Dropping Start-Up due to second lead syndrome / not liking the main pairing
This is somewhat of a sad post for me after having raved about how much I adored Start-Up just a few episodes back. Unfortunately, following episode 8's adorable pine nut noodle eating sequence, something shifted for me and I found myself caring so much more for our second lead, Han Ji Pyeong, than I did either of the main leads. Where before I found Do San naive and cute in suddenly being smitten with Dal Mi, by episode 10 I found their interactions dull and far too predictable. Also where before I was encouraged by the deviation from norm in making the childhood love interest/backstory-rich Han Ji Pyeong NOT the main lead, by episode 11 I was frankly annoyed by how Dal Mi could so consistently keep ignoring him and how Do San was constantly rude and petulant around him.
So in short, I've had to call it quits on Start-Up (stopped before episode 12) because it was starting to frustrate me more than entertain me. I would spend the episodes getting angrier and angrier as trouble upon trouble was thrown onto Ji Pyeong (now he's responsible for the brother's death??!! Cm'on) and as nobody seemed to give a cent about him, including the once loving Grandma (sorry Grandma, I kinda feel bad for you but I feel worse for Ji Pyeong because he literally has nothing except you and you just threw him out for Do San).
What gives me slight comfort is the fact that it seems I'm not alone in preferring Ji Pyeong. In fact, most viewers in my age group (aka above 25) seem to find Ji Pyeong the much more compelling and interesting character, with a level of depth that Do San simply lacks regardless of how many crying scenes they give him. As one twitter comment put it best, Do San is quite literally a man-child. Dal Mi is also a child in many ways, so in that sense they make a suitable pair in terms of their lack of maturity. I just am not at all interested in watching it.