Rapid(ish) Reviews: August 2017, PRODUCE 101 EDITION (Pristin, Weki Meki, Samuel, and More)

August was the magic month for Produce 101 reunions. Wanna One arrived on the scene, almost half of I.O.I. returned in their new groups, and alumni from both seasons either released new music or made their debut.  Who would have thought that this show would help jump start the careers of so many young idols?  Let’s look at all how all of these rookies are faring!

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Group Profile Update – Wanna One added!

Hi again! I want to apologize to frequent visitors for the lack of activity on this blog – this summer’s been a busy one! I have a lot of different posts in the works, but I still have to edit most of them.  In the meantime, I’ve been working on building up my Group Profile page, and I just did one for Wanna One! I plan to follow their activities closely, so I hope that this will be a good resource for fans and people who want to check them out.

A little update on what’s coming: The next post I will do will definitely be about the Monsta X concert, because I’ve been slacking off on that for like a week now.  After that, I will get back to reviews because it’s been a while!  I will definitely do Wanna One, and I’ll also do SNSD even though their promotions ended abruptly and there’s all that contract renewal drama.  I haven’t decided which other groups I will cover yet because there are so many, but I’m happy to take any requests!

– K

Favorites of 2017: June

June is my favorite month!  To be fair, that’s really because I was born in June (Gemini all the way, baby). It’s probably because I’m biased, but it always seems like only good things happen this month. And June has given me some of my absolute favorite K-pop songs.  While I favored some of the up and coming rookies, a lot of older groups also came out with some catchy music that intrigued me.  And there were a lot of upbeat dance tracks, which are my favorite kind.

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Produce 101 Season 2 Episode 11 Recap: I Hope I Get It

(I’ve been waiting three months to use that A Chorus Line reference) I’ve finally made it to the end!  Well the show finished like a month ago…but besides me just being slow, I think I’ve needed this long to process the final results.  Season 1 was fun, but Season 2 took me on a roller-coaster ride of emotions.  I became deeply invested in what this group would become, and it took more of a toll on me than I’d like to admit. But ultimately, I think both Wanna One and the eliminated finalists are going to be just fine.

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Produce 101 Season 2 Episode 10 Recap: Voters are Pretty Unpredictable

This season has had some very interesting and stressful eliminations.  I really don’t remember Season 1 being like this! It always seemed like the rankings were pretty logical every week, with the girls’ actions pretty much corresponding to their level of popularity.  I was still nervous for the finale, but it was pretty easy to guess who would make it.  There are a few trainees this season who manage to stay on top, but their rankings fluctuate so much it’s hard to keep up.  At least we only have one more episode after this…I don’t think I can take much more stress!

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Produce 101 Season 2 Episode 9 Recap: All About the Concept

The trainees have come a long way!  A lot of them looked very green in the beginning, but now many could be idols ready to debut. All three evaluations are interesting, but I think that the concept evaluation is especially noteworthy because they’re no longer doing covers.  Because they have original material, they can really start to come into their own and show us who they are as performers. We’re so close to the end that we all have our personal favorites, but I think that this episode shows us just what that final group might look like.

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Produce 101 Season 2 Episode 8 Recap: So Many Twists and Turns

I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers for the final episode before I can watch a subbed version, so suffice it to say this weekend was hard.  In an effort to curb my curiosity, I’m committing myself to finishing all my recaps. And for those of you who are catching up, there’s still plenty of drama to come. The first eliminations were fairly predictable, but the second ones have a lot of surprises.  It’s not that hard to figure out who survives (for the most part), but determining the actual rankings is a real guessing game.

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Produce 101 Season 2 Episode 7 Recap: The One Where Everyone Wants to be Center

I’m not exaggerating: six out of seven groups we see tonight will discuss who is center to some degree.  And almost half of them will have much more than a talk. I certainly understand why everyone wants to be center, but I forgot how vicious it gets sometimes.  Drama aside, this episode has some really interesting moments. A lot of trainees really start to separate themselves from the rest, and there are some really moving performances.

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Produce 101 Season 2 Episode 6 Recap: Choose Carefully

The position evaluation is probably my favorite part of the competition.  It’s the point where many potential favorites start to shine. We start to have a sense of who these trainees are and who we want in the final group.  Up until now, I haven’t had my own version of the Top 11.  I had about four trainees I definitely wanted in the group, but that was it.  After watching the position evaluation, I have a much clearer idea about who I think – and hope – will make the cut.

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Produce 101 Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: First Eliminations

A few short months ago, many people (myself included) were a little skeptical of this new season of Produce 101. But now the male version is popular beyond a doubt: 24,690,000 votes were counted for this first round of eliminations!  You know it’s trendy when the votes total half the population of South Korea.  Now I imagine a lot of those are the same people voting at every interval they can, but that’s still a very impressive number.  I thought that the results were going to be pretty predictable – after all, a 3,000 vote benefit is a significant difference. But the rankings aren’t as easy to guess as you’d think!

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