Infinity Challenge Parodies Kingsmen: The Search for a Sixth Man

For all of the Infinity Challenge fans out there, there has been a change in the series in the recent episodes this month.  As a background, Infinity Challenge or Muhan Do Jun is a Korean variety show that has been around since 2009.  Yet, it is one of the most popular shows nabbing 13-17% of Korean viewers in its 6:30 p.m. weekend timeslot.

Recently after Kingsmen had a stellar performance in Korea and Noh Hong Chul’s drunk driving scandal that occurred on November 7, 2014, the show has run a series parodying the movie plot Kingsmen.  Specifically, Infinity Challenge has always been a series about six men going through an impossible task per episode.  With Noh Hong Chul’s withdrawal, the show has been left with five members and now the series is looking for a possible sixth man to join the team.

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To add spice to a show that has been running for over 7 years, the show asked its fans for potential candidates through texts, postings, etc.  March 28, 2015, was the date that all candidates were narrowed down to the eight finalists: ZE:A’s Kwanghee, comedian Kang Kyun-Sung, Super Junior Choi Siwon , model Hong Jin-Kyung, comedian Jang Dong-Min, writer Yoo Byung-Jae, announcer/host Jun Hyun Moo, and past basketball player Seo Jang-Hoon.

This episode was hilarious as each candidate appeared on the show with their best comedian selves.  I think all eight members were strong contenders for the sixth spot on MUDO.  As a female, I must admit that I was particularly happy to see model Hong Jin-Kyung making it into the final round.

Truly each of the members has their special quirks, for example Kwanghee was in his usual qwirky twatty mode, Kang Kyun-Sung is supposedly a comedic genius (which can get lost on the non-Korean natives), Siwon dazzled in his good looks, Byung-Jae seemed to enjoy just being on the show as a participant rather than a writer, and Dong-Min did give Myung-Sook Park a run for his money as the “angry character.”

As a side note, I don’t think that Jin-Kyung was particularly funny, but it was refreshing to see a non-guest female member of an usually all-male comedy show.   She also has her funny quirks.  In the middle of the show, she starts looking around for the producers because she wants to do what makes the producers happy.  She’s also pretty willing to throw away her self image and has literally begged to be on the show.  Last but not least, she arrived with makeup, looking like a man! FYI, she’s the third one down on right column.  I think she’s worth watching longer.

If you ask me, the first two episodes were kind of boring…the members went to interview the numerous candidates that were nominated to join the team.  I’d recommend skipping to the March 28, 2015 episode where each member has to go through a “scary entrance” and then has to interact with the other finalists.

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