The members continue their unity trip to Pungdo, and play some games with the locals.
Planning and Direction: 5
Fairly standard 1N2D format this week, with the members playing a number of games with locals in order to win the right to sleep inside. Some of the games were better than others, such as the mail delivery game which was unique, while the others games were much more typical, such as speed quizzes and multiplication tables. Also it was a bit weird that they made a big deal about not having managers or coordis along for the trip, but that seemed mostly ignored this episode as the members were free from their bags etc for much of the episode anyway. Overall, it was pretty average.
Usual high quality KBS production, although the music was a bit more banal than usual again this week, relying on a lot of re-used songs and OST tracks – but any episode that has GOBLIN in the soundtrack can’t be all bad.
Ye Min – Now and Forever
Bananarama – Venus
John Williams – Olympic Fanfare
Roy Kim – Spring Spring Spring
Omara Portuondo – El Amor de Mi Bohio
GMB – So Nice (Grand Mint Festival 2011 Theme)
Seul Ki Doong – A Spring Rain
Lee Oskar – Before the Rain
Jang Young Jin – You Came (Just Friends OST)
Sungkyunkwan Scandal OST – Chinese Milk Vetch
Tamra, The Island OST – Tamna the Island
John Williams – Olympic Fanfare
Hong Kyung Min – Last Love
Jennifer Rush – The Power of Love
Israel Kamakawiwoole – Over the Rainbow
The Good, the Bad, the Weird OST – Road in the Sand
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Charlie Kim – Zombie
Yolanda Be Cool – We No Speak Americano
Spy Kids OST – Oy Como Spy
Bobby Hebb – Sunny
MGK- Wild Boy
Pantera – Mouth For War
Lupins – Take
Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Goblin – Profondo Rosso
Ikimono Gakari – How to Make It
Cha Tae Hyun: 5
Typical Tae Hyun in this episode, lots of energy and good reactions but no real moments of individual brilliance.
Kim Jong Min: 4
Jong Min was a bit off this week, his gags seemed a bit labored (such as the water throwing) and he didn’t really have any memorable moments in any of the other segments other than stumbling across a naked old lady.
Kim Joo Hyuk: 5
A fairly average performance from Joo Hyuk, who didn’t stand out much but stayed involved in the segments well enough. He had one fantastic body gag though, taking out the entire table during the water bowl game.
Kim Jun Ho: 5
Jun Ho probably tried the hardest to add some flavor to this episode, although his gags were a bit hit and miss.
Defconn was actually quite energetic for this one, and contributed a lot during the interactions with locals and staff, but didn’t do anything especially noteworthy.
Jung Joon Young: 5
The opposite of last week, Joon Young started this episode strongly, taking the lead during the flower picking game, but seemed to all but disappear towards the end.
A number of Pungdo locals, and international referee Kwon Ki Jong
As usual for local resident guests, some were better than others. The highlight was probably the local mail lady from Incheon, who travels by boat to Pungdo every day to deliver the mail and put in a spirited performance during the mail delivery game.
Episode MVP: Kim Jun Ho
Really, almost everyone was at about the same level in this episode, so it’s a bit of a coin toss for MVP. Jun Ho, however, seemed to try the most in terms of creativity during the segments, such as his sneaky fake flower photo, and so forth. He also worked hard during the table tennis match at the end. On the other hand, Jun Ho is in many ways a very traditional gagman comedian and recent episodes have somewhat begun to expose his limitations, as he’s started to recycle a lot of jokes and gags. He’s almost in a somewhat awkward cycle of just going along with things until its time to bust out a gag, and it will be interesting to see if he can continue to flesh out his variety persona enough to provide a more fluid performance in coming months.
Final Score: 5
The episode definitely had some boring moments, but the location of Pungdo was inherently charming and the volume of games toward the end kept the pace from slowing too much, which resulted in an entirely average episode.