Episode 504: October 29, 2016: Gravity
As one of the five big projects for their 10th anniversary, <Infinite Challenge> embarked on their “Space Expedition” project with the Martian series back in January. Then they did the darkness adaptation training last week, and now it’s time for more.
In today’s opening, the MCs have some good news to share. Jeong Jun-ha was recently appointed a goodwill ambassador by the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation.
The other MCs joke that this means that he needs to start a videocast to earn balloons. It’s a joke referencing the Korean video streaming site Afreeca TV.
He’ll be the ambassador for the next two years, and the other MCs tease him that he’ll need to buy a house in Africa, if he wants to take this seriously.
Now that I think of it, Jeong Jun-ha doesn’t really have any ties to Africa. I wonder why he got chosen.
In other “good news,” Yang Se-hyung proves that he’s the originator of the heart finger gesture, he did it even before G-Dragon.
We flashback to the crew getting their make-up done before filming officially starts. All the MCs get a menu and are told to choose what they want to eat, so now we know that there’ll be some segment with food on today’s show.
Cut back to two <Infinite Challenge> staff members bringing in an inversion therapy table. My parents bought me one of these back in high school for my scoliosis, and I can tell you that they are pretty awful. All your blood rushes down and your head throbs after a few minutes. Plus you’re hanging by your ankles, so that hurts too.
Yoo Jae-suk complains about the low budgetness of this “space” experience.
In space, astronauts have to eat without the help of gravity pulling food down their stomachs and intestines, so this is suppose to simulate that.
Park Myung-soo chose pho. This actually looks harder than I initially thought. It’s easy to chew the food, but the tricky part is swallowing upwards. Park Myung-soo does a decent job eating the noodles, but he can’t swallow any soda.
Park Myung-soo says he feels like he has indigestion.
Haha tries some pork cutlet and rice. He gets disoriented trying to figure out how to use a knife and fork upside down. He spills all his side of corn while trying to spoon it into his mouth.
Yang Se-hyung is next with LA style Korean BBQ short ribs and cellophane noodles. The others compliment him on doing a good job, but even Yang Se-hyung says he feels a bit queasy afterwards.
Hwang Kwang-hee has spaghetti carbonara. He does a good job too. Maybe being young helps?
Jeong Jun-ha has LA style Korean BBQ short ribs and cellophane noodles as well. He uses his hands to eat, and of course the “God of Eating” manages to eat well. He says he feels fine eating. The other members complain that he eats too well. Hwang Kwang-hee, “Hyung, it looks like you’re going to get fat in space too.
Last up is Yoo Jae-suk who chose black bean noodles. Yang Se-hyung says he looks like one of his friends and draws eyes and nostrils on Yoo Jae-suk’s neck and chin.
Jung Jun-ha, “What are we going to hang from for our next mission?”
PD, “Oh how did you know?”
It looks like the next training location is in the Jamsil Olympic Main Stadium where they continue their experience with “zero gravity.”
They’re going to use helium balloons like in the movie <Up> to reduce the effect of gravity. Each balloon can lift 125 grams. They’ll try experiencing Mars’s gravity (1/3 of Earth’s), the moon’s gravity (1/6 of Earth’s), and no gravity.
All the MCs get weighed.
Hwang Kwang-hee is only 58.6 kg. Holy moly, this guy is skinny.
Yang Se-hyung is 66.8 kg.
Park Myung -soo is 71.9 kg
Haha is 68.9 kg.
Yoo Jae-suk is 65.7 kg.
Jeong Jun-ha is 103 kg.
Hwang Kwang-hee is up first. He puts on a harness that prevents him from flying away while the rest of the MCs attach balloons to it.
With 100 balloons added, Hwang Kwang-hee weighs just 46 kgs. They add more and more until he’s goes up high in the air. It’s actually quite scary looking. Hwang Kwang-hee screams not to let him go.
The Jamsil Stadium has an open roof, so this is actually quite dangerous.
The heaviest member is up next. He tries to run away, but the MCs grab him and force the harness on him. Hwang Kwang-hee had 390 balloons, but Jeong Jun-ha needs to use 600. He goes up a little bit and then falls back down. I guess they ran out of balloons.
Park Myung-soo is the third and last MC to get to try on the balloon harness. The whole time he yells, “Let me down! Let me down! Let me down you #@$*#$&@!”
After completing their “training” in Korea, the <Infinite Challenge> crew head to Russia.
They’re at the Incheon International Airport.
Haha, “Yang Se-hyung looks like he’s going to the Soviet Union, not Russia.” Yang Se-hyung confesses that his stylist is the one he uses for <Comedy Big League>, so she’s used to comedic styling.
Yoo Jae-suk teases Jeong Jun-ha about the messages he sent to all the MCs at dawn telling them he loves them. Jeong Jun-ha admits he was a little drunk.
Most of them are going to Russia for the first time, so they invited Eva?, a Russian woman who’s been living in Korea for six years. She’s fluent in Korean and her accent sounds like a native speaker.
She teaches them a few etiquette rules. No making bodily sounds like burping or farting. If you do by accident, pretend it wasn’t you. You also can’t sit Indian style at restaurants.
Also, Russian women are very strong, but like compliments. She teaches them how to say, “You’re beautiful” which sounds like a curse in Korean.
Park Myung-soo says some made up words in pretend Russian, and I can feel the second hand embarrassment through Eva.
After nine and a half hours, the <Infinte Challenge> crew arrive in Moscow to 300 screaming fans. Yoo Jae-suk is surprised they have fans in Russia, but I’m sure he’s used to it with all the <Running Man> popularity abroad.
On the bus to their hotel, Yoo Jae-suk complains about Park Myung-soo farting on the plane. It was so bad that he could almost see it, like dry ice.
Park Myung-soo, “Eva said no farting in Russia, so I had to get it out of my system before we landed.”
PD, ” Our plan for tomorrow is to go to the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in the morning, get final physical exams, and get on the flight between 2-3 pm.”
Hwang Kwang-hee, “How long are we going to be in a vacuum?”
PD, “You mean zero gravity. You’d die in a vacuum.”
The other MCs yell at him for being dumb.
There are some great night views as the bus takes them to the hotel. The MCs get off by the Moscow Kremlin and see the Saint Basil’s Cathedral too.
The next day, the MCs meet for some morning coffee in the lobby. They’re in a good mood, so when they see some rings in a playground outside their hotel, Yang Se-hyung says he’ll give 100,000 won(~100 USD) to anyone who can hold themselves up for at least 3 seconds. Both Yoo Jae-suk and Park Myung-soo fail after only a second. Jeong Jun-ha brags about how he’s been working out, but he only lasts a second too.
On the way to the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Jeong Jun-ha notes how vast Russia is. Hwang Kwang-hee says that India is the largest country in the world. Everyone yells at him that it’s Russia. Jeong Jun-ha, “It’s okay. You live and learn.”
Once they arrive at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, they meet their pilot Andreas who’s done over 1,500 flights in 15 years.
He explains the physics of the flight. They’ll have 20 seconds of 2G, 27 seconds of 0G, and then go back to 1 G. They will do this loop 15 times.
Then it’s time for the physical. Every thing looks good, and Yang Se-hyung even gets some signed photos of Russian astronauts.
Jeong Jun-ha, “They probably gave it to you because they thought you were a kid.” Ha.
They go to the Zhukovsky International Airport where they get on a special plane that’s much larger than regular planes. They’re wearing tacky tracksuits, and Jeong Jun-ha reminisces on how much this show’s grown. When they were first starting out, they wore similar track suits but had a much smaller budget, so standing on moving buses was the extent of their infinite challenges.
Once inside the plane, they put on parachutes just in case. Yoo Jae-suk wonders if they’re going to get dropped off the plane.
They all get plastic bags for vomiting.
Jeong Jun-ha asks the crew how many times they’ve gone on the flight. A crew member jokes, “This is our first time!”
At 2G, Haha says he feels like a magnet stuck on the floor. Then they get to 0G, where all the members start floating around. I am definitely adding this to my bucket list. It looks so cool although it must be really difficult for the camera crew.
Next week: The trip continues.