Posts Tagged ‘the Gulag’

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

“Oh my god! Oh my god! What the fuck just happened?!” —Abram

Laurel: In any other challenge, with other people, you wouldn’t be here.

Cara Maria: …Beg to differ


Sometimes you get all excited for something and as the anticipation mounts your expectations grow to be so unreasonable that they can’t ever be met… and then something happens that actually tops those expectations. This was basically how I felt watching C.T.’s performance in the Gulag last night.

The challenge was “Back Up Off Me,” in which the contestants were harnessed to each other, back-to-back, while seated in the middle of the mud. The object was to pull the other through the mud—as Theresa did to Tina—to your end and knock over a barrel. Now I of course expected C.T. to do something crazy, but I never expected him to actually stand up, carry Johnny—a fully-grown adult human—on his back, and do a high-step across the Gulag, where he didn’t just knock the barrel over, but he spun around and basically body-slammed Johnny into the barrel. And he did this all in 19 seconds. Continue reading

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

“I don’t even know what’s going on. They finally just let me out of my cage and I haven’t eaten yet.” —C.T.

 

“C.T.!!!!!!!!!” —Me, upon C.T.’s first appearance

 

Well, C.T. finally made his much-anticipated return to The Challenge this week, even if MTV decided to end the episode without showing anything he did. C.T. was brought back, along with Tina, another former Challenge participant,* to serve as an obstacle in the Gulag. Rather than go against each other, Tyler and Johnny will each have to go against C.T., and whoever does better will survive. If this sounds like a gimmick, that’s because it is, but I’m not going to complain about having C.T. back.** Continue reading

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

“I would like Ty so much more if he were gay. If he were gay he’d be fun and, you know, bitchy. Now he’s just…a bitch.” —Paula


Ty: I need to lie down.

EMT Doc: You are lying down.

In case you couldn’t read my subtle imagery, that last quote and the picture are supposed to serve as a metaphor for the theme of last night’s episode: Ty’s view of things is upside down.

Throughout his confessionals, Ty kept pointing out how he likes to argue and provoke people, as if he were some kind of psychological provocateur constantly pushing people to their breaking point. Now, people do things like this all the time on the Challenge, but the actual episode last night showed quite the opposite: In two separate instances, Ty got visibly angry and eventually violent about things that the other people involved clearly saw as jokes. 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: Cutthroat, Week 2 Power Rankings

“Mandi seeks the warm embrace that only Chet can offer”—Chet


“Their whole strategy on this thing—it’s like someone in a mental institution came up with it. And then I realize that Abe came up with it, so that’s not too far off.” —Johnny

Ah, the inevitable Challenge hookups. Last night saw two on the rise, one of which would flourish by the end while the other would be stifled. First, there was Mandi and Chet. Although Mandi insisted that she usually is not attracted to guys who wear pink shirts and coke-bottle glasses, she enjoys spending time with the charming Chet, and even called him her hero when he killed a bee for her.

She only liked him more after Chet came to her defense against Laurel, who started calling Mandi a slut for allegedly hooking up with Chet. Of course, Laurel is just being a bitch—there’s no way that the strictly Mormon Chet, who on Real World: Brooklyn claimed to have never seen a woman naked, would have sex with Mandi after knowing her for like a week—but it was chivalrous of Chet to come to Mandi’s defense anyway. Laurel claimed she was trying to “push Mandi to her breaking point,”* but I’m sure it was just leftover animosity from Fresh Meat II, when those two didn’t get along. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Cutthroat, Week 1 Power Rankings

“We need one chief and a lot of Indians!” —Melinda

“Wow, I can say one thing to your face and then secretly do another…”—Derrick

What a day: Cliff Lee gives the Texas Rangers their first postseason win since 1996, Roy Halladay throws the first postseason no-hitter since 1956, and the Yankees rally from behind to the Twins for the first time since…last year. But, of course, the most exciting athletic event to occur yesterday was the premiere of the newest season of The Challenge on MTV. And this season, Cutthroat, brings a lot of changes.

First of all, we begin in-medias-res-style with the contestants competing in individual challenge—some sort of race, the results of which will be used to pick captains who will choose the season’s teams (a suggestion, I should add, that was made a year ago by none other than yours truly). The “twist” that MTV puts on this is that the captains won’t be the race’s winners, but its losers (a twist that is only revealed at the end of course, meaning the race did not feature people running backwards or trying to force others passed the finish line). Despite Paula’s insistence that this twist “changes everything,” it changes pretty much nothing—all that happens is that the people who would have otherwise been picked last (Shauvon, Emilee, Camila) end up on teams first. The rest of the picking goes more or less as you’d expect… EXCEPT that Laurel was, somehow, not the first girl picked. Camila chose Tori, meaning that she either did not watch Fresh Meat II or she hates victory. Continue reading