I can’t believe I’m saying this…but I finally watched an EXO variety show completely, for the first time. Even though I’ve been a fan of EXO for several years, I’ve always seen clips and compilation videos of their shows rather than watching full episodes. However, many people recommended I watch EXO Ladder and the recent season was airing, so I decided to dive in. Boy, I’m glad I did.
EXO Ladder is a fun program where the EXO members travel to different locations, forming teams and taking on missions and games. This season, they explored the beautiful locales of Geoje and Tongyeong. The show has a total of twelve episodes which showcase Suho, Xiumin, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., and Sehun’s brotherhood (and competitiveness). To avoid spoilers, I won’t reveal the specifics of what happens in the show, but you can watch my full reactions to each episode on my Patreon!
All the members except Kai and Lay participated in this season.
As a first-time viewer of an EXO variety show, here are a few things that stood out to me from each member:
- Chanyeol is SUPER competitive, he’s amazing at games. Sometimes his guesses are correct but other times they are very wrong. But still, I would love to be in a team with him.
- Sehun is the maknae of maknaes. Maknae is the youngest member of a group. Whatever Sehun wants he gets.
- Chen knows the members very well, he’s also very loud. He’s another person I would want to be in a team with.
- Baekhyun, he’s also competitive and can sometimes make good guesses too.
- D.O. is the MVP. I won’t elaborate because it’ll be a spoiler, but this man is GOOD at his mission.
- Xiumin, he’s another hidden ace. I was so nervous watching him complete his mission.
- Suho, this man needs a vacation. The whole season I felt so bad for him. I do believe he had a good vacation this year…but my goodness he needed it.
As EXO Ladder Season 4 concluded with a bittersweet farewell from the members, I couldn’t help but wonder when we’d get to see all the members together in another variety show. With Sehun’s impending enlistment, it might be a while until we witness all eight (or nine, including Lay) members together again.
In the meantime, I’m making the most of my EXO experience by going straight into EXO Ladder 2. Lots of people recommended I watch season 2 right after season 4. In EXO Ladder 2 all eight members travel to Kaohsiung and Kenting. Yes, I am happy to see Kai in this season.
If I were to describe EXO Ladder Season 4, I’d call it a delectable dessert in TV form. It’s sweet, fun, and thoroughly enjoyable. After a long day, there’s nothing better than watching the members compete, bond, and create memories together. If you haven’t watched 엑소 EXO Ladder, I highly recommend it. You can catch my full reactions to every episode on my Patreon, and stay tuned for more EXO-related content as I’m currently watching EXO Ladder Season 2.