad was, and he saw Young-do’s reaction when Young-do tried to stop him: it was an indication of “no, don’t do this, you’re taking it too far.”
And that is just fucking ROTTEN. That’s hitting so far below the belt that you’ve hit the 3rd rung of hell. It is maddening to me that this is actually what Kim Tan is capable of, behind all that lonely-in-Californian-mansion bullshit. He is just as bad and terrible as Young-do, if not worse, because at least Young-do has the bully label affixed to him from the start, and obviously so, so you know what to anticipate from Young-do. Tan was painted as the saint, illegitimate son who was wronged. And then he goes out and does this.
- To go and say to Eun-sang that he did sooooooo much for her because he gathered up courage to demonstrate his fondness for her. SPARE ME. Is this supposed to be romantic? Are we supposed to realize the depths of which he sacrificed? What exactly did he sacrifice?! Things are absolutely the same for him the moment he met her as they were the moment he said that to Eun-sang.
Eun-sang, on the other hand, really has to abide by his wishes, whether she felt forced or not, because everything for her mom and for her are in danger of being ruined, if she makes the wrong move. Her mom emphasized how easy it is working for this family because no other employer has been understanding of her speech impediments, and this is also their place of residency because they have no other options. So Eun-sang’s 1) schooling 2) source of familial income 3) living environment are dependent on this asstwat, who thinks he did so goddamned much for Eun-sang by, um, “gathering up his courage.” Not a hair has gone missing from Kim Tan’s head since this whole ordeal began, I have no idea what the fuck he think he’s done. In fact, Kim Tan’s life has greatly improved since the arrival of Eun-sang. He’s back home, where he wanted to be, he’s around people he knows, and he stands to inherit a large corporation. His relationship with his hyung is still frosty, but he genuinely likes and respects his brother.
Choi Young-do is still a sexist fantasy, but he’s much more palatable in these two episodes, whereas Kim Tan just makes me want to tranq myself. The worst part is that Kim Tan is supposed to be the foil, so his behavior — as much as Young-do attracts audiences — is actually supposed to be the “right” path, the one that will eventually go on to be rewarded. He will get the girl, which just legitimizes his grimy shit. And that’s despicable, and even scarier than Young-do’s bullying.