Warning: This recap is not spoiler-free. Proceed at your own risk!
We’re at the point in any Queendom/Kingdom series where I check the episode running length before watching and audibly cheer if it’s under two hours. Today was a victory, and thank goodness for that because after last week’s 150-minute bloat-fest we deserve some brevity.
Following that drawn-out vocal unit competition, it’s time for the dance units and voting results.
VOCAL UNIT RESULTS
3. Team Sun & Moon
2. Team 33
1. Team Galaxy Embracing the Universe
I’m kind of shocked at the results of the top two. I mean, I had them tied in my own ranking, but I fully expected Team 33 to take an easy win here. I guess the Brave Girls Queendom curse continues…
UNIT BATTLE: DANCE
Disclaimer: I’m watching the full show, not just clips on YouTube. So, the editing of each performances may inadvertently factor into my rankings. But, I’ll be embedding the full YouTube performances in these posts.
3. KEV1Z – Purr
As their unit name suggest, KEV1Z is composed of members from Kep1er and Viviz. Before their performance even started, there was someone shrieking bloody murder in the audience. It’s nice to hear the enthusiasm, but I hope the medics were on standby.
This round is going to be weird because it’s hard for me to be impressed with choreography if I don’t enjoy the accompanying song. Musically, Purr is pretty dang boring. The girls sell the attitude, but nothing really stood out to me. They could’ve leaned into the whole cat theme. Instead, it just felt like the same moves every other group does, rearranged and re-ordered.
Then again, MNET cut to an audience member losing her mind and the shrieker from the intro re-emerged when the girls struck their final pose. So, what do I know?
2. Ex-It – Ka-Boom
This unit is made up of Hyolyn and two members from WJSN, making it the smallest configuration of this round. That has its plusses and minuses. I tend to consider smaller units a benefit when it comes to standing out.
This was another awful song, but I found the performance more engaging than KEV1Z’s. With less performers, it was easier to focus on their expressions and individual energy. Still, there’s nothing here that compels me to go back and watch it again. The fashion was… interesting.
1. Queen Is Me – I’m Tempted
This unit is comprised of members from LOONA and Brave Girls, which feels like an unexpected but fresh combination. Poor Eunji represents Brave Girls on her own, outnumbered four-to-one by LOONAs.
In a relatively weak round, this was definitely my standout. The song still wasn’t for me, but it felt different enough from the others to stand out. The simple staging (black & white + red is always killer) gave this a much more iconic feel. And though the choreography didn’t deliver anything super striking (there was a lot of posing), It was more exciting to watch than the previous two stages. Eunji absolutely owned the stage. What a star.
DANCE UNIT RESULTS
1. Queen Is Me
My ranking usually differs substantially from the final vote, so I’m feeling like I did well this week!
I guess the Brave Girls Queendom curse is… broken?
FINAL RESULTS (VOCAL + DANCE)
2. Hyolyn, LOONA, Viviz
1. Brave Girls, WJSN
Wow! I guess the Brave Girls curse isn’t just broken… it’s smashed to pieces!
(That is, until they’re forced to perform their absolute worst song during next week’s round…)