My first idea when I wrote the few first thought about the Netflix original korean variety show was to write it on a weekly basis, but after forgetting to post last (and the one before) I decide to just write my final thought now the season is over.
As I stated in my first post, I was really looking forward this show, I like korean variety, the type that will make me laugh, the one where the cats of the complete game to get glue or to past to an other level. Show like Running Man (with the original cast, before Gary departure), Shinhwa Broadcast and Sesame Player never failed to make me laugh. I know they are scripted and that 90% of the time everything is calculated, however if there is one thing we can always predict is how one will react facing some event. Seeing the cast interacting together, bickering and laughing is the reason why I like those type of show, I like the human side of it.
Busted! exactly gave me was I was looking for in a korean variety show, it gave me those funny interaction between the cast member and the special guest and it also made me discover people I would like the see more in varieties, like Sehun from the boy group EXO who surprised me. I like seeing him with Lee Kangsoo, I have to say that Kangsoo always had that annoying big brother vibe around him even with the young special guest of Running Man.
Of course, the show is far to be perfect, you can see what is scripted and what is not and there is time the props wasn’t the most convincing or some guest made me cringe. Not all episode are top episode, I could have done without some like the detective showdown, I must admit that I was the same with RM, I realized that I much rather episode with a small number of special guest than a larger one. I like when the focus is exclusively put on the main cast, thing that cannot be done when there is a lot of special guest.
The moment I liked the most is during those unpredictable game, the one that the outcome cannot be scripted, Yoo Jaesuk and Lee Kwangsoo bad luck is renown and can clearly be seen during those game. The first and last episode was mainly constituted of that. I also liked the one where they had to find their way out of a room with gathering the hints for the pass code. Even if the series was mostly scripted, there is thing the production team didn’t had any control over and those moment were the best.
Along with a good variety show fill with laugh and ridiculous moment, we had an interesting background story of a special project with protagonist and antagonist, while you shouldn’t expect any character development ( okay maybe a little) you can expect some nice mind game between the good and evil. The one thing I liked about that concept is that the Detective team didn’t always won, they didn’t always get to arrest the criminal, however while it show the detective are human and that the outcome is not necessarily scripted, there is moment i would have like to know what happened with those who succeed to run away. But since everything some of the event was linked together, linked to that special project, maybe we will see those criminal again in the next season.
Yup and second season was already announced and I can tell you I’m pretty excited about it even more with the way the first season finished. The season finale have nothing to envy to anime other long-running tv show…
In conclusion, Busted! is a variety show with a storyline, more than once it reminded me of how Detective Conan was written, so if you want to have a slight idea of what you can find in Busted!, imagine Conan and cie having to complete silly game in order to get to the criminal.
I will certainly recommend it to everyone who have access to it and like variety show, if you enjoyed Running Man, you should enjoyed Busted! Too.
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