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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Episode 361 to 365

* Note: Hi guys, I'm sorry I'm horrible with updates lately, I've been so lazy >< haha I promise I'll do my best. /fighting

Episode 365

Half and Half Tour
Broadcast Date: 27 August 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 14 August 2017 (Monday)

Rating: ****

Guests: None

This week, the Running Man members team up against the staff. The staff has chosen several places around the world to tour. If the members lose, they will become one step closer to going on that dangerous trip. What will the outcome of today's race be?

I must admit I thought I'd be sick of the "projects" but they came up with a pretty good idea. How bad YJS is treated on the ep makes me sad.. It's his birthday!!! But I guess he's the main star. Is it me or YJS looked quite sad/mellow this episode.. 

Episode 364

Find the Ghosts
Broadcast Date: 20 August 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 24 July 2017 (Monday)

Rating: ***

Guests: None

This week, the eight members go on a retreat. Little do they know, two of them are ghosts. They need to find out who among them are ghosts. Who will win today’s race?

This was built just so to make SJH and HH fail. I felt it was really quite unfair though. Good concept.. But they needed more to have a chance to win. Overall funny episode. Still don't like horror personally. *shrugs.

Episode 363

Bad Girls' Generation
Broadcast Date: 13 August 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 25 July 2017 (Tuesday)

Rating: **

Hyo-yeon, Soo-young, Sunny, Tae-yeon, Tiffany, Yoona, Yuri (Girls' Generation)

This week's special is called My Bad Girls' Generation. Girls' Generation greets the Running Man members. They form six groups of two, and the remaining three women form a group as well. Among all these women are three bad girls. Who are the hidden bad girls?

It was a meh episode. The game was quite a brain teaser though.

Episode 362

Find the Boss
Broadcast Date: 06 August 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 31 July 2017 (Monday)

Rating: ***

Kang Ha-neul, Park Seo-joon

This week, the Running Man members are joined by Park Seo Joon and Kang Ha Neul. There are several villains, police officers, an undercover police officer, and a boss. The police need to find out who the boss is, and the villains need to find where the money bag is. Who will be the winners, and who is the boss?

Love the guests, not sure if they purposely acted dumb or actually are. HMMM. First episode that JSM got on my nerves really. I think she's finding a balance. LKS has too much history in RM for people to take him seriously. Not sure if it's a good/bad thing. But I love the team work in RM members. LOL

Scene stealer - security member judge LOL

Episode 361

Dangerous Family Crisis Part 2
Broadcast Date: 30 July 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 11 July 2017 (Tuesday)

Rating: ****

Cheon Sung-moon (Song Ji-hyo's brother), Jeon Wook-min (Jeon So-min's brother), Jo Se-ho, Kim Jong-myung (Kim Jong-kook's brother), Kim Soo-young, Park Geun-shik, Son Na-eun (Apink), Tae Hang-ho

This week, the Running Man members continue off where they left off last week. Kwang Soo accidentally loses control over his own pants. The losing members will have to receive the ice shower penalty. Who are the winners and the losers?

All that build up. For the first 2 minutes. And I'm like waaaaaat? It was both heartwarming and new at the same time. Loved the game. Holy **** I can't believe how it ended.Was gonna give 3*, but the LKS pants made it 4. Sometimes I feel like it's on purpose. LIKE WHY. WHY WILL YOU TURN YOUR ASS TO THE CAMERA.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Episode 356 to 360

* Note: Hi guys, I'm sorry I'm horrible with updates lately, I've been so lazy >< haha I promise I'll do my best. /fighting

Episode 360

Dangerous Family Crisis
Broadcast Date: 23 July 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 11 July 2017 (Tuesday)

Rating: *****

Cheon Sung-moon (Song Ji-hyo's brother), Jeon Wook-min (Jeon So-min's brother), Jo Se-ho, Kim Jong-myung (Kim Jong-kook's brother), Kim Soo-young, Park Geun-shik, Son Na-eun (Apink), Tae Hang-ho

This week, Running Man celebrates their seventh anniversary. The members’ friends and family also come to visit. Cho Sae Ho visits Jae Seok, and Son Na Eun visits Se Chan. So Min’s brother, Wook Min, and Ji Hyo’s brother, Sung Moon, also come to their sisters’ aid. As the rain on shoot day was too heavy, the shoot was moved indoors. 

It was long, but they rose up to the challenge. It'll be funnier if the members didn't know who was invited. Good change to the "projects" laden weeks before and celebrate old-school RM.

Episode 359

Top 1% Final Race
Broadcast Date: 16 July 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 03 July 2017 (Monday)

Rating: *****

Guests: None

This week, the Running Man members are on a chase again. The members have to face the “flying chair” of fear. The device gives So Min the shivers and makes all the other members shake their heads in shock. Find out where the final destination is for the losers of the race. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the last game. Seriously. Seeing them simultaneously use their brains and schemes along with Name Tag elimination was so. good.
Was a little long to get there, but the last game. DAEBAK. 
Even though we know YJS intentions are more than just "sending KJK and SJH" for penalty... it's very heart warming (at least for me) to see him really care so much for the members and ensure they get enough screen time + exposure.

Episode 358

Thieves Among Us
Broadcast Date: 09 July 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 26 June 2017 (Monday)

Rating: *

Guests: None

This week, the Running Man members are on a chase. Two of the members have stolen two I Go Stickers, and the rest, along with a sheriff in disguise, need to find them. Who are the thieves?

Not fair at all. Really not fair. And not fun to watch. No suspense. 
Only fun game was the Ssam game (Lettuce Wrap)

Episode 357

No. 1 Couple Race
Broadcast Date: 02 July 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 12 June 2017 (Monday)

Rating: **

Hong Jin-young, Lee Sun-bin, Lee Tae-hwan (5urprise), Oh Ha-young, Son Na-eun (Apink), Son Yeo-eun

This week, the Running Man members are joined by seven guests. They are paired up and go through different missions in order to stay away from receiving the Sticker. Meanwhile, Kwang Soo is reunited with his love.

Uh guests are so not fun. Maybe only Ha-young. LOL her outright dislike of JSJ was amazing. She had zero "Korean respect" thing. Which is so refreshing. 

Only the opening was good.

Episode 356

Discordance Race
Broadcast Date: 25 June 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 05 & 12 June 2017 (Monday)

Rating: ****

Guests: None

This week, round two for the I Go Sticker begins. The members need to make choices that do not overlap with one another. If they succeed, the staff promises that they will be able to go home immediately.

LOL. I love this concept. Even though it's not new, but it was so fun whenever they did it. 
and the slap in JSJ face of name change. /dying JSJ-SJH loveline LOL THIS WOULD BE UNEXPECTED ON ALL LEVELS. 

Watch the noraebang nochi game.. MUST WATCH!!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Episode 351 to 355

* Note: Hi guys, I'm sorry I'm horrible with updates lately, I've been so lazy >< haha I promise I'll do my best. /fighting

Episode 355

Once Again in Japan
Broadcast Date: 18 June 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 30 May 2017 (Tuesday)

Rating: ***

Guests: Jung Hye-sung

We can see JSM trying uber hard at her job, but I guess after awhile it just grates on you. LOL. While it hasn't gotten on my nerves just yet, she's fun to watch. But maybe the sunbaenims need to give her a lesson on moderation. I'd only have given 2 stars if not for the twist at the end. Had me going dae-bak non-stop LOL. 

Episode 354

Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear
Broadcast Date: 11 June 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 29 May 2017 (Monday)

Rating: **

Guests: None

K - finally we're at the punishment stage of the project. Didn't think it was possible to stretch out the visit to a full episode, but again, I'm no PD. Very long & repetitive.. and 'cos the focus was on YJS & JSM going in first, the subsequent 2 trips just felt really, really long. And unnecessary. For once I pity the VJs, #justsaying

Episode 353

Dangerous Trip to Japan
Broadcast Date: 04 June 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 14 & 15, 29 May 2017 (Sunday & Mondays)

Rating: ****

Guests: None

K - finally we're at the end of the Mongolia/Russia filler arc. FINALLY. Feels way too long of a drag by now. I felt like the challenges while fun, was not fully thought ahead? 
LKS is the sweetest man - I'd date him if I can speak Korean. Seeing them freak out getting there is fun for me. But felt like it was totally rigged *shrugs
Other destinations would have been more fun for me (but I'm no PD)

Episode 352

Dangerous Trip: Last Chances
Broadcast Date: 28 May 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 14 & 15 May 2017 (Sunday & Monday)

Rating: ****

Guests: None

Seeing JSJ give so much for the show, to try his hardest - breaks my heart a little. Maybe he really can't keep up :( But I've really grown to love him and his place in RM. And it showed me how Koreans really aren't adventurous with food hahaha. They should travel more!! So Min was so good, I felt like watching Se Chan team was a pain... 

Episode 351

Monogolia and Russia
Broadcast Date: 21 May 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 25 April, 8,14 & 15 May 2017

Rating: ****

Guests: None

I like the Russia & Mongolia destinations - very different from what you'd normally expect. Pretty cool to see the destinations as well. I'm gradually enjoying each episode a lot more. Thanks for the change SBS. Please continue to do well okay!! 
LOL at the luggage sizes - I truly LOL-ed 

And SJH is gonna change her name again, poor girl.

Again, MVP was So Min for me!! <3 mad love for the girl.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Episode 346 to 350

Episode 350

Dangerous Choices 2
Broadcast Date: 14 May 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 25 April 2017 (Tuesday)

Rating: ****

Guests: None

I truly felt so tired for JSJ - really really tired. Love how they're taking time to build the team chemistry with the new members. Se Chan really needs to learn how to stand out better - we don't need another HDH or LKS. 

Episode 349

Global Project: Dangerous Choices
Broadcast Date: 06 May 2017 (Saturday)
Film Date: 17 & 24 April 2017 (Monday)

Rating: ***

Guests: None 

While it's fun to "hook" KJK up, I'm quite sick of seeing it. /justsaying. 
Seriously, So Min is slowly becoming a favourite of mine. She's so wonderfully weird and fits well in the team. I don't like how it was so difficult to get the tour stickers early on, and now it's like given away for every little thing -.- Please be a little more consistent!!

Episode 348

Dangerous Trips Continue
Broadcast Date: 30 April 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 10 & 17 April 2017 (Monday)

Rating: ***

Guests: Jang Do Yeon, Hyo-rin (Sistar)

The concept of the episodes spilling to the next one is a little annoying for me. Cos we've been so used to having a conclusion every week, while this creates audience anticipation and cliffhangers, for me it was just annoying. -.- (sorry, personal pet peeve) But I'm slowly falling in love with So Min, while Se Chan, he's putting effort, but he's so afraid to stand out or just offend people, it's quite painful to watch him. *shrugs 
While I like that the PD team is making the challenges harder, I feel like they've got to make sure it's at least achievable? (I know I'm contradicting on this - let's wait and see) 
SJH just shows how amazing she is really. 

It's so sad that Gary truly cut off communication with the team - maybe he's really going through something very personal. Kang Gary, 진심으로 축하해!

p.s. I love JSJ game LOL

Episode 347

Dangerous Trips
Broadcast Date: 23 April 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 10 April 2017 (Monday)

Rating: **

Guests: Jang Do Yeon

Opening was long and boring. Why make them wake up so early/late for such a lame opening?! But I like Do Yeon, good balance to the team.

Episode 346

Global Race
Broadcast Date: 16 April 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 03 April 2017 (Monday)


Guests: New members: Yang Se Chan, Jeon So Min

This is quite promising given the utter letdown the past month.
Quite hard to pass judgement, but I kinda enjoyed the ep.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Episode 341 to 345

Episode 345

Booking Race
Broadcast Date: 09 April 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 20 March 2017 (Monday)


Han Jae-suk, Sandara Park, Yoon Park

Um. This was a giant waste of time. Same. -.-

Episode 344

Running Man's Food Guide
Broadcast Date: 02 April 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 13 March 2017 (Tuesday)


Choi Min-yong, Yoon Bo-mi (Apink)

Um. This was a giant waste of time.

Episode 343

Cheapskate Couple Race
Broadcast Date: 26 March 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 14 March 2017 (Tuesday)

Rating: **

Choi Tae-joon, Jeon So-min, Kang Han-na, Lee Se-young, Park Jin-joo, Umji (GFriend)

Eh on hindsight, this was probably like auditions for new members. Nothing fancy really. 

Episode 342

Decorate Your Place
Broadcast Date: 19 March 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 06 March 2017 (Monday)

Rating: ***

Guests: None (Park Bo Gum, Cha Tae Hyun, Hong Suk Chun, Jo Woo Jong, Kim Ji Min, Park Jung Min)

The stars are just for the donors. Cha Tae Hyun stole the show. And I'm seriously not sure what's JSJ role is in the show any more.. He just seems to do nothing...

Episode 342 has been delayed for a week due to the upheld impeachment of President Park.

Episode 341

Dangerous Deal
Broadcast Date: 05 March 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 20 February 2017 (Monday)

Rating: *

Guests: None

Uh when I heard the mission, I was like this is ridiculous. Wasn't even a good concept. But the members really did their best. The star is for the 6. Maybe 5.5 lol.
Can they also make the pairing of LKS and YJS less obvious for crying out loud. -.-

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Episode 336 to 340

Sorry guys, on the late posts, I've been away on vacation between jobs, hence unable to upload the posts. 

Episode 340

Member's Week: Lee Kwang Soo
Broadcast Date: 26 February 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 13 February 2017 (Monday)

Rating: ***

Guests: None

LKS has gotten a lot more confident and "badass" in being a comedian in his right. I like that they used the end of last episode to give the new mission. But looking at the dates, it was quite staged lol. But still, not too bad I guess... given history. I think I love how KJK got what LKS was trying to say without actually saying it. It was amazing for me. 

Episode 339

Member's Week: Yoo Jae Suk
Broadcast Date: 19 February 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 07 February 2017 (Tuesday)

Rating: **

Heo Kyung-hwan, KCM, Kim Won-hee, Kim Yong-man, Lee Chun-hee

Hmm I think this is a very similar concept to RM episodes that aren't too popular awhile back. While it was fun at some parts, (great guests btw), the pacing and concept was old & slow. Only part worth watching was Haha's quick question portion. 

Episode 338

Member's Break
Broadcast Date: 12 February 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 06 February 2017 (Monday)

Rating: **

Guests: Red Velvet

Uh. This was a little too obvious & stupid. 

Episode 337

Member's Week: Haha
Broadcast Date: 05 February 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 23 January 2017 (Monday)

Rating: ***

Guests: None

Hmmm. I think I loved the ending. But it was really quite mean of them to do that to SJH. Everyone knows how severe her fear is for bugs. (Hence the scandal). The rest of them, their fears are quite exaggerated, which is good comedy, just not SJH.

Episode 336

Member's Week: Gary
Broadcast Date: 29 January 2017 (Sunday)
Film Date: 17 January 2017 (Tuesday)

Rating: *****

Guests: Gary 

The surprise was leaked on social media before I watched it.
But still a good way to keep them all on their feet. Was interesting, but would have loved to see more of Gary. He's the star of the episode afterall.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Uh.. Un-end of Running Man?

So SBS finally broke the silence and said they are "un-cancelling" the show.
Eh took you guys long enough to come up with this news despite RM being your biggest cash cow.

Well, now that they are continuing it with the original 6 members, I guess they've got the GET A NEW PD.


Anyway, happy that I still see RM members, but please, please, jae-byal, use a better PD.

Monday, 26 December 2016

The Big Running Man Awards 2016 (Nominees)

The Big Running Man Awards 2016 

Qualifying episodes: Episode 281 to 331


So to recap on 2016, which seriously, wtf 2016?! With everything that happened, you took Alan Rickman, gave us Trump, gave us Brexit, AND NOW YOU TAKE RUNNING MAN ?! Have you got no shame 2016?? /sigh.

I'm sorry this year has been a truly terrible year. But, in line with Awards season that all Korean broadcasting stations are having, I decided to have one myself. *hair flip*

LOL. All jokes aside, this was just a recap on the episodes RM had this year.
Let me know if you agree or disagree! 

Best Episode:

  1. 285 (Fifth Skills Assessment) 
  2. 287 (Interns) 
  3. 299 (Centre Race)
  4. 296 (Sorry I love you 2)
  5. 331 (Bad Santa Christmas)

Worst Episode:
There's a worst for every best, and that unfortunate episode goes to...

  1. 309 (LKS Revenge)
  2. 312 (Monthly Running Man)
  3. 319 (Running Man Go)
  4. 290 (Dubai 2)
  5. 289 (Dubai 1)
  6. 294 (Human vs Machine)

Best Monday Couple Moment:
Is this still a thing? Clearly not. /sobs
  1. 288 (MC Date to Jeju)
  2. 313 (MC team up)

Best Name-tag ripping game:
  1. 314: KJK vs Gary vs Ha-neul

Best Concept:
  1. 293 (Majority, Dangerous Unanimity) 
  2. 299 (Centre Race) 
  3. 285 (Fifth Skills Assessment) 
  4. 331 (Bad Santa Christmas)

The wtf/huh/? award:

What happened to the "clamp down on cheating" mentioned in Episode 312?? There were supposed to be referees, but they weren't appearing anymore? Did they scrap the concept when PD Myuk step down?

Best loveline
  1. Kim Jong-kook & Soo Ae
  2. Lee Kwang-soo & Song Jieun
  3. Kang Gary & Hyorin

Best Guest(s)

  1. Cha Seung-won
  2. Soo Ae
  3. Lee Kyung-kyu
  4. Ha Jae-sook
  5. Yoo Yul
  6. D.O (EXO)
Worst Guest(s)
  1. Shownu
  2. Park Shin-hye
  3. TWICE
  4. Kim Ga-yeon

Bonus: Educational Ep: 320 (Acquire the consonants)

Saddest moment in RM: 
Gary's departure, without a doubt. 
Initially, this would have been true (given that I drafted this post since awhile back).
But now, it'll definitely be for the end of RM. While I agree, the past year have been lacking in many ways, along with the "characters" the members are supposed to put up. I mean, after 7 years, and multiple injuries, you cannot possibly still hope KJK or any others to put so much into this show. They need to live their lives after the show. So the rumours have been around that RM is dying a slow death, but RM Staff decided to go out with a self-destructive nuclear bomb which made everyone mad at them & love the members a hundred-fold more. 

Which I am now unsure if I'm thankful or pissed off. 

Anyway, the above is purely my opinion, if you have any other inputs or disagree with me, let me know in the comments below! 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, everyone!