Running Man ep 209 – Triangle Mystery
The cast is joined from pop singers past and present to play team games related to a geometric mystery.
Planning and Direction: 5
Fairly average this week, some of the mini-games were basic but fun (water ball, mud wrestling) and the team pairings worked well together. The final game however was a big let down, as the big ‘mystery’ was just a simple ‘matchstick’ puzzle that’s commonly done by elementary children.
Good editing this week that removed or clipped segments as needed to maintain the episode’s flow, and the graphics were bright and fun. The soundtrack mostly featured the guest’s songs, which is to be expected, but they also tended to repeat the same 1-2 songs rather than mixing it up a bit more.
Skull & HaHa – Busan Vacance
Shinee – Lucifer
Sistar – Touch My Body
Turbo – Black Cat
Sechs Kies – The Way This Guy Lives
HOT – Candy
NRG – I Can Do It
GOD – Observation
HOT – Hope
NRG – Hit Song
EXO – Growl
Taemin – Danger
Turbo – Honeymoon
Yoo Jae Suk: 6
Another good solid week for Jae Suk, who did as well as could be expected as MC with so many guests, and also provided some quality body gags – including the hilarious ‘mud dip’ gag with Jong Kook.
Kim Jong Kook: 6
Jong Kook was quite good this week, serving as the ‘straight man’ for many of the gags and interacting well with his team of fellow pop ahjussis.
Ha Ha: 4
HaHa was one of the funnier members during the intro segments, but sort of faded out as the episode went on, due to the large number of guests.
Ji Suk Jin: 4
Followed Jae Suk to a few decent gags, but was mostly quiet.
Lee Kwang Soo: 6
Worked quite hard this week, providing a lot of energy and gags in the water and wrestling segments. Was also one of the few members to be somewhat funny during the final puzzle segment.
Practically invisible for much of the episode, he did have a few OK moments in the mud but nothing special.
Song Ji Hyo: 5
Her luck during the guessing game segment was fun, and she generally seemed more energetic and willing to work than usual.
Shinee Tae Min, EXO Kai and Se Hoon, Sistar Soyou, Eun Ji Won, Moon Hee Jun, Danny Ahn, Chun Myung Hoon
Hee Jun and Ji Won were by far the best of the guests this week, which comes as no surprise. Hee Jun in particular really stole the show at times and the episode would have suffered tremendously had he not been present. Younger fans might not realize it, but Hee Jun was a super serious/mysterious femme type idol in his day, which makes his chubby goofiness extra fun. The rest of the guests were just background props that did the games and little else.
Episode MVP: Yoo Jae Suk
Another relatively close week, but again Jae Suk edged out the others due to his gag creativity and ability to work with a wide variety of guests and members.
Final Score: 5
A very basic Running Man episode, but the mood was light and the energy was good which made it enjoyable. Unfortunately the ending was a major let down considering the build up that led to it.