In the Soop: Friendcation Season 1 Review – A peek into the inner-world of 5 K-celebrity mates
It’s a good dose of real-life as opposed to forced reality television, In the Soop: the Friendcation offers a peek into the Korean popular celebrity group known as Wooga Squad. The gaggle includes K-pop star and BTS member V (Kim Taehyung) plus heavy-hitting K-stars including Choi Woo-Shik (Parasite, Our Beloved Summer, Time to Hunt), Park Seo-Joon (Captain Marvel 2: The Marvels, Itaewon Class) actor/singer Park Hyung-Sik (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, Suits, Juror 8) and rapper/singer/producer Peakboy (known for a breakthrough hit Gin&Tonic, body positivity tune, Diet and the summer 2021 tune Gyopo Hairstyle).
At first, it’s a slow start, but the characters eventually let go of the cameras and settle into a conversation about their relationships, work, and dreams. From a slightly skeptical opening from all of us to a touching glimpse of the character’s creators. characters we’ve seen in numerous shows, In the Soop”Friendcation” offers us what we would like from reality TV real people being real.
The doubts begin to surface at the point that V invites the men to lunch at his office and tries to force the guys into going on the trip together on camera. The guys can refuse however and Park Seo-Joon appears as if he’s planning to. However, they also indulge their child who’s so used to being constantly present that he doesn’t think about the issue. This has been repeated before, for instance, and BTS has held multiple live camera holidays for their supporters. But, he’s got the grace to appear apologetic when the other stars are reluctantly acquiescing.
Once they’re established it’s a matter of time before things get going and we begin to notice the connections develop. They also talk about their beginnings, what attracted them together, and what keeps them in touch despite hectic schedules. In a similar fashion to the reality shows we’ve seen, there are some fun holiday activities giving them the chance to have fun and let go of the constant recording.
In the first episode of the short series, we see the assignment of roles that appears to remain true as we move forward.
The Unwitting Cast (and their pretended roles in a group):
Park Seo-Joon is the dad and anchor for emotional stability
Park Hyung-SikChoi Woo-Shik Choi Woo-Shik – the reliable older son, the leader of the children
Kwon Sung-hwan (rapper/singer/producer Peakboy) – the wild youngest daughter, always pumped up
Kim Taehyung ( BTS”V) is an adorable and mischievous younger sibling.
Although this is the only “produced” part of the show, it seems pretty accurate. But there’s more to it, however. As the days go through and the guys dig deeper into their emotions We get to see more of the dynamics. The drive that begins followed by a nap, becomes riveting to watch, even if you do not agree with the show’s content as the duo dig in offering each other tips and even a shoulder when they need it.
It’s short-lived, but enjoyable to watch. Perhaps it’s captivating due to the infectious laugh or because it’s real and unpredictable. If you’re one of these celebrities (and even when you’re not) it’s a fun and relaxing few hours of watching these five men make a real appearance in the Soop.
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