Although I don’t blog about variety shows, this episode (and the one with Chun MyungJun #52) deserve a special mention because it’s a nice follow-up to 100 Days My Prince.
I recommended earlier that @nrllee watch it. I wrote, “You should watch it! Hurry! Then tell me what you think of Kyungsoo Do. Notwithstanding his diminutive size, he stands head and shoulders above the rest of his EXO members. The hosts seem oddly deferential to him, too.”
Seen it. Yes to your comment above…told you. He may not say much and he’s not the official ‘leader’/spokesperson (Rich Man SuHo is) but he is their centre. They look to him for stability. He doesn’t like variety (it’s too frivolous for him but he tolerates it for the group’s sake). He just has that “old soul” steadfast air about him. It commands respect. And the beautiful thing about it is that he is completely oblivious to it and would much prefer to take the backseat in everything. It’s a nice trait to have. It keeps him very grounded and very real. I hope he stays that way. It means we will always see the best side of him and he won’t have delusions of grandeur or feel like the world owes it to him. Did you see his dry wit displayed when they ribbed him about his kiss scene in 100DMP? I couldn’t help laughing. He told them he practised with a wall – deadpan, in all seriousness and EVERYONE bought it (despite how ridiculous it sounded)…then he said in the same steady voice, ‘it’s a joke’. 😂.
He has openly admitted he hates complicated things. He wants to live a simple life. He tackles acting the same way. Minimalist, he only does what’s necessary, he doesn’t overcook scenes. It’s all about acting what feels natural (he said). I know everyone marvels at how he can fit everything into his already packed schedule, it’s precisely because he doesn’t waste ANY energy on non-essentials. He sits stock still and doesn’t move much. He says very little. He doesn’t bow to conventions AT ALL. He neither looks nor acts like an idol. Which idol do you know (actually even actor) who will openly admit to having a belly and even look satisfied? That’s like anathema in a world obsessed with washboard abs. He is completely at ease in himself and what God has dealt him with. He knows where his limits are. He doesn’t want to be anyone else BUT himself. Remember MoonFace? In his interview he said that despite DKS being the younger in their friendship, he was the wiser one and was the one helping him out with his acting career… that’s why directors love him and the ‘idol’ prejudice everyone in the industry has melts upon meeting him. Yes I find him fascinating 😂.
Here’s my response:
This is MY first time ever seeing the EXO group. Previously, I know only three things about the boy band: One, they have a loud and obnoxious fan group. (Hey, if anyone of them come screeching here, I’ll block them.)
Two, a couple of their original members exited the band and returned to their native country due to unfair labor practices (I sense an irony there somewhere).
And three, some of their remaining members were dating members of another popular girl group (or ahjumma group when you consider the shelf life of idols. lol).
From this show, I can now add a few more notes to my EXO-files.
1. Their leader Suho isn’t much of a leader. lol.
He claimed that he often picked the tab when the members eat out because he’s the oldest but they didn’t thank him. His members loudly protested and soundly refuted his claim. According to them, it wasn’t true that he treated the members to dinner often; another member paid for their meals more often than he did. And it wasn’t true that he didn’t received thanks from his members; some of them, like KyungSoo, made it a point to thank him afterward.
I thought it was comedy gold that when he was ALREADY feeling sorry for himself because he was “unappreciated” by his “ungrateful” members, his “ungrateful” members ganged up on him and busted his notion of deserving to feel sorry for himself. According to them, he had no right to feel sorry for himself because his claims weren’t true.
Well… what could be more sorrier than that? The poor guy couldn’t even wallow in his own self-pity. hahaha.
And to rub salt in his wound, he isn’t even the oldest. The Chinese member (Chen?) is the oldest.
2. Chanyeol is the “dongsaeng” from Memories of the Alhambra! I knew there was an idol in the cast but for some reason, I thought the maknae of the family MinJoo whose ambition was to join a kpop group was THE girl group member in real life. I was impressed that he was pretty good at both games, the Charades guessing game and the Christmas song. He seems to be a competitive kid.
Wait! Was he also the guy in the kdrama adaptation of “Rich Man, Poor Woman”? I heard an EXO guy was also cast to play the lead there.
3. I understand why girls think that Kai oozes sex appeal. But I wish he’d lose that faux hair dye because he reminds me of Justin Beiber. Frankly, I was underwhelmed by his “presence.” Considering his good looks, I thought he would dominate the conversation with brilliant quips or practiced witticisms. But he didn’t contribute much to the repartees. That’s another reason I think he should ditch the dirty blonde hair. He reinforces the stereotype that blondes, even fake one, are dumb.
4. KyungSoo Do. Of course, I watched this episode for him and I wasn’t disappointed.
I liked how he confidently chose to partner up with the tallest guy in the room, and how he fed his hyungs first when their snacks arrived. I also liked that he observed that he was getting more recognition from adult fans because of his stint with 100 Days My Prince. He mentioned that a motherly-type of fan recently asked for his autograph at the airport.
But aside from his joke about kissing the wall for practice, the highlight for me was his quick thinking on his feet. Everybody in that room KNEW that the mic was an accident waiting to happen but nobody did anything to fix the situation except for KyungSoo Do.
I loved how he ran up to Kai like a squirrel (lol, as if the camera couldn’t capture him if he made himself small) and unhooked the mic from the wire.
It was straight out a scene from 100 Days My Prince! Swoon!!!
Overall, I enjoyed the show. Although the beginning half when they showcased their EXO talents bored me (because I’m not into kpop music and dance), the second half of the program when the boys were allowed to talk and interact with each other proved to be entertaining.
I can work on getting to know the BTS (or is it BST?) members next.