One of the reasons I love Running Man is the fact you go into every episode unsure of what is about to happen-literally. Sometimes we end up with slightly predictable challenges and other times we end up with an entire episode devoted to such a weird premise that we know the CG guys had to have had way too much fun during the editing phase. Henceforth are the five best episodes based on oddly awesome setups and strange moments (literally-think HaHa can fly and Gary bought a magic genie lamp in Paris)…
1. First Superpower Special- Episode 74
Awesome. Freaking awesome. Episode 74 marked the first time the Running Man cast delved into the beaker-drinking-super-power-imbuing premise that has marked a great episode ever since. Plus we got our lol-lols from this episode- and a trip to Europe.
As a reference the following is a list of the assigned superpowers, some of which the cast still attempt to invoke for comedic effect:
Jae Suk- Space Controller. He can move everyone else to a different location. Can be used only once.
Kwang Soo- Death note. The ability to eliminate one person, and one person only, by writing their name on his “death note”
Jong Kook-Sixth Sense. Ability to know if others are nearby (via the handy speaker in his ear)
HaHa- Time Controller. Ability to reverse time to one hour prior to the moment he invokes his power.
Suk Jin- Phoenix. Imbued with three lives. He cannot be ousted by the same person more than once.
Ji Hyo-Mind Controller. Immediately knows the power of all other Running Man cast members.
Gary- Duplicator. Surrounded by look-a-likes (aka lolols) he can create an instant diversion with his posse.
2. Running Man in Wonderland- Episode 89
An oddity filled episode complete with an appearance by some of Gag Tonight’s most memorable characters, this weird premise had our cast entering a door to wonderland. Count Julien Kang as a genie, FD Dong Wan as the white rabbit, and other strange sights and you create an episode I cannot get enough of.
3. The Gods meet Running Man- Episode 100
The 100th episode special has its fans and its haters. I am one of the prior, I really like this episode. I find it all too fitting that Jong Kook is essentially a Hercules like character, plus I think the writers outdid themselves with the way each god could be taken down.
4. Superpower Sports- Episodes 96 and 119
The superpower concept, first introduced in episode 74, has only gotten better with the ensuing episodes. There are two instances that find the running man cast and guest drinking beakers full of superpowerness (I know, I totally invented a word) and reaping the benefits of their beverage. Epic.
5. Time Travel- Episode 122
This episode, while not super heavy on the out of this world concept, had our cast traveling to different years in the 80s and 90s. I loved this for the guest (all 80/90s performers) as well as for the references to the television shows gone by.
When Running Man failed at out of this world…
Psychic Powers Special aka future ddajki-Episode 116
This concept was way too out of this world for its own good. Full of swarming ajummas and plenty of future ddajki moments (which boils down to the power to invoke a do-over) this episode brought more confusion than viewing pleasure. While I appreciate the premise this is the prime example of where Running Man can go wrong in the out of this world department. Here is hoping the PDs and writers learned from this episode, because when Running Man does out of this world, 9 times out of 10 they do it right.
For more Running Man fan~sanity check out the Lore in Stone Cities episode guide complete with streaming links. For background/ an intro to the show please see the intro to Running Man posts.For the latest Running Man news check out Running Man headlines. Cheers!