Maybe Newer kpop fans may not know the hype behind that variety show. The past year or so it’s been kinda weird, but as a whole series, running man was epic. The original concept of hide and seek tag is amazing, because especially as a non korean fan, who might not get some of the humor on talk variety shows, seeing physical comedy through slapstick and just these grown ass people running around to rip off name tags was hilarious. Another thing is that the Cast members are amazing. Some shows, you only watch the episodes your faves are on. on running man, you could be entertained by the regular cast, it didn’t matter who the guests were, or if there even were guests that week, it was fun. And all the members are just really kind people, they take care of guests so well. In some shows, if a guest doesn’t vibe well with the show and its regulars they’ll just be in the back, edited out with a few seconds of screen time. But the running man cast makes an effort to have the guests engaged in the show. even the quietest idols will somehow get an integral part in the episode because the cast members find a way to adapt to the guests personalities and actions. That’s something I find very rare. I love the original 7, their characters, Monday couple, Ace Jihyo, Tiger/Sparta JongKook, Grasshopper Jaesuk, Haroro, Impala Sukjin, Giraffe Kwangsoo, Squid Gary… I even remember Lizzy and Joong-ki… I’m sad it’s gonna end this way, with SBS backstabbing the members, who have stayed loyal to the show, who made this show the greatness that it is… But overall i encourage any kpop fans not familiar with the series to watch some older episodes, because it’s so funny and worth the time.
It’s been a rough couple days. We all deserve something to make us happy. Here’s my top 10 moments starring Kim Jong Kook & Song Ji Hyo.
1. Episode 21.
The first encounter of the “Spartace” couple. The two formed a team and faced the other guests and members. Ji Hyo in an earlier episode requested to not be on the hiding team anymore, and wanted to join up with Jong Kook. In the end they defeated the 8 members (cast and guests) to win the episode.
2. Episode 182.
Kim Jong Kook protecting Ji Hyo from 3 members of the opposite team. He was doing such a good job that Gary got a little jealous.
3. Episode 48.
The objective of the game was to guess each members face while being blindfolded. Ji Hyo took this once in a lifetime opportunity to pull on Jong Kook’s hair without being punished.
4. Episode 163.
Are they getting married?
5. Episode 34.
Blindfolded once again. This time it was to pour water into a glass up until the fill line. I think he might be drowning.
6. Episode 40.
The final mission was for them to compose a song using toy instruments. Ji Hyo was asked to do a high “cuckoo” on her recorder, but (purposely?) played low note after low note. Which led to this comment.
7. Episode 93.
Votes are casted the beginning of each round to see who would be targeted. First round everybody voted Jong Kook but failed to rip off his name tag in the allotted time. Which gave Jong Kook an extra vote. The two teamed up and voted for HaHa (Ji Suk Jin also voted for HaHa, 4-4 split between him and KJK) and to no surprise he was eliminated.
8. Episode 170.
The Wizard of Oz, Running Man Edition. Both Ji Hyo and Jong Kook are cowardly lions, and to get over their fear they are asked to chop wood….. Yeah RM gets kinda weird sometimes.
9. Episode 291.
While Ji Hyo and Gary are on their very first date. She mentions that she doesn’t meet up with the other cast members outside the show as much. Only Kwang Soo for a meal or two and tanning with Jong Kook…. Wait what?
10. Episode 261.
The cast members enjoy a nice day at a carnival before entering a scary haunted mansion. They had rides, free food, games, prizes and other stuff found at a carnival. Jong Kook tried some fried octopus and fed it to Ji Hyo.