The experience of a non-Kpop fan watching Family Outing for the first time
After I dropped a comment on Amy’s blog post talking about her commitment issues with television, she suggested that I give Family Outing a shot. Some time later, I honored my promise to watch it and I ended up watching the first two episodes a week ago despite the fact that I am not a Kpop fan by any means.
In American terms, Family Outing works a bit like Big Brother meets Survivor, but it’s all for shits and giggles rather than involving drama stuff and knowing the show’s participants day by day because the viewer already knows them. Not me!
At best, I was familiar with maybe one or two contestants thanks to the likes of Jenna and Julyssa talking non-stop about Asian singers and actors on Twitter as well as Amy declaring her undying love for many Asian acts. I know they exist and some of them are talented, but I simply can’t bring myself to care about them. I didn’t grow up as a full-fledged anime fan, which is the starting point for getting into the Asian entertainment stuff, I guess.
Despite Amy explaining to me how Family Outing works and telling me who is who, the first 15 minutes of the first episode were hard for me to watch. I really can’t bitch about the non-stop Korean captions tossed around constantly because that wouldn’t be fair from a worldwide standpoint, but the audience laugh track really felt awkward to watch and weirded me out at first. Things felt like they were going kind of fast and I couldn’t process it well, but later on I started to enjoy it at certain points. Granted, the show is of the variety genre, but I also viewed it as if it were of the reality genre. By the end of the first episode, I felt burned out and I had Amy yelling at me “You’re so American!” and I don’t blame her. But it’s not like I’m going to tattoo the American flag on my body, lol.
However, the second episode was a lot easier to enjoy because it was simpler to watch, a lot funnier and I was already adjusted to how the show worked.
One thing I can’t deny: the show’s format is pretty interesting and the games are pretty fun in large part thanks to the cast, all of them looking like they really had a lot of fun doing this. I really want to try that “I love you” game with more friends one day because it can lead to many awkward and funny moments; it’s something you have to see for yourself. Or in my case, watch it with someone already familiar with the show and the Asian entertainment business.
Maybe because I had to see two girls with six boys, but Hyori Lee and Park Ye-jin stood out to me the most. And I don’t mean it as “women I’d love to fuck one day” — they’re charming, entertaining, funny and very likeable. I’m probably gonna sound like a selfish prick here, but I really hope that Hyori pulls a Mark Wahlberg/Justin Timberlake and ends up pursuing an acting career with hopes of one day seeing her on an HBO show or in a Quentin Tarantino film. The guys, while they were funny, felt similar (except for the host) and didn’t capture my atttention like the girls did.
Would I watch Family Outing again? Maybe. Like I said before, I found the format interesting and fun, but I might require the company of someone already familiar with them and food. I’m still not sure about watching the entire thing all by myself.