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The Impossible Heir Episode 5-6 Review – Lee Jae-wook's drama has a solid plot but fails due to a messy love triangle

Starring Korean stars Lee Jae-wook, Lee Jun-young, and Hong Su-zu, The Impossible Heir is a thriller-revenge K-drama, streaming on Disney+Hotstar

The Impossible Heir Episode 5-6 Review – Lee Jae-wook's drama has a solid plot but fails due to a messy love triangle
Inha and Han Tae-Oh in The Impossible Heir

Last Updated: 05.19 PM, Mar 15, 2024


Episode 5 Story

The Impossible Heir is a business thriller K-drama that narrates the story of three underdogs who want to take over the Kangoh empire. In the fifth episode, the story finally picks up with the pace as both Tae-oh and In-ha are promoted as Division Director and Chief Manager. This sudden development leads to the elder Kangoh sons brimming with jealousy and rage. In-ha proposes marriage to Hye-won, as tension brews between Tae-Oh and Hye-won, who he tries to express his unspoken feelings, only to be dismissed. Meanwhile, Geum-suk's is banished, and Seong-joo's bears the brunt of the chairman's anger after his failed conspiracy. Episode 5 ends on a cliffhanger when Tae-Oh is mysteriously attacked by an unknown assailant.


Episode 6 Story

The sixth episode is one of the most interesting thanks to a solid plotline. A large portion of this episode is dedicated to Inha and Tae-Oh. When Tae-Oh is hospitalised, it is the first time that Hye-won's romantic feelings for him are shown. From tailing the assailant of the surprise attack to Inha’s dirty manipulative tricks, it is an all-round episode with a layered narrative. It also featured the steamy kiss between the doomed lovers, Tae-Oh and Hye-won. However, this results in blackmail. The episode then revolves back to the opening scene, with the blood-splattered Tae-oh holding the murder weapon while the elder Kangoh brother lays on the floor.

Episode 5,6 review

The Impossible Heir is an unpredictable drama. Sometimes it lands flat with a convoluted storyline, while at others it invokes excitement with cliffhangers. The K-drama is already getting close to its second half, with only six episodes remaining to exact revenge. However, it still has a terrible slow pace, except for the recent developments and intrigue ending of the sixth episode.

Featuring a formidable cast of three strong protagonists, their characters lack depth and are loosely packed. Even their chemistry lacks the sparks of romance and ends up in a messy love triangle. Hong Su Zu and Lee Jae-wook's poker faces are irritating at times and they fail to impress viewers.

The narrative is also overstuffed with business jargons as most of the time, new projects and uninteresting rivalries are given significant screen time in the monotonous narrative. There are so many supporting characters that it is not easy even to remember their names.

Keeping these flaws aside, the drama still holds some potential in the upcoming episodes if it catches the pace and original narrative of revenge.

Episode 5,6 Verdict

Despite starring Lee Jae Wook, Lee Jun Young, and Hong Su Zu as the powerful trio of underdogs, the K-drama is unable to create the hype. Apart from the narrative of revenge and rivalry, the series weighs heavily on business jargons that might not interest a larger audience. The complex storyline in the episodes so far has only plunged its ratings; however, there is still hope that the romance and friendship narrative may save it from sinking.

The Impossible Heir is available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar.

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