Episode 30: Traditional Arts Center
So, after a few weeks of being in denial about it, I guess this is what Running Man has turned into:
- One exciting Hide and Seek/Chase event (Find the Guests) that reminds us of the old, competitive Running Man
- Goofing off in the middle that's kind of a game but not really
- A tedious "one take" (let's stop calling it "one chance," despite the name, they obviously get a lot of chances) challenge with a little bit of awesomeness and physicality but since it's all about cooperation, there's no competition
It's sad. It's really sad. If it weren't for the fact that I'm too attached to the cast and no other variety show is reliably subbed, Running Man would have lost me as a viewer by now. It's quite literally one-third of what it used to be. Again, that's not to say that there are no enjoyable moments, but they seem to have decided that RM is not in any form a competition show anymore.
Find the Guest this episode, once again, is nothing to complain about--Seungri's close calls (including JiHyo's sharp-eyed detection of the cameraman), eventual downfall, and repeated attempts to escape after being caught were the highlight of the game. I did get the odd feeling-- for the first time in any FTG/H&S game--that they were purposely dragging things out and filling time. There was something off about how the members would get distracted and do something else, and how no-one bothered to peel off Seungri's wristband as quickly as possible. It's almost as if in reality, Seungri was caught relatively quickly, and they actually went back and shot those "distraction" scenes (HaHa with the orchestra, Joongki in the gama, Joongki, Jae Suk and Suk Jin with the dancers) so that the show wouldn't run short.
The less said about the rest of the episode, the better. The second event, just like last week, was really no game, just goofing around with the camera. Then it was followed by goofing around with instruments. Then the final event was the one take jump-rope thing, which was impressive to watch once they mastered it, but, like most other one take events, was a pain to have to watch them work on it.
What happened to the games? What happened to the events that made me go, "Wow, that is such a clever idea for a game!" Roller coaster karaoke! Giant-sized Jenga! Tug of war with clothespins on your face! Charades/Riddles over a crowd of cheering fans! Crowding into a camera's field of view when it's on an automatic timer! Going from train station to train station, trying to complete tasks and board the train before it leaves! Heck, even trivia on a ski lift! It's like the producer in charge of coming up with original, exciting games left the show.
Next week--finally a female guest. But other than that, sadly it doesn't look like they'll be improving the formula anytime soon.
Edited by mikejonas, 14 February 2011 - 01:14 AM.