The members compete to avoid going on the octopus boat at dawn.
Planning and Direction: 6
Although the concept was pretty simple, the staff did a very good job of building tension for the games that would decide which member had to go on the boat. Making the the staff choose which member’s team they were on in order to decide which staff had to go on the boat was a very good decision that added drama to a set of games that were otherwise unexceptional. While ‘members at sea’ episodes commonly turn into boring marathons of watching the cast sleep, limiting it to one member and putting the focus on the games itself was the right decision by the PD staff. And again, the PDs show they aren’t afraid to cut boring segments, and the fact that they explain the reasons for cuts in the captions is actually a very useful practice for several reasons. The direction wasn’t perfect, however, as the yut game and dinner segments were a bit dull and drawn out, and did not serve much purpose in terms of the overall plot.
Really good work from the postproduction staff, as the usual high quality KBS sound and music work was complimented by dramatically improved graphics and captions this week. The KBS audio staff demonstrates again that they are the best in Korea at choosing music that is interesting while also perfectly fitting what’s happening onscreen. Unlike most TV audio staff, the team (or possibly just one person) at KBS regularly shows that they have an impressive depth of musical knowledge.
Music Featured: Coffee Boy “Can I Get Married?”, “A-Team Theme Song”, Leonard Cohen “I’m Your Man”, Dick Dale “Miserlou”, Bellini “Samba de Janeiro”, Herb Alpert & Tiajuana Brass “Acapulco 1992”, Chris Cornell “You Know My Name”, Celine Dion “The Power of Love (cover)” Hyun In “Silla In the Moonlight”, Can “Spring Days of My Life” (no, not THE Can), Nami “Round, Round”, Kim Dong Gyu “Encore”,
Cha Tae Hyun: 5
Usual good reactions and energy, but was a bit flat during the actual segments proper.
Kim Jong Min: 6
Even though he continued to overreach a bit, this actually paid off during the boat partner selection segment, where Executioner Jong Min’s torture of the other members provided some of the best moments of the episode. He also worked really hard during the final segments, when the cast is usually tired and ready to go home.
Kim Joo Hyuk: 5
Joo Hyuk started a bit slow, as he didn’t make much impact during the opening yut and dinner segments. He did well during the main game, however, playing as the desperate straight man in over his head.
Kim Jun Ho: 6
Jun Ho had another good performance this week, continuing to provide the bulk of the cast’s direct comedy via his body gags, taunts, reactions, and the like. He once again worked especially well with Jong Min, and the two of them are beginning to show some good variety chemistry.
Defconn was quite good this episode, he was energetic and involved in all of the games, had some good funny lines, and really stepped up in an MC role as well – including several instances where he even gave positive direction to the other members.
Jung Joon Young: 5
Nothing special from Joon Young, but he stayed involved and was more or less fine.
A local fortune teller, various cast members and citizens.
Episode MVP: Defconn
The Jong Min and Jun Ho combi finished the show very strongly, but Defconn was very important in the early segments. He did a bit of everything, providing jokes (Jun Ho seems good at gambling…haha), body gags, reactions as well as acting as MC when it was needed. A very professional performance from Defconn all around.
Final Score: 6
The episode started a bit slow which is unfortunate, but the elimination bokbulbok was excellent and the boat segment was about as good as can be hoped for from a boat segment. Yoo PD is proving to be a very adroit director with a strong sense of what should air and a clear distaste for filler footage.