Read on for blurbs about Kvariety shows:
- Roommate – first impression
- We Got Married: Global Edition Season 2 – Puff Guo & Heechul pairing
- KPop Star Season 3 – parting thoughts
- Running Man – recent episodes
- Weekly Idol – GOT7 as guest
- Superman Returns – brief thoughts
Quick announcement about drama-related write-ups:
I know some of you are here specifically for my Asian pop culture related write-ups – I’m not abandoning them, but I need to be honest that real life is so friggin’ shitty right now that it’s really hard to chug anything related to this. While it’s true I’ve never claimed blogphilic as a drama-blog, not everyone is as understanding as Heisui and you know, I totally get that. I’m trying really hard not to bog anyone with my Debbie Downer thoughts, regardless what you’re here for, but those of you who stick around here specifically for these, I ask for your understanding; there’ll be a lot of personal entries in this near-future. Of course you are absolutely free to do whatever you want, but I hope you won’t be so quick to abandon this space just cos I’m not writing regularly on stuff you’re specifically here for. School wraps in early June and I’ll be traveling until late-June, but I hope to return to my regular pattern of drama-related and personal entries come July. Until then, I ask for your patience and understanding. Cheers.
Logistics check; let’s talk about my current Kvariety tune-ins.
Last week, I caught the first two episodes of Roommate. As of this write-up, I’ve only watched the first two episodes and while I still don’t get why each episode is two hours – way too long – when all that took place was introducing us to the people and setting, overall I really like the show. I’m partially biased because the idea of a share house has always intrigued and interested me (because I can’t ever live in one) …okay, I’m even more biased because Lee Dong Wook is here. He is so deadpan and cool as a cucumber, forever and always – so awesome. As usual though, whaddya know – I came for Lee Dong Wook, but I’m staying for a certain Park Min Woo.
Admittedly, there are a number of folks I could do without of the eleven, namely the comedian whatshisname, the idol girl known as Nana who is narcissistic and vain as fuck (who brings her own cardboard cutout, like for real?) and at times, supermodel Lee So Ra and actress Hong Soo Hyun. However, it might just be me, i.e. their personalities don’t really gel with me. Episode 3 looks like it’ll bring the cute between roommates, which might be just the thing to change my mind about the comedian, but until then I can’t stand that kind of attitude – the kind of person who makes it seem like he’s doing work but honestly, it’s his mouth more than anything that’s busy. I’m not familiar with Nana but dear god, this girl is a vain pot. She’s got personality, but I can’t with the narcissism. I suspect Lee So Ra just needs more time than the others to warm up – I mean, if you’ve lived by yourself for 20 years and now find yourself in a house with ten strangers … this takes some getting used to, alright. I actually like Hong Soo Hyun‘s personality when she’s not trying to draw the guys’ attention towards her. I think she’s charming and has great personality, but there were a few moments in the first two episodes where she came off as a try hard and that rubbed me off the wrong way.
Fortunately, there are more folks that I do like – people I’m already familiar with namely my favorite guy with his deadpan responses Lee Dong Wook and that cutie pie actor Park Min Woo from Flower Boy Ramyun Shop. The thing I like about Park Min Woo is that he doesn’t try to call attention to himself. He is himself and not trying purposely attention-seeking for the sake of screen time. That’s quiet confidence to me and as always, I dig that. The same can be said about Song Ga Yeon, who is so far, my favorite of the girls. I think it’s cos she’s an athlete and not a celebrity, so she’s chill and doesn’t try to hog the camera, but I really like that she’s not faking it for the camera.
I am not familiar with EXO other than the usual fan fare and news about them, so I came in with zero expectations about Chanyeol. It was more like, Chanyeol who? Which one? But you know, this boy is such a sweetheart! I love that he’s roommates with the eldest of the lot, legendary singer-actor Shin Sung Woo because despite their 20-year age gap, both of them are the sweetest, most polite, and down-to-earth guys, legit. I look forward to their budding bromance.
As for Park Bom and Seo Kang Joon, I think they’re drawing the most attention but funnily, I’m not all over them. I like their personalities and I do think they are being their natural selves which yay, but (and again) I think it’s just a personal preference thing – I’m more interested to get to know Park Min Woo, Song Ga Yeon and of course, my Lee Dong Wook. If we’re talking budding relationships, I’m actually more interested in the brewing bromances. I don’t mind seeing more Lee Dong Wook – Song Ga Yeon interactions, but word on the street seems to indicate that the show’s aiming or catering around a Lee Dong Wook – Park Bom pairing. I hope Park Min Woo gets paired with someone though, cos he seems all-around great.
The first episode does tend to drag, but if you’re still deliberating whether to check out this show – go for it!
We Got Married: Global Edition Season 2
So remember last year, when I was so smitte by the coupling of Lee Hong Ki and Fujii Mina? The spark was unfortunately extremely short-lived and though I did check out the original for a while last year with the new pairings, honestly I’m now kind of allergic to We Got Married. The show’s one of those is-this-or-is-it-not-real kinda thing, which isn’t a problem – it’s the obviously faking it moments that turn me off. Oftentimes the truth eventually catches up and it’s such a mood-dampener to realize that they’re so obviously acting, but luckily every once in a while we get truly compatible pairings. Whaddya know, Heechul of SUPER JUNIOR and Chinese idol and actress Puff Guo are actually awesome together.
Let me rephrase that – they’re fun, really fun. They seem natural and at ease with each other, and the kind of cringeworthy awkwardness that’s typically present – you know, trying to act all coy and innocent whatever – is thankfully and surprisingly absent with this couple! Okay, so I cheated and didn’t watch the introduction episode cos I skipped straight to episode 4 with the intention of checking out the SHINEE dude but ha ironically, Key and Arisa gave me vibes similar to Taec and Gui Gui which ack, run far away! If I continue to check out the show, it’d be for Heechul and Puff – they totally have chemistry with each other. They’re kinda goofy, but totally game to go the extra mile for each other and that’s just super cute.
KPop Star Season 3
I meant to dedicate a separate entry to write my parting thoughts about the show’s anticlimactic ending, but alas that never happened. I wanted to say that I think I fell out of love with the show once Kwon Jin Ah got kicked out, but surprisingly, really enjoyed the last episode. It was incredibly low-key and lackluster compared to the past two seasons, but I thought the final two gave good performances – not astounding, but fair enough – and the special stages killed me. I loved Yoo Hee Yeol‘s special stage with his favorite protege, Hong Jeong Hee – who I assume is signed to Antenna, or will be eventually – but my favorite was actually the JYP‘s special stage cos he brought all my favorites! That pianist/keyboard guy who bore the elimination brunt for short-lived EQ is really incredibly talented with an amazing voice, so it was great to have him open that stage. Here, watch below and enjoy.
As for Bernard winning – pfft, not surprised. I like his voice, but he’s yet to amaze me. Still, here’s the thing that’s great about KPop Star – it’s about potential. He has a beautiful voice, and I have no doubt that JYP will unleash his full potential cos the latter is friggin’ in love with him; favoritism at its most obvious, believe it. I’m not all over his win because I personally think Kwon Jin Ah deserved the title, but I’ve moved on and made peace. I look forward to Bernard‘s debut, and like Belle, I’m glad that runner-up Sam Kim signed with Antenna Music. Face it, if he signed to YG he’d be cooped in that basement forever but more than that, I think Antenna is a more suitable platform for him to grow into a musician, rather than into a star or idol of the season.
Apparently Season 4 is confirmed – probably because Roommate is pulling disappointingly low ratings – but I’m kind of tired of KPop Star now, so hm. But then Yoo Hee Yeol‘s also confirmed to stay on as a judge so hmmm…
Last Friday night, I found myself exhausted and… bored. Too depressed to watch a drama and having caught up to Roommate, I decided to revisit Running Man. I chose an episode at random and watched the first episode of the camping special – Im Joo Hwan! – and it was so much fun! I watched the other two parts too, where they played the Mafia game and aw man, what a well-played game. These days Running Man is unpredictably hit-or-miss, but I thought this camping special was really good. I really enjoyed all three episodes – they kept me on my toes in suspense, speculation and no doubt, gave me lots of laugh out loud moments.
The newer episode which featured 2PM, 2NE1 and guys from Mystic89 though, that was just alright. I honestly don’t get why they keep bringing 2NE1 because frankly – these girls are boring. I watched that one episode when they were featured – the first time they came on the show, I think – and oh my god, that was painfully boring. I think these girls are great and have lots of personality, but they hardly do anything on Running Man! Plus both times the script or pairings were so obviously set up to accommodate them. I just think that you can be girls and don’t need to be Song Ji Hyo-awesome to still show spunk; funny that their image is often all about that. I enjoyed the episode cos of Yoo Jae Suk‘s awesome live-emceeing moments, but I think this episode would’ve been a lot more exciting had they bring in girls who’re actually in it to win it.
Weekly Idol: GOT7 as guest
This group cracks me up. They remind me (and everyone else, I’m sure) of their sunbae 2PM way too much, but everyone is adorable and seem really down-to-earth. I have a thing (and so does everyone, ha) for Mark who is just ridiculously good-looking, but it’s Jackson that’s slaying and killing everyone. This guy is a hoot. He’s so unabashed and game to do whatever people ask of him that he’s awesome. Above all though, it’s his personality that’s definitely killin’ it – he’s hilarious. He seems to have good rapport with everyone from his team members to the emcees in all the shows I’ve watched the group on. I cracked up when he admitted, totally nonchalantly, how he’s always wanted to model for an underwear ad and just as coolly, proceeded to demonstrate a pose. Okay Jackson…
I’ve never watched Weekly Idol before, so I’ve no idea if the format that they had for this episode is typical. If it is, then the show is basically a 30-minute introduction platform to who’s who in the idol scene? Here’s to hoping that WINNER will get to be featured here when they (finally) debut…
I tuned in to Superman Returns late last quarter and enjoyed it, but it’s one of those shows that’s such an easy watch; I don’t really have anything much to say apart from the fact that I really do like it. It’s pretty much Dad! Where Are We Going redux – cute, funny, and heartfelt. I love everyone in the show from the dad to their kids and even the mums – they definitely struck gold with the casting.
That eldest boy – you know, the actor’s kid? – man, his mannerism is impressive. For an eleven year-old, he’s so mature. His little brother cracks me up; they remind me of my nephews, who are both about the same age. Choo Sarang is the cutest little button and Haru, just like her parents, is bad ass. I wish Tablo and Kang Hye Jung would have a second kid though, cos Haru is so spoiled… but who am I to say anything haha. Last but not least, the twin babies are definitely the most adorable of all! Kudos to these awesome dads and their equally awesome kiddos.
And that’s a wrap of Kvariety shows I’ve been enjoying lately! They’re all great downtime de-stressors, and can easily be watched at random. I watched most of them by breaking them into 30-minute ‘blocks’. Happy watching!