The members split up to challenge missions relating to Seoul’s past.
Planning and Direction: 6
Another solid performance from the 1N2D PD staff, who put together an episode that was not only amusing, but educational and touching as well. While the missions themselves were mostly rudimentary at best, the final reveal about the true nature of their tasks was very well done. Splitting up the cast was a bit of a risk, as many of the members are new to full time variety roles, but it was done in such a way that they were given enough time to perform but not enough time to flounder if their segments were boring.
This episode was the best of season three thus far in terms of post-production, as every aspect came together in a very smooth manner. The graphics and captions were a bit more clever than usual, and the music and sound was good as always. Playing the MacGuyver theme while Joo Hyuk tries to work a fax machine is a great example of what sets the KBS team apart from the rest. The music choices were selected with care and inserted in a manner that enhanced the viewing experience, which about all that one can ask for.
Manhattan Transfer “A nightingale sang in berkley square”
Gloria Gaynor “I will survive”
Bon Jovi “You give love a bad name”
Lyn “My Destiny”
Jang Cheol Ung “This is Seoul”
APink “You U”
Park Joo Won “Night in Camp Nou”
Mary Hopkin “Those were the days”
Bae Il Ho “Shintobulyi”
Yoon Jong Shin “Reborn”
Cho Yong Pil “Mt Kilimanjaro Leopard”
Cha Tae Hyun: 4
For the first time in season three, Tae Hyun seemed to be a bit out of steam this week, and was uncharacteristically subdued for most of the day. This is possibly due to his being separated from the cast, as his strengths are in reaction and interaction. His solo segment was easily the weakest, however, although that is due in part to circumstance as there were no citizens nearby to work with as planned.
Kim Jong Min: 5
Jong Min was solid again in his combi with Jun Ho, they had some decent ‘babo brothers’ comedy bits but nothing extraordinary.
Kim Joo Hyuk: 6
While Joo Hyuk is the least experienced member in terms of variety, he surprisingly turned in the best solo segment performance by far. His sad panda act when nobody in Seoul recognized him was pretty funny, and he was quite amusing as the hapless ahjussi trying to cope with the modern world during the main bit. He also had the best photo shoot segment with Defconn, and had some touching moments at the end.
Kim Jun Ho: 5
Teamed with Jong Min again, they did a good job keeping their segments light. Had a funny moment where he bragged about hopping the train to arrive at their shoot location in only 30 minutes from the show open, only to have the PD tell him that it’s a 15 minute walk.
Defconn was a bit up and down this episode, his solo segment was a tad boring but he had some good bits with Joo Hyuk during the photo segment and helped out as deputy MC from time to time. Like Tae Hyun, he seemed a bit low on energy though.
Jung Joon Young: 4
Started out promising, as he was trying to be creative during the transit to his solo location, but rapidly dropped off once arriving and never quite recovered. He sort of seemed to give up on the mission, and as a result didn’t even try to do much to make it funny. Likewise, his photo segment with Tae Hyun was halfhearted and dull.
Episode MVP: Kim Joo Hyuk
Considering that he talked about how nervous he was to have a solo variety shoot, Joo Hyuk turned in a surprisingly good performance. The PDs must have breathed a big sigh of relief when their least experienced member ended up delivering the best footage of the week.
Final Score: 6
The episode was a decidedly ‘low impact’ one, focusing more on reflection and sentiment than typical variety themes, but it was quite well put together. The production in particular was excellent, as they got some very nice shots which were complimented by the good work of the postproduction team. The final twist was also legitimately surprising and very tactfully done. On the down side, the missions were a bit weak and the members were inconsistent in their performances. Still, a good episode of 1 Night 2 Days.