Abnormal Summit – An Undeniable Trend

The current permanent cast of Abnormal Summit as of episode 28.

The current permanent cast of Abnormal Summit as of episode 28.

Not exactly sure why, but my initial post with regards to the South Korean variety talk show, Abnormal Summit (aka Non-Summit) continues to be the top viewed post of this blog week after week.  Perhaps, I have underestimated this show’s viral-like popularity around the globe.  It is interesting to note that with the exceptions of Belgium, China, and Ghana, this blog has been visited by countries represented by the current and previous permanent G12 cast members.  Yes, even the nation with the unique-shaped flag (Nepal) has visited this blog once, even though the visibility of this blog is actually quite obscured…especially when there are so many fan-sites out there dedicated to this variety talk show already.

Anyways, episode 28 marks a new beginning with new blood influx & chemistry.  Also, the episode’s topic about South Korean education system & private tutoring institutions (heck, let’s make that the East-Asian education system in general) is especially interesting to me just because it’s so vastly different from the western (Canadian) education system to the point that it’s simply shocking at times.  The Canadian education system has toughened up for the past decade due to a huge influx of immigrants from around the globe.  However, it seems that we are still lagging miles behind our Asian counterparts with regards to installing unimaginable stress on our children, our “futures of tomorrow”.  Oh well, who am I to judge how other countries’ education systems work?  I’m just glad that the Canadian education system still treat children as they should be — namely, children. With the three new & well-spoken cast members, I anticipate this show will only get better and better with each debate.  I mean, come on, we finally get to hear a real Russian’s opinion.

From left to right: Sujan Shakya (Nepal), Blair Williams (Australia), and Ilya Belyakov (Russia).

From left to right: Sujan Shakya (Nepal), Blair Williams (Australia), and Ilya Belyakov (Russia).

Hm…isn’t it just me or do most Australia youths have a thing for piercing and tattoos?  First, Daniel and now, Blair.  If that’s not the case, then it’s an interesting coincidence (or maybe the producers of the show are doing this on purpose…hm…).

The PD of the show is outright cunning, putting the Chinese and Russian representatives to sit side by side...especially when Ilya Belyakov has announced his dislike for China previously (just the country though, not the Chinese representative, Zhang Yuan).

The PD of the show is outright cunning, putting the Chinese and Russian representatives to sit side by side together…especially when Ilya Belyakov has announced, openly, his dislike for China previously (just the country though, not the Chinese representative, Zhang Yuan).

With Ilya Belyakov's verdict, Daniel Lindemann becomes the official straight man (non-funny guy) on the show. Daniel certainly plays his role well as the unfunny German.

With Ilya Belyakov’s final verdict, Daniel Lindemann becomes the official straight man (non-funny guy) on the show. Daniel certainly plays his role well as the unfunny German.  Also, it seems that Ilya is out to get everyone.

Okay, I was going to save my impressions of each cast member on the show as another post for another day, but I just could not help to point my finger at Guillaume Patry right now.  As a person, he is definitely a funny guy with a great sense of humour and I enjoy watching him a lot.  However, he falls below expectations as the Canadian representative.  As the only Canadian on the show, I feel he is not capable of bringing out a more realistic picture of Canada.  In fact, he seems to have nothing to say about the country for the majority of the time.  Maybe it’s because he’s from Quebec (this province runs things a little differently than the rest of the country) or he has not visited home in a long time, but many of the things he has spoken about Canada is quite misleading or simply outdated.

Guillaume Patry, the witty but outdated Canadian.

Guillaume Patry, the witty but outdated Canadian. *shakes head in disapproval*

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