GFriend’s Reality Show – “Look After My Dog” Review

GFriend – Look After My Dog (Full Playlist)

GFriend
Look After My Dog

Reviewed on November 19, 2016

There
should be structure in place to keep viewers feeling orientated, but if it is
to the degree that each episode begins feeling the same, that said structure is
too excessive and rigid.

Personal
Message:
Believe it
or not, this review was supposed to
take place on September 7. Clearly, we are quite far away from that day but
regardless, this review will still serve its purpose: being a fun, extra bonus
for readers. On my end, this bonus show review also allows a shorter write
along with a chance to update readers on the lack of reviews as of the late.

With that said, first of all, I do
apologize to readers who continually check back for the latest review. As the
university semester comes to end, so do students—in the sense of being
incredibly busy that is, and not literally. (Though that said, I will leave a
reminder for people, in college or not, to not only constantly check that their
own mental health is in good shape, but to also look out for others’ mental
health. We all have a social and ethical—and for people of faith, religious—responsibility
to help one another, and specifically with university, it can be very stressful
to students and could lead to destructive behaviors if not an “end” to life—and
this is why I address this as I do not wish my prior comment to be taken as a
joke towards college student suicides at all.) Serious reminder aside, point
is, I am incredibly busy. Unfortunately, though, I have not been as productive
as possible and thus, reviews had to be put on halt to compensate for my own
doing. All, however, is going well and I do hope to soon begin writing many
more reviews.

Furthermore, subtitling Fiestar
videos will resume shortly (and more so now that my subtitling computer is a
much more capable machine than the prior one I was using—the prior being used
purely for hard-drive space despite it being vastly slower), but more boldly, I
plan on subtitling—if not entire episodes, at least clips—of GFriend’s latest
reality show: Europe That GFriend Loves.
Most likely it will be clips, but time will tell and equally whether any other
individual or group will be doing so.

Lastly, for a final update, to share
one of my current “assignments”—personally better phrased as “project”—I am
writing a paper that is about GFriend. That is right: I have taken the bold
move of bringing in a non-American, non-English approach in an English class.
Now some readers may be wondering, “What are you writing about GFriend that it
would be considered academic and
related to English class?” My answer to this: I am going to be analyzing
GFriend’s “Navillera” through a “queer studies” lens; in other words,
especially for those unfamiliar with the English/literature discipline, I am
going to be applying a sexuality lens—though this simpler explanation hardly
brings justice to what queer studies is truly about. Basically, though, I will
be arguing that “Navillera” is a significantly complex, deep music video and
song about queerness and “the closet”—the idea that those queer have to hide
their sexuality unlike those who are socially privileged with being
heterosexual.

Now, why do I share this at all; am
I not just bragging? No, I am not doing this to brag. I share this to
potentially inspire readers that, contrary to inner thoughts, one can bring K-Pop into their academics
even if they are not, say, in South Korea or an Asian country. After all, K-Pop
is still popular culture—and there
indeed are many studies within this field. In many ways, it is almost
interconnected with English and literary studies as the same lenses and
theories can be applied: examples being looking at race, gender, class, and so
on. All in all, the point of this is to remind readers that personal interests should—in my opinion as an upcoming
educator—very much be included in academics. If given the chance to do such, do
not shy away: be bold and brave and bring in that personal passion, whether it
is for English, physics, math, and so forth.

Now that we are completely
off-topic, let us actually focus on this review. Besides, it is embarrassing
that the Personal Message will probably be longer than the review itself. With Look After My Dog—and of which will be
referred to as LAMD from here on—it
was GFriend’s very first reality show if correct. I have watched it in
September, and it is a shame that the uploaded videos with English subtitles
are gone (due to the subbing group’s channel being terminated for copyright
issues). Because of that, I have linked the episodes but they are without
English subtitles. As such, for those who are unfamiliar with Korean, the show
may be more difficult to watch but I would still encourage watching it even if
a language barrier exists. After all: there are dogs. Dogs. How can one not watch a show if there are adorable, sweet
dogs in it? “Woman’s best friend” is certainly true. I am not being completely
biased; obviously that is not the case because dogs are objectively and
factually the most amazing creatures ever. Right?

Jokes aside, let us actually take a
look at the show and whether I truly do recommend it—dogs included or not.

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Plot
Summary:
For a
rough guide, LAMD is a 12-episode
series where GFriend, as the title implies, looks after the dogs of dog parents.
Specifically, though, if we ignore the initial episodes, GFriend is split into
two teams that each watch over different dogs: Yuju, SinB, and Umji on one team;
Sowon, Eunha, and Yerin on the other.

Regarding the actual layout of the
show, the first episode (and perhaps second if my memory is correct) focused
primarily on establishing the show and getting the members comfortable with
their upcoming tasks. At most, GFriend went through minor “dog lessons” in
terms of how to properly treat and monitor dogs—and yes, dogs are seen. But, as
said, it is all background for the show.

After the first (and maybe second)
episode, the actual show begins: each team is given a dog—or dogs—to look after,
but additionally each team is tasked with a personal to-do list for the dog(s).

For example, in one episode, Sowon’s
team is dogsitting two poodles but their task involved taking professional
photographs of the poodles. Now within that very same episode, Yuju’s team is
watching over their own dog: an Old English Sheepdog. Their task, expectedly,
reflects the need of the dog’s parents: taking him out for a walk, and later, a
grooming session. In terms of the ending structure of an episode, both teams
start a live broadcast and, in a competition, attempt to garner more viewers
than the other team. The dogs they looked after oftentimes are included in the
broadcast, though they may include special guests such as a veterinarian.
Whichever team manages to “win” would then earn rewards—treats, shampoos,
etc.—for the dogs they looked after.

This formula runs throughout the
rest of the show—or at least, certainly through the first eight episodes.

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Overall
Value: 5/10
(5.0/10
raw score) – “Average”

– Entertainment Value: 7/10

– Structural Value: 3/10

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Analysis:
Statistically, yes, I have included
a number for the sake of it. However unlike song reviews where I do have more
experience and actual critiquing points, here I lack that and thus, the ratings
should be taken skeptically and lightly. Nevertheless, they provide a visual
representation of what I personally take the show to be: average—even if there
are adorable dogs included.

Beginning first with the positives,
it is worth crediting the show for being entertaining in a raw, pure sense. If
ignoring how the show is structured and focusing on the occurring events and
how appealing the show is, I definitely do not deny that the show is enticing.

For one, GFriend in of themselves
provide a lot of entertainment in of themselves. An example is watching Yerin’s
struggle with managing many puppies: these scenes provide some chuckles and
sweet moments. Of course, though, GFriend’s interaction with each other and the
dogs is quite entertaining in of itself—and arguably this is the main core
appeal to the show. As already addressed in the summary, the show’s events are
quite diverse and equally the dogs. There are seldom—if at all—repeated activities
and this is per team to emphasize. As a result, then, each episode is, cliché as
it is to say, a new adventure: a viewer does not know what she/he can expect
next. I argue it is overall this factor to LAMD
that keeps it luring in viewers even if its biggest downfall—being overly
repetitive in layout—exists.

On that note, let us finally address
why I do not find the show entirely compelling. As stated, the show’s layout is
incredibly repetitive—after all, a reader could look over the Plot Summary once
again and realize that. Basically, the show follows the same rigid outline—even
if the activities differ. By even the fifth episode, the show begins to
languish on the pure basis that the show becomes overly predictable. There is
no surprising, new factor to maintain a high level of care for the show;
overtime, despite knowing that activities are different, viewers begin losing
interest because overall there is a routine pattern in place. Sure
predictability and structure is essential to a show—this is definitely true and
I am not quite disagreeing with this. But the point is, when a show becomes overly predictable, it feels that the
third episode carries the same essence as the eighth—and this, indeed, is
problematic. There should be structure in place to keep viewers feeling
orientated, but if it is to the degree that each episode begins feeling the
same, that said structure is too excessive and rigid. Lastly, with the
broadcasting portion appearing irrelevant as it suddenly becomes Look After My Dog and Look After Our
Broadcast
, I find the structural aspect not only leaning towards being too stale,
but also disorganized as it would be preferable for GFriend’s interaction with
dogs to be the main highlight versus suddenly including a competitive aspect.

LAMD is ultimately a show worth watching
if one is either—or perhaps both—a fan of dogs and GFriend, but harshly said, I
do not recommend watching past around seven or eight episodes. It becomes far
too dull the longer one engages with it, and given that other reality shows
exist with GFriend participating, I would prioritize those ahead of LAMD. (An example is GFriend’s and
MAMAMOO’s collaborating reality show, Showtime—which
I
did review
.) Unless if this is a show remaining on a personal “watch list,”
I find it less appealing than most.

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As the usual, thank you to all for
reading or skimming—though given the shorter and less thorough analysis, I
expect many would read it versus just skimming for ratings as in a song review.
Again, show reviews are meant to be understood as a bonus post and as being based on very subjective
reasons. I lack knowledge with how to actually deconstruct visual mediums and
thus, truly cannot provide more “objective subjective” reasons as I do in song
reviews.

While I will attempt to reach at
least four reviews for the month, I hope readers are understanding for the lack
of reviews but I will do my best to catch up. There are a few reviews already
in mind—many of which are new artists to the blog (and even newly debuted) so
look forward to those.

Until then, for those with dogs,
continue to love and snuggle them. To those without dogs, continue to love and
snuggle plushies and other human beings. Look forward to most likely BULLDOK’s “Why
Not”—a recently debuted female group that has been garnering much attention for
their first release.