Last week I prayed to the MTV gods and asked them to bring back the old ways of The Challenge. I cried out for old-school manipulation, tears, and interesting hook-ups. Well someone down there must have been listening because this week I got what I asked for. More
Topic: The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
For the most part, last night’s episode of The Challenge: Battle of The Seasons really bored me. In fact, it almost lost me for the rest of the season. That was until I realized some hidden gems that might make the rest of the season worth watching.
This week, the remaining Challengers leave Costa Rica and head to Buenos Aires, Argentina, which our girl Jenn pronounces “Bwaynos Airies.” We’re down to four guys’ teams and three girls’ teams. I guess that means TJ isn’t living in Mel Gibson‘s house anymore. When you watch this show on MTV.com, there are little popups for each section of the episode, and the one for the first ten minutes is “The cast goes mental in Argentina.” Which is always a good way to start. More
While the cast members on The Challenge: Rivals are busy being drunken morons, what is host TJ Lavin doing? He gets his own nice digs far away from the cast, and this time, he’s staying at Mel Gibson‘s house in Costa Rica. Like, the very same house where Mel invited Britney Spears and her dad to hang out when she was recovering from the whole shaved-head incident. TJ’s assistant is there (TJ was in a bad accident last fall and is still recovering), but I hope he gets to invite some friends to hang out or something since it seems like a waste to be in that huge beautiful house by yourself. More
Previously on The Challenge: everybody hooked up with everybody else. I’ve considered drawing a hookup flow chart for all the Challenges, but I don’t think there’s enough ink on the planet for that. Also, Evan is a douche and Nehemiah has many good reasons to hate him. This week is a girls’ elimination week. And scene. More
Q: What does The Challenge star Johnny Bananas have in common with Dina Lohan, Hailey Glassman, and Octo-Mom?
A: An attorney. More
I think I need to become friends with whoever edits The Challenge. Thanks to them, I have seen Kenny/Wes fail at challenges from just about every imaginable angle, and then they show it again. This week’s flashbacks are about how Wes and Kenny’s “strategy” keeps fucking up because they keep losing, and then segues into how both Laurel and Mandi totally want to jump on CT. Get in line, ladies. More
As you might have noticed, I did not recap The Challenge last week. Because I don’t have cable and like to get screencaps of the episodes, I watch them online. But MTV.com decided that last week’s episode wouldn’t be available until August, so I had no way to watch it. However, I apparently missed Kenny being a loser and CT schooling everyone again, so I feel contented that nothing bad happened. So let’s get back to business, shall we? More
Welcome to The Challenge: Rivals or, as a fellow old-school Real World/Road Rules Challenge friend of mine calls it “That show with all those annoying new people and CT.” We’re three episodes in, but not all the contestants have figured out that this whole “work with your worst enemy” thing is the conceit of the whole season and not a practical joke. This is why they need to bring back the spelling bee and trivia game challenges, because I love watching this brain trust have to break a sweat. Anyway, where were we? More
I feel like most of the contestants on The Challenge behave kind of like horny monkeys, but then an actual monkey showed up in the Challenge house in Costa Rica and proved me wrong. This monkey (who kind of reminds me of Marcel from the first season of Friends) does wacky things like eat a peach and poop on Laurel, thus making it my new favorite cast member. More
On last week’s episode, some stuff happened. And even though I didn’t like CT and Adam being teammates, I liked the idea of CT schooling all the morons on this show. Robin and Aneesa bid farewell, which means that I will not get another chance to hear Aneesa utter one of my all time favorite Challengeisms, “I will cut you with words.” Anyway, let’s get back to this week’s episode, where everyone is acting like five-year-olds. Drunk five-year-olds. More
On this week’s premiere of The Challenge: Rivals, Chris “CT” Tamburello talked briefly about the fact that his older brother had been murdered. Vinny Tamburello was shot and killed in 2008 – as CT worded it, “he was shot in the back.” Last month, a jury in White River Junction, Vermont convicted Kyle Bolaski guilty of Vinny’s murder. More
You guys, I love the Real World/Road Rules Challenge. Even though it’s not really the Real World/Road Rules Challenge anymore because they haven’t aired Road Rules in like a decade (except that weird Viewer’s Revenge thing, which we’re not talking about) and most of the people on these shows now got started on Fresh Meat, so now the show is just called The Challenge. This year’s theme is “Rivals,” and that means the contestants are paired up with people they hate. I’m ready for another season of hookups, screaming, and bungee jumping. So let’s do this. More
When I was little, I always thought teachers hibernated in the summer and lived in the teacher’s lounge, because I couldn’t comprehend that they had a world outside of school. And when I watch the biannual Real World/Road Rules Challenge series full of familiar faces, I assume that the contestants from the shows make enough money that they can just keep hanging out on MTV in a sort of perpetual spring break state. But that isn’t the case. Many of the Challenge regulars act so crazy and cutthroat on the show because their lives actually do depend on it – there are too few slots and too little prize money at stake, and it’s almost impossible to hold onto a grownup job when you want to take off two months at a time to go film a reality show in Tijuana. More