Running Man popularity is dropping?
|Jackie Chan he is 50% half Korean|
Of course, Running Man is not the only variety show in South Korea thus creating different competitive environment for Running Man back in its own homeland.
But is Running popularity is dropping over the years?
No, its not that they become less popular, it just that their rating is stagnating or regressed a bit. Before this, their rating rises exponentially from 2010 to 2012. Its in 2013 that their ratings in South Korea decrease to almost the same level as 2011. The different of both ratings in 2013 and 2011 is almost 10%! That can't be right. Ok, maybe that doesn't seem like 'regressed a bit' at all. And the statistic number could be wrong, I mean, where does that figures come from anyway? I only looked the rating list from wikipedia, so that it doesn't really mean anything. Is it? Right, you guys?
And by mundane, I mean you started to skip certain scenes while watching the show. And what scenes are those? You know which one I'm talking about. The one that didn't make you laugh at all.
It is impossible for the game show not to be scripted at all. Sometime things happened, and you need to be prepared with contingency plan, hence the scripting here and there. Scripted as the show may be, nothing is more annoying than seeing the script didn't change and started to be predictable. For example, the latest Running Man episode, Village School Secret Romance. You can almost see that everyone in the show have already guess who is the secret couple mid-way of the show. But they play out their roles nonetheless by excruciatingly questioning each other to create suspense and tension that doesn't exist.
I don't understand why Ji-hyo is chosen to play as the secret couple- wait you guys have seen the show right? I'm not spoiling anything here, yes? The thing is, in recent episodes, there are too much of Ji-hyo. How long must the production crew lie to the viewers? She is really not the 'Ace', no matter how much the producers try to paint her image that way. I accepted her role as 'Ace' before because in a way, she is one woman who competes against 6 Running men, showing her as a strong woman. But that was a long time ago when we all were hoping that a second female cast would join in later.
In the previous episode of 179-180th, Running Man Cooking Battle, she was given the best ingredient and easiest to win, the king crab. Did she win? Nope, she lose. Just like that. While other member had to fish some rockfish, catch chickens, learn how to make cold noodles, gather oyster and mussel.. she just bought the king crab from the market and spend her time playing at the beach. Don't get me wrong, its a variety show and all of the show cast member also loves goofing around. But she spends the whole day.. without even trying to cook the dish, it was her cousin who cook it for her. Her chosen dish were king crab stew, steamed king crab, and king crab porridge. And guess what, she failed on how to cook a porridge which she could have learn in less than 5 minutes. A Porridge!?
It could be, if Suk-jin was chosen as the secret lover. People would never expected that and it would be so hilarious. The very idea was so ridiculous, all the Running Man members and viewers alike would be rolling on the floor laughing out loud just thinking about it.
But it wasn't Suk-jin as the secret couple. It was Ji-hyo. What a waste. There was a scene where they play the Scarecrow game, and when they wanted to decide who would start first, Lee Seyoung was upset because Suk-jin ahjussi didn't make a rock in scissor-rock-paper causing HaHa to ask whether they are the secret couple. But all of them just laugh at the very notion. Then on the other game where the boys need to ask the girls to go out, Lee Seyoung rejected HaHa and Gary, and choose to be with Suk-jin ahjussi instead. Nobody suspected him or even accuse him of being the secret lover. At all. Because it just too ridiculous to even consider. That could have been solid gold plot twist, right there.
It is not a secret that Running Man show is not just popular, but due to its popularity throughout Asia, any cast, member or guest, who joined the show without doubt would gain recognition from viewers outside South Korea. But lately, I felt like Running Man is more like Song Ji-Hyo's personal popularity booster. I loves her when I first saw her in Running Man, but over the years, with the 'Ace' and 'Monday Couple', and all of the cute scenes, fades away with her 'delinquent' side, only to be glorified as 'Bad' Ji-hyo, I saw it was all just names. She wasn't all of that. She actually took the roles of a possible new female member.
There were rumors that she would be leaving the Running Man, turns out she wasn't. She was just busy with acting in new films and might have conflicted schedule in the future. But the PD (production director) did says something about misunderstanding between Running Man production and Ji-hyo's side, where the PD mentioned that Ji-hyo's side might have felt under-appreciated when Running Man production was 'rumored' to be interviewing another female star. Come on, don't tell me you can't read between the lines...
Frankly, I think Running Man would do better with a new female member addition. I'm not kidding. Ji-hyo alone would make things a bit restrained because what the other male members can do, she cannot (and for the love of God, please don't pretend to be strong, just because you bungee jump all by yourself, doesn't mean you don't need a member co-star) . She need to have a partner. All the male members have their own partner where they can work hand in hand together. If I have to see, Ji-hyo cute, Ji-hyo blank, Ji-hyo bad all over again, I'm really going to be crazy!
Or, maybe Running Man is really is Ji-hyo's personal popularity booster?