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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

The Speidi Breakup

Sometimes something can seem both inevitable and impossible. Like the first successful moon landing, or the election of America’s first black president, thus is the feeling when news broke yesterday that Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag had broken up.

On the one hand, anyone who watched The Hills or did merely a cursory overview of tabloid coverage of this relationship had to know just how dysfunctional it was. Spencer tore Heidi away from her best friend, from her sister, from her parents, from her career, etc. Basically, describing Spencer as “controlling” is a drastic understatement.

And yet the two seemed to have a symbiotic hold on each other. Whereas the annoying habit of using portmanteau names to refer to celebrity relationships—Brangelina, Bennifer, etc.—is usually just another way that modern culture shits on the English language, with Speidi it seemed like an appropriate illustration of just how inseparable they were in the public eye. Neither of them would have been significantly famous without the other. Spencer was notorious for his manipulative, God-like hold over his wife, and Heidi was infamous for her docile acceptance of what seemingly everyone else in the world recognized as nefarious manipulation by her husband. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins, Week 9 Review

I look at our team and see four guys and one girl who have won before. I look at the other team and see one lying slut, some weird, creepy goth chick, and Casey. —Kenny

 

If I lose to Casey I should just crawl into the fetal position and die. —Susie

The week off last Wednesday certainly wasn’t pleasant, especially given the cliffhanger the last episode ended on, but it definitely paid off with a great show last night. The two elimination challenges that MTV decided not to show us two weeks ago opened this week with a bang: The tug-of-war between Susie and Kimberly—in the rain—seemed to go on forever, with both of them bloody and worn out (and yet still oddly attractive), until finally Susie (as I predicted) pulled the rope away from Kim.

The challenge between Dunbar and Johnny was slightly less epic, and more disconcerting to the Challengers, as Johnny sent Dunbar home (as I did not predict). This, of course, left the Challengers with the less-than-intimidating roster that Kenny described heading into the last challenge before the final.

KellyAnne smartly realized that, as this team is probably not going to win any challenges, her best chance at adding to her own bank account is to beat Susie and get her money, so she volunteered to go into the Ruins—if, that is, it’s up to her. Continue reading

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

TJ Lavin“I’ve never been under so much pressure. It’s time for me to take my stake in Real World/Road Rules Challenge history and beat Wes.”—Nick

“I don’t really think there’s a place for giving up in this game. I really am disappointed.…I guess Evelyn had hatred in her heart that’s deeper than her need for winning”—TJ Lavin

So I guess putting Evelyn at #2 last week looks rather dumb, but I don’t think it’s fair to hold it against me. How was I supposed to know she would essentially forfeit by walking off the platform of the glorified tug-of-war elimination?

The Ruins makes people do crazy things. Evelyn couldn’t decide if she wanted to forfeit or beat Kelly Anne, which led to a very odd spectacle. Kelly Anne was pulling with all her might, and Evelyn just sort of stood there contemplating. In the best of five series, she twice half-heartedly pulled Kelly Anne off her platform, and three times ended up walking off under her own power. I think this should actually reinforce my high ranking of her: The only way Evelyn goes home is if she decides to go home.

On the other side of the coin, Nick had his work cut out for him against Wes. On the same night that Alex Rodriguez ended his streak of 18 hitless postseason at bats with runners in scoring position, it was Nick from The Real World who was the athlete who most felt the weight of history on him. Everyone, Champions and Challengers alike, wanted Nick to send Wes home, but he couldn’t rise to the occasion; Wes won easily—or, as Wes put it, he won “with assertion.” Continue reading

Start Being Real: Real World Cancun

MTV’s The Real World is the godfather of the reality TV genre: It’s been around the longest (since 1992), has spawned the most spin-offs and derivatives and has one of the most loyal followings

Now, it may seem like this is not a distinction to be proud of. This is probably the point where I need to defend watching a show that is ostensibly all about young people drinking and having sex with each other. Clearly, that’s what most people are watching for; that is, after all, why MTV set the show’s newest iteration in Cancun. Continue reading