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Today I am doing something a bit different, a review and opinions on the show I-Land! I have been wanting to get my opinions out there, and I know most people will probably disagree with me because from what I have seen my opinions are very different than most of the public. Enjoy and just remember that these are my opinions and yours can very well be different!

๐’๐๐Ž๐ˆ๐‹๐„๐‘ ๐€๐‹๐„๐‘๐“- If you have not watched the show yet (It is still going on) and are planning on watching it, it is best if you do not read this, but if you don't mind spoiling it then continue! That being said, let's get onto my opinions of the show.

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๐ƒ๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: Over 20 young male K-pop trainees, born between 1997 and 2008, attempt to become the hottest new thing in global pop music. The trainee group has been working toward its big moment for some 12 months, with contestants selected at a series of auditions held all around the world in 2019. The prize could not be more alluring: The new boybandโ€™s executive producer will be Bang Si Hyuk, the co-CEO of Big Hit Entertainment, and the mastermind songwriter and producer who helped assemble international chart-topping group BTS. Bang Si Hyuk is the general producer overseeing the action. And he is also joined by a number of superstar producers: K-pop A-listers Zico of Block B and solo star Rain. Together, the producers must help the trainees hone their skills as the field narrows down and the competition to see who will make the final cut intensifies. Stars will be born. Dreams will be made โ€“ and some will be shatteredโ€ฆ Namgoong Min is the MC who will help put the trainees through their paces.

โ€œI-LANDโ€ is a 2020 South Korean reality TV show that was produced by Kim Shin Young.

๐˜–๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ: ๐˜-๐˜“๐˜ˆ๐˜•๐˜‹
๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ: ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜-๐˜“๐˜ˆ๐˜•๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ
๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ: ๐˜”๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต
๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ: 06-26-2020 ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ 09-18-2020
๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ: ๐˜—๐˜Ž-13

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๐…๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐„๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐๐ž ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ

I saw a lot of people not liking the fact that every time the trainees reached the building it showed their amazement to how astonishing everything looked, because it was a repetitive showing of just wide eyes and yelling. I did not mind it, the trainees being excited and happy was honestly the best part of the episode because it took a big plot twist later on.

Once all the trainees reached the building and sat down, the show began to reveal a big twist. Only twelve would be allowed into I-Land. The other 11 would then be sent to ground, I'll explain how this works later. Not only that, the trainees themselves had to vote for the twelve that would be sent to I-Land, and if the number reached over twelve the trainees would then vote to eliminate the number needed for it to be exactly twelve. The judges were not present in the room with the trainees, but there are cameras everywhere, allowing them to watch the trainees reactions and performances. This was basically a way to see the trainees "true" personalities.

Moving on to the performances, I realized that mainly the trainees dancing skills were much better than their singing.

My Top 5 Performances:

1. Crown by Youngbin, Jake and Sunoo
2. All I Wanna Do by Jungwon, Taeyong and Yoonwon
3. The 7th Sense by Jay and Sunghoon
4. Boss by Heesung
5. Chained Up by Geonu, Jaeho and Kyungmin

I realized every time a somewhat okay performance would come up Bang Shi Hyuk (Bang PD) would tell Rain and Zico that they are much better than this and that they are probably just nervous, and I have to agree on this. They suddenly got thrown the news of only twelve being accepted and it was probably really nerve-wracking for them, especially at such a young age (And some being older with this being their last chance to debut). I did find it a bit repetitive every time he said that, though.

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๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ˆ-๐‹๐š๐ง๐ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ฌ

So basically in Episode 1 the trainees all had to vote for who they wanted in I-Land and whoever was not voted would be sent to ground (Only 12 can be in I-Land, the rest of the 11 will then be sent to the Ground Team). The trainees in Ground Team have no chance of debuting unless they get into I-Land. Here is how they can get back into I-Land:

Trainees in both I-Land and Ground will be given a song to practice and perform, I-Landers will then receive an individual score that leads up to the entire score. The entire score will determine the amount of trainees sent to ground. This also determines the amount of trainees in ground that will move up to I-Land. The trainees themselves get to vote for the trainees going down to Ground, but the judges get to be the ones to pick who moves up to I-Land. This is why Ground must perform the same song, it lets the judges see who has the most potential.

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๐“๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐ง ๐†๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐

Hanbin
Jaeho
Jimin
Nicholas
Sunoo
Sungchul
Taeyong
Yoonwon
Ta-ki
Ni-ki
Daniel

(Note: This is just for right now, things will change)

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๐“๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐ง ๐ˆ-๐‹๐š๐ง๐

K
Seon
Geonu
Jaebom
Heesung
Youngbin
Jay
EJ
Jake
Sunghoon
Jungwon
Kyungmin

(Note: This is just for right now, things will change)

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๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ˆ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ž

If you don't like the drama in these shows, I suggest you skip because this is all about the drama.

I personally find three things an issue. One, some things the trainees do. Two, the editing that Mnet does to make these poor trainees look bad. Three, the viewers (main issue).

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Let's start with some of the things the trainees do. Again, this could very well be the editing Mnet does. I am in no way meaning to hate on the trainees, I just want to point out a few things I have realized as well as others have realized.

1. The trainees the I-Landers pick to stay with them- I actually don't have an issue with this, but A LOT of people do. As I had mentioned earlier, the trainees must pick for the trainees to eliminate based on the score they get. These past eliminations the trainees have only been picking the trainees that used to be in ground. I don't have an issue with this, even though some trainees they pick are my picks, I find it reasonable. Why? Because the whole basis of the show is to make their dream team, and with other trainees knowing each other longer and having a stronger bond than with others, of course they will pick the people who they don't really interact much with. Another reason could be that they might very well feel scared and intimidated by the ex-ground trainees, since they clearly have talent if the judges pick them. I don't think this is something the viewers should be mad about, because judges and online voters do have a final say in the lineup.

2. Ni-ki under pressure- Ni-ki is very young, he is in fact a 2005 liner, which explains why he doesn't do well under pressure. He also seems to not like it when the trainees don't do things his way, which can be stressful especially since he is the leader of the Ground Team and wants the respect and trust a leader should get, but he still does need to listen to the other trainees suggestions and requests, because teamwork is more important than just the leader deciding everything. Especially the scene where one trainee was sick and not feeling well (forgot which trainee it was). Ni-ki told him he needs to do the dance correctly, Daniel (another trainee) told him that the trainee was sick and they all needed rest, because repeatedly practicing while sick could very well make it worse. I agree partially with Daniel, and partially with Ni-ki. Many idols perform sick (which I don't agree with but it is a part of the job), therefore it would be better to getting used to being sick on the job. Daniel was also correct though, resting would hopefully help the sickness that one trainee was dealing with either go away or at least help him feel somewhat better so the he could perform properly.

3. The loss of trust- Some trainees clearly have issues with teamwork and trust, either being caused by the bias with some trainees and others not teaching fairly. I'll explain more to this later.

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๐Œ๐ง๐ž๐ญ'๐ฌ ๐„๐๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ 

This is a given. Mnet is known for what people call their "evil editing," purposely making others look bad and taking something completely fine and making it seem 100 times worse. This will be brought up in the third and last issue.

The trainees who have been evil edited:

Seon
Ni-ki
K
Geonu
Youngbin
Heesung (kind of)

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๐“๐ก๐ž ๐•๐ข๐ž๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ

By far the worst audience I have ever seen for any survival show I have watched. The fandom is already so toxic and they have not even debut yet. If you are planning on watching the show, I suggest not reading the comments. It is just a lot of negativity.

1. People who still hate knowing it is the evil editing- I have seen so many comments of people stating that even though they know it is the editing making a certain trainee look bad, they still hate that trainee. I don't even think I need to elaborate more on this, it is just wrong.

2. The Seon hate bandwagon- Even though Seon and Ni-ki are at a close tie for the amount of hate they get, Seon has got to take the cake for this one. I feel so bad for him, he gets so much hate because he is the easiest to make seem bad. He was actually in Produce 101 Season 2 under the name Cho Seung Hyuk (former Yuehua trainee). He was a total sweetheart there as well, helping two chinese trainees and Lai Gaunlin with Korean (Seon can speak Korean, English and Chinese). Not only that, when he was eliminated there was another trainee that was not even eliminated but crying over the fact that his rank went from fifth to sixth, and even though Seon was the one that was eliminated, he hugged the guy and comforted him. I want you to put yourself in his shoes at this moment. Imagine getting eliminated in the first elimination in Produce 101, having no screen time at all in the show even though your team only consists of five people, which you would think that would make it easier to have more screen time (clearly not). Then having everyone in your team debut after Produce ends except you. Being told you would be a member in a group that will debut soon, then being told that plans have changed and you won't debut at all. Training for almost five years, hoping one day you will finally get that one chance. I am pretty sure you would be more desperate and competitive than the others. Him being this way from the beginning, though, made him for one easier to evil edit and two, making the viewers think he is bad.

Not only that, people are planning on making sure Seon doesn't get in when online voting starts on July 24, which I find is cold. Like you don't have to like someone, but to purposely sabotage someone's dreams is something you should feel shameful for.

The Heesung to Ni-ki center situation- I am going to copy and paste a comment I have written before onto here because it explains my opinions well and I am too lazy to rewrite it:

I actually talked with my aunt when Episode 2 aired and showed her the episode, (who is a therapist and knows some body language and can easily tell things that I may not notice) and the first thing she tells me is that they are ALL in the wrong and how were they going to be a group if they had absolute no team work. I also told her who to watch (Seon, Ni-Ki, K, Youngbin, Geonu, Heesung) and she stated that Seon didn't seem off but more so competitive, which she also said that coming off that type of way straight from the beginning of the show might cause issues and when others view you one way they begin to believe it more (Basically if you say Seon is greedy and a snake he begins to look more that type of way because that's all you want to believe or all your looking for is the ways that make him look like that). There were a lot of comments stating how Youngbin shouldn't debut if he can't perform alone but you could very well perform the monthly assignment in a team, because to some people they prefer being in a group than going solo. But one thing that blew my mind as I watched the episode again that my aunt also looked right at me after this happened with literal wide eyes was Heesung's victim play. When the trainees are sitting in the circle, Daniel proceeds to explain Heesung's favoritism towards some trainees and that not all trainees are getting proper learning from him, and that his way of teaching is making some uncomfortable and that they need to settle it out before it is too late, but Heesung full on cuts him off and immediately goes to say something along the lines of, "Yeah I knew this was going to happen. I didn't want to be center but you guys told me to be it. I already knew this would be the outcome." In this hurried and rush tone of voice. It honestly blew my mind because I didn't catch it the first time. He could have easily said no from the beginning and I told my aunt that and she replied with, "Oh no, he clearly wants to be the center it's just that now he's thrown under the bus he's blaming everything on them." (which I also want to point at that could very well be the editing because I don't want to hate on Heesung or any other trainee, it is just something I saw and wanted to mention). She also stated that as Seon, Youngbin, K, Geonu, and Ni-Ki voiced to Heesung about the issues, the other trainees began to voice out theirs as well, which showed that it wasn't for their gain, if the ones who weren't even involved also had issues, something needed to be done. But since Heesung played that victim card, everyone is at his aid right now and hating on the other trainees, which I don't think anyone deserves hate but all deserve criticism. She also stated the way they had sat in the circle, heads kind of down, looking in other directions would cause you to think that they felt maybe guilty(?) for "being greedy and taking away Heesung's center position." She agreed with me that all trainees need to get sent to ground because it will teach them to be kinder, have better teamwork, and be more hardworking. I would say you really have to look at the whole picture, but we can't really do that because Mnet doesn't show everything (plus they make things worse than they are). Just take everything with a grain of salt and this goes to everyone, and watch the episode again because no one seemed snake like in my opinion but instead everyone kind of turned their backs on one another and instead need to be more trusting in each other. Also, Seon didn't say to change the center, he just wanted to fix the issue. It was Heesung himself who gave the idea of changing the center from him to Ni-Ki.

Also, listen closely to the background music during the scene where they plan to go tell Heesung their worries. Their tone of voice sounds genuinely concerned but the music makes it seem worse than it is, it makes it seem like they are ganging up on Heesung. I bet you that if that scene didn't have any background music it wouldn't have seemed like they were evil scheming. Music sets the tone honestly, and the music that they chose made it sound like they were going to murder someone ๐Ÿ’€

Another thing I want to add is about Ni-ki's hate bandwagon: I personally only had one moment I did not like him. This was in Episode 4, where he took Jaeho's dance part and gave it to Hanbin. I was annoyed at him for that because Jaeho is my number one pick and I was super happy that he was finally going to get a chance to shine, but annoyed when it was taken away from him. I didn't go writing hate comments about him though, because I had to remember this could very well be the editing tricks Mnet uses. Jaeho did eventually get his part back and his dancing will be shown next episode!

I also think all the trainees need to get sent to ground at least once, even my picks because it will help them in the long run.

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๐Ž๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ž๐ง ๐‰๐ฎ๐๐ ๐ž๐ฌ

Bang Shi Hyuk- I personally like how Bang PD has set plans and performances he wants the trainees to showcase to help them grow not only with their talents, but also as a person.

Rain- Everything that comes out of Rain's mouth is unintentionally funny. Jake is a really strong person for not laughing when Rain did that whole "When I wake up in my- when I wake up in my room." It has got to be the best moment in the entire show so far. Not only that, Rain is a tough but caring trainer, he is caring to the trainees but knows when to be more hard on them.

Zico- I love Zico, don't get me wrong, it is just that seems a bit too nice of a trainer. He did give Heesung a questionable stare though when Heesung said it matters more for his score than the entire team's. That really is the only part I felt him being tough with the trainees.

The other 3(?) (I think there is three more), they really aren't main judges but they definitely judge and train really well. The best trainers on the show in my opinion.

I honestly just wish there would be at least one female judge, since this group's fanbase will most likely consist of mainly female fans. HyunA was a really good judge on The Unit and I think she would be a good choice, same with Sunmi or even Chungha, since she has been on a survival show before and can give some good advice. I would say Jessi, but since these boys are so young I would be worried she would hurt them too much. I do love how brutally honest she is though.

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๐Œ๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐œ๐ค๐ฌ

1. Jaeho- An underrated all-rounder. He can literally do everything, sing, rap and dance but no one really pays any attention to him.

2. Seon- He has potential, and I could very well see him as the leader of the group (he has the most leadership qualities out of all trainees, Jaeho as the leader would not be bad either).

3. Jungwon- If you have watched the show or seen his performances, I don't think I really need to explain this one. His voice is OUT OF THIS WORLD. My favorite vocalist for sure,

4. Sunghoon- He has some great ambition in him, pursueing his dreams of being an idol and at the same time he was a trainee he was doing ice-skating competitions. Not only that, he is literally so kind Mnet can't even evil edit him, nor try.

5. Jake- For being on of the trainees with the least training time, he has great potential, even the judges said so.

6. Sunoo- The reaction king. Has an amazing voice as well as his honest and true self he shows on screen. He doesn't try to hide anything, and I find that admirable.

7. Daniel- For being so young, he is very mature and such a strong person mentally. I have seen a lot of people wanting him to be leader for the final group if he gets in, but I would just be worried the pressure would be too much for him. He also got complimented by one of the best choreographers out there. A humble person too.

8. Youngbin- Another trainee that even though he has the least amount of training, the judges said he was really good. He does somewhat lack in confidence, but there are idols out there who have been idols for years and still feel somewhat insecure with their skills. I think he is a good option for the group, and I hope his confidence will grow!

9. Jay- I love his stubbornness (Especially since I am pretty stubborn myself), as well as his devotion to his team and making sure the performance is the best it can be. He has a lot of ambition that pushes him forward, but not only that he is very caring towards his friends and teammates. He even let Sunghoon take his place in the dance team, even when he didn't really want to.

10. Heesung- Just like Jaeho, an all rounder. I don't personally find him being the leader, as Bighit usually doesn't all-rounders as leaders (Jaeho is the only one I can see actually being a leader and all-rounder).

11. EJ- A happy pill in my opinion, and just as the judges said in the first episode. He isn't totally perfect in skills, but he has the certain charm to him that makes him enjoyable to watch.

12. Jaebeom- Was not a pick of mine at first, but he is such a sweetheart and he just ended up growing on me. Even though he stated it takes him longer to learn the dances, he kept practicing and didn't give up.

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๐Œ๐ฒ ๐…๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐'๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐œ๐ค๐ฌ

1. Seon- He can both rap, sing and dance she said he seems fun. We were also texting yesterday and she says she is worried he will go down to ground because of the people planning on ruining his chances.

2. Jake- Thinks he would be a good addition to the group. I also realized she has a thing for Korean-Australians (one of her picks in World Klass was Robin who is also Korean-Australian).

3. Jaeho- An all-rounder like I stated. She likes his voice.

She only has three picks, though she says Daniel seems good as well. She also talked about Jimin but only about his name and Jimin from BTS lol. She also doesn't watch the show but gets recaps from me and watches only the performances. So she hasn't based her picks on personality (Only from what I have told her), and instead bases it on their talent.

Anyways, that's it for now. Remember, these are only my opinions and you may very well have different opinions. Now, enjoy these pictures of my twelve picks:

jaeho, i-land, and jaeho i-land image seon, i-land, and seon i-land image jungwon, i-land, and jungwon i-land image sunghoon, i-land, and sunghoon i-land image JAKe, i-land, and jake i-land image i-land, sunoo, and sunoo i-land image daniel, i-land, and daniel i-land image youngbin, i-land, and youngbin i-land image jay, i-land, and jay i-land image heesung, i-land, and heesung i-land image Image by โœง ๐‚๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ž โœง jaebeom, i-land, and jaebeom i-land image
Jaeho, Seon, Jungwon, Sunghoon, Jake, Sunoo, Daniel, Youngbin, Jay, Heesung, EJ, Jaebeom

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