Posts Tagged ‘Alton’

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons, Week 9 Power Rankings

“A woman would at least be quiet and listen to her men.” —Alton

 

“There’s a fight in every corner of the house… Where am I?” —Chet

MTV’s fighting policy is weird. There’s zero tolerance for throwing punches, but apparently you get unlimited pushes and shoves, even when someone gets shoved to the ground for no real reason, like Sam was in last night’s episode.

I imagine MTV’s thinking is much like the NHL’s: They don’t want to be seen as condoning fights, but eliminating them completely would take something away from the game. Last night’s episode, in which everyone seemed to be fighting with everyone, showed just how fights and the game are interconnected. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons, Week 7 Power Rankings

Sarah: I guess I have a reputation for being good at puzzles. I don’t know how I got it…

Chet: Because you brag about it.

 

“Sam, you’re not Jesus carrying the cross.” —Frank

The Challenge is back, after a week off for MTV to celebrate Halloween. The layoff seemed to have reset the narrative—whereas I just declared Alton to be this season’s villain, this week’s episode brought a new one into focus: Frank.

Frank was the one who started fighting with Alton in the last episode, and this week he was pulling apart his own team. The problems started in the challenge: Logged Out was kind of a mini-final, consisting of checkpoints and a puzzle. The teams climbed a mountain and passed three checkpoints. The first showed the puzzle’s solution, the second contained the puzzle pieces, and the third was where the solution had to be reassembled. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons, Week 4 Power Rankings

“This is a game.” —Knight (repeated about 50 times)

 

 

Man, MTV is starting early this season with the To Be Continued episodes, huh?

 

Not that this week’s episode lacked for drama. First, we had a night out ending in tears after Knight pulled the old “throw someone’s laundry into the pool” trick. Knight seemed to think soaking Nany’s clothes was some great strategic gambit, since it would “get in her head.” Nany did flip out and threaten to leave the game afterwards, but aren’t she and Knight on the same alliance? What’s the sense in picking a fight with someone who’s on your side?

In reality, Knight’s antics only solidified Las Vegas’ team bond and made everyone else in the house hate him. Plus, it wasn’t even original: Tonya did that back in Inferno II. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons, Week 1 Power Rankings

“Danny and Melinda couldn’t work out their marriage; I can’t imagine they’re going to work on a team together.” —Nan

 

 

 

“We can win the money and then we can go back to Square One: hating each other.” — Chet

 

 

Aaaaaaaaaand we’re back! MTV is back with another edition of the Challenge. This time it’s Battle of the Seasons, and I have so many questions: Who will win? Who will get stabbed in the back? Who ARE THESE PEOPLE?

While every season seems to have a few people I don’t recognize, this season is the first time that I almost can’t keep up. It’s like I’m watching a spin-off show, or The Challenge: The New Class. Of the seven seasons featured in the introduction, I never watched a minute of four of them—St. Thomas, Back to New Orleans, Back to San Diego*—and I watched less than half of Cancun; thank goodness the Las Vegas team includes some of the original Vegas cast… Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins, Week 3 Power Rankings

The Ruins

“I’m a strong girl, period. Even if I’m a rookie…I’ve come through in every challenge.”

—Brianna

Here’s why we need these Power Rankings: People on these challenges have no idea how to evaluate their own performances. Wes is convinced that he’s God’s gift to these challenges, I guess because he won The Duel three years ago. But he hasn’t proved that he’s a better competitor than Evan or Johnny or Kenny; his reputation mainly comes from yelling about his own prowess.

Brianna was under similar delusions in last night’s episode: She kept insisting that she was a great competitor, even though this is her first challenge. Her evidence: She had “come through in every challenge.” Well, here’s what the challenge in tonight’s episode involved: lying down. If you can lie face down and let someone walk on your back, then you can do what Brianna did. A carcass can do what Brianna did. The previous challenges haven’t really demanded much more from her. Not at all surprisingly, Brianna lost to Susie in the elimination. Continue reading