The members race to the base camp with ice statues, and whoever has the most ice remaining wins dinner.
Planning and Direction: 6
A good solid base concept this week, with the ice melting race providing ample opportunity for the members to come up with creative ways to help their statues survive the trip. The citizen interactions were also fun and well thought out. On the downside, the ice race mini-games were a bit mundane, and the episode needed a lot of rules fudging in order to work – something that’s becoming a bit of a trend on 1N2D of late. It was also a very long episode, clocking in at around 105 minutes, and as a result there was a fair bit of filler included (although this was usually spaced out well enough to not become an issue).
Similar to last week, the production quality was generally high although a bit below usual 1N2D standards. There was also a stretch where the postproduction audio vanished, although it’s unclear whether this was on the main show or just the copy sent to overseas online streamers. It was kind of creepy without sound effects or music, though.
Rain – Ways to Avoid the Sun
1TYM – Hot
Sweet Sorrow – No Matter How I Think About You
Portable Groove 09 – Amelie
Byun Jin Sub – Like the Birds
DJ Doc – Murphy’s Law
Randy Edelman – MacGyver Theme
Ting Tings – Shut Up and Let Me Go
Clazziquai – She Is
Defconn – Hip Hop Kindergarten
Cha Tae Hyun: 6
The best member again this week, Tae Hyun took the lead for his team with Joon Young and provided plenty of energy and good reactions throughout the episode. Also took the initiative to think outside the box and visit his own house unexpectedly, which created some fun scenes.
Kim Jong Min: 5
Teamed with his usual Joon Ho combi, Jong Min seemed a bit lazy in the first half as he just sort of settled for doing the babo act without much creativity. He did well once they got to the basecamp though, and took charge of the water hose segment to provide some amusing bits.
Kim Joo Hyuk: 5
Teamed with Defconn, the duo was perhaps the least active in terms of trying to be funny, but also seemed the most comfortable together. While he didn’t do much of note this week, Joo Hyuk’s natural reactions and enjoyment of the trip were a benefit to the episode’s atmosphere.
Kim Jun Ho: 5
Along with Jong Min, seemed to be content to go with the default babo gimmick for most of the episode. Stretched it a bit into the unbelievable at times (thinking salt preserved ice…even a child knows better) but did enough during the mini-games and at the basecamp to get by.
Took the lead in his partnership with Joo Hyuk, and tried to keep the conversations going as much as possible, even though nothing special came out of them. Worked particularly well with the citizen guests, too.
Jung Joon Young: 5
Didn’t contribute a lot individual, but followed Tae Hyun’s lead well enough and as a result his group had the majority of the fun moments.
Staff and citizens.
Episode MVP: Cha Tae Hyun
While his performance wasn’t anything legendary, he showed good initiative throughout and did a good job leading the less experienced Joon Young. I’m sure the PDs were very pleased with his work this week.
Final Score: 6
Good episode that didn’t have any real highlights, but was well organized and entertaining for most of the show. Would have benefited greatly from a shorter run-time, however, as the super long edit somewhat minimized the sense of urgency to the race – it seemed more like a comfortable stroll in the park at times.