Physical: 100 Season 2 - Underground Series Review

Physical: 100 Season 2 - Underground Series Review: Lightning Strikes Twice

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"Physical: 100 Season 2 - Underground" emerged as one of the best reality shows last year, leaving a lasting impression. With its second season, the tone shifts towards a more serious demeanor. The charming interactions among contestants from the first season are noticeably absent, and the unique charisma of some competitors that propelled them to stardom in their own right seems diminished. However, any regressions in terms of the show's reality TV elements are offset by the heightened intensity of the competitions, making the climactic episodes far more memorable this time around.

Once again, one hundred competitors from South Korea, all possessing well-developed physical attributes and high levels of fitness, vie against each other in a series of new challenges testing strength, agility, endurance, willpower, and strategy. Contestants are gradually eliminated until only one ultimate champion remains, claiming a prize of 300 million won and the title of possessing the perfect physique. With the return of a surprise competitor from Season 1, can the other 99 contestants overcome his unyielding quest for redemption?

A point of contention from the first season of "Physical: 100" was its editing. Fortunately, while repetitive segments and cuts still persist, they are notably reduced this time around. Though not ideal, this reduction lessened our annoyance. However, there are still areas for improvement. For instance, providing English translations for on-screen information overlays would enhance accessibility for global audiences on platforms like Netflix and improve how viewers can follow and differentiate each competitor. Additionally, this season takes on a more serious tone, with fewer glimpses of the lighthearted interactions between contestants seen in Season 1. Moments like impromptu jumping competition, which added levity and out-of-competition fun, are sorely missed. Despite maintaining the same format as the previous season, the variety of games and challenges is entertaining, and the final challenges are more engaging and intense. Unlike Season 1, the penultimate competitors receive ample screen time, allowing the audience to form attachments and root for each of them, intensifying the emotional impact of the final episode in particular. Overall, "Physical: 100 Season 2 - Underground" delivers the same adrenaline rush and hyper-competitive spirit as its predecessor and we look forward to its bigger season 3 revealed as "Physical: 100 Asia" in the final episode's after credits scene. 

Rating: 4 and a half reels

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