Posts Tagged ‘The Jungle’

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Rivals II, Week 10 Power Rankings

Happier times...“No matter what, people will not be friends after this.” —Paula

 

Diem: “I’m really confused.”

Wes: “That’s an emotional thing.”

Diem: “I’m an emotional person!”

 

I have been watching the Challenge for many, many years—not quite since the beginning, but close. And I’ve watched half a dozen Real World seasons as well. Still, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the entire cast turn to the cameraman, point, and yell, “Go!” the way they did in Wednesday’s episode of Rivals II, after Diem followed C.T. away from the pool.

The confrontation itself was a bit of a letdown—they both just stuck to their guns—but it shows how invested everyone involved in the show—cast, crew, and audience—is in C.T. and Diem. The conflict between the two former lovers was pretty small—C.T. didn’t vote the way Diem would have liked—but it became a kind of Rorschach test for how everyone perceives C.T. Continue reading

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

Frank is unhappy...“I always say: All is fair in love, war, and Challenges.” —Johnny

 

“There will be blood.” —Cara Maria

 

 

Frank is ridiculous. That is the conclusion I’ve reached after watching him for two seasons now. He gets so absurdly, unjustifiably upset about such strange things—he’s like the understudy Jerry dated on Seinfeld.

In Wednesday’s episode, he lashed out at Jordan, multiple times, simply because Jordan accused him of campaigning to have him thrown into the Jungle, which is exactly what Frank was doing. But not only did Frank insist that such allegations “could not be more untrue,” he acted like Jordan accused him of violating the sanctity of the Sunday truce or something. And by getting so angry with Jordan—and borderline violent—all he did was make Marlon/Jordan, a strong team, more deadest on going after him.* Continue reading

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

“The Challenge gods are angry at me for something.” —Kenny

 

“Playing the ‘my-partner’s-what’s-holding-me-back’ card is getting tiring.” —Katelynn

 

 

Despite the great structure of Rivals, there have been a few things about it that have been hard to watch, and last night’s episode was a great example of them.

First, this season has featured almost a complete absence of strategizing. Part of this is due to the separation of male and female eliminations (since only half of the contestants are invested in any given vote, the other half is much more likely to jump on any bandwagon so as to avoid making enemies) and part of it is due to sheer stupidity (Here is a brief guide to strategy: 1) Count up the number of votes 2) Divide that number by two 3) Try to get one more than that number of people to vote with you… It’s really that easy, yet it eludes most of these players).

Most of it, though, is due to the voting rules. For one, even though it seems like the fairest way to do it, the last place team should not automatically get sent into the Jungle. Doing so immediately drains half the suspense out of any vote, and preemptively eliminates a lot of potential strategies and alliances. Continue reading

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

“How these two, who legitimately hate each other, are able to win on a consistent basis…I don’t get it.” —Evan

 

 

“We got a problem, man, a real big problem.” —Evan

 

A lot happened in last night’s episode of Rivals: the main alliance betrayed one of its members, a player went to the hospital, Camila and Theresa launched an elaborate rope-a-dope heading into the Jungle, and Cara Maria and Laurel went through “couples therapy.”

But the episode was still mostly about C.T.

C.T. continues to intimidate and alienate everyone in the house, with the exception of Mandi. Which makes me wonder: Has C.T. done something to these people that we don’t know about? Did he burn down Diem’s house? Does he torment these people off-camera? I mean, their animosity seems to go way beyond being simply intimidated by his prowess in challenges. Last night Wes called him “one of the worst people who has ever been a part of anything.” Then he amended that statement to say, “He’s not a human being.” Continue reading

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

“Evelyn is a superior partner. I’m pumped, and then I remember: We don’t like each other.” —Paula

 

“Wes’ weakness is his ugly face…I’m gonna show this guy what a finish line looks like.” —Kenny

 

“Madness is everywhere and it’s not me.” —C.T.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we’re back! It’s been over six months since the last season of The Challenge concluded, and that’s too long to go without a Challenge-fix. The unusually long gap was likely due to T.J. Lavin’s recovery from last year’s injuries, though, so I’m cool with it. It was a classy move by MTV to wait for Lavin to come back rather than go forward with a new host.

Also making the wait the more palatable was the format of the new challenge: Rivals makes perfect use of the history and drama inherent in The Challenge by pairing people who hate each other. If this isn’t exactly what the show should be, then I don’t know what is… Continue reading