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.

Running Man Episode 255 – The Most Annoying Guests

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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What I Like Most about Running Man

To me, Running Man is South Korea’s best variety show simply because of the main stars. For the most part, the games or missions are mostly trivial, and by themselves would never be interesting enough to keep me tuning in. But because of the cast, the show is always entertaining.

What I like most is the interaction, the perpetual banter during the missions and the insightful “discussions” in-between. It’s all for comic-relief, and they are very seriously good at it.

Take for example the Music Geniuses in episode 218. Instead of simply working to play a tune correctly, they started punishing each other for messing up by stripping off the offender’s clothes.

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Or in episode 147 when they interrupted a game to determine whether Kwang Soo should be allowed to speak to Kim Soo Hyun informally.

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Best of all, they are really good sports (especially when you consider the drama queens that would emerge if this were an American show). Like anyone they can express irritation but they are quick to pass it off, unless of course they seize an opportunity to “get into character.” For instance, when most recently in episode 239, Ha-Ha Dong slips into his sad, picked-on persona as he is forced to hand over his gold coins to “big kid” Jong Kook.

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It’s all for fun and we see in some of these interactions brief glimpses of their acting abilities, especially in Ji-Hyo, Kwang-Soo, and Ha-Ha.

Running Man is a show I look forward to every week. They pretty much fill up the year with new weekly episodes and I hope they are able to continue on for many more years.

It will certainly be a sad day when it all comes to an end.

 

 

 

 

Running With Superheroes

It was superhero day on Running Man. And they started out in blockbuster style swapping out the usual welcoming ceremony with star-studded credits. Of course, after the introduction, the “ceremony” got under way with the usual banter.

For the most part, they looked pretty awful in their costumes. Kwang Soo was painstakingly made-up as the Avatar character, but it wasn’t a pretty sight. Jong Kook as Wolverine looked like a Korean Elvis Presley, Ha Ha an errand boy, and Suk Jin a budget-conscience Batman wearing a mask that might have been cut from the back of a cereal box. I think Gary was some sort of space monkey. None of them seemed particularly happy about their apparel.

Of course, Ji Hyo looked good and took on the part of Wonder Woman as though she were playing a real character, and Jae Suk jumped right in (as always) as Superman.

There were more good situations than bad in this episode, which is the best way I can rate Running Man in recent months. I don’t think highly of the writers. The interaction among the members really is the show, and the writers should work hard to give them interesting things to do or games to play. Fortunately, in this episode, the good outweighed the bad (or the boring).

Watch here:
http://kshowonline.com/kshow/2522-%5Bengsub%5D-running-man-ep.216