Posts Tagged ‘Wes Bergmann’

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat 2, Week 3 Power Rankings

“It’s time for her to come out here and save me.”—Wes


“I’m going to shake things up a bit, and I really don’t see you as a threat…”—Kenny

MTV has done a really good job of promoting and editing this season of the RW/RR Challenge so that it seems like “Kenny vs. Wes,” and in some ways it is. There are clearly two well-defined (though not as well-defined as we might think, as the episode eventually revealed) alliances on the show now; MTV even took the trouble of showing a montage of each one, making the division all but official. Kenny and Wes are the ones in charge of each alliance.

Last night’s episode, though, proved that Evelyn is far more important to Wes’ alliance than Wes himself is. Of the two epigraph quotes, the first was spoken by Wes about Ev, who he needed to win the challenge to prevent Kenny from getting immunity; Wes later admitted that, with Mandi as his partner, he was not a real threat to win challenges. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins, Calm Before the Storm

One thing we don’t have to be thankful for today is a new episode of The Ruins, as MTV made the prudent, but still disappointing, choice not to air a new episode last night. But some of us still need our Challenge fix, so with a week off before the final stretch of the season, here are the ten highlights of the season so far:

10. Katie’s Departure

Finding a plunger in her bed was the last straw. One more Katie meltdown and an early elimination led Katie—now on her eighth challenge, going way back to the original Gauntlet—to contemplate her retirement from the challenge.

9. Tonya and Veronica Fight

This fight was kind of like a potential 2010 fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield: It’s compelling to see an age-old rivalry renew, but at this point it’s just sad to watch. Tonya seems legitimately unstable now, and seeing her on these shows is depressing, and even Veronica seems to know these games have passed her by. Continue reading

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

Wes goes home“How is this happening?”—Wes

This question—in addition to going through my mind as I watched Cliff Lee completely smother the Yankees lineup and, even more surprisingly, CC Sabathia struggle slightly against the Phillies last night—was plaguing Wes as he struggled in the elimination against Cohutta.

Eventually, despite all of Wes’ macho talk about sending his girlfriend’s ex home, Cohutta completed what Derrick called “one of the best things to happen in challenge history” and defeated Wes. Apparently, Cohutta was the only one who figured out that the key to the challenge—in which the players had to drag a rope through a short obstacle course*—was not getting your rope tangled up. As a result, Wes got worn down trying to drag his pile of rope and untie the knots, while Cohutta took a pretty decisive lead.

*I don’t mean to denigrate it; it was actually one of the better designed competitions, since it neutralized size and required a modicum of strategy/intelligence. Continue reading

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

Tonya“Veronica’s got blood on her mouth; Tonya’s on the floor crying her eyes out, and everyone’s just standing around like, ‘Wow, I guess we should have stopped this sooner.’” —Cohutta

“Me and Evan are running this game. Everyone feels that we’re just a bunch of chauvinistic pigs. But there comes a time when someone comes to you and says, ‘I can’t swim. I can’t run.’ What are we supposed to do with you? I mean, you’re completely worthless to anyone. Why would we want you here?”—Kenny

A lot happened in last night’s episode of The Ruins. In many ways, it was a turning point.

For one, the Champions took two great strides in the “trimming the fat” stage of competition. The first step was losing Tonya, who slapped Veronica for calling her “insane.” Since the show is, unfortunately, only an hour long, the viewers got no context for Tonya’s sudden maelstrom against Veronica; it seemed that, without provocation at all, Tonya was declaring that she’s “never hated anyone as much as [she] hates Veronica.” Continue reading

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

The Ruins

“I’m a strong girl, period. Even if I’m a rookie…I’ve come through in every challenge.”

—Brianna

Here’s why we need these Power Rankings: People on these challenges have no idea how to evaluate their own performances. Wes is convinced that he’s God’s gift to these challenges, I guess because he won The Duel three years ago. But he hasn’t proved that he’s a better competitor than Evan or Johnny or Kenny; his reputation mainly comes from yelling about his own prowess.

Brianna was under similar delusions in last night’s episode: She kept insisting that she was a great competitor, even though this is her first challenge. Her evidence: She had “come through in every challenge.” Well, here’s what the challenge in tonight’s episode involved: lying down. If you can lie face down and let someone walk on your back, then you can do what Brianna did. A carcass can do what Brianna did. The previous challenges haven’t really demanded much more from her. Not at all surprisingly, Brianna lost to Susie in the elimination. 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

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