Running Man: Review of Episode 187

By The Gorgeous Palah Chingu

Han River Crossing Race
Han River Crossing Race

Running man already garnered their fans worldwide since 2010. If you ask people around 12-20 (that is so into KPOP), running man is not a strange world for them. I have been one of the RM fans since 2010. They created so many creative games and their sense of entertainment is no joke. Running man had 191 episodes already and continuing the show strongly until now. I may not actively watch running man lately due to my busy schedule and some of the episode is so boring that I can’t finish watching it. If you asked me what my favorite episode is, I can’t say. Among 191 episodes, there is some that I enjoyed but people find it boring and it goes vice versa. Today, I didn’t want to spazzing about my favorite episodes or my favorite member in the show. I just wanted to share how amazing Episode 187 is.

Running Man Member with their team.
Running Man Member with their team.

The theme of National College Festival is used by Team Running Man in this episode. They went to 7 Top universities in Korea and select 2 students from each institution to try the impossible in the mission of Crossing Han River. Those 7 universities are Dongguk University, Korea University, Sungshin’s Women University, Sogang University, Kyung Hee University, Konkuk University and Jungang University. Running Man Members initiate the mission by going to the mentioned university to recruit the students who can be part of their team. There are so many variety games and challenges that they did in order to ensure they did pick the best one among thousands of students. Why did I say to try the impossible in the above? That’s because they are going to cross Han River with a boat they made from unusual materials that didn’t used to build the boat.

This idea originally came from the episode 159 (couple or gold episode) when they have to made boat from materials given and cross the swimming pool. It is copied from other reality show overseas which I don’t know the name of that program. Running man did show the footage saying they follow the idea from the show. In that episode, the team is partnered up as a couple together with a guest. They all made a boat with a cupboard, plastic, cellophane tape and other materials given by the staff. After finished making the boat, they all set off to cross the pool team by team to record their time. The winner will be the one who took the shortest time to cross the pool. Each of them made a very distinctive shape of boat to differentiate them from other team. I personally like Junchi and JungIn boat because it shaped similarly with the boat and I can see that they felt secure when rowing it in. However, they are not the fastest one. The team that won this race is team Jaesuk-Kwangyu. Despite having the most unstable looking boat, they did row very fast to ensure they arrived to finish line without sinking. The boat maybe one of the factors to win the race but the speed of rowing the boat also contributes in the winning.

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The root of idea of Han river cross race.
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Monday Couple Alert!!!! :3
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Jungchi and Jungin Boat in Episode 159

In the episode of 178, Running Man program beating the word of impossible once again by using the cupboard boat (that they themselves made) and try to cross the Han River in a time given. They gave a very great episode to end the year of 2013. The format changed on this particular episode where the Running Man Members against the Staff of Running Man. Running Man Members will try to win every game that the staff sets and if they did win, the punishment at the end of the game will be given to the staff. To cross Han River is not easy, if you see the size of Han River, you will say it is impossible to do it. The risk of sinking, the wind direction, the wave and you even might get exhausted in the middle of the river due to rowing the cupboard boat. I was right indeed; they did suffer all of it. One of the boats almost sinking, the wind direction kept stirring them to opposite direction, the big wave passed through the boat and they all look exhausted from rowing the boat endlessly. The amazing thing is they didn’t stop. They finished the race. They divided the running man members into 2 groups and them rowing those 2 boats endlessly. One of the boats manage to arrive within the time given by the program PD. The other boat though they have a rough start but boy, they still finished their race. They didn’t give up. The feeling of accomplishment is so overwhelming that they did cry because of it. They did cross Han River with a cupboard boat and how many people have done that? You tell me.

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Breaking the record for the thing people never did before.
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Second try – after the first boat sinks. they build another one which had simple design.
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they are trying to make a boat that fits 4 people – Episode 178

I would say that being in the show for 191 episodes did help them to build such amazing teamwork. They knew each other so well that even they can synchronize their rowing instantly. The chemistry between the members of Running Man is just awesome. When the recent episode of Running Man (well, not really recent because I just watching it yesterday) showing that they going to do another episode of crossing the Han River with man-made boat, I can’t contain myself. I downloaded the entire episode that I have left behind and start marathon all the episodes. Episode 187 does not disappoint me. I love it. I love how they managed to get 2 students onboard with the idea of crossing the Han River using recycle materials in this episode. They had to play game to determine who can choose the materials first. There are 7 materials given by the staffs and they can only use that material solely for building a boat (except plastic and cellophane tape to wrap it). They are no longer given a cupboard box like they got in the previous episode. Plastic Bottles, Tin Can, Basin, Ball, Balloon, Plastic Bag and blanket are the materials that they had to choose to create a boat. When Gary and Jihyo both got the worst material which are plastic bag and blanket to create boat, people kind of predicted that they are going to sink first.

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Jihyo and her team lead the way in this race.
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1,2,3 start~
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Can you imagine that the boat they are sitting are made of only filled-air plastic bag?

Unfortunately, those people are wrong. Jihyo and Gary team managed to arrive earlier than that team who had good materials to build a boat. Jihyo proving once again that she’s the Ace among Running Man Members. She and her team arrived first despite having a blanket as a material. Gary’s Team came second and successfully builds a boat using a plastic bag that filled with air (manually). They did fill every single plastic bag without any air pump. Kwangsu’s Team could be in a third place but they got exhausted in the middle of Han River and rowing the boat a bit slower. At that time, Jaesuk’s team managed to cut them and arrived in a third place. Kwangsu’s team in the fourth place is not bad at all considering their sole material is balloon. They even had a hardship at the beginning because the balloon kept popping. The rest of Running Man Member like Jong Kook, Haha and Ji Suk Jin placed at 5, 6 and 7 irrespectively. This episode totally shows that nothing is impossible. You could have the worst material ever but if your mind set that you can do it, you will beat the odds. Gary who had both female members in his team still gets a second place compared to other team who had 2 male members in the team. It showed that gender differences should not be considered as a factor to win or to lose. You could have all guy members in the team and you still lose. Overall, I am really satisfied with this episode. Their commitment, teamwork and dedication are something that we all should admire.

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Korean Variety Show Review: Appa Oediga/Dad, Where Are You Going?

By The Gorgeous Palah Chingu

When it comes to variety show, I can assure you that nothing can beat Korean variety show. They had created (by far) the most ingenious and creative games, quizzes, sports and even reality show in their entertainment world. I got addicted years ago because I was once a hardcore Korean Pop (K-pop) fan. I watched Family Outing, Running Man, Happy Together, Lets Go Dream Team, Golden Bell, Star King, Invincible Youth and many more. In the year of 2012 & 2013, Running Man had taken the world by storm and their popularity rise more than I can imagine. Back then in 2008, nobody around me knew Yoo Jae Suk but now, even my aunt recognized him. That’s the scale on how massive Running Man had been now. However, I am not going to talk about Running Man. Lately, the episodes had began to bore me and sometimes I didn’t even finish watching the whole thing. Maybe they should bring back the old games into the program.

Running Man
Running Man
Lets Go Dream Team
Lets Go Dream Team
Family Outing
Family Outing
Star King
Star King

Actually, I want to talk about one of the Korean Variety shows titled ‘Appa Oediga’ or in English as ‘Dad, Where are you going?’ Truth be told, I hate kids. I hate the sound of kid’s crying and they annoy me to death. Why I decided to watch this show even when I know it involved a bunch of kids? First and foremost, Jib (my ex roommate at USM) laughing like maniac watching this show. I am interested to know more about the show because for me, Jib is not so easily to entertain. When she laughed while watching it means that must be something different served in the show. I was curious back then but the feeling not strong enough to push me into watching it yet. I just copied it to my external hard disk and kept it there. I said to myself ‘Maybe one day I’ll watch it’. When ruby did come and visit me at Penang, she watched the show. Like Jib, she was hooked and cannot stop laughing about it. Finally, i planned to give it a try. I watched sibling special episode and heck yeah, i was sold.

My Rating: 3.5/5
My Rating: 3.5/5

What is it that this show offered compared to others Korean variety show? I guess that it had different format to it. They put among 5 famous peoples (2 actors, 1 soccer player, 1 emcee and 1 singer) in South Korea who already had kids to join in this show. Together with their kids, they are going to many places in South Korea, doing many activities and spending their times together. The show is basically to show how those fathers will be interacting with their children. Korean artists prone to have such a hectic and busy schedule and sometimes they don’t even spent much time with their family. Even in the first episode, we can see so much awkwardness and discomfort displayed between those fathers and their sons. However, they began to mend their relation episode by episode in this show. You can see that the kids can connect with their fathers and already acknowledges the existence of their father. Some of them who rarely talk to their kids now already become friend and closer to each other.

My favorite episodes: Nothing can beat sibling special episode. I watched those episodes first before I decided to commit myself to the whole show. I like how some of them realized that taking care of their children is not so easy and they are very thankful for their wife for doing it on a daily basis. I also can see how they interacted with their siblings. They are so many funny and heartwarming moments on those episodes. New Zealand episode also one of my favorite as those fathers struggled in speaking English but not their sons. I am impressed with Joon and Mingook for speaking perfect English (considering their age, it was good). For friend special episode, we can see how much alike the kids with their friend. I remember one scene that Joon told his father that his friend is awesome and everything but fun is not among them. it turned out that his friend are just like him, the quiet one.

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My favorite pairs : Personally, I like all of them. However, Sung Dong Il and Sung Joon is the one that I feel got many benefits when they joined the show. Sung Dong Il known for his strictness and low tolerance on spoiled kids. He wanted his kids to behave whenever he’s with them. Due to this, Joon cannot really get along with him and preferred to be silent rather than talk to him at all. Joon’s nickname in the show is ‘scholar Joon’. This is because he rarely talks and whenever they captured and recorded him, he always reading or doing some of deep thinking that kid his age will never did. However in siblings episode, we can see how Joon’s sister Bin behaved totally opposite of him. Bin is persistent and cheerful little girl. If Joon is Sung Dong Il’s tranquility, Bin is Sung Dong Il’s bliss. Sung Joon and Sung Bin had a hot and cold relationship as Joon initially will not agree to let Bin come on the show and causing Bin to beg him for permission. At first I thought Joon did not like Bin much but after I saw how active and feisty Bin is, I know why Joon didn’t want her to come. He must pay much attention towards Bin because after all, he is her older brother.

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Another pair of father-son in the show that I like is Yoon Min Soo and Yoon Hoo. They are nothing like Sung Dong Il and Sung Joon. They get along well even before the show. Yoon Min Soo is the friendly kind of father. He treated his son as his equal and showered him with so much affection. I envied their relationship actually. There are one particular scene when Hoo fell and cried, Min Soo hugged him and apologize to him for not being attentive enough to him and let him fell. If I fall, I am pretty sure that my parents will blame me for being careless and there is no chance that they will say sorry for not paying enough attention to me. As Hoo is the only son for Min Soo and he can’t show any interaction with sibling during sibling episode, Min Soo coolly asked Hoo to call him hyung on that episode. Hyung means brother in Korean and Minsoo wanted Hoo to pretend that he’s an elder brother of him to ensure he’s not lonely.

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The rest of father-son pairs like Kim Sung Joo and Kim Min Gook and Lee Jong Hyuk and Lee Jun Su are a typical father that spoiled their children and getting annoyed with their kids’ spoilt behavior in the same time. There are sometime I feel irritated seeing Min Gook cried and being immature compared to the rest of kids. Junsu is naughty and rarely well-behaved and Jong Hyuk seldom scolded him for doing so. Their attitude toward kids is similar to what parents nowadays look like. There is nothing peculiar about them so I decided not to comment much on them.

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There are one hilarious scene occurred in sibling special episode that i find it so cute!!!  Being sassy and playful little kid, Min Yool (Min Gook’s little brother) entertained us with wrong manner speech, calling himself ‘Oppa’ even though he’s younger than Jia.

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Song Jia and Song Jong Kook are exhibiting a typical father-daughter relation. Being the only girl in the show, Jia is being treated like a princess by others and her dad especially. She does have the princess syndrome and she’s not afraid to show it. Her father was not bothered at all by it. I felt pity towards Song Ji Wook, Jia’s little brother because it seems Jia is the one that got more attention despite being the older one. There are certain scenes that show Jong Kook felt Ji Wook has been closer toward him compared to pre-show. I truly felt that Ji Wook had to work twice to earn her father reaction. I don’t hate Jia but if it is up to me, I will treat my son and my daughter equally.

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Anyway, thanks for the team that subbed all of this Korean Variety Shows. Without you guys, we wont be able to enjoy any korean show at all. You guys are the epitome of true fans.
Credit to: Kshownow and Djjang Subs for the videos.