Running Man ep 177 – A Christmas Nightmare
Gary is kidnapped, and the teams race to get clues and solve the mystery.
Planning and Direction: 4
The main plot was a good idea in theory, having a mystery episode where one member was kidnapped, but the execution was a bit weak. The ‘clues’ were very simplistic, and while this was later revealed to be part of the SECRET PLOT, it didn’t really help the show itself much. The twist was also a bit too obvious, the ending was a bit awkward, and the show as a whole required too much scripting to make it work.
The graphics were typically good, the sound was typically average.
Yoo Jae Suk : 6
Did well with Suk Jin, as the two played up the ‘bumbling cop’ role, and the ‘rap’ battle part had its moments.
Kim Jong Kook: 5
Jong Kook was energetic at the beginning during the intro and meeting Gil segment, but afterwards got edited out a lot until the very end.
Ha Ha: 4
Ha Ha was teamed with Jong Kook and also got edited out a lot, making him the invisible man of the episode, mostly seen nodding along to Jong Kook.
Ji Suk Jin: 6
Good teamwork with Jae Suk, their team had most of the better segments in the episode.
Lee Kwang Soo: 6
Kwang Soo was a bit less hyperactive than usual, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He did most of the variety work in his team with Ji Hyo.
Even though he was the ‘main’ character in a sense, he barely appeared and didn’t do much when he was on screen.
Song Ji Hyo: 5
Ji Hyo was teamed with Kwang Soo, and did a decent job of playing off his antics. She also seemed more interested in this episode than she has in other recent ones, possibly because there was more acting involved.
Gil, Dynamic Duo, Jung In, Jung Chi, some random members of A Pink
Gil was OK, but seemed a bit more cautious than expected from a variety veteran, almost as if he was a bit tired. The rest of the guests were fine in minor roles, with Jung In and Jung Chi probably being the most engaging of the bunch.
Episode MVP: Yoo Jae Suk
Final Score: 5
The episode had a lot of problems, but it moved quickly enough that it never got bogged down in them for too long. In the end it was a pretty generic Running Man episode.