The members finish the shoot in Yangsan with a game to determine who goes home early, and then start the next trip – where they must work as a team to successfully pass the games.
Planning and Direction: 5
A bit of and up and down episode this week, with some good and not-so-good aspects of the production. Opening the show with the results of last week’s cooking contest was a bit of a strange choice, considering it only lasted 15-20 minutes before the show changed entirely, which might not be the best choice for viewers who didn’t see last week’s episode. The middle segment where the members compete to go home early was very good, but may not have lived up to its potential – it really deserved an entire episode to itself. Finally, closing the episode by starting the next trip and playing some very basic games on a boat seemed a bit of a let down following the earlier segments. It wasn’t bad, but the episode as a whole felt very disjointed as it essentially was 3 shows in one. Despite that, it was filmed and edited quite nicely and had plenty of decent moments.
Very visually attractive episode this week, with nice graphics and visuals that were also used to enhance the comedy, such as showing the poor staff of the losing member driving all the way to Busan. The captions were also extra clever this week, used in much more of a “MuDo” style of commenting on the events shown on screen as opposed to simply narrating. The sound and music was also good, as usual from KBS.
Ye Min – Now and Forever
Bananarama – Venus
John Williams – Olympic Fanfare
Roy Kim – Spring Spring Spring
Lee Jung Sun – Spring
Soyu & Jung Gi Go – Some
Kim Min Gyo – The Last Game (Last Game OST)
Boys Like Girls – The Great Escape
Demi Lovato – Let It Go (Frozen OST)
Lee Sang Eun – Someday
Baechigi – Dduraeyo
Edith Piaf – Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien
Andrea Bocelli – Mai Piu Cosi Lontano
Alan Menken – Under the Sea
Earl Klugh – A Natural Thing
Hans Zimmer – I’m Not a Hero (The Dark Knight OST)
Lee Moon Se – Solo
DITC – Day One
Psy – What Would Have Been?
Lyn – My Destiny
Cha Tae Hyun: 6
A big turnaround from Tae Hyun, who put forth one of his better performances in awhile, as he was more actively engaged with the games and members than usual. His hysterical reactions and high energy was also present, as usual.
Kim Jong Min: 5
Jong Min was just OK in this one, he tried a lot of gags but was a bit hit-and-miss in how well they worked. He was also out early in the “go home” mission, but was decent enough in the cooking and boat segments.
Kim Joo Hyuk: 6
A really good performance from Joo Hyuk this week, who played up his “national loser” character excellently during the first half of the episode. He is also clearly becoming more comfortable on the show, as his sarcastic side and solid observational humor are coming out more and more. He might have even scored higher if not for the last segment, where he was just sort of average.
Kim Jun Ho: 5
Jun Ho was mostly fine, but didn’t really do much to remember him by this week. Still, he was valuable in keeping the conversations going and generally being involved with the shoot.
Similar to Jun Ho, Defconn was good at keeping conversations going and taking part in the challenges, but didn’t really stand out much.
Jung Joon Young: 5
Joon Young started a bit slow, and didn’t have much involvement in the cooking or train segments, but participated actively enough in the final boat segment.
A lot of staff members, including Jong Min’s stylist, the newly dubbed “Poop Coordi”
They were actually pretty funny in spots, and the visual of the managers and coordis standing behind a fence while their lives hung in the balance during the ‘wastebin basketball’ segment was one of the funniest moments of the episode.
Episode MVP: Kim Joo Hyuk
He’s getting better and better as time goes on, and his role as the sarcastic straight man and character of the national loser are becoming really central to the group dynamic of the members as a whole. Watching Joo Hyuk, one gets the sense that his variety future might hold a lot of memorable moments before he’s through.
Final Score: 6
The “Go Home Early” train segment was very enjoyable, and it’s too bad that was as short as it was. The other segments weren’t great nor terribly boring either, just standard generic variety segments. The show’s editing into three unrelated segments was a bit disjointed, but it wasn’t a major issue overall.