When I started watching Real Man I had no expectations to like it. I don’t like reality shows in general, since I feel they tend to showcase humans at their worse. I definitely started watching just because Jang Hyuk was going to be in it. But I am very pleased with the kind of show it turned out to be. Contrary to my assumption that it would just show a bunch of macho men being competitive and doing macho things (there is some of that), or fish out of water situations (there is some of that too) it is so much more than that.
Watching these men, going through all these hard challenges together, strengthening their friendship, helping each other, overcoming obstacles, improving their skills, showing their sensitive side, being cute even, is exciting and heartwarming.
I don’t want to dwell on what I think of military culture. Let’s just say, I’m not a fan. But I appreciate the positive light that this show sheds on humans. And it is a reminder that there is good and bad everywhere, and that not everything needs to be ugly to be “real”.
The recap for eps 18 and 29 is above on the slideshow and you can find some gifs below.