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The 7 Years of Running Man

Ok, I don’t know how I will start this. It’s been a week, or two, or more, since the issue regarding the cast, and the show itself came out. I am still feeling devastated about the sudden announcement of the end of my favourite Korean variety show. And words can’t really express my frustrations right now.

I started watching Running Man 4 years ago. Seeing the first episode, I already got hooked. It was difficult for me to stop watching for more episodes. There was even a time when I did a marathon of 30 episodes in one day. Oh well, I just could not get myself to stop. Since then, I have devoted myself to watch Running Man every week. And I look forward to Mondays because english subbed episodes of Running Man are out every Monday. Since I am a student, I get stressed with school works, assignments, etc. and Running Man has been my stress reliever. Thinking that I spent my last 4 years with them and I felt like a part of me was ripped off and teared apart, what more to the cast members that spent 7 years together as a family?

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Screenshot from Running Man episode 1

The show is well organized, and I praised the writers for being very creative. Of course, the name tag elimination is what makes the show unique from other Korean variety shows and that is what Running Man is known for. The format was very creative but suddenly, it kind of changed the last 2 or 3 years. It is still Running Man but the trademark of the show which is the name tag elimination game is given less emphasis which made me, and some viewers, a bit disappointed.

However, the members ability to provide laughter for the viewers did not change. Other than that, I’d say the relationship between the members and the staff is what makes Running Man different. The members are just perfect for the show, even though at times, most times rather, they don’t agree on some things.

I seriously do not understand why their ratings in Korea are so low. Well, the show started well until it fluctuated in the last 2 or 3 years. I was thinking that SBS did not mind it’s low ratings because the show itself is popular across the globe, especially in Asia. They have millions of fans around the world, and these people, including me, are probably hurting right now because of one careless move. But still, I am not blaming SBS or Running Man PDs for what happened because I don’t know the real story.

Screenshot from Running Man episode 134 in Vietnam
Screenshot from Running Man episode 134 in Vietnam

We all know that nothing is permanent in the world, and everything comes to an end. Nothing lasts forever but the memories. Since Gary left the show, I already thought of the “domino effect” that soon, one by one, members will leave. However, I did not expect it to come so soon. The end results of a one careless act surely did not give positive results. It could’ve ended in a much better way. It was just a mess. It made me frustrated because I believe Running Man deserved better.

I am still saddened by the news. I am writing this entry right after I watch Running Man episode 330. I decided to write this entry because I don’t think I can still go on and watch the next episode. Since the news, I stopped watching. Not because of the misunderstanding that happened between the cast and the staff of Running Man but because my heart hurts seeing them laughing together, playing games together, and to think that soon (a month from now) it will all be gone. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry whenever Jae Suk hits Kwang Soo, or when Jong Kook bullies the members, or when Suk Jin does his body gags. Usually I laugh the whole time I watch Running Man to the point my jaw hurts from laughing, but now I can’t. I just can’t. Thinking that those moments will be gone soon makes me cry. I can’t believe there’s going to be no Running Man 2 months from now.

Screenshot from Running Man episode 270

Blackpink as guest in episode 330

Screenshot from Running Man episode 330

I will not hope for any show that will have them together again because there is a low possibility they will be put together again in one show. Honestly speaking, I don’t think I will ever see another group of members with so much chemistry together like the Running Man members. I do watch other Korean variety shows but I noticed one thing that only members of Running Man possess, GENUINITY. I don’t know how will I explain it because if you are an avid Running Man fan, you know what I’m talking about. The members show genuine reactions and feelings on the show. They also treasure their fans and treat them like family. Also, they don’t try hard but their ability to provide laughter just comes out naturally. It is effortless. They may also not notice their own actions while the cameras are rolling, but we viewers do. Those simple caring acts they do to each other make me smile.

Screenshot from Running Man episode 171

I will surely miss Running Man. The memories they shared in the past  7 years can’t be compared to the memories I had with them in the last 4 years. In the last 4 years, I ran with them. Though I wasn’t physically spending time with them, I supported them. I laughed with them. I cried with them. I cheered for them. They may never know me personally but they will always have a special place in my heart.

Screenshot from Running Man episode 171

For sure, they will remain in contact with each other. It’s just sad to think we may never get to see them together on camera anymore. They have worked together, built friendship, and became a family in the last 7 years. All I can say is a big THANK YOU Running Man. Thank you our Grasshopper-Yoo Jae Suk, Impala-Ji Suk Jin, Tiger-Kim Jong Kook, Monkey-Kang Gary, Penguin-HaHa, Miss Blank-Song Ji Hyo, and Giraffe-Lee Kwang Soo. I will miss you guys! I don’t think anything can replace Running Man in my heart.

Until we meet again. #7012RM


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