Archive for July 21st, 2011

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Rivals, Week 5 Power Rankings

“The Challenge gods are angry at me for something.” —Kenny

 

“Playing the ‘my-partner’s-what’s-holding-me-back’ card is getting tiring.” —Katelynn

 

 

Despite the great structure of Rivals, there have been a few things about it that have been hard to watch, and last night’s episode was a great example of them.

First, this season has featured almost a complete absence of strategizing. Part of this is due to the separation of male and female eliminations (since only half of the contestants are invested in any given vote, the other half is much more likely to jump on any bandwagon so as to avoid making enemies) and part of it is due to sheer stupidity (Here is a brief guide to strategy: 1) Count up the number of votes 2) Divide that number by two 3) Try to get one more than that number of people to vote with you… It’s really that easy, yet it eludes most of these players).

Most of it, though, is due to the voting rules. For one, even though it seems like the fairest way to do it, the last place team should not automatically get sent into the Jungle. Doing so immediately drains half the suspense out of any vote, and preemptively eliminates a lot of potential strategies and alliances. Continue reading

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