Posts Tagged ‘Wes vs. Kenny’

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

“This is ridiculous. This isn’t even a final. This is just manual labor.”—Jenn

 

“Well, ladies and gentlemen, just when you thought I couldn’t get any more amazing….” —Kenny

 

 

It’s really great we have Kenny and Wes. Not only are they a consistent source of amusement and tension, but they really saved last night’s Rivals finale—and the season in general—from being an anticlimactic stream of people gushing about their partners. Up until now, with the notable exception of Evan and Nehemiah, who weren’t speaking by their final Jungle, every single pair of “rivals” has ended their trip echoing Fatboy Slim: We’ve come a long, long way together, through the hard times and the good. I have to celebrate you baby; I have to praise you like I should. Even Adam and C.T. left on good terms! 

So the overriding theme of Rivals was basically that people can set aside any differences and bury any past grievances when their financial interests are aligned. But then there were Kenny and Wes.  Although they made it all the way to the end and in many instances put their animosity on hold to strategize, they bickered throughout the competition and constantly argued about who was failing the most in the challenges. So while every other team was friendly heading into the final challenge, it was clear that Kenny/Wes were on the brink of fracture. 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 7 Power Rankings

“Is it annoying because I won most of them?” —Laurel

“Mandi is screaming at Wes to keep up…that’s one for the record books. Now Wes knows how Casey felt.” —Evelyn

For a Wes-hater like myself, you really couldn’t ask for a better episode. First, his relationship with Theresa was derailed when she found out—via Evelyn—that Wes and Kelly Anne were not as finished as he had led her to believe. Evidently, they hooked up the weekend before Fresh Meat II started and Wes promised her he wouldn’t get involved with anyone on the show. After finding this out, Theresa went from believing that Wes is a “good guy” to thinking he is kind of shady.

This shadiness also came back to haunt Wes in the game. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat 2, Week 6 Power Rankings

“I’m just so sick of the honest people getting beat in this game.” —Landon

“I should write a book: How To Dismantle An Entire Alliance, by Mr. Beautiful” —Kenny

Well, that’s not exactly how I would have played it, but, for Kenny at least, everything appears to have worked out.

In an episode that potentially saw the entire balance of power shift, one thing was made perfectly clear: It’s a really good thing that neither Wes nor Evelyn nor Kenny is a world leader. You usually have to watch a Chicago White Sox game to see strategizing that perplexing.

The episode actually opens with some impressive deduction from Wes. If you recall, CJ and Sydney did not actually compete in their Exile (they won by forfeit when Brandon was DQed for drinking beforehand), but decided to say that they did in order to feign an upper hand. As Wes pushes for more details about the Exile, though, and gets more “lawyerly,” he realizes CJ’s deception. All this harsh interrogation does, though, is make CJ and Landon realize that they are at the bottom of the Wes/Evelyn Alliance. This would be the first of many cracks in that Alliance last night. 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

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat 2, Week 1 Power Rankings

“We need some newbies, some fresh meat, because all of us are only getting older and uglier.”—Paula


“This is the sleaziest group of people I’ve ever seen. Is this who they are going to have replace the king of kings?”—Kenny

Aaaaaaaaaand we’re back! It’s been nearly four months since the final challenge of The Ruins, a seemingly interminable stretch in which we Americans had to do with only college basketball to sate our competitive spirits.

But now The Challenge has returned, and injected some new blood in the form of the titular “fresh meat.” Back in 2006, MTV aired the original Fresh Meat, in part to offset the dearth of new competitors in the absence of Road Rules, which has had only one season since 2004. That season introduced us to plenty of faces that it is now hard to imagine the challenge without: Evan, Kenny, Easy E, Ryan, Evelyn, Diem, and even Casey.

Of that group, Kenny, Ryan, and Ev, are back, joined by Danny, Wes, and Darrell (who were all alumni in the inaugural Fresh Meat), along with Sarah, Jenn, Paula, Landon, Jillian, and Challenge newcomers CJ (from Real World: Cancun) and Katelynn (from Real World: Brooklyn, best known for being the first trans-gender cast-member). Each of the alumni will be paired with an opposite sex newbie, and these pairs will be the only “teams” for the duration of the competition, so how the players get paired off is pretty important. Continue reading

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