Posts Tagged ‘the return of C.T.’

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Exes, Week 8 Power Rankings

“That’s one of the dumbest moves I’ve seen in Challenge history…” —TJ Lavin

 

“Robin is actually doing exceptionally well: She hasn’t totally freaked out and she’s not crying yet!” —Mark

 

One of the biggest factors determining whether or not a reality show contestant is well-liked has to be how entitled he or she seems. Players who come into the game acting as if they are somehow owed a pass to the finals come off as spoiled, whereas audiences will root for anyone if they feel he’s earned his keep.

Compare, for example, Camila and Paula in last night’s episode of Battle of the Exes. When C.T./Diem announced their decision to send Dunbar/Paula into the Dome—a puzzling decision that even TJ criticized—Paula took it in stride and didn’t complain, even though it pitted her against her new beau Ty. Dunbar was a little confused, but only because he didn’t understand the logic behind the move. 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

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