It’s tough to wrap our heads round the truth that “Running Man” is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this yr! The present first aired on July 11, 2010, and since then, the members have offered us with loads of laughs for the previous 10 years. Yes, there have been just a few bumps in the way in which, and the present’s format has modified just a few occasions, however we will’t deny that there’s one thing comforting in seeing the identical set of acquainted faces each Sunday night time.
And whereas the present circumstances (just like the members’ bodily skills) imply that “Running Man” may not be in a position to reproduce the extra bodily strenuous races from it’s earlier years, we can also’t assist however fondly reminisce about among the ideas/themes that made us fall in love with this present within the first place. Yes, we had collection such because the Grasshopper Hunting and Yoomes Bond saga, however there have been additionally some greater thematic ideas that we hardly ever see on the present these days.
So in celebration of the present’s 10th anniversary, listed below are seven ideas that we’d like to hopefully revisit someday down the highway:
The ones the place they topped the strongest Running Man
This “Best of the very best” kind episodes additionally typically (however not all the time) coincided with the superpower episodes and are naturally fan favorites as a result of they’re simply pure adrenaline and enjoyable. There’s been seven on this collection (episodes 42, 74, 130, 196, 257, 285, 336) with episodes 74 (the primary superpowers race) and 130 (the reincarnation episode) being particularly memorable. In truth, these two episodes are so beloved, they had been chosen as the 2 races followers wished to revisit probably the most and had been thus introduced again these previous few weeks as a part of their 10-year anniversary specials. And who can neglect episode 285, the place the often robust Song Ji Hyo had a meltdown over thriller bins?
The ones with the big-name athletes
Another theme that might generally characteristic superpowers was the one with the legendary athletes as a result of, properly, the Running Man members clearly wanted some assist. It was hilarious watching main league baseball gamers Choo Shin Soo and Ryu Hyun Jin take care of no matter silliness the manufacturing staff would throw at them.
We’ve additionally had Olympians Park Tae Hwan and Son Yeon Jae (episodes 109-110), who had been cute in their episodes, in addition to MMA fighters Choo Sung Hoon and Lee Si Young (episode 131) who made the members shiver simply from listening to their names.
And let’s not neglect the endlessly captain Park Ji Sung, who for some time, we might see yearly as a result of the members can be invited to take part within the Asian Dream Cup. He was all the time such an incredible sport (pun supposed), had nice chemistry with the members, and infrequently introduced enjoyable friends round too. Goodness, I miss me some Park Ji Sung!
The ones with all of the idols
For this class, I’m particularly referring to ones just like the Olympic-themed ones, the place they needed to face off in opposition to one another, slightly than only one singular group showing on the present. Episodes 104 and 129 featured many second-gen idols, akin to CNBLUE’s Jung Yong Hwa, MBLAQ’s Lee Joon, T-ara’s Ham Eun Jung, and SHINee’s Minho teaming up and attempting to beat the Running Man staff in athletic occasions. Episode 195 switched issues up a bit by forming staff 2PM, staff 2NE1, and staff Mystic, then having Running Man members slotted into every staff and having a three-way face off.
And the crème de la crème is non aside from episode 162, the place every member took a K-pop group (Girl’s Day! INFINITE! 2PM! BEAST! and extra!) beneath their wings and gave us the last word idol battle. The opening alone, the place they dance to every group’s track, is an insta-classic!
The ones the place they go overseas
The episodes the place they journey overseas are all the time every kind of enjoyable, be it the memorable friends or the thrilling missions in an unique location. The members first skilled their avid worldwide fanbase first hand after they went to Thailand (episodes 50-51), then tackled the Macau tower in Macau (episode 133), and went mining for gold in Australia (episodes 188-189, 191), and so forth.
In newer years, the members have additionally flown to numerous different nations as a part of their long run tasks, however with the vacation spot various between groups. With mainly the entire world landlocked over the previous few months, it’d be a pleasant deal with to have the ability to see them go discover a brand new location sooner or later, hopefully with all of the members collectively.
The ones with the massive identify actors
While the definition of “massive identify actors” might be subjective, we’re largely referring to people who are family names not solely in Korea, but in addition internationally. Think again to Running Man’s heyday, the place they might invite vastly in style actors that might in any other case hardly ever seem in outside selection exhibits. We’d have megastars akin to Gong Hyo Jin coupling up with Lee Kwang Soo (episode 108), Gong Yoo attempting to flee from a jail cell (episode 175), Kim Hee Sun as one of many Goddesses (episode 100), and Son Ye Jin turning out to be HaHa’s old flame (episode 70). And let’s not neglect the calibers of Choi Ji Woo (episodes 126-127), Uhm Jung Hwa (episode 146), Han Ji Min (episodes 105-106), Jung Woo Sung (episodes 151-152), Hwang Jung Min (episode 132)… heck, even Jackie Chan (episode 135) made an look manner again in 2015!
The ones with the high-concepts
In latest years, it seems as if sure PDs favor sure sport ideas. For awhile, every little thing was roulette centered. It appeared like there wasn’t every week the place we didn’t see that darn roulette (or the pirate sport for that matter). Recently, we’ve seen a “betting”-streak, the place members guess their R cash or whichever foreign money was in play that week. Naturally, age and health components into how the sport codecs have modified over time, however we will’t assist however bear in mind among the races that had been thrilling due to their distinctive ideas, and as a rule had a correct storyline weaving via the entire episode. The reincarnation episode talked about earlier is an instance, as is the one the place Song Ji Hyo and Suzy turned out to be ghost sisters (episode 55), in addition to the one the place they might see into the longer term through the use of particular ddakjis (folded paper tiles; episode 116). These ideas are so refreshingly distinctive, they’ve made lengthy lasting impressions on us viewers.
The ones with Running Man vs. Others
We’ve seen just a few episodes with this theme, akin to the 2 Shinhwa episodes (episodes 161, 236), the one in opposition to the “Angel Eyes” solid (episode 190), and a fan-favorite, the one in opposition to the manufacturing staff (episode 178). The “RM vs. the PD staff” episode specifically had camaraderie, laughs, dramatic pressure, heart-warming moments, the beginning of the “bosong track” (“comfortable and fluffy track”) and so many different memorable moments! With the Running Man members on a betrayal binge currently, we may definitely use a change of tempo and have them remind us simply how nice their teamwork is!
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