Archive for August, 2013

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Rivals II, Week 8 Power Rankings

What a dick“We can only promise each other until the cards run out.” —Frank

 

“I’m the one person that never said a negative thing about this fucking piece of shit.” —Camila

 

Let’s talk about the shadow of the future. For those not familiar with the work of Robert Axelrod, the term basically means that, when two people face the possibility of interacting at some undetermined point in the future, they are more likely to cooperate with each other, even if cheating each other might be more advantageous in the present. In other words, you’re not going to screw someone over if you think you might run into that person again.

And I’m wondering if that affected Frank’s decision to vote in Jonna, a close friend he had promised to protect. His reasoning was that he didn’t have a choice—Camila/Jemmye won immunity, and Cooke/Cara Maria finished last in the challenge. This only left Aneesa/Diem, Paula/Emily, and Jonna/Nany, all teams Johnny/Frank were aligned with. So even though he swore “Jonna’s name will not come out of my mouth”—a promise he technically kept by letting Johnny vote for the team—he voted in his friend. Continue reading

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Monday Medley

What we read while passing on the role of Batman, with disastrous consequences…

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Rivals II, Week 7 Power Rankings

Frank is unhappy...“I always say: All is fair in love, war, and Challenges.” —Johnny

 

“There will be blood.” —Cara Maria

 

 

Frank is ridiculous. That is the conclusion I’ve reached after watching him for two seasons now. He gets so absurdly, unjustifiably upset about such strange things—he’s like the understudy Jerry dated on Seinfeld.

In Wednesday’s episode, he lashed out at Jordan, multiple times, simply because Jordan accused him of campaigning to have him thrown into the Jungle, which is exactly what Frank was doing. But not only did Frank insist that such allegations “could not be more untrue,” he acted like Jordan accused him of violating the sanctity of the Sunday truce or something. And by getting so angry with Jordan—and borderline violent—all he did was make Marlon/Jordan, a strong team, more deadest on going after him.* Continue reading

Monday Medley

What we read while pitching A-Rod high and inside…

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Rivals II, Week 6 Power Rankings

Theresa Rivals II“There are two things about Paula that everybody knows. One is that she’s crazy and two is that she has great boobs.” —Emily

 

“I don’t think Jordan necessarily backstabbed me. I think he stabbed me straight to the face.” —Theresa

Is a smile technically a “body part”? Is hair? No, of course not. The only body parts that really matter are the secondary sex characteristics of females. Unless you’ve got arms like Cara Maria, that is. That girl’s got guns.

These were among the many lessons of last night’s episode of Rivals II, which eschewed a physical challenge for a Newlywed Game-style trivia contest called “Frenemies.”* For all the work MTV does designing intense physical games (work that often pays off but occasionally backfires), it’s best games are often the ones where they just ask the contestants simple questions. Continue reading

Monday Medley

What we read while Tiger Woods also lost at the Teen Choice Awards…

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

Zach is mad“You want a show? I’ll give you a fucking show!” —Zach

 

“Leroy and his gang of girls are so caught up in burning votes to skate by that they burn themselves. I mean, it’s classic!” —C.T.

 

So that was interesting. I’ve been complaining about the stupid voting structure of Rivals II all season long, but it finally paid off in last night’s episode, thanks to the contestants’ stupidity. I knew I should have trusted MTV—nobody ever lost money betting on the inability of Challenge contestants to strategize.

The seeds were planted early in the episode, as we saw the flourishing love story of Leroy and Theresa. I like Leroy, and frankly, Theresa seems like a real upgrade from Jemmye, who Leroy was doting on for most of last week’s episode, so I was happy for him. Wes, on the other hand, was not happy for him. Wes and Theresa, of course, hooked up back on Fresh Meat II, and Wes didn’t like Leroy going after his “seconds”* or the fact that the did it on the bunk right above him. Continue reading