Until the End, or Not

At what point do you stop watching a show? My policy is to give a new show at least two episodes to hook me.

There are several reasons for dropping a show, and usually it’s a combination of factors that result in my permanently dropping something. Here are the main reasons why I drop a show:

  • Willful denial
  • Bad writing
  • Doesn’t live up to expectations or promised plot/genre
  • Characters that drive me insane
  • Boring
  • Time constraints
  • Lack of emotional or intellectual engagement
  • Genre burn-out
  • Lack of subs

Willful denial is probably the least frequent reason why I stop midway though a show, but the most common reason for why I don’t watch the last one or two episodes. Continue reading


Kicking the Evil Second Female Lead to the Curb

Quick, name one show which had fan wars anywhere near the level of the Chilbongie/Oppa debate but with the guy’s romantic options. You can’t do it, can you? It could be partially because the female fans don’t get as tied up in knots about that aspect, but really, there is a distinct lack of shows where there is a viable question or chance for the second female lead (SFL) to get the guy. Instead we get the evil second female lead who schemes, lies and does what ever she can to get a guy who’s really not that interested (think Huan Huan in Fall in Love with Me) .

However, lately I’ve noticed an upswing in the number of SFLs who defy the expectation of the evil SFL who is obsessed with the male lead. I am fully on board this trend of non-obsessed SFLs and I hope to see it continue. We still get plenty of the obsessive evil ones, but there is a gratifying variety in the SFLs from the past year as we see three types of SFL in addition to the evil, obsessed b*%$# SFL. Continue reading

Secondary Couple Syndrome

Sometimes the romance between the secondary leads is so much more interesting and compelling than the OTP, and that’s the relationship we’re tuning in for. I have decided to name this Secondary Couple Syndrome (SCS). To be fair, for many shows the degree of SCS waxes and wains, and it’s a rare show that ends with me caring more about them than the OTP, but it still happens.

There times the secondary leads save the show from devolving too much into depression or melodrama; they are our needed comic relief. They also provide a counterpoint to the OTP. Frequently when our OTP’s relationship is in trouble or on a break the secondary couple is doing well and acts as hope that things can work out. Continue reading