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.
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was another couple race on Running Man (episode 255). The guys always have high hopes when the director mentions the word couple. And though the pairings are never guaranteed to go over well, everyone still tends to enjoy themselves.
But this couple race was not one for the books. I think this is the first time I actually ended up disliking all the guests by the time the show was done (as opposed to disliking them from start to finish: see girls generation).
First off, why do they even consider inviting Lee Gook Joo to the show? She was seriously annoying the first time around. It seems every time she opens her mouth it’s just to insult someone. I mean, why did she think it was funny to point out Kwang Soo’s toenails and to publicly call him out for not taking care of his feet? Has she looked at herself? Would she find it funny or humiliating if someone publicly shamed her for her weight? She’s just obnoxious and rude.
By the first game I was already seriously annoyed that I don’t even remember what the challenge was. All I remember is the food reward at the end. The purpose was for the “queen of the team” to serve out a portion of food to the rest. But Bora (hate her) ate most of it and Gook Joo ate the rest. Why did these girls think it was funny to stuff their faces without considering the fact they were eating everything! I don’t find it the least bit amusing to watch a couple girls shovel food in their mouths like their pride was on the line.
And what’s up with all the dancing! Someone fire the editor! When the dance routines add no value to the show, cut them out! Why is it we have to sit through so many lame idol dance moves? Fine, they can dance (mostly), so what? Has Running Man become the only advertising venue these idols get?
Now, I don’t mind dance routines, but they should be fun, not tiresome. In episode 253, the girls put on a great show. Each one came up with a different style of dance that was fun to watch, not just a lot of shaking around. And in episode 237, the “greatest love” dancing was some of the best. But the dry heaves I had to sit through in this latest episode were simply a strain on my eyes.
I’m beginning to think a petition needs to be started to replace the writers.
Anyway, one last thing: I have noticed in these “couple” games that Ji Hyo tends to take a backseat. All the fuss is made over the idols-of-the-week and Ji Hyo is sort of forgotten. She handles it well, but I think the guys too quickly forget that she is every bit an idol, too.