Is ryan day going to try to hang 100 on michigan?

Netflix"s South Korean reality competition Physical 100 question pits 100 players in feats of strength, such as in the first quest, where players fight for a ball.

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Physical: 100’s players begin standing behind plaster casts of their torsos

Among Physical: 100’s one hundred players are athletes, actors, gymnasts, dancers, cheerleaders, weightlifters, ex-military, YouTubers, và influencers. Many are well-known in Korea, & around the world; some of them know each other.

They enter a massive space where plaster casts of their torsos sit on marble pedestals, arranged in concentric circles around a fountain. They walk around, admiring each other’s plaster bodies and actual bodies, gleefully objectifying and judging each other.

I started watching with English dubbing, & the actors’ inflection made most of cast’s comments & interaction with each other sound comedic or outright sarcastic: “You have a great body” & “Wow, your abs! Looks awesome” sounded mocking, not genuine. All of it had the same intonation. I turned off the dubbing, and it immediately improved.

One of Physical 100’s contestants drops out of the pre-quest mission

The first 25 minutes of the first episode, when we meet all the players, drag a little: 100 players is a lot, và it’s hard to lớn really get a sense of any of them, unless you already know who they are.

Some players get a bit more introduction, và later in the first two episodes, there are brief bio packages for some players that provide some depth but aren’t as overwrought as they now are on American ninja Warrior.

What remains interesting is the production design. “I thought, the production team went all-out,” one player says. Another tells us, “I got the feeling it would be like Squid Game,” and he’s not wrong: assistants và safety personnel wear gray jumpsuits with most of their faces covered.

A contestant on Physical 100 strains during the pre-quest mission

Director Jang Ho-gi makes great use of the space, with interesting camera angles & a lot of slow motion. Alas, there’s also some unnecessary repeating of footage we’ve just seen.

The first challenge is a “pre-quest mission,” which offers an advantage in the first quest for the winner—and, it turns out, affects all of the players.

That first challenge is done in two heats, with half the players at a time struggling lớn hang on to a suspended apparatus. As it lifts into the air, the floor slides away khổng lồ reveal swirling fog over a pool of water.

Even though “physique” is never really defined, the first challenge—quest zero—immediately demonstrates that it’s not just about brute strength, but endurance and mental strength, too. Those with massive bodies who could lift me & throw me across the room, not that I imagined that, don’t have what it takes to just hold on.

“My muscles weren’t made in a gym,” ice climber & mountain rescuer Kim Min-cheol says, taunting the others from an interview. “They were made in my everyday life while saving people.”

It’s not all physical, & the challenges and spaces are well-designed to lớn allow for strategy khổng lồ play a role.

Hanging has strategy: some hang by their hands, others wrap their arms và bodies around the structure’s bars. As they drop, a large screen shows the number of contestants remaining, và the rest stay in the pool, cheering on those above.

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This challenge has comedic và dramatic moments: one contestant looks like he’s fallen asleep, another falls lớn his fingers, & then somehow does a pull-up to get back up and dangles with bars under his arms.

Two players wrestle in one of the first quest’s arenas

After that, they’re placed in order, from 100 to lớn 1, based on how long they lasted, & in order, get khổng lồ choose who they’ll face in the first quest, a “Death Match”: 50 one-on-one match-ups, during which the players fight over a ball.

It’ll be a familiar challenge to lớn both The ChallengeSurvivor viewers, but is staged in two different arenas, which produce two very different kinds of matches. The playground arena lends itself khổng lồ agility và speed, leaping and jumping và darting, while the other is just a pool of muddy water for brutal battles that many pairs fight without even bothering khổng lồ grab the ball.

While 50 matches in the same two arenas is a lot, only a few are shown in the second episode. Those that get the editing’s attention have some shocking and stunning turns of events, lượt thích one in the green arena between people of very different body toàn thân shapes and sizes và skills that goes down khổng lồ the final seconds.

Will we see the remaining 50 matches in future episodes? (The first two of nine episodes are out today; others will be released on Tuesdays.) Or will the next episode montage many of those, as it ends up doing with the endurance challenge? I think that’s key khổng lồ how engaging the show will continue khổng lồ be.

Fifty of The Challenge’s arena match-ups in a row seems lượt thích it would be too much for me, yet the match-ups I watched were all more varied & dynamic than many of The Challenge: USA’s dull and repetitive competitions.

Yet Physical: 100 clearly separates itself by staging these in much more interesting ways, & giving all its time and attention khổng lồ the contests.

The glimpses of set pieces in the preview, lượt thích players pulling a massive boat onto a bridge, or running across suspended bridges, are promising.

The scale, of both the cast và the spaces, is far greater than big competitions that have come before, from NBC’s story-driven American ninja Warrior to Netflix’s chaotic Ultimate Beastmaster. Yet Physical: 100’s real strength is in its challenge design và cinematography, which gives just the right amount of focus.

What works for me:

The impressive mix design and cinematographyThe varied types of competitorsThe simple challenge kiến thiết that leaves room for strategy

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