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[Drama Chat] Dramas you want to watch, but can’t seem to finish

Everybody’s got a list. All those dramas that you’ve tried to watch, gotten through an episode or two, and given up — but that you just can’t drop completely. Usually it’s not about an aversion to drama dropping itself, but some pull factor that keeps whispering in your ear to keep going (you know, someday).

For me this often happens when the whole wide world seems to love a drama and I just can’t make it past Episode 1. Rather than agree to disagree, I tell myself I must be missing something and that the super astute Me Of The Future will definitely be more apt to understand the humor or heartache required to slog through that particular show.

Case in point? My Ajusshi. I have tried to watch this beloved drama on more than one occasion and never successfully finished the third episode. (Yeah, throw things. I know.) I want to watch it. I want to love it. I want to join in the conversation and spread my undying admiration for this drama. But instead, it sits on hold in a pile of other dramas that I really want to watch, but just can’t seem to finish.

Which show have you tried picking up multiple times but couldn’t stick with it — and why do you keep trying?

 
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King the Land. I'm stuck at Episode 14.

Why I keep trying ... Junho!! 😍

I would have probably have been stuck at Episode 14 of  Destined With You as well if it wasn't for the Fanwall Live-ish Watch.

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King The Land has such divisive opinions. Which to me is shocking because it's a beautiful easy happy romance. What were most peoples- and your- problem with it

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I found the ML completely uninteresting. The drama was beautiful but felt empty.

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This helps Thanks. Watching includes following your heart. It was my first JunHo show so I was interested. I also thought their chemistry was fantastic. But I know how important it is to like
Both leads to make it through. I recently dropped 2 very popular shows because of the FL.

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They had a good chemistry, I agree with that. And I didn't dropped this show, so it wasn't so terrible for me.

It's just it didn't make me swooning or giggling :p

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Kurama expresses it best.👍👏
To me KTL was symbolic of the phrase "style without substance". There was no reason to dislike it but just was unable to love it. 🤷‍♀️

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For me the FL was flat. I tried. But once the travel PPL hit, I just could not sustain it. ML's character was so - unintelligent - for want of a better word - that it took me out of the drama. I stayed till 12 episodes, and the only reason I lasted was Lee Junho and his suits 😍😍

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Given the - one script chosen out of hundred - context I kept on tuning every week thinking Junho knows better than me on how to choose a script. Maybe the initial script / treatment was actually better. (We'll never know.) But then somewhere down the line all the glamor shots made it Junho the Land. I liked Yoon-ah well enough. She was better here and had a better role than in Big Mouth. It is difficult for me to pinpoint what I disliked because King the Land had *everything* I like/love in a drama. Maybe some time and changed perspective later I will binge it and LOVE it. I will be happy with that because Just Between Lovers is hard to recommend for a Junho watch and I do think King the Land is a perfect recommendation to just "enjoy" Junho. 🤭😊😂

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You've expressed it so wonderfully Minnie - I lasted because of Junho - not Gu Won. And his suits had a place of pride in the 2023 year end Roundups for a reason. 😍😍 Suits, especially the three piece ones he wore, were an inspired choice.

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No one wears suits better than him, that's for sure lol! Junho is a dream in them.

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I couldn't watch more than the first episode either. I think I didn't like FL and ML (don't get me wrong. I really like Junho), and the humor.

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If we went with one episode only I won't be watching Queen of Tears now. 😅
But well done on KLT ... you saved yourself some precious drama watching time. ☺

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*KTL 🤦‍♀️

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I got stuck on both of those, too, and never finished either one of them. I didn't dislike either of them, I just lost interest in watching.

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I just remind myself to have fun watching drama ... that makes a drop easier. 😊

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I was never able to move past KTL ep 6 - it was such an empty drama that Jun Ho and the pretty set and location can’t save it for me.

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Sometimes I wonder what were those 99 scripts. 😳

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... and what did they do to get rejected. 🙈

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@epyc2010 That's the term - it's the emptiest kdrama I have ever watched. It was shiny and sizzled, and some parts of their relationship was nicely done, especially their conversations and lack of misunderstanding. But after 8th episode it was a drag and by 10 I could hardly keep my eyes open.

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I'm stuck at episode 6 of Destined with You since couple of months. I do not have any motivation to restart it at the moment.

I found nothing so great about King the Land, I thought I was in the minority. It's a nice drama, but I did not find any matter in it.

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I guess both are the type of dramas one would watch / finish during the live watch hype while happily chatting with other Beanies.

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There are a couple that everyone seems to love that I just haven’t been able to finish yet. I quit feeling ashamed about it, but it does make me wonder what I’m missing that others seem to love.

I have now made three attempts to watch Moon Embracing the Sun and have yet to make it past episode four. And then there’s Chuno. I’m even a fan of Jang Hyuk, so why oh why can’t I finish it??

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I used to had a hard time too to keep watching TMETS at early episodes because the main actors hadn’t yet appear I believe till episode 6 or 8. But, after their past story was over and they met again in the future, this where the full enjoyment begun. I think you could try to bear it to the point where they met again as adults and see if you could enjoy it more easily.

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I thought the general consensus always was that once adult actors in TMETS take over, that's where the good stuff ENDS? Unless you're doing all that just for KSH because no one except him bothered to act after the timeskip)))

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KSH and his character definitely were the greatest force but I also liked how the stories developed from there. I think Nam Bo Rabwho used to play as his sister showed a great acting too. Her confrontation with KSH when he found out she was involved in sorcery is one of the best scene that I remember from the drama.

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Ah, I meant among the leads. Supporting characters often shine even in mediocre dramas.

There was also once a great discussion about how selfish ML ultimately was to prioritize his personal emotions over country's well-being (just poison your wife and marry someone less repulsive you could actually procreate with, duh!), but I can't remember exactly where I read it and logic in romance kdramas was never really a big thing altogether.

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KSH has never been a draw for me. I don't dislike him, but I also don't see his appeal.

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@storyenthusiast KSH is a decent actor - even good, if we count his obvious talent of picking only roles/scripts that he'll 100% shine in - but there are other actors equally good and even better, yet nowhere near as popular for their less flowery looks and capable promoters some reason... Oh, and I think he was very wooden in YFAS (and had ZERO chemistry with FL, who isn't that great of an actress either), but to each their own. Did I just blabber enough to get veggie rain from enraged beanies? Pls include radishes!

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I’ve seen a few of his dramas. But looking at his choices, it does seem like he’s found his comfort zone and is staying in it. He doesn’t appear to challenge himself much. (If there is any veggie rain left over, I’m guessing it’s headed my way).

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@storyenthusiast I liked him the best in IOTNBO, but even there he was outshined by other leads... tho maybe we should praise him instead for taking a drama where he wasn't the most striking character by default?

We can share, I already got the plates for salad)))

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I finished both shows and can say I'm not sure you're missing out in either case. Jang Hyuk was great in Chuno, but I thought the writing and plot construction were a mess, and Moon/Sun was perfectly serviceable and it was fun seeing lots of up-and-coming actors together in one place, but nothing exceptional.

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CHUNO is really only watchable for 4 things: Jang Hyuk, shirtless bromance, amazing action scenes and SFL, in no particular order. Plus OST, but that you don't need to actually WATCH the show for...

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Yeah, if you just focus on the half-naked guys swinging swords around and tune out the "story" there is a certain appeal . . .

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"Story" kind of tried with anti-slavery commentary and real history nods, but otherwise - nah, even "Tom & Jerry" did the stubborn eternal chase thing far better, and FL, unfortunately, had very little human personality compared to the cartoon animals mentioned above, while SML couldn't act to save his life, which became glaringly obvious once he got his shirt back on...

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Those four reasons are how I managed to make it to episode 8, but then I asked myself if I really wanted to watch another 16 hours of it, and the answer was no.

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I liked Chuno and raced through it, but TMETS was a slog, and somewhat depressing. It is also an older drama, and the grey filter does not help. It's one of the dramas people loved and I could not figure out why. KSH was too young and didn't leave an impression. I guess if I had live watched it back then it would have made a difference.

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I tried to watch in less than a year after release and it was still a PAINFUL slog. I think it was one of the hit dramas that became such mainly thanks to pretty leads-epic melo story on paper-lack of competition lucky combo.

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That's reassuring. It does not feel good to be a outlier and wonder if something is wrong with you 😂
There are shows you almost fear saying you don't like it and it's not for you.....

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Still not as scary as saying out loud you don't like a certain community's fave)))

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@gikata I hear you girl! I hear you. I still think you are very good at calling spade a spade.

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Yeah, shutting up to avoid trouble was never among my main fortes... But I'm trying - what's the point of ruining people's fun, right? Unless I'm feeling extra gremlin-ish atm^^

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I like romantic k-dramas where what's keeping the OTP apart is a completely nonsensical and/or fantastical premise like North Korea, or goblins, or an alien planet. But k-dramas where the OTP work through real-world issues often leave me cold (and worse, bored). It's why I'm yet to get past the first few episodes of Lost, Call it Love, and Tell Me That You Love Me. It's also why I (ducks for cover) struggle to finish Ahn Pan-seok's shows 😬.

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I'm also not a fan of Ahn Pan-seok's shows, so you're not alone. I find them slow and filled with a particular flavor of pretentious cynicism that I could live without.

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I'll join you two in not being a fan of Ahn Pan-seok's shows. I'll be skipping The Midnight Romance in Hagwon.

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Ditto on skipping Midnight Romance... 🤝

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"Pretentious cynicism" is such a good way to describe it.

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You're on point with Lost. I don't know why you couldn't get past it's first few episodes but I haven't either. I've yet to get past episode 1.
I've even tried watching after an emotion investing drama ended and I still couldn't. But then... I can't drop it. But I'm not so eager to try anymore.

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I'm not sure either why I couldn't make it through Lost and similar shows. I can see that they are objectively better written and much better performed than lots of shows I have finished 😅. I guess I just find it hard to engage with the lives of those characters...

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Ojakgyo Brothers (2011)

I have tried twice, got further the 2nd time. It is 58 eps, I have about 20 episodes or so left.

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Watcher, because I like mystery thrillers, but I haven't been able to go past ep 1 three times by now.

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It’s ‘Into the ring’ for me. I missed the drama when it aired. Beanies and recap raved about it, so I picked it up early last year. I couldn’t get past the first episode. Then after a few months tried again and watched till Ep 4. Then later last year reached episode 8. I still haven’t marked it dropped but yeah, I don’t seem to get into it. It’s the politics (I think). I don’t mind politics in thrillers but when it’s in a romcom it makes it hard to get through those.
May be after QoT I might need to go back to this to see Park Sung Hoon as a nice softie again.

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You should re-start at the end of the episode 8, it's when the fun really begins :p

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I dropped ITR at episode 4 I think. I don't like this style of storytelling. Pretending to be slice-of-life, which it isn't, and unnaturally slooooow.

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I haven’t finished the following, got bored along the way but I still wish to finish them:

1. King the Land - comedy is a miss, characters are boring. Stuck at episode 5.
2. My Demon - though the visuals are easy on the eye, the way Song Kang talks bother me. Also felt a bit slow. Stuck at episode 7.
3. The Golden Spoon - the premise looks promising but it has been all over the place, I lost track of what’s happening. Stuck at episode 9.
4. Unlock my Boss - the premise is also good but I am not just feeling it. Stuck at episode 5.
5. Strong Girl Namsoon - a lot of illogical stuff. Stuck at episode 5.

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It was pretty hard to finish Golden Spoon and strong girl esp the former but I stuck it through while fidgeting around.

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Welcome to the comment section of Dramabeans, @jarchibald! We hope you find your joy here.

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Thanks!

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I really enjoyed Unlock my Boss and do recommend it, but you watched two extra episodes of Strong Girl Namsoon than what is recommended for mental health.

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Welcome to the Beaniedom! My wife and I gave up on STRONG GIRL NAMSOON at about the same point as you- but for us it is an official Drop. But we did finish MY DEMON in part because we are fans of the FL.

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I gave up both King the Land and My Demon after a few episodes.

Started Unlock my Boss a few nights ago but I keep falling asleep in the middle. And yet - between the unusual intro music and the premise of a young guy trying to maintain fake persona (as CEO), tells me that this rather silly story might have enough surprises that it's worth my time. other beannies seem to like it, so that's why i'm trying.

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👋🏾Welcome. Did you try reading the recaps or the comments sections for any of the shows while or after watching to see if that answered questions, you should drop it or made you want to jump in later?

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Thanks!

Not yet. Though, I usually don’t take on other’s reactions.

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Mr. Sunshine. This has all the earmarks of a drama I would really enjoy: a sweeping historical, love story, military hero, etc. But I can't get past the first few episodes. I keep taking it off and putting it back on my Netflix watch list. But I'm just not a fan of the ML.

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MR. SUNSHINE is a true classic that we recommend to everyone who is up to watching a heartbreaking tragedy. You have probably spared yourself a lot of anguish. That being said you may simply want to wait until you really are ready for that kind of a drama and when you are you will really appreciate it. It will be a tough ride but well worth it.

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Neither am I but I appreciated and liked the other main characters. I hope you can give it another go.

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This just reminded me that I'm at ep 18 or 19 or maybe 20 xD

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I watched ep 1-4 a few years ago and dropped it hard. It had the worst and most confusing editing and I didn’t think it was worth continuing, and it definitely shouldn’t be on anyone’s best-of list

Or so I thought…

I picked it back up years later (and skipped right to episode 5) binged the entire thing and cried through a whole box of tissues. Amazing drama. I love it so much

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Fight For My Way and Master's Sun I have not dropped and will finish one day (someday). I liked them well enough while I was watching but for inexplicable reasons never finished (Fight For My Way there were so many dramas airing at the same time that I got overwhelmed). I want to love them. I want to be able to understand their meta-references.

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It was so hard to push myself through Master's sun. I should have admitted it isn't my type instead of all this torture.

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I mostly drop dramas I hate but Arang and the Magistrate is sitting in a corner of my mind waiting for me to pick it up. Cheese in the trap too.

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@dramaddictally Perhaps this is the moment where I admit that, while I am definitively in the My Ajusshi fan club, I had to watch it at 1.25x speed to make it through.

IT...IS...SO...SLOOOOWW.

I know that this means that Lee Sun-kyun's gorgeous voice is sped up--and that sounds like a total waste of mellifluous-ness--but, to counteract that, I would simply stop and listen to his longer monologues whenever they occurred. You could give it a shot!

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Perhaps this is the moment where I admit that I don't like My Ajusshi. I had to force myself to finish it. It was so slow, and I didn't get the admiration for this drama. But then again, I also disliked The Light in Your Eyes, so perhaps I'm just not into human melodramas (I didn't watch Lost for this reason).

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Before this thread ends up being more of an anti-fan My Ajusshi conversation, please let me reiterate that I really quite liked it, and it would be great if a thread other than mine were begun to talk more about how folks did not. I get not liking it! Y'all do you, but I liked it quite a bit.

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So perhaps this is NOT the moment where I admit that. Sorry, Seon-ha!

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NBD @panshel ! Thanks for your understanding!

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I tried to watch the light in your eyes. I got half way and dropped it. It was to incestuous for me. And I found it really slow. But people raved it was good so Mabey one day I will. I have so many drama recently that haev3 eps to go that I’ve stopped watching

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On the third try I pushed myself to the end of My Ajusshi. It was difficult and I ended by not liking it.

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Really recommend 1.5X here....

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I didn't need to speed up this particular one, but I liked your comment because the point is to hear him. I've sped up other dramas just so I wouldn't miss any build up to the parts I really wanted to watch! My Adjusshi was a drama with a lot of slow suffering for the characters. It paid off at the end much more than most dramas do though.

No one should ever feel that they have to finish a drama. Heck, I don't think you should feel you have to finish a library book! Unless it's for a book club or something. You are consuming media for fun. It's not school. I think when something is as well made as some Korean dramas are, we feel an obligation to watch it all. Until someone offers me a job to rate them start to finish, I'm going to try to feel free not to finish dramas when I lose interest.

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I'm still "sitting" on episode 2 of My Ajussi, sigh.

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Dr. Romantic. I thought I finished it a long time ago (and now don’t remember many of the specifics from the show especially after Seasons 2 and 3), but Viki keeps putting it on my “Continue Watching” row no matter how many times I delete it. There are no other dramas that this happens to after I delete it. So I guess it’s a drama permanently in this dropped/not dropped purgatory.

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That's hilarious. Maybe your Viki is possessed by the ghost of that drama, and you're haunted by it?? 🤣👻🥼💘

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Apparently, I just can’t quit it.

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Ha! I wrote mine without reading yours!! We have a club. Maybe you and I can do a group watch to get through it

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I am tempted to do a group watch but fear the stalking tendency of Dr. Romantic is contagious and may infect other people’s Continue Watching row, So I think it is contraindicated.

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Argh with that Continue Watching row! It drives me crazy! It never takes you to the next episode, but always the most recent one you've already watched. I'm forever clearing it off and wish we could opt out of it. 😝

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Yes I noticed that you can’t easily get the home page to appear after you start watching a drama so you can’t select the next episode from there.

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Is that it? Sometimes it has been so long since I had watched that I ended up rewatching that last episode wondering why it seemed familiar. Curses. Now I know to skip to the next one and not worry about FOMO.

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Thank you for saying this the delete but it keeps reappearing to me with The official Viki channel that had some adverts made by Wongfu. I watched them ages ago but despite all other dramas staying deleted that one keeps appearing back in the list. I thought it was just me and planned to write to point out the error.

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My hardest has been the Romantic Dr. Kim series. I'm halfway through season 2. It's a great cast- my favorite Kim Min Jae- good stories but I just can't get excited to move ahead. It's on a hold now until Min Jae gets out of the military- too painful😃😃.

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Another one that was painful was Nine Taled Fox 1938. I loved the production, music, the brothers!! But the FL and Other fox story was so boring. It took me forever to finish and I finally just FF through any parts with them- then I loved it

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I watched the first episode and then dropped it like a hot coal....

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@dramaddictally I understand you. My Ajusshi is the one drama that I can neither drop nor continue past Ep 3 and is forever in my watchlist. Even when I have time, I go back to catch up on other unfinished dramas or start older dramas than click play on "My Ajusshi".

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I think the ones I stopped were dropped ones. I don't think I stop a drama thinking I will continue later.

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Me neither, except for Fated to Love you, I went back and rewatched it and it was 100% worth it, but that is the exception.

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I drop a lot but have two categories of Drag to the Finish dramas:
1) the ones everyone loves that I start and restart and finally finish w the feeling of taking my medicine (because it will be good for me):
My Liberation Notes
Prison Playbook
My Ajusshi
Btw, didn’t end up liking any of them.
2) dramas I finish live watching just so I know what everyone’s talking about. Sometimes these can turn into a hate watch (fun!), like
King the Land.
So, nothing currently on my list of Must Push Through dramas. Wheeee! Freedom!

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I liked My Ajusshi, but I'm with you on My Liberation Notes. That one I did finish, and while I liked bits and pieces of it, it really didn't work for me as a total show.

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Am I ever with you on My Liberation Notes, My Ajusshi, and, I have to add, Another Miss Oh. Park Hae Young is a writer whose dramas just rub me the wrong way. MLN and My Ajusshi I almost dropped several times, even near the very end, but have struggled through. To me, they are like cod liver oil--they might improve my vision, but they are very unpleasant to swallow. Actually the only reason I've fought through to the last episode is because finishing allows me to argue about them occasionally with other DB commentators who are big fans of these shows, even if they might watch them at 1.25 speed.

(I have to confess, I never have watched the last episode of Another Miss Oh, and this doesn't fit the discussion theme, because I have no intention of ever doing so. )

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Precisely, like cod liver oil or like the bitter medicines that the Royal Physycians give the King that must be followed up with a piece of candy or a strawberry!

Hey, there’s a topic: the dramas you finished and then had to follow immediately with an episode of a favorite to cleanse your mind 😆 I’d watch, say, Weightlifting Fairy or YFAS for example 🥰

I did like Another Miss Oh!

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Actually the only reason I've fought through to the last episode is because finishing allows me to argue about them occasionally with other DB commentators who are big fans of these shows, even if they might watch them at 1.25 speed.

The DB conversations are always entertaining and interesting. I do remember you being very vocal about your like w.r.t. MLN. It wasn't until the end of the series before the wool fell off my eyes with regards the writing. I still love it though. I've been catching snippets of MLN of late. The writing did feel like the story of the emperor's cloths, just as a beanie said. I realized that after watching episode 15&16. The beanie helped put how I felt into words. MLN still remains my league of classics.

That aside, I found myself doing the quoted with King The Land, Destined With You and Live Your Own Life so I just opted out instead and recap followed save for King The Land. I did read the finale recaps of KTL.

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I've watched 2 episodes of My Ajusshi and 4 episodes of Prison Playbook, but can't seem to drop either because they are so well liked by so many.

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I wouldn't have thought to phrase it the way it's written in the prompt but I guess Again My Life fits this.

When I think about it, I ended up not finishing a few of Lee Joon Gi's dramas but this was the first and I always think I'll get back to it at some point. I think I have it in mind because I think it's the first time I didn't complete a drama yet I felt as if I did (I watched most of it and I saw the final episode) so I always feel like I should go back & watch those episodes that I missed for the sake of completeness but alas can never bring myself to do it cause it doesn't seem particularly worth it.

My Mister is another one. I want to finish it cause I don't know if it will be taken down from the platforms yet I haven't past whatever was the last episode I watched.

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This happened to me with Sandglass. I tried several times to watch it and got through 10 episodes, but it just never clicked. Then DramaFever shut down and it disappeared from legal streaming sites. Maybe someday I'll try again if it pops back up on a legit site.

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One of the great mysteries (to me) is what happened to Dramafever's library of shows? Surely, they could have been re-sold to another streaming site? Honestly, the lag of imagination on the part of Time-Warner when it comes to handling that asset is astonishing.

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I've also been baffled by why they bothered to buy the site if they were just going to shut it down and not pick up any of its content on their own streaming platforms. I know some of the shows have popped up other places since then, but there are a lot that are still not legally available anywhere (at least in the US).

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One benefit (or cost?) of my two favorite kdrama genres, romance and mystery/detective shows, is that the payoff for both always comes at the end, so even for weak shows I hang around until the end, although at times I do make liberal use of the fast forward button. Currently that means I'm going to soldier on through Nothing Uncovered for another 10 episodes, alas.
The one prominent exception to this tendency is sageuks. I find it very difficult to finish sageuks, and so there are ones that I should get back to but just haven't gotten around to it. In the end, I just don't care about court politics, and I know the romance is always going to end with a fizzle rather than a passionate kiss, since they didn't kiss passionately in the Joseon era. I do feel a little bad about fast forwarding through the last episode of Red Sleeve. I might return to that one some day to watch Junho emote.

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I think you made the right choice with RS. Just skip to the afterlife and feel warm and at peace

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The best scenes in Red Sleeves where the ones with the King, so after he died, I don't think you missed a lot.

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I disagree that the payoff of romance dramas is at the end. The payoff of romance dramas is usually in the penultimate episode. The last episode is a frequently like a long goodbye in the doorway. The payoff of a good mystery is at the end, provided the writers save some of the mystery to be solved in the last episode.

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I guess it depends on what you mean by payoff. I'm thinking of the assurance that the couple is going to remain together (or not). In every romance that I can think that occurs in the last episode--certainly every recent one. Now, of course, it sometimes occurs in the beginning of the last episode, and then the rest of the episode is wrapping up the side stories. I actually like that wrap up, especially if its an extended sequence--I hate the last second reunion like in Call it Love but I know a lot of people find it tedious. For me that's the payoff!

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It's just that it's so much harder to write a whole episode of multiple subplot resolutions! Most of the time, that's the worst part of the whole show. It's boring and/or really cringy. For example, Marry My Husband (or really any show featuring Park Min-Young--it's just that I liked that show and thought it was mostly pretty amazing.)

I guess there are some exceptions. I really liked the ending of Still 17, aka 30 but 17--the one with Shin Hye-sun as a woman who wakes from a coma at 30. They did tie up the loose ends, showing that the couple stayed together and that all the other characters enjoyed appropriate happy endings for themselves too. That one wasn't so bad, pretty satisfying--I remember that they show a wedding photo of the couple at the end. Or the end of Our Beloved Summer-- their proposal was really sweet, and the rest of the resolution was OK and made sense to me.

I also liked the ending of Be Melodramatic. It wasn't 100% resolved or traditional, but it seemed like the characters progressed and developed.

I just think the endings of these romances are really hard to do. We want to say goodbye to all the characters, but really the focus should be on the main couple. There should be something left for them to resolve, but I'm frequently uncomfortable with the compulsive need to show domestic bliss. The ending of a romance shouldn't be too sad or too open-ended, but if it's too goofy then I feel like I'm being sold something other than coffee candy and massage recliners.

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For some reason, I struggle with most dramas when I have two episodes to go. Marriage Contract is the best example for me. It's not bad, I did not dislike the drama in any way, it just fizzled out and I forgot to finish it. Years later, it seems pointless.

I'm struggling a bit with continuing Three Body, Stove League and Mr Sunshine, the first I'll need to rewatch and do a proper binge on, the second and third demands a certain mood. I managed to create a great setting for finishing When the Weather is Fine - Tuesdays, with a big cup of tea and a blanket. Maybe this is the way to go. I managed to finish Wedding Impossible this way without breaking stride.

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That’s a great strategy. Hopefully there are more dramas that you can watch comfortably than the ones you feel you need a coping mechanism to endure them.

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As I said, usually this situation occurs mostly when there are two episodes to go, no matter the length of the entire drama. I think it's because of things slowing down in terms of narrative while other shows I'm simultaneously watching picking up speed. I don't easily drop a good drama though, it might simply take a few months to finish. My current dramas are suffering from the entire length of the Wheel of Time novels. It will be till summer when I get a move on.

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I really want to encourage you to finish “Marriage Contract”, the payoff of the ending is so so so so so good!! One of my favourite Kdramas of all time

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I loved Marriage Contract too! In fact, I just started rewatching it yesterday!

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It’s… To me, it truly is a masterpiece and is MORE than meets the eye, wherein most people would just think of it as “makjang” or “makjang done right”, at most— which they aren’t wrong— but it’s so much more than that and is very dear to me

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I am intrigued, and enough so that it goes back into my watchlist on viki. Cancer is a huge part of my profession though, so I hope they focus on the family relationship.
Scent of a Woman scarred me professionally but I recall Marriage Contract handled it very well.

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Then you can rest assured to have it placed back onto your watch list 😊 “Marriage Contract” doesn’t focus very much on the sickness itself—in terms of the medical aspect and the death and dying aspect—but the focus is more so the human and relational aspects of it that the illness has an impact on, and even then, it’s not all about crying and tears and doom and gloom, but quite the opposite. It’s more about hope, about cherishing the present, and living and reveling in the moment

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Flower of Evil. I feel like this is an availability problem. I don't have the 3rd episode saved and I didn't bother looking for it nor have I pressed play on episode 4. Each time I stop at 1 and 2.

Beyond Evil: The episode 2 ending took me out of this world. I've never been able to go past that each time I've tried again.

I have really good remarks of Soundtrack #2 each time I watch it but somehow I'm still stuck in episode 1 every single time.

The Veil. I have both The Veil and Morbious: The Veil. I watched episode 1 several times before completing it. I actually completed episode 1 because I dropped One Dollar Lawyer and I needed some Nam Goongmin dosage. After successfully finishing episode 1, I sped through 2 and have been stuck on 3. Several repeats already.

Trying to get back into a story isn't exactly about going back to the beginning for me. I always go back to the episode I left it at. Still, I'm stuck.

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I can usually drop dramas without regret: My Demon, King the Land, The impossible Heir are recent drops for me that i don't regret. One that stays on my mind is When the Camilla Blooms. It was charming when I began it, the mystery element was interesting, I love the lead actress, etc. But it's been just partially watched for over a year. I think it's the naive ML? I think I like him in his more serious roles, but not when he's playing someone who seems immature. I know other beanies were charmed by his character, but not me. At least not yet.

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Goblin…it’s Goblin for me. It started brilliantly and I was especially excited to see the Quebec City scenes as I travel there every year. I just got stuck in the middle. I’m not a fan of the FL and the age gap with her being in a school uniform was off putting to say the least.

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Kinda the same for me— only difference is that I never thought about going back to it and giving it another try after my initial (one and only) drop. It’s a complete drop for me. It’s the same in the sense that the age gap is one thing— it’d probably be better if her character isn’t a high school student— and I’m also not a fan of Kim Go Eun

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If this is about dramas that I want to watch but somehow never get around to it? I have so many!
At the top of my list would be Queen Inhyeon's man followed by While you were sleeping. Chicken Nugget is another one I have been promising myself I will finish. The one I really want to watch is Queen Inhyeon's man because Sagueks are my thing. Some day....

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omg Chicken Nugget!!

I stopped halfway for that too and just couldn't bring myself to continue it. I dont know why either but Im gonna boil it down to lost of interest :')

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If I believe I'll finish the drama someday, I probably will. Mostly it's a mood thing or I'm currently too much into another show. More often than not dramas from my "on hold" list end up dropped for good - I've learned to not feel much regret in such cases. If drama isn't grabbing me properly, what's the point of finishing it? Those in "freezer" are mostly hardcore tragedies, often historical - as much as I love torture myself with the genre, sometimes I just need more time to be fully prepared, yunno.

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Six Flying Dragons. There are just too many episodes! I am almost done, less than 20 episodes to go. I just can't seem to muster the courage to watch the remaining episodes.

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When you know there are dramas that have 20 episodes in total that must feel like hitting the wall when running a marathon 😞

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That is why I have only finished a handful of cdramas. I lose interest in most quickly.

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Wanted to watch Six Flying Dragon for years because people were raving about it when it aired... Finally got around to watch it last June in spite of the high number of episodes... It took 7 painful months.

The show was ok... but it was a weekend drama and I could feel how they made the draggy in some part so that the episode would last one hour.

I started watching C dramas two years ago and I have no problem with long shows even though sometimes they drag things... and the reason is pretty simple: Episodes are usually between 40 and 45 minutes apart from a couple of dramas.

K dramas' main problem are their awful length. I had the same problem with Mr. Queen. I liked the show but the episodes were too long. I ended up taking 3 months to finish and by the time I got to the end... I was just fed up with said show. The boredom and fed-up feeling is something that I experience mostly with Sageuks.

As for SFD... I ended up not liking the show as much as I hoped. When I started watching K dramas 20 years ago I would gobble up any Sageuk I could find particularly the serious ones... But I grew out of it... Can't bear to watch political sageuks.. or heavy political sageuks...

Anyway the final 15 episodes were better than the previous 35 episodes but I was so tired of it I just couldn't enjoy it.

My personal solution to the dilemma of slugging through a show is that I either
1. Drop it early ( episode 4 at the most)
2. Switch with other shows which are shorter

For instance I'm currently watching "My Journey to You" which is a C drama. I don't watch to drop that show... It's beautiful, there's intrigue BUT each episode is 1 hour and the mood is dark. Seriously, I haven't watched a show that dark in AGES. So I just can't binge it.
So what I do is I watch 2/3 episodes than switch with an anime or a show from another country which is lighter and shorter. Started Lovely Runner last Monday, and that show is just perfection and just the right fit to counterbalance the gloomy mood of that C Drama.

I also make sure to never watch more than 4 shows at the same time and make sure that each show is a different genre: Comedy, Thriller, Fantasy mostly... I tend to avoid Slice of Life like the plague. They bore me to death. Don't care about My Ajusshi, it's probably a terrific show but I'll never watch it.

There's a couple of slice of life that I really loved, but it's pretty rare and I really need to be in the right mood. At the end of the day, it's entertainment, you shouldn't force yourself.

Thankfully for me Six Flying Dragons completely traumatized me. I was angry at myself for having forced myself to slug through this show when I could have watched so many more dramas that I would have found more entertaining.

I got a good vaccine. It's probably going to last for 3 years and I'll still end up doing the same mistake at some point.

There's one show I dropped several time but ended up managing to finish:...

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There's one show I dropped several time but ended up managing to finish: "What's wrong with Secretary Kim".
I wasn't entertained when it aired and dropped it... Gave it a try 5 times and the 6th was the right one. Still found the show meh apart from the first 4 episodes... Don't regret watching it, but regret pushing myself.

Boys Over Flowers....
10 tries. Farthest I went was episode 12. But that's it. This one is six feet under. Not gonna dig it out. I hated it when it aired. Thought the acting was awful. Tried hard to understand the hype. I've made peace with the fact that I will never understand and I'm a fan of the original manga...

Anyway bottom line... I think it's important to listen to yourself more than the hype and everything. There are just too many shows people loved that I hated or felt completely bored with... Life is too short for this.

Most of us work and don't get lots of free time... Let's treasure our free time by making sure we really enjoy it.

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I love Lovely Runner too. I loved it from the start and hopefully it will have a happt ending for the leads.

Its definitely okay to drop a drama if you end uo liking it. I feel bad you were traumatized with SFD. Its a good show but yeah it can be draggy like any lengthu dramas.

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** end up not liking it. I have done so many times.

Typos is my frenemy today

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I wasn't particularly afraid since I have watched My Father is Strange some years ago... And I loved every minute of it though I'll probably never watch it again.

To be fair, I think I would have loved SFD if they had removed 20 episodes. The story would have been better paced, but that's just my opinion. I never found a single person who didn't like it like me so I guess well. I fit right in the title.

Thankfully the era of long dramas is now over in K dramaland ( although these past two years there's been a couple of 20 episodes show... - not counting weekend family dramas) and it's very unlikely a historical will get the 50 episodes pass.

Which makes me think, I actually watched Jumong up to episode 60 ( the first extension)... But then they extended the show to 80 episodes and I threw the towel.

There's another long ass show which I want to watch... Dropped it at 20 episodes when in aired... Giant. I loved that show. I. LOVED.IT
But then I put it on hold and never got around to finish it. It's been more than ten years now so unfortunatly, I'd have to watch the first 20 episodes again... And I'm now watching dramas for not only South Korea, but also Japan (not counting the anime), China, Taïwan and Thaïland... I just can't commit.

Anyway Lovely Runner... Just push all the right buttons for me... I'm crazy about it. Have to control myself not to check the webtoon spoilers but yeah. It's the best torture :D

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Ooh, I would really like to finish that show! I got around 15 episodes or so, then I forgot about it for a while and when I came around to start again, it was no longer available in my region. It was my first serious sageuk so it took it's sweet time getting acquainted to. Not a binge kind of show.

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Yes there are a lot of details and characters to go through. A kind Beanie gave me this link. If you do find where you can watch it in your region, this link will be helpful.

https://www.tumblr.com/bodashiri/137740642551/the-list-of-sfd-historical-info

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I'm going to say this very quietly, The Matchmakers.
I know, I know after so many beanies raved about it I thought I would give it a go.
Iv'e tried a few times but I can't get past episode 9.
Yes, the cinematography and the styling, visually with the beautiful colours is gorgeous.
I'm afraid it's Ro-woon.
He's okayish in the lighter, more comedic moments but there was a scene in episode 9 which called for some heavy lifting and more nuanced acting. I personally felt he just couldn't deliver so the scene felt hollow and by that stage it was the tipping point of giving up in frustration.
I wasn't a fan of Destined with You as well but put that down more so to the writer but I feel I may now have an allergy to Ro-woon :)

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Allergy to Rowoon is a clinically proven disease on DB 😅
I dropped Sunbae after 2 episodes, and couldn't get past 30 minutes of The Matchmakers. I won't be trying any of his shows for the foreseeable future.

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Ditto on the Rowoon allergy.

I found him okay in Extraordinary You & Tomorrow but his subsequent roles were not it.
Dropped Sunbae towards the end as I lost interest, don't ask me how but I actually finished Destined with You and that is my biggest regret till this day. I wanted to start The Matchmakers but I was too traumatized from DWY so I didn't.

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Rowoon allergy 😂😂😂😂😂

I forced myself go past it in Matchmakers because I was so fascinated by the wider cast. The only series where I ffed the main lead (unless he was with the king) and both the leads when they were alone on screen and rewatched the side actors.

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It's TREE WITH DEEP ROOTS for me. I only got til episode 8 and stopped because life got busy and I wanted to give it proper time and focus to fully appreciate the show. I loved it so much, it was my reason for watching SIX FLYING DRAGONS (which I watched twice!). I've tried rewatching TWDR 2 more times but never got past the first few episodes. I drop shows pretty quickly, and this show is the only one on my resume watching list.

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I found Tree hard to get into as well, although it's one where I thought the middle episodes (roughly 9-19) were extraordinary. I thought Six Flying Dragons was a much more consistently awesome show overall though.

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Oh so I stopped right before hitting gold!

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If "shows I really enjoyed and wanted to finish, but because I was spoiled with the ending, I stopped midway to avoid reaching that ending, but I still have a peek at a random episode every now and then" falls into this category, then it'd be Yumi's cells 1 for me.

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K-Drama: “When the Weather Is Nice” & “Stranger” season 1 (and because of this, I haven’t even touched season 2)

C-Drama: “Love Between Fairy and Devil”

I have attempted all 3 dramas twice, and have stopped at the same spots that I’d previously watched up to for all 3 dramas

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The Red Sleeve:
There's just something I don't like about Lee Junho as an actor and IDK why he's the reason alone why I couldn't go through with it. Pretty much why I never even brothered trying out King the Land. Sad because TRS is legitimately something I would enjoy.

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Oh, a knife to my heart! Crumples to the floor 🔪 💔 ⚰️

😂 😂 😂 No, I get it. I have an allergy for no inexplicable reason toward a few actors others rave about. (And there's been an uptick of allergy talk recently. LOL.) And as much as I love Junho, I dropped KTL like many folks here. You were wise to never start.

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Boy, If only Kim Kyung-nam just said yes to that role instead, then we wouldn't have a problem😂

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I miss him! When he will come back in a drama?

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