The members continue to compete for the chance to sleep at home.
Planning and Direction: 7
Some very nice work by the staff this week, as the locations and games were for the most part both creative and fun. The camera staff also did some really good work, getting some very nice shots at the bungee and theme park sets. The concepts for the punishment sleeping locations were both amusing, and ‘bad’ enough that it gave the members some real motivation to avoid them, and the reward of going home early was desirable enough to make the games mean something. A criticism of 1N2D is that at times the games are a bit meaningless, which often results in the members just going through the motions as they don’t really care about winning or losing. However, they were definitely invested in this week’s games. The only real problem with the episode itself was the length, which is not necessarily the fault of the staff (since the growth of variety run-times is a problem affecting all networks recently), but it still resulted in the final segments with the punishments feeling like they went on far too long, as it was 20-30 minutes that could have easily been edited into a 5 minute recap.
Again, nice graphics and video quality, and the usual creative music and sound work.
The Prodigy – Omen
Lee Hyuk Joon – I’m Manly (Rustic Period OST)
The Prodigy – Stand Up
J. Rabbit – Somewhere the Wind is Blowing (cover)
Goblin – Profondo Rosso
Lee Seung Hwan – A Dog From Flanders
Junggido – Want You
Clean Bandit – Rather Be
Lee Sang Eun – Winter Song
Charlie Kim – Zombie
Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting
Carol Kidd – Fly Me to the Moon
Peabo Bryson – A Whole New World (Aladdin OST)
Brown Eyed Girls – How Come
10cm – Morning Call
Vangelis – Chariots of Fire
Robert Palmer – Bad Case of Loving You
Cha Tae Hyun: 5
Had some great reactions and taunts towards Jun Ho early on, but faded out a lot as the episode progressed.
Kim Jong Min: 6
Other than Jun Ho’s bungee segment, Jong Min was at the forefront of all the other segments and worked quite hard to make them as entertaining as possible, mostly with his body gags.
Kim Joo Hyuk: 5
Similar to last week, Joo Hyuk was not really a big presence in this episode, but was decent enough overall.
Kim Jun Ho: 6
Jun Ho did well with the bungee segment that was devoted entirely to him, and was solid but unspectacular during the rest of episode, although he had some pretty good jokes and puns during the wheel spinning segment.
For the second week in a row, Defconn was mostly invisible and didn’t have much impact on any of the segments.
Jung Joon Young: 5
.Joon Young was consistently so-so for most of the episode, disappearing at times but occasionally dropping a decent gag or reaction from time to time.
Cantos the dog, Woldmido theme park MC Yong.
Cantos is a dog, so he is what he is, but it was good to see the PDs including callbacks to previous episodes. MC Yong was quite amusing in his limited appearance.
Episode MVP: Kim Jong Min
In many ways a typical ‘good’ Jong Min performance, as he rarely does anything especially great, but is usually among the hardest working members and consistently puts in the effort to make the various segments work as intended – such as playing the babo during word games, performing body gags during active games, and so on. This week, he was consistently among the most active and involved members in nearly all of the segments.
Final Score: 6
Conceptually the episode was very good, but the cast was mostly just average and the final segment was a bit boring. Additionally, the members developed a habit of constantly doing ‘test’ runs of challenges, like drawing hidden balls or spinning the wheel, which was confusing and a bit annoying after awhile. It was mostly a pretty good episode overall, however, and was helped out a lot by its high production quality.