What I thought of Song Ji Hyo in Running Man Episode 48

I’ve recently noticed that in earlier years up to around 2012, Ji Hyo was much more feisty and competitive than her character is today. She was more like the perpetual guest star with a craving to win. I think that had a lot to do with her enjoying the games, but also Running Man was a little different back then. It really focused on the missions as being the main entertainment, and so a lot of effort seems to have gone into making them interesting.

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Today, the focus is mainly on making us laugh, and the Running Men are simply tossed into any situation to see what they make of it. (To me, the show is more fun today, but I wouldn’t mind them trying to make the games a little more interesting.)

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But I’m only bringing that up to make a point about Ji Hyo’s character in episode 48.

When I didn’t know much about Running Man or the individual personalities of the cast, I remember being downright irritated with Ji Hyo in that episode because she was so focused on winning, and stealing, that she was just sucking the fun out of the game for me. Keep in mind that at that time I was still rooting for people (as if I were watching an America reality show), and I wanted the MC to win. And so I wasn’t real happy about how it turned out.

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Now, I have a completely different take on that episode. Ji Hyo was not only entertaining but her antics kept the show moving forward. If you haven’t seen that episode in a while, there’s a point when the show slows to a crawl. I blame that on the writers. The writers did not give the cast an interesting enough place to do their mission. It looked like they were hanging out in a warehouse basement. There was just nothing interesting about the location.

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But looking back, I don’t know why I was even slightly annoyed with Ji Hyo. I know she stole Gary’s bag, but Kwang Soo was trying to steal her insoles down to the last gasp!

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What I’m grateful for is that I kept watching. And in doing so I grew to appreciate her individual quirks and craziness as well as the entire cast, without which Running Man would just be another type of game show that few would remember.

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By the way, I do want to mention that I have never before or after that episode been the least bit irritated with Song Ji Hyo.

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Running Man vs 2PM

No complaints here. The guys of 2PM are some of Running Man’s top guests. They work well with the cast. I think it’s because they’re on the show to have fun and not simply to win.

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I remember thinking back in episode 40 that Nichkhun was going to be another stuffed shirt idol with very little to add to the show, except perhaps some arrogant flare. I’m not sure why I thought that. It might have been the editor captions, which tend to boast idols as the toughest, strongest, god-like creatures on the planet. But Nic (if I can call him that) probably gave off some He-Man vibes during the opening mission that made think he was going to be self-centered.

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But the truth of the matter, after the idol opening, there was nothing for me to complain about. Nichkhun has since become something of a regular on the show. In fact, 2PM members seem to appear quite often – Chansung, Junho, Wooyoung. I’m inclined to think that as long as they have nothing else to do, they’d rather hang out on Running Man.

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Running Man vs The Wannabes

I’ve sort of been ranting a bit since my last couple of posts about the guests on Running Man, so I thought I might as well take the opportunity to voice my biggest complaint. Yes, some guests can be irritating, but no idol, group, or star compares with the ultimate disdain I have for Run Brother.

I’m referring to that “special” episode in 2014 when we were painfully introduced to those rival, carbon-copied wannabes from Running Man China.

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What the hell!

Have there ever been guests so full of themselves that you just wanted to see one of them get punched? I swear the real Running Men could have finished them off in less than 5 minutes if they weren’t trying to make a show of it.

The only thing entertaining about the episode (or the mission as it was) came from what the Running Man cast made of it. Run Brother was so hung up on winning that Yoo Jae Suk actually had to fill in as MC even though technically he was the guest.

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And do they really have to subject us to the parade of pretentious prattle over Angela Baby? Does the girl have any attractive qualities? They laud her as something of an Ace, as if she’s supposed to be the second coming of Song Ji Hyo. Please! The only reason “Baby” survives is because of her infantile attitude that no one wants to deal with.

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It sad to say that even the Running Man cast irritated me in this episode simply from how nice they were to those clowns. I was totally expecting them to hand them the win. I know it’s only a show, but if they would have let those losers win, I would have headed down to the SBS building to picket some stern words of dissatisfaction.

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Running Man Episode 254 – Return of Girls Generation

Well, I thought I should voice my opinion about Running Man episode 254, which saw the return of Girls Generation.

All I can say is I’m glad it’s over.

I haven’t cared for the group since they kicked out Jessica without so much as a farewell concert. Still, I like Running Man, so I tuned in, and hoped against hope that the show would help me forget about my disdain for the guests.

It started out ok (not the opening, which was juvenile, but the first game). The mud flat race was everything I’ve come to expect from that oft-visited pool of mud. It was gritty and fun, and quickly zapped the energy from everyone involved. I particularly like whenever the Running Men start wearing down and still keep trying to make us laugh.

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Of course, while the trip to the mud was fun, it must be noted I am not a fan of striping off everyone’s clothes. I don’t find that funny. And I particularly didn’t find any amusement in having the MC stripped down to his underwear.

But moving on, well, there’s really not much to move on to. The rest of the show wasn’t worth watching. They tried to get things moving by starting up a giant Tetris game, but it quickly devolved into dance practice.

Why so much dancing? In some of the recent episodes, the dancing routines have been great because the guests were fun to watch. But with Girls Generation I felt like I was watching a bunch of wannabes on amateur hour.

The robot moves were horrendous! And whatever Sunny was doing was just plain awful. (Does that girl have any rhythm?)

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Yes, there were some things I liked in the episode: Ji Hyo’s mud-caked face, Gary’s awesome dance move!, and even  Soo Young’s desperate negotiations to save herself.

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But there were too many dislikes to save the episode. All I can say is if Girls Generation visits again, I’m not watching – Well, it’s Running Man so I have to watch, but I won’t like it.

SNSD Gets Hypocritical in Their Latest Release

SNSD just released a preview of a new song called “Divine.” Right now, I see them anything but divine. But what strikes me most are the lyrics. Here’s a sample :

We are always one
What will we say we’re capable of
Once we stand before the waves that give their loud roars?
We’ll meet this distress, with a gentle intimacy

Even though I’m not really sure of the story behind the words (probably about young lovers), it’s so hypocritical to release a song about being one and meeting distress with gentle intimacy immediately after kicking out a member of the family.

Unfortunately, the intimate marketing image just doesn’t work anymore. We know if the waves get big enough, SNSD becomes cut-throat.

Jessica gives an interview. Seems to be doing fine.

A few days ago, Jessica Jung (formerly of Girls Generation) was in Shanghai to promote her fashion line at the Lane Crawford event. During her visit, she paused for a brief interview while heading towards the main venue.

She assured fans that she has not lost her passion for the entertainment world. At this time she is focused on the launch of her fashion business, but music is not out of her life. That pretty much sums up what she had to say.

She appeared to be in high spirits, and many fans were there to support her, so it’s a good sign she may end up starting a solo music career and not just fade away.

Jessica Jung Moves Away

The split between Jessica and Girls Generation has caused what seems to be an irreparable rift in communication between the two sides. Except for Jessica’s statement and SM Entertainment’s childish response, nothing else has come to light. Now, Jessica seems to be putting some distance away from her old band days. She is now a business woman and is jumping in with both feet.

As announced by Lane Crawford, a company that deals with luxury items, Jessica will begin selling a series of sunglasses through the company’s outlets. To commemorate the business venture (and Lane Crawford’s first anniversary in Shanghai), Jessica will be on hand to promote her series collection.

The event takes place in Shanghai Times Square on October 16th.

So no doubt about it, she is not letting the split get the best of her. More than that, even though it’s sad she will no longer be part of SNSD, she is sending a clear message to SM Entertainment and Girls Generation that she will not be bullied into abandoning her future.

The Girls of SNSD Turned Their Backs on Jessica

On Ssul Jeon, Kim Gu Ra made a perfect comment on what betrayal means for idols. Specifically, he spoke concerning Jessica and the way she was fired. He said,

When you look at conflicting situations for idols, the member in question has no one to lean on but the fans and other members, but in this case, the members turned their backs on her, right? If you look at it from the big picture, it is not a beautiful farewell. I felt that, as expected, all groups are just groups for profit.

It isn’t a beautiful farewell. It’s more than just the loss of a job; it’s the loss of friendship. And that’s the biggest thorn in my side over this. It isn’t because Jessica is no longer part of the group. I was never particular a fan. But she was part of the Girls Generation family, and you sort of buy into that idea over the years.

Unfortunately, Gu Ra is right: They really are all about profit. Family is the marketing angle. The decade they spent together doesn’t seem to have changed that or brought them any closer than arm’s length.

Jessica’s desire to invest her future beyond that of an entertainer seems to have been the catalyst in the confrontation. Push came to shove and not even for the sake of the fans were they willing to sort out their differences. Ok, fine. They no longer see eye-to-eye. But their solution is to cut her out completely?

Out of the group. Out of their lives.

It is the worst type of send-off for everyone.

Sunny May Have Revealed Her Side of the Vote

As fans try to piece together the events that led to Jessica being fired from Girls Generation, it is inevitable that we must speculate on ulterior motives, especially since the Girls themselves do not seem as eager to discuss their rationale as quickly as they were to eradicate a member.

Well, front and center on speculation is Sunny. In a vote against Jessica, on which side was she? It’s no accident that she was chosen to sing Jessica’s part of Mr. Mr. during a recent visit to Japan. It’s possible she typically stands in for Jessica during rehearsals, so we have to wonder what was in her mind when asked to put Jessica to a vote.

Even though we can more than infer a growing criticism against Jessica for her outside projects, in reality, each one of them wants more: more acting, more solos, more product labels for their smiling faces. And it can rightfully be conjectured that without Jessica, Sunny gets more lead vocal time. So even if she had no reason to oust Jessica, it’s safe to say she was on the negative side of the voting table.

Sooyoung has Something to Say!

Sooyoung has dropped in her two cents on what it meant to suddenly vote out a member of Girls Generation. “I’ll work even harder for the people who are cheering on Girls’ Generation,” she said.

So, basically, it was nothing. No well-wishes to Jessica. No revelation of what led to the backstabbing. Just the same ole packaged “work harder” rhetoric we’ve heard from every KPop group that has ever existed.

How difficult is it for these girls to apologize directly to Jessica’s fans for what happened? It seems not only did they successfully kick out Jessica, but they seemingly intend to also rid themselves of her fan-base.