Infinite Challenge 391 – The Heat Wave Era

Infinite Challenge 391 – The Heat Wave Era

Aired: 8/9/2014

Overview

The members travel to the Joseon period, where they are forced to battle to preserve the most ice by a diabolical king.

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Staff Scores

Planning and Direction: 6

The game itself was pretty straightforward, with the usual boons and pitfalls included at intervals along the way. Most of the action was dependent on member interactions, and the format was flexible enough to allow for that. Nothing revolutionary, but it was good, solid one-off low budget MuDo style game.

Postproduction: 6

A bit better than usual in terms of visuals, as the episode had a fair amount of both cute and helpful graphics throughout. The captions were pretty good too, but the sound and music were average at best.

Music featured:

Bee Gees – Holiday

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Cast Scores

Yoo Jae Suk : 6

Good effort from Jae Suk this week, who worked fun comedy bits early on with HaHa and Hyungdon. He also managed some funny solo moments as well, and although he slowed down a bit as the episode went on he still remained an active participant in the group muggings and such.

Park Myung Soo: 6

Although he seemed tired and moved a bit slowly at times, Myung Soo was one of the more active members in terms of scheming, which opened up a lot of opportunities for others to interact.

Jung Jun Ha: 5

Decent week from Jun Ha this time around, he mostly just played the game straight but had some good jokes at the beginning and good reactions towards the end.

Jung Hyung Don: 4

Was good when on-screen, but mysteriously disappeared for the entire second half due to an apparent hand injury.

Ha Ha: 6

Energetic and active throughout the episode, HaHa usually shines in this character-driven types of formats and this was no exception, as he was very valuable in terms of creating fun conflict situations towards the end.

No Hong Chul: 5

Even though he was in some ways the leading character this week, Hong Chul’s actual performance was average at best. While he definitely had a few good moments, he seemed a bit sluggish and mostly played a defensive game that amounted to a lot of sitting and waiting.

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Guests

None

Episode MVP: Yoo Jae Suk

There wasn’t much to separate Jae Suk and HaHa this week, particularly as they were often working together as a combi. However, Jae Suk had slightly more good moments both individually (pervy scholar Yoo)  and in one-on-one interactions with other members (wrestling with Hyung Don), and was also good in the intro segments whereas HaHa didn’t say much.

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Final Score: 6

A nice low budget but fun ‘game’ episode, there weren’t many surprises and the scope was quite limited, but it was entertaining nevertheless.

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