Running Man ep 208 – Hallyu Star Race
Suzy joins the members, who play some random games in and around the Hangang near SBS HQ.
Planning and Direction: 4
Similar to last week, this was another episode with a number of games that didn’t seem to have much thought put into them. Just very basic stuff with a ‘celebrity’ theme that was tacked on to some random games. The final game was an old fashioned bells hide and seek type game with a survival twist, and seemed to have some potential, but it ended up requiring far too much stage direction and editing to be especially enjoyable. While nobody claims Running Man’s games are real competitions, too much obvious writer interference definitely tends to interrupt the flow of the show at times.
A bit of a step backwards this week, as the visuals were average at best and the music was …terrible. Any show that has both Coldplay and Maroon 5 in the soundtrack is never going to win any awards for BGM excellence, but including 3 generic dubstep tracks off the same boring CD is just lazy. On the plus side, Future Liger!
Coldplay – Clocks
Michael Jackson – Love Never Felt So Good
Miss A – Bad Girl, Good Girl
Maroon 5 – The Way You Look Tonight
Blondie – Atomic
Future Liger – Let’s Dance
Miss A – Hush
Pendulum – Salt In The Wounds
Pendulum – Set Me On Fire
Pendulum – The Island
Skrillex – Bangarang
Yoo Jae Suk: 6
Once again, Jae Suk was the most consistent and reliable member. Nothing magical this week, but he worked well in his combi with Kwang Soo and made good footage out of nothing by interacting with the citizens as they traveled between locations.
Kim Jong Kook: 4
Was active enough, but was just content to take it easy and stay in “Commander” mode the whole episode, which was pretty dull.
Ha Ha: 5
Ha Ha was decent enough this week, giving some good reactions during the member selection segments and staying verbally active most of the time.
Ji Suk Jin: 5
Similar with Ha Ha, Suk Jin was good in the member exchange segments and also kept the conversations going at times, but didn’t really stand out much.
Lee Kwang Soo: 6
Benefited from being put into a combi with Jae Suk, but held up his end quite well, giving good reactions without overreaching too much. Was possibly the funniest member in the final game too.
Gary seemed energetic this week, but mostly just did the games without much fuss (or fun).
Song Ji Hyo: 5
More active than usual this week, Ji Hyo was an active participant in most of the games and helped keep the energy up at times.
A total dud, which is disappointing considering that Suzy has shown some variety potential in the past, usually when she’s allowed to relax a bit and keep it real. Unfortunately, she was forced into the usual corny variety “goddess” role where the ahjussis just fight over her, she laughs vapidly, etc etc yawn yawn yawn.
Episode MVP: Yoo Jae Suk
Most of what was worth seeing this week was from the Suk & Su combi, which was primarily led by Jae Suk. Also contributed with his citizen interviews and observational jokes, which made for a good solid effort.
Final Score: 4
A very bland, low budget episode with simple games and a main event that featured way too much directing from the writers. The members were mostly OK at best, and the guest was a dud. Nothing outrageously bad happened here, but it was definitely an episode that won’t make it on many people’s “re-watch” lists, to say the least.