The members take a train to the beach at Gangwondo, while playing games to win a hot date of sorts.
Planning and Direction: 4
This was a really strange episode, as it was more like a scripted sitcom than a variety show for much of the episode, such as during the CEO, lunch and bikini models segments. Unfortunately, it didn’t work especially well. The episode seemed to drag quite a bit during the train segment, where at times it seemed like they would never get to the fireworks fact- er, beach. The games were also very low grade, mostly consisting of things like chicken fights and the like. Finally, while cultural commentary and politics are usually something I avoid on the blog, the sexism inherent in this episode was pretty disappointing considering that 1N2D historically has had a relatively good track record in this aspect. However, hiring paid models to serve no purpose than to be ogled by ahjussis while the ‘ugly’ comedian guests got comically abused was a bit too much at times. While this mentality is certainly not a problem unique to 1N2D, it is something they had largely avoided in the past.
The episode was beautifully filmed, and well scored with a summer themed soundtrack. The editing was also we done, as the episode would have dragged much more than it did had it not been edited as well as it was.
Cool – Lady on the Beach
Vangelis – Chariots of Fire
The Solutions – Lines
Mongo Santamaria – Watermelon Man
Vodka Rain – 100 Percent
Lee Sang Woo – I Met Her 100m Away
DJ DOC – Hurricane Park
Patrick Fiori – Liberta
Sting – Shape of My Heart
Trouble Maker – Trouble Maker
Yiruma – Leave Behind
Sistar – Touch My Body
Jang Na Ra – Sweet Dream
As One – Lalala Love Song
GMB – So Nice
Pharrell Williams – Come Get It Bae
The Searchers – Love Potion #9
The Kinks – Picture Book
Taeyang – Eyes, Nose, Lips
Shin Seung Hoon – I Believe
R. Kelly – Love Is
Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
Anuna – Blackthorn
Barry Manilow – Copacabana
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Cha Tae Hyun: 5
Really did not contribute much of anything during the train segment, but worked very well with his student citizen guest and the gagcon comedians once they arrived at the beach.
Kim Jong Min: 5
Once again, Jong Min seemed to try hard, such as working gags with the Department Head and playing up the horny old ahjussi stereotype, but it was a bit hit or miss in terms of being entertaining.
Kim Joo Hyuk: 5
While many of the other members were a bit hot / cold this week, Joo Hyuk was more consistently average through both of the main segments.
Kim Jun Ho: 4
Slept through much of the train segment, then was just average once making it to the beach, only offering a few halfhearted gags before calling it a day.
Nothing amazing from Defconn this week, but he was probably the most consistently solid member in both the train and beach segments. A bit unfortunate that he was energetic when everyone else seemed a bit tired.
Jung Joon Young: 4
Barely said or did anything through the entire episode, other than a few jokes during the visit from the KBS official.
Oh Na Mi, Kim Hye Sun, KBS Variety Chief Park Tae Ho, a bunch of actors, models, staff, and citizens.
Park Tae Ho was OK, but his segment went on a little bit too long and was pretty stiff, but at least he was game for working some gags with the members. Na Mi and Hye Sun were rooted entirely in-character, but were energetic enough. The mishmash of hired guests were so-so at best, and the citizens were mostly pretty boring.
Episode MVP: Defconn
Did a lot of talking on the train, and set up a lot of the jokes that took place. Was energetic at the beach during the games, and kept up the chatter to good effect there as well. A good solid appearance.
Final Score: 4
As mentioned previously, this seemed a bit like an experimental episode with a ton of scripted elements (CEO, lunch menu, bikini models, ugly girls, etc) that weren’t especially fun or memorable. The games were also kept very basic, and there didn’t seem to be much in the way of punishment/reward compared to most episodes, and the cast also seemed a bit low energy with nobody really did much to try to stand out. Finally, there is also the case of the overtly sexist nature of the plot, which was bad enough to draw criticism in Korea as well. On the plus side, the episode was very well put together visually, which definitely helped in terms of sitting through it.