Posts Tagged ‘MTV The Challenge’

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Rivals II, Week 4 Power Rankings

C.T. and Wes

“Ketchup is legitimately my biggest fear.” –Jemmye

 

“Someone’s gonna die tonight. This Jungle’s going to be awesome.” —C.T.

 

What is the point of watching these episodes if MTV isn’t going to send anyone home in them? Don’t they know I have better things to do?*

*I have nothing better to do.

The early departure of Sarah/Trishelle last week meant MTV had to adjust on the fly, so as not to lose too many girls too early. And I at least have to hand it to the producers for using the situation to conduct their own little Milgram Experiment on the cast—even though several players suspected that the hypothetical Jungle might result in death, nobody batted an eye and letting Jasmine/Theresa or Cooke/Cara Maria do it. Most of them even seemed excited, even as TJ refused to guarantee their safety.

Just a reminder: These people can vote. Continue reading

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 6 Power Rankings


“Strength comes into the gym, not personality.” —Frank

 

“I am furious. I should be swinging the fish.” —Marie

 

 

 

We’re more than halfway through this season of the Challenge now, and it’s officially clear who the villain is: Alton. It’s certainly a surprise to me, and anyone else who remembers Alton from his days of dominance on The Gauntlet II and The Inferno III, but it’s hard to defend him after last night’s episode.

In at least his partial defense, there comes a time for every veteran player when he is outnumbered by rookies who don’t know or like him, and often the vets don’t know how to handle this. Alton clearly resents the “children” in the house with him this season, and some of that is certainly justified based on their treatment of him and his team, but his response was equally childish. At the beginning of last night’s episode, for example, he denied the whole cast the opportunity to go to the beach because he didn’t feel like it. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Exes, Week 5 Power Rankings

“Camila turns into the Camilanator and I don’t even know what happens to this girl.” —Paula

 

“Emily competes almost like a dude.”

—Mark

 

How is MTV’s Challenge like this Republican primary season? Well, in many ways, but the most obvious is the pressure that comes with being the frontrunner. Following in the tradition of Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Herman Cain, Johnny and Camila seemed to crack under that pressure last night.

The episode began with the cast drinking and carousing at Club Ohno—the name would be an ominous presage of what would come. Signs of discord began at Ohno—Oh no! Camila doesn’t think Johnny is paying enough attention to her and Oh no! Camila is drinking way too much—but things really came to a head back at the house, when a drunk Camila fell asleep in Johnny’s bed. Rather than sleeping somewhere else or just sidling up next to her, Johnny decided to kick her out. Someone—I believe it was Ty—made the mistake of telling Camila that Johnny was “really pissed off,” which sent Camila into a screaming, chair-throwing, walking-into-the-pool-with-clothes-on rage. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Rivals, Week 9 Power Rankings

“Finally I get to do something where I get to put my hands on people.” —C.T.

 

“Adam, please do not do what I think you’re doing….” —C.T.

 

 

The perfect ending for Rivals would have been for Adam/C.T.—the pair with the most history and the most animosity of any in the house—to finally come together to defeat all the teams that had been looking to send them home all season long, with Adam finally admitting that he and C.T. were friends as they walked off into the sunset with their $100,000 prize.

Alas, that was not to be. And it looked so good for them: The final elimination challenge emphasized speed, Adam’s biggest strength, and finally allowed C.T. to tackle people—his own biggest strength. Yet it was Adam’s repeated misunderstanding of the rules that doomed them. Continue reading

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

“I’ve mastered the art of losing right before the final, but now we’re officially in the final.” —Paula

 

“I would have never thought I’d see the day when the only person to really have my back was my worst enemy… but she’s got me.” —Cara Maria

 

Why’s everyone been acting so messed up towards Cara Maria?

Last night was the final female elimination before the final challenge, so everyone was probably a little on edge, but Cara Maria ended up taking the brunt of it.

The episode started with the mob questioning Laurel’s loyalty, given her recent closeness with C.T.* As a result, Kenny/Wes were thinking putting them second in the order for the next the challenge. As Johnny Bananas** put it, “How would you feel if we were fraternizing with the enemy?” But when Cara Maria pointed out that it’s not only Laurel who was doing some treasonous fraternizing, but also Jenn (who seems to be getting more serious about Adam)—well, that kind of evenhanded logic has no place on the Challenge. Rather predictably, Jenn did not react well, but the argument was quickly quelled when Cara Maria agreed to go second. Continue reading

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

“Tyrie’s terrible at this game….He’s not gonna help me at all.” —Davis

 

“There’s me and everyone’s revolving around me. And everybody’s thinking: What are we going to do about this kid?” —C.T.

 

Somewhere, the MTV executive who thought up the concept for Rivals is laughing maniacally. In episode two, everything is going according to plan: Some of the pairs are being drawn closer together, and others are being torn apart at the seams. We have couples forming and fights breaking out. And C.T. is building an air of invincibility while simultaneously drawing the ire of the rest of the cast. Mwahahahahaha!

We began the episode with a simple prank: Kenny, Johnny, Evan, and Wes lift a giant sculpture of a swan from their yard and leave it in Mandi’s bed. They seem to think this is the funniest thing that anybody’s ever done. Mandi doesn’t know what to do, but luckily her new beau is C.T., and he’s a monster. He lifts the swan—which required four people to lift it the first time—by himself and carries it back outside.

Even in a show like The Challenge, where people are loathe to admit their own weaknesses or inferiorities, everyone seems scared of C.T. Continue reading