Reality Check

So TiVo, sweet TiVo, didn’t get the last ten minutes of Joe Schmo 2. All of the ads say that it will start at 11:15 on Monday nights … so of course, TiVo records from 11:05 to 12:05. Bad TiVo!

We’ve seen most of the episode … the whole inclusion of Ingrid, the new player Amanda, and so on. But we haven’t seen the wick-lighting ceremony, and we don’t know who gets evicted. So please, no spoilers!

I like what they decided to do with Ingrid, and I think she’ll be up to the challenge of playing along. Despite the actors’ worries that they’re having a hard enough time as “improvisers” … I bet she’ll be better than some of them. Because some of them are pretty poor improvisers. What do you want, a lot of them have in their credits “trained with the Groundlings” … which means they took classes through the Groundlings, but weren’t necessarily fully trained performers. Heck, you could pay one of the local improv companies a small fortune to take their full series of classes and never make it into the group.

You überfans of reality may have noticed that JS2 is using a number of pieces of music from The Mole. I believe they’re both Stone/Stanley properties. I loved the music from The Mole, and have considered buying the soundtrack. So that makes it extra yummy.

Anyhoo, now we have to wait for the Sunday at 8pm repeat to catch that last 10 minutes. SIGH!

Onward to TAR. Scott tells me that the show has already been picked up through another season beyond this one, so maybe we can get off our asses and send in a tape. It would be terrifying, but awesome. And I would totally hug Phil at the end of every leg of the race.

It’s stupid to say how much I love this show. Once again this season, I teared up a little bit when seeing that opening shot of the airplane and hearing the theme song.

After the first episode first impressions, here are my takes on some of the teams:

Linda/Karen (Bowling Moms): These two surprised me. I figured them to be an early out, but they put in a very good first leg. I’m still somewhat Switzerland on whether I like them or not, but they could do well.

Marshall/Lance (Brothers): Well, they’re no Baldies. Instead of being naturally funny fat guys, they’re more naturally mysogynistic-comment-making fat guys. I believe they think those two are one and the same. I have a feeling I’m going to have to put my teamlove somewhere else.

Bob/Joyce (Internet Dating Widowers): Again, surprising. Could they be this season’s Teri and Ian, going the distance? If so, it would appear these two will do it with a lot more support and encouragement of each other.

Kami/Karli (Twin Blondes): Ew. Double Ew. Irritating from the get-go. It was an absolute pleasure to see them walk right by one clue box and have to go back for another. They’re my Heather and Eve, the team I’ll love to hate.

Jim/Marsha (Father/Daughter): 25 stitches in his knee? Holy CRAP! And just like the bowling moms, a good showing in the first leg. I predict that I’ll like them, but they’ll be Philiminated around the halfway point.

Charla/Mirna (Team Gidget): Attitude, ladies! “We’re not going to help anybody unless they help us first”, shortly followed by, “why won’t aaaaanybody heeeeelp us? WAAAAHHH!” I applaud the whole “we’re independent, self-sufficient women” thing, but not if it’s followed by cries about wanting others to help you. I find Mirna, the Slavic-eyed tall one, a lot more irritating and wussier. I believe she’ll actually be the weak link.

Eight Thousand Teams of Beautiful Hetero Couples: As usual, they’re all the same to me at this point. At least one of them got the boot, so there are fewer of them to keep track of. And it really surprised me (and delighted me) to see one of the young, healthy couples get the first boot.

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