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

“I want the longest, hardest final. It’s going to physically strenuous, but I don’t know… I’ve just always been good at these things.”—Abram


“I’m running this final for freedom. I’m running for freedom more than anything.” —Brad

Say what you will about various seasons of The Challenge—and Cutthroat has been particularly disappointing—but the final episodes are almost always good. MTV’s insistence on designing challenges that are so physically demanding is often a negative during the season, since it leads to too many disqualifications, but it’s great for the finale: The physical demands of the challenge push people to their breaking point, which often reveals tensions and weaknesses that have been latent on a team all season long.

So even though Cutthroat has been a subpar season, there was a lot to look forward to in last night’s episode, and it didn’t disappoint. It started with the Gulag matchups set up last week: Derrick vs. Tyler and Emily vs. Paula. They were playing the same game that Ty had lost back in Week 5 (it has some weird name, like Pole Me Over, but I can’t remember it), which favored the size of Tyler and Emily respectively. Derrick, as usual, put up a good fight, but neither he nor Paula could overcome their diminutive statures. Continue reading

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

“I think it’s something with fire” —Brad


“I’m gonna go out on a limb and say if it’s against the Geneva Convention, they’re probably not going to make us do it in a challenge” —Dan

 

Man, all TJ Lavin has to do is show up and it scares the crap out of the contestants.*

*Speaking of TJ, reports say that he is getting better and should make a full recovery in time.

Before last night’s Gulag, TJ stopped by the house and mysteriously told Eric and Luke to shave their faces, leading to a rash of speculation about what the actual Gulag event would involve. Brad pointed out that any hair on your face could catch fire, so they’d probably ask you to shave… Continue reading

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

“Hang in there, TJ.” —Ayiiia

 

Like MTV, John S would like to send his thoughts to TJ Lavin, who unfortunately got into a nasty bike accident last week and was put into a medically induced coma. Lavin’s been showing positive signs recently, and we know he’s no quitter, so there’s reason to be optimistic. Let’s hope he pulls through, because I can’t imagine a better host for The Challenge.

 

 

 

 

This was, in all honesty, one of the meanest, nastiest, and ultimately most depressing episodes in Challenge history. Katie got into a fight with Emily after she was voted into the Gulag. Ty, in trying to defend Emily, got into his own fight with Katie and eventually threatened to hit Katie, which made Katie so mad that she had to be restrained and calmed down by Brandon. Eventually, Katie herself broke down and confessed to Brandon that she was only acting out because she was sad and her feelings were hurt. 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 1 Power Rankings

Reviews of The Hill and The Ruins on consecutive days may seem a little much, but don’t worry: NPI still writes about issues unrelated to MTV reality shows.

When I saw that MTV had allocated a full hour-and-a-half to the season premiere of The Ruins, my first thought was, “Well, I guess someone gets in a fight.”

Alas, this season has no C.T., and Wes is all talk, so no punches were thrown. But the episode didn’t lack for action. Three things to note in particular from last night’s episode: Continue reading