Infinite Challenge 383 – IC Cheerleading Squad : Brazil Preparations
The members finalize their guest cheerleading squad members, then engage in some activities to prepare for the trip Brazil.
Planning and Direction: 4
Fairly straightforward episode this week, which was essentially a collection of set shoots in a semi-talk show format. While there was nothing wrong with this, it probably could have used a bit more variety to help spice things up a bit. Typical to guest-focused episodes with minigames, some segments were better than others. There were some good moments where the members were at their energetic best in group conversations, but also some pretty generic guest and game segments. Generally, the show opened and closed strongly but was weaker in the middle.
Solid if unspectacular. Infinite Challenge tends to put less emphasis on the audio and visual aspects, but rarely misstep either.
David Archuleta – Something About Love
Yoo Jae Suk : 6
As this was a talk and guest-heavy episode, MC Yoo was at the center of much of the action. He was a bit hot and cold, doing well with some of the more inexperienced guests (especially Son Ye Jin) but sort of phoning it in during the old school quiz game segment. However, he worked some very good gags with Myung Soo as well, as part of the Boss-Worker combi they have going on for this arc.
Park Myung Soo: 6
Myung Soo again was the most consistent member throughout the episode, working good gags with Jae Suk as well as having some of the episodes better moments in the final segment, with his ‘death punch’ routine. Good, solid work
Jung Jun Ha: 4
Jun Ha was again mostly in the background this week, although this was at least in part due to being sick during some of the shoots.
Jung Hyung Don: 5
Hyung Don might be the second best member after Jae Suk at working with guests, and while he didn’t have any really great moments this week, he played an important part in keeping the energy and chatter up.
Ha Ha: 5
HaHa didn’t really grab much attention here, but he was pretty good as a peanut gallery character, offering some good verbal jabs and sarcastic reactions in the big group segments.
No Hong Chul: 5
Hong Chul was surprisingly quiet for much of the episode, but redeemed himself at the end by being the ‘practice dummy’ for the various self defense moves being taught, which was one of the best segments of the week.
Park Soo Hong, Park Shin Hye, Jang Yoon Ju, Son Ye Jin, B1A4 Baro, Jung Il Woo, Ji Sang Ryul, Lizzy, Sul Woon Do
Mixed bag in terms of experience, but the IC staff can probably be pleased with how the group turned out on the whole. Yoon Ju was great as always, as her willingness to act the fool makes her the perfect non-comedian guest. Sang Ryul was also good as usual, and his brief appearance did a lot to energize the ‘field’ segment. Soo Hong was also very good as the bewildered and annoyed straight man for the cast’s goofy antics. Baro was actually pretty solid as well, and is showing some decent variety potential as he becomes more relaxed. Ye Jin was very green and a bit reluctant to put herself out there, but ended up getting coaxed into a decent appearance by Jae Suk and others. Lizzy, Jung Il Woo and Park Shin Hye were mostly just background props.
Episode MVP: Yoo Jae Suk
Definitely not his best work, but even Jae Suk on autopilot is better than most. He had a central role as the MC this week, and did a smooth and professional job while managing to work in a few decent jokes of his own along the way.
Final Score: 5
A bit hot and cold this week, but overall it was a fairly standard low-impact IC episode.