I was a little disappointed in this final episode, with its idea of entertainment as provided by a new member. Could it be due to the lack of challenges or meant as eye candy for the purpose of viewership ratings? Perhaps it was a form of distraction for the members and crew who have had a tough time throughout the week of filming as the members seems to enjoy the flaunting of ‘waves’ at every opportunity.
Even if it was meant to be fun, it became a bit off-putting to me as it takes on the form of an often held stereotype of the fairer sex. A pity really as I had thought this show would be different and the likes of Han Byeol had impressed me with her toughness. I hope this show can continue to retain its uniqueness and not lose its real sense of adventure.
A new challenge for the members to go deep sea fishing for tuna but it would not be easy as Byeong Man had no success even after 8 attempts during the previous seasons. Sang Hyun volunteers to take on the task with Ji Won and Su Bin. The PD must have been confident that they would not be able to catch any tuna as he agrees to Ji Won’s request to be given all the food that the crew has, should they have a successful catch.
According to the locals, they should look out for an area of the sea where the birds gather as the waters there would be rich in tuna. These fishes are usually found at a depth of 200 meters and caught by trawling where the bait is being pulled along as the boat moves at a maximum speed of 160 km/hr.
The members were excited when Ji Won seems to have hooked something but unfortunately it was a false alarm. The resistance of his line was due to his pull on the rope attached to the rod.
They would try out another fishing method which uses a metal jig for a depth of 100 meters.
A successful catch by a member of their filming crew revives their determination to persevere.
Byeong Man and the rest of the members set out for some crab hunting along the beach. Coming across a large Komodo lizard atop a tall coconut tree, he tries to make it move from its perch so that the others could see it. But it seems dangerous even if he is a good climber.
They finally decided to use a helicam to get a close up view of the lizard which was perched on the topmost branch.
I thought it was rather cruel to detach the claws while the crab was still alive. After the claws were wrapped in banana leaves, the bundle was cooked in the fire pit while the rest of the crabs would be cooked in a pan.
Their last challenge was a coconut basketball game where they would be rewarded with rice and eggs if they could get one successful throw into a hole 5 meters away. The penalty for not succeeding would be the forfeiture of their mud crabs.
None of the members above managed to get the coconut in. Dasom and Jeong Jin had hit the target but the ball had bounced out. Surprisingly Jin Woon too did not get a good throw though he’s a former basketball player. Ji Won and Sang Hyun too had no luck though they had done well in the previous coconut bowling game.
The fate of their mud crabs would now depend on their last member Byeong Man. Jin Woon suggested that he could try doing a jump as he makes the throw. Though this would reduce the target distance, it would not be easy to jump and take aim simultaneously. Much to their delight, it worked and they finally got the coconut in.
Ryu Dam seems to be especially tickled by Sang Hyun’s enthusiastic cheers for Dasom’s performance as she does her signature ‘wave’ before the crew. The other members too started laughing hard to Sang Hyun’s comment that it was ‘provocative’.
Sang Hyun: Though there had been a lot of anxieties and regrets, even when I go back it seems I would really have many thoughts (about this place?) And the kind of recipes which I have learned here ….. to my wife when I return, please be sure to try it.
And on a finale note, the signature ‘waves’ ……. a boon or bane for jungle survival?