Infinite Challenge ep 359 – Surprise Event – Yeah, Together / Introducing My Lonely Friend
The cast holds a surprise group discussion for students that have just finished taking their suneung exams. Later, the members begin planning a party for their lonely celebrity friends.
Planning and Direction: 5
The concept for the student event was solid, if fairly straightforward, as the filming was basically a group discussion, a segment on location as the members handed out flyers while in costume, then the surprise event itself. The MLF festival is a sequel of sorts to last year’s highly successful “My Ugly Friend” shows, and the preliminary group discussion was once again quite amusing. The episode didn’t require a great deal of creative direction outside of the opening to the surprise event, though.
Standard use of captions, graphics, and sound, but nothing particularly noteworthy.
Yoo Jae Suk : 7
Good outing from Jae Suk this week, as the many group discussions allowed him to frequently use his best strengths – directing verbal traffic and making fun of others, especially Jun Ha. Performed the last segment alone and kept it light and funny, which helped to raise interest for the Lonely Friend special that starts next week.
Park Myung Soo: 7
Myung Soo was good throughout the episode, especially during the group discussions while making absurd statements and battering Jun Ha’s ego at every opportunity.
Jung Jun Ha: 7
Jun Ha also put in a good performance as the flustered victim, regularly serving up opportunities for Jae Suk and Myung Soo to attack.
Jung Hyung Don: 5
Was OK, but was the only member who didn’t really have at least one or two quality moments.
Ha Ha : 6
Didn’t do a whole lot until the end, during the meeting about the Lonely Festival, where he did well in playing up the rivalry for Jae Suk’s attentions, as well as suggesting that the entire Lonely Festival should be the invitees listening to sad music, and not being allowed to eat until they shed brokenhearted tears.
No Hong Chul: 6
Hong Chul was pretty solid in a peanut gallery role, giving some good jabs about Jun Ha’s highschool fashion sense, and offering some funny suggestions for the Lonely Festival.
Gil didn’t do much, but he did tell a legitimately touching story about his own childhood during the surprise event.
Defconn, who was good in the limited time that he appeared.
Episode MVP: Yoo Jae Suk
Final Grade: 6
It seemed as if the surprise event didn’t draw as many students as expected, which likely meant that the editors didn’t have as much good footage as they would have liked, which made the main segment a bit awkward. The group discussions were lively, however, and this meant the pace did not drag despite it being a somewhat ‘low impact’ episode. However, there were no really notable moments either.