Live Blogging The Challenge Battle Of The Seasons Episode 8

Well, it took eight episodes, but The Challenge Battle of the Seasons finally had a good, solid challenge that was both interesting and a bit of a nail biter. I’m not talking about the food eating challenge that made up the middle of this episode, though that wasn’t too bad I guess (I was glad to see it wasn’t all gross food), but the Arena which had two heavyweight contenders playing the game that Big Easy sent Wes home on back in the first episode (now that I think about it, that was a pretty riveting challenge too).

Anyway, the episode also dealt with some of the fall out from the previous episode which saw one-time show runners San Diego falling apart thanks to Frank and Zach’s inability to be supportive of Sam and Frank’s sneaky nature bothering Zach as the former weaseled out of doing the finale leaving Zach to clean up his mess. Continue reading Live Blogging The Challenge Battle Of The Seasons Episode 8

Live Blogging The Challenge Battle Of The Seasons Episode 7

Well, it was bound to happen. Enough of the fat has been cut away from The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons — possibly the fattiest cast in years if you really think about it — for things to start falling apart with the super alliance that was bound to fail from the beginning. I was actually surprised at who exactly got into fights, though.

Even more interesting to me, though, was the challenge itself. It was basically a mini version of a final challenge that combined memorization, strength, endurance, teamwork and composure. It’s no real surprise who did well when you take all that into account and it really showed the cracks that one particular team had been hiding, ignoring and avoiding. The pressure gets to you though. Anyway, I liked this episode, I like who won and I like who go thrown in. At this point, I’m rooting for Brooklyn as the underdogs and think they’ve got a pretty good shot. Good luck to them. Hit the jump for my live blog! Continue reading Live Blogging The Challenge Battle Of The Seasons Episode 7

Live Blogging The Challenge Battle Of The Seasons Episode 6

Howdy gang, sorry about the delay in getting this post up, I took my notes even though I didn’t plan on it and wound up getting busy with other stuff, so the post didn’t go up. Anyway, I found myself thinking much less of a few people I used to like before this season, specifically Frank and Alton. Frank comes off as a total dick this episode. He’s playing the game so hard that it’s almost painful to watch. Dude thinks he’s super crafty too which doesn’t seem to be the case. He just lucked out and happens to be on a season packed with people who don’t know what they’re doing. Put him on a season with Johnny, Kenny and Evan and he’s nothing. Case closed. I dislike Alton because I really don’t know what his game is. He basically asked to be thrown in and was going to screw over one of his female teammates by quitting in the Arena, but then didn’t. What’s he doing? I mostly don’t even care anymore.

The challenge this episode was pretty funny and I’m glad it was played straight for the most part, but I keep thinking that, if your most interesting challenges involve hitting people with fish and trivia, then you don’t have much of a season. I wonder how this season is doing ratings-wise because it’s pretty boring. There’s always got to be a wave of new viewers who were big fans of the recent Real World season though. It does look like the rest of the season is going to be pretty explosive. Dustin looks like he’s going to get into a number of fights along with everyone else. These kids don’t seem to know how to turn the game off. The obvious Rookies vs. Vets follow-up to this season should be pretty damn intersting though.

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Live Blogging The Challenge: Battle Of The Seasons Episode 5

As you’ll remember from last week, we didn’t actually get to the Arena and instead ended with Devyn throwing herself in against the Fresh Meat team which consists of Camila and her Challenge boyfriend Easy. I gotta say, after being relatively bored with last week’s episode and the general pointlessness of the challenges considering they were all getting gamed, I dug this episode. Thanks to this one having two Arenas, one less couple to worry about and a pretty fun challenge, it actually moved along at a surprisingly fast clip. I understand that the drama and the hook-ups are important to the show, but it really does feel strange zeroing in such a small group when so many other people have barely made a dent or a sound bite. Heck, even someone like CJ who came out swinging on the first episode when he campaigned to send Wes in, has barely made a peep (and I’ve heard on various podcasts that he was actually playing the game pretty hard and possibly dirty behind the scenes).

I’ll also say that it’s far less interesting watching these episodes and knowing that so many weak ass players are having their bacons saved from the fire just because the one or two teams not in the alliance don’t win. It’ll make for good TV in a few episodes when the alliance has to start eating itself, but for now it’s kind of boring. Still, this was a pretty cool episode. Hit the jump if you want my particular brand of play by play. Continue reading Live Blogging The Challenge: Battle Of The Seasons Episode 5

Live Blogging The Challenge Battle Of The Seasons Episode 4

My wife is losing interest in this season of The Challenge. I think the producers didn’t expect the cast members to band together so quickly and form such a large alliance (currently sporting four and a half teams). I also don’t think they figured said cast members would so cleverly figure out ways to game the challenges. This is the second one in a row where a pretty simple plan wound up easily putting one team in the bottom regardless of their skill level and knock off a few others along the way. There was some chance and skill to it, but not really, especially when it was so planned out.

Here’s something else about not only this season but the Challenge in general that’s a little crazy. If a guy hits a guy, he’s automatically sent home. I think it’s the same for a woman hitting a woman. However if a woman hits a guy, it’s not as big of a deal. Worse yet, a person can literally chase you around a house yelling terrible things at you and you literally can’t get away from them because most of the rooms don’t have doors. You have to rely on either your roommates to help keep that person away or, after putting up with enough torment, try and knock them out yourself. Of course, at that point, you get sent home. All of this is a roundabout way of saying that Knight is a douchebag who thinks he’s playing the game, but doesn’t understand that no one has ever won based entirely on psychological warfare, you also have to either be a beast yourself or not be saddled with the biggest joke team I’ve ever seen on one of these things.

Anyway, I’m guessing that things are going to get more interesting in the next episode or two (or at least hope they do). No matter who wins or loses the Arena that we won’t see until next week, one of the sickeningly sweet couples will be broken up, which I’m all for. I also think that the already rocky larger alliance is breaking down to a few core teams, which will at least make for some more interesting challenges. No one really thought this would last for more than a few Arenas, right? Anyway, if you want to check out the live blog, hit the jump.

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Live Blogging The Challenge Battle Of The Seasons Episode 3

Well, I’m not quite sure what to say about this episode. While it could have been a pretty huge turning point for the overly large San Diego/Las Vegas/Cancun/New Orleans alliance, it really wasn’t. There was some lovey dovey stuff which I know some people dig, but I’d honestly rather see more interactions between the cast members. We’re still at the point in this game where there are SO MANY people hanging around and not doing or saying anything. The episode was also a tricky one because the challenge and the Arena were really difficult to explain without images (and MTV has made it far more difficult to copy and paste their pics, so you’ll just have to head over there to check them out). Anyway, let’s jump on in to the live blog already. Continue reading Live Blogging The Challenge Battle Of The Seasons Episode 3

Live Blogging The Challenge Battle Of The Exes Episode 2

After seeing Wes got sent home last week, I was pretty excited to see what would go down this week and the rest of the season as this Challenge is made up mostly of rookies or people who haven’t played the game in quite a while. And, for once, my Challenge wish came true! Frank somehow got an alliance together between his season, San Diego, Vegas, Cancun and New Orleans. Not only that, his alliance actually figured out a way to game this episode’s challenge so that they all didn’t lose! I was shocked, this kind of things almost never happens. Clearly, the wheels will fall off and things will get heated when more and more teams get knocked out, but it’s fun to watch now. Anyway, hit the jump if you want to check out the live blog! Continue reading Live Blogging The Challenge Battle Of The Exes Episode 2

Live Blogging The Challenge Battle Of The Seasons Episode 1

Alright gang, I’m kicking it old school today and going with the live blogging format. It’s been a while and I’m pretty rust, so I actually forgot to put the time stamps on when things are said or when I had my reactions, but here they are! They’re mostly unedited, though I use a fun little Challenge shorthand I’ve worked out over the years that I’ve converted and taken out a few profanities to keep things PG. Anyway, if you’re interested in seeing what I thought of the first episode of The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons episode one, read on… Continue reading Live Blogging The Challenge Battle Of The Seasons Episode 1

The Challenge Battle Of The Seasons Trailer Revealed

I’ll be taking a bit of a break from blogging this week, but I just saw this trailer for the upcoming season of The Challenge called Battle of the Seasons and just had to talk about it. It’s funny that this news broke today because literally an hour ago I was looking around for rumors about what the next Challenge would be. I’d post the video that’s over on US Weekly, but WordPress is weird about embedding videos, so you’ll have to head over there to actually check it out. Anyway, here’s the cast broken down by season with a few notes from yours truly.

Austin (2005): Wes, Melinda, Danny & Lacey (Danny and Melinda used to be MARRIED)

Brooklyn (2009): Chet, JD, Sarah & Devyn

Cancun (2009): Jasmine, Jonna, Derek & CJ (Jasmine & Jonna were partners on Rivals)

New Orleans (2010): Jemmye, Knight, McKenzie & Preston (Knight was a joke on his first  Challenge)

Las Vegas (2002-3)/(2011): Trishelle & Alton, Nany & Dustin (Dustin’s first Challenge, should be interesting)

San Diego (2011): Ashley, Zach, Sam & Frank (Ash & Zach didn’t like Sam & Frank and vice versa)

St, Thomas (2012): Trey, Laura, Marie & Robb (lots of existing drama plus rookies and lots of booze? not looking good for this team)

As far as I’m concerned, the most interesting team here will be the Austin kids. That Wes/Danny/Melinda dynamic will be pretty insane to watch. I wander why there’s so many seasons between Austin and Brooklyn. Between those two you’ve got Key West, Denver, Sydney and Hollywood which are not represented at all. Maybe they couldn’t get those folks on this one or maybe they skipped them because those are some pretty Challenge-heavy seasons.

I really like that they went with so many rookies this time around. Aside from Wes, most of these kids have never done a Challenge, have only done one or two OR haven’t done one in a long time. That will make the game itself pretty interesting, especially without the usual dynamic of Johnny/Kenny/Evan etc. I guarantee Wes is going to try to run the show, but there’s enough other people around to throw plenty of monkey wrenches into his plans (which never work out anyway).

It will also be interesting to see how the game is actually set up. The trailer makes it sound like your team is the kids from your season, but it also seems like you’re competing against the people on your team (isn’t that Wes hitting Danny with a fish or vice versa?). How will people get sent into the Gulag/Jungle/Inferno/whathaveyou? Will it be one person from each team? There are tons of open ended questions and I can’t wait til September 19th (I’ve already marked my calendar). Oh, by the way, I noted this on Twitter, but I expect at least three people will get sent home for fighting.