November 22, 2013
So, just in case over a month of no new posts hasn’t tipped you off, I’m on a bit of a hiatus from this blog right now. I’m not sure exactly when I’ll be posting regularly again, but right now I’m thinking around the beginning of the new year, aka the start of a new season of The Bachelor. I may surprise you and post some before then though, so keep a look out. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read this blog. I feel badly about this break in content, but after over a year of posting a couple of times a week I was feeling burned out and felt the quality wasn’t really there anymore. I look forward to picking up again in the new year with the start of some new reality tv shows, and hope some of you will stick with me until then. Thanks again ~ @NoOneGoesToClev
October 10, 2013
This week’s episode closed out with one of the boldest moves in the history of tribal council, but before we get to that let’s look at the events that lead up that ending.
This week’s episode once again opens with the redemption island duel, and Brad Culpepper is once again the subject of much scorn from his fellow castaways. Candice greets him with a one-finger salute, and he does a horrible job defending himself against accusations that he is making all the calls on who is voted out. When John says that Brad lied to him the whole time, and maybe the tribe should consider getting rid of him, Brad responds by saying that John shouldn’t have trusted him. Granted, I’ve never played Survivor, but I don’t think announcing to everyone that you aren’t trustworthy is a great strategy. This week’s duel is basically a fairly difficult looking 3-D puzzle (the players have to make their way along a ladder, unwrapping a key before this, but everyone gets through the first part quickly and easily so it’s pretty inconsequential to the end results). John zips through his puzzle with a little aid from an unexpected source, Brad Culpepper. Brad whispers that he is going to gain John’s trust back, and then informs him that one of his pieces is in the wrong spot. Candice did say John is way too trusting, but I’m hoping it’ll take a little more for him to trust Brad again. Candice also manages to complete the puzzle fairly quickly, and Marissa is the tribe member leaving the show this week. Following his victory John has to decide who to give the clue to the immunity idol to. Candice decides to step in and tells him to give it to Monica to try to bring some heat on one of the Culpeppers. Brad immediately tells her to throw the clue in the fire to avoid being a target, and just like John, she does what he spouse tells her and gets rid of the clue.
October 3, 2013
So I’m coming into the Survivor game a little late this season, at least in terms of recapping. Unfortunately my work schedule made it impossible to pull off two posts on Thursdays, but now that The Challenge: Rivals II has ended I’m all in on Survivor. I’ve been a little in and out with this show in recent years, but when I heard about this seasons format I decided it was time to make a full-fledged return to Survivor fandom. Now, with all that business out of the way, let’s dive right into what happened with last nights episode.
This week’s episode opens up with Colton feeling bummed out about his attempts to create chaos at camp being a total failure. Feeling insecure about his position in the game, Colton asks Aras if he’s in trouble. Aras does a horrible job of comforting him, by confirming he is in fact in trouble, but goes on to say someone else may mess up even more than him, so Colton shouldn’t panic just yet.
September 26, 2013
The end of another season of the challenge is upon us. Last night’s finale featured the worst projectile vomiting I’ve ever seen, followed by the most uncomfortable reunion show in series history, so let’s get started.
This week’s we pick up right where we left off, with Johnny and Frank racing Jordan and Marlon for the last spot in the second day of the final. Johnny and Frank manage to pull off the victory, helped in part by the fact that Marlon and Jordan tip their kayak in their rush to be the first ones on the yacht. With the final four teams safely on board it’s time for a surprisingly leisurely night of chatting and champagne sipping before the gang heads out to tackle “nightmare island” in the morning.
This years final consists of the teams racing to five check points, at each check point they will have to complete a task to receive an idol. The first men’s and women’s teams to collect all the idols are the winners. The first check point consists of a stick puzzle where the goal is to jump various pieces until only one stick is remaining in your game board. Surprisingly CT and Wes zip through this puzzle just like the one on the first day of the final. Who would have predicted that CT would be great at puzzles? (apparently this puzzle was just like one he likes to do when he is out to his favorite breakfast restaurant working off a hangover). Cooke and Cara Maria also finish the puzzle fairly quickly and move ahead of Emily and Paula despite the fact that Emily and Paula headed into the puzzle with a sizable lead. This marks the second day in a row that the underdogs are leaving the favorites in the dust to start the final.
Cara Maria Really Needs to Invest in Swimming Lessons Before the Next Challenge (The Challenge: Rivals II Episode 11 Recap)
September 19, 2013
First off this week, I want to apologize again for not posting a recap of the last episode of The Challenge. My real life work schedule is making finding time to post a little tricky, but we’re back on track now, at least for this week, so let’s get right into it.
This week’s episode opens up with the final girls jungle between Camila and Jemmye and Diem and Aneesa. The teams are playing the game where you hang upside down and cut through a rope with tiny saws, aka the game where Cooke pissed herself. Things are bad for Diem and Aneesa right from the start as Diem realizes she can’t reach the rope, and starts freaking out as a result. Things work out much better for Jemmye and Camila who discover right away that Jemmye can pull the rope up so that Camila can reach it. (This challenge teaches Diem that it’s never a good thing if Camila and Jemmye look like the calm, poised competitors when compared to you). Diem and Aneesa finally figure things out, but not soon enough and they are headed home, making Camila and Jemmye the last girls team in the final. (Diem and Aneesa can at least take solace in the fact that there was no urine in the water the losers fall into this time).
September 12, 2013
Due to increased demands from my real life this week’s recap is going to be a little delayed. As of right now I think it will probably end up being part of a double post next Thursday, but I might find some time and get it done this weekend. Sorry for the delay, and thank you to all my dedicated readers.
September 5, 2013
So this week’s recap is a little late, and it’s probably going to be a little short too because my real life job is wearing me out and my brain is fried. Don’t worry though, I’ll still be covering Johnny Banana’s return to a less in shape version of his vintage self, and Diem and CT’s continued flirtation, as well as CT’s budding bromance with Wes, so let’s get started.
This week’s episode starts out with a continuation of the flirtation between CT and Diem. After some dancing, and according to Diem a lot of drinking, (so much so that she can’t remember what happened the next morning) CT finally gets the kiss he’s been after all season. CT actually manages to get Diem all the way to his bed, unfortunately she passes out almost immediately after she lays down, and he ends up spending the night on the floor, but still a step in the right direction for America’s favorite reality couple. (Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of CT and Diem together but based on the reactions of all the cast members and people on Twitter, me and Aneesa are possibly the only two people in the world who are against this relationship, so I might have to just let it go).
I finally feel like we’re getting somewhere after this week’s episode of The Challenge: Rivals II. We got a taste of the old Camila and Johnny Banana’s, and we got to see Frank make good on his promise from last week to start letting his “beast” out of its cage. There is a lot to cover this week, so let’s get started.
This week’s episode opens with Frank talking some sh*t about the “new kids” (aka the people who have done the same number of shows as him). Frank is talking to Jonna and is focusing most of his trash talk on Jemmye, who Frank is clearly not a big fan of, based on some interviews he’s done. Frank says Jemmye and the new kids would throw themselves under the bus if it meant winning some money. This is an interesting quote from Frank, since the whole conversation started out as Jonna wanting to know if Frank had her back, and in the end of the episode Frank votes her into the jungle. (So I guess even Frank isn’t above throwing people under the bus for some money).
August 27, 2013
Do you see the beautiful sea of blood Showtime teased us with heading into this final season of Dexter? I think going into this season, especially after the insanity of last season’s ending, this is what everyone was expecting the final season to be like – all blood, all the time. Instead we’ve gotten a season that, outside of a few rogue moments for Deb, has been a total snooze-fest so far. Season’s of Dexter are known to start a little slow, but this season has been particularly bad, and I know the reason why: It’s because Dexter is in a relationship! ”Relationship Dexter” often kills off the best parts of this show, let me use this Seinfeld clip to illustrate my point:
This show is killing independent Dexter, and it’s really bumming me out. Dr. Vogel is right, Dexter can’t have both the darkness and the light in his life because the light part makes for really boring tv viewing. It’s not just the current relationship with Hannah McKay that’s making the show worse, the show is always worse when there is a relationship for Dexter involved. The man’s a serial killer, he isn’t supposed to date! Let’s take a look back at Dexter’s past relationships, and I’ll show you what I mean about them making the show horrible.
August 24, 2013
So this weekend I’ve come across a couple of pieces of reality tv news that were just too good (or bad depending on how you want to look at it) to wait to share with all of you. The first piece of news come courtesy of The Bachelorette. For those of you who just can’t get enough of Chris Siegfried’s poetry there is great news – his poems are now available for purchase on Amazon.com! The book of poetry is called “Diamonds and Hearts – A Poetic Memoir,” (how appropriate) and right now is only available via digital download, but don’t worry, hard copies will be available soon. Also, for any of you who really preferred Desiree’s poetry, and are feeling disappointed right now, don’t worry, there are two bonus poems from Des included in the compilation. I just have a few more thought’s I want to share on this literary masterpiece: