DRAMA CLUB RECAP: Roommate Episode 20 (2/2)
As season 1 ends, season 2 of Roommate starts fresh with new roommates and even a new title, It's Okay, Roommate. We say goodbye our old members as we welcome the new.
Rosie: Well this was the end for Season 1 and I’m afraid I didn't quite get my wish from last week (that we’d receive some closure from everybody leaving the show). This season went on a little too long to get even parting words from So Ra, it seemed, and everybody else’s goodbyes were rushed to the point of whiplash.
Not only that but the entire episode was cut to under 50 minutes long when it was obvious there had been more footage. No kimchi making experience or out to Insadong with Soo Hyun and Ruby? That could have been a nice homage to everything Shin Umma has been on this show, and yet—nothing.
Roommate is ending its first leg a whole lot differently than I think anyone (the producers probably the most) expected, and it’s not too hard to see why. 4.2% ratings at its close? The format has been floundering since the first time they tried to pretend Roommate was in the couple-making business. Since then it’s been a whole lot of jumping around and shoddy editing with a few genuinely great endeavors, but the focus on a whole has been bad. Did I love it? Not always 100%, but I enjoyed it most of the time and that’s because of the cast’s great dedication, even when some of them weren’t really variety savvy.
Qisti: We did get to see a few of our members say goodbye to the audience at least. Yeah, they cut out a lot of stuff or sped through scenes that I still wanted to see, like making kimchi. I guess this kind of editing shows how much Roommate is ready to start fresh with new castmates and hopefully higher ratings.
I just think that this show would have been a lot better if the editing was on point and didn't bring my hopes up and then let it fall. I’ve expected so much from the show just from the previews before the episode, previews DURING the episode, and previews after the episode. Like I still want to know how the whole Park Bom and Se Ho banana pudding scandal panned out. Don’t remember? I thought so because they aired the preview but not the result. Now going into season 2, I don’t think I can believe anything that the PDs decide to air.
Nevertheless, I did enjoy this season. It was extremely slow for me in the beginning, but it did pick up. I’m glad I stuck around because now I’m intrigued by this whole new cast moving in with our old Roommates.
As season 1 comes to a close, season 2 has begun with the intro of our new roommates: Park Joon Hyung, Otani Ryohei, Bae Jong Ok, Sunny, Lee Gook Joo, Yeong Ji, and Jackson. They’ll join veteran roommates Lee Dong Wook, Jo Se Ho, Park Min Woo, Seo Kang Joon, and Nana.
Rosie: In any case, I think the fate of Season 2 will be largely the same as Season 1 so regardless of how the format is projected (because who trusts in the PDs promises), can the new roomies save Roommate? That seems to be the golden question. This cast shows promise; I’ll give it that.
I like the diversity. I also like how most of them seem to possess great or unique personalities that will translate well on screen. We’ve got veteran actors, a genuine comedienne, and 3 new idols, at least 2 of whom have good personal followings (honestly the casting of KARA’s newest Yeongji is the real question of the day but I guess we’ll see).
Will it be enough though? Who knows. I personally thought that Season 1 had some big enough names to keep it afloat, but we all saw how that came (and went).
Qisti: So season 2, yeah, I’m actually quite excited about it. Mainly because I feel like a lot of the new members have interesting personalities and I’m curious how the old members will react to the new ones.
There are 2 people I’m looking forward to seeing: GOT7’s Jackson and Kara’s Young Ji. Jackson definitely has this “American” style personality. He’s very out there and I just want to know who he’s rooming with and how he’s going to handle being the maknae with a lot of super seniors. Plus, a little more Jackson in our lives can’t hurt right? I was surprised that they casted Kara’s newest member. From the previews, she seems like she has a pretty down to earth, 4D character (please don’t fool me this time previews!).
I’ll be looking forward to this new season. If they do change the format, I wouldn’t be surprised. But I don’t think they will just because the concept of the show is pretty straightforward. I think they’ve casted some pretty good, entertaining people. I hope this season lasts a lot longer than the previous one.
As far as I know, they’ve named Sunny and Bae Jong Ok to be roommates as well as Otani Ryouhie and G.O.D’s Park Joon Hyung. I guess we’ll have to watch and see who is rooming with whom this week.
Who are you looking forward to on season 2, It’s Okay, Roommate? Let us know!
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Episode 19: [Part 1] [Part 2]
Episode 20: [Part 1] [Part 2]
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