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  1. From the brief that I can see, Yang Se Chan is gag heavy - so Rm may really be going in the direction it had wanted to go to for some time. And like I've mentioned before, JK and JH, who while they have their funny moments, are not the gag funny. So I wouldnt be surprised if these two are added in, and then the higher ups get their wish come true, which is that JK and JH eventually leave so that RM becomes RM season 2 that they've always wanted; if not by name then definitely by style
  2. Thanks for the video link. JH's uncomfortable shift when JK was asked the question on SY was quite telling. She starts adjusting her clothes when there was nothing wrong with them, and JK practically back faced her when he started answering the question. I thought it was cute also how JK repeated her chinese name. I think the absence of YJS (and MC obviously) may have given the other 3 members more free rein to talk about SA and basically start egging them on. Like you said, Haha is practically out of control. For someone who's gotten married and practically 2 kids in the last 4 years, honestly, SA is really moving way too slowly. And Haha and Byul are younger than JK and JH respectively, so I wouldnt be surprised if Haha genuinely is starting to worry for them. Haha may be a nonsensical character on his shows, but as we've seen, we know that he genuinely cares for his friends. I was very surprised though at the complete lack of interaction between Gary and the members. I was not expecting that tbh. I was expecting him to join in the group songs and all, and maybe even the Q&A. I would actually be interested in hearing his POV since he put up that photo of him and JK/JH when the debacle happened, so clearly he's on their side. I'll always treat him as a member so it was kind of weird that he really just seemed like a special guest. Even special guests at concerts usually do duets with the actual main host of the concert, but it just didnt happen here I've said before that whenever the FMs happen, JK becomes the de facto walking encyclopedia for JH. Is there a need to whisper and talk so much? I thought the part where they talked, only to get interrupted to greet the fan and then they continued talking across the translator was quite telling. It seemed, if I may say, a bit rude to continue being in their own world like that but they continued anyway just because. But really, is there so much to whisper about? If they talk this much on stage, I really wonder how they are IRL
  3. Yes I did realize. It's now been what? One month since the filming of the So Young ep? He's had time in between to go gym, meet mighty mouth and all, meet tiny, but somehow he doesn't have time to bring So Young ssi out on a date? I find that very hard to believe and practically impossible behavior if a man is truly interested in a woman. No woman wants to be left cold for a whole month, especially not after a first date that was totally in front of the cameras. I actually was ok with haha's timing of asking them to kiss, because it was right after a topic which involved basically only JK and JH and it was an experience where both went through so much (together) that only they know. Though yes, I do realize haha has been very vocal recently, esp with his 'grow old together' at the end did the fortune telling ep. The only reason why I was slightly concerned about the mention of So young and Gary is, how far behind is their whole timeline going to be pushed back? It really seems like never ever. But seriously what was with the need to whisper that closely? They may as well really be kissing like what haha wanted them to. Who whispers like that to a brother? Who?
  4. If everyone's heart can take this, this IG post actually says this: cassandra_rmsafor clarification: the part missed in previous media video is JH saying "JK oppa now have So Young ssi". After Haha ask JK JH kiss. So Young was mentioned in previous question, asking JK did he contact with So Young. He said he did, and actually want have a dinner with her but they are too busy so cant make it. Then LKS teased him saying thats why you keep using your phone. .
  5. Pardon me that I dont know how to post, but someone on Baidu just posted an even much closer photo of the whispering where seriously JH's lips is practically on JK's ears and all I can think is ...............what in the world are they whispering about????????????? I actually was abit surprised by how slowly JK took to react to JH's hand on his. He reacted very late in then patting her hand back. I was befuddled for awhile
  6. Yes, JK has slowed down considerably. In the earlier episodes, he was really running and scrambling like nobody's business. I have heard about him on Dream Team but has never managed to get complete episodes of that. But I think coupled with his litany of injuries, it is only natural that his body didnt allow him to run as fast as he used to. I remember the Lee Sun Kyun ep you talked about, that was SJK's last ep and I rewatched it recently. Even the way he fought past a LKS-Yong Hwa siege in HK was all sorts of awesome. Ironically enough, I dont think (or at least I cannot remember offhand) we have ever had any epic JK-Gary showdowns on RM, which is one of the sore points for me.
  7. I heart this comment so much. I havent watched too many episodes post-Gary, but I know what I'll greatly miss is Gary always being a wonderful backup to JK in athletic, physical games. It was a no brainer when they need say 3 players for physicality, that it'd be JK, Gary and either of YJS or LKS depending on the game itself. But JK and Gary were always no brainers. One ep stands out in particular for me - the 2PM and 2NE1 ep where JK and Gary both led the 2NE1 team while the other two teams were mostly men. And the two of them played so hard in name tag ripping it was fascinating to see, When both gave it their all, they're a sight to behold. And both JK and Gary had different strengths - JK went more on brute while Gary was really agile. So they really bring contrasting styles that both worked. LKS because of his character would be close to impossible for him to fulfill this athletic role - though given RM's change in direction, I dont know how much they really require strong athletic members
  8. Good to know things are still going well with MBC. I havent kept track of his reunited Turbo activities but I heard that when he was promoting Men Are All Like That, MBC didnt really allow him on their music shows to promote because he at that time had shows going on at SBS and KBS (Escape Crisis). I could be wrong though - its been years and I'm basing on memory here
  9. I agree with you that they are both too kind for their own good. I really wonder how JK manages to survive so long in the industry being so loyal to everyone. He really doesnt believe that people would let him down. The infamous story of his ex GF with the backup dancer, anyone? I do agree that SA would not have gone back unless they felt that they were righted, and we can tell by Tiny's tweet of "We win!". I do think this may show that the new PD does defer abit to JK which I think is a good thing after all the severe lack of parity we have seen in terms of screentime and all. I hope they will continue to seek his opinions and make him (and JH) feel wanted. I cannot imagine how awful it would be if they're still constantly ignored and shafted for the Yoo-Lee tandem. I have also always said that JH and JK cannot afford to completely antagonise SBS, so I agree with you. As much as people say for them to boycott SBS, it is but one of the 3 main free to air stations, and for a celebrity to survive, JK and JH needs SBS. JK cannot depend on KBS alone (not sure if relations with MBC have been mended). And while JH has quite a number of shows, her last three dramas and her current variety show have all been on cable, RM remains her one and only show on free to air channel. Both JK and Jh need SBS - or at least they cannot afford to completely cut ties with SBS; not now, not in the near future, not ever. This is reality and this is life. Which is why the saying of not burning your bridges really hold true.
  10. Cannot really type a very long reply now but this JK is really too loyal for his own good. No wonder JH said that's his best trait. To forgive sbs and then convince the other members to continue on when he (and JH) were ironically the ones who have been hurt the worst? Takes a saint to do that. I'd never be able to. And why do I feel that the one he had to do most convincing to would be JH? But I'm sure also that JH would pretty much follow his decision. If he got JH onboard, that'd mean the two who were hurt most would be willing to continue and then they in turn can then convince the other members who would then be more willing to go along with what they decided since they were going to live and go as a team of six.
  11. This is the reason why I'm not really a fan of such "best of best" episodes - they may claim they want to see who's the best, but we all know that the truth is JK is always hampered - either with powers so lame you cannot imagine or everyone gangs up on him. And I think he himself knows it and doesnt hope for much. Even in eps where they have to vote for people, he always complains he's always the target - and he's always right. And what kind of best of best are you having if you're clearly handicapping one particular member? SBS would probablylikely pat themselves on the back instead for thinking of such a brilliant idea of blind date that resulted in the 8% - ie their credit, not JK's.
  12. Thanks for the info on this! I do agree that if they find someone to replace Gary, or basically new members, they need to be people who can already hold their own against this very seasoned cast, and someone who will not back into the shadows. But I do hope it is someone who is not a gag person, but rather an athletic person who is not afraid to tarnish his/her image. I'm thinking along the lines of Yong Hwa or even an actor who has been on RM before. But this person also needs to, like the article said not be afraid of the initial backlash where there is bound to be. He'll be compared against Gary, thats for sure, and also fans who may initially show a lot of resistance to a new cast member. Hence why I feel it should be someone whom RM fans have adored through his previous appearances. Unfortunately with the quagmire that RM is in, I seriously wonder if any management companies dare to let their artistes, especially idols, go onto the sinking ship that is RM. I feel the 3rd article seems to imply that once SBS feels they have a good new program up their sleeves, they would let RM go. So I'm happy that both SA seem to be actively seeking new jobs, especially JK. I was quite worried about him for a while when he didnt have any shows after RM was supposed to end. I know he has a singing career which has branched internationally. But i also feared that fans are fickle and a lot of international fans started listening to his songs or knew of him because of RM, so as RM dried up, so would the singing opportunities overseas.
  13. @athoughtcloud1 I read through the tieba thread you provided. It was definitely very detailed and the thread starter went through a lot of effort. I do agree that Gary, JK and JH are the three members who are less "in your face"; ie they are funny but they are not really gag funny. Whereas YJS, LKS, Haha and JSJ can pull that off very easily. And Gary and JH do tend to fade into the background more often if there are alot of guests or if the guests are the boisterous type. JK also tends to just take a backseat willingly and let Haha, LKS etc take the secondary role in such episodes. So if Gong PD is really looking for members to fill a gag related show, naturally his first choice would not be Gary, JK or JH. So since Gary has left, that leaves JK or JH whom he has to oust. Though, even if he wants to do that nothing explains the poor manner in which the matter was handled. Gary's departure might actually have been the impetus for him to carry out the axing. Gag shows could also be more of a Korean thing; ie caters to the Korean audience, so Gong PD would then not have to worry about JK or JH's popularity overseas because he wanted to focus more on the domestic market? I saw the thread mention Lee Gook Joo. She is such a typical gag woman whom I guess people find funny but I just found abrasive whenever she was on RM because she was too loud and too exagerrated. But surprisingly I read in the thread that she is a very popular gag woman so I guess tastes really differ but it just shows that that kind of humor which made Lee Gook Joo popular, is not the same kind of humor which JK and JH bring to the show. Personally for me, when I watch RM, I dont look to JK and JH for laughs, I watch to marvel at their intellect and how they are able to get through games so swiftly. But now that Gong PD has stepped down and Nam PD comes back in, it will remain to be seen whether RM moves away from physical humor (which it tried to do for a period of time) and continue to focus on the members. But maybe I am hoping for too much given RM's track record
  14. Thanks so much for the very link, I'll go read it later in detail when I'm able to. Thanks for clarifying PD Gong's role in this whole thing and PD Nam's relationship with SA. Not that SBS had alot of things to be praised for - but I guess at least they took swift action once they realised how unpopular PD Gong's actions were, which even likely resulted in a demotion. However, I do not think that the decision was made in silo and there were definitely others who agreed with him and supported his decision, wonder whether they are still around now. I've been watching the very early episodes and it surprises me how simple the games were. They were fun but it didnt seem to require elaborate props and all, which shows me that the PDs can make RM successful again, if they want to. But I also do not think that RM would last past more than a year now. Surely, SBS would start looking for new shows to fill the gap now and they have a longer lead time to conceptualise it. Probably get some variety newbies or rookies willing to suffer and have no baggage and willing to put on a show. I suddenly recalled Barefoot Friends, which had Kang Ho Dong, UEE, Kim Hyun Joong and the likes. There were so much speculation when the show aired that it would soon replace. Turns out Barefoot Friends never got off the mark and SBS had longer staying power. The concept was not utterly dissimilar, but it shows the importance of cast chemistry and I think we are seeing it in the latest episodes. The members seem less concerned about making dramatic effects just for the sake of it. But I really wonder if this will change again once the show is continuing again. I hope the PDs do not lapse into their own ways. Someone upthread mentioned the possibility of SA getting married in secret first and I do not think that is completely impossible. If we are to count back to the majority opinion of when SA got together, they'd have to be together for close to 4 years now; and for couples their ages, most would have married already. But then again when you're in this industry, your life doesnt really belong to yourself. I just keep thinking of CTH's example of vehement denial and then annoucing marriage to a girlfriend of 10 years. JK can learn from his best bro.
  15. I agree that the lack of shows which could replace RM played a big part. I remember when RM's ratings dropped to single digits, I had a lot of debate on this with SA-ers; on whether RM would end. But I always maintained that as long as there is still a huge Chinese market to tap on (where the fans are not yet sick of RM), RM would stay. Another criteria was if SBS had any shows up their sleeves which could replace RM. There was no point dropping RM if SBS could not find a new concept/show/hosts where they could guarantee better ratings than RM. If not, a RM with poorer ratings was always better than a new show with even worse ratings. So the same logic applies here. SBS realised it has no new shows it could tap on. Worse, which host/celebrities would want to be held infamous for taking on a show which replaced RM's timeslot? You know how sometimes, a drama replacing another red-hot drama suffers from the curse of being compared? The same logic would apply here. Even more, the celebrity would be blamed for being mercenary, for ending RM etc. It is not a good baggage to have to take on. The thing I am more bothered about is how SA are going to move on from here. What are their plans? Are they never going to come clean, or did they never have the intention of doing so, which is why they agreed to continue? How would they be treated on RM? Like dirt because SBS never wanted them back actually? Or is this new head honcho going to change things? Looking back at the fortune telling episode, it seems like a lot changed since then. We were told then that LKS should go with YJS and distance himself from JK - which we all saw as a precursor to their new show. So now I guess JK is good for LKS again? And we heard that SA matches each other - only to then see two episodes later that voila, JK is interested in getting to know someone else better. There's just so many mixed signals right now