Published on August 5th, 2012 | by dinoseoul3
First Impressions: B1A4 Hello Baby
porninja: Two episodes down… I’m feeling a little underwhelmed, wouldn’t you agree?
ponyforprez: Underwelmed? UNDERWELMED??? Sigh, I’m sorry but B1A4 as the new appas on this season of Hello Baby just doesn’t cut it for me. To think I was so excited for it to start too!
Here, we discuss:
- How B1A4 Hello Baby compares to previous seasons
- Why B1A4 are not variety material and how they should improve
- Production aspects of the show
porninja: I thought B1A4 + babies was a formula that couldn’t go wrong, but as the episode went on (or rather, dragged on), I found myself kind of bored, and waiting for it to end. I know that sounds terrible, but I’m being honest!
ponyforprez: I know what you mean. I guess I was expecting a little more, especially after the previous seasons. SNSD’s one wasn’t terrific, but they managed fine. SHINee and MBLAQ were naturals, so the banter was good. Even T-ARA and SISTAR were alright! Why is it that B1A4 just… can’t?
porninja: I’ve only watched the first few episodes for SHINee’s and MBLAQ’s, but they captured my attention a lot better than this one. I think the underlying problem isn’t with the kids but with the members. They’re just not exactly… variety material.
ponyforprez: Exactly! I’m not even being biased, because I do like B1A4, enough to be considered a fan. They’re lively on stage and sing well, so I was definitely hopeful that that energy would transit into variety.
porninja: I know they were most recently in Sesame Player (though I didn’t catch that) but I mean, they must have been good enough to warrant another programme right? Right? I’m not saying the guys are boring, but they’re kind of awkward and they’re not really hamming it up for the camera.
ponyforprez: It’s not like I expect them to speak up all the time or always say something witty, but I think when you’re on a variety show, you need to make it a point to keep things interesting, like laugh or look more excited about the games. Or else, viewers will just zone out after a while. They’re just very… blah. Even the way you speak, your facial expressions, they all contribute to how you carry yourself.
porninja: Baro and Sandeul seem to be the only ones who are making an effort. It’s especially evident in episode 2 where the guys are split 3-2, where Gongchan, Jinyoung and CNU are at a jjimjilbang together. I was cringing at how uncomfortable they looked in front of the camera.
ponyforprez: I think I was spasming on the floor when they reached the part where they decided to make their toes say hello to each other. And not because they were funny. Not at all. UGH. The worst part is that the trio know how awful they are at talking, and they keep making excuses to cut back to Baro and Sandeul.
porninja: I’m not sure why the camera kept insisting on showing us the three of them! I understand the members probably are a little more quiet and laidback in reality, but they have to understand that their real-life personalities probably wouldn’t work too well on a variety show.
ponyforprez: But to give them some credit, I think that right from the start, the show got off on the wrong foot. It’s not just the fault of B1A4 – the production crew should have also put in more thought into planning the show. I’m sure they’re aware that B1A4 aren’t the most comfortable idols on camera, so instead of giving them opportunities to ad-lib, they should’ve ceased awkward moments as much as possible.
porninja: Like making the games a little more exciting for one, and including an MC that’s actually, you know, funny. And come on, there’s only so many times I can see the boys answer questions incessantly or do body rolls before it all gets a little tired.
ponyforprez: I agree. The kids, Eunsol and Hyunwoo, are adorable and likeable, but because the boys are a bit stiff themselves it’s hard to bring out the best in their babies. Sometimes I feel like they’re only trying to get the attention of the kids for the sake of it. Like when they’re eating and Eunsol walks off camera because she doesn’t want to, no one actually goes after her and just waits for her to come back.
porninja: But I loved the cute bit where Eunsol and Sandeul were having a conversation about monsters though! We should have more of those moments, where there’s more interaction with the kids. Since there’s not much banter going on within the members, they should leverage on the show’s good points and focus more on the two children – I mean, it’s called Hello Baby after all.
ponyforprez: After the first two episodes, I’m probably not going to continue watching Hello Baby anymore except maybe… cuts of the show’s best moments. I do hope that the boys learn to loosen up a little and fit in more with the playful vibes they give off on stage. They seem capable of that, and I hope the interactions between them and the kids continue to grow too. It would be nice to have them genuinely enjoy themselves after all.
porninja: For idols that promote such a cute, fun image, they didn’t really show that off here. The saving grace for me is Sandeul, who I feel is perfectly 4D – even the camera seems to love him, with him seemingly getting the bulk of the close-ups. But even that isn’t enough to get us invested. We initially planned to do recaps, but since the first two episodes turned out like this, looks like it won’t be happening. But the rest who’s still onboard, please enjoy the show (…on our behalf)!
(Picture credits: KBS Hello Baby)