With such influential acts including BTS and BLACKPINK, K Pop has become a very popular genre of music. Central Park looks to capitalize on the phenomenon by incorporating the frenzy many fans go through just to catch a glimpse of their favorite performers.
“Money Candy” opens with Cole and Molly watching a music video of the titular group. It’s a very cute scene all around showing a common interest the siblings can share and be excited over. In addition, it’s so amusing to watch them as they attempt to mimic all the various dance movies. You can tell by the sheer joy they have how much they love the group.
Paige and Owen plan to reward their children for their recent exemplary behavior by leaving Central Park and purchase tickets to Money Candy’s New York City concert. Their endeavor is a sweet gesture but highlights how out of touch they are with pop culture. The naiveté of hoping to find passes the day of at the box office along with the awkward parent interactions provides fun humor. More entertaining is how easily they buy into the hype where they begin screaming like little school girls. That’s just another example of how infectious K Pop can be.
Finding tickets turns out to be a bust so the entire family decide to stalk the music group on social media in the hopes they can see Money Candy in person. It’s quite the journey that will have you going in circles with close calls and false leads. It makes them a little sketchy with the lengths they go along with some uncharacteristic behavior, but that’s just how determined they are.
The subplot of this episode of Central Park has Bitsy wanting to clone Shampagne. Helen’s attempts to persuade her boss against it become tedious, particularly when we know Ms. Brandenham does what she wants and rarely takes advice. The entire storyline comes off as more eccentric behavior of a ridiculously wealthy woman, but there are deeper undertones after seeing the origin story of the adorable little dog. There really is special place in Bitsy’s heart for Shampagne.
There are some interesting songs, the most successful of which is “I Will Find You.” It is written by Helen Park, the composer of the new Broadway musical KPOP. It’s such a perfect fit for the genre that you could easily picture a current group singing it. Open Mike Eagle and Mike Shinoda contribute songs but both seem a little off and disconnected as rock/rap mash ups. Sometimes the lyric delivery didn’t flow so well with the music.
“Money Candy” is a fun, frantic, and fan fueled trek with family to meet your favorite musical artists.
New episodes of Central Park drop Fridays on Apple TV+.
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