I wasn’t going to recap Boys Planet (and technically, I’m still not doing it), but I’m watching the series and thought others might appreciate a spot to discuss it. So, each week I plan on dumping a few of my random thoughts about the show. Again, this will not be a full, detailed recap. But, if you have something you want to mention make sure to include it in the comments!

Thoughts on BOYS PLANET Episode One

Thoughts on BOYS PLANET Episode Two

Thoughts on BOYS PLANET Episode Three

Thoughts on BOYS PLANET Episode Four

Thoughts on BOYS PLANET Episode Five

Dual Position Battle

In this round, the guys have to arrange rap, vocal and/or dance in teams made up of both K and G members. The song selections are varied, but I’m mostly excited that Infinite’s Man In Love is featured as one of the choices. That song deserves SO much more attention than it gets in this day and age. It’s nice to see Infinite get some recognition outside of Be Mine. They’re so much more than that (admittedly iconic) song.

I’m also curious about Twice’s Feel Special, which spawned my favorite quote of the episode. In response to the song reveal, one of the guys excitedly declared: “Are you ready for the group of queens?”

Yes, we are!

“Gang” Team

I was initially confused why they weren’t crediting this to Rain, but I guess they went with the group remix since there are multiple trainees performing this. Now that the initial meme-ness of Gang has settled down I feel like we’ve all come to our senses and remembered that this is a pretty obnoxious track.

As far as the performance is concerned, it felt pretty amateur to me and the “funny” parts didn’t really land. It got better as it went on, and the crowd seemed to love it. But, it’s hard to make much out of this song tbh.

“Zoom” Team

This group was a lot more enjoyable than the last one. Keita’s rap was a major highlight, but they all looked like they were having a lot of fun in a way that didn’t feel forced. This is how you perform a hip-hop track on a show like this! It’s probably the biggest burst of energy so far this series and seemed like an already-debuted group putting on a special year-end stage.

“Home” Team

The behind-the-scenes package kept reminding us how many great vocalists are in this group. But apart from Jay, I didn’t hear it. The judges kept going on about Seung Eun, but to me it sounded like he was straining every time he sung. The power note was nice, but overall there was a tenseness to this performance that made it a bit uncomfortable to watch. The song felt too big for them, which is surprising given the subdued “anti-drop” nature of Home.

“Love Killa” Team

This was definitely the most polished performance of the episode, as expected from the team members involved. There was as much stage humping as their was singing, but they were probably smart to lean into the sensuality of the track since there’s not much to the song itself. They definitely have a ton of stage presence and both the vocals and dance were of high quality.

Personally, I prefer the “Zoom” stage. But, I’d have no problem with this winning. With a better song supporting it, this could have been completely epic. The guys wrung everything they could from the material they were given.

My Ranking

4. Gang
3. Home
2. Love Killer
1. Zoom

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