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Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Cutthroat, The Grand Finale

“I want the longest, hardest final. It’s going to physically strenuous, but I don’t know… I’ve just always been good at these things.”—Abram


“I’m running this final for freedom. I’m running for freedom more than anything.” —Brad

Say what you will about various seasons of The Challenge—and Cutthroat has been particularly disappointing—but the final episodes are almost always good. MTV’s insistence on designing challenges that are so physically demanding is often a negative during the season, since it leads to too many disqualifications, but it’s great for the finale: The physical demands of the challenge push people to their breaking point, which often reveals tensions and weaknesses that have been latent on a team all season long.

So even though Cutthroat has been a subpar season, there was a lot to look forward to in last night’s episode, and it didn’t disappoint. It started with the Gulag matchups set up last week: Derrick vs. Tyler and Emily vs. Paula. They were playing the same game that Ty had lost back in Week 5 (it has some weird name, like Pole Me Over, but I can’t remember it), which favored the size of Tyler and Emily respectively. Derrick, as usual, put up a good fight, but neither he nor Paula could overcome their diminutive statures. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat 2, The Grand Finale

“If I got to put some money on it, I’d say that me and Laurel are gonna walk away with $100,000 a piece. And I’ll show you guys, for the fourth time, why I am the king of sting.…I’m gonna win another one.” —Kenny

“Carley’s feet are starting to slip out, so I literally stick my head right between her butt cheeks and start pushing her up this mountain to the finish. Like I said: push, pull, carry—whatever it takes.” —Landon

So, Landon is clearly the closest thing Fresh Meat II had to a superhero. The main storyline of this Challenge was, of course, “Wes vs. Kenny,” and the biggest surprise was the dominance of Laurel; in the end, though, the most impressive performer was, once again, Landon. Just two weeks after willing a barely-conscious Carley through one of the toughest Exiles of the game, Landon basically did the same thing in the final challenge. This time Carley never lost consciousness, but she was essentially dead weight for most of the course, and yet she and Landon led from start to finish.

Of course, Kenny’s statement from early in the episode was right: If you were betting on the final challenge, the smart money would have been on Kenny and Laurel. Not only had Kenny and Laurel dominated the entire Challenge, but they were the team best suited for an MTV-designed final challenge, in which you are only as strong as your weakest link.* Since Laurel was by far the strongest female competitor—and was arguably better than Kenny throughout the Challenge—that pair seemed destined to take the crown. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat 2, Week 9 Power Rankings

“As of right now I ain’t really feeling how she’s acting towards you. It’s kind of whack to be honest…I’ve never seen a four-year-old on this show before.” —TJ Lavin


“Poor Jillian! I feel so bad pushing her down to the ground. I don’t want to do this!” —Laurel

Wow, so TJ Lavin really doesn’t like Evelyn. After calling her out for throwing a challenge back in The Ruins, Lavin called Evelyn a four-year-old last night for the tantrum she threw after losing the Exile. Not since Jim Joyce has a supposedly impartial body thrown himself so directly into a sporting event.

Not that Evelyn didn’t deserve it. After Landon managed to pull off the miraculous win by leading a barely lucid Carley across the finish line in the five extra minutes his team had at the end of last week, Evelyn went berserk. She started crying, throwing rocks, and blaming her partner Luke for the loss.* She made a German spectacle of herself, and it was pretty pathetic. Or, as TJ so eloquently put it, “kind of whack.” Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat 2, Week 8 Power Rankings

“Evelyn is fuming, but, you know, every time Evelyn loses a challenge, an angel gets his wings.” —Ryan


“How do you know my name?” —Carley

I hate you, MTV. I hate you with a fiery passion strong enough to wean America off of foreign oil.

At least once a season, it seems, MTV annoyingly cuts to the dreaded “To Be Continued” screen before the winner of the elimination is shown. Usually, though, the cut comes at the beginning of the elimination round, before the suspense has built. Last night, though, the cut came after Evelyn and Luke had already finished their Exile course, but since Landon and Carley had completed the reward puzzle, they could finish up to five minutes after Luke and Ev and still win.

The Exile itself was the most exciting one yet. It was more or less the same as it was when Landon and Carley beat CJ and Sydney, but with two important twists. First, there were 50 pounds added to the amount of weight each team had to carry. Even more intriguing, though, was that this time it was at night…in the dark. So neither team could see where they were going, making it even harder to keep the buckets of weight from swinging. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat 2, Week 3 Power Rankings

“It’s time for her to come out here and save me.”—Wes


“I’m going to shake things up a bit, and I really don’t see you as a threat…”—Kenny

MTV has done a really good job of promoting and editing this season of the RW/RR Challenge so that it seems like “Kenny vs. Wes,” and in some ways it is. There are clearly two well-defined (though not as well-defined as we might think, as the episode eventually revealed) alliances on the show now; MTV even took the trouble of showing a montage of each one, making the division all but official. Kenny and Wes are the ones in charge of each alliance.

Last night’s episode, though, proved that Evelyn is far more important to Wes’ alliance than Wes himself is. Of the two epigraph quotes, the first was spoken by Wes about Ev, who he needed to win the challenge to prevent Kenny from getting immunity; Wes later admitted that, with Mandi as his partner, he was not a real threat to win challenges. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat 2, Week 2 Power Rankings

“For the first time in…six seasons, I feel powerless… This will never happen again.”—Kenny


“What the hell are these Fresh Meat doing? They have opinions of their own? That is so inappropriate.” —Paula

Well, our epigrams come from the same two sources as they did last week, but some people are just consistently quotable. It also makes sense to go back to that well because this episode picks up just where the last one left off: Kenny has realized that Wes is more powerful than he initially thought, and isn’t very happy about that. His plan, though, is still to lay back and let the other top players battle things out for a while.

Which leads to the big question: What other top players? Kenny has to realize that, with Evan gone, he is the de facto adversary to Wes, and that’s not even accounting for the personal animosity between those two.

Meanwhile, Wes is plotting with his alliance, which primarily consists of Ev (and her partner Luke) and Danny (and his partner Sandy). Continue reading

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